2831 Tasting Notes

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The aroma from this packet was vegetal in much the same way as the Tai Xing Jin Xuan, however the sweetness wasn’t as present, making the aroma less appealing to me. Likewise, the aroma from the brewed cup was less creamy, but still vegetal. Drinking a sip of this and comparing it to the Tai Xing Jin Xuan, I much prefer the latter tea as it has a sweetness and creaminess that is absent here. As well, the vegetal note is less rich boiled veggie, and more of a green veggie… if that makes sense. It’s not as pleasing, either way. This is not a bad tea, but it’s much more like a regular green oolong, in my opinion. Thanks again to Tea from Taiwan for sending me a sample of this tea :)

ETA: Re-steep was akin to any green oolong. Tasty but unremarkable.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
2831 tasting notes

A huge thanks to ch3rryprincess for sending me a sample of this tea I’ve been so curious about (also, for the GIANT bag of Buttercream!! Oh, I’m so thrilled you have no idea!)

Anyhow, I brewed some of this up last night, and the smell overwhelmingly reminded me of DT’s Banana Nut Bread. Which was okay, but not a winner for me. The flavour was alright, quite banana-y, and coconutty, with some other flavours as well… but it really didn’t work for me. It was almost like a cross between Tropicalia and Banana Nut Bread. I’m drinking the second infusion right now, and am definitely underwhelmed. Don’t feel like I missed anything by not getting more of this tea, that’s for sure!

Anyhow, thanks again ch3rryprincess!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Amariel

Mmmm, giant bag of Buttercream…

Kittenna

She sent me the majority of a 25g bag of Buttercream!!! SO AWESOME! Three people have now been super generous and sent me their leftover/unwanted Buttercream… Steepster is awesome :D

Amariel

Why would anyone not want Buttercream? It is super duper amazing awesome!

Kittenna

I know!

Indigobloom

I wasn’t a fan of it lol

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87

Definitely developing more of a liking for this tea as time goes on… I was actually craving it tonight! I used 4 rounded tsp for a large mug (12 oz.??) and apparently, 2.5 minutes and that amount of tea results in overstepping (it was bitter). So, I added some brown sugar and a splash of milk, and it’s delicious! What I love with this tea is the base. The spicing isn’t necessarily my favourite, but the dancong base really gives this chai a different twist that I’m starting to appreciate. Yum! I love how it lasts for a few infusions too, and the spicing becomes more prominent in later infusions.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

I should try this again.

Kittenna

I found that once I stopped expecting inyourface chai, it was better, haha. Also, don’t underleaf :)

Terri HarpLady

I was straightening out my tea shelves and came across some of this. I moved it up in the rotation, as I haven’t had it in awhile.

Invader Zim

Same here Kittenna. I was disappointed with this at first because I was expecting CHAI! But once I realized it wasn’t, and didn’t try to make it like one, it was so much better!

Terri HarpLady

I agree with you both. At first I was like, “What?” when I drank this. It didn’t taste bad, it just wasn’t what I expected.

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
2831 tasting notes

Ok, whoops. I was brewing things up absently at my boyfriend’s house on Saturday and didn’t read the package for this one. Assumed it was a black, threw a bunch of tea into the infuser, and brewed it up into an 8oz. cup… When I took out the infuser (a Finum basket), the entire thing was filled to the brim with expanded leaves! I quickly realized that it was a) an oolong, so I probably shouldn’t have gone with boiling water for 4 minutes, and b) that I measured out an appropriate amount of tea for a Timolino, not a cup. End result? A rather bitter, unpleasant cup with a nice orange caramelly aroma/flavor. Unfortunately though, I really did ruin it, so it’s a good thing I have more to try! I think this one may be quite good when brewed correctly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2831 tasting notes

Brewed this up in the Timolino at the boy’s house, and was quite pleased with it! A nice creamy rooibos with a hint of lemon. I seem to recall wishing for more lemon, but all the teas I drank in the last 24 hours are kind of blending together, so I’ll have to verify this later. It’s certainly not cleaner-like lemon though, which is always good!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

Sipdown of the last of this tea from Azzrian prior to making my huge Butiki order on Friday. It definitely has that earthy guayasa taste, and although I like the flavouring with sweetener, I don’t think I like it a great deal without. Second infusion, much the same.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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80

Gonna be backlogging a bunch of teas from the weekend… sorry!

My first impression of this tea was that it reminded me of DavidsTeas Glitter & Gold. The cinnamon spicing is done similarly, in my opinion, which is ok by me as I quite like that tea!

I am not really getting “oatmeal cookie” here, although this is a reasonably tasty tea. The light spicing is similar to that which I use in my oatmeal cookies, but the base (i.e. cookie, oatmeal) is mostly absent. I see why people like this tea, but I’m likely to just stick to G&G, personally.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
PatchworkSheep

LOL, we totally did write the same note for this one! Too funny.

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99

I swear, every time I go to post a tasting note, Steepster has been down…

Anyways, I indulged in a large, delicious mug of this last night, and a delicious second infusion tonight. I definitely prefer this one warm, not hot – the flavours don’t all come together when it’s too hot, it seems. Pretty standard for me though, as I generally dislike hot (like, hot hot) beverages.

Also, 3.5 minutes brings out a bit of unnecessary astringency. Try to keep infusions to 3 minutes, self.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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73

As I was brewing this up last night, I could smell the rooibos quite heavily. Medicinal and icky, which resulted in me avoiding drinking it until now, when I drank cold tea out of a mug by my bed. I actually couldn’t figure out which tea I was drinking at first, but process of elimination clearly identified it as this one. Thankfully, the rooibos has been tamed, and the result is a reasonably pleasant cup of tea that mostly tastes like a variant of Creme Caramel Rooibos. I really can’t pick up on any cappuccino flavour whatosever.

Overall, not as bad as I expected, but not Della Terra’s finest tea. Winter Nog is a far superior rooibos, in my opinion!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Weird….I totally taste the cappuccino in this :)

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81

Drank some of this one last night as I was in the mood. It really is quite a good fruity honeybush. I had some while it was hot and really enjoyed it (tasted quite fruity with alcoholic/cakey notes), and it was still okay once cooled, though I think I’d prefer to consume it a bit warmer next time. If you like fruity, desserty honeybush teas that aren’t too sweet, this is definitely one to go for!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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