2599 Tasting Notes

82

Still smells/tastes pretty minty, not getting ‘white swiss truffle’, but again, it works as a minty evening drink. I clearly don’t find it to be quite as bad as others do, although it’s not my top choice for an uncaffeinated beverage. (It actually tastes much like a weak chocolate mint to me, which really isn’t so bad, especially considering my dislike of mint).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Strange I never got mint out of this at all. Was it contaminated maybe?

Azzrian

Wow never mind … it does say it has mint in it. WEIRD I never EVER got mint from mine. M palette is weird.

Kittenna

Oh, I was just going to say that I didn’t know how it could have been contaminated, since I think you received your order shortly before sending it to me, and you certainly sent me no mint teas!! Btw I didn’t see that it had mint in it. Odd.

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67

I’m too tired to try and taste the flavours of this one right now, but I do think it’s a tasty honeybush regardless. No strange flavours, although the flavouring is apparent. Just a nice evening drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Banana Peach Green by 52teas
2599 tasting notes

Another sample from LiberTEAS! Yum!

This one smells oddly familiar to me; I wonder if it’s another 52teas blend that I’m thinking of? I can’t place it though. It’s a good sort of familiar though! It does smell banana-y/peachy.

I steeped this one for a conservative 2 minutes, and it perhaps could have used a bit more to add a bit of strength, but the plus side is that I’m rewarded with zero astringency! And the flavours are still there. I can taste a bit of seaweedy green tea, and then a delicious peachy flavour comes out, with creamy banana lurking in the background. I feel like the peach flavour isn’t quite as tasty as I would have liked – it tastes almost like a slightly underripe peach where the flavour isn’t fully developed, instead of a juicy, ripe, dripping peach. Still tasty though. A bit of sugar would perhaps make the flavours come out more, but I am still determined to avoid that!

I had written off most flavoured green teas because I wasn’t enjoying them, but this one is good. I think it’s partially because for whatever reason, I’m not always a big fan of citrus mixed with green tea, and DavidsTea put out what seemed like quite a number of those recently, none of which I particularly cared for.

I’m looking forward to additional infusions of this one… there’s a big chunk of presumably peach in my infuser, and I’m hoping that a bit of sitting wet will help the flavour to come out in the second cup. I’m contemplating cold-brewing the rest of my sample of this one, as I think it would do well…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jillian

This blend was on 52Teas Permanent list for quite awhile so you may have ordered it in the past (?). I’d been meaning to try some too, but then Frank discontinued it. :(

Kittenna

Good idea, but I haven’t made enough 52teas orders to have ordered that one. I’m not sure it was even still around when I found out about the company! I’m wondering if it’s reminding me of the tea I had from Le Palais des Thes…

52teas

This was one of MY favorites, and I kept it on the permanent list for a while largely so I could have some, but it didn’t sell very well.

Kittenna

I think it’s one of the better flavoured greens I’ve had. :)

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83

I was craving a bit of milk oolong this afternoon, and remembered that I hadn’t tried this one generously sent to me by Teavivre yet!

The aroma of both the dry and steeped tea is kind of a caramelly, milky aroma. Very appetizing.

The flavour is pretty delicious as well. I can taste a vegetal oolong beneath the milky, caramelly flavouring, which blend fairly well together (although I don’t recall such a sharp, vegetal flavour with other milk oolongs I’ve tried, but it’s ok). The milky taste and oolong aftertaste linger in your mouth for a while after, which is enjoyable.

Unlike Teavivre’s unflavoured milk oolong, which I enjoyed but didn’t find particularly milky, this one clearly tastes deliciously milky, but I feel a bit like it’s not quite what I want from a milk oolong. I really can’t quite put my finger on it; it may be that it’s flavoured and there’s something not quite meshing, or for all I know, I messed up the brewing parameters. Either way, it is certainly enjoyable!

I think DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong is going to be awfully difficult for other teas to beat… (although the Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea & Herb was very, very close, if not better).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I agree, DT’s milk oolong is extra special!

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83
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
2599 tasting notes

Cold-steeped overnight, the perfect thirst-quencher. I probably used too much tea to make this worthwhile, but it’s tasty, and I’ve already spent the money, so I’m going to enjoy it, darnit!

I am seriously suffering from the “too-hot-to-drink-hot-tea” thing right now, and it’s not even that bad here. Also, I haven’t had much time to be making tea lately, because perfect boy (still no hope, sigh.) and I have been exchanging really long emails that take me forever to write. Oh, I’m silly…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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82
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2599 tasting notes

Whoops, accidently let this one cool completely. Oh well! I meant to stick some in the fridge anyhow! Also, another sipdown!! Go me :D

The aroma is quite lemony (I can’t tell you exactly which herb it’s from), and the flavour is quite fresh and lemon and delicious. I can’t really taste the oolong in the first infusion. The last time I tried this, I liked the first infusion alright, but not the second two, so we’ll see how they go. I had written a note to add more oolong the second time around but sadly forgot :(

ETA: Second infusion deliciously lemony. No real oolong flavour. I think a lemon oolong would be fabulous; I wish this either had more oolong in it or a better oolong base. It looked a little crunchy to me (unlike Banana Oolong).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Ooh! This one’s really good! It clearly tastes like an oolong, and I definitely taste a fruitiness moreso than floral taste. This is really, really delicious! I’m actually rather surprised! The aroma is also fruity rather than floral. I’m really pleasantly blown away by this one! It’s also deliciously buttery and good. Man… I’m so impressed! I would buy this again in a heartbeat :) I used about 3g of leaf (maybe 4 by accident?) in about 8 oz., maybe less, water, at 94C. Yum! Going to go do another couple infusions now. Thanks to Fong Mong Tea for this sample!

