3134 Tasting Notes

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Oh no, almost out of this one! I think I’ll force myself to drink up any other milk oolong samples in my cupboard before I let myself pick up more, though. Even though I will be sad if I can’t take this to school once a week or so :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Milk & Cookies by 52teas
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Hmm. I wonder if this is a bit too old now… there’s really not much flavour beyond “flavoured black tea”. As in, it’s kind of malty in a flavoured sort of way. And I can tell it’s a black tea. Not particularly bad or good… but I certainly am not getting anything remotely like milk OR cookies here. Ah well. I have a bit more to try again, but I’ll withhold a rating here as I suspect age is a factor. Sigh!

Thanks for sharing some of this with me, momo!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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63

Thanks to momo for this sample!

I initially got a whiff of a grapey aroma from the dried leaves (which made sense as it has “vineyard” in the name, but it doesn’t much taste like grapes… and I see they aren’t even an ingredient, haha. Once I get past the lack-of-grapes bit, though, I can taste quite a nice fruity tea! The primary flavour I’m getting is peach, I think, not really strawberry, but it’s fairly good. Very little black tea flavour, other than some astringency, but that may be because I used a pretty short infusion time.

While this tea is pretty tasty, unfortunately it’s reminding me too much of some sort of alcohol (no idea what, though), and I’m finding that offputting enough that I wouldn’t pick this up myself. Not so offputting as to not finish the cup and later, the rest of the sample, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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76

Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this one, which I’ve neglected for quite a while!

I drank it this morning, so can’t recall details, but I enjoyed it well enough for a non-chocolatey black. No astringency, a nice sweetness. I have some more left to try again, and will hopefully do a re-steep tomorrow morning as well!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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70

Wow, it took me forever to get around to trying these! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not hugely fond of jasmine, or if it got lost somewhere… Anyways, trying it now!

To be honest, this tea is pretty much what I expected. Although I’d like to say that 5 pearls is too much for 8oz, haha. I’m getting reasonably good jasmine flavour atop a nice malty black base, but as I mentioned, it’s a tad strong. I can’t recall how long I steeped it…. somewhere between 3-5 minutes, but I steeped it this morning and really can’t remember. It’s a little bit astringent, but I think that’s from too much leaf (and sitting out for a while).

I’m glad I got to try this, but I think I’d prefer to stick to jasmine greens/whites. However, for the floral/perfumey black tea lover, this is probably amazing!

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Boiling
darky

i had jasmine green pearls before, didn’t know black once even existed sounds fun

OMGsrsly

That’s pretty much my opinion of it, as well. But a friend loves jasmine teas, so she benefited from my leftovers. :)

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83
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Sadly not quuuiiiittee a sipdown today, but oh man do I love the flavour of this tea. In spite of the bit of astringency, there’s just such a malty, caramelly flavour that I’m just loving. Bumping the rating; I will definitely be getting more of this when I eventually make a Lupicia order. I wish I could figure out what this tea reminded me of, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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92

Sipdown! It’s about time – this is from my very first Verdant order, about a year ago. I think the tea has probably lost a bit of flavour, but I’ve had 3 very enjoyable infusions today (well ok, I oversteeped the second but ended up drinking it anyways!) Very green-vegetal (not chewy/green beany like the Laoshan Greens), but lots of creaminess and oolong flavour. Love it. I think I have another, newer bag of this as well, and I left one with my mom as well (though if she hasn’t been drinking it, I’m totally stealing it back in April!) Eventually, assuming it remains available, I will pick up more of this :) (Well, the freshest incarnation, of course!)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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66

Yum, fruity honeybush. Not really getting any rhubarb tartness, but this is tasty and makes me think of a light version of Strawberry Pie Honeybush, which I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Sipdown! Of the batch from momo, anyhow. I don’t recall if I still have some from Azzrian sitting around too.

Anyhow, I still quite like this one. Sweet and caramelly and pretty delicious. I’m likely to keep some version of this in my cupboard most of the time, but as I have numerous ones right now, definitely no need to get any more of this!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! And technically kind of a double sipdown, because I both finished off my sample packet as well as an additional packet I received in my Boxing Day online order.

I accidentally steeped this one for 2 minutes longer than intended, but it doesn’t seem to have caused any problems. The flavour is unmistakably sweet, tasty pineapple. The only problem is that I’m really not tasting the oolong here. That’s one of the things I love about Banana Oolong – the delicious, strong oolong flavour.

Looks like the previous note I made on this tea said much the same, so I won’t be picking up any more of this (but I now have a renewed desire to get another 50-100g of Banana Oolong before it’s unavailable).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 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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