2848 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
2848 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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92
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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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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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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80

Wowwwww. Chocolate. The only problem here is that the mouthfeel isn’t thick enough! This is definitely the most chocolatey tea I’ve had, though. Unfortunately, I think I’m all tea-d out tonight, so it’s not sitting well in my stomach. Consequence of it being, oh, 4am…

Oh, gotta compare this to DavidsTea’s Chocolate Cake. Bonus here is the lack of gross sprinkles, however!

ETA: This is undeniably better than Chocolate Cake in one major aspect: when cooled, it does not become a disgusting, grungy mess of luckiness and sprinkle bits. Flavourwise it may also be superior, but the lack of ick is a major, major plus.

ETA again: Second infusion isn’t bad. It smells delicious, but something’s a bit off about the flavour. It could certainly be that it sat for a day or two before the second infusion, so I’ll have to be a bit quicker with it next time! After this, however, the leaves didn’t even smell chocolatey anymore, so I threw them out.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Teh Tarik by Owl
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Yum! Got some of this from Azzrian a while back, and felt like something different tonight in addition to everything else. Good choice self, cuz this is tasty! Not something I’d have too often, because I’m sure it’s loaded with calories, but it’s pretty tasty. Pretty much an instant sweet tea latte made with a sort of creamer instead of milk. One of the only downsides is that this makes a pretty tiny cup of tea, as one packet is only good for something like 150mL of hot water. Either way, thanks for letting me try some of this out, Azzrian! I should take the other two packets to work, as I have no sugar there to sweeten things the odd time I crave it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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In my limited pu’erh experience, I seem to prefer sheng to shu pu’erh. Perhaps it’s just the ones I’ve tried (as they’re pretty limited anyways), but I decided to start trying a few more to figure out which I like! Also, I just bought samples of 4 more from Verdant… so it would be best if I started drinking them!

I probably didn’t brew this one completely properly – I rinsed it with a continuous stream of close-to-boiling water for 15 seconds, then infused for two minutes. The water was from a kettle, so likely dropped more in temperature had I microwaved the water as usual (yeah yeah, I know…)

Ok… this is a bit too strong for me. I probably overleafed, so likely my fault. It is, however, much more pleasant than many pue’rhs I’ve had. No fishiness, and more of a creamy flavour. Astringent though, however (but that’s my fault I suspect). I thought I had measured out about 1.5 tsp of leaf, but it was a bit difficult to be accurate, so I was probably a bit off.

Not my favourite… I’ll try it again a bit more carefully, but although it’s definitely drinkable, it’s probably not something I’d reach for. I may be offloading the majority of my pu’erhs on my mom at Christmas, as she does seem to enjoy them.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

I’m fairly limited in puerh experience, but I’m finding that I too seem to prefer sheng over shu.

Kittenna

I think it’s because the shengs to me have tasted more tea-like, and the shus have been a bit on the fishy side? I’m still so inexperienced though!

Invader Zim

I haven’t really experienced a fishy puerh, lucky I guess. but I think I prefer shengs because they do resemble regular tea more closely. Shu’s to me almost all taste the same, not much variety…earthy and raisins.

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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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