ETA: Second infusion (94C/3 min I think, or possibly 4) is not nearly as tasty :( Smells like an oolong, tastes like a weak oolong that has somehow been oversteeped. I’m a bit disappointed. The first infusion was spectacular. Downgrading the rating a bit, because I expect at least 3 good infusions from an oolong, otherwise it’s not worth my while as they are typically expensive. It’s possible that I used too much water, and did use 4 min which was too much, but I’m not sure. I’ll try a third with quite a bit less water.

ETA again: Sadly, disappointed with the third infusion as well. There’s a bit of oolonginess, but it’s just not up to par with other oolongs I’ve had. I’m so disappointed because that first infusion was worthy of a high 90 rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

ohh. now I know who you are, I was wondering!

Kittenna

Yeeeah. I had a little disclaimer up for a while but have since deleted it. I’d direct you to my recent post on ’Mom’s Apple Pie’ by DT to read more :P

Did you realize it was me by the ETA?? shame

TeaBrat

no, I think earlier you changed your name and the photo and I couldn’t figure out who it was. Now the photo is back.

Kittenna

Oh, that’s just a cache thing then. I’ve changed both permanently :P (Although I’m not fond of this alias, I just couldn’t think of anything better!)

ScottTeaMan

PM me & let me know who you are Kitt -you can always delete the sent msg from your mailbox. Or Amy , you could let me know. :)) I still don’t know who Kittenna is {oh wait, maybe I do-but I’m not sure]. ://

Kittenna

I’m Krystaleyn :D

TeaBrat

Scott- I told you that, you need more tea, clearly!

Kittenna

Hahahahahahaha :P I really hate that I did things so suddenly; I just panicked. Had I had a bit more time, I would have switched things one at a time so people could follow.

Bonnie

Ya’ll have got to stop smokin the tea!

ScottTeaMan

Amy, I posted the comment before you told me. :)) Yes I clearly do need more tea!! :DD

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2599 tasting notes

Brewed this one up to compare to Lemon-Lime Kukicha, since I had an available infuser and was curious :D

The aroma is pretty similar to Lemon-Lime Kukicha, nice and limey and creamy. I’m getting a bit less of a key lime pie association though. Also, the flavour is definitely different (smoother, creamier, less tangy citrus), and I think I actually prefer this to the 52teas blend, perhaps mostly because of that bit of bitterness I was getting.

Yum, I hadn’t had this one in quite a while. Definitely need to cold-brew/ice some of it soon!

ETA: Second infusion is even limier, and still smooth, although I’d hesitate to say creamy. I wonder if the lemongrass is making more of an appearance? Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

The only thing with cold brewing this one is that the yogurt doesn’t melt if you only use cold water. I didn’t even think of that the first time I tried to cold brew this. Lol I guess I just wasn’t thinking in general!

Kittenna

I’m not sure I’ve actually cold-brewed this one, but yeah, I remembered about the yogurt drops. I might try the hot-brew for 30s method and then add cold water, or maybe a full-on hot brew stuck in the fridge. So good though.

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

This sounds wonderful. Must purchase!

Kittenna

It really is very good! I had forgotten! Definitely one I need to pick up 100g of at some point!

TeaBrat

Is there real yogurt in it?

Kittenna

You ask because you’re vegan, I assume? Well, my best guess is that the yogurt in it is like any sort of candy that has a ‘yogurt coating’. And I don’t know if those contain real yogurt. It wouldn’t surprise me if this tea wasn’t vegan though (which really sucks because I think it would be delicious without the yogurt bits too. I have heard of people picking them out, but didn’t really look for them myself).

Kittenna

Apparently there’s lime yogurt flavouring, and dairy is listed as an allergen. :(

TeaBrat

that’a a bummer, yeah dairy products in general make me very allergic

Kittenna

:( I’m glad I don’t have any dietary restrictions. That really sucks.

ScottTeaMan

This one sounds really scr-yumtious!!

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75

I decided to poke about in my sample box from LiberTEAS tonight, and ran across a few 52teas that I hadn’t yet tried. Of course, since I’m trying to sample them all, I had to get started!

Steeped, this smells delicious, creamy and limey and amazing. Exactly like key lime pie!! The dry tea smells similar, but not as strong. How on earth did I wait so long to try this??!

Mmmm, and it’s pretty tasty. Smooth and creamy with tangy lime. I feel like it tastes just a touch oversteeped, so I’ll reduce the time for the next attempt (I think there’s enough for two more cups!!!) This is really quite tasty though. If it was still around, I’m 95% certain I’d be purchasing a packet for myself! Mmmmmmm… On second thought regarding the apparent oversteeping, I’m wondering if the touch of bitterness is actually from the lemon/lime flavouring? Lemon/lime peel kind of have that same flavour, so that could be it. Hard to tell; I haven’t ever had kukicha before to know if it oversteeps quickly or not. I feel like this would be fabulous cold, but don’t think I want to try it like that, since flavours get muted and there’s no re-steeping.

Another thought just occurred to me – this reminds me of DavidsTea’s Lime Gelato. I should brew some up to compare; it would be nice to have a substitute!

ETA: Second infusion is mellower and creamy (3 min, 175F). Quite enjoyable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
2599 tasting notes

Trying this one again! It smells a lot like strawberry jam to me, which I said last time.

Yum, way better this time! No soapy flavour. Light tangy sweet strawberry jam. A bit too light on the flavour, so maybe I’ll use more tea next time.

ETA: Also, does not re-steep well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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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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