2352 Tasting Notes

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drank Luxury by Betjeman and Barton
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Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)

I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.

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81
drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
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Sample #3 from VariaTea! I think this may be less better than Cavalla – it tastes like liquefied dark chocolate chips. Maybe… 70%? With a bit of sweetener? Or perhaps semisweet (but less sweet than those, by far). Definitely creamy too. I should really do that side-by-side once I’ve had a mug of each… drinking them a couple days apart makes it pretty difficult to form any real conclusions.

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78

Another tasty cup of this, but being in a baggie must really affect it, as it’s not even as tasty as plain PTA anymore. Debating picking up a bit of this in my next Butiki order if it’s still available, but I’m pretty happy with my… uh… half pound of PTA/PTA blends….

Lariel of Lórien

If you have too much, I can help you with that.

Kittenna

One can never have enough PTA! :D

Lariel of Lórien

It sounds so good, and I’ve not had Taiwanese Assam ever. Lucky you.

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85
drank French Toast by 52teas
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Drank this from a travel mug today, and I think that killed some of the deliciousness (plus old age, of course). It was still good, wonderful spicing (I MUCH prefer 52teas’ classic chai/cinnamon spice flavour to DavidsTea), but missing some of the creaminess I remember it having.

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65
drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Still not bad, but there are many other chocolate orange teas I prefer. The hibiscus in this one does peek out, which really doesn’t fit into this sort of tea IMO, and the chocolate is pretty minimal, while the orange flavour is decent. Still one more cup to go of this one – Cavo is so generous!

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79

Sipdown! Mmmm, delicious. It’s lost some of the banana/cream flavours, but it’s still a great tea. The hojicha base is smooth and toasty, and works perfectly to emulate the toastiness of coconut as well as crust. Love this tea, and would definitely love to have a package in my cupboard.

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Another gem from 52teas. Great creamy, lemony marshmallow in this blend, on a lovely non-sencha base (that is, flavourful and yes – finicky, but oh-so-delicious if you keep watch on time and temp).

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82
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you SO much to VariaTea for letting me sample some of this! So glad I did, because I don’t like it as much as I thought I would, so I’m less crushed that it’s gone. Sure, it was sweet and creamy, with vegetal mulberry leaf flavour (and it didn’t leave my throat scratchy like Mulberry Magic), and it was quite enjoyable, but I didn’t really taste pistachio… and to be honest, Butiki’s cream flavouring blows this away, too, so I’m just as happy if not moreso with Creamy Eggnog or Pistachio Ice Cream. Of course, there’s the sad fact that Butiki is closing… but at least I stocked up on those teas, while this one is completely unavailable. Certainly tasty enough though, and had I the chance, I’d stock up on 50-100g of it mostly because it’s delicious AND caffeine-free (rare combo, sometimes).

CHAroma

BUTIKI IS CLOSING???!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Kittenna

:( Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Amariel

I liked this one at first, but it turned too boozy tasting.

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66

Liking this one progressively less… Plain Strawberry Pie HB was definitely far better, and held up much better too. This tastes an awful lot like a barely-fruit-flavoured HB now, sadly.

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75
drank Winter Walnut by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Sipdown! Such a yummy wintery tea. Gentle spices (cinnamon, cloves, and some other flavours I can’t necessarily distinguish), a nice base, a touch of orange and nuts, and caramelly goodness. Great unique winter blend.

gmathis

Mmm! Sounds perfect for this season!

Amariel

Oooh! I’ve never had that one!

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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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