3125 Tasting Notes

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Well, I feel a bit triumphant now, because tonight this one has flavour. I gave it a full minute infusion, with two overfilled tsp in 8oz.

It almost tastes like a cross between a leafhopper tea and a green oolong, but muted… (but the Mi Lan Dancong may still be in my tastebuds…) …Nope, still getting those honey notes. It’s light and sweet, and there’s the oolong vegetal flavour, though it tastes… old/stale. But good old/stale… hah that’s a terrible way to describe it. Haters of vegetal teas would tolerate this better, though.

Ok, sorry for the sucky note, but I clearly have lost my vocabulary, so it’s sleep time.

ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling water) was very much like the first infusion, but lighter in flavor, although unlike last time I definitely got flavor! Mostly that aged vegetal flavor, which is actually quite pleasant. Lingering oolong aftertaste which I enjoyed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Ze_Teamaker

oooh, I need to finish this one of….

Kittenna

Yeah, I’ve barely touched mine, as I wasn’t fond of it the first time.

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Yum. Used about 4 tsp (the best tsp one can make with such wiry, long leaves) for about 8oz., and I think this is a good ratio for this tea. It tastes much like Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong, though perhaps sweeter and less “dark”, however, I also infuse the Gui Fei for considerably longer – this cup got 45s, while I infused Gui Fei for 8 minutes.

Either way, this is yummy and sweet and I do wish I had time for more infusions tonight, but if I can manage to pass out soon, I think that would be the best thing to do (well, I have two more teas to try first).

ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling/half the water) was sweet-ish, with the leafhopper notes and a bit more woodiness. Still tasty. The next infusion will definitely need 2 minutes, I’m thinking.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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In retrospect, I shouldn’t have brewed anything new up tonight, because I am not at all in a mood for writing tasting notes. But I did, and it’s expensive stuff, so I shall write something.

Trying this again as I wasn’t fond of it the first time, but since then my black tea preferences have evolved. The aroma from the bag was quite sweet – I think I may have noted this before, though. I’m primarily tasting what I think might be raw sweet potato. I’m not really getting much chocolate, and there’s a bit of astringency/sourness on the sip as well, although to be fair I did give this one a full minute.

Either way, it’s alright, but I’m definitely way more into the chocolatey blacks.

ETA: Second infusion, same parameters (but half the water): still tasty enough, but I’m just missing those chocolate notes. :(

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I hate that feeling. There have been several days where I feel guilty drinking something new bc I couldn’t or didn’t want to log it. Silly eh?

Ze_Teamaker

That feeling happens to me all the time. Usually when I first taste something(or when I am trying to focus and do so) I just write quick running notes. Then when I am in the mood I elaborate, fill it in, then post on here.

Kittenna

It is silly, haha – tasting notes don’t need to be written every time! Yet I feel compelled to do so.

Terri HarpLady

Me too! Especially if I’m drinking something new

Indigobloom

I used to feel like that. Nowadays I just write when there is something new or I have a life update… or I want to note something about the cuppa

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93

Another one for the travel mug. Tasty tasty!

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

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83

Travel-mugged for the day. Tasty enough :) Didn’t bother re-steeping, as I decided to be picky tonight.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
3125 tasting notes

Bleh. I am so self-destructive. I think I may have just ruined Valentine’s Day for myself/the boy because of my own insecurities. :/ It has not been a great week, and the trend looks to continue for at least another one. Apologies for potentially miserable future tasting notes.

Anyways. Haven’t had this in a while, so took some in a Timolino to the boy’s place today. Tasted pretty good. Tomorrow I will discover whether or not it leaves residual flavour in the silicone bits (although if I’m clever, I’ll throw a fruity tea in that mug so even if it is noticeable, it won’t ruin the tea).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Oh no, I’m so sorry. :( I hope things will be looking up soon.

Indigobloom

aw no apologies! we’re here if you need a good venting :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s right, feel free to vent, & hang in there.

Kittenna

Thanks guys…. I’m hoping that this week goes better than I expect.

MissLena

:( I hope things get better! Keep your chin up and we are definitely here to listen!

Claire

Thinking good thoughts for you.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
3125 tasting notes

Another sample from Jillian – thanks!

I previously had a nice sample of this from Mercuryhime, and found it to be quite delicious. I really seem to like creamy/chocolate flavours in honeybush (which is why I’m so excited for the Chocolate Malt Honeybush, which I’ve previously had, because that is such a perfect and delicious flavour combination!)

Until I receive that packet, though, this will have to do! I’m getting all the same chocolatey/vanilla/even strawberry notes as before, but for some weird reason there’s an odd bitter/sour note in here. This was steeped for just as long as the other two honey bush blends I had tonight, so it shouldn’t be an issue there, but it’s unfortunately making me turn up my nose a bit at this particular cup. I don’t think honeybush goes bad….? Bleh :( Will have to try again, and perhaps with a shorter infusion next time.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
tattooed_tea

My first mug of winter nog had a strange bitter/sour taste to it. Which I had never experienced with a honeybush. My second mug was much better.

Kittenna

Strange. It’s not a flavour I’ve commonly tasted with honeybush… so I’m hoping it a one-off things. Or rare event, anyways.

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Oh…. yum!!! So, the first time I had this, I wasn’t a big fan. Consequently, I’ve given much of my packet away, thinking that I didn’t really like it. I started noticing, however, that people’s tasting notes seemed to be pretty favourable, so finally, I figured I’d give it another shot, and that was a really clever thing to do, it seems, because oh man, sweet creamy coconutty deliciousness! Probably the best coconutty honey bush/rooibos I’ve had. Looks like I’ll be drinking up the rest of the package myself…!

I’m also a bit tempted to mix this with other honeybush blends to add some creaminess… I wonder how it would go with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie? Or even the Lemon-Lime Cheesecake Honeybush I just had? Hrrrrmmmm…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Drinking a bit of my sample of this one from Jillian tonight :) Thanks!

As with the other sample of this I had, I’m mostly getting lemon-myrtle-y flavour, plus a little bit of lime. If I think too hard, this tastes a touch like cleaner, but it doesn’t really, just a smell-association thing. No cheesecake, but that’s no big surprise. I don’t think I’m getting the plasticky flavour that I mentioned previously, which is nice!

Although this blend is nice enough, now that I’ve had Lime Chiffon/Lemon Chiffon from Della Terra, those will be my go-to citrusy evening blends, because I adore the creaminess in them, which is something that I really wish this tea had!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

Thanks to Sil for a generous sample of this one!

My first impression when drinking it was that it tastes like a black flavoured with tasty tropical fruits! Well, apricot and peach aren’t terribly tropical… but I think it was just the slight hint of ginger throwing me off, because now that I know what ingredients are in it, I definitely feel like I’m tasting apricot/peach and ginger. Overall, pretty tasty! Lacking in astringency too, which is always a big plus for me + black teas.

Thanks again, Sil! It’s great trying all these totally random teas that I would never have access to otherwise! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah…. i like random tea tryings. :)

Terri HarpLady

mmm, that sounds interesting

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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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