2972 Tasting Notes

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Damn. This one really REALLY shines when brewed and left to cool in a travel mug for…. a while. Enough that it’s below body temp, anyways. Then, it’s delicious cherry vanilla cola. Hot – it’s weird, but that’s to be expected. I assume it would be great done intentionally as an iced tea too (not necessarily cold brew, but hot-chill). I, however, am quite happy to put in no additional effort, and just avoid drinking it for a good 10+ hours until it reaches the temperature of perfection. Really, it’s just like flat cola. And since I hate carbonation? And there’s little to no sugar? Big win.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
2972 tasting notes

This should have at least one note for it from me, but of course it doesn’t.

Anyhow, not such a big fan of this tea. Kind of a plummy slightly spiced black. Not offensive, but nothing I’m overly fond of. I would much prefer that this was their Tangerine Spice.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
2972 tasting notes

I still think this one tastes like sour cherry. I have no idea why. But I adore it for that. However, either the travel mug killed the deliciousness, or it sat too long (killing the deliciousness). So, next time I must remember to drink it more quickly after brewing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

Sipdown! 966.

Trying to make “room” for the ridiculous amount of teas getting ready to explode my cupboard (all my own doing, of course). I like this tea, and am interested to try the new sample pack headed my way, but I think it’s too much like LB Light for me. I want MORE chocolate, and it’s coming off like a dilute LB, which is not so appealing, comparatively. No real oolong flavour, though. Maybe if there was more of that, it would be tastier.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74

Sipdown! 967.

Accidentally infused 20F below my intended temperature, but figure it would taste ok anyhow… seems right. I don’t recall exactly what I thought of this tea previously, but I was ready to dismiss it tonight as just another strawberry green… but OH MAN the cream flavouring. Definitely makes it into a different beast entirely. Not much tea base here (temperature?) but loads of creamy, and a bit of strawberry. I knew there was a reason we ordered more than just a tiny sample size of this one.

Anyways, Indigobloom – I hope you like this one! I decided this was a sipdown for me before tasting it, so you’re getting a bit extra :D

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
2972 tasting notes

Another very “upside-down cake” rooibos. Quite delicious. My boyfriend thought the kitchen smelled pretty awesome after I had steeped this – all mapley goodness. I’m not really sure it tastes like carrot cake to me (maybe an over sweetened cake, or one with overly sweet cream cheese icing). The cream cheesiness comes out more in later infusions, as the first is dominated by overwhelming yummy maple.

I’m not sure why I have this rated rather poorly… it’s pretty tasty, and long-lasting (could have had a 4th infusion if I didn’t want other teas). Bumping up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 12! (Drank Dec. 12)
Well, unfortunately my guessing game was ruined for this one, because I read what it was in the list of December teas. Which kind of sucked. Anyways, it was clearly a genmaicha, and smelled like ginger once the packet was open, so kind of a no-brainer.

Anyways, I completely flubbed the steeping of this one, so may have to give it a second shot before rating. The first time, I let the water cool to 126C before I noticed I hadn’t put the leaves in; the second time, the water cooled to 170C but I just put the basket in anyways… and then proceeded to leave it for 10 minutes. Whoops. Sipping… and yes, this will constitute a failed attempt. Tons of toasty rice flavour, some ginger, and BITTER. Which, really… 10 minutes? If it hadn’t gone bitter, I would have been concerned that there was no actual tea in there.

The aroma is definitely nicer than the flavour, being kind of creamy-gingery, so here’s hoping all the badness is 100% user error. Follow-up note probably coming within the next… two months. Haha.

(Note: I couldn’t add any info about this tea, and the name may be slightly off, because the 52teas’ website is currently appearing to be infected by malware.)

cookies

This one sounded so yummy but the mint threw me off a little. Was it very noticeable?

Kittenna

I don’t mention mint, so I’m guessing I didn’t notice it? I don’t recall tasting for it specifically though, so it’s possible that it was there a bit. Not enough to overly influence anything though.

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52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 11! (Drank Dec. 11)
A green tea (not sencha!), with obvious strawberry bits… I don’t know what exactly this could be, but I’m hoping for good things. The aroma is a bit smoky and fruity, which actually seems to work; the flavour is accordingly smoky and fruity strawberry, which is actually pretty tasty. I am definitely a fan of 52teas blends using green bases other than sencha (e.g. Sun & Cloud Mist. Yums.)

Scratching off the label, this is apparently Strawberry Zabaglione Chun Mee. Interesting – I really don’t think it comes off as ‘zabaglione’ at all, but it’s certainly an interesting and fairly tasty tea. A good selection for the 12 Teas.

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

Off-topic, but what do you think of the actual dessert? I’ve never tried it before, nor have I ever seen it anywhere either. Is it basically like a custard or similar to wanna cotta (which granted, I’ve never experienced before either)?

Kittenna

TBH I haven’t actually tried zabaglione to my knowledge, but I believe people have compared it to custard previously, and I wasn’t getting any sort of creaminess at all. Would be an interesting dessert to try though!

Also, laughing greatly at ‘wanna cotta’ :D :D :D (I’ve have panna cotta, and I believe it was a gelatinous custardy delicious thing).

Nattie

I didn’t get smoke at all the first time I drank this tea, and after reading your tasting note smoke is all I can taste!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
2972 tasting notes

Sipdown! 968.

My stomach hasn’t been happy with tea lately (tears! My tastebuds still want it!) so I haven’t had much over the last few days, but I did finish off the last of this as an eggnog latte, and it was pretty tasty. I’m nearly out of eggnog now, but did pick up some Almond Nog and might have fun with that this week.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ost

Aww sorry about your stomach-that always sucks! Hope it calms down soon with tea!

OMGsrsly

Hope the almond nog works out for you! I still haven’t found any in stock, so I have soy and regular in my fridge right now.

Kittenna

Thanks Ost! It seems to have improved, but I’m still not drinking as much tea as usual because of it.

OMGsrsly – It’s pretty tasty! Earth’s Own Almond Fresh Noel Nog. I got it at Sobey’s (mostly because I wanted a 2L carton of nog, which they didn’t have, and this was the same price as regular nog). It’s not as creamy/thick, so I’m thinking it will taste best with a lighter tea brewed very strongly.

Ost

My stomach was giving me issues with black teas a while back, it was so weird. I’d feel really sick when I was drinking them, and I couldn’t finish much. But then one day it randomly went away and now I can drink black tea with no problem. It’s all very odd-bodies are weird that way! So I totally feel ya on this one-hope that your body gets back to normal soon! :(

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SBT 12 Teas of Christmas Day 1! (Drank Dec. 13)
So it appears I shouldn’t play the guessing game with these, because I will ruin them… since I can’t tell what type of tea it is even if I do open up the teabag to brew an individual cup, like I did last night. I thought this was a rooibos/honeybush, because that’s kind of what it looked like in the bag (very chopped)… so it got boiling water. Oops – it was a white… and that probably caused some unnecessary bitterness. But yes – I didn’t want to brew the whole teabag, so I just cut it open and took out 1.5 tsp, and brewed it as a hot tea. The flavour/aroma were familiar (in an “I don’t believe I was fond of this” way), but I couldn’t place them… once I scratched off the label, it made sense – I wasn’t overly fond of the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan to begin with, and since this tastes much the same… same deal. I believe, though, that I cold brewed the last of my BCBMD and drank it that way, so maybe that’s what will happen with the rest of this. Not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 2 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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