3134 Tasting Notes

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drank Milk Oolong by Bon The Place
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89
drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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sigh Sad to say that I’m sipping this sample from Missy and Dylan down… this was a pretty tasty tea! I think it may have lost a bit of flavour during “storage”, but it’s still quite good, with light citrus and a hint of ginger.

Sipped down six teas “tonight” – feels like a bit of progress!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I wish I’d bought this one so I could mix it with bubbly water!

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67

Another sipdown of a tea from Alphakitty! Entertainingly, I had pretty much the same impression of this one on my second go-round as my first, in spite of absolutely no recollection of the previous time I drank this! (I knew I had, just was misremembering it as being more of a straight TGY oolong).

It’s not bad, but a jasmine-flavoured oolong is not something I’d reach for…. ever, likely. Too much floral, and I’m not really one for floral. I’d much prefer a straight TGY or a milk oolong. So, it was neat to try a magnolia-scented tea, but not an experience I will likely feel the need to repeat!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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Whoops, guess this is another one I’ve had for a while. Anyhow, my feelings on it don’t seem to have changed… in fact, I’m probably finding it even less interesting now. A fruity-ish green pretty much lacking in tea flavour. And I don’t think it’s age, or understeeping, or anything here, this is just not a very interesting tea.

Sadly this wasn’t a sipdown… I still have a cup or two left of this. Sil? Indigobloom? Raritea?

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

I’m not a huge kiwi tea fan. Might go nicely iced though!

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85

. My goodness, I am massively terrible at keeping teas straight after brewing…..

Anyhow! Thanks to momo for a generous sample of this one!!

This is a really delicious tea. All cupcakey, bakey goodness with a creamy, strawberry sweetness. I could be convinced that I’m drinking mushed up infused cupcakes, that’s for sure! Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sil

Hahaha I totally forgot that this was also for me heh

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67

So, to sipdown this tea from Azzrian as well, I definitely may have overleafed my cup a bit (2 tsp/8oz.), and it’s still pretty tasty. That’s four samples successfully knocked out of my stash tonight, and I suspect it will be more… once the raging party going on downstairs for my roomie’s birthday has migrated over to one of the bars downtown, and I can get food and tea refills without drunk people in my way…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84
drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
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You know, I wish I had bought a package of this one, in retrospect. I’m loving the creaminess, and this would be great to take to work in my travel mug, what with the fruitiness and creaminess, and with a properly-timed infusion, smooth black base. There’s just a hiiiint of fakey/plastic-y flavour, which for all I know could be from the plastic baggie it has sat in for months, but other than that, it’s delicious.

Thanks again for this sample, Azzrian! And yep, this is another sipdown :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sil

Oh man I wish I’d been around for this one. I love me some mango

Azzrian

My pleasure glad you liked some of the samples! :)

Kittenna

I liked most of them :D

And Sil – it wasn’t overtly MANGO, just fruity. I wish it had been more mangoey!

Indigobloom

Dang this sounds so good. You are on a sipdown roll lady!

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84
drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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As luck would have it, I also ran across my sample of this gem from Azzrian, and am sipping it down as well! As others mentioned, it’s not quite at the level of blueberry cream cheese danish, but is still pretty juicily blueberry-flavoured. Just not as creamy/sweet.

Bye bye tasty tea!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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86

Sipdown! Thanks again to Azzrian for this one. No blueberries floating in the infuser this time, but I’m loving the creamy blueberry flavour here. Just delicious.

Sad to see this go, but it’s high time I drank it, since it seems I’ve had the sample sitting around for about 8 months… hahaha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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67

Another sample from Sil! Thanks!

So I just decided to kind of half organize some of my teas, and ended up pretty much panicking because I have way, way, WAY too much, and I will never ever finish it all, and I have so much that I really need to put on a swap list, but I don’t have time for swapping right now because I’m horribly slow with even the tiniest, itty bittiest of swaps. My very outdated, partially updated list of teas, which has virtually no swap samples on it, is at about 300 teas. It’s also missing my last couple Butiki orders. And everything I have from Caraway, Kally, Upton, Simpson & Vail, Lupicia. Plus multiple Verdant orders. Any recent DavidsTeas. So that would undoubtedly bring it up to at least 400. And then, the swap samples. Which must total at least couple hundred in themselves. O.o What have I done…. :’(

Uhhhh so this tea, which I brewed up hours ago. Smelled crazily like honey as soon as the water hit the leaves; I nearly started drooling into the other cups I was pouring water into! Unfortunately, for me, the flavour just isn’t quite there. It has that sweetness that caramel creme rooibos’ often have (so, caramel/vanilla flavouring), and I’m kind of getting berry flavour, along with honey. But, it’s not really all that great. I’m also getting the scratchy feeling in my throat like I seem to do with many red rooibos blends (but not honeybush).

Overall, another tea I’m glad to have tried, but equally glad that I have a very, very small amount of…. :/

ETA: Re-steep, not so bad! Still lots of honey flavour :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Alphakitty

I feel the same “I have too much tea” panic! Then I think to myself, this is the best possible problem to have.

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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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