2831 Tasting Notes

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
2831 tasting notes

Second attempt at this one. Still tastes to me like a creamy, chai-ish tea. A little less spicy today and a bit more marshmallow-creamy, but toasted marshmallow it is not. I would really love to see smoky teas used in blends to create awesome flavours instead of just spicing; toasted marshmallow would work so much better IMO with a light black tea base, pinch of lapsang souchong, marshmallows for creaminess, and possibly caramel pieces like in Salted Caramel, to give that burnt sugar flavour that toasted marshmallows have. Mmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oooh that sounds good. :O

Cavocorax

(Your suggestion; not the Toasted Marshmallow)

Amariel

It was a weak tea to me, sadly. I much preferred Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores Tea.

canadianadia

I agree, this tea does not taste like a toasted marshmallow to me either – too cinnamony

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100

Ohhhhhh, heavenly! Haven’t had this one in ages! Love love love.

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

this is really good!

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81

Making a little more progress towards drinking up my oldest tea samples, here. I don’t recall whether there was always so little green tea in this one, but I swear the entire 1.5 tsp of tea I used today was strictly lemongrass, apple chunks, and nut chunks. No tea leaves in sight. Nor any tea flavour; it’s all light apple/slightly lemongrassy lemon, and nutty. With a light pinch of cinnamon to round out the flavours. Decent flavour, but certainly nothing like caramel apple to me, and either 5 minutes isn’t long enough, or 1.5 tsp isn’t enough tea, because this is a lighter cup of tea than I would like. Oh well! Only enough left now for a very small cup. Not sad that this one’s gone (or is an online exclusive, I don’t recall).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Apple Cider Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks to CHAroma I get to try yet another delicious (and timely!) concoction from 52teas.

I brewed this up last night, but decided to go to bed before drinking more than a sip of it, so I’m finishing it off now (it’s still good!) It tastes surprisingly like apple cider in tea form. A bit less spicey and appley, but both are present and good! The spicing here is again reminiscent of many of 52teas’ spiced blends (e.g. Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, Strawberry Pie Honeybush, Melange Rooibos), but it works quite well.

I think this would (have been) a great choice for a caffeinated, sugar-free cider for those cold winter nights (or tonight. -2C felt pretty darn freezing!) I have another cup’s worth, which I’ll save for when it gets a little colder.

ETA: Second infusion is way bitter, even with a 2.5 minute infusion. Boo.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
CHAroma

Yay! Glad you liked this one. Sorry the second infusion is not so good. This was my first 52teas purchase long ago, so I’m pretty sure it’s the old black tea base.

Kittenna

No worries CHAroma!! 52teas blacks are super finicky. I think sometimes if the leaves are left too wet between infusions, it results in a bitter second infusion regardless of time. Just a theory, and it’s about the only thing I can come up with for why it gets so bitter the second time around!

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…

Cavocorax

Is that the Timolino mug from DavidsTea? I splurged on one with some bday money and I love how leakproof it is, as well as the secret compartment in the lid. I can’t believe how well it keeps the heat in. I’ve been known to forget tea for 4+ hours and it’s sorta a bonus to come back to warm tea then. I’ve learned to take the lid off after brewing if I plan to drink it any time soon.

Cavocorax

Does it actually taste like chocolate?

Kittenna

Yup, it’s the Timolino from DavidsTea, and it’s certainly amazing how long it can keep tea hot! Unfortunately I prefer my tea warm, so it’s annoying sometimes, so I usually brew the tea in a mug, then let it cool a bit before pouring it into the Timolino. I learned, however, that it’s not leakproof if you put scalding tea in it and turn it upside down (or if you forget the little rubber hidden compartment bit!)

I’m not sure that this tea actually tastes like chocolate or hot chocolate, but I quite like it, and found it to be a pretty darn good replacement for the super sweet lattes that I used to buy. I’d say it’s worth giving a try!

Helena

awww.. poor Timolino! I love a travel mug that can keep my drink at the right temp for hours. If you leave the lid off for a little bit or add cold water to it that might help keep it at a warmer temp for you. I don’t know how that will effect the taste though :D

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86

Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.

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94
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Backlog from Saturday: Sometimes, I forget how delicious this tea is. And then I have some, and it’s pretty much the best chai ever, with milk and sugar. Mmmm. Lasted for three infusions this time!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Backlog from Saturday. Deeeeelicious. Fluffy limey goodness. Thanks again for this, silvermage2000!

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

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94

Backlog from Saturday. I rediscovered how much this tea really needs to be consumed at a cooler temperature (not cold, just warm) – hot it really isn’t that great, but after it cools, it really does taste like apricots, and there’s a cheesecakey tang in there too. Delicious. But hot? Bleh, not great. Unfortunately I destroyed the re-infusion last night as I was distracted by playing Pandemic with my boyfriend & roommate. Whoops. :(

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

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91

Backlog from Friday. I’ve been throwing this one in the Timolino a fair bit lately too. Seems to work ok, and an oolong is so refreshing next to a black tea, which is what I usually bring (I have been borrowing a travel mug from my roommate so I can bring two teas at once… need to purchase/ask for a second Timolino or other leakproof mug for Christmas!) The only bad thing about this tea is that I feel guilty for not following the appropriate infusion parameters… I just want oolong flavour, so the first infusion is definitely longer than it would be if I wasn’t taking it on the go, as the light, nuanced flavour doesn’t hold up well for me. Ah well. I still have a fair bit of this one…

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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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