3034 Tasting Notes


I probably needn’t have picked up a cinnamon black, because I have lots to choose from, but I’m glad I picked this up to sample, anyhow. It does, truly, have that snickerdoodle cookie smell, which includes not just cinnamon, but brown sugar and cookie flavourings. Pretty tasty, again.

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Review for the new 52teas reblend.

This tea is quite true to the original, IMO. The biggest difference is a less finicky base tea; the flavourings are definitely very similar, which is good, because I previously enjoyed this tea! Lots of cola, some cherry, and a solid black base.

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Review for the new 52teas reblend.

Enjoyed this tea enough at the Toronto meet-up that I picked up my own bag of it. No regrets. It’s a great black tea; I enjoy the bold base (picked up some astringency but that would be me oversteeping/overleafing… it’s much more tolerant than other black bases I’ve tried), and it truly does taste like banana bread. Complete with bready flavours and ripe banana. I don’t really like banana bread, but I enjoy this tea. Haha.

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drank Banana Tie Guan Yin by 52teas
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Good, but not my ultimate banana tea. I like the base, as well as the banana, but I think I would prefer a creamier base oolong (shanlinxi?) and butterscotchy flavours. The banana is a bit on the unripe side, which IMO, is perfect (conversely, in Hot Buttered Banana Bread, it tastes very ripe, which is excellent). Does not taste like banana runts the way that banana teas often do (this makes me happy).

Only really got through a few sips before leaving work (meant to go back but didn’t end up doing so tonight), so these are just my first impressions.


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Sent as a free sample in my 52teas order. Flavour/aroma instantly reminded me of Strawberry White from DavidsTea, but there’s something else in here (likely the butter flavouring) that I can taste as well. The base is noticeable and tastes like a standard white (no play-dough smell though, which is good). The tea is extremely fluffy and I was very pleased that it arrived quite intact.

Overall, no issues with the tea but it’s not a flavour favourite for me anymore. I feel like some vanilla/custardy flavourings would have worked very well here (but would have made it a different tea).

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Oh yes, I remember Strawberry white. So long ago..

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I almost didn’t buy this, which would have been a mistake. This is a fascinating (and tasty!) tea! Super not in the mood to write tea notes right now though, so briefly – it tastes very fresh, of cucumber and cantaloupe, but not TOO fresh (I don’t like artificial cucumber water for that reason. Blech). A bit of sweetness for the cantaloupe, but just a bit. Surprisingly accurate AND tasty. No noticeable oolong in first infusion.

Second infusion; definitely can taste the oolong. TGY might have been a more obvious choice for the base, but I think the decision to go with a roasted oolong here is what turned this tea from mediocre to great, because a TGY would have been too floral, too vegetal. Can still taste the cucumber-cantaloupe.

Overall extremely impressed with the flavour and execution of this tea. Somewhat sad that it now appears to be sold out, but it’s probably not one I’d go for often anyhow.

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That’s one of the reasons why I chose the Qilan base instead of the TGY – I liked the toasty and fruity notes of the Qilan and I felt like the TGY would have been more on the vegetal side and with the cucumber already having a vegetal note, I wanted something to enhance the fruity notes of the melon a little more. Thanks!

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Drank some of this tonight; I’m not sure if I just didn’t use enough tea/didn’t steep long enough, but it really has almost no flavour. A bit like… celery, almost, but kind of cardboardy? It’s strange. I really enjoyed the deep baked GABA oolong (that I have not written a note about), so I had high hopes for this. I’ll try again another evening.

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drank Ruby Red by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I missed actually drinking this earlier…. but I located it (randomly) in a bag at my boyfriend’s place, and opted to try some! It was actually surprisingly tasty! Really tasted like grapefruit – deliciously tangy and aromatic. Actually quite a good herbal.

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drank Pumpkin Cider by Butiki Teas
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Om nom nom. Drank some of this while watching election coverage. Deliciously spicy and pumpkiny :) Classic Butiki pumpkin flavour, and a great base. All in all, a happy evening.

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Without going and actually looking at the bag… I think this is the tea that I have from MissB – thanks! My initial impression was of a coconut/butterscotch white, one of those teas that many companies seem to have (e.g. Butterscotch Potion, Dream, etc.). However, this also contains blueberries, which is an interesting twist, and although the white tea and coconut are reminiscent of the butterscotch teas, it does seem somewhat different. Another case of overleafing though (I really need to relocate my measuring spoons back to the tea area), so it was a touch strong, but enjoyable enough. Very coconutty, but light. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention for the blueberry next time.

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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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