2898 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 982.

A half-finished package, so clearly I’ve tried this before… and have no note to show for it. Argh. I don’t even remember trying it, which is perhaps even more irritating, haha. Anyhow, it smells pretty nice brewed up – lightly spiced with a dash of orange and sweetness. It smells kind of like Christmas, because I guess orange spice = Christmas, to me. Flavourwise, that’s pretty much what it is – an orange spice tea, with some creaminess from the vanilla (presumably). Cinnamon is the predominant spice, but overall, it’s quite balanced, which I prefer. I would imagine there has been a bit of flavour loss here, given that this has not been sealed for a while (sample packet, so just clipped shut, and probably not all that well), but it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not sure what the base tea is (I’m guessing Laoshan Black but have no real idea), but it’s really not terribly obvious here. Or maybe it’s an herbal? (I thought I saw leaves though.) Overall, pretty enjoyable, probably better when fresh, and I may throw another sample into a future order if it’s around, perhaps next Christmas, because I don’t think I’d drink this outside of the winter months.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Zhu rong

Kittenna

I saw that after, but would be hard pressed to ever guess it!

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drank Chrysanthemum Flowers by DAVIDsTEA
2898 tasting notes

Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! Another tea where I really have no idea what to expect, just a hope that it’s not completely like chamomile, haha.

And it’s not. But oh, is it WEIRD. And not entirely pleasant. There’s almost… a metallic taste to it. I did use a metal infuser basket since I was concerned the Finum would get all gross like it does with chamomile, but it must be a flavour from the tea itself, because I’ve never had an infuser impart flavours to a tea like this. So… doesn’t taste like chamomile, but does taste like metal has been leached into the water. I’m really not finding this good at all… O.o Dumping time. (Oh man, I just burped and it tasted like this tea/metal. I am so grossed out right now, you have no idea.)

ETA: If you can get past the metal association, this might be a reasonable tea. But it’s quite distinct, and making me gag, so it’s a big no-go.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lilysmom

That does not sound good….

Kittenna

It wasn’t. And actually, reading someone else’s post a bit later, it dawned on me what I meant – rust. It tasted like rust. Like well water with a lot of iron. But, doubtful that it’s the water given that it was the only tea of the four brewed up that had that flavour/aroma.

AllanK

While I have not tasted the David’s Tea version, Chrysanthemum Flowers are an acquired taste. They are earthy. If you have more sample try adding sugar.

JC

Chrysanthemum flowers are a completely different flavor profile than Chamomile for sure, but it should not taste like what you described :P They are very lightly sweet, but mostly medicinal and refreshing (not really camphor, but similar). I’m sorry you had to try something like what you described.

Kittenna

Hmm. Maybe I overleafed or something? It just tasted like a cup of rust/metal (plus other tea-ish flavours, but that was the predominant one). Sigh.

JC

It could be, but by the sound of the it I would go with the possibility that they were just old or not stored properly (happened to my first bag), I have mine well sealed now and it still tastes and smells the way it is supposed to after a year and a half.

JC

Or try 185-195 degrees, if you have some left. ;)

Kittenna

Well, improper storage is definitely a possibility. (Age less so, as they were only out from DT for a while.) They’ve been in a ziploc for a year. I do have some left, so maybe I’ll try the lower water temp too. Thanks for the suggestions!

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drank Mi Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
2898 tasting notes

Sipdown! 983.

Holy lychee! Brewed up the last of this tonight, and my goodness, is it delicious. I should have figured out by now that “mi” seems to mean “leafhopper” (or something to that effect), so I should have remembered that this tea would be all sweet and delicious PLUS dancong roasty goodness. And wow, is it ever sweet tonight. Honey and lychee, with a bit of roasty in the background. Probably better lychee flavour than lychee-flavoured teas. It’s ridiculously good. I only wish that my palate was a bit less… pre-flavoured… so I could taste it more clearly (I have had some snacks). Anyways, noms.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Sipdown! 984.

This is interestingly fruity tonight. Fruity, malty, and slightly smoky. I believe that the first (few) times I had this, I was less into black teas, but I can now appreciate it quite a bit more, and it’s actually really good. I would have assumed the fruitiness (a bit floral, perhaps a darjeeling in the blend?) to be contamination, except that LiberTEAS packed this into a smell-proof baggie, so it’s not. Haha. Anyhow, this is tasty, and I’m kind of sad to see it go, though it’s nice to get a sipdown of what I know to be a very old tea (it’s been 2.5 years, I believe, since I got my box from LiberTEAS).

Anyhow, bumped the rating. This probably isn’t a tea I’d drink overly often if I did have more, but it would be nice for changing up the straight blacks in a mug rotation, or something.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
2898 tasting notes

Sipdown! 985.

Still a pretty mediocre tea for me, and I neither understand nor care for the hibiscus here – it doesn’t make the tea overly sour, but it certainly doesn’t add anything pleasant. I’d rather have Two Friends or various other chocolate orange teas. (Also, I’m getting throat-scratchiness. Always an extra couple points knocked off for that, though I have yet to determine the reason for it.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
2898 tasting notes

I’m so torn between hoarding and enjoying this tea. It’s really quite a good one – great base tea, perfect sweet creamy lemon flavour, and GREAT in a travel mug. I think I actually prefer it that way, because otherwise it’s maybe not a flavour combo I’d really pick out, but then I see that I have enough for a mug, and make it, and it’s all fluffy lemony goodness.

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

Haha I was hoarding it then realized that I might as well use it up because the base was getting bitter for me. Man, such a wonderful flavour combination.

Kittenna

I think I briefly had bitterness problems with the base, then started making sure I had the right time and temp, and it’s been good since. Sometimes the resteeps get bitter though (but I got 2 great ones this time! Hurrah!)

TeaBrat

I think flavored tea loses its magic after a few months so you might as well drink it….

Kittenna

This one strangely hasn’t, for me. But especially since it’s a green, I really should drink it sooner rather than later.

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It’s odd that I don’t have a prior note for the split of this that Sil and I got, because I know I’d tried it. But perhaps it was just one of the many that I missed logging.

Anyhow, this tea does smell (and taste) quite cherry cola-y, and as I had noted for the sample I first tried, I think it would be wicked good sweetened and iced. Of course, I’m drinking it hot, so it’s a bit weird, but that’s alright. I will say, however, that it’s not great in a travel mug. I think it saps the fizzy cola aspect, so it really fell quite flat.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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
2898 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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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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