4943 Tasting Notes


Iced a large bottle of this the other day. It was fine, but honestly, it didn’t have much discernible flavour – I think this is a honeybush better served warm. However, it satisfied its purpose of being a tastier-than-water chilled beverage.

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
4943 tasting notes

Sipdown! 240/365!

Nooooo, it’s all gone :( I decided to drink the last of it while it was still good, and it was definitely still good. There’s a tiny chance that I have a sampler size of it kicking around, and I’m fairly sure I have some Lemon Chiffon somewhere, but the lime was my favourite. This last cup of it, I chilled, and it was delicious. Probably my top rooibos, ever. Upping rating from 93 to 97, as if it matters.


Eastindiescoffeeandtea.com MIGHT still have this but it might be under a different name.

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Sipdown! 239/365!

Free sample from Bird & Blend in my last order – thanks! I’m not a drinker of straight matcha, though I did try this without anything added first. You could definitely tell that it wasn’t plain matcha as there was a nice creaminess to it, but it was still too bitter for my tastes (but I appreciated that there was no added sweetener!) I sweetened it with maple syrup and it was better, but still too strong – some milk made it perfect, though – nice and sweet and creamy. It blended together quite well even without much whisking (I’m lazy), which was also nice.

Not enough of an interesting flavour for me to buy (basically extra creamy, but I use milk in my matcha anyhow), but I think it worked pretty well.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
4943 tasting notes

Sipdown! 238/365!

Not as tasty as it once was, but still a pretty good genmaicha, definitely better than your typical genmaichas, with a more refined base and toastiness.

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Sipdown! 237/365!

Farewell delicious tea. A yummy last cup despite its age.

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drank Mint Chip Sundae by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

Sipdown! 236/365!

Alright, but it’s a bit scratchy going down for whatever reason. Otherwise, creamy mint. Nothing I’d need again.

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
4943 tasting notes

Grabbed this thinking it was a cinnamony black… obviously misremembered. That’s ok though, as it was fairly tasty. Verrrry light on the fruitiness (I can’t tell that it’s raspberry), but the base and general fruitiness are nice. The resteep, which I left longer, may have been tastier than the initial infusion, so maybe I need to leave it a little longer next time.

ETA: Jeebus. This is 5 years old? I’m dropping my rating because it was probably way better back then. Pretty impressive to still command the 75 I briefly gave it, though!

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drank Ice & Cream by 52teas
4943 tasting notes

Feeling pretty rotten last night (dizzy, feverish), and of course the baby didn’t want to be put down in the evening, when I was feeling my worst, which made everything much more difficult. Anyhow, after he went to bed, I decided I needed some good teas to feel better. Picked this one (deliberately) and another 52teas (randomly).

I don’t recall my thoughts from the first time I drank this, but despite the freeze-dried strawberries, the strongest aroma and flavour is a lovely soft lemon. A bit of strawberry fruitiness near the end of the sip, but it’s quite light. The base is lovely, though, malty and paired perfectly with the creamy lemon, no astringency at all.

This really is a lovely tea – it’s kind of like a lemon cream, but there’s enough strawberry to make it a bit different. And bonus – the base is a delightful black tea instead of the typical (IMO) white or green base to go with the lemon. Definitely hit the spot last night.


Hope you feel better soon. Also this tea sounds delightful.

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Another delicious chilled honeybush that now is almost gone. It’s amazing how quickly icing tea uses it up. Anyhow, this was good hot, but even better cold. Something about Frank’s honeybush teas that I don’t think will ever be replicated – a sweetness that just makes them taste fantastic. Idk. Perhaps it’s the honeybush itself, but whatever it is, I enjoy it. A decent amount of strawberry flavour left in this one, though it would have been stronger 4-5 years ago, I’m sure.

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drank Songyang White by Verdant Tea
4943 tasting notes

Huh, I guess I hadn’t had a lot of success with this tea. Seven years later, I used my normal brewing parameters for a white (~190-200F, 1.5 tsp/8oz, 2-3min infusion), and it was okay, though unremarkable. I suspect I wasn’t used to straight white teas at the time when I first tried this? Either way, I’m removing my 45 rating, because I don’t think it’s fair. Perhaps this is just a difficult tea to brew, but it’s likely a user issue. It’s too old to properly rate, but even my 7-year-old cup of it was at worst, 60-worthy.

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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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