2244 Tasting Notes

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drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2244 tasting notes

Yum – I still like this one! A nice short infusion results in quite a tasty cup. I can’t really taste all the flavours individually, but get hints of fruitiness, maple, and caramel depending on the sip. A great selection for tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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74

Yum. Drank some of this a looooooong while ago. It was good, but I don’t find a great deal of difference between most black currant/cream blacks. Still have some left, so I’ll write in more detail when I drink it again (although I assume I have another note on this somewhere)…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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77

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. Not enough to stock up, but I expected it would be one I’d dump out, so that’s good! I can’t recall how long I steeped it for (probably 2-3 minutes to keep the hibiscus in check), and it tasted marvellously like tart raspberries, in a good way. I think it did lean towards being a touch too tart, but I expect it would make a fantastic iced tea (possibly requiring sugar, but perhaps not!) Also, no guayusa flavour, which is a plus for me as I don’t seem to be terribly fond of it.

Preparation
Boiling

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93
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Massive oversteep of this one the other day, but still delicious when heavily sugared! I prefer not to have to add sweetener to this one though, since it’s quite delicious on its own when brewed properly. Ah well! Yum!

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69
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 833 (or thereabouts).

Tasty enough; not a super favourite but as I mentioned, everything tastes great right now, so I’m quite enjoying it. Fruity chocolate is pretty much what I’m getting this time, although this is the second infusion (the first was way oversteeped, so I had to dose it with sugar, which made it quite delicious as well).

Preparation
Boiling

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67
drank Papaya Ginger by Tea Blendz
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Sipdown! Finally I can get back to tea logging! I successfully defend my Masters thesis last Friday, and have submitted it, so I’m officially done! So awesome. I have a bunch of backlogs to write at some point, if I remember… but odds are good I’ll miss a bunch.

Anyhow! Was poking through random bags of tea tonight (yes, there will be stash pix, since I finally have time to organize, which I’m super stoked about!), and picked out this one as I wasn’t super sure what I wanted. I’ve been so tea-deprived lately, that everything tastes great, and I am thoroughly enjoying all of the tea I brewed up. Yum. A hint of ginger, light tea base, peachy-fruity flavour. Definite like. (No licoricey flavour this time, yay!)

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

Congrats on finishing up your thesis! :)

yyz

Congrats!

Kittenna

Thanks guys! :D

Dinosara

Congrats on your Masters!

greenteafairy

Congratulations!

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Ohhhhh tea. How I’ve missed you. I keep noticing that the longer I don’t have tea, the better it tastes when I get back to it, haha.

Anyhow, this is super delicious right now, and I have a few things to log, and can’t wait to get back to writing regular notes (and sending out some owed swaps!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewed this a few days ago, and yep! It’s a winner! Deliciousness. I think 170g maybe was a bit overkill to be honest, but I’m glad to have a good supply of this one.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Amariel

I like it cold steeped very much.

Lariel

I had some with Della Terra’s Mojito.

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67
drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Ooh… this is kind of interesting. I can taste the seabuckthorn, and this is pleasantly fruity yet tangy and different. Not just another generic herbal, which is really nice! Probably not a tea I’d keep around, but I’m very happy I picked some up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh, well…. this one is certainly interesting! It’s pretty light, but even with a 3.5 minute infusion, there’s enough flavour. It definitely both smells and tastes like wintergreen – which makes me think of gum, and makes me kind of sad. I guess that’s an association that I’m just doomed to have with minty flavours.

Anyhow, it does also taste kind of lightly forest and very fresh – I’m curious about how it would be iced and a bit sweetened – perhaps tastier? I’m glad I just got this as a sample from the generous Janelle, as it’s certainly an interesting tea to have tried, but I’m very glad I don’t have to drink down too much of this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

….and by that you mean, glad I have sil I can pawn things off to cause she’ll drink most things at least once…

Kittenna

It’s like you read my mind! :D

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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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