2515 Tasting Notes

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! 937. A bit bitter (because I oversteeped it and this one’s finicky), but still tasty strawberry goodness. I definitely prefer Red Queen Cupcake for that depth of flavour and chocolatiness though.

Stephanie

This one was so good iced though

Kittenna

I honestly never tried that. Cold brew or hot brew/chill? Sil gave me about one more cup’s worth so I’ll have one last hurrah with it :D

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Also not as enamoured by this tea as I had hoped. Couldn’t really detect the buttercream/toffee notes, and I believe I caught a whiff of play-dough-iness from the tea, which I’ve previously attributed either to the tea base being old/poor quality, or to a flavouring component. It didn’t translate into the flavour, thankfully, but was a bit off-putting. Again, though, another attempt is warranted to try and coax out some more delicious flavour.

VariaTEA

I am glad I didn’t invest in a pouch of this one given your review. I certainly thought about it though because it sounds delicious.

Sil

no. stop it. both of you.

Kittenna

I am sads. It sounded so good.

VariaTEA

They always sound good and they never are. Alas, heartbreak is inevitable with each order.

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Bit the bullet and sipped this one down yesterday! 938. (That number was reduced a bunch, then added to by 8 incoming teas from 52teas. And then there’s that bag from Sil next to me…. yikes…) As usual, the tea was great. I’d probably like to have this or a similar blend stick around with me, as it’s a nice alternative to a bakery treat. Certainly not almond sugar cookie IMO, but bakey-caramelized sugar-nutty goodness, yes.

Sil

If it helps, I put in some teas from mandala for you to try lol

TeaBrat

I miss this one… kind of tempting to place a S+V order :)

Kittenna

I saw, thank you! And TeaBrat – yeah, there are still a few from there I’m curious about! But I’ve only finished off a couple so far… and they’re a couple years old.

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Not overly impressed with this one… I’ll have to give it another shot not in a travel mug, but I got very little flavour from it beyond a general fruitiness on a mediocre oolong base. It wasn’t bad, certainly drinkable, but could have been much better. Sigh.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum yum yum. A travel mug of this yesterday/today. A great desserty tea, although I think I wanted something more fall-flavoured today. Should have made Pumpkin Chai or something.

TeaBrat

I really like this as a dessert tea also!

Kittenna

I think I may actually like sniffing this one more than drinking it! It makes the whole tea area smell glorious. Of course, the taste is a bonus :D

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78
drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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Picked this up recently from 52teas’ (got my teas today!) because I couldn’t resist trying a pear tea. Eventually, I will find the One.

Picked a black tea to round out tonight’s cups because I figured it could maybe compensate for the unfiltered water a bit better than the two greens. I hadn’t really thought that through previously. The flavour when I opened the bag was unbelievably delicious – it smelled almost exactly like an apple fritter, except with pear tones instead of apple (so a pear fritter, but I didn’t think that would bring to mind the same imagery as apple fritter). The cinnamon is perfect and not overwhelming – I have been so averse to cinnamon in teas lately, because there’s just something to it that I dislike, but there’s none of that going on here.

Tastewise, I think the tea is pretty good, though it is tough to live up to such an amazing aroma. I did of course eat a carrot muffin just prior, so my mouth is contaminated with spices and it’s difficult for me to properly taste the flavours. Oops. The sip I did have shows promise though, but I’ll finish up this note once a) the tea’s a bit cooler, and b) my mouth is a bit less flavourful.

ETA: The flavour was good but weak. It was the perfect cinnamon pear flavour, though. I’m hoping brewing it a bit stronger/longer will help (to be fair, I wasn’t using my usual mugs, so it’s possible I underleafed.)

Fjellrev

If only teas could conveniently taste how they smell…

Tealizzy

I agree with you on the cinnamon…I’m just not craving cinnamon teas this year.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, you’re another one looking for pear teas. I know there are people looking for pear, and people looking for peach, but I never remember who. I’ll have to check Bayswater again as they got in a couple new ones.

Kittenna

Fjellrev – in a perfect world…. :D
Tealizzy – I’m still enjoying some cinnamon, but I’ve become VERY picky on it, and there’s a certain cinnamon flavour that I find completely unappealing, which didn’t bother me before. Which does rule out a bunch of fall-ish teas, sadly.
OMGsrsly – Yep, but I’m mostly piggybacking on Sil with it, instead of searching things out. I have so far been impressed with Bayswater – maybe they will pull it off at some point! I also would love a truly peach-flavoured black or oolong, but it’s not as much of a priority.

OMGsrsly

Ahh, ok. :)

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drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
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Hard to tell how this one tastes – I think I’m getting a bit too much of the unfiltered water affecting the flavour here. I can tell there’s a honey sweetness and a fair dose of minerally notes… but to what extent those are attributable to the tea vs. the water is tough to say. I think this may be a good tea (though lighter than Blue Mountain Twirl), but I can’t say for certain until I try it again in another setting.

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82
drank Blue Mountain Twirl by DAVIDsTEA
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Quite tasty! A sweet, minerally green with tons of flavour. A bit of an autumn leaf aspect to it as well. Survived a 4-minute infusion, which is nice. This definitely does not have the same qualities as greens I usually drink (i.e. it’s not particularly vegetal, beany, rock sugary), but it’s pretty tasty, and a nice change. Looking forward to drinking it with filtered water in the future (just tap water today as I’m not at home).

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I might need to pick up 10g of this to try!

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Sometime in the last few months, I finished off my last 2 ounces of this tea. And it was delicious, and I had missed it quite a bit. And now I am logging the sipdown… while I have a new batch already in transit. So, yet another fake sipdown, as I call them, when it’s really just a restock. Anyhow, looking forward to a fresh batch! And fingers crossed, my beloved Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha, once it reappears too!

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Backlog. This is such a dark, roasty, chocolaty, almost burnt-tasting tea. It’s wonderful. Like an extra toasted Laoshan Black, or something. Love it. I still have a few packets of this one left, but I’m running out! :(

Sil

i finished all of this that i had saved… so sad..

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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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