2880 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
2880 tasting notes

Sipdown! Not a favourite, so I’m ok with this being gone. Raspberry/strawberry teas are not what I am finding I want right now.

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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I thought this one was long gone, but apparently I still had a cup’s worth left. So, I enjoyed it last night, making this another sad sipdown. Wish I had a bit more of this one, but I’ll definitely be picking up some leafhopper-bitten blacks sometime in the future. So good.

Cavocorax

Oh, this is such a great tea!!! I need to find a replacement…

Kittenna

Let me know if you do!!!

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72

Meh. Another one for the rehoming pile. As rooibos blends go, it’s perfectly fine, but it’s just not a tea I see myself finishing off happily.

TeaNTees

Hello, do you recall if the banana was overly artificial tasting?

Kittenna

My recollection is that it was rather, yes. It’s not overly strongly flavoured at this point, though.

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85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Sad sipdown. I’ve been craving this tea all week, because something at work has been smelling like it. Clearly I need to get more sooner rather than later, if I’ve been craving it. Sigh. Someone in the Toronto area will place a Lupicia order soon… right?

And thanks again to VariaTea for the rest of her pouch. It was thoroughly enjoyed.

VariaTEA

Yay! I’m glad the rest was enjoyed :)

Amariel

I remember liking this one…:)

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51
drank Tropical Island Black by Kally Tea
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Flowery, slightly fruity; not for me. One serving left and this should be gone (I should have just brewed a larger mug today).

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54
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Sipdown! I remain ambivalent about this tea. I can taste the coconut and a tang of pineapple, but there’s too much base flavour for me to enjoy this. I am happily sending it off to Roswell Strange in the hope she will give it a better home than I :)

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65

Sipdown! Thanks Sil!

Interesting to try this tea, but I didn’t guess I’d be a big fan, and I was right. It’s bold and brisk (as would be expected from a tea intended for an antarctic expedition), and although my mug of it is not astringent, I prefer a bit of a smoother, mellower body. Taste-wise, I’m getting a mouthful of malt, and maybe a hint of chocolate, so it’s actually a profile I find reasonable, it’s just a little too bold and plain. Probably good with milk, though :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I guess I enjoyed this at some point, because I found the empty bag… haha. I recall really liking it the first time I tried it, and I’m sure I did the second time as well.

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91
drank Golden Oolong by Peony Tea S.
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Jeez, one single piddly note for this tea, and it’s gone? (I do have it on a list somewhere to write about, which I guessing I’m skipping ahead to now). So yes, sipdown! Also, this tea is really incredibly delicious, and I wish it wasn’t all gone :( I believe when I finished it, I checked the website for it, but I no longer remember whether it was still available…

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79
drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
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Not really getting the “pistachio” here, but can certainly tell that there’s some tasty flavouring. This is definitely quite a robust tea though – I would like to try it with a bit of milk of sugar, because I really think it would improve it (not that it’s not tasty otherwise!)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

The base tea is amazing with milk. :)

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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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