2498 Tasting Notes

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drank Oatmeal Raisin Cookie by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

Ok, I must admit – it’s a little weird to see oatmeal pieces in dry tea! A new experience for me! Thanks for this one too, CHAroma!

The aroma is rather grapey with this one – yes, I know raisins are dried grapes, but they’re really two separate entities in my mind. So a grape aroma/flavour isn’t going to work when I’m supposed to be smelling/tasting raisin. Unfortunately, the flavour is also grapey, so this one definitely misses the mark; it’s definitely more of a grape black than anything. There’s also more astringency than I’d like. One thing I am noticing (or perhaps making up?) is a bit of a smoothness in the mouthfeel that I’m attributing to the oatmeal.

Overall, interesting tea to try, but not one I expected to like anyhow :)

Also, I think it’s because the ex loved my oatmeal raisin cookies (and I’m really stressed out right now) – I’m getting all stupid upset and missing him. Thought I was over it…. clearly not. Sigh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Missy

Shall I spam pm you with millions of cute kitten links as a distraction?

Kittenna

I’d say yes except then I wouldn’t get my poster done either!!! :P I so shouldn’t be on here….

TassieTeaGirl

Totally agree on the mental sultana/grape split. They’re very different in taste, texture and looks, I definitely think of them as different! And that’s a very pesky ex to interfere with tea sampling! How rude.

CHAroma

How rude indeed! :P Sorry the tea was a bust. Lots of people feel the same way as you do about this one. Although it leans towards the grape end of the spectrum, I can still make myself think it’s raisin. ;)

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Yeah, I chose a bad time to brew up four new-to-me black teas from 52teas, since I brought them upstairs and promptly fell asleep for who knows how long. And I’m being a terrible grad student writing these notes up, because I have a TON of work to do on my poster, and am showing it to my advisor tomorrow… eeks! Anyways, this is another from CHAroma!

The aroma of this one is definitely mapley and good, and upon sniffing, I was brought to memories of maple syrup-laden pancakes, so there must be a pancake element in there that I’m also picking up (I’m not actually a pancake fan, so maple syrup doesn’t typically evoke such memories).

… I’m pretty impressed, to be honest. I’m getting enough maple to know it’s there (but nothing like Oh Canada! from DavidsTea, which is fine), and a bit of pancakiness, which I have NO idea how Frank did. And also? No real astringency. A pleasure to drink. I’m enjoying the base tea here, even though it’s not the fabulous new base everyone’s raving about. CHAroma – I’m not sure if you didn’t like this one or what, since you sent me the leftovers from your packet, but I’m kind of thrilled to have more than two cups of this one. I don’t think it’s one I’d buy, but I’m really enjoying it for what it is right now! And did I mention, this one’s also cold?? :P

Also, does anyone know if marigold petals/cornflower petals do anything other than make the dry tea pretty, and get hopelessly clogged in one’s infuser? I definitely love the look of them, and am just fine with them in blends in spite of the clogging thing, but I almost feel like I like (black) teas that contain them more than teas that don’t… but maybe that’s just coincidence.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
momo

Well the marigolds definitely aren’t for scents or taste, I learned the hard way today that they smell vile. I wouldn’t want to eat them based on that smell.

Kittenna

I like the smell of marigolds! Summer memories. :P

momo

I’m wondering if there are ones that smell better because these sure don’t. I always wondered why no bees seemed to go near them and today I understood!

Kittenna

Oh, it’s a weird smell. Like petunias have a weird smell. My mom always plants a marigold border along the edge of the garden. Apparently they’re supposed to keep slugs away (although that was only a problem in our first few years in Saskatoon, IIRC).

tigress_al

Those petals sure do look pretty though. I thought they had something to do with flavoring. This is another blend by 52teas that I really wanna try!

Missy

I always thought they were there to hold the flavorings and make the tea look pretty.

Babble

I’ve been hearing good things about this blend. I’ll have to give it a try when I get a chance.

Also, grad students represent!!! What are you going to school for? I’m about to finish my masters in Library Science.

