2756 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Stars by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

Haven’t had this one in a while, so brought it out to try. It’s a very light, hay-y green. Almost more of a white profile, in my opinion. Not really my thing, as I prefer more flavour. I used 7 “stars” for 8 oz. water, and brewed as directed (4.5 minutes at 185F), and I don’t think more would really improve the flavour. Will see whether the resteep is better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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… Snow :( :( :(

Anyways, brewed the last of this up yesterday because I was trying to get myself into a pu’erh mood and drink some of mine up. Unfortunately, no dice, as my tummy didn’t really appreciate it. I guess I’m just not a big fan of shu pu’erh. Oh well. It’s still pretty good as they go – very earthy, rich, and smooth, with minimal fishiness. Just not what my palate prefers, and I should probably stop trying to force it! :P

Also, sipdown! 983.

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drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Morning proTEAn latte with vanilla Promasil. Noms. Getting a very drying sensation in my mouth though, and I’m pretty sure it’s the tea, not the protein powder. Not my favourite chai, but it will do. (I actually don’t think I would drink this chai without some sort of sweetening, as I just don’t like it otherwise.)

Fjellrev

Nice idea! I’ve been meaning to mix my protein powder with cold brew. Hmm.

Kittenna

My trainer has some “birthday cake” flavoured protein powder and apparently it also makes great lattes. I had a Salted Caramel one a while ago and it was delicious. I feel like other latte + sweetening friendly teas would also work great. (I want to try this with my better chai, from Tea Desire, that I had half a kg and much preferred the flavour of.)

Fjellrev

I can see it being really good since a lot of people on My Fitness Pal like to put protein powder in their coffee. How much do you put ratio-wise? Like a couple tablespoons per cup of tea?

Kittenna

I put a half scoop in my DT Halloween mug (so, 12 oz. tea?). I’d try it to taste – too little and it’s oddly weak, too much and your tea will taste like protein powder (mine has a strong flavour, so I don’t want too much).

Kittenna

And, I believe a half scoop is around 1 tbsp.

Fjellrev

Ah yeah, that would make sense. I think one scoop on mine = ~30g.

Kittenna

I think that’s what mine is too. Seems fairly standard (I guess? I’m relatively new to this whole protein powder thing!)

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drank Organic Houjicha by Hibiki-an
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Ugh, headache. Anyways, brewed this up yesterday after reading someone’s note on houjicha, but didn’t end up finishing the cup as my tummy was waterlogged (tealogged?) Instead, I’ve ended up drinking it cold today. Loving the roastiness and bit of saline seaweed flavour, and the aftertaste is deliciously caramelly.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
dragondrool

Hope you’re feeling better today!

Kittenna

Thanks! I seem to be :) Possibly some large temperature fluctuations contributing to headachiness.

Lariel of Lórien

Don’t forget to drink lots of water (of the non-delicious leaf variety too.)

Kittenna

I’m bad with that, admittedly! I don’t get headaches all that often, but I think about half the time, they’re from dehydration.

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 984. This tea smells/tastes odd tonight. There’s a weird chlorine smell/taste to it at the beginning of the sip, though it then fades into more of the pistachio cream flavour. Not sure if it’s a flavouring thing, or from the mulberry leaves, but it’s kind of unpleasant. Extra glad I don’t have a whole bag of this, now.

ETA: I did not know there was chamomile in here. That could totally be the source of the chlorine taste. Blech.

Anlina

Oh I love this one so much. I was so sad to see it discontinued before I could stock up.

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Having had the White Rhino by itself, I can now appreciate the deliciousness of this tea. It’s still a bit lighter than I’d like, but mmmm, delicious butterscotchy goodness. Really not tasting any mocha, but there might be a teensy bit of hazelnut peeking out. I’m content with my half ounce, though, especially since I have a half ounce of the new-base version incoming at some point.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Momo by Lupicia
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Argh. Accidentally deleted my note for this tea. (Why is there no “are you sure you want to delete this note??” warning?) Anyhow, the gist of what I said was that the base came off as somewhat smoky to me, which paired interestingly with the moderate peach flavour. And it stood up well to being in a travel mug, and being drank cold, therefore is destined for a home at my boyfriend’s place to be travel-mugged until sipdown.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Backlogging.

This tea is definitely better consumed sooner after brewing rather than later (as most green teas are), and my delay in drinking it meant it lost some of its tastiness. Still roasty, but the base tea becomes very muted and it’s tough to catch the brown sugar/green bean notes after it has been sitting. Oops :(

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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I guess I missed picking some of this one up earlier (or I didn’t see the packet of it in my stash, anyhow), so grabbed a bit to try before it’s gone for good. The smell is so deliciously bang-on – creamy, tangyish mango lassi. So is the initial flavour in the sip… but then it turns into a bit too much chamomile for me, which is too bad. Maybe they’ll come out with a less-chamomiley version at some point? Ah well. Not too disappointed now that it has been discontinued, though I’m not sure if I want a bit more just to have when I want a sleepy time blend (I do still have a decent supply of Dulce & Banana though, hmmmm.)

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. Picked up another 24g of this to mix with the 24g of essentially custard-flavoured coriander seed that I previously purchased, and had to brew up a trial cup. Still a win, but I think a bit of the amazingness has worn off… but only a bit, because I still quite enjoyed it. And tbh, eating the raisins/apple pieces out of the infuser is pretty darn delicious too :D

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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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