2880 Tasting Notes

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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Another cup of this one, since I rediscovered it (I don’t know if I actually posted that note yet or not, so this may be out of order). Anyhow, deliciously rich, dark, chocolatey, malty. Amazing.

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drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
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Nabbed a quick cupful of this off my friend – and it’s actually pretty good! Strong bergamot, but it’s nicely paired with chocolate and a bit of floral. I imagine it would taste good with milk as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Sadly I missed out on this one. The boyfriend-creature promised that he’d get me some for VDay – go figured he’d leave it to the last minute and it would be sold out at our store.

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drank Maple Tea by MlesnA
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Worse than the vanilla tea. No noticeable maple aroma or flavour, just a vague sweetness. Just as bitter/astringent as vanilla, but no redeeming other flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Vanilla Tea by MlesnA
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Bought a single tea bag of this tea at a tea shop just for curiosity. It wasn’t bad, though it was more astringent than I’d like despite a 2 or 2.5 minute infusion. Vanilla flavour was noticeable, but not incredibly decadent or anything. Worth a try, but not a tea I need to have again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Linden Flowers by La Cour Tisane
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Meh. Falls into that weird category of vaguely chamomile-esque gross herbal teas. More palatable than chamomile, but not good. Actually slightly better than the ground juniper tea I tried last night, but they were remarkably similar (drank side by side). Don’t plan to drink linden flower tea again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Cranberry by La Cour Tisane
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Had a sip of my friend’s cup of this tea. Not bad, for a hibiscus herbal. Characteristically pink and somewhat tart, but actually had a bit of additional sweetness that was good (and smelled way better than the oner two herbals I had going at the same time). Probably would be yummy sweetened. Not bad for a random tea selection.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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56

Bought this at a tea store in the Byward Market in Ottawa, since you could get individual bags. Sadly, we are very disappointed – no juniper flavour at all, just a vague herbally-ness. with a touch of sweetness. Very uninteresting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

What a bummer. It sounds like it would be interesting.

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty tasty; definitely honeydew, but there’s an artificial-ness to it. I’m happy with my sample and that should be it for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

Awdarn. I don’t like those artificial flavors. I went ahead and ordered 50 grams of this, hoping it would be nice for iced tea. Now that we’re above freezing I’m jonesing for iced tea. I guess I’ll see how I like it.

Lisa Elizabeth

Is the kiwi flavour strong? I’d like to try this but I really hate kiwi flavour.

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
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Yum, so delicious! Wish I’d bought tins upon tins of this one… :(

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drank Berry Refreshing by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh, not sold on this one. It’s berry-fruity, a bit tangy from the hibiscus, and the lemongrass surprisingly doesn’t really add much of anything. I’m sure it would be quite refreshing as an iced tea, but hot? Not so much.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Blech, I didn’t care for it as a cold brew. Way too artificial.

Kittenna

I can definitely see that.

Fjellrev

Kudos to you for trying these fruit blends hot, especially ones with hibiscus. I stopped bothering a long time ago.

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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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