Kittenna

Nice! I’m in Plant Agriculture in genetics/breeding :D

CHAroma

HAHAHAHAAA!!!! You really made me laugh! First off, I love this tea. I just had a second bag of it in my cupboard. So, I decided to give you the tea in the original packaging instead of transferring it all to a ziplock. (I also added a bit more tea from the new bag to make sure you got good flavor and not old, bland leaves).

As for the marigold petals, they do actually contribute to the taste, just not in a big, overwhelming, hey-I’m-in-here! kind of way. So basically, that makes them the opposite of hibiscus. I had to try lots of different teas with marigold petals in them to really be able to pick that out apart from the other flavors. It’s hard for me to describe what it tastes like exactly, but it does contribute to the overall flavor of the tea.

Kittenna

Ahhh, I getcha :) Thanks for that! I’m all for sending tea in the original packaging to save on plastic bag waste, if it’s possible!

I’ll keep trying teas with marigold petals to see if I can pick out what flavour they contribute!

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73
drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

When I first brewed this up, I definitely got quite a buttery aroma from it. Unfortunately, I didn’t try it at all hot; I am drinking it cold because I accidentally took a rather long nap. Either way, I’m not finding it to taste at all like buttered popcorn, but it does taste like a decent black tea; a bit malty and flavourful. As in, one I’d drink straight, although it does have some astringency. I’m having a tough time locating the flavouring at all, really. Perhaps I’ll have better luck when I try the second cup of it. Not too worried though – this was just a tea I wanted to try out of curiousity (add another tick in that 52teas column!), so thanks CHAroma for indulging me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
noordelijk

You know what does taste like buttered popcorn? Or at least like the butter they put on top… davidstea’s milk oolong. You should try it if you’re looking for something like this!

Babble

You are reviewing all the 52 teas that I want to try. LOL.

Kittenna

Hahaha, this is because I went through someone’s cupboard selecting all the ones I haven’t tried!

noordelijk – I adore DavidsTea’s milk oolong, although it doesn’t come off to me like popcorn butter, but milky and delicious :)

CHAroma

I have had similar experiences with this one. Only one time did it really taste like buttered popcorn to me. Every other cup has been good, but like you said, just a decent black. Still, another one down!! Yeah!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

Drumroll…….

Another highly anticipated tea of today, courtesy of CHAroma!

The aroma is all buttery root beery goodness. Smells better than DT’s Root Beer Float, IMO. And butterier. The taste also seems better to me. Probably the excellent base tea blend. I think I’m a bit disappointed because the flavour isn’t sweet like the aroma, but a bit of sweetener would fix that up in a hurry. I’ll be buying a pouch of this when Frank re-blends it. And I need to pick up some stevia or truvia or something so I can enjoy some guilt-free sweetness. (Also, additional-flavour-free sweetness. Agave is all well and good, but it really wrecks flavours. Likewise honey. And the others require dissolving, but I’m drinking this cooled off.)

Also, for anyone worried about licorice or anything here, it’s completely a non-issue. I’m not picking up any of the things I dislike about such flavours (anise/licorice/fennel), so it’s doing its job very well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahaa…….anise, licorice, fennel-those are all things I tend to love in tea. :P Sounds like a good blend though!

mpierce87

I’ll be ordering another pouch whenever it is reblended also. This is a good one!

Kittenna

Well, someone’s got to love them, Scott!!! Just like Alphakitty loves floral/rose things. And a bunch of you love mint. All things I hate :D That’s right, I’m keeping track of who likes what….. :D :D

ScottTeaMan

LOL! :D I like pretty much everything tea related except HICH….HICH… [furrball]…hibiscus, and roasted mate was decent , but I remember it being more bitter than I expected, and I wasn’t crazy about it.

ScottTeaMan

The only way I could drink it was to add a little sugar, and I RARELY do that. :))

Kittenna

Yeah, I dislike adding sugar too (but seem to like roasted mate). And am definitely on the lookout for lovers of hibiscus in its most truly awful forms (I don’t mind it all the time!)

ScottTeaMan

So let me get this straight. You don’t like anise, fennel, licorice, floral/rose teas, mint. You like mate, AND HICH-biscus!

So at least in this list, I like all the things you don’t, and frown on especially HICH-biscus, and mate…….which you like?!

