4936 Tasting Notes

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I guess I mentioned elsewhere how this tasted, since I’ve written no note – but this was very reminiscent of the flavouring that old 52teas used to use liberally (and that I rather enjoyed), so this tea was very much kind of a trip down memory lane. Was it brulee? I’m not sure, maybe it there was some sugar, but I did enjoy it. Kind of a rich, caramelly black.

Sil

Waiting for this to get to me after the bag mix up. Heh. Looking forward to it

Kittenna

I feel like it might be one you enjoy, though not sure it will be an all-time fave.

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Sipdown! 282/365!

It looks like my sipdown goals are probably kind of toast, unless I can make a really big push in the next two months’ worth of evenings! Perhaps I will try. I’m drinking tea at work, but don’t sip things down there so that I can savour them (I rarely savour tea at work. In fact, I’ve felt so busy I’ve actually been drinking coffee lately because it’s faster, but I need to stop that.)

Anyhow, this tea was past its prime and not amazing; best it is gone now.

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drank Phoenix Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Really love the sweet, minerally qualities of this one. Would be lost on my dulled senses right now, but it was delicious the other day!

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94

I think I just wasn’t feeling any of my travel-mugged teas the other day, because this was so-so. Normally I really like it, though – nice and roasty, toasted chocolatey goodness.

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drank Ice & Cream by 52teas
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Wouldn’t recommend this in a travel mug; I couldn’t even tell which mug it was. Much better consumed out of a proper mug.

Also, what a surprise, I’ve had zero time to write tasting notes since going back to work, which has been stressful and not terribly fun and I kid you not, I have literally been sick ever since my child started daycare (about a month and a half ago), and I currently have almost no voice (and so does my child, which is possibly one of the saddest things you’ll ever hear – a voiceless child attempting to whine/cry). That sentence is too long but I’m too tired to edit it, just trying to power through some tasting notes so I can put away some teas.

tea-sipper

Aw, I hope you guys feel better asap. :/

Kittenna

Thanks, me too. This is getting really old!

Sil

Oh man…back t work ready? How has it been that long? Aaaaah

Kittenna

Yeah. Back to work as of Sept 30. It’s quite the transition. I’m not doing particularly well so far, but some of that certainly has to do with this lingering sickness.

Leafhopper

This season seems to be particularly bad for colds. I’ve been sick twice this fall and it wasn’t fun. Hope you feel better soon!

mrmopar

Gosh, that is a long time. Hope you can beat the bug soon.

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90

Note is for my new package of this, which is delicious and full of creamy mixed berry goodness. However, it doesn’t last well in a travel mug overnight – gets a little gross. So drink this one right away…

VariaTEA

I have been afraid to drink this because I’m worried it’s not as good as the original package.

Kittenna

Don’t be afraid! I think it’s at least pretty close.

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85

I’m pleased that I have enough of this to enjoy at my leisure. Sometimes when your cupboard is filled with samples, it’s difficult to just grab teas to drink mindlessly, because you only have a few cups’ worth. Not this one. 25g gives me plenty, so I can just brew and enjoy, and then have nothing interesting to write about. (I drank this with Thanksgiving turkey?)

Martin Bednář

Yep I know that feel with samples. As I could not usually afford whole pack of it, I took only 20-25 grams and usually it is so good tea! So I am picking the teas somehow carefully.

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drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
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Love when a tea is true to its name – this is a blueberry coconut black. Lots of blueberry, not so much coconut, and a moderately astringent black base. I could probably do with a slightly different base (like AQ2T’s rolled yunnan?!), but I found this tea to be pretty tasty. I feel like bergamot and vanilla would make it better – can you imagine a blueberry coconut EG cream? Yummmmm. (But I know a bunch of people would disagree.)

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drank Echinacea Shield by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea I had while sick. (Well… I’m actually still sick but much less so, and no longer trying to drink teas with honey.) I find this delightfully fruity (pineapple heavy) and almost want to pick more up.

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drank Tisane Detox by Les Tisanes Maison
4936 tasting notes

Sounds like this was from MissB – so a hugely belated thank you!

Daycare germs have had me sick for a week now, and this was one of the teas I had while sick. To be honest, it was mostly to try and use it up, and I figured I’d be able to tolerate it with the planned heaping spoon of honey I intended to use in it. Not much to say other than that my plan worked, and I had a decent mug of honey with a bit of tea. I don’t think I’m a big fan of the flavours I could detect, but it wasn’t overly objectionable, either.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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