2661 Tasting Notes

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2661 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday, since Steepster’s been misbehaving.

This one’s not as great cold as it is still warm, but it’s still enjoyable. I think I was just looking for something extremely decadent tonight, and although this is yummy, it’s not quite it. Here’s hoping the next tea is a bit more what I’m apparently looking for tonight. Second infusion (4 min) is pretty weak. I feel like my tasting note from last time probably said the same thing, but I couldn’t access Steepster properly at the time so wasn’t able to look it up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I apologize; this tea deserves a better tasting note than I have energy to write. It is a delicious, somewhat floral, creamy oolong though, and that’s what I needed/wanted tonight. Looking forward to trying the rest of my oolong samples from Fong Mong Tea! I did reserve enough of this to try it again when I have time to properly review it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Yeah I often feel bad not having the time or energy to review a tea well which is why so many go unreviewed it seems. I think it is good you put in a tasting note at least :) Fong Mong is quickly going to the top of my favorite vendor list though! Good stuff!

ScottTeaMan

My FONG MONG TEAS are on their way!! :))

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Was craving DavidsTea’s milk oolong again tonight, but I’ve decided to hold off on purchasing any tea I’ve tried before until I’ve drank a fair bit of what I have, so have to conserve it for a future craving!

Anyhow, this is what I picked in its place. Although toastily coconutty and good, I think I might have oversteeped it juuuust a touch. Not quite hitting the spot though; I probably should have gone for Teavivre’s unflavoured Milk Oolong instead. I do feel like I may prefer the London Tea Room Coconut Oolong over this, but I just bought 1 oz. of it, so it will have to do for a while. I’ll do a comparison someday.

ETA: Seriously, some of these coconutty teas last FOREVER! At least, the well-done ones. I’m on the third infusion, and it shows no sign of losing flavour. I’m using a reduced amount of water, but I’m not even sure it’s all that necessary. Yum. Now to cold-brew some of this since apparently that makes something pretty tasty :D

ETA again: On the fourth or fifth infusion, and still coconutty! However, this one has a bit of an odd flavour, so I think I’m done now. Tremendous longevity!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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84
drank White Whisper by Butiki Teas
2661 tasting notes

So I didn’t notice that the leaves hadn’t fully been immersed until about halfway through the infusion… but hopefully that doesn’t affect the flavour. The tea does smell good, so here’s hoping!

Uh… never a good sign when one chokes on the first sip. Really gotta stop doing that. Anyhow, this is pretty tasty. Very light in flavour, but delicately sweet and a bit fruity. I feel like it suffered in strength from the partial infusion, which is unfortunate but an easy fix for the next infusions! I also feel like my tastebuds are a bit… food-clouded, at the moment, so it’s difficult for me to distinguish things. Either way, pleasant enough, holding on the rating until either the next infusion of next time I try it :)

ETA: Ah, another case of the second infusion being better. 170F/3 minutes, and I’m getting a light, sweetly scented cup with a delicious light, sweet, floral white tea. Very much enjoying this infusion. I blame the first on human error, not too shockingly. No astringency, just pure white tea sweetness. Im not experienced enough in straight whites to know if this is comparatively fabulous or not, but it’s definitely quite enjoyable.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
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Definitely not in love with this one like everyone else is. I think, however, that it’s because this sample picked up some other flavours, not because this is a bad tea. I can almost imagine the creaminess here, but it’s masked by a fruitiness which is not unpleasant, but not characteristic of any oolong I’ve had, and I doubt it’s how this one is supposed to taste. Perhaps I’ll try another sample of this one in the future, but I won’t be too heartbroken if that doesn’t happen, because I am in love with the DavidsTea version (and will be trying the Teavivre flavoured version soon, which I’m quite excited about!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Organic Blue Nettle by Butiki Teas
2661 tasting notes

Thanks Stacy for generously including this as a sample with my order!

I love how this tea looks, all twisted into little snakes, which also make it super easy to measure out! I had a bit of an issue brewing in that I guess the mug I used was a little too big width-wise, so the little snakes in my large infuser basket didn’t quite fit into the water to begin with (but I pushed them in as soon as they softened a bit).

I’m getting a flavour that I would usually classify as metallic and therefore reminiscent of oversteeped greens (or, so I’ve learned, tea leaves that have sat out wet for over a day. Ew.), however it morphs into a sort of pleasant tanginess which changes my view to being intrigued instead of icked out! I wonder if this is that lemon that comes out in cold-brewing?? There’s also a nice tangyish green tea aftertaste, and maybe just a touch of astringency.

So as greens go, it’s a different flavour than I’m used to – there’s a bit of sweetness reminding me of Verdant’s dragonwells, but the vegetal qualities are lacking. I’d have to say though, that although it’s interesting, it’s not a green that really fits my preferences for vegetal/seaweedy/rock sugar.

ETA: Second infusion (twisty leaves completely in-mug) for 3 min at ~177F is definitely better than the first. There’s more flavour, I’m getting a definite sweetness and the flavour is no longer coming off as metallic, though I’m still getting a bit of tanginess, which is interesting! Still not a profile I’d be likely to purchase to drink again, but deserving of a better rating than I initially gave it. Word of warning to potential buyers – make sure the little snakes fit fully in your cup! No brew baskets :)

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

I found this tea quite delicate and sweet steeped for the required time. Maybe bending it made it bitter?

Kittenna

Oh, I don’t think it was bitter. It was initially a similar flavour but I think that was just an association I was getting. Trying a second infusion now, and I think it’s better.