At least to this point…….

Azzrian

Glad to hear you are not getting licorice and anise etc. I wanted to try this but didn’t get any – hope it comes back!

CHAroma

Glad you liked it! But I knew you would. ;) Also, sorry I didn’t realize you don’t like mint! I know I sent you one mint tea in the swap. :(

Kittenna

Oh – no worries! I’ll try it anyways :D

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

Not sure how I skipped over trying this one, but I realized I had when I went to send some off in a swap!

The aroma is of sweet, spiced strawberries. It made my whole room smell lovely! (Perfect after the skunk incident.) And wow…. this one’s an absolute masterpiece. The flavour is almost exactly like the aroma, and quite intoxicating. I cannot BELIEVE I hadn’t tried this yet! It is amazing! Strawberry pie? Well, maybe not quite; I’m not getting much in the way of crust. But spiced strawberry pie filling? Absolutely. Seriously, this one’s a must-try. Wow. I see why this one made the permanent collection. (Also, I feel like I’ve been drinking a few spectacular teas lately!) This one’s going to be a keeper for me; this is a fantastic desserty honeybush blend that I can see myself craving in the future. Who would have thought to put together these spices and strawberry? It’s almost like a strawberry chai.

I’m rambling very badly. I’m very tired. Just need to review teas I brewed, then sleep… (Also, I pretty much inhaled my cup of this. So impressed.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
tigress_al

I have been eyeing this one for awhile. It must be good if you inhaled it…lol!

Kittenna

Get it. It’s far better than I thought!

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2498 tasting notes

Re-steeped (cold-brew) the leaves from my hot-brew-and-chill from yesterday, and got a lovely lightly limey cup. Delicious for the drive around Kitchener-Waterloo to pick up Blueberry Jam and some tea from Teaopia!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

My swap from CHAroma arrived today! Yay! Now if only the boxed up teas were potent enough to combat the nauseating skunk smell of the house…. Ever since 6:30am, the house has reeked of skunk. And so did my car (everytime I got into it, it smelled horrible!) It’s truly nauseating. Stupid skunk.

Anyhow, I was so excited for this one that I figured I should try it first. And aside from the fact that I obviously oversteeped it, it was pretty yummy! Very delicious, creamy lemon fluff flavours. So glad I ordered it before it sold out! I can’t rate it until I’ve steeped it properly (4 minutes is too long), but I think it’s going to be high. Also, the base tea is lovely – I can really taste it shining through! Now to wait the 3+ weeks until I get my very own baggie of it…

ETA: Seriously? I ruined the second infusion by oversteeping too? You’re kidding me. Guess it’s a very good thing I’m getting my own. Also, highly recommend like 2 min or less infusion times…

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

Skunk??! Oh no!! How come your house (and car) smells like skunk? Sorry the tea was oversteeped, but I’m glad you liked it anyway. That’s the mark of a good tea in my book! :) And sorry I haven’t seen your posts yet. I took a hiatus from Steepster for a week ‘cause I’ve been drowning in wedding madness. But all’s well now, so I’m baaack! Now it’s time to catch up! Expect a flurry of likes and comments. ;)

Kittenna

Guelph has a lot of skunks… I guess one decided to spray outside somewhere nearby!! Yuck. It was gone by the end of the day, mostly. And yes – I was excited that the tea was still good even oversteeped! Not great, but the potential is there! Glad to see you’re back. Sometimes time off from Steepster is necessary! My sister just got engaged, so it’s all about her wedding stuff now, hahaha.

CHAroma

Ooooh, fun!! I mean about your sister, not the skunk spraying around your house. :P

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91
drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
2498 tasting notes

Sorry for the massive tasting note spam, guys… I was drinking tea and writing notes offline this evening because my computer wasn’t playing nice with Safari and Powerpoint open simultaneously. Of course, it didn’t much care for Powerpoint on its own either…

Ohhhhh man. Does this one ever smell AMAZING! I just selected it since it was at the top of the box, and later realized that it would be good to compare against Plum Oolong from New Mexico Tea Company. No comparison at all, though. This one is strongly grape in aroma… and flavour too! YES! Oh wow, this one’s delicious. And I guess it should help me figure out the difference between ‘grape’ and ‘muscat’; it doesn’t taste like, say, Welch’s grape juice the way I seem to recall Butiki’s Grape Oolong tasting, but it definitely makes me think grape anyhow. I actually prefer this flavour though… oh man… super delicious! I can’t put down my cup! Which kind of sucks because now I’m out of all the tea I brewed… perhaps it’s a sign to put the computer away and go to bed. I’ll be more productive tomorrow…. right….?

