2661 Tasting Notes

92
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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93
drank Fruity Ginger by Teaopia
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Went on a not-date last night with the guy I had asked out, and it was fabulous. Only thing that would have made it better was if it had been a date. Siiiiiiigh. I can’t get it all out of my head; my roommates are all subject to my incessant babbling about it, so I figured you all could hear about it too!! :D

Anyhow, set this one up to cold-brew the other day, and it turned out marvellously, as expected. I’m actually thinking about trying to phone some Teaopia locations in the area to see if they have any left in stock, because I would really like more and it seems that it didn’t make it onto the ‘top 20’ list that are being kept around. It’s just the perfect amount of sweet and ginger, and no hibiscus (I don’t think, anyway).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

Sigh! Happy not date!

Indigobloom

I second the sigh!! fingers crossed that the stars align and you end up together :P

ashmanra

My hubby and I never once went out on a date until we had kids…just sayin’! :)

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68
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Steeped ~3 tsp in hot water for a minute or two, then topped up to two cups with cold water.

I love the smell of this one dry, but it’s just been a bit too weird for me. Pretty much the same deal cold-brewed, unfortunately. It’s not bad, and a nice (gross) dark green, and there’s a bit of that delicious fruitiness, but it’s not really strong enough for me. Also, I find little candies in my tea (and sprinkles) to typically be a bit off-putting. The purpose of the hot water was to melt them, so at least that happened, but yeah.

Bleh, after Alpine Punch and The Earl of Lemon, this one is really not meshing with me right now. I think it might get to go back into the fridge for tomorrow. Too bad :(

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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89
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea subjected to cold-brewing/icing!

This one got the 30 seconds in 82 degree water treatment, then made up to 2 cups with cold water.

It ended up being pretty tasty, but there was too much bergamot for me. I seem to recall thinking this more than once with my new packet of this tea (I purchased just a small sample initially, then went back for a bit more), and that’s a bit of a turnoff. I’m really wishing 52teas’ Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan was still around, because it was definitely lighter on the bergamot and I think I’d enjoy it more. I still have about a cup’s worth left thanks to Missy & Dylan’s generosity, but I don’t think I want to waste it by cold-brewing.

Anyhow, in addition to the strong bergamot flavour, this was mild and a little creamy. So I did very much enjoy it cold-brewed, I just wish the bergamot was a little more in the background, and less inyourface.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.

Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.

First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)

I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
tigress_al

I never really thought to cold brew this before, but I am definitely gonna try that now!

noordelijk

I had this tea as a sample in the davidstea winter giftbox. It was so tasty and went perfectly with christmas stollen! I would always make it in my glass tumbler too so I could see the leaves floating around it was so pretty.

Lynne-tea

I made this up for my mom iced and she absolutely loved it! Carried the cup with her all night and drank my whole thing of iced tea. I was so happy =)

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that is so cute!! I’m looking forward to brewing tea for my parents (aka mom), sister, and aunt/uncle while I’m on vacation. I hope I find a winner for someone!!

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75
drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Along with oolongs, I was in the mood for genmaicha of some sort tonight. Of course, I now wish I hadn’t brewed all these up, because I’m overtired and reacting as such to a few things going on. Lame.

I used 1.5 tsp in about 8-10 oz. water for a minute, and this is far too weak for my liking. I’ll have to try again with a longer infusion, because the flavour was good, it was just too much like hot water. Thanks also go to Alphakitty for this one :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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67

Another oolong from Alphakitty! In an oolong mood tonight, and heading to bed shortly. I’m very tired.

The aroma of this one is definitely not what I expected – it’s almost jasmine-like. I suppose that is the magnolia? The taste follows, being floral and jasminey, but not quite like jasmine. I’m not getting a great deal of oolong in the aftertaste, which is disappointing, although I do like the lingering floral notes.

This tea’s not bad, but I think for a similar flavour, I’d more likely just pick out a jasmine tea. I’m sure there are more than just subtle differences, but I’m not tasting them now. It’s good though, but again, lacking in oolong flavour, which precludes it from seeming “different/unique” to me.

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

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84
drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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Another milk oolong for me :) Thanks Alphakitty! This is my first bagged one; I’m curious to see how well it holds up to loose versions.

The smell is clearly delicious, caramelly milk oolong. I’m not used to teabags having an aroma, so I’m excited!

The tea is actually pretty darn good! Creamy and oolongy, although it could be stronger in both areas (maybe I used a bit too much water?) I’m pleasantly surprised! Can’t touch DavidsTea’s version, but I’d definitely drink this one again :) Thanks Alphakitty!

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

RoT’s teabags are kind of small so it’s best to put them in tinier mugs than usual (and for this one you don’t have to worry about oversteeping).

Kittenna

Good to know! I still have one left :D

Alphakitty

They also sell this loose-leaf, but I’m cheap so I got the bags XD

Joshua

After two mediocre cuppings, I’m finding myself agreeing w/ you. I’ve had one other milk oolong, and I recall the flavor was much deeper in every way. I’m hoping that more leaf will solve the problem because I can’t tell if I want to describe the tea as subtle or just watery.

Kittenna

My thoughts exactly!

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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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