3132 Tasting Notes

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drank White Coconut Dulce by TeBella
3132 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for offloading this lovely coconutty tea on me, as she is not a coconut fan!

One look and one sniff of this tea and I’m about 99% certain that this is the exact same tea as The Persimmon Tree’s Coconut Creme. A sip, and I’m 99.9% sure that they’re identical. Lovely sweet coconut flavour with a soft white base… quite delicious! This one perhaps seems a tad more coconutty than I recall my last cup of Coconut Creme being, but that could easily be caused by proportions of ingredients in the infuser.

As I had a pretty limited amount of this tea left to begin with, I’m certainly glad to have more! Thanks, Sil!

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

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67

Almost there!

This honey bush blend reminds me a LOT of Amoda’s Honeybush Haze that I tried a couple days ago, but not quite as tasty. It’s appley, nutty, and honeybush-y, and that’s about it. Not bad, but I’d prefer the Amoda version if I was to have this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
MissLena

You’re soo close! Man, I would be swimming if I had as much tea as you have had today :P

Kittenna

Oh let me tell you… I feel a bit bursty haha. All total I will have had 6 thermosed cups, 2 cups at work, 10 cups here, and 4 half-cup re-steeps. For a total of 20 8oz. cups of liquid, give or take a bit. :D

MissLena

Wow. I would be in the bathroom every ten minutes!! Well it’s all for a good cause at least :D

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16
drank Dirty Chai by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! Blehhh, this tea smells really odd. Spicy but… not in a pleasant way. Perhaps I’m smelling orange, cloves, and cinnamon but there’s also something else offputting in here. ACK! First sip and this is ridiculously, unnervingly sweet! I can taste the coffee now, and the flavor, aside from the SWEET, is not as bad as the aroma indicates, but…. Blargh, this is not my cup of tea. I’m surprised you used up as much as you did, Sil! Thanks for sharing with me – at least I have one tea to permanently cross off my list. Perhaps this would be better tempered with milk, but I’m really not a fan of pre-sweetened teas… and this is just sickly sweet. I’m afraid this one’s headed for the drain; after the two delicious chiffon teas and two delicious chocolate teas I just drank, and the huge number of other delicious things in my cupboard… yeah, I can’t.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I didn’t really care for this one either and I LOVE Dirty Chais, it was just really cinnamony. Gonna give it another shot simmered with milk.

Sil

Haha I always feel like I should give teas a few chances.

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75
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
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Another tasty one! Haha, I’m all over the chocolate teas tonight, apparently. This one isn’t quite as tasty as Love in a Cup, but it’s chocolatey and a bit caramelly, and I’m getting a bit of fruitiness. Although I’m ok with rose not being a dominant flavor, I would like to get more cherry in here. The chocolate is a touch on the artificial side, but at least for now, it’s working for me enough that I’d happily drink this again!

(Look at me inch towards 1200!!!!!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Hah! My gamble on getting 2oz. of this without even trying it was successful! I swear, I opened this one up and it smells just like key lime pie!! Yum!! Steeped, it still smells true, so I crossed my fingers that it tasted such as well… and yep. Tastes like lime fluff. It’s just a touch bitter, but I suspect a shorter infusion will help with that – I’m thinking that it’s the citrus peel that’s causing it. A re-steep is not too bad either, though I should have used even less water than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

I always find limes a bit bitter heh

Kittenna

It’s really only the peel/pith that are, and I’m quite certain that that was the issue here. Not that it was a big one. This was darn tasty!

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92
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Yum. Still lemony and good, though not as creamy as last time. I actually prefer lime chiffon (but I prefer limes, so that’s hardly a surprise). These teas really are delicious :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
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Ok – my internet was down for the past hour or so, but I’m gonna hit 1200!! I am I am!!! Backlogging a few teas now…

Just received my latest Della Terra order, so what better way to attempt to hit 1200 teas (hahaha…) than to try out some new samples?!

Dry, the tea smells pretty chocolatey and sweet. Nothing particularly special.

I’ve got to say – I’ve become pretty skeptical of chocolate teas as they often don’t work for me, but the chocolate and caramel in this one are heavenly! That’s all I’m really getting here, chocolatey, caramelly goodness, but it’s perfect. I would agree that this does taste like love in a cup, haha. This one’s a winner for me, so I hope it tastes this good next time I have it!

ETA: Resteep is good, but only one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

woot! chocolate for the win :P

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87
drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
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Sipdown! Although regretting brewing this a) at work and b) in a teabag. Poor abused tea. At least it doesn’t taste too bad (Checkmate is worse), so once it cools I should be able to gulp it down reasonably well. This is definitely more…. fruity than I remember, which I think is actually the rooibos, since this doesn’t have fruit in it. Not really tasting the cocoa, but the coconut is present as a nice creaminess.

10 teas to go!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh work tea (aka work brewing conditions)…. you are truly so terrible :( I almost don’t even want to drink this cup of tea because it’s just Not. Very. Good. And I know the tea is great.

I think I’m going to take the last of this bag to brew at home… and have my boyfriend take me to pick up 2 more thermoses at Costco. I’m so spoiled by tea at home, it’s just gross here now :( I’d rather brew 5 thermos-fuls of tea in the morning and nurse them through the day instead of attempting to make tea here. Blech. :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

What thermoses do you get from Costco? The Contigo no-spill mugs, or something else? (I need new thermoses/mugs, hence the curiosity!)

Kittenna

Yes – my mom and I picked up a 2-pack of the Contigos for Christmas, and I love mine. Well worth the price! I know Sil has about 4 in her house too, and they work awesomely. Keep the tea hot, and is the more important criterion for me, leakproof (not that I’ve tested it too much though, but it’s certainly better than the mug that spilled in my backpack before Christmas and soaked everything in Genmaicha…)

Sil

The mugs are pretty awesome. We do have 4 in our house, and i bring 2 in to work with me everyday. The keep the temperature pretty well and don’t leak. Mine don’t have a lock like Kittenna’s, but unless the button is being pressed, they don’t leak…and if they’re upright even pressing the button won’t necessarily = a leak.

OMGsrsly

Ahh, perfect. I have one, but I’ve dropped it a few times. I should go pick up another set! I find that as long as they don’t lay on their sides for too long, they’re good. Mine sometimes leaks if it’s just laying there, but it’s more of a dripping than a torrent of tea.

Kittenna

I have found that if the lid is wet (i.e. just washed) when I put it on, I will get leakage… but it clearly was just water, not tea, so my fault, not the mug’s!

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I feel like my thermos is a little contaminated today… probably because I decided yesterday that a full, thorough scrubbing of my travel mugs takes too much time to do daily, and so just rinsed it out… ah well! Not too bad, just tastes a bit… like banana… which wasn’t an ingredient in either of the possible teas in this thermos prior, so who knows…

Anyhow, 12 teas to go! And…. less than 12 hours. Yeah I don’t see this happening…

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
Ellyn

YOU CAN DO IT!

Starfevre

make more than one at once and double-fist it!

Shmiracles

no no you can do it! you’re so close!
(do you have an 8 oz pot? cuz that’s what you need.)
go tea team!

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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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