2245 Tasting Notes

66
drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
2245 tasting notes

Sipdown! Accidentally deleted my second note on it, oops. Anyhow, the aroma was deliciously the same as previously, but the flavour was unfortunately lacking. Still tasty enough, though!

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

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66
drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
2245 tasting notes

Thanks to Roswell Strange for letting me sample some of this blend! I drank my first cup of it waaay back in January, when I first got it – and was pretty impressed. Butterscotchy, and that banana flavour that just treads the line between artificial and natural-tasting. The aroma reminds me of my beloved Banana Oolong, that DT tragically discontinued.

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

I’ve always been hesitant to try teas with banana or banana flavor to them…

Kittenna

Some are absolutely fabulous; others taste like banana runts and it’s a bit sickly. This one is definitely more realistic banana, which is wonderful (though as I said, not quiiiite real). Have to be careful though!

Hello.Kiki

Every time I go into Teavana (I know, I know) I’m tempted to try their chocolate bananas foster. I just love dessert teas!

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2245 tasting notes

Mmmmm. Drinking some of this from Sil – the aroma is gone from the dry tea, but it still tastes pretty good :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Sipdown! Lovely bedtime tea, and I get a re-steep tonight, woo!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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Strangely, I don’t think I’ve written a note about this one yet. Or even tried it, for that matter. Anyhow, I found it fairly enjoyable as a gingery, creamy green. I had it about 12 hours after infusing, though, so I think I need to have another go at it to give it a fair rating. Pretty happy with it though (although I do wish I’d brought it at Christmas, as my mom would perhaps enjoy it.)

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

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48

I thought I had heard really good things about this one… but I think I was mistaken. Either way, I was pretty unimpressed. I think this is the second time I’m trying it (doubt I logged the first time), and in neither case did I taste much of anything berry. In fact, you could almost convince me it was a straight tea. I don’t think it’s flavour-loss (since I’m pretty sure Tangier was from the same purchase), but oh well. I’ve encountered other berry blacks that I enjoy; it’s ok to have a dud. Thanks for letting me try this one though, Sil!

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

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75

Thanks to Sil for some of this lovely tea. I quite enjoyed it; nothing special but quite a good example of a basic peachy black. Or at least, peach was the fruity flavour I was getting from it. Anyhow, fairly mild black base, no astringency, and nice juicy flavour. I bet this would make a tasty unsweetened iced tea.

ETA: Apricot, I see. That makes sense. I often confuse the two flavours! That might also explain why I found it tastier than peach teas I’ve tried.

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

I like this. I have a little left of my sample and debating…finish it off for sipdown or hold onto it for summer cold steep?

Kittenna

Hmm, I’d be tempted to save it for a cold-brew! Curious how it would be.

Amariel

Ack, I just used it up. Maybe I’ll get the chance to get more and cold steep. Aiming for sipdowns, and this was an easy one.

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83
drank English Blend by Lupicia
2245 tasting notes

Drinking another cup of this now… and I’m actually really enjoying it. Sweet, light, hay-y flavour, with absolutely ZERO astringency, yet plenty of body. Bumping the rating; I’m very pleasantly surprised. Kind of glad I have a bunch of this around now; it will be a perfect travel mug tea.

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

oooh, I’ve never tried this one, obviously I need it! hee hee

Kittenna

Yes, OBVIOUSLY. Hahahahahaa. Also, I’m quite thankful for the user URLs not changing when names change, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue who you were! So many people changed names while I was gone.

OMGsrsly

Oh Kittenna, you can change the url as well. :)

Kittenna

Oh yes, I know. I did that for mine, when I changed my name long ago. However, most people don’t do that :D I like that it doesn’t auto-change.

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33
drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
2245 tasting notes

Ehhhh…. can’t really review this one properly, unfortunately. Opened up the well-sealed bag given to me by Sil – it smelled like vomit. Classic coconut rancidity, I’m quite sure. Anyhow, I gagged a bit and brewed some up anyways (when you know that it’s just rancid coconut, and you’re not brewing up chunks of puke, I can handle at least taking a sip). Brewed up, less barfy aroma, more like it’s supposed to smell… but there were still hints of upchuck. A sip revealed distinct flavours of cacao husk (yum), rooibos (meh… wasn’t great), and… well… rancid coconut. It was tough to taste past the coconut, but I don’t think this would be a blend I would enjoy anyhow – although I do like cacao, the rooibos adds an off-flavour that I’m not fond of.

Disclaimer: This tea has obviously gone off. The rating reflects my impression of the tea as I feel it would be without the rancidity; I’m not fond of rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Starfevre

I hate how coconut blends go off so fast. Reminds me that I have an open package at home that I need to drink up quickly.

Sil

that seems rather quick for it to go “off” 4 months?

Kittenna

Yeah. I was thinking that too… I knew I hadn’t had that one sitting around for all that long.

Jude

Thanks for the smile this morning, not the kind of vivid imagery one expects in a tea review :)

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55

Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest; primarily a hibiscus-heavy herbally blend, and I’m about right. Doesn’t particularly taste like strawberry kiwi to me, just like hibiscus, although to be fair, the hibiscus isn’t overpowering and just adds a nice amount of tartness. It’s really not a bad tea as herbals go, actually, just not true to the name.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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