3132 Tasting Notes


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Comparing two cups of this tea from different batches; one from the first(?) batch, and one from the second(?) Or at least, that was the intention, but I’m having a bit of a breakdown/freak-out instead, so I will just drink them. Honestly, they taste pretty similar anyhow, and are tastily chocolate. Perhaps the newer one is a tad sweeter, the older one a tad more bittersweet cocoa. The leaves were certainly different – not all black, some were more golden and/or green.

Either way, it’s a great tea, but I think I prefer the Laoshan Black.

ETA: Re-steeped each for 2 minutes this morning. The newer version is still pretty good and chocolatey, but was maybe a touch oversteeped. Unfortunately though, the older version was definitely oversteeped, and is quite bitter/astringent. Very interesting! I’ll have to either milk/sugar it or dump it though :(

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I think I’ve fallen victim to stress today… sick to my stomach, tired but agitated/anxious which prevents me from sleeping, and generally in a bad mood. I have lots to get accomplished this weekend, and have little motivation to do it :(

Anyways, I needed some of this tea. My pouch is getting dangerously low, so I’m crossing my fingers for a re-blend really soon… :(

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I hope you feel better soon! And I want a reblend too, I missed the last one!


aw no, deep breaths Kittenna! there is a light at the end of the grad tunnel!
I wonder if he could be convinced to blend a whole pound, then we could split it up…


Debating broaching that subject after Christmas…

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I picked up a sample of this one from Persimmon Tree a while back, and was looking for something different to take to work this morning, and there was enough in my sample to allow a full thermos of this plus an additional cup (or more) under more ideal brewing conditions!

There’s essentially no aroma to my cup of tea… and the flavour is absurdly light! Believe it or not, I could hardly tell this and 52teas’ Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal apart. Both just tasted like generic, sweetish but mostly flavourless black teas. As this one cooled, though I could catch the french vanilla notes a bit more. However… way, way too weak. I guess I’ll have to try this one again!

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… Brewed this one up today and it literally tastes like nothing. I mean, I can tell that I’m drinking more than hot water, but beyond that? Nothing but a touch of sweetness. I used two rounded teaspoons and steeped for 2.5 minutes in near-boiling water, so I have no idea why it’s so flavourless. Apparently when I tried the sample from (CHAroma?) I thought it was alright, but this is from the package I received from 52teas’ Grab Bag sale a while back. Hopefully I can coax some flavour out of it next time with a longer infusion/more tea?? :(

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Hmm, that’s weird. I don’t think the maple flavoring was very strong in this one to begin with. So maybe it just doesn’t last? :(


You sent me some of this, yes? The sample you (or whoever it was! :P) sent was tasty, but this pouch I received in the Grab Bag sale is flavourless. I’ll give it another shot, but… (The same thing definitely happened to me with Pot O Gold as well. Got a sample from Amy oh and it was great, but the pouch I got in the grab bag sale is less so, although it has enough flavour to be worth drinking!)


Yeah, I gave you a sample of it. I think the flavor in this one just doesn’t last very long. I made a cup after reading your note and it didn’t taste nearly as good as it did a few months ago. There’s virtually no maple left.

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
3132 tasting notes

Ok…. I drank some of this a few days ago and apparently forgot to log it… but anyways, the reason I was looking for the log to add to it was because I just brewed up the second infusion, daaayyyyysss later, and oh my goodness is it ever deliciously butterscotchy/caramelly! YUM! This is definitely one of those delicious blends that for some reason, everyone isn’t raving about (and I don’t understand why!) My only guess is that not too many current Steepsters have tried it?

The only downside is that it’s not super chocolatey. But the caramelliness totally makes up for it…

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Getting to a couple samples tonight, as I’m getting bored with drinking only the teas that I have lots of and that hold up well in a thermos…

The aroma of the brewed tea is weakly of cinnamon, and perhaps a little nutty. Good, but fairly weak. The flavour of the tea has the same flavours, and surprisingly does remind me of an almond cookie, actually! Just a hint of cinnamon, and some nuttiness, on a nice light but present black base. Although the aroma’s weak, I’m finding the tea to have just the right amount of flavour, and the perfect spicing for a cookie tea!

I have to admit that this wouldn’t end up as a favourite though; I’m pretty picky about flavoured blacks apparently, and one of my requirements seems to be strong caramel/vanilla flavouring, which isn’t in this tea. However, it is definitely still tasty!

Thanks for sharing a sample of this one with me, Azzrian!

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Thanks to Tea from Taiwan for this lovely sample, which I picked up at the post office today after they attempted to deliver it to an empty house yesterday. I decided to start with this tea as I want to compare the two milky oolongs (my other samples), which requires a bit more time.

The balls of tea here are probably the hugest I’ve seen! There’s a sweetish, oolongy aroma to them, which is intensified in the brewed cup.

The flavour is not as sweet as I would have expected, but falls into the category of sweet, vegetal oolongs. I really don’t know how to divide green oolongs up into different categories (i.e. milky, sweet, vegetal, etc.), or what the different names mean, but this is certainly the type of oolong that I enjoy! I feel like it might be a touch oversteeped (somewhat astringent and drying), but I didn’t have any parameters to go by, so just went with my standard 3 minutes for oolongs, which was perhaps a bit too long.

Ok, back to the tea. Trying to be more precise than “sweet and vegetal”… but I’m really not sure. It’s a boiled veggie sort of vegetal, not green and fresh and the sweetness is rather caramelly, although not overwhelming like it is with some teas. Quite a nice combination. I do wish that the astringency wasn’t present, as I’d enjoy this cup more, but overall, I’m pretty happy. However, looking at the price, I have got to say that a tea this expensive is probably wasted on me, as I typically brew western-style and don’t seem to catch nuances that other people do. That said, it was great to get the chance to try it! Thanks again, Tea from Taiwan!

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Ok, I’m trying to figure out if I’m doing something wrong, or what. I used 2 rounded tsp of tea for my Timolino today, and I’m not getting much creaminess at all. I’m trying to figure out whether I overleafed and therefore got too much bergamot, or whether it just needs to cool down more. Either way, I certainly seem to remember other version being creamier and tastier. (Was Upton’s one of those?) Any suggestions on other earl grey cream’s that are heavy on the cream, lighter on the bergamot??

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Added the rest of my sample from Azzrian to the re-steep of my leaves from the previous day, and threw it in the travel mug. Forgetting, of course, my epic oversteep of the old leaves… so the tea was a bit weak, but drinkable. I’m finding that for the most part, as long as I allow a tea to cool substantially prior to travel-mugging it, it seems to taste ok (unless there are residual flavours. Glitter & Gold’s cinnamon kind of impacted this one…)

Although I have another sample of this, I’m counting this as a sipdown! Yeeaah!

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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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