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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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12 Days of Tea #1! Also, 1000th tasting note! Wooooooooo!!!!!!

Last time I tried this tea as a sample, it was not great. I couldn’t really taste the cotton candy. This time however? WOAH! Delicious!! So anyone who wants to try this tea – now is a great time to buy a reblend, because it’s fantastic. All pink cotton candy flavouring with a nice black base. I’m so tempted to pick this one up, but I think I’ll hold off due to having too much tea already.

One note: I didn’t even attempt to re-steep this, as all the aroma was gone after the first infusion, and usually once that happens, the second infusion is mediocre at best.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

I think this is where i’m going to struggle. To pick up reblends on decent sounding teas or not. Especially since there’s a chance that there won’t be any left by say day 5 of day 1, so grouping up orders may prove difficult.

Veronica

Congrats on 1000! That is awesome.

Shmiracles

OMG 1000!!! that’s bonkers! amaaaaazeballs!

Sil

also… sheeeeesh on 1000…i’m at 600. We need to plan January get together!

Invader Zim

Wow, Congrats on 1000! I have yet to reach 200!

Claire

Congratulations on 1k!

CHAroma

1000th?! Holy Mary Mother of God! You certainly do love tea. :P Congrats my friend! :D

CHAroma

Also, I think this one does re-blend extremely well. Better than most 52teas’ in my opinion.

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Sil

I think this is where i’m going to struggle. To pick up reblends on decent sounding teas or not. Especially since there’s a chance that there won’t be any left by say day 5 of day 1, so grouping up orders may prove difficult.

Veronica

Congrats on 1000! That is awesome.

Shmiracles

OMG 1000!!! that’s bonkers! amaaaaazeballs!

Sil

also… sheeeeesh on 1000…i’m at 600. We need to plan January get together!

Invader Zim

Wow, Congrats on 1000! I have yet to reach 200!

Claire

Congratulations on 1k!

CHAroma

1000th?! Holy Mary Mother of God! You certainly do love tea. :P Congrats my friend! :D

CHAroma

Also, I think this one does re-blend extremely well. Better than most 52teas’ in my opinion.

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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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