2970 Tasting Notes

Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this tea!

Unfortunately, we had another case of flavourless tea this morning… Again, I swear I didn’t underleaf, but the result doesn’t taste like much (except there’s some astringency with this one). I really don’t know what I did wrong. Luckily, I have enough of this to try and fix my obvious mistake(s)! Putting this in the travel mug may have been mistake #1…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

You know …. this could just be too old babe. It may not be fresh enough this was one of the first teas I got when I first started drinking tea 9 months or more ago and I know I sent it to you ages ago as well.

Kittenna

It is possible, although I have older teas from you that still are just fine. I suspect that the remaining flavour was too weak to hold up in the travel mug, so I will try it next time steeped normally!

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
2970 tasting notes

Made some of this to take to work today, and it was nearly devoid of flavour. I did note that the instructions indicated to use 2 tsp of leaf per cup, which I swear I doubled (as I was making it for my travel mug), but I could really barely taste anything. It was quite odd. Just kind of a bland, smooth black. My score on here indicates that I liked it (also, I bought it, heh) so not sure what went wrong! My best guess is that I somehow did underleaf it….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Hummm maybe your taste buds are sleeping. This and the Lady … strange.

Kittenna

I was wondering that too, except I could taste Coconut Pouchong just fine. I just finished this one off and got a bit more flavour out of it, but still very weak.

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, maybe try steeping it longer. These leaves can handle long steeps. I once forgot about the tea and left the leaves steeping for more than 30 minutes and it still wasn’t bitter.

Kittenna

Stacy – I will probably try that next time, but I now have extra reason to suspect I under leafed yesterday – can’t find my 1 tsp measuring spoon, but the 3/4 tsp one was out with my tea stuff…. so I may have in fact only used 3 tsp instead of 4 here. And in my other less-than-flavourful cup. :(

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84

Good old reliable coconut pouchong. So coconutty but not in a sweet way, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to sweets. Yum. Also, works great in thermoses :D

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
2970 tasting notes

Soooo delicious. Used up most of the remainder of my little sample for this cup. I still have trouble differentiating this from a green tea, but it’s absolutely divine. Sweet and vegetal, much like Laoshan Green (which I really should have brewed up alongside to figure out what the differences are). I nearly picked up an ounce of this a while back but didn’t (which is okay, I have too much tea!); I’m really hoping though that the coming year brings a new batch of this so I can have it again!

Instead of weighing out the tea this time, I went with maybe a bit more than 1.5 tsp for probably around 8 oz. of water, and doubled the infusion time as I was worried about it being weak. It’s pretty perfect.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
2970 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I wish we’d acquired more of this via Lupicia’s Happy Bags, but sadly not. And now I’m finishing off the last of this sample from Azzrian.

Delicious pouchong and peach, this is really a lovely blend. Easy to sip away the whole cup quite quickly (as I have done!)

Someday, I’ll hopefully make a Lupicia order and get some more of this, but for now it will just be a memory. Sigh.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Sipdown! Thanks again to Mercuryhime for this one.

It’s as tasty as I remember, chocolatey/malty and minty without the gross pepperminty flavour that I dislike. It had been sitting in a box of “teas to finish” for a while now, so glad I got to it! Nice to make a little sipdown progress tonight, even if it does seem pretty minor when I look at the ridiculous amount of tea to my right…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Mercuryhime

Every bit of tea finished is an accomplishment!

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67

First impression: this smells like vomit. Oh no. Rancid coconut? Why does coconut seem to go rancid so easily in some teas and not others?

Anyhow, going to give it a shot anyways…

Brewed up, nasty aroma is gone. WHEW. (Ok, the tea has totally cooled, so I can’t speak for when it’s hot.) And the flavour…. is actually better than I was expecting! Creamy, sweet-ish coconut on a pu’erh base. Unfortunately, I’m getting a hint of soapiness, which I’d attribute to the coconut perhaps going off. Seems to be a pretty big trend with coconut (i.e. soapiness, off-flavours).

If the slightly weird flavour/soapiness was not present, I’d have to say that this would pretty much rocket into first place in terms of coconutty blacks (counting pu’erh as a black here, obviously), as it’s not at all astringent/bitter and the base is quite nice and earthy, while the coconut is deliciously creamy. I just am having trouble getting past those off flavours :( Hopefully not all batches of this tea are like that (and I suspect not, which is why some people like this tea while others really don’t). Mediocre rating due to this issue, otherwise it would be in the 80s.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Not a fan of of vomit. I’d rather my teas not smell like it. Thanks. ;)

Kittenna

Yeah, me too… had it smelled the same steeped (as Adagio’s Pina Colada did), and tasted such, it’d be a total writeoff, but it really sucks that it actually does taste kind of good!

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89

Sipdown!

I’m sad to see this one go; it’s one of the teas where I think the hibiscus has been used perfectly, and the yogurt in here gives it the perfect touch of creaminess. I’ll definitely miss it and would consider re-ordering it if it sticks around on the DT site!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Dang, you’ve been busy tonight!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I was just updating a few notes; I don’t really like that Steepster pops them all back to the top of the dashboard whenever I make an addition though :/ I have yet to brew up new teas (aside from this one) and log them, heh, so there’s more to come! :P Apologies!

Tabby

Ohh, I see. It does that to me all the time. I really wish it wouldn’t treat edits like new posts!

Kittenna

Me too. It previously didn’t, and then when they did an upgrade (which messed up a bunch of things), that’s one thing that changed, and it hasn’t ever been changed back.

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2970 tasting notes

Travel-mugged; delicious. Smelled a bit chloriney when steeping, but luckily that went away. Just enjoyed a delicious second infusion, which was quite refreshing as it sat on my nighttable for a couple hours while the boy and I napped, and had cooled down to room temp.

Cavocorax

Good to hear you’ve had so much success with your travel mug. I’ve been paranoid about using my timolino since I realized how it could effect the taste!

Plunkybug

Which travel mug did you get? I too love this milk oolong.

Shmiracles

i’ve been saving this tea for this weekend, and now with you’re little review i’m definitely looking forward to it even more :)

Kittenna

Cavocorax – I’ve learned to deal with slightly less than optimal flavour when putting teas in the travel mug, but often that’s offset by the fact that I really want tea, and thus it tastes better! You just have to be careful about which teas you put in there back to back, and I find that straight greens and whites are typically not worth it, but blacks, pu’erhs, and oolongs (and probably many herbals) are great. Just, chais and minty teas need to be chased by a tea that can handle lingering flavour :D

Heather – I have two Timolinos, and recently got a Contigo travel mug for Christmas (from Costco – great deal, two mugs for $20!) The Timolinos are my favourites, but the Contigo keeps things pretty warm, is a bit bigger, and is also leakproof…. and a lot cheaper!

Shmiracles – The first time I had this one, I was blown away by the milkiness! So unexpected and delicious! Hope you like it!

Cavocorax

Fair enough! Thanks for the advice! I guess I better try it with my favourite teas instead of ones that I’m already iffy about it. ;P

Kittenna

Haha, yes, that’s probably a good plan! I had two massive “misses” today (out of three thermoses of tea)… there’s something to be said for trying the tea before putting it in the thermos as well…

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84
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
2970 tasting notes

Made this up in a travel mug on Tuesday, didn’t drink it until Wednesday (today-ish). It was pretty tasty though! I really like this one, I must say. It was mostly cranberry today, but delicious cold.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 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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