2973 Tasting Notes

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drank Turmeric Ginger by Rishi Tea
2973 tasting notes

So one of the perks of working in customer service, especially front desk as in my current employment, is that you actually get to know people. Well enough that people now ask me how many teas I brought to work today (one day I had at least 6 of my Timolinos lined up at the front to make a gorgeous rainbow – people kept asking if they were for sale… :P DavidsTea should really be paying me for this advertising, since I keep directing people there to buy them if interested…). Anyhow, one of the regular ladies apparently also quite likes tea! And gets her brother to bring tea over (by the carton) from the US when he visits. This is one of her favourites, so she brought me an individually-wrapped teabag to try out. I was super curious, because I’ve read quite a bit about turmeric tea in the last while, but haven’t bothered to try it quite yet – so this was my chance!

Now to the tea – the teabag was one of those silken types, and had I more time, I probably would have transferred it to an infuser, but I was in a rush, because work. Anyways, it was yellow and powdery from the turmeric, and powerfully gingery. Steeped, it smelled kind of herbally, and I was kind of concerned about how the flavour would be… with good reason, because honestly, it was a bit strange. EXCEPT! Omg, the aftertaste. I don’t normally like licorice root, but combined with the ginger in this tea, it was so good. It took a few seconds to hit, but when it did, it was powerfully sweet and gingery before fading into a lingering sweetness. I will admit to gulping the tea solely for the aftertaste, so I really didn’t savour it at all. It wasn’t objectionable, though, just fairly boring other than that lovely, perfect ginger sweetness. A resteep brought out more ginger, and the sweetness was still good, but 2 infusions was probably enough for that teabag.

Overall, if you’re drinking this to sip, it’s maybe a bit boring. If you’re going for health properties and/or the ginger sweetness? Probably a good choice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I’ve seen the turmeric ginger combo in tea pop up a lot in the last month or so. Got to try some from an Austin company. It was super interesting but not my thing.

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61
drank Superberry (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! A big cup of meh. Random-fruity black. Not even as much interest as Fantasy Island, which I care little for as well. Glad it’s gone – I just figured I’d go for a random sipdown tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Maddy Barone

Always nice to finish something off and have it out of the cupboard.

Kittenna

Yes, agreed!!

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81
drank Zhang Ping Shui Xian by Zhen Tea
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Picked this adorable tea up at the Toronto Tea Festival – my only purchase there, in fact! (Go me!) I just couldn’t resist green oolong pressed into a little tiny square cake.

Anyhow, I found this tea to be pretty enjoyable. A bit frustrating to steep, because it was too large for my infuser, and the water didn’t cover it all, but the flavour was good. Smooth, creamy, fresh-tasting oolong, with some floral notes, but not a dominant flavour. Again, more detail to come in future notes when I have a life again.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Skulleigh

I want to go to a tea festival! I am jealous.

Kittenna

It was fun :D

Indigobloom

Ah I got this one too!! trying it now. Mucho impressed

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77
drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up some of this out of curiosity, as usual (but especially since Sil liked it). And overall, I think it’s not bad at all. Tough to beat the liminess of Watermelon Lime Slushie, which I drank at the same time, but it was certainly lime-flavoured, not too tart, and not heavy on “irrelevant” ingredients. I’m just not big into herbals/fruit teas at all any more, so it didn’t really pique my interest beyond sampling it, but I’m certainly happy I did. As long as Lime Gelato sticks around, though (please tell me it’s not discontinued?), I’m good for a lime tea. (I’d go with Butiki’s or 52teas’ versions, but both are not readily available. Sigh.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

lime gelato is still around… i just like herbal options sometimes in the evening or when i feel sick.

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Lame/sad sipdown story here…. I accidentally dumped this into an infuser with 52teas’ Pumpkin Chai, because I didn’t look first :( Because they are both blacks, there was no separating them, so I just dumped half the leaves in one infuser, and half into the other. Ending up with, of course, two mugs of pumpkin chai. :( Not how I wanted to say farewell to this tea, but what can you do?!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that is sad.

Kittenna

Yeah :/ I was pretty pissed with myself. Of course it had to be a super strong other tea, not just a straight black or something.

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90
drank Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong by Tea Ave
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Delicious. I did a terrible thing and used my travel mug for my first taste of this tea, but I don’t regret it, because even then, it was really quite tasty. I’d love to try this one with short infusions, so hopefully will have the time to… eventually. Anyhow, flavourwise it’s very creamy and incredibly fresh-tasting. Reminiscent of spring, if that’s possible. Again, I drank it a couple days ago and didn’t write anything down, I just really enjoyed it. The second infusion was okay, but not as magical as the first (and I’ll give it at least one more).

Also, a huge huge huge thanks to Tea Ave for sending this free sample my way! And I have to note the excellence of their tea packaging – samples in resealable, scent-proof plastic pouches, with incredibly detailed tea info on the front, including roasting and oxidation level, which I find very interesting! Looking forward to seeing their website up and running, and making an eventual purchase!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Teaave

Hi Kittenna, it’s been a while!! We want to say thank you for trying out our oolongs and also invite you to come back to our site sometimes to rate the teas you’ve tried :) Hope to see you soon, cheers!!

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
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Another tea that I can’t write a great note for due to not remembering, but that I believe I enjoyed, and am happy to have a fair amount of. I thiiiiink that I didn’t brew it long enough the first time (recommended 4 minutes, I used 3), so I’ll alter that next time. Resteep seemed pretty weak, too.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
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Drank this. Was good. Not divulging anything about it yet.

Sil

is that mystery tea #1 or 2?

Kittenna

#2, sorry!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
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This tea is just a bit too spiced for me. Idk. Not bad, certainly chai, but more than I really wanted in my mug a few days ago.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I made this one for my hubby last night. He liked it. He’s like … into tea now. It’s weird. I think maybe I’ve somehow crossed over into an alternate universe. Where’s Walter Bishop?

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85
drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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Enjoyed this one! Can’t write a detailed note as it was a couple days ago and I think I’m confusing the flavour profiles of a few different teas, but I definitely enjoyed it, and I seem to recall thinking it was along the same lines as PTA, though not as good (AKA raisiny, etc.). Quite happy with the purchase, though.

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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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