ETA: Second infusion (3 min) is still pretty good; muscat flavour gives way to more oolong flavour. Not unexpected.

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

More productive…….I would say, Yes! Especially after a few cups of tea. :))

Kittenna

I’m trying to figure out whether you’re awake insanely early, or just live on the east coast… It’s absurdly early (5:30) in the morning here again, whoops…

ScottTeaMan

I was extremely tired after dinner, and fell asleep for 3-4 hours. Now after having three early morning cups of tea and posting a review, I just caught myself falling asleep. I need to lay down ASAP, and get a couple more hours of shut eye. :))

ScottTeaMan

Oh both by the way…….early & Eastern Time Zone [OHIO].

ScottTeaMan

Good morning & Good night…….

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that explains it. And belatedly, thanks :)

ScottTeaMan

Kittenna, Has there been problems on Steepster?? I’m following 342 people,and I have one review above yours. Wait…….that’s odd. I thought TASTING NOTES were posted chronologically, with the more recent ones posted above onee another, so the more current ones are posted first. I have a bunch of Tasting notes that are in that order below this one-that seems strange. I wonder why this note is out of order [so to speak]??

Mercuryhime

Sorry to butt in, but just to answer your question, when you edit your tasting notes, they get bumped up to the top again. This seems to be a new feature from back when Steepster did some updating of their site. :)

ScottTeaMan

Oh, thanks Mercury-I thought that might be the case, because it wasn’t like that before.

Kittenna

Yeah, and I really apologize for continually bumping mine to the top – I preferred when I could silently add my ’ETA’s. They’re mostly for my benefit.

Azzrian

What does ETA mean?

Azzrian

Oh and SO happy you loved this one! :)

Kittenna

Edited to add :)

ScottTeaMan

Estimated Time of Arrival. :))

Hesper June

Oh! Like Scott,I kept thinking it meant Estimated Time of Arrival…and I never could figure out how that applied to the tea tasting!
Thanks for asking Azzrian;)
This tea sounds really yummy, Kittenna!

Azzrian

Ah got ya thanks :)

Kittenna

Hahahaha, sorry guys! I know it has a dual meaning, but figured it would be obvious. Clearly not :D

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73
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
2498 tasting notes

The aroma is pretty basic black tea, to me. The flavour is pretty similar, although it tastes a little extra toasted, which is kind of nice. No astringency, which is great, but it seems that black teas require cocoa notes in order for me to enjoy them straight, and I’m not getting those here. Or barely (I can imagine them being present; it fits with the extra roasty flavour profile). Thank you for passing along a sample so I could satisfy my curiousity, Alphakitty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Definitely no cocoa notes in this one, it’s more berry/molasses. If I sent you enough for 2 cups (I think I did? Honestly I can’t remember haha) try it with cream & sugar: it makes the caramel aspects pop.

Kittenna

There’s enough for at least one, maybe two cups left. I will do that!

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Another sample from Alphakitty :) Azzrian & Alphakitty’s boxes are the most conveniently located right now, so I’m making good progress on them! Have to get to everyone else’s stuff soon!

The aroma is very subtly of grape/plum, and a woody oolong base. The flavour follows; fairly light, with a bit of fruitiness and a light base. Very smooth. I’d like to try this with a longer infusion; I hurriedly looked up brewing parameters and probably confused some things (I think this amount of leaf was for 3 or so min, and I should have used more for 1 min). But I’m tired and stressed and this is what happened. At least it isn’t way oversteeped!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Glad you liked this one! I need to try it again, I think something went weird in the steeping because I didn’t get the oolong at all.

Kittenna

Well, there wasn’t the oolong aftertaste I like, but I don’t get that from darker oolongs anyhow.

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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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