2831 Tasting Notes

drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
2831 tasting notes

Seems I may have oversteeped this a touch tonight, because there was definitely some astringency, though it was quite drinkable. However, it was a fairly unremarkable tea, IMO. Not really roasty, a bit of floral perhaps, but nothing too special, to my palate anyhow. I’ll drop the infusion time to 2 minutes next time (although we’ll see tomorrow what the resteeps bring).

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

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85

Got a tin of sachets of this tea from my sister this Christmas (a regift, but a very well-received one, considering I haven’t tried this tea AND it sounds delicious!) The aroma from the tin is not overly caramelly/vanilla, but it’s quite pleasant. I’m working from memory here (in bed right now) so I might have to adjust that later, but that is my predominant opinion of it. Brewed, though – it’s pretty tasty. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of Butiki’s Butterscotch Pudding, which I had brewed up a second/third infusion of at the same time. I did notice some astringency though – I’ll have to watch time/temp a bit more closely next time. Maybe only give it a minute and decrease the temp slightly. The resteep was quite good though. Overall, quite pleased! I really would like to try more of Zhena’s teas (though I would prefer them looseleaf instead of bagged).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice, maybe I should give them more of a chance. I only tried their coconut chai a couple years ago and it was pretty decent.

Kittenna

I really like the coconut chai. Can’t speak to any of their other blends though.

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100

Had a caffeine headache last night and brewed this up for a nice comforting tea… it was perfect. Really tasted the oolong last night, and it was really solid and enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I like this one

AllanK

I love this tea but isn’t it a black tea, not oolong?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

tis black tea with a touch of Wuyi oolong :)

Kittenna

Yep, what Thomas said. I must have just gotten a bit larger portion of the oolong in that cup, and it was really tasty.

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88

Delicious. I can taste the butterscotch much more prominently in this tea than the other, and therefore, I like it much more! I am noticing, however, a bit of a play-doughy flavour – I’m starting to wonder if that’s either an artifact of butterscotch flavouring, or perhaps bai mu dan, because this isn’t the first time that I’ve tasted that flavour with a similar combination. It was a pretty mild association though, and the sweetness of the butterscotch was strong enough to completely overwhelm it after the first sip or so. Certainly happy with this base.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
2831 tasting notes

Brewed this up last night (my Christmas Eve!) because I wanted some tasty treats while prepping everything for our belated Christmas. And it certainly was a treat :) It tasted more or less like the old Creamy Eggnog though – I couldn’t really taste the nutmeg. Will have to give it another try and maybe compare it against the other to notice the differences (or mix with one of the Nutmeg teas, as I’ve considered previously). Of course, since I like Creamy Eggnog, that’s not a problem – I was just hoping for it to be a bit different! Still a high rating though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Bilberry Black Tea by Compass Teas
2831 tasting notes

Sipdown! 963.

Steeped correctly this time; not a bad bilberry (blueberry) black, but not overly exciting. Kind of what you’d expect from this sort of tea – mild base tending towards astringency if oversteeped, and a great blueberry aroma, less in the flavour. Good for travel mugs. Less so for drinking and savouring.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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55

Sipdown! 964.

I wasn’t sure I’d tried this before, but by some miracle, I have and there’s a tasting note. Haha. Anyhow, it looks like I wasn’t overly impressed before, and after having Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon (which… I kind of wish I had picked up a bag of before it disappeared)…

Anyhow, it tastes vaguely like grapefruity-citrus today. Not bad, and if I hadn’t had better grapefruit teas, perhaps I would like it (aside from the green/black base. Hate those. Also sprinkles.) Not terrible overall though. Bumping the rating a touch.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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80

Sipdown! 965.

Oh, I will miss this tea. Such a delicious slightly blueberry, very sweet mapley aroma. And sparkles. I recall the flavour being not quite as good, but I will enjoy this farewell cup nonetheless. The rest is off to *Indigobloom*… finally!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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74

I drank this tea on the weekend… part of the reason I am sure I’m “over” strawberry greens (and hence the quick sipdown on Della Terra’s Strawberries & Cream). It’s not bad, but the flavour bores me now. In the past couple weeks, this is probably the fourth strawberry green I’ve had, and… enough is enough, haha. A bit of this left from Sil, and it’s likely to be travel-mugged as this cup was, since I’m less picky when I have no options, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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79

Damn. This one really REALLY shines when brewed and left to cool in a travel mug for…. a while. Enough that it’s below body temp, anyways. Then, it’s delicious cherry vanilla cola. Hot – it’s weird, but that’s to be expected. I assume it would be great done intentionally as an iced tea too (not necessarily cold brew, but hot-chill). I, however, am quite happy to put in no additional effort, and just avoid drinking it for a good 10+ hours until it reaches the temperature of perfection. Really, it’s just like flat cola. And since I hate carbonation? And there’s little to no sugar? Big win.

Preparation
Boiling 2 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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