3069 Tasting Notes

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Haven’t had this in eons, and can’t even remember when I drank the cup I’m theoretically writing about. I’m super sad to say, though, that I have not found a replacement for it as I had hoped. One of my TTC teas, Sun Moon Lake Assam (I believe), is similar, but just isn’t the same. I’m dreading running out of this gem :(

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My love affair with melon-y teas has really fallen off, but when I’m in the mood for it, I love the contrast of melon with espresso in this tea. I probably would go for it over Cantaloupe and Cream or Watermelon Xylophone. (Well… maybe not fresh C&C).

I have who-even-knows-how-many bags of this left, and I’m not sad about it. Please retain your flavour, lovely tea…

Fjellrev

Wow, I really miss C&C.

VariaTEA

I find this made me miss C&C more because the melon flavor was more pronounced in comparison in C&C

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
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Drank this, but literally no recollection of that. Later. Later…

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
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I don’t recall this tasting like eggnog in the slightest, just like chai. I believe I was disappointed with that – I had hoped for something really creamy and less spiced. More detailed note later, when I drink it again.

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drank Apple Spice Black Tea by 52teas
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My recollection of this tea is positive, especially when I give it a sniff. Actual apple(!) and a black base instead of green. Wasn’t too enthused about this to start, but I believe I’ll enjoy finishing it off.

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76

Drank this… a while ago. It was good. (Also drinking it now, better tasting note to follow. This is just for the number-of-times-drank logging, which is probably completely pointless given my lack of record-keeping.)

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drank Glazed Donut Black Tea by 52teas
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Drank this a long time ago. I don’t currently remember what the flavour was like, but I believe I enjoyed it (cooled, as per my usual habits). Looking forward to try it again sometime soon, and if I’m lucky, remember what it tasted like and writing a better note!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea reviews! I have tons of backlogged stuff, plus tons of other things I drank and never even recorded that I drank… everything is a big mess right now. Oh well. On the plus side, my computer is giving me minimal grief right now.

So this tea. I had high hopes, and then I remembered that my love of coconut in teas has waned somewhat. And yup, that’s about how it went. So probably tasty enough for someone who still really enjoys coconut teas, and who loves oolongs, but it wasn’t what I wanted (yet it was pretty much coconut cream pie… I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. Perhaps more of a coconut milk flavour?)

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This is (at least) my second cup of this – the first is sitting in a backlogged list somewhere… Anyhow! I quite enjoy this tea. Pepperminty in that fresh, candy-cane-like way instead of that gross mint-leaf way (there’s a difference, trust me!), delicious chocolatiness from the cacao shells (and nibs, presumably), and of course, I adore the perfect base tea.

My only issue was that the tea in the bag smelled a bit like some of the old 52teas blends with cacao nibs did – a bit on the chloriney side? Thankfully it didn’t really impact the taste, but I did find it a bit concerning.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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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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