2973 Tasting Notes

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drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
2973 tasting notes

Giving this one a second shot! This time I decided to double the amount of tea, and keep the infusion time the same. So about 2 tsp of leaf (it’s so hard to measure though, it could have been more than that) in 8 oz. water.

This time, there’s a definite sweet green tea aroma, and plenty of flavour. Yum! It’s not an overtly vegetal flavour; kind of minerally and sweet, a bit like a field of sweet grass? I think I may have overleafed a bit, as there’s a bit of astringency, but it’s reasonably tasty. I prefer my greens to be vegetal and beany, like steamed veggies, instead of leafy/grassy, so this won’t rank in my favourites, but I have found a way to enjoy it!

ETA: So I guess the second infusion of this was pretty good – I drank it all in record time! Yum! And the leaves survived sitting for two days (uncommon for a green, in my previous experience)! Awesome! Trying for a third momentarily…

ETA again: Third infusion is pretty light, even steeped in half the water for 4 minutes. Still reasonable though (and I’m cold, and it’s a hot beverage!) Definitely like this tea much, much better when made stronger than recommended.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Uh…. am I the only one who thinks that this is pretty much the same as CTG’s sticky rice tuocha? Complete with being flavoured by that herb that imparts the sticky rice aroma/flavour? I read through the tasting notes quickly, and only really see one or two mentions of sticky rice, which I think is really odd. I can understand to some extent how it could be mistaken for corn, but I’m surprised that more people haven’t mentioned this…

Anyways, I gave this little guy a haphazard rinse in some 205C water before a 1.5 minute infusion. The tuocha hasn’t yet fully broken apart, so I’m sure I have a few more infusions ahead.

The aroma is light and sweet and smells like sticky rice; the flavour is light and sweet and also like sticky rice, haha. It’s really quite delicious, and absolutely perfect paired with my current guilty pleasure, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme drops. (I went shopping hungry…)

The one big difference IMO between this and the sticky rice tuocha I tried from CTG/lynne-tea (or maybe it was the one from Amy oh) is that this one is clearly less finicky and doesn’t get bitter as easily. I really will have to compare the two though, because at least in my mind, the similarities are quite high.

ETA: Whoops, second infusion of this got a touch strong. I meant to stick with 1:30 but it got 2:45 as I didn’t set a timer that beeped. Still good, but just a bit overpowering. I am still strongly reminded of sticky rice touchas, and there’s almost a hint of astringency here, but I’m positive that’s because it was left a bit too long.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
momo

ooooh noooooo I can’t stand how that one tastes and I’ve got a couple of these. I wonder though if that herb has that similar sort of effect like cilantro where to some people it’s just absolutely horrific.

Kittenna

I could be wrong, but that was certainly my immediate though. Less potent though, perhaps. Give it a try anyways :)

momo

I will! If I don’t like it that’s okay because I only have 2 in the sample pouch I think.

Invader Zim

I haven’t tried the Sticky Rice Tuocha yet, but now when I try it perhaps I will think back to this Cornfields Shu Tuocha!

Kittenna

Perhaps there are few people that have tried both?? I really want some more opinions here!!

Bonnie

Too me this was way more corn than the sticky rice which was more sugared rice tasting and a little like having a sesame candy.

Kittenna

Actually, I just brewed up Teavivre’s Mengku Palace Ripened Buds, or whatever it is called, and it smells just like this one! I wonder if my memory is off, and I’m just likening the shu pu’erh taste in all three, and forgetting the actual sticky rice flavour. That could certainly be the case, in which case I need to revisit a sticky rice tuocha of some type to reconcile things in my head.

Bonnie

There was a young woman who lived in a SHU, she had so many Puerh’s that she didn’t know what to DO! Ah, go have some ice cream!

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I don’t have nearly as many pu’erhs as you! And haven’t tasted nearly as many, either, which is why I could be so easily getting confused!

I’m having both cheese and yogurt right now… not ice cream, but still dairy! :D

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82
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

Haven’t had this in a while, but remembered it because I purchased it at the same time as Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. Floral cherry is a pretty accurate description, IMO. However, yet another tea that would be better not steeped in a thermos, and at work…

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

This one is just not as tasty when steeped away from home, in a thermos. Just, not as tasty :(

ETA: However, I must note that this one is so much, infinitely better when cooled off. In fact, it tasted quite delicious when I finished it off hours later! So brewing it up in the office was apparently not really the problem, it was that I was trying to drink it too hot! :D

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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72

Hmm. This was tea #2 for the morning, in a thermos borrowed from my roommate. I quite generously leafed my cup of tea, but still, the flavour is very weak. There’s definitely a coconutty flavour, some chocolate, and a sweet amaretto-y/marzipan almond flavour, but the tea base is just so, so weak here. Perhaps it’s because I had three flavourfully-based blacks this morning (third infusion of Verdant’s Laoshan Black, second infusion of Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, and 52 teas’ Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake) that I’m finding it extra noticeable, but I was kind of disappointed. Downgrading the rating a bit. I really want to love this tea, but I think it needs a bit more background for that to happen.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Apparently I overleafed today, as this was pretty astringent for me today (though lovely flavour beneath the astringency). Buuuut it was in my Timolino, and I had nothing else to eat/drink, so down it went. :D

I think, though, that I am going to not re-purchase this one. As good as it is, I have a ton of other flavoured blacks to take to work for the time being!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Helena

good more for me :D

Kittenna

Haha, I didn’t think I’d take any criticism for saying that! :D

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I should not have brewed this up tonight, I’m way too tired for a proper review. Basically, it’s absolutely delicious, and has the same honey notes as Butiki’s Mi Xian Black (does Mi mean honey or something?) There’s an amazing oolongy aftertaste, and I pretty much love this tea. At first I expected something more like the Laoshan Black (only because the aroma seemed to be kind of cocoa-y), but it’s much different. I’ll try more infusions tomorrow, and still have half my sample packet left to try later. Sleeeeeeeeeep.

ETA: Second infusion was pretty good; third was quite weak. This tea certainly doesn’t have the longevity of Laoshan Black. I will hopefully remember to compare the last of this to the last of my Mi Xian Black to figure out how similar they are/what my preference is!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

So apparently I had already reviewed this as a hot beverage. Thought I had only cold-brewed it! Either way, pretty much the exact same opinion as last time, that it’s a very fruity tea with a hint of cooling from the bamboo, and as Azzrian pointed out, it does very much taste like the tea entitled “Mango ’N Friends”, available from various tea companies. I’m getting more tanginess this time than last, as well. Although this is a great “juice tea”, that’s all it is, and I seem to be moving away from straight fruity blends and more into blends that actually have tea in them with a discernible tea flavour. Good for what it is though!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2973 tasting notes

Morning cuppa that I took in the Timolino! Yum! Never fails to disappoint :D I really need a second leakproof mug though, so I can bring along two teas, for those days where I’m stuck in the building in which I have no office…

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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

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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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