2661 Tasting Notes

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Second new tea to try!

The flavour of this one is quite tasty; a delicious green oolong paired with fruity pineapple notes. I’m enjoying the fact that it definitely does taste like pineapple! I’m not sure I am really catching the “flowery” aspect though. The flavouring here reminds me quite a lot of another tea… perhaps a DavidsTea (not Pineapple Oolong). It’s quite tasty though!

ETA: I re-steeped this one once, but can’t recall the results. I don’t think it was all that wonderful. However, I looked in the infuser, and it seems like I may have used way too little tea… so will definitely have to fix that next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Finally got to some new teas tonight! Thanks to Azzrian for packaging up my multiple orders and shipping them off to me!

The dry tea smells much like Cantaloupe & Cream to me, minus the cream. Strangely, my roommate initially said it smelt like milk. Who knows.

There’s not much aroma from the steeped cup.

The flavour really, really reminds me of C&C, with a bit less creaminess (but a lovely smoothness). I’ll have to compare them side by side one day. I can distinguish the flavour as “melon”, but it isn’t coming through as watermelon quite yet. It still is quite good though; expected nothing less from Butiki! I’ll try some different parameters next time, perhaps, or the addition of rock sugar, to see if it bring the watermelon out more.

ETA: Re-steeped twice, both were tasty, but still remind me a lot more of just a generic “melon” flavour, not specifically watermelon. I still quite like it though! Sugar will be added to a future infusion just to see how it works out :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

If you have a chance, definitely try this tea either cooled to a lukewarm temperature or with some added sugar. It makes a huge difference. Not even much sugar is required. I really wanted to add some fruit to this, since the natural sugars would bring out the flavor but I couldn’t find any dried watermelon that met our standards.

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drank Xinyang Green Tips by Peony Tea S.
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Drank some of this on Saturday, but sadly only one cup. It was very delicious! Sweet and vegetal. Same parameters as last time, so I don’t know what was different; no bitterness this time. Delicious!

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

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Mmmmm, delicious! Sadly I didn’t finish my travel mug of this one, or get to re-steep the leaves, due to… “circumstances”, but what I did drink was quite delicious. Glad I nabbed a packet of this one! I quite like marshmallow root in tea.

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

Hahaha

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Huuuh. Strange, I should already have a note for this tea. Anyways, this is a backlog from Saturday morning, when I made a nice cold almond milk latte sweetened with maple syrup for my drive out of town. It was great until my stomach started hurting; perhaps a strong matcha latte on an empty stomach wasn’t the best idea! It was delicious though. Proper note to follow in the eventuality that I get my crap together and have time for such a thing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

I may harass you about your latte once my order gets here. Yes…I broke down and bought matcha

Indigobloom

oooh! which ones did you get??

Sil

the caramel matcha from the other days sale. I figure i’ll start there and then move on to other flavours if i like them. i ordered ONE tea… sigh instead of my usual “i’ll order 500 because i’m assuming i’ll love them”

Kittenna

Yeah, I saw you ordered the Caramel Matcha. I’m subscribed to the “orders” thread :P Good choice btw! This is my favourite of the three I’ve picked up so far. Really need to write a proper review to get credit and get a fourth, but no time :)

Missy

Glad to see you back!

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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
2661 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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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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