3107 Tasting Notes

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drank Green Coconut by TeaGschwendner
3107 tasting notes

Yeaaah, this one’s definitely contaminated. Probably by the Fuzzy Navel tea. There’s a disconcerting green scum in my cup (it’s like the coconut was dyed green or something). The flavour is…. just strange. Kind of bitter/astringent, with creaminess and odd fruitiness. I think this is sadly a dump-out :(

Ah well! Tis a sipdown :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
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Boo. Brewed up the last of this from Indigobloom (sipdown!), and although I thought that I had a good water:leaf ratio, this cup is waaaaayyyyy too watery :( I attempted to drink it, but it just tastes like mildly spicy water. I do see that I wasn’t the hugest fan of this chai the first time around either, so I suspect that age and my poor brewing combined to make this an undrinkable cup. Oh well! I’d definitely try this again fresh if given the chance, although I doubt I’ll find a coconut chai that I like better than Zhena’s Gypsy Tea…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

atleast it’s a sipdown! :P

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100
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmm, had a cup of this last night, and learned that although it gets a bit strong if oversteeped, it is still quite tasty! The downside is that you then only get one flavourful infusion :(

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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So I went to package some of this up for momo the other day, and was curious as to what I thought of it, so I checked on here… and lo and behold, I had not ever actually tried it! Or at least, it appears that it isn’t logged. Given the amount in the bag, my suspicion is that I didn’t actually brew any of it up (in spite of Steepster’s apparent tendency to eat tasting notes). Either way, it had been sitting in my work drawer for a while, and I had no memory of drinking it, so figured I may as well give it a shot!

Turns out that it’s one of the best green mate blends I’ve tasted. Not that I’ve had many, but most seem to churn my stomach a little, but I downed two cups of this one quite happily. It’s probably because it tastes quite fruity, which disguises the flavour of the mate (which is perfect for me!) I actually think it tasted kind of like a less crazy-sweet version of Mango ’n Friends (available from multiple vendors, it appears), which I rather enjoyed when Azzrian sent me a sample of it.

Anyhow, in spite of it being rather tasty for a mate, it would still not likely be my drink of choice if I was given one, unless all the options were green mates. Haha. I imagine it would make a tasty iced beverage in the summer as well, though not sure the remaining cup’s worth of my sample will last that long.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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78
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I had been avoiding drinking this one, apparently, as grape isn’t my favourite flavour (I bought this out of curiousity), but I had forgotten that the oolong was quite prominent in here as well. Still a little too candy-ish for me to really love it, but it’s definitely true to the name, and if you like grapes and (green) oolong, this will undoubtedly be a treat for your tastebuds! I drank two tasty infusions last night and probably could have had a third, though I wasn’t in the mood for it.

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

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Backlog from Tuesday (how I missed this one, I’m not entirely sure!) Brewed it up for work, and for some reason it tasted quite salty while I was drinking it. Robotically drank the entire thermos during my morning meeting though, so couldn’t check later to see what was going on. Not sure if it was the tastebuds or the water. I highly doubt it was the tea, since I’ve already had a cup or two from this new bag.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! But not of my bag, of the sample that the fabulous momo sent me in our first swap an eon ago (almost a year, yikes!) I’m happy to say, however, that it has plenty of delicious flavour left, although surprisingly there was hardly any genmaicha at all in the blend, and therefore it’s noticeably heavier on the vanilla/marshmallow flavour and there’s very little toastiness. I think, however, that the original blend perhaps had a mix of sencha and genmaicha, so less overall toasted rice than some of the more recently blended genmaicha blends.

Anyways. Yummy! Though better warm than cold… just finished it off, and it had developed a little bit of bitterness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by Teaopia
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Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample as well! I’m glad I finally started tackling some more of my samples from her because they’re super tasty!

So yes, I’ve already sipped at this one, and although I was concerned about a lack of aroma initially, there’s enough flavour here to make me happy. I did the same thing as with the Chocolate Orange Pu’erh, and used about 2.5 tsp leaf for 10-12oz., and although it could be stronger, I’m getting tasty, light strawberry on a nice black base, with zero bitterness. I can’t really say I’m tasting shortcake here at all, just a nice strawberry black, but that’s fine by me, as I’m not fond of shortcake anyhow. The DavidsTea version of SS was much truer to actual shortcake, if that’s what someone is looking for!

Planning on doing the same thing for the re-steep as well, and call this a sipdown by using up the remaining 1/2-1 tsp.

ETA: Re-steep was a bit bitter. I think I should have just brewed a really tiny cup with the remaining small amount of leaves instead of mixing the two, because I’m pretty sure there was little to no flavour left in the used leaves. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I found this lost flavour really quickly!

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drank Chocolate Orange Pu-erh by Teaopia
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Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample!

I had a pretty rough/emotional evening yesterday, which turned into some depressing nightmares, which is what I’ve been left with this morning. :( Nothing like starting off the day with some heartache, and feeling helpless that there’s nothing I can do to change things. Anyhow, I opted to brew up some samples that I’ve had for ages, in a (probably futile) attempt to make myself feel better.

This one made the cut, as I was looking for something a bit heavier this morning. Brewed up, it smells much more reminiscent of ETS’ Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, or whatever it is called, than the DavidsTea version of a chocolate orange pu’erh. So basically, I’m detecting delicious caramelly flavours, and really no orange whatsoever. On the sip, I’m pretty much getting the same. Caramelly yum, and maybe just the barest hint of orange. Strangely, I’m not really getting chocolate here either. I could probably be convinced that someone swapped my sample for the Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, actually (except that there were clearly orange pieces in my baggie!)

So in the end, this tea loses major points for not being chocolatey OR orangey…. however I am very much enjoying my cup of it in spite of that. Since a) this tea is unavailable now anyhow, and b) I tend to rate teas more heavily weighted on flavour than how true the flavour is to the name, I’m going to ignore entirely that fact and rate it high, because it’s very yum.

Also, I should note that I used about 2.5 tsp in my mug (~10-12oz.) to compensate for tea age. I suspect this will re-steep decently, so will probably throw the remaining 1/2-1 tsp of tea into the infuser for the re-steep to use it up. Not that I’m anxious to get rid of it, just…. sipdown! :D

ETA: Re-steep, 4 min at boiling, using the extra leaf, actually has some orange flavour! Shocking :P Still caramelly but less so, and still not getting chocolate. I’m getting a bit of the throat-scratchy feeling now that I get with the DavidsTea version… still can’t figure out what the deal with that is, since I’m pretty sure it doesn’t happen to me with other pu’erhs, but it does happen with rooibos, yet not honeybush. Hrrrrrm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

booo. I hope you’re feeling better. If you ever need to chat you know how/where to find me.

Kittenna

Thanks Sil :) Trying to arrange to talk to a couple people; hopefully I can manage to sometime in the next few days. Sigh!

Indigobloom

big hugs anything I can do to help? I hope this cuppa makes you feel a little better! :(

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Yum. I think I might have underleafed/understeeped this one a touch today, but it’s still really good. Almost gone, though! But that’s ok, as I have a sample from Upton, and the rest of my DavidsTea pouch to get through as well. Yum, earl grey creams are the best…. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the non-cream version.

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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