2606 Tasting Notes

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Hmmm, I think this is what Azzrian sent me… (Thanks!)

This is sadly not a cup of tea for me, really. I’m 95% certain there’s hibiscus in it due to the colour and tartness (although it’s manageable), and I’m pretty sure there’s red rooibos giving off a medicinal taste. I am getting a fruity flavour, but it’s quite masked by the tart hibiscus that it’s difficult to distinguish. This one might actually be rather nice sweetened, and it’s not terrible as I’m drinking it, but there are other teas I’d prefer to have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Yeah I sent that. Its alright I loved it back when I first got it and it was one of the very first loose leaf I ventured into – but yeah way better options than this one – London Tea Room has some great blends this one is MEH.

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drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
2606 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of this one (sent by Azzrian) today as I have other incarnations of it sitting around in my stash. It is seriously absolutely delicious, and possibly one of my favourite tisanes. It just occurred to me that I had probably wanted to compare it to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts directly, but oops, I guess that isn’t happening. Oh well!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

There are TONS of variations of this tea but THIS is THE BOMB of all the variations! I LOVE this tea!

Azzrian

Oops TISANE lol

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Thanks for sending me some of this, Azzrian!

Probably too late at night for this (oops), but oh well. It smelled delicious and I wanted to try some! I didn’t rinse this one as I figured I might lose the flavouring if I did.

The aroma is sweet and toffee-like, with just a hint of pu’erh fishiness. Completely tolerable though, and quite yummy-smelling!

The flavour is rich with delicious toffee, complemented by a pu’erh base that is dark and earthy and perhaps the slightest bit fishy. A strange but surprisingly delicious combination! I will definitely be having this one again, and thoroughly enjoying it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

This is good stuff for sure! I sent the last of it to TeaEqualsBliss to enjoy. :)

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Thanks for letting me try a bit of this one, Azzrian!

I’ve been pretty bad about paying attention while drinking new teas lately – so many distractions! Tonight my roommate was practicing a presentation for tomorrow on me, and I drank the whole cup before I had realized. Whoops.

All I remember is that it tasted like a light version of the Silver Buds Yabao, which I’ve previously had, but with a bit of a jasminey/floral flavour as well. It was actually quite pleasant to drink. I didn’t really taste the goji berries, or anything else, but as I said, my attention was directed elsewhere! We’ll see where the second cup leads!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Haha, I thought I had previously reviewed this one, but apparently not! Excellent! I’m super distracted right now because oh my gosh, I am dating the sweetest boy ever and am currently over the moon. Or on Cloud 9. Sooo Jade Cloud kinda seemed appropriate, haha.

Anyhow, this is another one I drank through rather quickly, but it had a tasty vegetal beany flavour (kind of like Verdant’s Laoshan green?) and I’m looking forward to the second infusion, which I need to make ASAP as all five cups of tea sitting next to me are currently empty.

Thanks for passing this along, Alphakitty! This is definitely my sort of green tea, so I’m going to thoroughly enjoy finishing up my sample :D

ETA: Second infusion, 4 min at 180F and in about half the water, definitely not nearly as tasty, but still drinkable. Wouldn’t try for a third. This seems quite common in western-brewed greens like this though – I should try more leaf/shorter infusions (not quite gong fu, but more like 30s instead of 3min.) Also, note to self, I used 1.5 tsp/8 oz. for this one.

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

So glad you like it! And, of course, congrats on your successful date~ I hope he likes tea as much as you do!

Kittenna

I actually have no idea if he will even drink tea. It’s not something I’ve really brought up yet. I’m hoping so, but it won’t be a deal-breaker if he won’t :) It would be nice to have someone to share my stash with though!

Kiaharii

Or on the flip side, you can keep your stash all to yourself. ;)

TeaBrat

Aww. good luck! I hope I meet someone soon I feel that way about. :)

Kittenna

Kiaharii – Haha, I have too much stash so I would love to share it. I’m already dumping off teas to two of my roommates, but they just don’t drink enough!

Amy – thanks :) And I hope you do too! I don’t know yet if this is going to go anywhere serious, but I really hope it does :)

Sil

Woot! Yay for new boys! Here’s hoping it’ll be a good time at the very least :)

Lynne-tea

Yay for fun dates =)

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drank China Mist by Market Spice
2606 tasting notes

Ehm… I drank through this cup quite quickly as I’m writing an email and it was just sitting there…

Nobody else has written a tasting note on this one, so I don’t know if I’m the only one making this association, but the flavour of this tea totally reminded me of pot. Not that I have any experience whatsoever, but… that is the overwhelming association I made. Perhaps slightly influenced by smelling that deliciously intoxicating (read: vile) aroma while running earlier tonight.

