2973 Tasting Notes

82
drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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This is pretty good! Very much like Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, although it tastes a little more “flavoured”. Basically, you can taste the delicious pouchong base with toasty notes of coconut and as it says in the description, a nice hit of floral from the base tea as well. IMO it’s a bit less subtle than Coconut Pouchong, but perhaps I used more leaf here. My mom likes coconut pouchong (but I didn’t really want to leave my whole package here), and she seems to like this one as well, so I’m leaving the rest of my pouch here.

Thanks to Zen Tea for this sample! It’s nice to know that I can get a good coconut oolong from a Canadian company!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
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Hmm, a bit astringent today. Still tasty toasty ricey! Mom thought it was boring, aka sushi tea. Great when out with sushi, but she’d rather have something more exotic at home! Fair enough!

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

I’ve tried Genmaicha from Zhena’s Gypsy Teas, I suppose it has got more taste, but it is rather flat too

Kittenna

I do usually like this one more (my own fault that it was astringent, I think I overleafed), but yeah, it doesn’t have the complexity of other teas, which I suppose is why it comes off as flat or boring sometimes. But sometimes that’s what I’m in the mood for! It was great in a travel mug though!

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83

Mmm, I can certainly taste the bao zhong here! DELICIOUS! But the pineapple flavour is unfortunately too light for me to enjoy it as such. I’m getting floral, slightly fruity notes at the end of the sip, which must be the pineapple (along with a bit of aroma). We just had a fresh pineapple for dessert this evening; I should have saved a touch of the juice and infused a bit here!

Either way, I think we should all be thankful that Stacy didn’t decide to put hibiscus in here to make the tea tart!! Hahahahaha.

ETA: Second infusion in half the water (same brewing parameters) is a slightly fruity pouchong. Definitely worth it, but the flavouring is pretty much absent.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Hey! There’s nothing wrong with hibiscus in moderation :p

Indigobloom

Hibby is good, if used right!
I trust Stacy, she knows how to figure out the ratios :)

Kittenna

Haha Sil, but for your rhubarb tea, hibiscus would be appropriate (I thought it was great in DT’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait)! Here, however, I think hibiscus would have been a terrible idea, but you know that some blenders would put it in anyways!

Indigobloom

Kittenna, that is true. It must be inexpensive, because they use it like a filler!!

Kittenna

Inexpensive and heavy(ish)!

Butiki Teas

Hibiscus is super cheap and pretty heavy but I would be surprised if many companies used it as a filler because it doesn’t take much to go extremely sour. The difference between even 5 grams in a pound of tea can be pretty noticeable.

Indigobloom

5g per lb? wow, that is more intense than I realized.

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-Well that would be for it to be noticed. I used 13 grams in your entire tea. I started out with 20 which was way too sour. Those 7 grams made a huge difference. Better fillers would be dried fruits though not freeze-dried (since the kind we use are super expensive and usually add cost) and some nuts would work well as fillers.

Indigobloom

Oh neat, good to know the amounts! I can’t wait to start playing with the parameters. (getting so tired of waiting for a filter. gah!!)

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85
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Drank a cup of this last night. The mint is definitely much more tolerable when softened by creaminess! Although it was sweet, my mom seemed to like it as well. She really does seem to like minty and/or citrusy things! Anyhow, yum!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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47

Yep…. brewed this up last night, and still did not like. Admittedly, I way oversteeped (ah, whoops, I did this last time too!), but aside from a bit of astringency, the flavour just is strange. My mom commented that it was perfumey, and I agree. Although she usually likes rose teas, this was a “no” from both of us. I still have a cup’s worth left to try (and NOT oversteep), but as I remarked previously, my opinion is unlikely to change.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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59
drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Sucked it up and tried this one tonight (oh no! It just occurred to me that although I opened the 11th tea, I neglected to drink any. Haha.)

Anyhow, I was rather disappointed in the 12th tea being minty and marshmallow, as that did not work well for me in Graveyard Mist. However, thankfully, this is infinitely more tolerable. First off, it’s peppermint, not spearmint, so no toothpaste association. Second, the black base is perfect here, and definitely lends a chocolatey sort of flavour. And although I usually dislike peppermint, the marshmallow root really rounds things out here, and softens the mint so I find it fairly pleasant.

So, not a bad blend to end off the 12 Days of Tea with!

(Mom tried this and thought the black base too astringent, and the mint a bit in-your-face. She much preferred the second infusion of Butiki’s Mint Oolong she was drinking at the time.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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93

Mmmmm, drank some of this tonight. I’m incapable of drinking it in proper dragonwell style, as I can’t take such hot liquids, but my single infusion was pretty tasty (although a bit oversteeped). Mom couldn’t pick out the sweetness because of the slight bit of astringency, but thought it was quite nice, although she certainly preferred her cup of Mandarin Silk!

Unfortunately, I let the second infusion sit far too long, and although it had good flavour, it was far too astringent. Thinking now, I probably should have just diluted it a touch instead of dumping it! :( Oh well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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42

My boyfriend’s mother gave three sachets of this as a gift to me just before Christmas, so I figured I’d bring them home and actually drink the tea on Christmas Eve! Steeped up a cup each for my mom and I and then, finding it to be rather weak, dipped the third teabag intermittently into each of the cups for a bit more flavour.

I was initially worried at the spearmint aroma emanating from the bag (as I dislike mint), but the mint is fairly light here. As are, well, all the flavours. I mostly taste mint, with a hint of sweet cinnamon spice.

I will admit… I’d prefer not to drink this again. I definitely appreciate the chance to try it though, and also the fact that she didn’t heap me with an entire box of teabags!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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43

This one’s coming off awfully weird too. I had forgotten that people had remarked previously that it tasted a bit like curry…

Anyhow, it tastes like a stale sort of apple to me. Not that I know what stale apples taste like… well, maybe I’ve previously had stale apple candies of some sort. Anyhow, another one that I’ll have to try again while not sick, and I have plenty left to do so!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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57
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Hmm. I think trying this while sick wasn’t the best idea. I can smell/taste the marshmallow and a bit of the caramel, but it’s rather weak (that could be an underleafing problem), and there’s a bit of an odd flavour (could easily be a tastebud issue). Ah well, have lots to try again with!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
yappychappy

I had the same issue. It smells and tastes funny.

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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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