2972 Tasting Notes

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drank Pony Goal by The Teaologist
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Backlog (from this past week). Yum, yum yum. Creamy, butterscotch/vanilla strawberry tea. I’d like more of this one, please. :D

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46
drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
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Backlog (from this past week). I had a recollection of enjoying this tea, which apparently was incorrect, according to my previous note…. but that also fits with how I felt about this tea when I drank it this week – kind of metallic and flavourless, with a bit of soapiness possibly from the coconut flakes. Oh well.

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90
drank Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong by Tea Ave
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Backlog (from this past week). A deliciously creamy and tasty oolong. I had at least three tasty infusions.

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67

Backlog (from this past week). Apparently I took poor notes the last time I drank this, and wasn’t much better this time, although I did write down that I was picking up a bit of an artificial cherry note that I found to be unpleasant. It looks like I previously thought this was ok, but I wasn’t overly fond this time. Oh well!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog (from this past week). I thought this was fairly weak and boring, though the base flavour was decent, and I’m relieved to see that I labelled this as reasonably boring last time I had it too. I think maybe I need to use a bit more leaf to amp up the flavour, because it’s not really a bad tea at all, I think the popped rice is maybe not adding as much flavour as the tea leaves, yet taking up room in the measuring spoon… you know. Anyhow, still have some left to try, if I remember this!

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93

Backlog (from this past week). Drank this at work and definitely enjoyed it, but I just want more vanilla, which is frustrating! The flavour also really only lasts one infusion, though I drank a few anyways.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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Backlog. Another note, because I have written down that I drank this twice at work before sipping it down. Each time it was delicious :D

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91
drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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Backlog. So a bit out of order, being logged after I already logged the sipdown for this tea, but I drank it at work prior to sipping it down. Felt like a good choice for some cold days (and it was).

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92

Backlog. I have a pouch of this sitting at work right now… perhaps I’ll have more tomorrow. I really like this plum flavouring + creaminess + oolong. Very unique and delicious.

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83

Backlog. I hadn’t remembered liking this tea, so had avoided drinking it for quite a while… which was apparently kind of stupid, since it’s actually pretty tasty. Had it at work the other day, and again, renewed my love for flavoured oolongs. Yum.

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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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