2936 Tasting Notes

67
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2936 tasting notes

I really liked the sample of this I got from Amy oh but ever since that (which I think I still have a bit of), the bag I got in one of 52teas’ sales just isn’t as butterscotchy and delicious. Especially since I’ve fallen in love with Cashew Turtle, which is all kinds of amazing. (I’m hoping that frequent mentions of Cashew Turtle will lead to an increased demand for it, yes. Hahahahahaha.)

Anyhow, unlike the last time I brewed it (which may or may not be logged on here), I didn’t mess this one up this time :D So it’s tasty enough, just not nearly as tasty as the abovementioned tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
JoonSusanna

Mmmm.. Cashew turtle! That was in the 12 teas of Christmas last year, and it was one of my favorites. Still kicking myself for not just buying a pouch…

Kittenna

I picked a reblended pouch of it sometime in the summer. Felt like a total gamble, but SO worth it!

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91

Yum! Creamy, limey goodness. I’m craving sweet this morning (oh wait…. it’s not morning anymore…?!) though, and kind of wish I’d put some sugar into it before I left this morning.

Anyhow, taking a short Steepster break from working while I let the machine run, as it seems I’ve messed something up already today. Oh noes :(

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

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
2936 tasting notes

Sipdown of my sample from Sil (thanks!) plus some from the batch I ordered, all put into a travel mug. I’ve gotta say, this one didn’t take to being put in the travel mug quite as well, although it may have also been that I was using my roommate’s Bodum mug instead of a Timolino (they were already full, and I wanted to take 3 teas!) and I think it may be holding flavours worse than my Timolinos (one of which is still tainted by GMS, and now the Killer’s Vanilla).

Anyhow, I tasted some of that Gui Fei sweetness, but it wasn’t as tasty as my memory told me. I think I’ll pass on picking this up again in favour of the Taiwanese Assam, which is fabulous in a travel mug and must only be better when brewed properly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86

Took some of this to work today, sweetened in a Timolino. Strangely, one of the thoughts I had while drinking it was that it smelled/tasted an awful lot like…. pot…. Weird. Either way, drank it and it was tasty. Like GMS, not as good as I remembered, but I gotta factor in the travel mug there. Certainly one of the best flavoured guayusas I’ve had.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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77
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
2936 tasting notes

Sipdown!!

FInished off my packet of this by taking it to work today. It’s pretty good for a flavoured mate, nicely chocolatey with a round fruitiness, but there are other teas I’d rather drink.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
2936 tasting notes

12 Days of Tea #3!

Unfortunately, my roommate brewed this up, and although I swore I told her 2 mins max, I’m pretty sure it got three. It was bitter, and unpleasant, and I threw it out. However, I have a whole packet of this one, so I know I like it fairly well already! Lemony/creamy/green tea goodness.

Daniel Scott

Man, I JUST brewed this up, accidentally at 3 minutes, and yeah, it’s ruined. Bummer. I can still tell it would be good if it wasn’t bitter, but now I’m debating whether to just suck it up and drink this cup, finish the packet, or make something else.

Kittenna

Yes. This one is VERY finicky. 1.5 min might even do you better. I’ve messed it up more times than I’ve brewed it properly.

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87

I’m surprised there aren’t more reviews for this one!

I brewed a bit of this up tonight out of curiosity. Stuck with typical green tea infusion parameters as I was too lazy to look the tea up. The result is a very delicious, beany/sweet/vegetal brew that certainly does make me think of Laoshan Green. I’ll really have to compare the two at some point. I suspect it’s not different enough to make me want to purchase this again, but it’s fun to have had the chance to try it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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81

12 Days of Tea #2!

This one I initially couldn’t identify by aroma alone, as it smelled much like bubblegum. Luckily it tasted more on the citrusy side. I remember having had this one prior from a swap, and I think I liked it more then. Not a bad fruity honeybush blend at all, but nothing I feel the need to restock!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
2936 tasting notes

Mmmmmhhhhh delicious. I think I underleafed a bit today (forgot it was 2 tsp/8 oz, so only used a bit over a tbsp for 2 cups) but it was still pretty tasty. The re-steep did suffer a bit though, being a touch weak.

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

Still have a sample of this to try…I think I’ll be saving it for Christmas :-) But I admit your reviews of it make it hard for me to resist that long!

Shmiracles

this just sounds so. good. i mean just the name alone is enticing, but when you go and give it 100 wowsa. >>> added to shopping list

Kittenna

Yeeeah. It’s just such a deliciously flavoured green, so creamy and good. I don’t apologize for my 100 rating :D

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98
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
2936 tasting notes

Ok… I seriously screwed this tea up this morning. Infused in a travel thermos, and it tastes absolutely vile. Bitter and… disgusting. I don’t know if I’m overleafing (probably) or what, but I think I need to try this normally, at my house, next time. I know it takes to travelling in a thermos well, but perhaps steeping it in one was a bad idea. (I also know that a) this batch of tea is good and b) there was no issue with the water). I could tell something was off when I sniffed the infuser basket this morning, but chose to ignore it… sorry, tastebuds. Thankfully I still had Laoshan Genmaicha and Premium Taiwanese Assam in my other mugs to wash the bad taste away…

Butiki Teas

Can you add some hot water to see if that fixes it?

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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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