Bonnie

I’m glad! Pretty cool looking!

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I’m clearly being very indulgent tonight. I think I just drank three of the most expensive teas in my stash (this, Cantaloupe & Cream, Quangzhou Milk Oolong). Who cares though, I’m sure it’s far cheaper than indulging in alcohol! And all of them re-steep very well. And there’s no hangover. And almost zero calories. Yep, I’m convinced.

Anyhow, this tea really is quite lovely, although I am still getting a huge cotton candy association. This infusion had a big fat raspberry in it, so I’m also tasting that, which is delicious. Looking forward to the next infusions, where I expect the raspberry to be more prominent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

nuthin wrong with a little tea binge!! :P
This sounds SO yummy

Kittenna

It is pretty good :) I personally don’t believe it to be worth the price though; I prefer Cantaloupe & Cream which is about 2/3 the price. I’d offer you some but I only have a scant cup’s worth left (really I only had two to begin with, but I skimped on this cup so I’d have one more later).

Indigobloom

no worries, I’ll make an order eventually! :)

Will Work For Tea

Indigobloom – I just bought a few pouches of it last week and have some to share if you’re interested. :)

Indigobloom

Ohh wow that would be so generous of you! I’d totally be up for a swap :)

Will Work For Tea

Cool – I’m following you so just PM me.

(I did post in the [SWAPS] discussion board a bunch of swaps up for grabs if you’d also like me to add anything.)

Indigobloom

ok I’m followin you now!! will pm you :)

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What’s a comfort tea night without some Cantaloupe & Cream? So yup, drinking this. My cup has cooled though, and I’m annoyed because my body wants warm tea. Flavour is still fabulous though (so I bet this would be great iced, although it seems a waste with such a delicious/expensive tea, since I usually gulp iced teas down). Going for another infusion shortly (and by that I mean immediately, as I just finished my cup).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

This is a delicious tea. Because it’s organically flavored the cost is a bit more but I think it’s worth it for the taste and quality!

Kittenna

Oh I agree this one is well worth the price, especially since it re-steeps so well. I just am not sure it’s worth icing it just because I don’t necessarily savour the things I drink cold in the same way (but I may try!)

Bonnie

I hear you there! I really watch what I ice and generally bottle tea AFTER I have it hot…in other words…a diluted version. I’m ok with it. But then, I’ve been making iced pu-erhs and the Verdant alchemy blends iced after I have had a pot of hot tea. I am frugel!

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Although I did purchase a 12g sample of this one today, I only tried it in store as the Tea of the Day. And, it was pretty darn good! I tried it iced, and where I usually find the in-store iced teas to be on the weak side, this one wasn’t. And it did taste much like blueberry jam. I’m interested to compare it to 52teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, because although one’s mimicking a condiment and another a baked good, I’m not likely to stock two blueberry blacks. Wasn’t in the mood to try this comparison tonight though.

The only possibly negative thing I did notice (other than the stevia, which people are bound to complain about but doesn’t bother me) was a touch of astringency, but given that I wasn’t the one who brewed the tea, I won’t judge it based on this for now.

Preparation
Iced

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

For whatever reason, I’m in a comfort tea mood tonight. Or this morning, whichever you prefer to call it. I had something like a 5 hour nap earlier, so either works. Anyways, I was packaging this tea up to send to Alphakitty last night, and upon opening the bag, I almost died at the delicious smell that I had clearly forgotten about. It nearly broke my heart to send off the remaining one cup of what I had (me=selfish girl), but I just resolved to go to the gym on Friday night and pick some more up (along with June’s TOTM, Blueberry Jam). Sooooo the amazingness that is DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong and I are reunited.

First infusion of 3 min at around 90C was amazing. Second infusion is a bit hot yet, but a little less creamy, and also amazing. I’m obviously in a mood for hot tea tonight too, because I drank the entire first cup while it was still warm (same with two other teas I have sitting here).

Only downside to this tea is that it’s bringing back memories of the ex-boyfriend, because this was the tea we picked out together when he visited a couple months ago :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I was already excited, but now I’m somehow even more excited after reading your review! Hopefully this swap gives you some new tea-memories to attach to this, I know what a total bummer it can be to have something you love remind you of something you really don’t want to think about.

Kittenna

Oh man, I reaaaaally hope you like this one! It’s double bagged with other light ones, so I really hope it doesn’t cross-contaminate. If it does I will have to send more (but the milky flavour is so powerful I’m really hoping it survives!)

Kittenna

Also yeah. Dealing with a lot of that right now and it’s super sucky. Football season is ruined for me this year too. So is some fabulous cold-smoked salmon from a place in Kitchener-Waterloo. This list goes on. Sigh.

Alphakitty

I feel your pain! I had several months where I couldn’t eat takeout Chinese or play Mario Kart due to sucky memories attached to them. I think the best way to deal with it is to attach new better memories to it! Eat chinese while watching your favorite movie, play a game with your little brother and watch his face light up when you let him win for the first time ever. Of course it’s easier said than done, some memories don’t fade that easily. I hope you can rekindle your love affair fully with this tea, it sounds soooo good.

Kittenna

I think it’s a positive sign that I can at least bear to drink this :) Of course, drinking it in the middle of the night, sitting alone in a dark, quiet house is probably not the best way to attach new memories to it. Perhaps I’ll share it with a friend while watching an awesome movie (that sounds like a good suggestion!)

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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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