2973 Tasting Notes

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I think that when I first tried this tea, I had a much more unrefined palate. Since then, I’ve grown to like different teas than I once did, and this tea is a great example – it seems I previously thought it was only okay, but now I think it’s quite delicious – basically, very closely matching my favourite oolong profile, which now is a combination of roasty, savoury, very oolongy, not overly floral. It’s pretty great to have in a travel mug, so I’ll use up the last of this rather old sample that way, and if it’s still available, it will go on my list to purchase in my eventual Teavivre order.

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78

Either this tea has run its course, or a travel mug was not a smart option… either way, I don’t think this was very tasty in my travel mug yesterday. Still drank it, but it was quite unremarkable. I remember liking it previously, so the last cup I’ll drink “normally”, to see if I can recapture that initial enjoyment.

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drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2973 tasting notes

Couldn’t identify any flavours in this tea whatsoever, but I still quite enjoyed it the other day. It has that sort of, “flavoured tea” taste, and the flavours are good. Fruity, mapley, creamy…?

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93

Used to really like this, but I’m over it. I’m really not sure why. It’s tasty enough, it just doesn’t seem to sit well with me anymore. Oh well. One serving left and I believe it’s gone (unless there’s some hiding elsewhere. Which is entirely possible).

whatshesaid

meeeeee too.

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90

Got a happy surprise today when I received my final Butiki order – I had, in fact, ordered an extra ounce of this tea hoping I’d like it – which I do indeed. Of course, the happiness was bittersweet, because it was my last ever Butiki order, aside from the teas that Sil and VariaTea have (that hopefully I will acquire soon).

Anyhow, I drank this for the first time a couple days ago, and definitely enjoyed it. It seems I quite like the plum flavour Stacy used, since I also quite enjoy the Plum Brandy Cheesecake (which I also picked up some extra of, previously). I’m not really sure it tastes like plum to me, but it’s a delicious fruitiness, with a creamy cakiness, and a bit of nuttiness. Really, the cashews in this blend aren’t much of a factor for me; I’d probably be just as happy without them. I will also note that this blend was quite tasty cold, as I didn’t finish it in the evening, and ended up drinking it the next morning. Tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

You know, I don’t mind this one. It’s kind of tart/tangy, but it’s also gingery, and doesn’t taste like typical “fruit herbals” that are loaded with hibiscus, rose hips, etc. etc. I did find it to be a bit overwhelming in my mug, since I’ve been primarily drinking actual teas, which are not nearly as sweet, but it was a nice change.

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85

I remain fairly impressed with this as a bagged tea. Mostly because it’s nice and sweet and desserty, with some tea flavour, and it’s not all gross and astringent (though it does lean that way if brewed too strongly or if the teabags are left in too long). Anyhow, didn’t have time to really think about what I was going to drink this morning, as I was running late for work, and so I made up some of this. Not a poor decision, since it was so yummy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
2973 tasting notes

Almost gone… which is ok, because I think I’ve had my fill of this one for a while. I’ll get some more perhaps next year, and will enjoy its rich nuttiness then. Had I less tea, I’d definitely restock, but with all the Butikis I just received, I really can’t justify getting more of something I don’t absolutely love.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sakura Sushi

I love this tea – so much so that it was on my restock list when I visited a retail Lupicia shop on a recent trip to CA. They didn’t have any in the store, and when I checked the website, I couldn’t find it. I really hope it’s because it’s seasonal and not discontinued!

whatshesaid

I find something weird about the taste, I guess it’s because I’ve never had an actual roasted chestnut. I think i will be selling the rest of mine on the boards so someone else can enjoy it :)

Sakura Sushi

Whatshesaid, I’d be interested in getting some of that!

whatshesaid

pm’d you!

OMGsrsly

It’s called something else over Christmas. http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12405246.htm

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94

Heh, this one is definitely deteriorating. Still decently tea-ish enough that it’s drinkable in a travel mug, but I don’t think any of the strawberry is discernible anymore. It’s old though; this is to be expected.

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
2973 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax!

My recollection of this tea was that it reminded me somewhat of the two vanilla teas I picked up from Whispering Pines, in that I had difficulty picking up the vanilla specifically, though it was a tasty tea, and I could tell it wasn’t just a straight tea. I think it’s because I’m looking for a more “french vanilla” sort of flavour? Which it isn’t really. Either way, I did enjoy it, and again, the base tea quality was quite apparent. I’d like to do a side-by-side with WP’s Golden Orchid and see how they stack up, if I ever have the time.

Overall, I was happy. Would probably buy this myself to have around as an alternative to straight black tea, without terrible artificial flavouring-ness.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TippysTea

One of the goals that we are trying to accomplish when flavouring teas is to allow thee base tea to shine. We don’t wish to over-power the tea favours too much. Glad you enjoyed the tea though!

whatshesaid

That’s why I like it! Why cover up a good base :)

Cavocorax

Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed it, even though it wasn’t the ‘right’ vanilla for you!

Kittenna

It was still good vanilla, but I think my “idea” of vanilla is that French Vanilla flavour. Like ice cream. I don’t know if that’s a reality without sweetener 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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