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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
2245 tasting notes

Sipdown! 784. Aiming to drop my tea count low enough over the week that my meet up with Sil doesn’t push it back over 800… ahhhhh who am I kidding, I’m doomed :(

Anyways, brewed this one hot and then chilled it with the tea still floating in it – it’s pretty good! I see I rated it fairly highly previously as well, although I think I had only tried it hot and/or cold-brewed. The dominant flavour is peachiness, though I certainly taste some pineapple as well. I do understand the slight weird aftertaste that apparently other people have mentioned. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not terribly bothersome for me.

Overall, tasty summer tea. I’d drink this again :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Chizakura

Wow. I can’t even fathom having that many teas. XD That’s incredible. Good luck sipping them down. Just be sure to drink the smallest amount one first to thin the herd, to make it seem less hopeless.
What’s your goal?

Kittenna

Yeeaaah it’s rather ridiculous. I have lots of 1-2 cup samples to drink down, but I don’t always like to focus on those. Icing things is helping me get through some teas a bit faster, though!

I don’t know what my goal is, really. It would be great to be down to 500 by September or something like that, but we’ll see how things go. More to the point, I need to stop purchasing, which I’ve been doing quite well with lately :D

Sil

Not going to happen….orders + samples from me + samples from jackieT + samples from Terri.

Kittenna

Excitement… but tears….

K S

OK, I hope this is taken in humor as intended. When I read this I said out loud 800! there may have been something about crazy in there somewhere My wife says that sounds like you. I replied, why? I only have a little over 100. She looked at me like do you hear yourself? Yeah, I remember when I had a drawer full of 12 boxes of different tea bags and I was the most obsessed person I knew. We are a scary bunch.

Kittenna

Ahahaha. Yeah, it’s horrible isn’t it. People who come over look at the basket of teas I have downstairs and are all “WOW you have a lot of tea”. Sometimes, I just don’t tell them that it’s not even 1/8 of it all….

Sil

lol i’ve seen pictures…i know what 800 looks like. I’m deamn close to 300 and i can’t imagine tripling that. lol

Fjellrev

800 blows my freaking mind. 800! I feel like I’m drowning in my ~60. Some of the Steepsterites ought to contact Guinness Book of World Records.

Kittenna

Ahaha. I think momo is in a similar position to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if people like TEB and LiberTEAS also have ridiculously large numbers of teas into such a range. I’m pretty sure that 3/4 of my stash could be sipped down reasonably quickly, but the remaining 1/4 would probably take a fair bit of work, e.g. I have a lot of those teas, and don’t necessarily like them a great deal. I have grand plans to swap things like that out, but don’t currently have the time to deal with it :(

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Chizakura

Wow. I can’t even fathom having that many teas. XD That’s incredible. Good luck sipping them down. Just be sure to drink the smallest amount one first to thin the herd, to make it seem less hopeless.
What’s your goal?

Kittenna

Yeeaaah it’s rather ridiculous. I have lots of 1-2 cup samples to drink down, but I don’t always like to focus on those. Icing things is helping me get through some teas a bit faster, though!

I don’t know what my goal is, really. It would be great to be down to 500 by September or something like that, but we’ll see how things go. More to the point, I need to stop purchasing, which I’ve been doing quite well with lately :D

Sil

Not going to happen….orders + samples from me + samples from jackieT + samples from Terri.

Kittenna

Excitement… but tears….

K S

OK, I hope this is taken in humor as intended. When I read this I said out loud 800! there may have been something about crazy in there somewhere My wife says that sounds like you. I replied, why? I only have a little over 100. She looked at me like do you hear yourself? Yeah, I remember when I had a drawer full of 12 boxes of different tea bags and I was the most obsessed person I knew. We are a scary bunch.

Kittenna

Ahahaha. Yeah, it’s horrible isn’t it. People who come over look at the basket of teas I have downstairs and are all “WOW you have a lot of tea”. Sometimes, I just don’t tell them that it’s not even 1/8 of it all….

Sil

lol i’ve seen pictures…i know what 800 looks like. I’m deamn close to 300 and i can’t imagine tripling that. lol

Fjellrev

800 blows my freaking mind. 800! I feel like I’m drowning in my ~60. Some of the Steepsterites ought to contact Guinness Book of World Records.

Kittenna

Ahaha. I think momo is in a similar position to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if people like TEB and LiberTEAS also have ridiculously large numbers of teas into such a range. I’m pretty sure that 3/4 of my stash could be sipped down reasonably quickly, but the remaining 1/4 would probably take a fair bit of work, e.g. I have a lot of those teas, and don’t necessarily like them a great deal. I have grand plans to swap things like that out, but don’t currently have the time to deal with it :(

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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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