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drank Gingered Peach by Kally Tea
2831 tasting notes

Backlog.

Ahh. I see I also didn’t like this previously. Might toss it, in that case. Just not a pleasant combo, and I think there’s rooibos in here… just ick.

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100

Backlog.

Another backlog for another day. I’ve drank a lot of this tea lately…

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74

Backlog.

Drank some more of this the other day. Still a pretty good raspberry black, but not my favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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Gross gross gross. Why hibiscus in a black tea?! Not a good combo at all. To top it off, this tea is kind of old and I think hibiscus gets really woody-tasting as it ages, which makes it extra-unpleasant. So yes. Woody, tart ickiness. I should probably toss the remainder of this baggie, because it’s just gross.

Kristal

The other day I saw that my Mother in Law had recently pulled this tea out front and centre from the back of the cupboard. I was wondering how old it was…

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Backlog.

Started off this morning badly by waking up to a parking ticket because my city is ridiculous and disallows street parking for 4 hours during the night for 6 months of the year. For “snow-clearing” purposes, presumably. There was no snow to clear last night. At all. I was exhausted yesterday and forgot to move my car into the driveway (had to wait for roommates to pull in first), so was given the gift of a lovely fine. Goodbye, completely wasted multiple hours of work.

Teawise, I feel like this was underleafed/understeeped today… or perhaps the flavour is just quite light. Either way, there’s that delicious leafhopper-bitten sweetness, with a strong minerally base, and lingering honeyed notes/oolong flavour. Delicious, but I do wish it was stronger.

caile

ack, that’s too bad about the ticket!

Amariel

I think I have some of this from a swap, and have yet to drink it. I always find it when I look into my samples, and yet always forget it is there….maybe I need to pull it out and force myself to remember I have it to try.

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drank Paris-Singapore by TWG Tea Company
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Sipdown! And thanks to MissB(?) for a sample of this tea! I’m not sure exactly what it’s flavoured with, but my first impression was that it was kind of like a gingerbread green? A bit spicy, basically. It was certainly an interesting tea to try, though probably not one I need to try again.

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

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drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
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Floral and light; a bit fruity… tastes like the elderflower drinks I’ve had before. A white base was a good choice for the flavouring, although I wish you could actually taste the tea a bit more (and this is why I liked Butiki’s flavoured whites…) A bit too flowery for my tastes, though.

OMGsrsly

This seems like the wrong tea name… :)

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drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
2831 tasting notes

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A pretty tasty strawberry black, with loads more flavour than some that I’ve had, but the tea isn’t unique enough to keep me interested. It is certainly good, though, albeit a bit fakely-flavoured. Lasted for only one good infusion – the second is rather bland (despite smelling quite tasty) – except it suddenly has a bit of an amaretto flavour… which I don’t recall from the first infusion, and don’t think is from contamination (I haven’t had anything amaretto-flavoured lately). Might have to investigate. (Further research has led me to believe that the proximity of my ‘Cappuccino Black’ infuser may have imparted this flavour.)

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
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Another victim of fruity contamination. The lovely pouchong/oolong aftertaste is still there, but it’s oddly fruity. I need to give some of my travel mugs a deep clean/soak, I think… (I also think this tea may have been a bit fruity/perfumey to begin with, so the contamination really isn’t helping).

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Still think this is tasty, though I think I oversteeped it a touch the other day. Yummy dark coffee flavour with some toffee sweetness.

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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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