2831 Tasting Notes

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I was craving a creamy coconutty tea tonight. Not quite this one… haha, I just realized that it is/was DavidsTea’s Buttercream that I’m craving! (Or Persimmon’s Coconut Creme, but Buttercream is better.) Glad I figured that out! Anyways, this was the only non-black coconut option I could think of for the time being (I’m sure I have tons of others, I’m just blanking). It’s highly satisfying and toasty as usual, but I’m really craving that touch of sweetness that either of the other two teas would give me. No regrets on brewing this up though, I haven’t had it in a while!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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For whatever reason, I’m really enjoying this today in spite of still thinking it a bit on the weak side. I can really taste the delicious base tea, with the light spicing floating overtop, and it’s really quite pleasant. I needed a change from the teas I’ve been drinking repeatedly lately, and I bought 2 oz. of this one, so into the cup it went! Good choice, self :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Claire

Rayn is really in love with this tea, and he likes it best with about 3tsp to 14oz of water.

Kittenna

I actually think that might be the ratio I used! It was three rounded/rough teaspoons in my large mug, which is likely 14 oz. (Or perhaps 12, but I suspect 14).

Bonnie

I thought this was 3 tsp plus 1/2 tsp to 14 oz. so you’d be weak at 3 tsp. (2 tsp per 8 oz is on the website)

Kittenna

Well, they were generous teaspoons to be sure, but thanks for pointing that out! I think I may have assumed 1.5 tsp to 8 oz. Wonder if that’s part of the problem! It’s enjoyable today though :D

Claire

I wonder if Rayn likes weak tea now, or if I should make this stronger for him?

Bonnie

Claire now has a dilemma! Check back for a report at midnight!

Claire

Bonnie – I’m cracking up! Rayn goes to bed around 11:30, but stay tuned…

TeaBrat

I’m on the edge of my seat! :)

Claire

Drumroll…I made him some tonight with 4 teaspoons for 14oz of water and he said it was refreshing, and the flavor was perfect. I just need to read instructions more often!

Bonnie

Maybe he was referring to you and not the tea being perfect Claire!

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Definitely ended up taking this to go yesterday as well. A light fruit punch is pretty much what I get from it, and really, that’s good enough for me! :D Even waaaaayyyy oversteeped, it’s still good.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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Nom nom nom. A travel mug of this one accompanied me to the boy’s house last night! Drank it in between pathetic attempts at playing songs on Rocksmith. I am clueless about playing the guitar (which is super frustrating because I’m decent at piano, and seem to think that the two should correlate a heck of a lot better than they do!) Ah well. Practice makes perfect…

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

I do hope that this one was in the 12 Days sampler, although I didn’t order the sampler, Frank usually offers the teas in the sampler box as a limited reblend … and I’d love to get more of it.

Rebecca Lynn

Lime Jello Salad? How bizarre!

Kittenna

It is soooooooooo good!

Babble

Was this tea a popular tea when it was released? I think this was before my Steepster days. It doesn’t really sound that appetisizing to me, but I’ve heard really good things about it (I also ordered the 52teas christmas sampler, too)

I <3 Teas

Hmmmmmmm I may want to get some of this. Not sure how I’ll like it.

Kittenna

I don’t know if it was popular when released… it was sent to me in a trade (it was before my time too). I suspect it will not be in the sampler….

I

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Thanks Teavivre for yet another generously-sized sample of a tea I’m quite interested in trying! I seem to have developed a fondness for jasmine whites instead of jasmine greens, so hopefully this one works for me!

The aroma emanating from the packet is strongly of a sweet, delicious jasmine. It almost makes me think candy! Delicious. The tea is a bit more subdued (probably a good thing), but has a nice jasmine aroma that makes me think of Chinese food (haha), but unlike the tea I have at my favourite Chinese restaurant, the flavour here is sweet and delicate (and quite floral, although that’s the same), and completely smooth and silky. All the jasmine deliciousness without the bitterness/astringency from green tea.

I’m not quite sure whether I prefer Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine or this tea (I’m not likely to keep multiple white jasmines on hand), so will have to do a comparison one day.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I haven’t tried too many dragon wells yet, so am happy for the opportunity to try out another one and see how it compares!

The aroma of the brewed tea is light and sweet and a bit like boiled veggies (although that’s really only a hint). Unfortunately, I think I really underleafed this tea (forgot I was using a bit mug, and probably only scooped in ~1.5 tsp), and I am not getting a lot of flavour from it in spite of oversteeping it by over a minute. What I can taste is a bit of rock sugar sweetness in kind of a boiled veggie broth. Not astringent at all (but I’ve found that dragonwells don’t seem to get as astringent as some other greens for whatever reason). I’ll have to give this another shot later, but it’s certainly promising!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This tea is surprisingly tasty! A hint of ginger and yes, artificial fruity flavours that make it taste like a light fruit punch. But it’s somehow quite delicious. I drank the cup before writing this note and now can’t remember everything, so I’ll have to fill the rest in later. But, I think that will come quite soon as I think I may travel mug some for tonight :D

ETA: Second infusion is light and a bit citrusy. It’s good! I think this tea is what I want herbals to be like – light on the fruit so it’s not overpowering, and hibiscus-free! Seriously, if any of you ordered this one from Caraway, I’d recommend you give it a shot. My expectations weren’t high, but this is pretty darn good. I wouldn’t say it’s anything special, like a Butiki blend, but it’s good for what it is!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Yay for hibiscus-free! I am a fervent anti-hibiscus-tea militant! I can appreciate its beautiful flower and medicinal benefits, but let’s just leave all that outside of the tea world!

