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2221 Tasting Notes

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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!

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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…!

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Sil

silly goose!

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85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

I still think that the first batch of this I tried may have been better, but this one is still pretty tasty. I’m not getting strawberry rhubarb pie, but it is a great and comforting tea!

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Sil

first batch being original or first batch purchased? :)

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82
drank Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Second random very backlogged note detailing the second time I drank this tea in New Zealand. I’ve gotta log as many of these things as I can remember, in hopes of one day surpassing the number of notes Sil has! Haha.

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82
drank Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Random very backlogged tasting note describing the deliciousness of this tea as consumed from a travel mug in New Zealand. Heavenly.

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82
drank Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! And I’m currently not keeping track of numbers, since I’ve received a bunch of tea that I haven’t had time or the inclination to add to my cupboard. But be assured that I’m in the mid-800s, or higher. Sadface.

Anyhow, this is a delicious tea, and I’m sad that it’s gone… except that means I have one fewer tea!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Apparently I’m the first to log this tea?

Anyhow, I found it to be quite an enjoyable cup of earl grey. I’m pretty sure this is one of the teas I took to New Zealand, and so my sample packet was finished off pretty quickly! I can’t really say how it compares to other EGCs, but there was a strongy creaminess, and the bergamot was strong, but not overwhelming. Quite a good balance. I’d certainly pick this up again if making a Tealux order, though other places are a bit more convenient otherwise.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m pretty sure I’ve tried this before… but may not have logged it. Anyhow, it’s actually pretty tasty! There’s a fresh, fruity flavour mixed with definite creaminess. The green base blends in seamlessly until the end, where it appears a bit more in the aftertaste. I don’t recall it being this good previously, but it may have been in a travel mug… or maybe I didn’t actually have it! Either way, more realistic strawberry flavour would be great here, but as is, I’m really appreciating the softening effect of the creaminess. Quite a delicious cup.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81

This tea really needs to go! Likely owing to its unsealed bag, it’s definitely losing flavour, though it’s certainly still tasty enough to drink. Almondy (without tasting like amaretto) and very much baked-goodsy, I should be able to finish it off pretty quickly if I try, since it’s definitely the right season for it!

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Fjellrev

Ooh, I’m glad I ordered some. But touché that it loses its flavour.

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81

Mmmmmm. A good old standby. I usually pick this tea when I’m craving an oolong; I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s gone! I did start off with 2 ounces, though (I think), plus a sample pouch, so I’m not in the danger zone quite yet… Roasty, creamy, nutty, oolong goodness. Not much floral to speak of, making it a grounding, rich winter beverage.

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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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