2880 Tasting Notes

Picked up an ounce (or two?) or this in my last Verdant order, because I like the roasty, creamy profile… and it did not disappoint. First infusion was for a travel mug (which is probably a bit of a waste, though still pretty enjoyable); I had two more infusions at my boyfriend’s place on the weekend, and am having a fourth now, though I think that might be it for it. Kind of that twiggy/autumn leaf pile oolong flavour, with a rich creaminess rounding it off. Yum.

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

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
2880 tasting notes

I think I missed logging a couple of teas last week, because I most definitely drank some of this one (the loose leaf, not the bags). I think the coconut might be turning a bit soapy, but it was still drinkable, and I still enjoyed it – it’s just now in the “immediate sipdown” basket, so I will get through the last couple servings in the nearish future (before Christmas? Fingers crossed…)

The Cookie Lady

So…I read this and thought, “Ooooo that immediate sipdown basket sounds like a good idea for me!” And then I remembered I already have one but that I completely ignore because I am impulsive and want to drink what I want to drink when I want to drink it. So, nevermind hahahah :)

Kittenna

Hahahaha. Honestly, I’m trying as hard as I can to drink the majority of my teas from the two baskets I have (one flavoured, one unflavoured) without delving into other things. It’s working better than usual, but usually I drink what I want to, as well. (Travel mugs are an exception – I try to choose teas in larger quantities for those, and teas I know I’ll like, so I’m not stuck with a dud when I have no other choices!)

The Cookie Lady

That makes sense! The only basket I’ve been paying any attention to whatsoever lately is the “Better Try These New Samples From Companies You’ve Never Tried Before Black Friday So You Know What the Heck to Spend Your Budget On” basket ;)

Kittenna

One thing that’s making it easier to drink from the two baskets is that there’s quite a bit of variety (I don’t do well with restrictions). So this tea probably won’t be sipped down for a while, but hopefully within the month, because I’ll actually see it more frequently when I’m looking for a tea to drink. But I don’t have to feel overly confined to picking this specific one.

Kittenna

I also have a LOT of teas I’ve never tried… but I’m on a really tight budget now, so there will not be any Black Friday shopping for me (unless I’m a tiny part of a group order). Sigh. So those teas can wait… (most are probably no longer available anyhow, ahaha. Since a bunch are Butiki/Verdant/52teas/DavidsTEA).

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
2880 tasting notes

Growing less fond the more I drink this one. Brewed up a mug today simply to try and drink down the 50g, because it’s just not a tea I’m going to want to sit around and sip, but I’ll drink most non-objectionable teas in a travel mug, so it’s found its niche for a while.

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70
drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2880 tasting notes

Sipdown! 986. This is pretty delicious, and I’m sad it wasn’t permanent. Delicious minty, creamy, wintry tea. I don’t recall if Santa’s Secret is fairly similar, but it’s probably not creamy enough for me. Kind of wish I had more of this, but I probably have enough chocolate/mint teas to get through already. Maybe one day it will return…

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75
drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
2880 tasting notes

Still noticed the sourness while drinking my mug of this one today, but it was better than I remembered, and pretty satisfying. Happy with my 50g stock-up.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
2880 tasting notes

Soooo tasty, but still not sure if I want to stock up on it before winter’s over. Such a heavy tea, but so creamy and sweet and delicious.

whatshesaid

I agree! I will probably buy a bit to stock up, but it is so darn pricy

Kittenna

I’ll probably get at least 50 or 100g, but was debating 250 because of the discount & heaviness.

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Sipdown! 987. Thanks Sil!

My first impression of this tea was that it was simply a blend, without flavourings. Which somewhat suits Donna, although I feel like there should be a bit of spice along with it. Anyhow, in the aftertaste, I’m getting a hint of something… maybe orange, maybe caramel… no, maybe cinnamon? It’s pretty weak, so difficult to pinpoint. I’ll go with caramel-cinnamon. Hahaha – wow! I’m impressed with myself. I picked out all three flavours! :D Because based on a previous tea incorporating Irish Breakfast, I seem to associate a caramel flavour with it (I kind of want to try Adagio’s Irish Breakfast now…) Anyhow, I don’t know if this tea is weak due to age/storage or whether it’s typically like that, but it’s a good flavour combo, I just wish it was stronger. (Checking out others’ notes, it seems like it has probably lost some flavour, so I’ll refrain from a numerical rating).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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Sipdown! 988. Another from Sil, of course!

