2246 Tasting Notes

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2246 tasting notes

Backlog & sipdown! 811. Thanks again to Alphakitty.

Trying to make an effort with some sipdowns tonight… I seem to recall not tasting a great deal the last time I had this, but I did this time. Hazelnuts and fruitiness and deliciousness (I have no idea what it’s supposed to be… this happened last time too). Downed the cup quite quickly.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 812.

This was another one from Azzrian way back when, that I’m just getting to finishing now. Unfortunately, it went a bit funky in the cup while sitting (not all that long, so I was surprised), so I didn’t finish drinking it. Not my favourite HB blend, but I remember it as being decent.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Mmmmm, after the success of my last bag of Cacao Mint, I was craving more chocolate, so brewed up some of this (of course, I neglected to finish off the last of my original bag, which would have been a sipdown… sigh). Anyways, it was delicious as expected. Chocolatey and just a hint of sweetness, and three good infusions total.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Mercuryhime for letting me sample this one, and sorry I’ve taken so long to try it! I think I unfortunately may have underleafed yet oversteeped… it’s kind of astringent yet there’s not a ton of flavour. Of course, I also have plenty of lingering tieguanyin flavour in my mouth as well; I’m sure that’s not helping.

Anyhow, what flavour I am getting is a bit woodsy but also, strangely, a bit green like the TGY. I guess I’ll have to figure out later if that’s just contamination or something… I’ll leave the rating for the time being. I usually like woody oolongs, so expect if I brew this one correctly, I will like it too!

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

I have an idea how much tea you’ve got so I’m not surprised that a few take a while to get to. :) Hope your next attempt is tastier.

Kittenna

Me too! Haha, I just uncovered your box of stuff recently, and as I’m bored with the samples I’ve had downstairs for a while, I’m probably going to go through a bunch of it in fairly short order! Excited! I’ve been craving some straight teas :D

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Sipdown! 813. Thanks to Azzrian for sending this one to me… in April 2012. Haha. I’m terrible…

Anyhow! I don’t think this tea has suffered; it was in a vacuum-sealed gold foil packet, and tastes great. I used the whole packet for a 10oz cup of tea, and I think it’s pretty much perfect. To me, it’s classic example of a tie guan yin; floral but with that turpentiney smell/flavour (this is meant positively), lightly sweet, lingering oolong flavour. I’ve come to conclude that TGYs are not my favourite type of oolong… I prefer ones that taste a bit less “green”, but every now and then, one of these isn’t too bad!

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

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77
drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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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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drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
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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
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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
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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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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.

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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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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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