2359 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
2359 tasting notes

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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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70

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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82
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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Coffee substitute, eh? That makes sense…. boy does this brew up dark! 4 minutes and it’s more opaque and dark than most coffees, I think! I didn’t drink too much without sweetener (yes, I dumped in some maple syrup), but the flavour was reasonably pleasant. Strong and full, though not bitter like coffee, just heavy and rich, with maybe a touch of the flavour of liquorice (but no lasting weird sweetness, just that black liquorice flavour). A bit on the woody side, perhaps (but not the woody I mentioned in other reviews. There, I meant stale. Here, I mean it in a much more favourable light? Hard to explain, apparently!)

Anyhow, once sweetened (I couldn’t handle much unsweetened… but I also don’t drink unsweet coffee), it’s more palatable, but I’m still not overly fond of it. I’d rather drink my sweetener with a nice spicy and/or smoky chai.

Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea!

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33
drank Love Elixir for Him by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Janelle for a few bags of this tea! I remember thinking that I’d like it more than the “Her” version… but not really. It smells “herbally”, and a bit like hibiscus, and tastes like old woody hibiscus (also a bit fruity). I’m starting to wonder if all of the teas in baggies from Janelle have picked up this woody flavour, as it’s the same that was in the Nightcap tea… but I also have a cup of Coconut Grove here (baggie stored in the same place) and it’s fine. So maybe it’s the hibby. Bleh. Have two teabags of this one left… not sure what to do with them!

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88

Don’t remember why I rated this one quite so highly before, as I was quite ambivalent about it this time. Still an okay tea, lemony and light, but nothing stellar. I have more, so I’ll adjust the rating if need be next time.

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90
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious caramelly-spicy fall tea. Yum. Another one that shouldn’t have been discontinued :( It’s so much better than Pumpkin Chai. Anyhow, got to savour a cup and a re-steep of this one a while back, and it was perfect. Side note: I mixed together a resteep of this and Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake. Not horrible, but not advisable either. The flavours weren’t terribly compatible.

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87

Pretty tasty, but I wish it was a bit creamier. Ah well, still the most easily -obtainable cream of grey and it does the trick, especially in a travel mug.

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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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