3108 Tasting Notes

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Backlog (from this past week). I thought this was fairly weak and boring, though the base flavour was decent, and I’m relieved to see that I labelled this as reasonably boring last time I had it too. I think maybe I need to use a bit more leaf to amp up the flavour, because it’s not really a bad tea at all, I think the popped rice is maybe not adding as much flavour as the tea leaves, yet taking up room in the measuring spoon… you know. Anyhow, still have some left to try, if I remember this!

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Backlog (from this past week). Drank this at work and definitely enjoyed it, but I just want more vanilla, which is frustrating! The flavour also really only lasts one infusion, though I drank a few anyways.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
3108 tasting notes

Backlog. Another note, because I have written down that I drank this twice at work before sipping it down. Each time it was delicious :D

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
3108 tasting notes

Backlog. So a bit out of order, being logged after I already logged the sipdown for this tea, but I drank it at work prior to sipping it down. Felt like a good choice for some cold days (and it was).

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92

Backlog. I have a pouch of this sitting at work right now… perhaps I’ll have more tomorrow. I really like this plum flavouring + creaminess + oolong. Very unique and delicious.

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Backlog. I hadn’t remembered liking this tea, so had avoided drinking it for quite a while… which was apparently kind of stupid, since it’s actually pretty tasty. Had it at work the other day, and again, renewed my love for flavoured oolongs. Yum.

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Don’t really remember what I thought of this most recently, except that I think I tried to resteep everything out of it, which meant that I was enjoying it. I really do enjoy flavoured dark oolongs, though I’ve since learned that I’m not fond of actual kombucha – mostly because it tastes like yeast/alcohol and that’s gross.

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Sipdown! Process of elimination makes me think that this was from Roswell Strange, so thanks! I had to add it to my spreadsheet just now, because I apparently missed writing down a bunch of teas from before… sigh…

Anyhow! This is really interesting. Pineapple + mint? I swear I’ve seen pineapple mint at the garden centres before, but haven’t ever tried it, nor do I know if it actually tastes like pineapple + mint, or whether it’s called that for a different reason. Either way, it kind of works in this tea. The mint is subtle and tastes like fresh mint as opposed to peppermint (which is good!), and the pineapple is light and fruity. The green rooibos is not particularly distinguishable, which makes it work well here. Red rooibos or honeybush probably would have ruined this for me.

Overall, not a tea that would fall into my favourites, but a very interesting try, and not a tea I’ve had anything remotely like previously! Thanks Roswell!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Of one of the baggies I got from Sil way, way long ago when we first met.

Definitely is showing its age, as it’s just not as tasty as it used to be (I find oolongs seem to go a bit metallic with age, sometimes, and this one has done that), but still drinkable and thus I have done so tonight. It’s nice to have a bit of time to actually finish a few things off…

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
3108 tasting notes

Perhaps my palate is a bit cleaner tonight (which is weird, because I’ve had some very garlicky tomato salad), but I’m picking up the hints of mint here, along with some vanilla on a nice, just slightly astringent, malty/chocolatey base. Pretty enjoyable, other than that twinge of astringency on my mouth, but I do still wish the flavours were stronger. Still delicious though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Maybe the extreme difference in the flavors highlighted the mint!

Kittenna

Maybe! It was definitely more apparent this time than last, either way.

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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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