2596 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
2596 tasting notes

Aroma-wise, this tea is pretty much perfect – in fact, it smells more like eggnog than some eggnog I recently picked up. SO GOOD. Brewed up, it’s a bit weak, and the green rooibos base interferes a bit with the flavour (I think it would be better on a light green base like dragonwell), but it’s so nice to breathe in that delicious aroma from the hot cup. This might be a 25g purchase for me, just to have some around, but because it’s such a season-specific flavour, I don’t think I’d crave it overly often. (Besides, I have plenty of creamy teas, and I also picked up some Spiced Nog from Butiki, which might be more perfect. Also, I believe I got a bit of throat scratchiness from the rooibos and/or flavourings, which is not overly enjoyable.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Had just a bit of this left, apparently, so figured I’d brew some up in anticipation of getting more, haha. So delicious, roasty, chocolatey, comforting. Probably going to resteep it a few times tonight, too.

Shadowfall

They’re putting more up for sale soon?

Kittenna

It’s up!

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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Threw some of this in a travel mug as well, since the flavour was pretty potent and I figured it would hold up well. And sure enough, quite good success. I’ll probably zip through the rest of my sample like this, since I don’t think it’s really a tea I’d sit and sip as much as others.

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Another travel mug yum. Not as good as some other oolongs I’ve had, but that’s Teavana for you. Still has the lingering oolong flavour I crave, though, so it’s satisfying enough.

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77

Yum. So much juicy blackberry. Still can’t really detect the lime, but enjoy it nonetheless. It makes me sad that I won’t be able to get this again, but I don’t love it enough to stock up. Sigh.

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87

Glad I found a few of my other milk oolongs to keep me from buying more. This one’s pretty good, but I seem to more or less like them all equally. Great milkiness/creaminess, and lingering oolong flavour. Perfect in my travel mug en route to a friend’s wedding yesterday!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Sipdown! 986. I hadn’t even remembered that I had some of this left, so it was a lovely surprise when I was tea-organizing the other day to have come across some :D Still a big fan – there’s some flavouring in here that reminds me of Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake, although of course there’s no strawberry, and the base here is perhaps a bit more forgiving (RQ has gone bitter on me a couple times when I’ve oversteeped). Therefore, I think it’s the espresso-esque flavouring that I’m gauging as similar. Anyhow, this + Divine Temptation are definite rebuys, especially since I never actually mixed the two together! Anyhow, a fond farewell for this amazingly rich, decadent, malty tea.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! 987. Finished off the last of my older bag of this tonight. So good. This is how a flavoured green should be – full of spot-on flavour (ok, it’s not eggnog, it’s creamy deliciousness, close enough for me), no astringency, and a delicious base tea that complements the flavourings. Perfection.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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Sipdown! 988. This is definitely somewhat bitter, though still tasty. Pretty sure I prefer the other (less-bitter) ones, though I really need to try the last one (two?) before being certain. Thanks again VariaTea!

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drank Key Lime Pie by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 989. Honestly had forgotten that I drank this a few weeks ago, but enjoyed it just as much today as previously. Nice creamy lime with a reasonably gentle black base. Not getting the bitterness that people have described, but that’s likely because it’s a bit on the old side. Anyhow, a solid tea if this is the flavour you want. If I wasn’t so tea overloaded, it might be a nice change to have in my cupboard when I want a flavoured black, but something brighter and less caramel/chocolate.

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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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