2225 Tasting Notes

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Oh man. Cold-brewed a huge cup of this yesterday and guzzled it within five minutes. SO DELICIOUS. I’m running low on my 2 oz… but have plenty of other honeybush blends to cold-brew so I can’t justify getting any more. Sigh. Gotta try cold-brewing Lemon Chiffon soon too – don’t have much of that one left either…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lariel

Personally, I like the lime chiffon better as a cold-brew.

Kittenna

I like the Lime Chiffon better overall, so suspect that will be the case for me as well – but worth a shot!

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70
drank White Ginger Peach by The Tea Haus
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Sipdown! 811.

Hot-brewed and chilled this one. Apparently I didn’t really taste peach or ginger last time; this time, I think I’m getting a hint of ginger but not much else. It does taste refreshing though, and the white base is lovely; I’d definitely like to try this (or a variant of it) again in the future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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59
drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Sipdown…. but another one that doesn’t change numbers, because it’s another one from Christmas. Sigh. Anyways, this cup is too pepperminty for me. I need a solid dose of chocolate with my peppermint, I’ve found, and there just isn’t enough in here for me. Pretty decent blend for those who enjoy peppermint though. I’m just not one of those people.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to Terri HarpLady for directing a sample of this tea through Sil to me! :D I finally reached the Dr. Who season where I meet the Ponds (well, I’ve only really been introduced to one at this point), but that means that I may soon need my “Farewell Ponds” tea. Also, I think I shall try the Tardis blend tomorrow, if the boy and I end up watching some episodes!

Anyhow! I continue to be rambly. i’m not sure quite what I was expecting with this tea, but it wasn’t this – I definitely was expecting more of a flavoured tea, but this tea is quite simple, just a solid, high-quality black base and some chocolate flavouring to bring out the relevant flavours. Although the tea tastes ok, I’m finding that the flavour is a bit reminiscent of NesQuick(?) syrup, which means it’s coming across a bit fakey to me. Part of the problem may be that I understeeped this tea – I’ve taken to starting all blacks with 2-minute infusions to prevent astringency (it’s been well-worth it, usually), and I think that this tea, being of good quality, could certainly withstand at least 3 if not 4 minutes, which would perhaps bring out the base tea more, rounding out the flavour. We’ll see how the second infusion goes, but I do also have at least enough for another cup if it turns out this is all user error! Still quite drinkable, however! Rating reserved for now.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Uhhh, so I guess this stupid-expensive tea that a bunch of people got in Lupicia’s 2012 Happy Bags hasn’t previously been logged?? Anyone?? I’ll have to fill in the proper name later, when I grab the bag… I just know it had “Thurbo” in it… and was “Far Too Good For Ordinary People” aka FTGFOP (which I see I missed an F from, ah well).

Anyhow, finally got some new teas into my rotation… I’d been forcing myself to drink only what was already sitting in the kitchen, but I was getting bored quickly. I think I’m going to be the type of person who, once I get down to about 200 teas, stays there… I need variety, and lots of it. I’m sure there are close to 100 teas in the kitchen right now, but most aren’t favourites, and so boredom sets in more quickly.

Soooo the tea. I’m still not sure what I think about darjeelings, but at least this one reminds me more of the darjeeling moonlight from Butiki than of a couple others I’ve had, which were darker, astringent, and unpleasant. I also have yet to figure out the difference between first and second flush, but don’t really have time to devote to that at the moment! Anyhow, this tastes kind of white tea-vegetal-ish, with maybe a bit of a muscatel flavour, but to be honest, it’s reminding me of Verdant’s Silver Buds Yabao more than anything, which I’m finding strange. There’s just a clean freshness to it that brings yabao to mind, I can’t really explain it. Luckily, I like it and think it’s reasonably tasty, because it sure did cut down on the teas we got in our Happy Bag. Ah well – will still probably take me a while to finish it!

(Apologies for rambling; I can’t be bothered to edit anything I type because I’ve been doing too much thesis editing lately and my capacity for such things has run out. Sigh.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec
adagio breeze

The name of this entry made me LOL :D

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69

Sipdown! 812.

Hmm, after having had 52teas’ blueberry blends recently, this tea is no longer quite so enjoyable. Ah well, still good, just not enough blueberry flavour for me! All gone now though, and the rest is off to Sil…. because eventually we’ll meet up again! Stupid thesis…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i’ll be here… with your teas…waiting lol

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82

Cold-brew! Another from momo’s sale. Tasty and refreshing, and sadly now my cup of it is pretty much gone. Sigh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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57

Meh… had some more of this one, and it just doesn’t work for me. There are hints of the chocolatey flavour that I love in Cashew Turtle (and Almond Happiness), but something’s a bit off. Ah well. I think I have a small cup’s worth left before this is gone (but sadly, it’s another tea that isn’t listed in my cupboard because I thought my roomie would take it… but she ended up leaving me all the 52teas Christmas sampler remnants).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

You remind me of Florian Bellanger saying that it doesn’t work for you haha. So appropriate too. But I agree, this was meh for me too.

Kittenna

Florian Bellanger??? googles Some dude on Cupcake Wars, I see, haha. Not familiar with the show!

Yeah… it’s strange, but I’m finding the older 52teas blends, and in some cases I mean literally older, as in they’ve been sitting around for a year or more, are more to my liking than most of the newer ones. Sad :(

Fjellrev

Yeah, I feel bad saying it, but none of the newer ones even sound interesting to me. I remember when I first discovered 52teas, I’d want almost everything on the site, and a lot of it was great. I’d impatiently wait for that new blend every week. Over the past year that’s really changed.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Ooh, the Almond Happiness is as good as the Cashew Turtle? For some reason, I still haven’t tried it yet as I keep waiting to the elusive right time to enjoy it as Almond Joy is one of my fave flavors. lol If that makes any sense at all.

CHAroma

@Incendiare, I hear you about 52teas. I’m actually kind of glad that this year’s blends haven’t been too enticing. I can’t afford any more tea!

Kittenna

Almond Happiness is definitely reminiscent of Cashew Turtle, at the very least! I really enjoy(ed) it.

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85

Sipdown! 813.

Delicious, delicious tea. Sweet, oolongy, a bit bakey, minimal floral…. this is amazing. I think I have some more coming in an order, and am pretty excited about it :D Second infusion was also delicious.

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64
drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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Sipdown! So I grabbed this tea thinking it was a flavoured black…. clearly not. Brewed it up anyways though… I’ve had four other caffeinated teas, so my headache should go away soon – one rooibos won’t hurt! Anyways, this tea was from… uh…. it’s not listed on my spreadsheet?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Well, I think it was from CHAroma, but I am very sad, because that means that this sip down doesn’t knock down my tea count. Boo :( I guess I sit steadily at 814 (which is actually more like 820, since I haven’t added my new teas yet. Argh.)

Anyways. I can definitely taste the chestnut in this tea – similar flavour to Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons, which is unsurprising. There’s also a sweetness that I would attribute to the sweet potato/pumpkin, and the characteristic flavour of rooibos, which works fairly well here. I think I’d prefer to have CM, but this is better than I would have expected! Thanks CHAroma!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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