2387 Tasting Notes

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Drinking some of the Spring 2014 version of this tea… and it’s glorious. It was even more glorious when I drank it when it was fresher, but it’s still quite good. Sweet, vegetal, rock sugary, beany goodness. A perfect dragonwell, and you can get multiple infusions from it too, which is great! I drank three total over the weekend (and am currently using the second half of the packet for a new set of infusions!)

Previous comments about this tea stand – although fresher is definitely better!

Thanks so much to Teavivre for this delicious sample!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Are you kidding me? I hadn’t reviewed this before either?? UGGH. Anyhow, Birthday Cake. Fun concept, but by far not my favourite Butiki blend. Perhaps I don’t care overly for marshmallow leaf? Either way, I found this tea to be ok if one overleafs quite a bit, but rather baseless if not – the marshmallow leaf just doesn’t provide enough base for the flavours, I guess. The tea does develop quite a thick mouthfeel if you use a lot of leaf, which is interesting… Anyways, flavourwise this is mostly just sweet and creamy, which is perfect given the name, but I prefer the flavourings with Creamy Eggnog.

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Sipdown! And thanks to Terri HarpLady for a sample of this tea, way long ago! Of course, my boyfriend and I burned through most of the episodes featuring River, so I ended up drinking it while watching Heroes. Ah well. Anyways, it was an intriguing blend. The brewed aroma was strongly earl grey/bergamot, but the flavour was more nuanced – I could taste the lemon (it reminded me of DavidsTea’s Earl of Lemon), and the rooibos (also, it gave me a scratchy throat), but didn’t notice the coconut. Perhaps it added a bit of creaminess, but not much else. I’m sure this would have been a bit tastier had I drank it sooner, but it was still a good cup (and I have a re-steep coming up later tonight, I think). Probably not a tea I would care to have again though, mostly because I didn’t care for the inclusion of rooibos here, and I’m not the hugest fan of earl greys (unless there’s loads of creaminess, which there wasn’t quite here).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Yay progress! This tea tasted a bit old to me, but I still got the lovely milk oolong flavour. Probably not worth picking up again as it’s just too inaccessible for me, but if you like creamy milk oolongs and happen to be near a Bird Pick Tea & Herb, it’s a great choice.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Obligatory note for one of the previous cups I had of this tea… oh great unlogged period, you plague me so. But this one I caught, and I know I had two cups from that sample bag. Two delicious, delicious cups.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Love this tea. I suppose it will be my replacement for Checkmate, since that one disappeared and I didn’t even know about it :( But anyhow, this tea is wonderful. Chocolatey, coconutty, and very nutty makes for quite a decadent cup. It’s so much better than Choconut Oolong because there’s no liquorice flavour, which turned me off that blend. Hoping this one stays on the wall, because it’s a favourite!

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drank Ginger Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked this (and a fifth Timolino – yes, I’m ridiculous) up on Saturday after enjoying an in-store sample. I’m reasonably impressed – I’d heard it was quite gingery, and that’s certainly accurate, but the pear flavour is definitely discernible as well, and quite juicy. Because of the ginger it can’t quite satisfy that weird desire I have for a perfect pear tea, but it’s pretty enjoyable. The first infusion is most pear-y; after that, the ginger takes over. Overall a pretty decent tea, particularly if you like ginger!

Starfevre

I have like 8 contigos so I can’t point fingers.

Kittenna

I have 5 Contigos and 5 Timolinos. However, the lids of my Contigos are all gross, which makes me sad. Gross as in, they’ve accumulated flavours and won’t let go of them, and it ruins tea I put into them. Hopefully I can fins a solution, because I do quite like them as well, but I’m gravitating towards the Timolinos because they clean pretty well and don’t seem to ruin teas in the same way.

Starfevre

soak them for a while in vinegar or something? If you’re not using them anyway because they’re gross, you can just fill up a bucket and leave them for a while

Kittenna

I was debating bleach. I believe I have tried vinegar, and separately, baking soda, but no dice. Maybe a cleaning brush would help too.

Starfevre

I would have suggested bleach but then you have a bleach smell.

Kittenna

Yeah – I was concerned about that. It’s frustrating. I wouldn’t mind if the smells they accumulated were of flavoured teas I liked, but usually it’s a flavoured tea that was gross, or alternately, I neglected to clean the mug promptly and it smells kind of moldy/nasty. Sigh.

Starfevre

I had to deep clean the breville for the mold thing once. Took like 8 boilings before the bleach smell came out

Cameron B.

Smart Soak? :D

Kittenna

Oh – is that the stuff Mandala sells?

Sil

yes… it’s great. you get a free ounce of is with the puerh sampler if it’s still around.

Kittenna

Interesting.

Starfevre

I DID use the smart soak. It STILL took a long time for the bleach smell to come out. It was beautifully sparkling clean at the end though.

Kittenna

Hmmmm… perhaps I should get some. Although I don’t need more tea with it, haha.

OMGsrsly

Smartsoak OR if you’re cheap, try denture tablets. Just don’t use the extra minty ones. And hot hot water.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Only took…. 3 years? to finish off my 100g. Anyhow, I will definitely miss this tea. One of my favourite flavoured blacks. I’ll probably end up picking up 25g sometime when I’m at DT just because it’s so tasty (and I bet it tastes even better fresh! Haha.)

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from a while back (as well) – delicious! Sadly, someone threw out my teabag before I got more than one infusion though. Tears :(

Sil

riiiight ’cause you need more infusions of this one. also, just remember cavo has like 6120398219038 oz of this

Cavocorax

Actually I drank it all! It’s gone!!! But I still have buttloads of Ceylon Star…

Sil

hahaha

Kittenna

I still make an effort to re-steep my teas as much as possible, and there’s usually at least 2 from this one before it turns just minty. Ah well.

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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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