2973 Tasting Notes

93
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I guess I enjoyed this at some point, because I found the empty bag… haha. I recall really liking it the first time I tried it, and I’m sure I did the second time as well.

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91
drank Golden Oolong by Peony Tea S.
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Jeez, one single piddly note for this tea, and it’s gone? (I do have it on a list somewhere to write about, which I guessing I’m skipping ahead to now). So yes, sipdown! Also, this tea is really incredibly delicious, and I wish it wasn’t all gone :( I believe when I finished it, I checked the website for it, but I no longer remember whether it was still available…

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79
drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
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Not really getting the “pistachio” here, but can certainly tell that there’s some tasty flavouring. This is definitely quite a robust tea though – I would like to try it with a bit of milk of sugar, because I really think it would improve it (not that it’s not tasty otherwise!)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

The base tea is amazing with milk. :)

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78

Sipdown! Sadly, this had lost all flavour :( I remember it being good, though. Poor tea.

LiberTEAS

Bummer … yeah, it’s been a while for that tea. I’m going to have to add that to my list of flavor idea though. I mean, it was my original idea. I can just … revamp it, right?

Kittenna

Yes… and aren’t they closed now anyways?

LiberTEAS

yes, they sadly closed at least a year ago … I think. :(

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88
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I assumed this would have gone bad because of the coconut, but oddly enough, it’s actually still really good. Good enough that I may actually reconsider my earlier decision to rehome this one too, and just finish it off via travel mug. Creamy, coconutty black. Yum.

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43

Another tea that I just found kind of flavourless and boring, although to be fair, I am actually sensing a bit of peanut today – it’s just not enough to keep my interest. Probably putting this up on a sale list at some point – I’ve gotta get rid of some of this tea I don’t care for!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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42
drank Date Nut Muffin Rooibos by 52teas
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Ok, 42 might have been a bit harsh, but I just don’t care for this tea. shrugs It’s just boring, and it has honeybush, which I don’t really like. Anyhow, rehoming it, so this counts as a sipdown!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

Oh no, it’s happened :( :( I have found a tea sample from a lovely Steepster, and I have no clue who it’s from. Well, that’s slightly untrue – it’s probably from Sil, and might be via Raritea, but I’m not sure. That’s my best guess though, since I don’t think I’ve received any of this from Teavivre previously.

Anyhow! I need to brew up the second half of the sample more carefully, but YUM! What a delicious tea. I just love roasty oolongs so incredibly much, and this is a great example. Makes me want to grab all my Verdant ones and start brewing them up soon, too (that’s not a half-bad idea, actually. I’ve been craving straight tea recently, more than flavoured.) Can’t write much detail here, other than this was amazingly delicious and I want more :D I’m sure the resteep was good too, though I’ve been brewing up so many things lately that I can’t tell one from another, and mix re-steeps together if they smell compatible enough. Haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

haha

Sil

i think it’s ok since by the time you get to our samples it’s like a year later and we’ve all forgotten we ever gave you any :P

Kittenna

Yeeaaahhhhh :P

Sil

tell me it’s not true! hahaha

Kittenna

I’m trying! Really I am!

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99

This time, I drank the reblend (from a couple years back). Just not as good as the original, not by far. A little chloriney and weird.

LiberTEAS

Mine will be good. Mine will be good. Mine will be good.

Just sayin’.

Kittenna

I know! :P

Cavocorax

I NEED yours to be good. I miss this tea. :D

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100

Wanted a tea treat last week. This fit the bill exactly. Brewed a little on the strong side, but yummy nonetheless.

Plunkybug

Always tasty. :)

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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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