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2221 Tasting Notes

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drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 831. Another tea courtesy of Azzrian :)

Brewed this the same as Wild Watermelon; gave it 2 minutes in boiling water, then chilled it (without leaving the fruit pieces in, since it has hibiscus). Similar result – cardboardy, not great tea. There is a bit of cherry flavour to it, but it’s very minimal. The tartness is quite tolerable, but overall it’s just not great. I much prefer tisanes without hibiscus as a major ingredient.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

831! Do you think you’ll hit 800 by the end of the month?

Kittenna

Sadly probably not. Life got in the way of my original 750 goal… and then 800 too. And I forgot that I’ll be away at the end of the month – camping, not optimal for tea consumption. It’s an uphill battle! I’m actually at 836… haven’t officially added your swap yet…

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drank Wild Watermelon by Kally Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 832. Thanks Azzrian!

Damn. I forgot to check the brewing instructions again. My bad.

Anyways, brewed this (again) as a fruit tisane (e.g. boiling water), but for a shorter time (2 min), then chilled it. Pretty meh. It was certainly more drinkable than my first attempt, which was overwhelmingly hibiscusy and disgusting, but it wasn’t terribly tasty. I don’t even think it’s because I oversteeped the green tea or anything like that, I just don’t think I care for the blend. I was getting almost a cardboard taste from the tea, which was kind of strange. Ended up sweetening it with maple syrup (I was desperate for iced tea) and drinking it anyways.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
2221 tasting notes

Yep, I still feel like this tea tastes like spiced sour cherries! Anyhow, it is delicious. I hot-brewed and chilled a large cup of it last night and drank it super fast when I got home today. And it was awesome. Not a lot of flavour on the sip, but wonderful aftertaste. A great sub for cold water.

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

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87
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Mini-sipdown! 833.

I still have some more of this one, but I’ve now finished off the original bag that Sil gave me. Mmmmm. So delicious….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 834.

Yum. That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I have asked for this to try. :)

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41
drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 835.

Hrm. Strong rooibos smell upon brewing, and it’s pretty strong in the flavour too. I’m getting nothing really in the way of pineapple or coconut… I would have been more apt to guess that this was a raspberry-flavoured tea. Maybe there’s some creaminess from the coconut…? And maybe that tartness is pineapple, not raspberry? It’s difficult to tell.

Luckily, though this tastes unmistakably of rooibos, it’s not super medicinal, so it is palatable. But, it’s nothing I’d really want to drink again unless I was desperate. I’m getting a bit of the scratchy throat feeling from it, and that’s certainly a feeling I think I should avoid.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i have a hard time with rooiboos. good job calling them as you taste them!

Skulleigh

Just the name makes me pause. scans down her dashboard “Kittenna drank Cancer…” Internal conversation: Um, willingly? Oh, wait, must be a zodiac thing…

Hesper June

^Ha, My thoughts were similar!

Cavocorax

Haha – yeah the name threw me off momentarily as well!

Kristal

Yeah I agree….“Cancer” isn’t a tea I would be interested in trying. “Hey ____, want a cup of cancer tea?” “Uh, no thanks…..”

CHAroma

What on earth made Nina’s Paris think “Cancer” was a great name for a tea?? Or for anything someone would willingly consume into their bodies? No thank you!

Kittenna

Yeah. It’s definitely a zodiac thing, but an unfortunate name for sure. :/

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78

Real sipdown of this one, now. 836. Apparently Sil had some of her own, so it’s back to me :P

Anyways, brewed this up pretty light today, and it doesn’t have much aroma to speak of, but I can taste the banana. Not really any walnut, but I’m enjoying it just the same.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

I had my sample of this jus this morning, but I had to go to work so I couldn’t write. It was tasty but not as banana heavy as I expected after reading all these people’s notes.

Kittenna

I think the difference is in the real banana flavour opposed to candy banana flavouring. It’s certainly more subtle, but far more delicious. I also wish there was more banana, however – I might try adding in a banana chip at some point!

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76
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I thought this would be a sipdown! Sadly not. I should have used a larger mug to justify putting in more tea.

Anyways, I still have a fondness for this one, because it really does remind me of cookie dough, particularly in the aroma. I should have steeped it longer today (I thought because it smelled good, it was done, but probably not). It’s not something I’d keep around, but it’s nice enough, and I think it is one of the better teas DT has released recently. I’m not really getting the off flavour that I previously mentioned, so perhaps it was a product of a too-high temperature, as I had guessed.

Anyhow, happy news – definite improvement in back pain. I hadn’t felt much improvement by this morning (but also hadn’t been able to sleep) – finally got to sleep during the middle of the day and stayed that way for the better part of about 6 hours. Boy ever-so-nicely came over (finally! :P) and I’m not sure if it was because of the back massage, RubA535, laughter, kisses, or what, but I’m feeling better (certainly not 100%, but I’m fairly mobile without painkillers). He thinks it’s just because I was more active and stretched things out a bit; I think it was him. Haha. Anyhow, tis good news, because I think I can now sit up and write my thesis a bit better… which is super critical at this point. GOTTA FINISH.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
yyz

Glad your feeling a bit better and your back is improving.

Amariel

I liked this one when I first had it, but then it got weird and I didn’t like it as much.

Kittenna

Thanks yyz (yes, I realize this is very belated!). And Heather, I liked it, but I did only have about 3 cups’ worth, and you don’t always notice weirdness when you only have that much!

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Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one at… 2.5 minutes, but it’s not super flavourful, and I’m not a huge fan. There’s chocolate, and maybe some nuttiness, but it’s really nothing special, which I guess I kind of expected it to be. Ah well – I’ll steep bag #2 a bit longer next time and see if that improves it.

Thanks for the samples, Sil!

ETA: Reading ashmanra’s note… apricot?? Yeah, I could believe that… kind of puts a different perspective on it for me. Tastes a bit better now, haha.

ETA again: Bleeehhh, second infusion was way cardboardy. I dumped it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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78

Trying this a second time (I had misplaced it briefly! The horror!) – my first attempt was not as good as I’d hoped, so fingers crossed #2 is better.

I think that overall, this tea isn’t quite what I was hoping for it to be. Yes, the base is amazing, and there’s no astringency. Yes, I can taste the caramel, though not a great deal of vanilla. Yes, the tea tastes good. But, I think I’d rather just have plain PTA over this blend. Or alternately, Two Friends, which is pretty much the most perfect flavoured tea ever. I’m not sure whether it’s just that I want more obvious caramelly/vanilla, or that the raisiny notes are poking out where they don’t quite fit for me. I mean, I’m not going to have any issues drinking the rest of this. And I’m certainly going to enjoy it. But I think my cupboard staples will just be Two Friends and unflavoured PTA, and I’ll leave this for those who will enjoy it more :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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