I accidentally saw the “tea type” when bringing up the review screen, so I know that this is a chai blend, but thankfully I tried it prior, and had already established that to me, it tasted like a bit of a spicy tea (very mild though), with some orange essence, and possibly some sort of “herbal” ingredient (although I couldn’t narrow that down any further). Looks like I was more or less correct (aha, raspberry leaves – that might account for “herbal”), but I can’t say I taste the vanilla, nor am I overly fond of this tea. It tastes like a very weak chai… as in, if you added even a splash of milk, the chai-ness would disappear. I like my chais strong and flavourful, so this doesn’t work for me. I do agree that a chai is fitting to Amy’s personality, but this is too weak (likely diluted by the addition of two non-chai teas to the blend).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 989. Another Dr. Who tea from Sil, so thanks! Today is ‘companion’ day, as I have three of those to drink.

My trainer cancelled our session this morning, and as I was starting to feel a bit under the weather last night (topped off by a very bad case of the angries), I ended up sleeping away most of the day today. Oops. On the plus side, I think I feel better, but I also think there’s still a sickness lurking. Sigh. Anyhow, I figured that drinking tea can only be a good thing (though I may need to get into some non-caffeinated teas a bit more later tonight), and I figured a few sipdowns would make me happy.

So! Onto this tea. Delicious sweet, raisiny aroma – reminds me of when you make sticky buns with raisins, and the sticky-caramelly raisins on the edge get a bit burnt to the pan, and you eat them anyways even though there’s a bit more burniness than you’d like. Yep. That’s exactly how it smells (no burniness; that only comes in the flavour with the raisins, not the aroma). Flavourwise, it’s like the raisins that do not get burnt, but just browned and caramelly and very YUM. I didn’t mention it, but I’m playing “guess the flavours!” again, if that wasn’t obvious. I find it very entertaining to do this with flavoured teas when I have no idea what the ingredients are. Anyhow. Looking at the ingredients (sesame, rooibos caramel), it looks like I was about right. I believe I’ve had Adagio’s Sesame before, and it was not good at all, but in a mix, I can see how it would provide those burny notes – I assume the assam is responsible for raisin, and the rooibos caramel, duh, the caramel. I actually forgot that there was rooibos in here, so it’s worth noting that it doesn’t really have much impact aside from the caramel, which is perfect IMO.

Overall, a pretty decent tea, but probably not quite decadent enough for me to want to grab any. I’d happily drink it again if the opportunity arose, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

It’s a shame that their sesame tea isn’t good, it sounds like such an interesting flavor.

carol who

Hurray for Martha Jones! Love this tea!

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drank Masala Chai by Tea Desire
2880 tasting notes

Well… now I know with 100% certainty that my tasting notes are not all here. Or, that teas have been deleted instead of being merged, or something. Because it was me who gave pretty much everyone here this tea, and I know I wrote notes on it, rambling on about how I have 250g of this darn tea. How incredibly irritating. Makes me really want to copy-paste everything offline, since Steepster has been so unreliable.

Anyhow, steeped a bunch of this to make a pseudo latte with skim milk. Added some maple syrup, discovered that my maple syrup may be going bad (REALLY. I didn’t think that was possible. FFS.) but drank the tea anyways, and it was alright, but not spectacular. I think I should mix some of a strong lapsang into it next time. I love smoke with chai.

(Also, I am very grumpy not only because of this notes-missing realization, but because I was so excited about popping a cob of popcorn in my microwave tonight (picked it from a local farm about a month ago when we were getting pumpkins), and the damned thing pretty much caught on fire in the microwave 1 minute and 44 seconds in to its 2.5-3 minute nuking. I had to panicfully grab a bowl of water, grab the corn with oven mitts and throw it in, watching sadly while it smoked and fizzled. So the whole freaking house smells like smoke (because I am NOT opening windows when it’s minus a bajillion out there), and I got no popcorn. AND because of the weather, my boyfriend didn’t drive over tonight for supper, so I had a pot roast all by myself. And no snuggles. Woe.)

Sil

Sometimes they’re not there and then they are….but yes. Frustrating

Anlina

Boo, I’m sorry about your tasting notes and the corn.

dragondrool

Sorry everything went wonky on you. Hope things are much improved today.

Kittenna

Thanks guys! It just so irks me when things are gone when they shouldn’t be. Also, popcorn. mourns

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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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