2973 Tasting Notes

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
2973 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
2973 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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86

Short tasting note… it’s sooooo late! And I have an important 9am meeting! Bad boyfriend and I for passing out at midnight while watching Dr. Who…

Anyhow! This was pretty good. Travel-mugged, so I’ll have to review more thoroughly later, but I definitely tasted delicious pumpkin, spice, and some chocolate. I even got one sip that lingered with delicious chocolate/pastry flavours. Definitely a worthwhile tea; I wish I had some of the plain pumpkin pie to compare to, but that’s all gone. Either way, yum! Della Terra does pumpkin well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

Sounds delish…I really want to try some of the Della Terra teas. Which ep of DW did you watch?

Kittenna

I’d highly recommend picking up some Try Me packs! Well worth it for the money; they are a better than average blender, IMO.

We just finished the second half of the Cybermen episode, and started on the next one where people’s faces are sucked off (but we both passed out during that one). I haven’t watched very much yet!

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
2973 tasting notes

This always smells a little fishy to me, but not in a bad way. Either way, it is pretty tasty today, and it’s really tasting like a premium genmaicha, with tasty caramel notes alongside roasty rice and green tea. Mmmmm. Unfortunately it’s in a thermos, so not optimal, but it’s still ok.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Come tears…. ruined by the travel thermos today :( I can taste a bit of yum, but mostly… thermos. Blehhhhhhh :(

ETA: Actually, I think it was my tastebuds that were a bit off, because when I finished it off later, it was really delicious! Very raisiny. Almost… dark chocolate raisins? So good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

I am sorry :(

Kittenna

It’s just so crushing to have such a good tea, I tea I have rated 100!, ruined by a mug. At least it’s not undrinkable, but the delicious fruitiness isn’t there, and the chocolate is overshadowed by thermos flavour.

Donna A

Ouch! I just re-ordered this, now that it is back in stock. Soon, Stacy will offer another Taiwanese Assam too. Look forward to trying it!

Bonnie

I don’t know what material you use, but insulated glass or stainless and no rubber or plastic parts is best. I can taste flavors more than most people, which can be unfortunate. Thermos taste is yucky! Poor you! Blech!

Kittenna

Mine are both stainless with a minimum of plastic bits, but they are still there. Luckily I think this was a case of tastebud issues; the thermoses I have are usually pretty additional-taste-free. (One of the BPA-free waterbottles I have, however, consistently makes my water taste like plastic. Major gag!)

Bonnie

Wonder why? You’re the scientist! Get a Nobel Prize for discovering some organism that’s ruining the taste of the tea in the BPA free waterbottle!!! BLECH!

Kittenna

Haha, I suspect it’s something leaching into the water…. really makes me not want to drink it :/

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100

Sigh, another year older! Tick tick tick tick tick! :P

Anyways, although I didn’t drink much tea today, I did have this one, using my adorable new infuser from my boyfriend! As one of my birthday gifts, he gave me a little floating duck infuser, which doesn’t work perfectly (it tips over a bit), but darn is it ever cute! The basket is small, but the mesh is quite fine, so I’m pretty happy with it! Left it at his house so I’ll always have a way to brew tea there! He even cleaned it out for me tonight :D What a sweetie!

This tea, as usual, smelled and tasted like a delicious berry crisp. So tasty. I still am not sure how I didn’t like it the first time, but I guess perhaps I just sucked at steeping teas back then!

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday! :)

Claire

Happy birthday!

Vortegne

Happy birthday!

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday :) I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cavocorax

Happy Birthday! That duck infuser sounds super cute.

Veronica

Happy Birthday!

Em

Happy Birthday!!

MissLena

Happy bday! Sounds like it’s been a good day so far :)

Shmiracles
  • A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! * yaaaaay
    drink tea all day! wear all your favorite outfits at once!
    i hope you have a wonderful birthday week.
Cee Long Green

Happy Birthday!!!

Helena

Happy Birthday :D

Sweet Canadian

Happy Birthday!

Alphakitty

Happy Birthday! ^^

Kittenna

Thanks everyone! It was definitely a pretty awesome day :D

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

I think I miiiight have had too much caffeine tonight. Feeling a bit jittery… whoops.

Anyways, this is the last tea of the evening unless I re-steep something, and it’s also a sipdown! Yay!

I don’t think I’m enjoying this one as much as last time though… it mostly tastes nutty. Of course, I also think there weren’t any raisins in this cup, which may have affected the flavour. Overall, pretty meh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

I still think that this is a strange combination, but it really works so deliciously well! Enjoying a cup of this again tonight courtesy of Azzrian! I have enough to take to work in a travel mug, so should really do that sometime, because it’s quite the caramelly treat.

ETA: This one made it through 3 very tasty infusions! The caramel flavour was retained through all three, which was awesome. I probably could have had another infusion as well, but really wanted some new teas, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95

Mmmmm, soooooo cantaloupey and creamy. Delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
09tigerlily

Best review I’ve read in my life.

Kittenna

Hahahaha :P

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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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