2756 Tasting Notes

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Pro-tea-n latte with this one today… but I managed to curdle the protein powder! :( I guess I hadn’t ever put it in such hot tea before? (I was in a hurry to get out the door). Whoops. Although it was just a bit of curdley stuff on the top, and they were congealed enough to kind of chew… so it was like denatured-protein cheese? Haha. Either way, I’ll try not to do that again, because it’s much tastier made properly.

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80
drank Holiday Cheer by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 979.

Shared this with my boyfriend’s mom yesterday while celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. Since she likes this sort of tea (hibiscus blends, Christmas-themed blends), it was a hit :) It was pretty neutral for me – I tasted sour hibiscus and cloves, and while it certainly tasted Christmassy, I’m not too sad it’s gone! We didn’t bother resteeping, as it was in a teapot and I think it would have been pretty weak. Good Christmas-themed blend, though.

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Actually did not realize I had this tea. I was on the Della Terra website just browsing, noticed it, and was interested. A day or so later, I was grabbing some flavoured rooibos to take over to my boyfriend’s mom’s place (since she prefers uncaffeinated teas), and to my surprise, I had a pouch of it! Opened, but probably only because I sampled it out to Janelle, maybe? Anyhow, it’s pretty delicious. Fits my recollection of Pineapple Upside Down Cake perfectly; it’s all that delicious sweet sugary deliciousness, with no pineapple or fruit to speak of. Which I’m fine with, because it’s quite good. No rooibos weirdness, and it lasts through a couple additional infusions, too. Glad I had a random ounce of this one! :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

Not a huge fan, although this tea does set out what it intends to. Definitely smoky (I’d prefer a bit less, personally), and the banana comes out in the first infusion, but not so much later. Maple is present in the aftertaste, but I think some maple syrup would help it out a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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80

Yum – this one is fairly tasty, all nutty and fruity. I do wish there was a bit more raspberry, though, since it’s not quite jammy enough for me. Good base selection though, definitely; enough body for the flavourings but light enough not to mask them, and the lovely oolong aftertaste. Kind of want a bit more of this one, but it’s not quite in the same category as the Nutmeg-Dusted Custard.

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

I find this one very rasberry-y! Its super delish.

Kittenna

Maybe I have a hard time tasting raspberry properly? It was tasty enough, though. And the second infusion wasn’t too bad (although a bit astringent because I oversteeped).

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100

AGH. I knew I should have grabbed more of this! Those of you who split this tea order… let me tell you that it’s all I can do to not totally disappear from the world with your couple ounces of this (ok ok, kidding, but seriously, it is SO good.)

Maybe my original Nutmeg Cream lost something by being in a baggie (though I did try it when I first got it, too), but this version blows it out of the water for me. And I can definitely tell that it’s the eggnog flavouring here, which actually makes it even tastier – if this is what the Creamy Eggnog blend tastes like with the nutmeg, I am also kicking myself for not ordering more of that, haha. Anyhow, perfect creamy eggnog flavouring, perfect amount of nutmeg, perfect base tea with just enough flavour and no astringency. This could actually replace eggnog for me, it is that good.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Ooooh I am excited to try this :)

Roswell Strange

@Kittenna, I didn’t order this one, but I’m excited to get the ones I didn’t order (and see you) at Christmas! It’s hard being patient to try yummy things :P

Kittenna

OMG VariaTea… I can’t even believe how good it was. I’ll have to see if cup #2 lives up to the first taste, but I don’t think it can fail.

Roswell Strange – I totally understand! Also, if you’re working Boxing Day somewhere, perhaps I can swing by with your teas just so that you can have them ASAP :D And then we can have a proper meetup after the 28th.

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83
drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me sample a cup of this tea before sending it west. I wasn’t a big fan of the original tamarind blend, but it was mostly because I found it a bit too astringent, while the flavouring was too weak (though what I could taste, I did enjoy). This derivation, however, is pretty darn delicious! Sweet tamarind (I probably wouldn’t personally recognize it as tamarind though, since there’s no sourness, so it’s more of a sweet fruitiness), plus the honeyed notes of gui fei, with an oolong aftertaste. Really, really good, and honestly, I think the Gui Fei is a perfect complement to the tamarind flavouring, so great choice OMGsrsly!

(Also, this tea is still going strong and I’m on either the third or fourth infusion, I’m not sure. And I intend to have at least one more.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I agree, I think this version is much better. I was thinking a green oolong or white tea would work but would have never thought of using the Gui Fei. That was a really good choice.

Kittenna

Yeah – the sweetness of the base works incredibly well with the flavouring. And such great flavouring too, because on infusion #4 (or 5, IDK), I could still taste tamarind, since I know what Gui Fei tastes like in later infusions.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I’m looking forward to this!

Indigobloom

How different is it from Tamarind Pop? I didn’t enjoy that one so much

Indigobloom

(not that I hated it, and my tastes have changed so who knows!)

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Thanks to VariaTea for letting me snag a cup of this before passing it on! I assumed it would be more or less like Raspberry Truffle, and I think I was about correct. There was a bit of a bakey flavour (presumably waffle), with a bit of raspberry (not as strong as Red Queen Cupcake, but more like Raspberry Truffle), and the base was fairly mild – a divergence from RT in which I found the base rather strong.

Overall, meh. I knew this wasn’t a tea for me, and I’m glad I didn’t get my own. It’s not bad, but not overly special to my tastebuds.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

At least now you know for sure it’s not for you so yay for that :)

Kittenna

Yup! Also, I should maybe write it in the actual note, but I felt like the second infusion was much more waffley.

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100

Sipdown! 980. (Possibly 979 actually, because it seems I had 3 entries for this, and I believe I have finished off two now).

Anyways, yes, this is of course just a sipdown of the old stuff. Which is definitely not as good as the new stuff, meaning that I’m making a mental note to try and purchase this more frequently, instead of larger quantities at one time. Still good of course, though. But not as chocolatey, nuanced, or delicious.

Fjellrev

How much of this do you think you’ve gone through by now? I’ll admit I got a little tired of it after I got through my 2 oz. pouch.

Kittenna

I’m honestly not sure, because my spreadsheet is giving me conflicting info, and my memory is going (haha). I believe I may have actually only gone through 4 oz., since I can only find one order for 2 oz. and I think one was part of a joint order. I love it, though, and could probably drink it daily if I didn’t have so much other stuff. The profile just hits all the right tastebuds :D

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54
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
2756 tasting notes

Meh. Not bad, but not as decadent as I’d like a ‘red velvet’ tea to taste. It mostly just tastes like a strawberry rooibos. Definite plus, though – no nasty rooibos flavour, although there is a tinge of medicinal-ness about it (but not the characteristic rooibos medicinal, more like a flavouring aspect that’s coming off strangely to me.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Strawberry in red velvet? Seems pretty random.

Kittenna

Yeah – I’m not super familiar with red velvet, but I wasn’t sure strawberry was part of it. I’ll have another cup of this later to confirm, for my curiosity.

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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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