2756 Tasting Notes

78
drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

This is a surprising-not-surprising winner for me. Surprising because it’s a honey bush base, and I didn’t expect coffee flavour to translate terribly well, but not surprising, because I would expect to enjoy a creamy coffee flavour and well, this is Stacy we’re talking about, not some junky company.

It’s actually quite tasty. Bang-on coffee ice cream. I went through a phase of always getting coffee ice cream when I had the chance (cones in the summer, etc.), and this is exactly how it tastes. Not as sweet (though I almost feel like sugar would ruin it), but otherwise practically identical.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Skulleigh

Ok, that sounds like a confusing drink. I like coffee in stuff like ice cream, but I don’t like coffee as a drink. To have a drink that’s coffee flavored but not coffee makes me wonder if it tastes like coffee-as-desert or coffee-like-the-drink. That makes my brain hurt.

Sil

this was one of the few i was annoyed i wasn’t able to stock up on

Kittenna

Skulleigh – it tasted more or less like liquified coffee ice cream. Not really like actual coffee.

Sil – I now wish I could have stocked up on it too :(

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75
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Holy grape. I can see why this managed to contaminate VariaTEA’s other Lupicia teas, because it is POTENT. However, it’s also pretty good (though won’t make it into my top teas… just not that big of a fan of grape). Anyhow, I found it to be quite a juice tea – the black base was pretty tame, so the grape was all that I really perceived. And it was a pretty nice, true version of grape, not that bubblegum clone that sometimes is passed off as grape. Overall, happy enough with this, but I’m glad I only have 25g :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Thank you so much to VariaTEA for gifting me the rest of her packet of Cookie, because I looooove this tea, and it’s so deliciously rich and perfect for winter. I still don’t get “cookie” but it’s rich and malty and bakey and yum. 3 infusions overall.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Another DT eggnog latte – this time while shopping for a few more half price Christmas tree ornaments (and getting a tea sample for my mom). It was delicious, and she enjoyed tasting it as well.

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88

This tea. Yessssssssss. Quite sad I only have the tiny half ounce of this one and it’s all gone, because it is a very delicious white tea. Perfect light cinnamon/vanilla spice, yummy squash flavour, and since I’m doing this from memory, I can’t remember the other flavour association I made….. oh! Nuts – it tasted quite nutty to me. Perhaps that was the base?? But I like nuttiness in tea, and it really worked. This would have been a 1-2 oz. purchase for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
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Seems I may have oversteeped this a touch tonight, because there was definitely some astringency, though it was quite drinkable. However, it was a fairly unremarkable tea, IMO. Not really roasty, a bit of floral perhaps, but nothing too special, to my palate anyhow. I’ll drop the infusion time to 2 minutes next time (although we’ll see tomorrow what the resteeps bring).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Got a tin of sachets of this tea from my sister this Christmas (a regift, but a very well-received one, considering I haven’t tried this tea AND it sounds delicious!) The aroma from the tin is not overly caramelly/vanilla, but it’s quite pleasant. I’m working from memory here (in bed right now) so I might have to adjust that later, but that is my predominant opinion of it. Brewed, though – it’s pretty tasty. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of Butiki’s Butterscotch Pudding, which I had brewed up a second/third infusion of at the same time. I did notice some astringency though – I’ll have to watch time/temp a bit more closely next time. Maybe only give it a minute and decrease the temp slightly. The resteep was quite good though. Overall, quite pleased! I really would like to try more of Zhena’s teas (though I would prefer them looseleaf instead of bagged).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice, maybe I should give them more of a chance. I only tried their coconut chai a couple years ago and it was pretty decent.

Kittenna

I really like the coconut chai. Can’t speak to any of their other blends though.

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100

Had a caffeine headache last night and brewed this up for a nice comforting tea… it was perfect. Really tasted the oolong last night, and it was really solid and enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I like this one

AllanK

I love this tea but isn’t it a black tea, not oolong?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

tis black tea with a touch of Wuyi oolong :)

Kittenna

Yep, what Thomas said. I must have just gotten a bit larger portion of the oolong in that cup, and it was really tasty.

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88

Delicious. I can taste the butterscotch much more prominently in this tea than the other, and therefore, I like it much more! I am noticing, however, a bit of a play-doughy flavour – I’m starting to wonder if that’s either an artifact of butterscotch flavouring, or perhaps bai mu dan, because this isn’t the first time that I’ve tasted that flavour with a similar combination. It was a pretty mild association though, and the sweetness of the butterscotch was strong enough to completely overwhelm it after the first sip or so. Certainly happy with this base.

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

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94
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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Brewed this up last night (my Christmas Eve!) because I wanted some tasty treats while prepping everything for our belated Christmas. And it certainly was a treat :) It tasted more or less like the old Creamy Eggnog though – I couldn’t really taste the nutmeg. Will have to give it another try and maybe compare it against the other to notice the differences (or mix with one of the Nutmeg teas, as I’ve considered previously). Of course, since I like Creamy Eggnog, that’s not a problem – I was just hoping for it to be a bit different! Still a high rating though.

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

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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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