2225 Tasting Notes

No notes??? Odd.

Anyhow…. yuck. Do not like. I tried a sip, and it just didn’t appeal to me in the slightest; the mint and juniper made me cringe. However, I fed some to my mom, and she seemed to enjoy it just fine, and drank a re-steep as well. So it looks like this tea will be re-homed (and I’m not sad in the least about this!) So basically, if these are tea ingredients you enjoy, this tea may be just fine for you…. but I do not enjoy them. At all. Withholding rating because it just wouldn’t be fair to give it a 5…

ETA: I see there’s another version of this, without the apostrophe. When I get around to it, I’ll get Jason to merge the two.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
2225 tasting notes

One more cup left of this one! A decent genmaicha, but I think I prefer Verdant’s version now, and it’s probably mostly because they use a different (non-traditional?) base tea, and I like how those flavours come out. This tea is toasty and robust, and would be a great sushi accompaniment (now there’s an idea…!)

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

Sipdown!! Man, this is a tasty tea. One of the first malty, chocolatey, delicious black teas I tried, so it will always have a special place in my… tastebud memory?? Anyhow, I still have the leaves sitting out for a possible second infusion… perhaps that’s what I’ll do after dumping the Persimmon Tea…

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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11

Unfortunately, I’ll be echoing the other reviewers on this one… not a great tea, kind of fruity-tasting, and the worst part is that the fruitiness is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. I loathe cherry cough syrup. I don’t know whether it’s the rooibos being medicinal (certainly a possibility), or the fruity flavouring being gross, but I’ll be dumping the cup… I have one other delicious tea sitting here brewed up, and a couple boxes more to pick from if I feel like having something else.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
2225 tasting notes

Sipdown! I gave the last bit of this that remained to Roswell Strange, after taking aside about a half cup’s worth so I could have one last sip. It tasted much like I remembered – the characteristic DT peach flavour (which I’m a bit over), and a dark, smokyish base that wasn’t overly strong. Probably would have a made a great iced tea, but the peach flavour just wasn’t quite to my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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83

Steeped this one up for my mom a few days ago – I think I understeeped, as she said the flavour wasn’t as obvious as the aroma, but it was still ok. I drank the resteep the next day, and it was definitely pineappley, oolong, and delicious. I should really compare it to the Lupicia version, as I seem to quite like that one as well, while the DavidsTea version fell flat.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

i like both lupicia and butiki’s versions strangely. You need to drink more so we can order from lupicia!

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86

Ahhhh, wonderful. I brewed up what may have been my last package of this tonight (I really couldn’t say, though… I haven’t kept great track lately). I gave the most to my mom, and she’ll likely drink the resteeps tomorrow, but I poured myself a nice small cup too. Mmmmmm… I brought far too few oolongs with me on my holidays this time, so it was a welcome treat. I can’t wait to get back to my full tea stash (although in some respects, being constricted to just a few means I get more sipdowns!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
2225 tasting notes

I’ve been oh so terrible at writing notes lately. That last attempt didn’t work very well.

Anyhow, drinking a bit of this one tonight, and the smell is just insanely delicious. So much burnt-sugaryness. Wonderful. The flavour isn’t quite as spectacular, but then again, unsweetened flavours rarely are (when they’re meant to mimic dessert treats, anyhow!) Almost done my bag of this, and it will unofficially go on my “acquire small amounts in the future” list.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2225 tasting notes

Second note on this one…. Because I had it twice! I’ve been lazy recently, and have just been drinking the teas that I’ve already rooted out from my cupboard.. Perhaps good for sipdowns?

Terri HarpLady

I went on their website last night & tried to order the sampler, which I’ve meaning to do for awhile. Every time I added it to my cart, I ended up with 2 in my cart, so an email has been sent, & hopefully that will be quickly resolved. I’d really liked this blend & would like to sample all of their teas :)

Terri HarpLady

And just like that, it is resolved!
So I’m happy to report that the Devotea has excellent customer service!
:)

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drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2225 tasting notes

Strong and black? Yes, very much so, yet not astringent, so really quite tasty plain. Not for the faint of heart (or palate), that’s for sure!

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Boiling
Terri HarpLady

I planned on buying some of this quite awhile back, & never did. Thanks for the reminder!

Cavocorax

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

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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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