3132 Tasting Notes

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Had the most disappointing mug of this yesterday; very little cinnamon, and obviously a bigger piece of hibiscus than usual, resulting in a less flavourful, more tart than usual, cup of tea. Extra disappointing because I only have about a serving’s worth left now, and then it will be gone forever :( :(

Indigobloom

Oh no I hate when that happens!! or when you buy some of your fave tea again and it just isn’t the same, and you wish you had known before drinking that last cup of the first batch

keychange

+1 to everything just said…uggh.

Kittenna

Yeah :’(

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought a ton of teabags of this recently because they were on sale, but I’m starting to think that that wasn’t the best move – the tea tastes different to me, very artificial. Perhaps it’s in part caused by the actual plastic teabag?? I may try snipping some open to see if it tastes better that way. Here’s hoping…

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Indigobloom

maybe try airing it out?

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71

keychange was so nice to share some of her new teas with me! We opened this up at her place yesterday, and thought it smelled okay, lacking a bit on the banana, perhaps. That observation seems to have held true for the flavour as well. A nice enough flavoured black, but neither chocolatey nor banana-y enough to really achieve “Banana Split”. Just vaguely tasty.

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keychange

Uggh how disappointing! I’ve half a mind to take this entire box of tea and chuck it out the window.

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Sampled a bit of this from Indigobloom as well. Although it tasted ok (roasty, sweet lemon), I think I may have burnt my tongue a bit, which was sad. I believe I have some of this en route, so will get to have another chance at it (or a few) in the future.

Plunkybug

Oooh, yuck, burnot tongues are the worst! Hope the buds feel better soon!

Kittenna

Seem to be ok now. It wasn’t too severe, thankfully!

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81

This review is for the new 52teas 2015 reblend, courtesy of Indigobloom (thanks!!)

The five of us kind of split a mug of this shortly before OMGsrsly had to head to the airport, so we wouldn’t have quite so much tea to drink. Good plan, as we all then tasted the same thing. I was quite fond of this, and felt like it tasted quite like banana bread, with a distinct lack of runts flavour, and a lovely buttery/bready essence. Apparently I was in the minority, however, which was ok because that meant I got to finish the mug!

Anyways, I’d happily order some of this to have around. Tasty.

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OMGsrsly

(I ordered some! AHH!!!)

Indigobloom

Milk or no milk, I do adore this tea!!

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79

Met up with some lovely Steepsterites today and had a wonderful time! Came away with too much tea, though, and sorely regret not hauling things out of my stash to bring and offload, too.

Anyhow, this tea came from the huge order that keychange made from East Indies recently, and is one she was not fond of, in part because it didn’t taste like cherries. Well, it didn’t taste like cherries to me either! However, it had the cakey sweetness of other teas like Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and Blueberry Crumble, and therefore I found it delicious. Also, sparkles. I didn’t really write down anything more about it, so should probably re-review later, but it was tasty.

Thanks for sharing, keychange!

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Roswell Strange

I’m very jealous of the meet up! We’ll have to figure something out for Christmas this year since I’m in Regina – but it’s a shame you all don’t live as close.

Sil

yea :( would have been great to get everyone in one place!

keychange

It would have been awesome! also, glad my east indies stuff is being enjoyed by someone!

Indigobloom

I’m so gonna try it soon as I kick this cold

Kittenna

It’s tasty.

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72
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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Tasty, but mostly oolong (pouchong-type) and little mango flavour. That could be a result of age, so I’d probably be happy to try this again fresh. Thanks to VariaTea (I think?) for offloading her teas on Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Brewed this a bit overly strong on the weekend, but still quite enjoyed it. Deliciously coconut-creamy chai. Once I retrieve my teabags on Wednesday, I’ll have another cup or so of it. I have also been reminded of the fact that I have a caramel(?) chai from the same company, which is quite good. I’m not sure where it is, but now I want it… haha.

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Weekend tea, but this had definitely lost flavour. Oh well. Also, it was the first tea in my newest travel mug, and it seemed to pick up some plasticky flavours… so I ended up actually dumping it out. Very sad.

keychange

oooohhhh what’s your newest travel mug?

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60
drank Pumpkin Maté by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t mind the flavour of this one overly, but it smelled a bit fishy while I was brewing and drinking it (ew), and the mate is just too… earthy for me. Minus the fishiness, it smells pretty decent, and the flavour isn’t bad, but I much, much prefer Spiced Pumpkin. The spices here are a lot less apparent (to the point where I can’t even really pick out what I’m tasting). Won’t be picking up any more of this tea.

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Helena

I bought the pumpkin sampler so I will have to see. I might try drinking it before work tonight

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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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