2498 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Backlog of a sipdown of this one from a while ago, when I just had the sample from Sil (via Dexter?) Anyways, delicious, and I have my own 2 oz. or so :D

whatshesaid

I’ve never even heard of this one!

Cheri

I love this one. I special ordered 4oz of this. whatshesaid if you want some, let me know.

whatshesaid

Wow, you must love it for 4oz! I would love to try a cup :)

Cheri

Send me your info, and I’ll send some out next time I go to the post office.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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Nice, another unknown sipdown! Thanks to Awkward Soul for this sample :D Also, 936.

I actually remember drinking these, though it was a while back – and they were malty, chocolatey, and delicious. More on the malty than chocolate side, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I wasn’t able to compare them to Teavivre’s or anything, but black dragon pearls seem to be a sort of black tea that works well for me, so I’d pick some up again, from either vendor.

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drank Caramel Toffee by Octavia Tea
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Well, I guess I’ll log this as a sipdown, seeing as there’s none left. Sigh. 937, though. Tidying up my spreadsheet maybe will get me a bit lower than anticipated… (fingers crossed!)

As before, pretty tasty tea, along the lines of other caramel teas, with a nice soft oolong base.

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Sipdown! 938. A backlog, but an unrecorded one, so it counts as a number, woo! However, it seems I was off by a tea somewhere, so it appears like no progress anyways. Sigh. This was a pretty delicious tea; I should have compared it with DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel, but the latter is so much easier to obtain….

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged sipdown! One of my favourite desserty rooibos blends. FInished off during the unlogged period.

VariaTEA

Have you had this cold brewed? I was inspired by Roswell Strange and no that’s one of the only ways I drink it because it is amazing!

Kittenna

I haven’t; I’ve really only cold-brewed the Della Terra chiffons as far as rooibos’ go. Maybe I’ll try that next summer if it’s still around!

VariaTEA

Chiffons!! I miss chiffons :) and you should definitely try cold brewing this one if you get a hold of another sample

VariaTEA

And now I am on Della Terras website…

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Sipdown! 938. Thanks again to Terri HarpLady for passing this along.

A nice, smooth chocolatey black, but if my memory serves, not as tasty as Laoshan Black. But I wouldn’t turn down a cup of this if offered, as it’s pretty good (and I’m sure it would be better when fresh, too). A nice evening cup, probably a better option than a couple other teas I have going on here…. poor tummy. Should have chosen lighter sipdowns.

VariaTEA

Seeing your cupboard number makes me feel more okay with my cupboard size. Is that bad?? :P

OMGsrsly

Oh goodness! Go Kittenna! :D

Terri HarpLady

Glad you liked it, I haven’t had this one for quite some time. I decided I liked their Bolder Breakfast better, but probably wouldn’t turn down a cup of chocolate O either :)

Kittenna

Yeah my cupboard is massive….. on the plus side, I don’t think it’s as inflated as I was worried it had become… but that remains to be seen when I actually go through everything. I just remembered some Teavivre samples I didn’t add… crap…

VariaTEA

Hahahaha. There are a few times I went to browse your cupboard and then I gave up part way through.

Kittenna

It doesn’t help that you can’t organize it right now. It’s frustrating. I plan to post an excel list once it’s a bit better organized :)

Sil

I’ve been thinking about doing this… it annoys me to no end that we can’t sort on here anymore. I just want the ability to export my tea ratings/tea log and cupboard at least once… so then i can stop relying on the site

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drank Strawberry Orange Scone by 52teas
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Sipdown! 939. Ancient tea, here – one of the first I got, from LiberTEAS. Anyways, it still has plenty of flavour – prominent orange, strawberry undertones, and a malty and STRONG black base. (I think I oversteeped a bit). A pretty tasty flavoured black, although the orange flavour here (kind of tangerine/fruit punch-ish) is not my most favourite type of citrus, and I’d like to be able to taste a touch more strawberry. Regardless, yummy.

Steven Cook

So, as awkward as this may be… Your collection is rather amazing.

Kittenna

Yeeeaahhhhhh hahahaha.

Steven Cook

Sorry =) I was bored and saw you on the mail chat so I followed you. Hope that’s alright.

Kittenna

No worries, I love new followers/meeting new people! I was away for a while and am behind on who the active people on here are now. Followed you back :)

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Sipdown! 940…. (apparently Turtle Cheesecake was not in my spreadsheet… dammit.) Thanks Sil for a sample many, many moons ago.

Anyways, this is definitely a potent black – a bit toooo potent for me, honestly, although it’s still tasty. I imagine it would be especially good with milk and sugar to tone down the slight astringency I’m picking up. I’m not catching any irish cream/whiskey notes, which I was hoping for – perhaps they aren’t all that apparent, or perhaps they faded over time, it’s tough to say. Overall, a strong, bold breakfast tea, primarily malty, and hay-y, with a sweet finish. No chocolate notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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(At this moment) NOTHING is more frustrating than knowing you’ve tried a tea, and not having a note on it, most likely due to a lengthy period of not logging teas, even though I swore I tried to avoid drinking samples. Ugh.

So this tea, is a sipdown. And I’ve had it before. And I can’t remember what I thought of it (I have to assume at least decent?). Also, it’s from Courtney (thanks Courtney!) Tasting it now, well, I believe it has likely lost some flavour. But, there’s still some tastiness to it. So I feel like it was probably tasty, but not as tasty as Cashew Turtle. There’s also a different base – I loved the Cashew Turtle base, it just fit so well. This one’s different. Not bad, just different. Maybe less… heavy, or something. Anyways, I like what’s left of the flavour of this tea. I don’t get cheesecake, but to be fair, I rarely do. I just wanted turtle. And I get kind of a nutty/caramel flavour. It’s satisfying. A touch of scratchy throat too (bleh), but oh well. I assume this would get a rating of about 80 for me, fresh, but I won’t be presumptuous and will just leave it off and cross my fingers for more turtle-flavoured things in the future.

Also, I have attempted to update my tea spreadsheet. It currently reads 939 teas. I am quite aware that this is an incorrect number, because I had a bunch of swaps that are only partially recorded, and I also have teas incoming. Oh, and I bought two more today. So I guess that’s 941, down to 940 with this sipdown. (I think I’m actually around 1000, but we’ll go with the “official” count right now).

tl;dr I have too much tea.

Sil

not to mention the 12038201398 teas at my house

Kittenna

And soon they will be here and added. Sooooooooon.

Sil

haha

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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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