2970 Tasting Notes

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drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
2970 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown!

Had a bag of this from a while back; I believe it came as a free sample with a Lupicia order. Either way, ended up drinking it at work (oh, speaking of that, I now have a job where I can actually brew tea during the day, which is pretty exciting and gives me hope that I can get through a lot of different teas that I don’t like to put in travel mugs, because I won’t have to do that) and added some milk/sugar to make it extra tasty, which it was. Plain, it probably wouldn’t have worked for me, just a bit too strong. If my Book of Tea has a packet of this, I may get to try it again, and write a tasting note a bit more promptly.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog and sipdown!

Got a sample pack of this from an online order a month or two ago, and decided to take it to work to drink it. I believe I mixed it with Teavana’s Caramel Almond Amaretti, which perhaps is a bit richer/more caramelly than Forever Nuts, though they are similar. Quite yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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Backlog & sipdown!

Yum yum yum. A tasty treat one workday a while back.

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77

Yum. Drank some of this again. Still enjoyable, but reaching boredom with it as I am with practically every other tea I’ve been drinking lately! Tea fatigue.

Indigobloom

Yep. My tolerance is way down these days :/

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82

Drank this one other time too, but have no recollection of drinking it. So it was probably good and not oversteeped at that time. And I probably thought I was drinking a different tea, therefore attributed the tastiness to something else.

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Uhhhh I’m pretty sure I have written notes on this tea before, but perhaps it was under a different name…….. anyhow, drank this the other day. Nice and beany but I oversteeped so it was way too strong, bitter, and astringent. Whoops. And because I have no time during the week, I definitely did not manage to get another infusion out of the leaves, which is kind of sad :(

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80

Again a good black tea that I finished off the packet from. There’s more sweetness/hay-ness here than Bailin Gong Fu, and it’s not suited quite the same to my black tea preferences, but it’s still pretty enjoyable.

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83

Finishing off a packet of this, though I don’t believe it is a sipdown. But it could be. I have no idea at all. Either way, it was delicious and chocolatey and wonderful and I quite enjoyed it. Not surprising.

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Trying to sip this one down… still decent, but again falling into the “meh-flavoured green” category. I believe I did actually enjoy the apple spice this time, though, just not compelling enough for me to want it again too soon.

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drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
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Apparently I once liked this, but flavoured greens just so aren’t my thing anymore. I don’t specifically remember drinking it, either. Haha. I’m sure it was just fine, but nothing special.

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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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