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2221 Tasting Notes

77
drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Hot-brewed and chilled some of this a few days ago. It’s ok; it mostly certainly is very tart-citrusy-sherbety, but it’s a little bit on the acidic and astringent side. Perhaps it’s an age thing? Either way, it’s moved to being kind of meh for me. I don’t recall if I tried it hot, but can only imagine that this is one tea that was designed to be drank chilled.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Apologies – I have a truly massive backlog list to type up, owing to frantic thesis-writing and Steepster being down.

Anyways, this tea! Had a delicious, delicious cold-brew of it over the weekend. So amazingly refreshing. I’m getting down to the last of my bag… (well, some is going off in a swap soon as well) – I gotta remember who it was that offered to send more! I have so many pending/promised swaps to take care of!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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91
drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Glad I brewed up a cup of this last night/this morning – I had forgotten how tasty it was! All grapey yet not like grape juice… I should perhaps chill some of this and see how it tastes, as that sounds like a very delicious summer beverage. Mmmmmm. Thanks for this one, Azzrian.

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

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85
drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
2221 tasting notes

Definitely oversteeped last time. 2 minutes, and this is sweet, raspberry, chocolatey deliciousness! So good. I think credit goes to….. Alphakitty? For this one :) I even still have a cup left as she was quite generous! Thanks!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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65

Sipdown! 814. Thanks again to Azzrian for this one.

Similar impressions to last time… mainly the yabao/junipery flavour, paired with some floral/jasmine. The aftertaste is creamy and a bit fruity, perhaps it’s the goji berry. This tea has sat around for quite a while though, so it’s entirely possible that some flavour has disappeared, even though it was pretty fresh for the first go round.

Yabao is not my favourite type of tea, so this wouldn’t be one I’d gravitate towards again though as usual, I’m happy to have had the chance to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Yay! Someone else who isn’t crazy about Yabao! I just haven’t had much luck with mine, and I haven’t even touched my Eight Treasures Sample yet.

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51
drank Tropical Island Black by Kally Tea
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for a sample of this tea! It’s super-massively perfumey/floral/fruity… woah! Almost a bit too much to handle. I ended up chilling it and drinking it iced as it’s been crazy hot here, and it was still pretty perfumey. I didn’t pay enough attention to be able to pick out any of the flavours, so I’ll have to do that next time (or try with the re-steep). It’s not bad, but the perfume was a bit much for me, to be honest.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

blech don’t like this one

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Sipdown! 815. Hmm, I don’t quite seem to have the same impression of this one as Indigobloom… definitely not better than a dragonwell for me. While it was steeping, it smelled almost metallic, but the flavour was much better, a bit of that chewy vegetal flavour. Unfortunately this cup fell victim to clumsiness, as I knocked it off the table :( Luckily for me it was a short drop and not hot tea, so no injuries or breakage were sustained, but it also means that I really can’t tell you much more about this tea. I would certainly try it again, but don’t think it would beat my more favoured green profiles, which are heavier on the boiled veggie/beany flavours or sweet, rock sugar notes.

Second infusion is very meh, standard green tea-ish. Can’t blame the tea though, because I know better than to let greens sit in the infuser for a while. They just don’t last like everything else does, and that leads to losses of yummy flavours.

Thanks for letting me sample this one Indigobloom :)

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

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Cold-brewed this one, and I’m finally tasting a bit of peanut butter. It’s very subtle, though, and while it’s ok, I’m not really the biggest fan. I definitely can’t taste any chocolate at all, either. Ah well, interesting enough to have tried I suppose.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Drank this a while back and forgot to log it… oops! It was better that time… but I’ll have to try it again to write a proper review.

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61
drank Maple Tea by Culinary Teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 816. 800 by the end of July? Haha, seemingly simple goal but given my failures so far…!

Anyhow, I enjoyed this more today than previously, though I didn’t really taste maple. Just a pleasant flavoured black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

That’s 1.5 sipdowns a day! Focus! You can do it! :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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