2354 Tasting Notes

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
2354 tasting notes

Wow, the dry tea actually smells like carrot cake with cream cheese icing! Yum! Sadly, the flavour doesn’t live up to the aroma. Again, not a bad tea, but there’s not a great deal of flavour. Perhaps it could be likened to plain, un-iced carrot cake, but the aroma promised so much more.

ETA: Re-steep also pretty bland. I’ll try a longer first infusion next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lariel of Lórien

I gave mine a longer steep.

Cavocorax

Hmmm. That’s disappointing! I just got 1oz in the mail today!

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71

Digging into Della Terra’s autumn tea collection! So far, everything smells delicious!

There’s definitely a cola-like smell to this tea, both dry and brewed, and it carries into the flavour, which is a mixture of what tastes like cola and chocolate cake. It’s really quite interesting, albeit rather weird. There’s no cherry to speak of, although I’m not sure I got any cherry pieces in my infuser either.

I’ll see what I think about this one after another cup, but I think it will be classified as “glad to have tried, would drink again, but not re-stock”. If you’re into cola-flavoured teas, I’d recommend this one. It’s definitely better than DavidsTea’s Cherry Cola!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61

This one mostly smells like Autumn Leaves – very mapley, and not much else. Unfortunately, that’s also how it tastes, which in itself isn’t bad, but considering that this is supposed to taste like something other than pure maple, it’s not what I was hoping for. Bacon teas have always failed to live up to my expectations :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

I thought this was a sipdown, but there was too much tea left. Booo. So, one small cup’s worth left.

This tea is a pretty good oolong, creamy and “oolongy” (haha), but I’d rather drink straight teas from other companies, and there are other oolongs I’ve found that I prefer, that may even be somewhat cheaper, from other companies (e.g. Verdant, Teavivre).

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

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81
drank Caramel Creme by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 872.

Ok, this is actually a pretty darn caramelly (and tasty) cup of tea. Apparently I also enjoyed it last time, although I now think the rating should be a bit higher…. at least 80. The flavouring is really working for me today, and the black base is perfect. I could almost be fooled into thinking that this is Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam, although that may be because my experiences with that tea have been less awesome than expected. Either way, yummy tea, recommended if you like smooth caramel blacks.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 873.

Still pretty meh about this one. Fruity greens and I typically don’t get along, so it’s not too surprising. There’s a bit of fruitiness coming through past the vegetal green tea base, and there’s no astringency with a 2-min infusion, so it’s not terrible or anything, just not suited to my preferences.

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

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89

OH MY GOODNESS. This tea is an absolutely delicious treat! Sweet, nutty, nougatty (uh, is that a word?) … wow. There’s just a hint of amaretto/almond flavour here, but it’s very subtle and therefore quite bearable. … Who am I kidding, this tea is far more than bearable – it’s absolutely freaking delicious. I think I may need to acquire more. And by that, I mean I absolutely must have more once I finish my sample from the very generous Cavocorax.

If you like nougat, and sweet teas….. I highly suggest you try to get your hands on some of this. The name is quite fitting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Kaylee

how are you drinking these teas so fast?

Kittenna

I brew up a few (4, often) at a time, and write notes as I try out each. I still have partial cups of all of them sitting here, but I’ll drink them in short order :) I just brewed another 3 + re-steeps of others, haha. I drink a lot of tea sometimes!

Kaylee

Interesting technique – I’ll have to give that a try! I only ever have one cup at a time. Your way seems like it would be much more effective for decreasing one’s tea count.

Kittenna

Well, it works for me because I actually prefer my tea to be warm, not hot, so if they cool down, I really don’t care. It’s much more efficient to brew up multiple teas at a time, IMO (especially since my kettle is cheap and doesn’t have a “keep warm” option). I also don’t usually brew up huge mugs of anything, only about 8 oz. cups of each tea, unless I’m trying to sipdown something with a bit too much for 8 oz., or if I’m really craving a tea.

Sil

Lol I always have two teas on the the go..
Glad you liked this one Kittenna….the owner of bayswater is getting her website fixed up so hopefully everything will be in order sometime in October a that we have an accurate site to order from. If/when want to. :)

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed she gets it done! Otherwise, you can phone/email and she’ll ship out.

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75
drank Winter Walnut by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Again, an interesting flavour combo from Bayswater! Thanks Cavocorax!

I’m not sure that this will be a favourite of mine, but the flavour is pretty interesting – nutty and a bit citrusy, with a hint of spice that’s not overwhelming. A twist on a spiced tea that I haven’t come across before. I do wish that the tea was perhaps a bit nuttier, but perhaps a longer infusion would help with that.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I didn’t really care for it as much, which I think is why I gave you the lion’s share. :P

Fjellrev

That’s too bad to hear. I forgot to check this one out when I was there, later remembered, and thought I missed out. Guess not!

Kittenna

Incendiare – I’m sure I could send some your way if you were curious, haha :)

Fjellrev

Don’t worry about it! I’ll just give it a whiff next time I’m in the store. :)

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80
drank Crème Brulee by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Thanks for giving me some of this tea, Cavocorax!

Both the dry and brewed tea smell ridiculously like coffee. Like, ridiculously. This tastes absolutely nothing like creme brûlée to me, but hazelnut coffee? Very much so! With a 2-minute infusion, it’s pretty smooth – just a suggestion of astringency that blooms slightly as dryness in the throat post-sip. I think this tea would be crazy delicious with milk and sugar, but for now I’ll resist…. I only say this because although flavourful, I think that eliminating the dryness would do wonders for it.

Anyhow, yum! Glad to have sampled this tea, as it’s not a flavour combo I’ve really tasted before (well, in tea at least!) :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80

Sipdown! … 874. Yeah… my cupboard increased by 71 teas thanks to my swaps with Sil, Cavo, and all the tea I bought and sent via Sil. Yikes. I am dangerously close to 900 – better make some progress!

Anyhow, I pretty much maintain my position on this tea – it tastes much like DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold – sweet, warm cinnamon – maybe with a bit of smoothness from the oatmeal. Tasty enough, but not super special for me, especially since I’ve recently gone off cinnamon-heavy teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hahah. You were doing so well! I thought maybe, just maybe, you could hit 800. :P

Fjellrev

What’s your record high? I can’t even imagine what 900 would even look like!

Kittenna

This is my record high, haha. I just keep hitting higher and higher. It’s terrible.
Also – I was soooooo close to hitting 800. 4 teas away. I think my Black Friday goal will have to be, like, 750. 750 would be admirable for me to reach, haha.

Cavocorax

We need to keep you away from your computer on Black Friday! That’ll probably help your cupboard the most!

Kittenna

Haha, for a second, I thought I might actually be in New Zealand on Black Friday! But alas, I will be back in Canada by then.

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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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