2756 Tasting Notes

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drank Pomegranate Da Hong Pao by 52teas
2756 tasting notes

Sipdown! 990. Just a mildly fruity oolong. Which in itself is pretty tasty. Dropping the rating though; I’m not sure why I rated a blend so highly when I couldn’t even taste the main ingredient…

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Sipdown! 991. A baggie did not do this one justice. Still tempted to pick up a fresh ounce to see if that changes anything…. but do I really need to fall in love with another PTA blend?

Stephanie

Pretty sure this one is already gone for good :(

Stephanie

Maybe I’m wrong, it’s still on the website!

Kittenna

I think it’s still around – she had lots of PTA left, I thought. But honestly, things are changing quickly, and I think it’s part of multiple other blends as well. Sigh. Such panic mode.

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85
drank French Toast by 52teas
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Sipdown! 992. Another tea that was better before it spent too much time in a baggie. Still ok, though.

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 993. (I added in my not-yet-here Butiki teas). Anyways, I have declared today to be Sipdown day! I can only drink a tea if it results in a sipdown. So! First up is this tiny bit of Buttercream (my original sample, I believe?) from Awkward Soul! I think I might like Apple Custard a touch more, but they’re definitely along the same lines of sweet, creamy, and chamomile. Yum.

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80
drank China Mist by Market Spice
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Well, I enjoyed the second cup I’ve ever had of this… but it was travel-mugged, so I couldn’t say much more than that I enjoyed it. Not sure if at the time, I realized it was an oolong…. so might have steeped it weirdly, possibly like a green (because it looks kind of like houjicha or something). Oh well!

Cheri

Oolong is very forgiving.

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45
drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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Dry, this smells lovely, all nutty and rosy… but steeped, there’s something poking out that I’m not liking. It smells a bit like cinnamon hearts… which is fine, but NOT anything like baklava to me. In fact… does baklava even typically contain cinnamon? If so, not very much. Anyhow, the flavour very sadly is pretty much as VariaTea described. Cinnamon water with a lingering sweetness that I don’t overly care for. The aftertaste is a touch nutty, but cinnamon is incredibly overwhelming here, to the point that I can’t taste oolong, rose, or really anything else. How unfortunate.

ETA: Second infusion I’m drinking cold… there’s more nuttiness, but it still tastes like cinnamon hearts. What a disappointing blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

Weird they went so heavy on the cinnamon. I still need to try this, but it definitely doesn’t sound like baklava. I guess its Bubbie’s ‘special’ version of baklava haha

Fjellrev

Yeah, I agree, cinnamon would be kind of out of place here. But I’m still curious about this one. Always wanted a baklava tea. :)

VariaTEA

Fjellrev, I have about a cup worth left that I would be happy to pass along if you’d like.

Kittenna

I really wish the cinnamon wasn’t so potent :( Really thought this one would be yummy.

Fjellrev

Thanks for the offer, VariaTEA, but I’m planning on going to David’s tomorrow to grab the new ones! :) Thankful for their 10g allowance at times like this.

Lynne-tea

I agree Fjellrev! I swoon over the baklava at Remedy Cafe, but this sounds like way too much cinnamon and way to little rose and honey. I still have to try it though. I wonder what its like iced?

Kittenna

I feel like it would be similar iced… I wonder about cold-brewed though…

Fjellrev

Lynne, that’s totally the same kind of baklava I imagine when I see the word. I’ll still try it too, though. Not sure if I’d like a cinnamon-heavy tea iced…

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95
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Second cup decidedly not as good as the first. BUT. I also got the “bottom of the barrel”, as in, the tea guide called for another bag of tea to put in after he took out my 24g. So, I mostly got coriander seeds. The aroma is still there, though, and a bit of the flavour, although the chamomile is a touch more overwhelming. I’m pretty sure that if I go back and get a bagful that’s not from the bottom, it will be tastier, so I will probably do that and just mix the two. Annoying, but not the end of the world. 95% sure I’ll get at least 100g of this one…

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85
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. I’d had this a couple years ago when it first came out, and I recall enjoying it enough to have possibly bought more (don’t recall whether I actually did, though). The last of the bag ended up living at my mom’s place because she apparently liked it… except I just found out that it still exists, and is no longer a “like”, so I will be collecting it at Christmas. It will be interesting to see how the two compare.

Anyhow, this is a tasty cup of minty, creamy, somewhat fruity goodness. Definitely mostly mint and cream, though. It’s nice, because it’s an herbal blend, yet there’s no icky rooibos messing up the flavour (nor licorice, hibiscus, etc.). I don’t usually like mint, but I DO like creamy mint and chocolate mint, so this is a hit. If I remember, I’ll grab 25g or so of this before it’s gone, just to have, because it’s unique and tasty.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Pouchong Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 987. Tasty pouchong, nice and vegetal and buttery, and lasts for a good number of infusions.

Indigobloom

Was this one of those uber expensive ones? I don’t remember seeing it on the shelf last time

Kittenna

It’s possible. I don’t honestly pay much attention to prices since I’m just getting tiny bits, usually.

Indigobloom

Yeh I do the same thing. Unless I fall in love with it like I did lala lemon

Kittenna

That’s a cheap one though, IIRC!

Indigobloom

yah compared to the premium ones it is super cheap lol

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91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I believe this was a sipdown of one bag of Salted Caramel… but I have a split with a friend too, so it doesn’t count. Sigh. Also, I added 4 new DT teas to my cupboard today… and bought 6 Butikis. My number just keeps going up, not down! Bleh.

Anyways, delicious tea. And delicious tea chocolate, FWIW. Hehehe.

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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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