Anyways, I enjoyed it regardless, so thanks for the sample Alphakitty! I’d like to know what you thought of it :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Haha, I don’t think this one reminded me of pot (which I smelled a LOT of when dorming) but I get the association. It’s an odd combo: black & green teas with almond and jasmine, it evokes a lot of different things. I could have sworn I wrote a note for it… guess not!

Kittenna

Haha, yeah, the second cup still gives me the same association. I can tell it’s tea, but I feel like someone could confuse me if they wafted this under my nose randomly! I’m in a uni neighborhood in a rather “liberal”/hippie city…. sigh.

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Couldn’t find a listing for this one, Lynne-tea, so I made one! Let me know if this is in the wrong place.

So I stumbled across a milk oolong in my pile from Lynne-tea, and as I haven’t had one in a while, it sounded very appetizing to brew some up… soooo I did!

The cup smells incredibly caramelly (like Milk-fuls?) and delicious, and the flavour is similar, leaving the mouth with an intense caramelized milk flavour after swallowing. Heavenly. I have no idea if this one is “flavoured” or not, but it’s lovely. Milk oolongs are so wonderful :D

Thanks so much, Lynne-tea!

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

You’re welcome! I didn’t make a listing for it as I did not get a response from the company to try and get more shipped. I therefore decided I would just enjoy the tea as is without documenting it (in all honesty, it would make it easier for me to forget about it once it’s gone as there is no definitive supply line… I have no idea how much shipping would be as the site [even translated from Polish to English] is hard to get a grasp of international shipping…which could end up being extremely expensive…phooey!)
This was definitely not a flavoured milk oolong :D… here is a link to the tea http://www.fiveoclock.eu/pl/produkt/1076,CHINA-OOLONG-MILKY.html

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I was craving a dark oolong tonight (it seems my preferences have shifted from green teas to dark oolongs recently), and chose this one to brew up as I have a whole ounce of it and hadn’t yet touched it! Given my previous failures with Verdant dancongs, I kind of went with my own parameters, which would be a loose tbsp of leaf (the leaves are so incredibly wiry!), which was likely only a gram or two at most, in 8 oz. water. With no rinse, as I only do that for pu’erh.

The first infusion, for 25s at 205F, looked light but out of lingering fear, I pulled the infuser basket out anyways. Turns out I could have left it in longer, but the result was a light, deliciously fruity/woody dark oolong with intense peachy notes appearing in the aftertaste. I think an additional 10 seconds or so would have made this even better (alternately, a bit more leaf). I don’t have time to get into more of what I’m tasting, but this is delicious and exactly what I was craving, and my cup is almost gone!

The leaves smelled absolutely delicious post-infusion, a complex mixture of aromas I couldn’t place but am dying to try and tease out of this tea! The aroma was so strong, I feel like the leaves could last for far more infusions than I’ll make it to (which tonight is two, hopefully more tomorrow).

Second infusion (35s, 200F) loses some of the fruitiness and becomes a bit more woody, but I almost want to say I’m tasting a bit of fig? Again, the flavour would have been better with more leaf/a longer infusion, but this is delicious regardless!

Definitely a good choice on this one tonight (also on ordering 1 oz. of it!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Seriously, this is better than Dulce & Banana. Why why why was this discontinued :( Absolutely delicious and creamy. I must like loose leaf chamomile or something.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Maybe they’ll bring it back again for the fall collection of if they do “back from the dead” promo again this year.

tigress_al

This is one of my fav teas. It tastes so different hot versus cold. It makes an amazing mango smoothie. Man, I miss this one. The DT girl this week told me fall collection comes out Aug. 29, so let’s hope it makes a return!

Kittenna

Ooh, I hope so…

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drank Russian Caravan by Tea Desire
2606 tasting notes

Mmm, smoky tea! Probably a bad idea to have a black tea at night, but oh well. Thanks Lynne-tea for sending me a sample of this one so I don’t have to buy 2 oz. to try it out!

The aroma is fairly generically smoky, like a nice campfire. Nothing unexpected. Perhaps not as strong as the straight lapsang souchong Indigobloom sent me, but still fairly potent. The flavour is much less smoky though, and actually quite pleasant! I’m getting a bit of sweetness at the end of the sip, which is surprising, along with some delicious maltiness. I don’t think I’d previously encountered a smoky tea that was actually enjoyable to drink straight, but this one is! The smokiness is just so light in the flavour, not sharp and biting and scratchy down my throat, that I’m quite enjoying this. A tea to keep on the shortlist for a time when I run out of smoky teas and want to pick one up!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Lynne-tea

YAY!!!! A winner! =) So glad you like this tea.

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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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