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2221 Tasting Notes

82

Bleh – my house feels like it’s boiling! The thermostat is set to 75F/24C, and it’s always up to 4 degrees Celsuis hotter in my room than the main floor… so I’ve been writing my thesis from the couch instead of my bed. Many pluses, including proximity to kitchen therefore less distance to travel with tea/to get more tea, and reduced likelihood of thesis-fatigue-induced-napping (the heat has really curbed this one… too uncomfy to sleep!)

Anyways. For some reason, I’m drinking hot tea. While to be fair… it’s lukewarm now, but I really should have stuck some in the fridge so I wasn’t dying so much. It doesn’t help that laptops get HOT when working constantly for like, 10 hours…

Whoops, rather off-topic. So this tea. Sipping it down (821), minus the Sil portion. It’s pretty tasty, as caramelly/butterscotchy teas go. Quite enjoyable, and astringency-free with a short infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Backlog! I still do enjoy this one. It has a delicious creamy strawberry flavour to it that’s very appealing :D

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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81

Mmmmm, this one’s so good. I think it’s become my go-to in place of milk oolong. Not for any particular reason other than it’s more accessible at the moment. It’s just something about oolongs… yum. And I get a billion infusions out of this each time, too. So tasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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9

Ohhh dear. Thanks to Cavocorax (and it looks like thanks should also extend to jessiwrites and Courtney? Boy has this made the rounds!)… but this tea is terrible, hahahahahaha. I loooove Coco Rooibos Chai…. but this one is very true to its name, and tastes like CINNAMON. I like cinnamon. Usually. But I Do Not Like this type of cinnamon. It’s like…. hot tamales(?) sort of cinnamon. Cinnamon candy. BLECH. Reminds me of DT’s Hot Lips, which I also immensely disliked. I think this one will have to go to another home, because it is just way too cinnamony, in a bad way, for me. And it has an artificial sort of sweetness to it as well (possibly the cinnamon), which makes me gag a bit. Needless to say, this cup is going down the drain… (and boy am I glad I never picked any of this up myself!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Loooool, I guess I’ve had this tea from CHAroma for a year! And it’s still not gone… there was just a bit too much left to justify putting it ALL in the infuser for a 10oz cup…. so I have a 6-8 oz. cup’s worth left. Le sigh.

Anyways, it was pretty good still. Didn’t really get maple, but it tasted like characteristic flavoured 52teas delicious black. Which is what I wish they all tasted like, though sadly that’s not always the case. But yes. Delicious breakfasty tea. I’d definitely drink this again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I’m trying to keep up with your tasting notes, but you drink SO MUCH TEA!! LOL!

Kittenna

Ahaha, not as much as I’d like, lately :) I’m very behind on everyone’s tasting notes right now, sigh…

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89

Haha, this is delicious! (Also it’s a sipdown, 822). Thanks to Sil and whoever sent this to her for letting me try it! It reminds me a lot of the Black Buckwheat tea that Sil brought back from China, all toasty and delicious (I see that it’s also buckwheat… so this shouldn’t be surprising!). I’m not getting burnt cheese toast from it, as some others were, just toasty roasty sweet deliciousness. I’d totally drink this again. In fact, if I found it in a local asian grocery, I’d totally buy it. So tasty. I’m hoping it lasts for the 3+ infusions that the other tea did.

ETA: Well… I infused it twice more, and both were tasty, but if I had to pick, I think I’d go with the black buckwheat tea. It just seems to retain a bit more flavour (dry tea:water ratio is a possible factor too). However, I’d happily take either if I found them!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Tasty brew!

Fjellrev

Très interesting!

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79
drank Tropical Eyebrows by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Hot-brewed and chilled some of this yesterday – the fruitiness (papaya and everything else) is really quite delicious, but I was finding a bit of a disconnect between the tea base and the fruitiness for whatever reason. They just weren’t seeming to mesh. Perhaps it’s the smokiness? I didn’t mind it warm, but am not sure I’m the hugest fan of it cold. I haven’t finished the whole cup though, so we’ll see if I end up changing my mind!

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

Smokey fruit tea? Interesting…

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53

Sipdown! 823.

Hot-brewed and chilled this one. The result was alright as iced tea – I was getting a bit of a Jolly Rancher watermelon flavour – but not stellar. I may re-steep the leaves today to see what they have left, but my hopes aren’t high. Overall, not a favourite.

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

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85
drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2221 tasting notes

Yum, still enjoying this one. I figured, if you average a spring and an autumn blend, you get summer – right? (Ok, really it was entirely unintentional that I selected two “seasonal” blends to brew up at the exact same time.) Anyhow, I didn’t really catch specific flavours this time (wasn’t paying attention), but I caught some caramelliness, which was quite tasty. Either way, the cup was consumed quickly, so it was obviously good!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 824.

Thanks for sending this along, Courtney! I figured it would be best cold, so hot-brewed & iced it (instead of a cold-brew, to ensure the hibiscus didn’t cause problems). The result? Deliciousness! Tons of passionfruit, minimal to zero hibiscus…. soooo delicious. I wonder if the boy would like this one?! It tastes exactly like juice :D Minus some sugar, though it’s certainly sweet in its own right.

Anyhow – this one’s great! Might pick up some more if I ever let myself make it over to DT (I really need to try some of the new blends before they’re gone!)

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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