2938 Tasting Notes

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Thanks for sharing this, Cavocorax!

It’s definitely very minty, which would be expected given that it contains candy cane, plus I can taste the chai elements as well. Not bad, though definitely more appropriate for Christmas. Also, the only blend out of the four I brewed up tonight that wasn’t astringent! Woo!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank French Blend by English Tea Store
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I guess I inadvertently grabbed a few blends that tend towards astringency tonight, this being another of them. Well, good to know it’s not just my tea-making skills! Haha. Anyhow, this was tasty tonight, though a bit astringent. I do seem to like lavender in blends now, as long as it’s in the background and not the central flavour. Just a bit of this left, now.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Mocha Pecan Black by Design a Tea
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Not very much of this was left, though it still tasted ok. Not as tasty as I recall, but I did also have a Cappuccino tea today, so am not quite as impressed with similar flavours (palate boredom or something).

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Decent flavour (Caramelly/vanilla), but somewhat masked by bitterness and astringency – not sure if I overleafed or what (I’m pretty sure it got no more than 2.5 minutes of steeping, and was in a Finum basket, so no bits should have escaped). Anyhow, farewell little tea. Maybe you would have been better if I had drank you sooner, but it looks like bitterness/astringency are common occurrences with this blend anyhow.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Uhhhh… Verdant used to have a Jin Jun Mei, a while back… and then there’s this new one… but I don’t know which entry is for which? It looks like what I had a few years ago was the Wild-Picked version, but I’m suspicious that this is the wrong entry for what I’m looking for, because it’s listed as “Special”, but I just bought it normally from the website…

Anyhow! I somewhere have another note or at least, entry that I’ve had this tea before, but this is the first tasting note I’m posting on it. I do rather like it – malty, bready, yeasty… and rather resilient to my 5+ minute infusion (I forgot about it). I’m being too distracted right now to remember what else I thought of it, but it was good :)

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drank Lychee Noir by Octavia Tea
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Sipdown! And backlog from two Wednesdays ago.

Thanks to Roswell Strange for giving me the last of her samples of a couple of these Octavia tea! They really are quite cute little sample packs, and a perfect size, it looks like. I didn’t take a ton of notes while drinking it, but I did note that it seemed to be a pretty good lychee black; a malty base with no astringency, and an authentic juicy lychee flavour (somewhat floral, but not overly so). Good for a lychee black, but lychees generally are a bit too floral for me, so not a personal favourite.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Sipdown! And backlog from two Mondays ago.

Fairly ambivalent about the flavour of this tea this time around, but I suspect that’s age. I’d probably quite enjoy it fresh. Maybe sometime in the future! It was just a bit weak this time; not enough strength to the roasty goodness.

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drank Amaretto by Culinary Teas
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Backlog from two Mondays ago.

Yep, still enjoy this tea. It has that classic “flavoured black tea” taste (IMO), and isn’t overly marzipan-y, so it works pretty well. I don’t really know how to describe the flavour, but it’s enjoyable, sweet, creamy.

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drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
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Backlog from two Mondays ago.

Tasty for a rooibos, but still makes my throat kind of scratchy, so meh. Flavouring is good, though. Just a bit left of this one!

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Backlog from two Mondays ago (continued).

Now THIS is a tea that 52teas needs to bring back. It’s pretty much amazing. Great base choice, perfect blueberry flavour, plus cotton candy sweetness. Just awesome.

CrowKettle

Oh, I forgot about this one and how awesome it was! :)

Nichole

I agree. This one was fantastic!

Kittenna

Yeah, it was. (In my case, still is, but I’m nearly out.)

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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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