2359 Tasting Notes

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Ok, this is much different from what I was expecting. 1) It doesn’t taste like DT’s classic fishy-ish pu’erh; in fact, the base tastes like a good quality black. I assume there are pu’erhs with this flavour profile, but I’m not well enough acquainted with them to be sure. There’s some astringency, but I steeped longer than I intended to, so I expect that may go away. 2) The hibiscus in here appears to be a non-issue. All I can taste is an orangey citrus, which isn’t all that strong, but just present enough for me.

Overall, I’m quite pleasantly surprised. Not enough to pick up more of this for myself (too many teas, too many favourites), but I would definitely recommend this to lovers of citrus tea, and people just getting into pu’erh. And don’t be afraid of the hibiscus; I have to assume it’s an ingredient strictly for a touch of colour, and just a slight zing, which is just fine by me!

Amariel

I’ve been toying with trying, but the hobby scared me some, and I think there is stevia in this one?

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Sipdown! Still enjoy this one, and would happily drink it again if I could. A very mellow, sweet green, reminiscent of dried sweet grass. Kind of like a houjicha, but with greener tones, if that makes sense – it’s not all roasted, as the colour also indicates. I oversteeped a touch (lost track of time again), and it’s still quite good, just a bit on the strong side, which a bit more water could fix if I wanted.

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drank Key Lime Pie by Della Terra Teas
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Shockingly, despite 28 minutes of sitting there with the tea leaves in it… this cup of tea is actually quite good. No bitterness, just a touch of creaminess, and some definite lime. It’s reminding me a bit of Lime Jello from 52teas, although the lime is much more muted here – probably age-related, as per usual with everything I’m drinking lately. From what I can tell, though, it’s a pretty decent tea, and clearly with a durable base. It’s not going to beat out Lime Chiffon though (or for that matter, Lime Jello), but I wouldn’t mind trying it again fresh, in the hopes that there was in fact once more flavour.

Oh, and thanks to Sil for letting me try this one :)

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drank Sweet Temptation by Cornelia Bean
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Sipdown! Thanks for sharing some of this, VariaTea! This reminds me somewhat of Tsaa’s Sweet Temptation (or whatever it’s called), although even in my teeny package of this, I think there were far more little bits of nougat than I had in multiple cups of the Tsaa version. Result? Pretty yummy! Sweet, light, nougatty blend. This (and the next tea I’m reviewing) got an epic 28 minute infusion, and I’m happy to say that this tea didn’t suffer one bit. The rooibos is at that good level where it’s acting as a base flavour for the sweetness, but not contributing it’s own woody or medicinal flavours (and I’m not getting too much of the usual scratchy-throat feeling, which is also a plus).

Anyways, overall a pretty good tea! I prefer Bayswater’s Divine Temptation because I don’t care about caffeine, but this is a pretty good alternative.

VariaTEA

Hahaha “because I don’t care about caffeine” makes me think of you slapping away rooibos and being like “screw you caffeine free”. I think I prefer Bayswater too though. I was also reminded of a RiverTea with a green base called Sweet Seduction.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha :P I keep hearing things about RiverTea… I believe it was a company you guys were all interested in while I was on unofficial hiatus. Maybe someday I’ll get to try that one too (although I probably prefer the black base to green, as well).

Roswell Strange

RiverTea is the bomb.

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Thanks of much to Teavivre for sending samples of this tea! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a tea with both chamomile and rose (neither of which I overly care for), but I thought it could be interesting – and I think that would be accurate! The aroma of the dry tea is almost peachy – kind of floral (rose), and sweet from the silver needles. The flavour ends up being kind of fruity-floral as well – a nice sweet base from the silver needles, with rose and chamomile both appearing distinctly in the foreground. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that although I could tell there was rose in this tea, it tasted nothing like perfume; likewise, the chamomile had a sort of appley fruitiness instead of the flavour I dislike (chlorine?). Overall, it wouldn’t rank anywhere near my favourite teas, but it was a pretty tasty cup considering the ingredients. I have a sample stashed away to give to my mom – I’m pretty sure she’ll appreciate it even more!

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Figured I’d use up the last of this in a travel mug for Thanksgiving. It’s a great counter to all the sweet baked goods (as I find many straight blacks are as well). Roasty, oolong goodness.

Amariel

I really like this one.

KatBender

Ooh, that sounds excellent! I might have to order some.

Amariel

What I really like about this is the balance of heavy and light, roasted and not, and the minimal floral. The leaves are dark, making you think you will get a darker tea, but you don’t…it’s lighter…but it is still roasty with a little fruit and nut taste. This is a real winner for me.

Kittenna

SO delicious. Definitely fruitier and nuttier (and lighter) than blacks, despite its appearance.

Amariel

Yeah, it’s a total tease. It looks like one thing and brews up another!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Still like this one just as much as previously – like a sugar-free (and dairy free) hot chocolate. I accidentally left the infuser at my boyfriend’s place, though, so probably won’t get a second infusion. Sucky :(

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81

Almost gone now… and still pretty tasty. Nutty, sugary black, just as labelled.

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Delicious. An extra toasty genmaicha, pretty much. Age has diminished the flavour a bit, but it’s still tasty.

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drank Pouchong Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Fairly standard but of course tasty pouchong. Buttery oolong flavour, some vegetal, a bit of a minerally note. Held up just fine to other pouchongs I’ve tried, but nothing overly special, and since for some reason I prefer dong ding or roasted/aged oolongs, it’s not a tea I’d get again.

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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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