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2221 Tasting Notes

94

I felt like something a bit lighter on Friday? Thursday? so brewed up some of this (also, I was getting incredibly bored with my downstairs tea selection, and went into my 52teas/DavidsTea drawer. SUCH A GOOD IDEA haha.) Anyways, lovely, prominent apricot flavours on a hay-y white base, so it definitely fit the bill for a lighter tea. The cheesecake flavouring really isn’t noticeable until the tea has really cooled (I don’t recall if I noticed it a great deal in this tea previously), but it’s really quite mild. Either way, I like this as an apricot fruit tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Yuummm. Loving the sweet cotton candy/blueberry flavours in this one. I think I overleafed a bit (forgot that gunpowder is rolled, and I should probably stick to 1 tsp/8 oz. instead of my usual 1.5 tsp), but it was still tasty.

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

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99

Tasty, tasty. This was from the pouch that Sil so nicely let me swap for my reblended and less-awesome version. Although the aroma from the pouch was as amazing as always, I didn’t quite get the awesomeness from the tea that I remembered. However, given that I’m still sick and sniffly (feeling much, much better though), it could easily just be that.

T(e)ARDIS

I keep wanting to try this blend but it aways sells out before I can get my mitts on it!

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60
drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

This smells amazing. I love coconut, and tend to enjoy peppermint when it’s mixed with other delicious flavours (e.g. Chocolate, coconut). However, the flavour falls a bit flat. I think I’m wanting either a bit more body in the base, or some chocolate.

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drank Butter Pecan by Compass Teas
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to JoonSusanna (I think) for passing this tea on! Unfortunately, I’m not getting even the slightest butter-pecan flavour; it just tastes like a mildly astringent basic black. I don’t know if it could be age, but it’s in a nice sealed pouch, so that would surprise me a bit. I may give it another chance at some point, but sadly was pretty unimpressed this time.

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

haha look at you finally getting in to those ones

Kittenna

Heh, a bit!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

So sick. Plus intense muscle pains from Thursday and Friday workouts. = one very miserable Kittenna who has spent an entire weekend in bed. I don’t even want tea, especially since I can’t taste anything unless I sniffle really hard (ew), but I think I’m dehydrated, and so I’m trying to get any sort of liquid (caffeinated or not) into me. I just took a big sip of this one, and yup – it could pretty much be plain warm water. Can’t taste a thing. This sucks.

Anyways, I’m just being a big whiny baby, all I have is a cold, it just really sucks when it’s combined with hamstring/hip flexor/shoulder/lat/tricep/pec/ab soreness. I’m walking like I’m at least 3x my age. Whine whine whine.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh that sucks! Hope your cold improves asap.

caile

Hope you’ll feel better soon!

__Morgana__

Feel better!

keychange

What an awful combination. rest up and feel better soon!

tigress_al

Get better soon!

Tealizzy

I know what that’s like! Feel better soon!!

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74

Assuming this is the tea I got from Indigobloom via MarkB, even though it doesn’t quite match up…

Anyhow, it was a pretty decent green oolong. Some creaminess, a bit of floral (but not overpowering), and oolong flavour. What more can you want?! Drinking the second (possibly third…) infusion now, and it’s still quite enjoyable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10
drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Bleechhhhhhhh gross. This one smelled awful while being brewed up, and I only managed a single teensy sip (was gross), before it ended up down the drain. I don’t know… I’m thinking bacon in teas may not be for me, and pineapple can be pretty hit or miss. Combine with rooibos, and…. yeah no.

Thanks for passing some on, Roswell Strange!

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

Wow. That sounds like Nightmare On Tea Street!

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

This was very peachy-flavoured when I drank it a few days ago. Not creamy, as it usually is. I’ve been noticing more peachy notes in oolongs lately, so perhaps I was just getting a bit more of the base tea. Either way, it was still quite enjoyable!

Fjellrev

Peach! Interesting, I don’t recall any fruity notes when I had it.

darby

I wish mine had peachy notes! Hubby just bought this for me.

Indigobloom

is it a recent batch? I wonder if they changed suppliers

Kittenna

No, it’s from Sil. It has been sitting around in a baggie for a while, and perhaps that changed the flavour a bit, maybe caused it to lose some of the milky flavouring and allowed the oolong to come out. I think I also had it in a travel mug, and it’s certainly possible that the flavour was affected by that (though I haven’t had a peach tea in there recently).

Indigobloom

Ah. I’ve found some greens/oolongs that taste better in a timolino and vice versa. I should try it with an MO :P

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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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