2972 Tasting Notes

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Drank some of this one last night as I was in the mood. It really is quite a good fruity honeybush. I had some while it was hot and really enjoyed it (tasted quite fruity with alcoholic/cakey notes), and it was still okay once cooled, though I think I’d prefer to consume it a bit warmer next time. If you like fruity, desserty honeybush teas that aren’t too sweet, this is definitely one to go for!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Wowwwww. Chocolate. The only problem here is that the mouthfeel isn’t thick enough! This is definitely the most chocolatey tea I’ve had, though. Unfortunately, I think I’m all tea-d out tonight, so it’s not sitting well in my stomach. Consequence of it being, oh, 4am…

Oh, gotta compare this to DavidsTea’s Chocolate Cake. Bonus here is the lack of gross sprinkles, however!

ETA: This is undeniably better than Chocolate Cake in one major aspect: when cooled, it does not become a disgusting, grungy mess of luckiness and sprinkle bits. Flavourwise it may also be superior, but the lack of ick is a major, major plus.

ETA again: Second infusion isn’t bad. It smells delicious, but something’s a bit off about the flavour. It could certainly be that it sat for a day or two before the second infusion, so I’ll have to be a bit quicker with it next time! After this, however, the leaves didn’t even smell chocolatey anymore, so I threw them out.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Teh Tarik by Owl
2972 tasting notes

Yum! Got some of this from Azzrian a while back, and felt like something different tonight in addition to everything else. Good choice self, cuz this is tasty! Not something I’d have too often, because I’m sure it’s loaded with calories, but it’s pretty tasty. Pretty much an instant sweet tea latte made with a sort of creamer instead of milk. One of the only downsides is that this makes a pretty tiny cup of tea, as one packet is only good for something like 150mL of hot water. Either way, thanks for letting me try some of this out, Azzrian! I should take the other two packets to work, as I have no sugar there to sweeten things the odd time I crave it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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In my limited pu’erh experience, I seem to prefer sheng to shu pu’erh. Perhaps it’s just the ones I’ve tried (as they’re pretty limited anyways), but I decided to start trying a few more to figure out which I like! Also, I just bought samples of 4 more from Verdant… so it would be best if I started drinking them!

I probably didn’t brew this one completely properly – I rinsed it with a continuous stream of close-to-boiling water for 15 seconds, then infused for two minutes. The water was from a kettle, so likely dropped more in temperature had I microwaved the water as usual (yeah yeah, I know…)

Ok… this is a bit too strong for me. I probably overleafed, so likely my fault. It is, however, much more pleasant than many pue’rhs I’ve had. No fishiness, and more of a creamy flavour. Astringent though, however (but that’s my fault I suspect). I thought I had measured out about 1.5 tsp of leaf, but it was a bit difficult to be accurate, so I was probably a bit off.

Not my favourite… I’ll try it again a bit more carefully, but although it’s definitely drinkable, it’s probably not something I’d reach for. I may be offloading the majority of my pu’erhs on my mom at Christmas, as she does seem to enjoy them.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

I’m fairly limited in puerh experience, but I’m finding that I too seem to prefer sheng over shu.

Kittenna

I think it’s because the shengs to me have tasted more tea-like, and the shus have been a bit on the fishy side? I’m still so inexperienced though!

Invader Zim

I haven’t really experienced a fishy puerh, lucky I guess. but I think I prefer shengs because they do resemble regular tea more closely. Shu’s to me almost all taste the same, not much variety…earthy and raisins.

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80

This tea was probably not the best choice for last night, given that I burned part of supper but had to eat it anyways… and of course, this smells wicked burnt when infusing. Luckily, the flavour isn’t quite the same, so it was palatable. This time, I think I may have used a bit more tea (2 rounded tsp for 8 oz.), and got a tasty, dark, woody/burny, sweet-ish mug of yum. It tasted particularly good the next day, after it had sat cold next to my bed all through the night!

The second infusion is pretty good too, almost making me think chocolatey, like a very, very dark chocolate, perhaps with roasted cocoa nibs. What’s a bit strange is that it’s reminding me a fair bit of Malted ChocoMate, or more specifically, the taste of roasted mate. Though the two are totally unrelated, and there’s no flavouring here. Interesting!

