2229 Tasting Notes

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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80
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
2229 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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77
drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2229 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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77
drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
2229 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!

Preparation
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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86

Sipdown! This one was a bit old… It was ok this time but not great. I am really more into aged tieguanyins now, it seems! Or milk oolongs. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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64

Sipdown! A pleasant enough black, but really only retains flavor through one infusion. Perfectly good, a bit creamy, but nothing special.

Also, apologies for the short notes, typing on the iPhone is irritating!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

How do you get the parameters and rating to work on the iPhone. Mine simply does not work :(

OMGsrsly

Zoom in a lot, and tap. Don’t slide. :)

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89
drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
2229 tasting notes

Still quite tasty and withstands being in a travel mug. A bit of floral pear, but not overly, and a nice ginger bite that deepens with longer infusions.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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68

Accidentally made this with boiling water today…. But it was actually pretty good! I’ll probably do the same next time, though there isn’t much left.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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51

Pretty sure thanks goes to Cavocorax for this one? But correct me if I’m wrong. And thanks for the hibby warning on the label! I cautiously steeped it for only 2-3 minutes, and that seemed to keep the hibiscus to a minimum… but I wasn’t a big fan of the flavour in general. There’s something about some of these “Christmassy” herbals that I don’t find appealing. Some spice or something; I’m really not sure. Interestingly, though, I finished my cup of this one off the next day, and it was much more pleasant cool, kind of juice-like. So perhaps that’s how I’ll drink up the remaining cup and a half or so!

Second infusion was a bit heavier on the hibiscus… drank it cool and it was about the same. Drinkable, not a favourite. So overall, nothing wrong with this one (as long as you’re mindful of the hibiscus), just not to my preferences!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

yep – that’s a cavo tea!

Cavocorax

From ages ago! :O

Sil

Woman. Puh. Lease. Be amazed she drank it the same year she got it lol

Cavocorax

Hahah. Hey Kittenna, what’s your cupboard at?

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82

Sipdown! Yay me!

Still pretty tasty, and perfect as a treat in this cold weather. Not that I’ve been outside much, mind you, but the floor is darn cold…!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

silly goose!

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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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