2229 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to momo for sending me a few bags of this tea! I don’t have some love affair with red velvet cake like it seems many other people do, but I think DT’s version came out around the same time as I was swapping, and so I was curious as to how they compared. I definitely prefer DT’s version, perhaps partially because this one is rooibos, which I didn’t realize until after I brewed it. Anyhow, this version isn’t too bad – sweet and chocolatey, with minimal rooibos flavour marring the chocolate. I used two teabags for a ~10-12 ounce cup, which probably worked out well. It’s strong, the way I prefer it, though I’d probably opt out of drinking this tea again given a choice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It’s definitely better doubled up. Haven’t tried it with milk yet, but that might be nice, too.

Kittenna

Hmm, yeah, I could definitely see that! Might mask any rooibos flavour that’s left.

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Looks like I haven’t tried this one before. I was in the mood for a sheng last night too, though, so randomly picked one out of my Verdant box to try out.

The first infusion was exactly what I wanted – classic “sheng” flavour, and light enough not to be biting or astringent. Second infusion is perhaps a bit oversteeped, as it’s a bit sharp, but still drinkable.

As for flavour profiles? I have no idea. It tastes like a sheng. Nuances are so lost on me, and I don’t feel like trying to figure them out today :) So apologies for the useless review! I did enjoy the tea, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

It’s not useless if you enjoyed it! :)

Kittenna

Haha, drinking the tea certainly wasn’t useless! :D

Terri HarpLady

What CHAroma said!
I don’t always know what to say about a tea, but I usually enjoy it. Also, sometimes I just want to drink tea, I don’t want a science experiment or to have to analyse it, I just want to enjoy drinking it! :)

Kittenna

Exactly! :D

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Haven’t had this tea in ages! I felt like I needed something strong and bold last night after having to deal with some not-fun stuff, and this worked perfectly.

So as for the not-fun stuff… in the last 2 weeks (literally), three couples that I know have broken up, all of whom dated for between 1-2 years. And, in each case, one of the members of the couple was roommates with either my boyfriend or I (we collectively have 4 roommates… which means 3/4 are no longer in relationships). It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest! :( Anyhow, I had to deal with many tears last night (#3 occurred yesterday), which was kind of stressful… sigh. And I’m anticipating potential nasty fallout from this one too, that it looks like I may have to be involved in. I won’t share details, but it’s not going to be a fun time. Anyways…. yay tea?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you picked up the right tea to help for this period, you need to do your cheering tea-list for the following days.

CrowKettle

That’s a crazy short period of time, and sounds like a hard position to be in. I can’t imagine. :( This is a great choice of tea though!

Sil

ICK not fun!

Sil

personally i suggest tea and board games WITH the BF at our place….just saying..

Terri HarpLady

What a bummer! Hopefully all members of the dissolved relationships will go their own ways in peace, & not try to make their friends take sides & such. That’s never fun.

Kittenna

Looks like Steepster isn’t sending email notifications again. :( Thanks everyone.

Anyhow, yeah, not a great situation. I only really know details of this third breakup, as the other two couples I was not on that sort of level with, but there’s still turmoil. Luckily, the first two seem to have ended more or less peacefully, but this third one has the potential to become a nightmare. It’s just so crazy that it’s all happening at the same time (and none of them are related in the slightest), and since my boyfriend and I will have been dating a year as of Aug 16th, it just makes me a bit on edge as well! Not that things aren’t going excellently from my perspective, but you’re only ever in control of half the relationship.

Sil, it’s a date for sometime in September when I’ve defended my thesis. :)

Sil

YAY!!! i should have ALL the tea at my place by that time too lol

Kittenna

ALLTHETEA (Oh dear…) Haha.

CHAroma

There must be something in the water. I’ve seen two relationships end among my friends lately. :/

OMGsrsly

I wish you the best, dealing with this! Relationship stuff is always a sticky business. I agree with Ysaurella about the need for a cheering tea list. :)

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Sipdown! 803. Pretty tasty today – I think I had been craving chai but didn’t know it! Why did I rate this so poorly previously?! I don’t care for the sprinkles, nor is there anything in the way of pumpkin flavour, but it’s a decent chai.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Mango Rooibos by Tea Haus
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Sipdown! 804. Strangely, this is better than I remember…. in spite of it being a year later! It tastes reasonably mango-y, though I can taste some rooibos and don’t particularly care for that flavour. There’s a bit of throat scratchiness going on as well, which I dislike. Bumping the rating a touch, but still not a tea I’d go for again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Kin by Den's Tea
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Sipdown! 805.

I think this one has sadly lost some flavour… not all that surprising. It tastes a bit rock sugary and vegetal, but nothing like I described it the first time. Ah well. Still drinkable, but a lesson not to leave such teas for so long!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Stale gyokuro? Super sadness

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80

Sipdown! 806.

Unfortunately, while good, I got that slight cat pee aroma from this one, which is a little strange. Just seems to be a thing with some greens, for whatever reason. However, I still drank and enjoyed it. Thanks Sil.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Sil

you’re so weird :)

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drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Well, I can taste a bit of peachiness once this has cooled, but it’s too subtle for me. I also way-overleafed (intentionally) and used my normal oolong parameters instead of the recommended ones. Not my favourite tea, but as it’s an oolong, I’m still happily drinking it :) Just wish there was more peach!

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

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drank Tencha-Kuki Houjicha by Den's Tea
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Ummmm…. deliciousness! I didn’t recall having this previously (though I apparently did), and got such a shock when I drank some, because it’s so incredibly tasty! Roasty, sweet, nutty, almost chocolatey. I thought I had perhaps ruined it by using boiling water, but clearly not (and I see now that the instructions also suggest to use boiling water).

Anyways, this is really quite good. I feel like at some point, I should make an effort to try all the roast/toasty/unconventional green teas, because I suspect there are some I will really enjoy – like this one! Thanks Mercuryhime :D

ETA: Re-steeps = fabulous. First infusion is the best, though.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
2229 tasting notes

In stark contrast to Pina Colada HB, this tea is AMAZING cold-brewed! I think it’s even better than Cinnamon Roll HB, which I quite enjoyed. I’m down to nearly the last of my packet of this one now, and am sad that it’s no longer a “permanent” blend (at least, as far as I know), but I do hope it is reblended one day, because the strawberry-cinnamon combination is delicious, both hot and cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sweet Canadian

I think we could make it happen once my last packet is gone since we seem to be the #1 SPH fans ;)

Kittenna

Awesome! :D At the very least, I may need this for next summer. This would be one of my go-to cold-brews, along with Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon and Orange something-or-other.

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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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