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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
2390 tasting notes

Second-last tea I have yet to sample from Amanda! This can only be better than the yuck from Adagio I just tasted (and spit back out).

Steeped, there is almost no smell. I had smelled a bit of mintiness in the teabag itself, but either the cup has cooled off too much to emit an aroma, or there isn’t really one.

I steeped this one for a conservative 2 minutes, considering that it was a white. The predominant flavour I’m getting is mintiness, which is a bit bleh to me, and then I can almost imagine I taste cucumber after the mint fades a touch. … Ooh! There’s actually a really lovely aftertaste here. Almost caramelly, probably a bit of white tea.

So this one’s definitely a bust because of the mint, which I hoped would be a little more subdued in favour of cucumber and/or lime, but I’m pleasantly surprised at the lingering taste this one leaves! So if I gulp a bit down while holding my nose, this is actually not so bad!! Hahaha :D

Thanks for passing some of this along, Amanda! My only regret is that I didn’t read the ingredient list fully before requesting it… sigh! Mint and I just aren’t best buds.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Sounds like you’re doing house cleaning with tea. I found a blecky one too. P U

Kittenna

Haha, kind of! Just getting through a few things that I had been putting off trying, apparently for good reason! So a couple things I will throw out, and others I will put in a box to rehome. :) Tomorrow I’m thinking of drinking down a bunch of DavidsTeas that I didn’t like but left myself 1 cup of to try different brewing parameters with.

Bonnie

It just goes to show that in months of drinking better and better tea, our taste has changed. I don’t enjoy the heavily flavored tea’s like I once did.

Kittenna

Well, some of these I don’t think I would have liked initially! But I perhaps wouldn’t have realized quite how bad they actually were, a few months ago.

Bonnie

Same here!

Indigobloom

I tried the cucumber 52teas version… it was… interesting!

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Bonnie

Sounds like you’re doing house cleaning with tea. I found a blecky one too. P U

Kittenna

Haha, kind of! Just getting through a few things that I had been putting off trying, apparently for good reason! So a couple things I will throw out, and others I will put in a box to rehome. :) Tomorrow I’m thinking of drinking down a bunch of DavidsTeas that I didn’t like but left myself 1 cup of to try different brewing parameters with.

Bonnie

It just goes to show that in months of drinking better and better tea, our taste has changed. I don’t enjoy the heavily flavored tea’s like I once did.

Kittenna

Well, some of these I don’t think I would have liked initially! But I perhaps wouldn’t have realized quite how bad they actually were, a few months ago.

Bonnie

Same here!

Indigobloom

I tried the cucumber 52teas version… it was… interesting!

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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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