2936 Tasting Notes

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This was TERRIBLE in a travel mug. Tasted like cleaner. I’m going to have to dump it and thoroughly scrub the mug. Massive soapy flavours. Ick.

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Veronica

I hate it when that happens. :(

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74

Got this tea as part of a teapot + 4 tea collection that I received for Christmas. The teapot is nice – a cast iron look-alike pot, though I don’t think I’ll use it overly often (I just don’t drink that much of one tea at a time. Ever.) Anyhow, brewed this tea up in a travel mug for today. Nice raspberry flavour, and when it cooled, the coconut was a bit more apparent, translating both as a creaminess and a coconutty flavour. Similar to DavidsTea’s Fantasy Island, but better because it was fruitier and less drying. Overall not too shabby. I am definitely curious as to the blender of these teas though.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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My mom picked up some of this in the summer, so I avoided getting it myself and tried hers over Christmas. Oddly, it just tasted like Laoshan Genmaicha, to me. Lovely green beany flavours, toasty rice. Maybe a touch of vanilla. I certainly didn’t pick out any juniper. If this sticks around, I might grab a sample size to try again, because I don’t feel like I got the full experience. Perhaps just a flukey ingredient assortment in my infuser.

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

It’s definitely very similar to Laoshan Genmaicha, the vanilla is pretty subtle and I’ve never tasted juniper in it.

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Drank again about a couple weeks ago. Again, very mapley, which I liked, but can get a bit intense. Fills up the room/car/space with its aroma. Probably one of the few teas that could actual curb a dessert craving because it’s so sickly sweet (which I enjoy, haha).

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Wasn’t overly impressed with this tea, despite my excitement at seeing actual freeze-dried rhubarb in the blend. Had it in a travel mug during my Toronto tea meet ups, and couldn’t tell which tea it was. Not a good sign. I kept back one more cup’s worth to try (this was a split with Indigobloom), but don’t have high hopes. Of course, age could have been a factor, and the travel mug, but usually there’s at least a bit of flavour, and there was virtually nothing but a very boring green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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And now for the current note! Brewed this up for a travel mug yesterday (and managed to keep to my 2-minute infusion) – it was really tasty. Robust base, a bit of coffee flavour, a bit of chocolate, a bit of sweetness, no bitterness or weird flavours caused by ingredients often found in “coffee substitutes” e.g. chicory… win! I really enjoyed my mug of it, and am happy to have a good bit to drink.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Very backlogged note.

Picked up 50g of this while in Saskatoon, because the ingredients sounded tasty. A coffee-flavoured tea with cacao shells and no actual bitter coffee beans? Awesome! Also, it smelled good. They had a few others that I was interested in, but the 50g minimum really put a damper on trying too much (I got two other teas, one for my boyfriend’s mother and the second was 50g of the lovely mandarin white pu’erh Roswell Strange introduced me to).

Anyhow, the first time I brewed this, I accidentally left it for 9 minutes. Although it smelled DELICIOUS, the flavour was unpleasantly bitter, though I did get through one cup. I believe the resteep was also bitter (I don’t always time resteeps, though I should sometimes), which was disappointing. It seemed very promising though, so I was excited to try it again – this report continues in another tasting note for today’s tasting!

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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I am just so over strawberry teas, I think. Not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this one in my mug the other day, but it’s just not a flavour I’m wanting to seek out lately. Not that you’d know by the hordes of strawberry teas I feel like I’ve been consuming lately (though to be fair, it’s mostly to get rid of them). Still think this is a pretty decent example of a strawberry/rhubarb black though. Not as tasty as Ruby Pie (Butiki), but perhaps a touch less finicky.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Kinda wish there were more Rhubarb teas that AREN’T paired with strawberry…

Kittenna

That would be really interesting! And refreshing. I think most people think rhubarb is just too tart by itself (though I quite like it).

OMGsrsly

Pairing rhubarb with strawberry was something I didn’t hear of till I was in my mid-20s. My mom’s rhubarb pie is just rhubarb and custard (and it’s SO GOOD).

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74

Another travel mug tea. I’m not sure why I have this rated so highly; I’m really quite ambivalent about it. Probably mostly because it’s a flavoured green. Not a bad tea, but not one I have any attachment to whatsoever.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
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Sometimes, this tea is really amazing in a Timolino, particularly when allowed to cool completely. Yesterday/today was one of those times. Malty, flavourful base, a perfect amount of sweetness, a small dose of pear and a slightly bigger hit of ginger. I always partially dread drinking it until I take a sip, and then I wish I had more. Still have a good few mugs of this left that I should finish off sooner rather than later (that won’t be too difficult…)

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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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