2276 Tasting Notes

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Made a thrilling discovery today – my newer reblend of Marshmallow Treat, though not quite as good as the older package, seems to have improved with age. Hallelujah! It’s definitely not quite as sweet and marshmallowy, but at least now I’ll be willing to drink it. :D

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Look at you, squirreling some of this away. :) This one is definitely a 52teas winner.

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Er…. I don’t remember who sent this tea to me :( It was whoever the last person I swapped with was… who I also got some 52teas from…. maybe if I check my Steepster messages I can figure this out…

Anyhow! My first tea from Cornelia Bean, and unfortunately I’m not overly impressed. The strawberry flavour is very similar to a bunch of other strawberry teas I’ve had previously, which is ok (of course, I’m completely blanking on their names. One I had a sample of from *Sil*… and sometimes teas with this flavour are labelled as “strawberry + papaya”, I think… bad memory today, it seems.). It’s kind of light though, but that’s to be expected as a consequence of old age. I’m more disappointed in the meringue bits – they didn’t even fully dissolve for me, so I have no idea what they really add. I may try a second infusion in less water, adding the other half of the packet into the infuser, and see what results. Otherwise, this tea is probably very similar to those other ones I mentioned, that I’ll have to look up.

ETA: I believe the tea I was referring to would be “Yaya Strawberry” by Steep City, and I believe the swapper in question was Courtney, although I am nowhere near 100% sure about that.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Enjoying a cup of this lovely black this afternoon. I perhaps underleafed/understeeped a bit, as it could have been stronger (or maybe it’s because the package has been open since the first time I tried it…), but it’s still a tasty, smooth black. Thanks again to Yezi for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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Not a big fan. I tasted the maple and cinnamon, but there’s something about the cinnamon DT uses in a lot of blends that doesn’t sit well with me. I really don’t know what it is, but this is not the only tea that has this certain flavour that I really don’t enjoy. Oh well; at least I only have 12g!

Cameron B.

Yeah, I wish their cinnamon was more like the spice and less like the candy. :(

Amariel

I found it lackluster myself.

Kittenna

I’m not really sure what it is about the cinnamon, but it really turns me off. A bit disappointing, because I did like the maple in the tea, but the cinnamon made the whole thing gross.

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drank Sencha Yabukita by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks again to Janelle for some of this one. I’m sure it tasted better when it was as fresh as the description says, but it was still a pretty good tea. Buttery green tea, a bit nutty. Vegetal and delicious. I can only imagine how it was previously. Probably one of the first plain senchas I’ve really enjoyed.

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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So tasty and rich. I’m craving this tea pretty often now… almost out and need more (easy to run out when making it for a travel mug and using twice as much…. but there’s no way I’m getting close to 8 or 16 cups out of this….) Anyhow, delicious even without sugar. Rich, chocolatey, espresso, strawberry. Fabulous.

Amariel

I like this one a lot.

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77

Still enjoying this. Nice juicy blackberry with the guayusa. Still don’t taste any lime but I’ve made peace with that. Haha.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Fed some of this to sick boyfriend the other day. He actually wanted tea! Granted, I heavily sweetened it with honey, but he actually thought it was pretty good. (It was funny – he wanted some tea with honey and I had a really tough time finding a tea in my stash that would actually be appropriate for a cold, and was not overly weird and filled with random herbs. Thankfully this did the trick!) Anyways, I didn’t really drink any, but wanted to log this here anyhow. I have a cup’s worth left for one more taste another day.

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Still fairly tasty; I think the coconut is starting to go a bit off but it’s still ok. I really should drink down more of my coconutty teas to prevent this… other teas seem to last but coconut sadly does not. Oh well! Enjoying it for what it is, and I’m glad that this tea seems to be replicated across other companies, so I can probably acquire more sometime in the distant future of < 200 teas…

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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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