2756 Tasting Notes

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
2756 tasting notes

Sipdown! 11xx (Idk the exact number, and probably won’t for at least a month due to crazy working of two jobs, but it’s around there, haha).

Not really a sipdown though, because I’m leaving this with my mom for her to drink – I enjoy it, but I think she will like it more. I drank the 2nd/3rd infusion of her cup of it, just to remind me how it tasted before leaving it behind. Basically just a gingery green that is a bit on the creamy/bakey side (as opposed to sharply spicy).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Backlog from shortly after I picked up my teas from VariaTEA.

As mentioned previously, this came off to me kind of as a blend of their ‘Cookie’ tea and something else, although I haven’t quite identified what yet – in part because I have yet to brew up a non-astringent cup in spite of being quite careful to adhere to my 2 minute infusion. So, I’m not sure what I’m doing incorrectly, though I would guess that I’m overleafing a bit? It smells absolutely delicious though, so it’s been a letdown each time I take a drink from my cup :( Even my re-steeps were terribly astringent/bitter, and I tried cutting the tea with additional water to improve the flavour, but it just diluted it. Perhaps this is just a tea that requires milk/sweetener?

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Mmmmmmmm thank you so much VariaTEA! Now that I’ve tried actual chestnuts, I really appreciate how delicious this tea is (and it’s so much less work than peeling actual chestnuts O.O) Sweet, dark, and delicious.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Vwinsloe

Thanks for posting about this one. I’ve been looking for a chestnut tea with a black base.

Nicole

Single Origin has a candied chestnut black that is very nice.

Vwinsloe

I’ll check it out. Thanks.

OMGsrsly

IDK if you have DanDPak there, but you can get roasted chestnuts in bags. http://www.dan-d-pak.com/products/chestnuts-2/ They’re not as roasty, but they’re sweet and nutty and delicious. Asian supermarkets will have other brands of peeled chestnuts as well. I tend to get this one because it’s what I see everywhere.

Kittenna

Looks tasty – I did once pick up some chestnuts at an asian grocery, but recall them being kind of weird. I’ll look around – Guelph may not have them, but Toronto or KW should.

Kittenna

Vwinsloe – I would definitely recommend this one! I quite like it.

OMGsrsly

That’s another reason why I go for the dan d pak ones all the time. :)

Vwinsloe

Unfortunately out of stock Kittenna, so I ordered some from Adagio to try.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a lovely eggnog latte of this tea on Christmas Day at the airport. Apparently Terminal 3 at Pearson now has a DT, which was quite a nice surprise :D The barista was a bit taken aback by my choice, but I insisted! Because sooooooo good.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Shared some of this with my boyfriend’s mom on Christmas Eve, I believe. It really hit the spot for both of us – just spicy enough to warm us while playing a card game. Delicious. The boys had beer and cider instead, haha.

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Boiling

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Made an eggnog latte with this last night, and I think I maybe used a bit too much eggnog, or a bit too little tea. It was definitely tasty, and didn’t taste like straight eggnog, but I really couldn’t taste much of the tea either (which from my recollection, was kind of like their ‘Cookie’ tea, but a bit sweeter). I really wish I had something fruitier here for my eggnog lattes :(

donkeytiara

i had this last night too….what ARE those little white things that cling desperately to the inside of my metal steeping basket?? mysterious!

Kittenna

I am really not sure. I thought it was white chocolate… but I don’t think they melted…

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My other NYE tea (but it was all gone by the time midnight rolled around). Figured I’d start the new year off right by drinking some of my favourites. Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog was also on the shortlist, but I didn’t want to risk it in a Timolino, so perhaps I’ll have some of that tonight. Less oolong in this round, but amazingly roasty and delicious.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Happy New Year Steepsters!! I ushered in 2015 last night with a Timolino of this tea, toasting everyone else with their silly icky champagne. :D The tea was amazing, as usual/expected. Mmmmmmm.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown. I’m mad because my spreadsheet seems to have somehow reverted to an older version. Like, two months ago. And now everything is wrong and I’ll have to redo it all. SO FRUSTRATING.

Anyways. Drank this at my boyfriend’s mom’s place and it was pretty good. Had one re-steep. Apparently I didn’t like it much before?? Odd. Well, I liked it this time, not that I am too sad it’s gone. I’m just really mad about my spreadsheet right now.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Ok…. the dry leaf of this tea, and the brewed scent, are really strongly hay-ish, and weird. Almost pungent? Quite off-putting. I’m actually really surprised that nobody else has mentioned it… so I am wondering if it’s just something with this baggie (though that seems odd). Does seem a bit like an aroma I’ve smelled before with white tea, although I can’t place exactly where.

In regards to the flavouring though, I can definitely taste the irish cream beneath the strange presumably white tea flavour, and it’s actually really good. Not particularly a cookie or anything, but a tasty tea – I just wish that weirdness was less noticeable (but I’ll probably still drink it). No rating because of that (I’d go for mid-60s with the weird flavour).

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Huh, maybe it’s the flavoring? This is the exact same Bai Mu Dan that we use for our Cantaloupe & Cream.

Cameron B.

I usually associate Bai Mudan (and sometimes Bai Hao Yin Zhen) with a hay-like flavor. Dunno about pungent though…

Kittenna

It’s really strong – my mom wrinkled her nose at it too. I’ll compare it to my Cantaloupe & Cream when I’m back at home, but since that tea’s pretty old, it’s probably lost some flavour. It’s possible that it’s just an aspect of the flavour that’s amplifying the tea or something. I’ll have to give it a second shot, maybe in a couple days. I wish I could sent scent-mail or something so people could smell what I’m talking about! :P

Butiki Teas

Our Bai Mu Dan definitely has hay notes but I wouldn’t say pungent. The flowers could add to that too and maybe the flavorings are meshing with it in a way that makes it seem stronger.

Cheri

I love the way this tea smells. I don’t think pungent, though.

Kittenna

Maybe pungent isn’t quite the right word, but I can’t quite settle on what it would be. It’s a very strong dry hay-y aroma. But not sweet hay. Like, old hay.

Cameron B.

Musty? :P

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-I know what old hay smells like. I think that is probably the flavoring mixed with the tea. I think the flavorings that we used to give it a more buttery flavor (not the Irish Cream).

Kittenna

Ah! You might be right, Stacy. I was thinking that there’s no way it could be the flavouring, since I can definitely taste Irish Cream and it’s lovely, but I wasn’t considering that other flavours were also added. It’s probably the butter flavouring, you’re right. Mystery solved! I will endeavour to try it again sooner rather than later keeping this in mind. I also think I may have overleafed, which would have contributed to the flavour being overly strong.

Butiki Teas

I hope your next session is better. :)

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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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