3125 Tasting Notes

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Attempt 2 at this one. And conclusion? It’s kind of odd. A bit nutty, a bit fruity. Kind of peach-ish, but a bit play-doughy as well. Not one I think I’d really want to drink again, unfortunately! It’s nice and lacking astringency, but as I’m not a big fan of black teas anyhow, this conclusion is less than shocking!

Thanks again Azzrian!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Peach play-dough. Now there’s a pair of descriptors I’ve never seen used together! :)

Kittenna

And so they shouldn’t be paired! At least not for tea!!! :P

Azzrian

Try it cold if you have some left. I really like it that way but hot not so much.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I think Lance has this one

Kittenna

If he does, how does he like it?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I don’t think he cared for it too much, I don’t think I tried it yet.

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82

Sipdown! And what a sad sipdown it is, too. I really enjoy this blend – perfect for a treat that’s sweet but not sickly, and not astringent or bitter as black blends can be. I will require more of this in the future, so if I ever swap with you (yes you) and you feel like sending me some, that would be awesome.

I think I brewed it a touch strong today, as I used up all the leaf instead of leaving behind a 1/2 tsp, which would have been silly, so it’s a bit overpowering, but still very enjoyable. Bumping the rating a touch because this is definitely a tea I’d like to keep around in my cupboard. I seem to have a soft spot for flavoured pu’erhs, haha. But not like, ginger pu’erh, we’re talking dessert ones. Nom nom nom.

Thanks again for introducing me to this one, Azzrian!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I have the version of this from Majesteas so you’re welcome to grab some next time and see how it compares. If so, i have a big ass bag of it lol

Kittenna

That would be great! Putting down a note.

Azzrian

My pleasure!

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90

Sipdown! Thanks Sil!

I re-read my tasting note of this from last time, and I pretty much would write an identical note this time. The flavour is very reminiscent of a lighter Laoshan Black, but perhaps with a bit more sweetness, and there is more depth in the flavour profile, in that there are many different things going on here. I’m choosing not to think about them too much though, and just enjoy this. As I mentioned before, this would be a great morning blend for me, as I’m not one for a tea with any sort of astringency/punch in the morning, as my stomach does not like that. Not to say that this isn’t packed with flavour, but it’s not an assault on my mouth, as I presume (perhaps incorrectly) many breakfast blends to be. All robust and strong.

Anyhow! A yummy cup, sad to see it go but I probably could recreate something pretty close with the other teas I have from Verdant, hahaha.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I love this tea!

Sil

is it bad that i have zero recollection of this one – ie giving it to you?

Kittenna

Yes! Haha. I got it from you in the summer though.

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drank Fruit Garden by Gurman's
3125 tasting notes

Woah! This is one fruity green tea! With a hint of something savoury as well, which I’m thinking is perhaps the olives?? Who puts olives in tea, anyhow?! Thanks for letting me sample this interesting blend, Azzrian!

Anyways, I suppose it’s not really as fruity as I made it seem, but it certainly doesn’t taste like any other green I’ve had, with this almost smoky, savoury note in addition to sweet fruits. The more I sip, the more prominent the savoury quality is, as the fruitiness kind of takes a backseat. The green tea isn’t overly noticeable in here; a basic sencha, it looks like, and not particularly noteworthy, just present.

I used probably nearly 2 tsp of tea for about 8 oz. of water, and I’m not finding the tea to be weak, so that’s what I’d stick with next time, likely.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not overly fond of most flavoured greens, and although this is certainly interesting, it isn’t a tea I’d pick up myself (but I’d totally want anyone who likes olives to try this one, just for kicks!)

Thanks again Azzrian!

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

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79

First to review?!

This tea smelled pretty delicious in the infuser both before and after adding water. Sweet, vanilla-y mint. Yum! Much like Santa’s Secret from DavidsTea, if my memory serves.

I think the flavour is much the same as well, although I’m definitely feeling that there’s more vanilla in here… which for me, is a good thing! Overall, quite a tasty tea! Not sure why it’s anti v-day though, haha.

ETA: Second infusion is surprisingly tasty! Still vanilla mint, and strong enough to be quite enjoyable. HOWEVER, there is a strange sour note poking out here… I’m not sure if it’s my tastebuds, oversteeping, or what exactly, but I might just leave the rest of this cup until morning…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Caramel Creme by Della Terra Teas
3125 tasting notes

Yum! This one’s pretty tasty, but very basic. Just a black tea with caramel. Much like Weeping Angel, actually, but the base is definitely more resistant to turning bitter, and the caramelly flavour is not as pronounced. This would be good in the travel mug in the morning, but as I only have a sample, that may only happen once :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Yum. Not as milky as many milk oolongs I’ve tried (as I’ve noted previously), but it’s certainly a tasty green oolong! Quite an enjoyable cup of it this evening, and probably another one or two tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
3125 tasting notes

Yummy mug of this tonight (and shared some with my roomie as well!) It reminds me much of the first sample of Pot O’ Gold that I received from Amy oh, nice and caramelly. I confirmed that it does not resteep well/at all though. Virtually no flavouring left.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank White Rain by Bon The Place
3125 tasting notes

My roommate gave me a sample of this one tonight. Not sure what it is, other than a flavoured green. I tasted what was coming off to me as rosewater; it was less floral than other rose blends I’ve had, but that’s the closest I could come to an accurate description! The re-steep wasn’t bad either, but as I’m not overly fond of floral-ish teas, this wouldn’t ever be a favourite of mine. Still, it was nice of her to let me try some!

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

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81

Yum! Another Advent Calendar sample. Not quite gone yet, but now there’s just a single cup left :) I think this tea’s a little old now, but it’s still tasty enough; I really love green teas that have caramel notes, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint in that area! It tastes like a fairly straightforward green, a bit vegetal but not overly, and not particularly mariney. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice of green tea, but it’s pretty good and I’ll happily have that last cup of it, unless my roomie beats me to it!

ETA: Second infusion, ~1:30 is not bad, but it’s a bit more marine, and less caramelly. Won’t take this one to a third infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 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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