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2221 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 830.

This is a backlog from probably about a week ago. I drank this alongside Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. I actually rather enjoyed Kusmi’s version this time – 1 2 minute infusion worked much better than whatever I did the first time, and the result was a pretty tasty caramel tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Yep. Standing by my previous notes about this one; tasty, but not quite what I wanted. On the plus side, since it’s a tea in a plastic baggie (since it was a split with Sil), I get to drink it freely, because bagged teas gotta be sipped down! I had half an ounce though, so have a good few cups left (probably 3).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

mine arrived yesterday…. i think i’ll try it tonight =0)

Amariel

Shoulda asked for this one from Sil, but I added it too late to the package she is sending me. Oh well, there is always next time.

BoxerMama

I love this one! But, I still have other favourites over this one.

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61
drank Darjeeling by Nina's Paris
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 831.

Well… I can taste the muscatel here, and it’s a fairly light black… but eh. I’m not particularly fond of it. I did like the very light moonlight darjeeling I had from Butiki, but I don’t think that darjeelings would fall into the category of teas I like to drink. Just not a flavour profile I care for.

There’s only a bit of astringency, which at least makes this pleasant to drink. I’m sure a darjeeling fan would enjoy this far more than I!

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

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68

Sipdown! 832. I steeped this for 2 minutes this time, and there was no astringency at all. Overall, it was a pretty tasty, albeit generic, cup of good assam. I think my tastes for teas are somewhat skewed, since particularly with blacks, I’ve been tending to buy high quality ones, so sometimes great teas are labelled as “meh” because they’re just at the low end of what I’ve tried! Also, no chocolate or raisins here, and I like those in a straight black :D Bumping the rating a bit, because I’d happily drink this again or throw it in a travel mug, but I’d prefer others.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Haha, I pretty much had the same thoughts on this tea as I had last time – not bad, but I prefer Butiki’s. :) No astringency with the reduced infusion time, yay!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Argh. I hate that this tea was discontinued. I’m addicted to its deliciousness; it’s pretty much my favourite orange spice/caramel tea. I will be quite sad when it’s all gone (just like Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, sigh).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Indestructible

Sounds awesome – now I wish I had a chance to try!

Kittenna

It is/was :(

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81

Yum. I’m getting really addicted to aged oolongs. Love the nuttiness/bakiness. I chilled the second infusion, and it was pretty tasty that way as well.

One thing I did notice is that I do not like this tea hot, as I can’t taste the flavours properly (though the aftertaste is great). I suppose that’s true for most teas I drink, but I particularly noticed it with this one. (AKA if I want this in a travel mug, I should dilute it with some cold water).

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

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82

Yum! I think I have a soft spot for dong ding oolongs. The first infusion (travel mugged) was a bit light, but the second could have been that of a milk oolong. I don’t get the floral notes like I do with TGYs (which can be overpowering) – it’s just nuttiness, creaminess, and “oolong” flavour. So smooth and delicious.

Thanks for letting me try this Sil!

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

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94

Hot-brewed a travel mug of this over the weekend, and then cold-brewed the leaves. It was ok in the mug… nothing special, but it certainly made a tasty iced tea. I need to work on finishing up the rest of this… but I have a looooong way to go.

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

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66
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Hot/cold-brewed this one. It’s ok as a tart, berry blend, but not my favourite iced tea. Still better than juice, though, and certainly tons of flavour! My tin will be done soon… woo!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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