2970 Tasting Notes

100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Drank this recently. Need to stop drinking it so much because I’m tiring of it. Sigh. I might have had it more than once, actually, but it’s only getting one very backlogged tasting note.

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34
drank Peach Matcha by Naked Teas Galore
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Trying to use up some old matcha, and discovered something one should never do – mix flavoured, sweetened matcha with sweet protein powder. Holy overly sweetened-ness! I mixed a bunch of this in skim milk with some soft-serve vanilla Promasil… yikes. I still drank it, but it was too much. I think plain matcha would have been a better idea. It also doesn’t help that I am not overly fond of this particular matcha, especially because it’s sweetened.

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75
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Again, a sipdown. And again… meh. I really don’t need flavoured matcha, honestly. Just plain stuff is perfectly fine for me, then mixed with “regular” (aka a bit sweet) almond milk. I did mix this stuff with unsweetened almond-coconut milk, and it had the perfect amount of sweetness, but it’s silly to pay high tea prices for sweetener. Anyhow, it wasn’t overly vanilla-y, but was good. I believe I prefer Red Leaf’s matches, however, especially with their ability (if it is still around) to select your matcha grade and flavour intensity, so you could really amp up on vanilla flavouring if desired.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

I agree, these DAVIDs flavoured ones are weak.

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89
drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok… I like this tea, but I think I’m a bit fatigued of it, since it’s one of my easy-grab teas that tastes good in a travel mug, so I’ve had it a fair bit lately (whether or not I’ve written notes to that effect). Anyways, sweet and nutty, chocolatey goodness :)

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86
drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea that, although good, I’ve been drinking too much of. Despite my large hoard of tea, I’m really getting bored with what I’ve been drinking lately, because my travel-mug-compatible teas are actually rather limited. I need to go through my cupboards to find more teas-in-large-quantities-that-work-in-travel-mugs. Haha.

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90
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Don’t recall if I’ve written a tasting note for this tea since I picked up 100g in-store, but I’m just about finished my previous batch, which is good. I will definitely miss this tea when it’s gone, but I just can’t justify picking up too much more because of the possibility of coconut rancidity.

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89
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I’m almost done this tea now. It’s tasty but I prefer cream versions. I believe this is supposed to have yogurt drops or something in it, but it really isn’t overly obvious, it just tastes like a light lemon/bergamot tea. Which is enjoyable and refreshing (particularly compared to black earls), but I want cream!

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78
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Drank this the other day when I was craving something different. It was ok in the travel mug, but due to its tendency to get astringent very easily, it was a bit potent, though the nutmeggy flavour was delicious. Probably best to drink out of a mug (which hopefully I’ll get back to doing soon).

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81
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Went a bit crazy and bought 250g of this off the website… hopefully I keep liking it that long! At least it comes in 5 sealed pouches so it should be fresh for a while yet.

Anyhow, drank some the other day, and enjoyed it as per usual. Still wish it wasn’t quite so chamomile-y, but the mango is spot-on here. I wish that there was a mango oolong with this flavour.

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74
drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
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So I’m still ridiculously behind on tasting notes, with partial notes written on some teas, and a really bad incomplete list of what I’ve actually drank recently. Thankfully, the job situation will be improving come May 1st, with a transition to actual part-time hours at one job. In the meantime, the 15-hour days continue, as does the lack of presence pretty much everywhere.

Anyhow, I’ve grown to like this tea, though I probably don’t need it in the quantities I ended up purchasing (I don’t even know how much I have, because it’s spread out over the entire house, pretty much). Distinct Butiki pumpkin flavour, plus creaminess (which really only is noticeable if the tea is not rinsed prior), and pu’erh. Would prefer this on a black base, but the reduced harshness of the pu’erh is welcomed. One day maybe I’ll compare it to the other two/three Butiki pumpkin teas that I have, but that will be a long time off in the future.

Fjellrev

Glad to hear your job situation is improving a little bit!

Kittenna

Thanks, me too. Still need to work on getting a job in my field, but I haven’t even had the time to be doing that lately, which is lame. So much work.

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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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