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

i should try this one…might be one that appeals to me :)

Kittenna

Do you have some? If not, chuck it on our swap list. I don’t have very much, but it’s not a favourite, so I could definitely give you a cup’s worth.

Sil

I don’t….I’ve only tried the nilgiri frost oolong..

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2972 tasting notes

Started another delicious series of infusions of this one last night. Still don’t know what it is, but this is just so, so tasty. I’m now half done entering the data I need to finish tonight (and then I have to run stats on it… joy!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Still working my way through my packet of this lovely tea. This one, I brewed properly. It’s all rock sugary yet vegetal and absolutely delicious. Pretty flavourful, even above my little attempt at supper. I really need to get through these teas though… so much left to drink, and I feel like I’ll never get through everything (it’s true…)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

I have tons of tasting notes to post… but for now, what I’m currently drinking! I’ve been craving a tasty green for a while, so brewed up two from Verdant this evening. Annoyingly, I think I chose the wrong green to eat with sprouted mung beans with lemon/cumin. It’s just too subtle! Alternately, I messed up brewing parameters. So I’ve thrown the leaves back in to hopefully coax out a bit more flavour. Totally my bad :(

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
2972 tasting notes

Sincere apologies for this bombing of everyone with tasting notes. I’m typing things up as quickly as I can before I forget!

Anyhow, this is by FAR the best marshmallowy/s’mores tea I have had. It tastes like a s’more melted in a cup. The marshmallow is quite obvious, and even before remembering what the tea was, I clearly tasted chocolate. Didn’t really get graham cracker, but I don’t really care for them, so that doesn’t matter! I was much more concerned with the chocolatey marshmallow flavours.

Anyhow, for anyone disappointed in DavidsTea’s Toasted Marshmallow, or Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores, try this!! Definitely another big hit from Della Terra! (Oh, also I set the timer for 4 minutes and definitely went over by 1-2 minutes. Good thing these teas aren’t finicky!)

Preparation
Boiling
Kiaharii

Yay, put this in my order this morning. :) I actually liked Toasted Marshmallow so this should be great.

Kittenna

The big difference with this one is that there’s no spicing. It’s chocolate and marshmallow. DT’s toasted marshmallow failed for me in that it was heavily spiced with cinnamon. I hope you like it!

Kiaharii

Haha, I loved it because of the cinnamon. :) I hope I like it too, I went a bit crazy with Black Friday teas but I haven’t ordered in a while so…

Cavocorax

Just ordered 2oz of this! I’m happy you posted all these reviews today as I’d never really heard of Della Terra. Thx!

Kittenna

Awesome! For flavoured teas, they seem to be pretty good, and their blends are unique.

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93
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
2972 tasting notes

Brewed this up this morning to try and get through as many Della Terra teas as possible quickly! I have… 17, so it will take a while…

Anyways, this one smells delicious! I brewed it up (and it’s been steeping for hours, I used my Timolino infuser basket) and it also tastes delicious! A very good flavoured rooibos. Nothing medicinal, only pure sweetness and creaminess. I will admit that it does not quite taste like eggnog to me :( however, it’s caramelly sweet (akin to DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel rooibos), with some creaminess, and then a hint of spice. It’s really quite delicious. An absolutely perfect caffeine-free dessert tea, even for those who aren’t too keen on rooibos! I’m getting a little worried that by the end of my Della Terra tasting spree, I will want to purchase bags of everything … the only teas I haven’t been super keen on so far are Saveur de Paris (just not unique enough), and Chocolate Almond Coconut, which was ok in flavour but quite weak (and besides, I have some of that one left).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kiaharii

Glad to hear this is good, I ordered this too. :)

Kittenna

I’m really impressed with this one. A rooibos in a flavour I don’t already have multiples of! Upped the rating because… yum…

Cavocorax

Mmmmm. I wasn’t planning on buying anything today, but I ended up getting this during their sale. Thanks for the rec!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I pretty much want to buy full bags of everything I had samples of… three try me packs. uh oh.

Cavocorax

Uh-oh. That’ll add up quick. Hopefully tomorrow’s sale is comparable to Friday’s.

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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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