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
2831 tasting notes

So, I inadvertently brewed up two peach blacks this morning, as I was unaware that the tea I received from Sil had peach flavouring as well! (Actually, it just occurred to me that the third sample I brought down is also peach! But it’s Peach Ginger White, or something to that effect. I guess I had peaches on the brain…) This sample was of course generously provided by Azzrian! Thanks for the chance to try out your custom blend! :D

Now, a disclaimer. I hate beer. I probably don’t like hops. I am apparently picky about peach flavouring in tea (well, it may just be DavidsTea’s peach flavouring). However, this is too cool to pass up!

Brewed up, it smells a bit peachy, and there’s another flavour I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps it’s the hops, but I don’t really know why they’d be familiar. Or maybe it’s peach flavouring from another tea? Oh wait… it kind of smells like…. Butiki’s Apricot Guayasa! I think that’s the association I’m making. Anyways. The flavour is definitely interesting. I’m getting some bitterness but not really astringency… is this the hops? They are bitter, aren’t they? Bleeehhhhhhh. I can taste some delicious peachiness in there too, but the bitterness is making me sad. I suspect this is a yum tea for beer drinkers, but not so much for me. So bitter my mouth is getting all contorted, haha.

On that note, if anyone I’m swapping with in the near future is curious to try this tea, I have a couple cups’ worth to send off! I wouldn’t suggest trying it if you dislike bitterness or beer. :) No rating because I should have known I wouldn’t like it (and therefore a 30 is soooo mean!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Hops is super bitter, kind of white grapefruity but more bitter. When I was making this tea for Azzrian, I tasted all ingredients separately as I do when I make blends to understand how they would contribute to the blend. So, I added a lot of hops to hot water and let it sit for a bit. Without thought, I tried a lot of the hops tea and it was huge shock to me. That was the most bitter drink I have ever tasted and that moment will certainly stick with me. Literally had to dump half out and add half water, then repeat that like 4 or 5 times before it was even close to drinkable. I will say, I can now easily pick the taste of hops out of a beer.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, that’s awesome! Yeah, I think they’re at a good level in this blend for people who can tolerate such things, but I can’t handle the bitterness/flavours of beer, so it’s not shocking that I dislike this too! I did drink the whole cup though :D

Butiki Teas

Wasn’t so awesome at the time but now its funny looking back on it. I did notice that some of the bitterness goes away and more of the peach comes out when you add sugar but sounds like hops aren’t for you.

Kittenna

Yeah, it would probably be more tolerable sweetened, but I’d prefer to be able to drink it without! It occurred to me that my beer-loving gluten-intolerant roomie might be interested to try this tea – is it gluten-free?

Butiki Teas

Yep, gluten-free. It has gluten-free flavoring, gluten-free peach bits and hops. The facility is not gluten-free but we are careful not to cross contaminate.

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drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2831 tasting notes

Ok… I have to be honest. Sil gave this to me in a swap when we met up far too long ago, and I had pretty much dismissed it as a random black tea, meh, not my favourite, but something I will eventually try out of curiousity. I had thrown it into my “try these!” box a while back simply because it was a tea I hadn’t tried that I happened to run across, because my teas from Sil & Indigobloom never found their way into separate boxes like everything else did, and so they were sitting out on my never-used desk chair.

Anyways, I had a good sleep last night post-crappiness and am enjoying an excellent morning of working on research stuff at the dining room table with the house all to myself (I think). Either way, no interruptions, music’s up, and things are feeling pretty good :D So I decided I’d tackle a bit of that box to make myself feel even better! Since it’s early in the day, I decided black teas would be fantastic, and pulled this one out.

As soon as I opened the bag, I was hit with an aroma I was totally not expecting… this is flavoured tea? I definitely thought it was just a breakfast blend sort of thing (yes, there are bits in it, but I guess I didn’t consider that). Instant regret for not trying this sooner, because gosh this smells tasty! It smells a little fruity to me, and sweet with some sort of delicious flavouring. Once the water hit the tea, it smelled even better :D And the verdict is….? YUM! I really kind of like this! I would swear that there’s a fruitiness in here, but apparently it’s just vanilla/caramel/maple…. Haha, actually, I see juuuust above my tasting note box, now, that this has peach in it! Yes, it totally tastes like peach!! Oh man. This is tasty! The flavouring isn’t super in-your-face, but it’s quite present enough to make this tea delicious. The only downside is that I’m getting definite astringency, and I would prefer none of that. I might try a shorter infusion, but I’m worried that it might impact the rest of the flavours. There’s a great sweet peachy aftertaste, but unfortunately it’s a bit marred by the astringency.

Thanks so much for this one, Sil! More proof that I need to stop being silly and just try all the samples I have, because you never know what things may actually taste like!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

LOL glad you liked it. Always nice when teas find homes in multiple places. I’m mostly over the tea emporiums teas unless their revamp has changed the blendings. I find that a lot of their teas have an astringency or a smiliar taste I don’t love. Maybe we need to treat this one like a 52’s teas black heh

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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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