2606 Tasting Notes

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drank Bilberry Black Tea by Compass Teas
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 963.

Steeped correctly this time; not a bad bilberry (blueberry) black, but not overly exciting. Kind of what you’d expect from this sort of tea – mild base tending towards astringency if oversteeped, and a great blueberry aroma, less in the flavour. Good for travel mugs. Less so for drinking and savouring.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 964.

I wasn’t sure I’d tried this before, but by some miracle, I have and there’s a tasting note. Haha. Anyhow, it looks like I wasn’t overly impressed before, and after having Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon (which… I kind of wish I had picked up a bag of before it disappeared)…

Anyhow, it tastes vaguely like grapefruity-citrus today. Not bad, and if I hadn’t had better grapefruit teas, perhaps I would like it (aside from the green/black base. Hate those. Also sprinkles.) Not terrible overall though. Bumping the rating a touch.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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80

Sipdown! 965.

Oh, I will miss this tea. Such a delicious slightly blueberry, very sweet mapley aroma. And sparkles. I recall the flavour being not quite as good, but I will enjoy this farewell cup nonetheless. The rest is off to *Indigobloom*… finally!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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84

I drank this tea on the weekend… part of the reason I am sure I’m “over” strawberry greens (and hence the quick sipdown on Della Terra’s Strawberries & Cream). It’s not bad, but the flavour bores me now. In the past couple weeks, this is probably the fourth strawberry green I’ve had, and… enough is enough, haha. A bit of this left from Sil, and it’s likely to be travel-mugged as this cup was, since I’m less picky when I have no options, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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79

Damn. This one really REALLY shines when brewed and left to cool in a travel mug for…. a while. Enough that it’s below body temp, anyways. Then, it’s delicious cherry vanilla cola. Hot – it’s weird, but that’s to be expected. I assume it would be great done intentionally as an iced tea too (not necessarily cold brew, but hot-chill). I, however, am quite happy to put in no additional effort, and just avoid drinking it for a good 10+ hours until it reaches the temperature of perfection. Really, it’s just like flat cola. And since I hate carbonation? And there’s little to no sugar? Big win.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
2606 tasting notes

This should have at least one note for it from me, but of course it doesn’t.

Anyhow, not such a big fan of this tea. Kind of a plummy slightly spiced black. Not offensive, but nothing I’m overly fond of. I would much prefer that this was their Tangerine Spice.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
2606 tasting notes

I still think this one tastes like sour cherry. I have no idea why. But I adore it for that. However, either the travel mug killed the deliciousness, or it sat too long (killing the deliciousness). So, next time I must remember to drink it more quickly after brewing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

Sipdown! 966.

Trying to make “room” for the ridiculous amount of teas getting ready to explode my cupboard (all my own doing, of course). I like this tea, and am interested to try the new sample pack headed my way, but I think it’s too much like LB Light for me. I want MORE chocolate, and it’s coming off like a dilute LB, which is not so appealing, comparatively. No real oolong flavour, though. Maybe if there was more of that, it would be tastier.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 967.

Accidentally infused 20F below my intended temperature, but figure it would taste ok anyhow… seems right. I don’t recall exactly what I thought of this tea previously, but I was ready to dismiss it tonight as just another strawberry green… but OH MAN the cream flavouring. Definitely makes it into a different beast entirely. Not much tea base here (temperature?) but loads of creamy, and a bit of strawberry. I knew there was a reason we ordered more than just a tiny sample size of this one.

Anyways, Indigobloom – I hope you like this one! I decided this was a sipdown for me before tasting it, so you’re getting a bit extra :D

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59
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
2606 tasting notes

Another very “upside-down cake” rooibos. Quite delicious. My boyfriend thought the kitchen smelled pretty awesome after I had steeped this – all mapley goodness. I’m not really sure it tastes like carrot cake to me (maybe an over sweetened cake, or one with overly sweet cream cheese icing). The cream cheesiness comes out more in later infusions, as the first is dominated by overwhelming yummy maple.

I’m not sure why I have this rated rather poorly… it’s pretty tasty, and long-lasting (could have had a 4th infusion if I didn’t want other teas). Bumping up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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