3108 Tasting Notes

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drank Sparkle Pony Oolong Tea by 52teas
3108 tasting notes

Teas not being in the database is definitely a deterrent to posting about them.

Anyways, Sparkle Pony tea! A freebie from 52teas with my latest order, to celebrate…. something. I’m not sure. This tea has pluots in it, crystalized ginger, ginger root… so basically a plum/apricot/ginger tea.

It definitely delivers! Wonderful fruitiness, paired with a perfect fruity oolong base, and lots of ginger (but not so much to impart any off-flavours). I really enjoy both plum and apricot in tea; pluots seem to lean a bit more towards the apricot flavour (I ate a piece of one. Mmmm.)

ETA: the ginger and pluot chunks were really tasty… shifty eyes

LiberTEAS

I will definitely have to start adding the teas to the database then. I didn’t even think about that, so I thank you for mentioning it.

PS: The Sparkle Pony celebrates our anniversary. On June 1st, we celebrated our 1st year of taking over 52Teas.

Kittenna

I was just grumbling for the sake of grumbling! And was surprised that teas were missing, that I assumed other people may have already written about!

Also – I thought it was the 1 -year anniversary, but couldn’t remember for sure and given that I’m writing this at work, didn’t feel like taking the time to locate the actual description. Sooo lazy.

LiberTEAS

I understand (grumbling for the sake of grumbling) – but adding the teas to the database isn’t really something I had thought about and I’m sort of beating myself up for not having done so earlier. I will definitely need to start doing that, make a mental note for myself to add the tea of the week when I post the tea of the week to the forum – because I definitely want to read the tasting notes – good and bad. They are very helpful and I treasure the input from the customers. Thank you!

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Not a huge fan of this tea; it was definitely nutty (peanuts, I’m not so sure), but the jam aspect was lacking for me. Perhaps I needed to steep longer to let the raspberries impart more flavour, but I was worried about the base. I also wasn’t overly fond of the base here, it wasn’t astringent, but it was a bit rougher than I would want it. I’m not drinking the tea right now, so I can’t come up with a good description, but perhaps it was missing some maltiness?

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Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this delicious tea! Strangely, I’m blanking on how it actually tasted (probably because I drank it unthinkingly, and have had other oolongs recently too), but I do know it was good. I’ll try to finish off the rest of the packet soon and follow up with a better note at that time.

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Again, thanks to Angel and Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I was very excited about it, because ever since Sil brought back some samples of buckwheat tea from her China trip (yeeaarrrsss ago now), I’ve been hoping to get my hands on some more because it was so amazing. (I haven’t tried that hard; I’m sure there are places to get it in Canada, but seeking out new tea is not a high priority for me at the moment.)

Anyhow, I brewed up an entire packet in a 10oz. mug…. and it was delicious. Sweet, roasty, a bit nutty. I can’t recall whether it was very similar to the other buckwheat tea I’ve tried, but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now I just have another reason to order from Teavivre!

Side note: I feel like there must be more calories in this tea than some… anyone have any insight on that?

Super Starling!

I live in a fantasy world where there are no calories in tea.
Unrelated: I don’t know if I want the word “embryo” to ever appear in something I drink.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, I can see how that isn’t overly appealing!

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Thank you to Teavivre for a free sample of this delicious tea! Sadly, with my first cup, I mustn’t have cleaned the infuser properly, and so it tasted like this tea was infused with pomegranate. When you are expecting savoury green bean sweetness and get pomegranate, it’s not appreciated. So I’ll have to try again to catch all the nuances, but as expected, I could tell that this tea is amazing. I love a fresh dragonwell, and I’m sure this tea, when brewed in clean teaware, won’t disappoint.

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drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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There was an awful lot of hype about this tea, and I finally managed to get some! However, it was actually my least favourite of the four I just tried. Accurate, certainly – the raspberry aroma and flavour are unmistakeable, and especially on a second infusion, the presence of mint is obvious. However – it was almost TOO much for me, with too much tartness from the hibiscus. That said, again it was hot and not iced, where I feel it would shine.

Withholding rating until I try this iced. Whoever heard of a hot mojito…

Fjellrev

Hmm, I didn’t see this one at the store. Is the raspberry realistic or artificial?

Kittenna

They may be sold out of it again, it’s apparently fairly popular. I felt it was fairly realistic, but I don’t usually find raspberry to be overly artificial (unless it tastes/smells like lip gloss).

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea where DT was bang-on in their description. This is the most pina-colada-y tea I think I’ve ever tasted. It steeps up to a light creamy pink and tastes of pineapple and coconut and sweetness. Again, I had this hot, but I feel it would be amazing iced. Worth a try if you like pina coladas (and especially if you don’t care for the alcoholic part of them).

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MUCH prefer this tea without the honeybush/rooibos. I actually rather liked it, although also learned that you should not attempt to re-steep it the next day (something went off, ew).

Anyways, I had a sample of this in store as well as purchasing my own, and it’s truly the most accurate chocolate banana tea I’ve ever had. I’d recommend this if the flavour combination interests you!

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drank Grape Freeze by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea certainly tastes like a grape freezie! I had it hot, but I definitely think it would be better iced. I’ll likely use up the last of it that way. I don’t remember noticing the stevia, although there was a sweetness to the tea (that just made it more freezie-like). Overall, an accurate description, but I tend to find artificial grape flavour a bit too sweet for me to enjoy all that often.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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I’m torn – my original package of this tea was truly awful (I believe I still have it for some reason), but now I have the reblend, and I am SO MUCH more pleased with the flavour. Which rating do I use?! I gave the original a 17, but I would rate this reblend about an 80.

A world of difference; the reblend tastes the way I expected the original would taste. Chocolatey, creamy, a hint of smoke… perfect. Just needs the graham cracker! I made the same mistake with this genmaicza as with the mango one, so need to try it at a proper strength, but I imagine it will only be tastier (it was actually pretty tasty even underleafed).

ETA: Adjusted the rating for this tea to reflect the current iteration of this tea.

52Teas

If I could be so bold to assert my opinion to your quandary – I would like it if you rated it according to your present thoughts on the blend. :)

rosebudmelissa

That makes sense to me – rate it based on what you currently think of the tea.

VariaTEA

I would use the current rating especially since there was a big change in the company (what with the new ownership and all) though you could make note in your notes that you have had it in the past and it wasn’t great and potentially lower your rating for inconsistencies (though because of new management changing things I doubt this is necessary).

Kittenna

Neglected to follow up on this. I agree with the feedback, and will change my rating accordingly! Since the previous version isn’t really available anymore, it makes the most sense.

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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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