2410 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! Lovely bedtime tea, and I get a re-steep tonight, woo!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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Strangely, I don’t think I’ve written a note about this one yet. Or even tried it, for that matter. Anyhow, I found it fairly enjoyable as a gingery, creamy green. I had it about 12 hours after infusing, though, so I think I need to have another go at it to give it a fair rating. Pretty happy with it though (although I do wish I’d brought it at Christmas, as my mom would perhaps enjoy it.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I thought I had heard really good things about this one… but I think I was mistaken. Either way, I was pretty unimpressed. I think this is the second time I’m trying it (doubt I logged the first time), and in neither case did I taste much of anything berry. In fact, you could almost convince me it was a straight tea. I don’t think it’s flavour-loss (since I’m pretty sure Tangier was from the same purchase), but oh well. I’ve encountered other berry blacks that I enjoy; it’s ok to have a dud. Thanks for letting me try this one though, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks to Sil for some of this lovely tea. I quite enjoyed it; nothing special but quite a good example of a basic peachy black. Or at least, peach was the fruity flavour I was getting from it. Anyhow, fairly mild black base, no astringency, and nice juicy flavour. I bet this would make a tasty unsweetened iced tea.

ETA: Apricot, I see. That makes sense. I often confuse the two flavours! That might also explain why I found it tastier than peach teas I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I like this. I have a little left of my sample and debating…finish it off for sipdown or hold onto it for summer cold steep?

Kittenna

Hmm, I’d be tempted to save it for a cold-brew! Curious how it would be.

Amariel

Ack, I just used it up. Maybe I’ll get the chance to get more and cold steep. Aiming for sipdowns, and this was an easy one.

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drank English Blend by Lupicia
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Drinking another cup of this now… and I’m actually really enjoying it. Sweet, light, hay-y flavour, with absolutely ZERO astringency, yet plenty of body. Bumping the rating; I’m very pleasantly surprised. Kind of glad I have a bunch of this around now; it will be a perfect travel mug tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

oooh, I’ve never tried this one, obviously I need it! hee hee

Kittenna

Yes, OBVIOUSLY. Hahahahahaa. Also, I’m quite thankful for the user URLs not changing when names change, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue who you were! So many people changed names while I was gone.

OMGsrsly

Oh Kittenna, you can change the url as well. :)

Kittenna

Oh yes, I know. I did that for mine, when I changed my name long ago. However, most people don’t do that :D I like that it doesn’t auto-change.

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drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
2410 tasting notes

Ehhhh…. can’t really review this one properly, unfortunately. Opened up the well-sealed bag given to me by Sil – it smelled like vomit. Classic coconut rancidity, I’m quite sure. Anyhow, I gagged a bit and brewed some up anyways (when you know that it’s just rancid coconut, and you’re not brewing up chunks of puke, I can handle at least taking a sip). Brewed up, less barfy aroma, more like it’s supposed to smell… but there were still hints of upchuck. A sip revealed distinct flavours of cacao husk (yum), rooibos (meh… wasn’t great), and… well… rancid coconut. It was tough to taste past the coconut, but I don’t think this would be a blend I would enjoy anyhow – although I do like cacao, the rooibos adds an off-flavour that I’m not fond of.

Disclaimer: This tea has obviously gone off. The rating reflects my impression of the tea as I feel it would be without the rancidity; I’m not fond of rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Starfevre

I hate how coconut blends go off so fast. Reminds me that I have an open package at home that I need to drink up quickly.

Sil

that seems rather quick for it to go “off” 4 months?

Kittenna

Yeah. I was thinking that too… I knew I hadn’t had that one sitting around for all that long.

Jude

Thanks for the smile this morning, not the kind of vivid imagery one expects in a tea review :)

Kittenna

Hahaha :D

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Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest; primarily a hibiscus-heavy herbally blend, and I’m about right. Doesn’t particularly taste like strawberry kiwi to me, just like hibiscus, although to be fair, the hibiscus isn’t overpowering and just adds a nice amount of tartness. It’s really not a bad tea as herbals go, actually, just not true to the name.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank English Blend by Lupicia
2410 tasting notes

Had this for the first time a couple weeks ago… not too bad; a fairly basic black. I seem to recall thinking that it verged on tasting bagged-black-esque (just that sort of profile, the sweet, hay-y sort), but I got into it more as I drank it. Won’t be a favourite, as it doesn’t beat out other straight blacks and I prefer the malty, chocolatey profile, but it’s decent enough.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
2410 tasting notes

Lost my tasting note on this, oops. Anyhow, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Loved the pralines flavour, and I think the tea would have been even better if I hadn’t been so stupid as to dunk the infuser basket into a resteep of Two Friends for a couple seconds before realizing my error (my intent was to put the basket of Two Friends in for a bit longer, but the water was still cooling for this tea, hence the basket was still sitting out, and for some reason, I grabbed the wrong basket…). Anyhow, that resteep sure tasted delicious, and I expect that when I give this a second try, it will be even better. Would love to see this one offered for sale (and the elusive Nutmeg Cream, which I have not tried!)

Also, thank you to Sil etc. for passing this along :) My original tasting note led off with this, but I clearly forgot to retype it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

http://steepster.com/paradigmamnesia/posts/220254#comments

Evidently those two will be available just until the end of February :)

Kittenna

OMG my hero. <3

Courtney

Haha and I also saw a comment on a note today that some teas will be uploaded tomorrow.

VariaTEA

I am excited too Kittenna! And like Courtney said, Stacy mentioned on my note for Peppermint Patty that she is posting these teas tomorrow.

Kittenna

Welp. Toronto tea friends, anyone else want an order from Butiki? :P

Courtney

I want to split an order, but I’m in AB. Pout.

Kittenna

So what we really need is someone who’s travelling across Canada, starting in either Van/Vic or Toronto, and is willing to drop off tea in pretty much every province between the two, haha. Sad to say I’m not headed more than an hour away from where I am in the foreseeable future (I haven’t been to AB in aaaaaaaaages).

Courtney

That is exactly what we need. I haven’t been to ON in ages haha! I have stopovers there when I fly home, but unfortunately I don’t plan on flying home in time to disperse an order. :P

OMGsrsly

:D I’d be willing to pay for shipping, but I have no Paypal monies.

Courtney

I don’t mind paying shipping either once it gets to Canada. I was doing that for a while when my friend was in SK, but now she’s gone for a while.

Kittenna

I am open to whatever. Just WANT. THESE. TEAS. Haha.

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Another tea that has kind of lost its magic for me, unfortunately, though the first infusion was decent enough yesterday (while watching the second LOTR movie). The caramelly flavours just aren’t quite as potent as I’d like, and it’s not age; this happened the second time I drank the tea too. Ah well, nothing wrong with it, and it’s particularly suited to a travel mug, but I wouldn’t get it again! That said, the novelty of drinking the “weeping angels” blend while watching said Dr. Who episode was worth it!

Sil

maaaaybe if you didn’t let your tea die a lonely death, unloved and undrunk (?) it would stay flavourful grin

Kittenna

Haha, no, that’s not the case with this one. It was one of those “omg so good” first time I drank it, and the next time, which was pretty soon thereafter, I was more like “mehhhhh it’s just ok”.

CHAroma

That’s a feeling I’m all too familiar with as well. It’s sad when it happens.

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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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