2387 Tasting Notes

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this a few days ago, and yep! It’s a winner! Deliciousness. I think 170g maybe was a bit overkill to be honest, but I’m glad to have a good supply of this one.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Amariel

I like it cold steeped very much.

Lariel of Lórien

I had some with Della Terra’s Mojito.

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67
drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

Ooh… this is kind of interesting. I can taste the seabuckthorn, and this is pleasantly fruity yet tangy and different. Not just another generic herbal, which is really nice! Probably not a tea I’d keep around, but I’m very happy I picked some up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

Uh, well…. this one is certainly interesting! It’s pretty light, but even with a 3.5 minute infusion, there’s enough flavour. It definitely both smells and tastes like wintergreen – which makes me think of gum, and makes me kind of sad. I guess that’s an association that I’m just doomed to have with minty flavours.

Anyhow, it does also taste kind of lightly forest and very fresh – I’m curious about how it would be iced and a bit sweetened – perhaps tastier? I’m glad I just got this as a sample from the generous Janelle, as it’s certainly an interesting tea to have tried, but I’m very glad I don’t have to drink down too much of this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

….and by that you mean, glad I have sil I can pawn things off to cause she’ll drink most things at least once…

Kittenna

It’s like you read my mind! :D

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86
drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

It’s weird that I only have one tasting note on this. I should have two. Anyways! I did a horrible thing… I just bought 170g of this. Because it’s going away and it’s so delicious. I’m hoping it works well cold-brewed (I set up an experiment just now), but at the very least, I’m pretty sure it’s delicious iced.

I also bought a giant sparkly red Timolino. I am so weak-willed, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

OOoohhhoo I was SO EXCITED a about the new larger timolino!

Kittenna

Hahaha, me too. I totally didn’t need a 6th travel mug, but oh well…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

It’s great as a cold brew!

Kittenna

Awesome :D

Gabriela

This is a great tea…. Probably my favorite, or at least top 5. I also have 170 grams but feel like I need more.

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96
drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
2387 tasting notes

I have not been drinking tea at all lately, aside from a couple cold-brews. It’s been hot; I’ve been busy and/or sleepy (though I finally signed a rental agreement for Sept, yay!).

Anyways, this is a sad sipdown of this tea – I ran across it and decided that it was time for it to be used up. It was delicious while it lasted, and I will hope it returns in the future.

Also, I’m at 835 teas. This is a losing battle.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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72
drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

I actually found this tea to be quite tasty! It seems I’m definitely developing a taste for straight black tea. This tasted very similar to other yunnan blacks I’ve tried, so it’s nothing I would necessarily go for specifically again, but it’s a perfectly tasty cup, again courtesy of Janelle :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Yun Cui (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

Another fairly standard green, according to my tastebuds. Perfectly suitable for when you’re craving green tea, but there are better greens to be had out there. The flavour is on the chewy/vegetal side if I recall correctly. Thanks Janelle!

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

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82

This one’s pretty decent! Thanks to Janelle for sending me some :)

The flavour was sweeter and a bit toastier than a regular genmaicha, and I think I may have liked it a bit better. Overall, it was pretty good, and I’m sure it would complement a meal quite well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I like this one. It’s a bit nuttier/roasty than standard genmai cha, which I like.

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33
drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

Hmmm…. I think I understand the negative feelings towards this tea. It tasted pretty icky when I brewed it up. I’ll give it another shot, but I actually had to dump that cup down the drain. Something just doesn’t taste right. Yuck.

Thanks Janelle for sparing me from having to purchase some of this myself :)

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

Huh. I think I’m the only one in our group who liked it.

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80
drank Professor Grey by Della Terra Teas
2387 tasting notes

Yum, thanks to Janelle I had a nice cup of this while at the boy’s place this weekend! Still enjoyed it, although it wasn’t as smoky as I remembered. Not a fan of the sprinkles though; that’s the only downside.

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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