2352 Tasting Notes

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drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
2352 tasting notes

Well, I can taste a bit of peachiness once this has cooled, but it’s too subtle for me. I also way-overleafed (intentionally) and used my normal oolong parameters instead of the recommended ones. Not my favourite tea, but as it’s an oolong, I’m still happily drinking it :) Just wish there was more peach!

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

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87
drank Tencha-Kuki Houjicha by Den's Tea
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Ummmm…. deliciousness! I didn’t recall having this previously (though I apparently did), and got such a shock when I drank some, because it’s so incredibly tasty! Roasty, sweet, nutty, almost chocolatey. I thought I had perhaps ruined it by using boiling water, but clearly not (and I see now that the instructions also suggest to use boiling water).

Anyways, this is really quite good. I feel like at some point, I should make an effort to try all the roast/toasty/unconventional green teas, because I suspect there are some I will really enjoy – like this one! Thanks Mercuryhime :D

ETA: Re-steeps = fabulous. First infusion is the best, though.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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In stark contrast to Pina Colada HB, this tea is AMAZING cold-brewed! I think it’s even better than Cinnamon Roll HB, which I quite enjoyed. I’m down to nearly the last of my packet of this one now, and am sad that it’s no longer a “permanent” blend (at least, as far as I know), but I do hope it is reblended one day, because the strawberry-cinnamon combination is delicious, both hot and cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sweet Canadian

I think we could make it happen once my last packet is gone since we seem to be the #1 SPH fans ;)

Kittenna

Awesome! :D At the very least, I may need this for next summer. This would be one of my go-to cold-brews, along with Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon and Orange something-or-other.

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Cold-brewed… and bleh. Pretty much flavourless, and I even overleafed. Sadness. I don’t think I was ever terribly fond of this one, but I hoped it would work ok as a cold-brew so I could get rid of it quickly, but no such luck. Not sure what I’ll do with the rest…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

hot brew, cooled seems to be the way to go on this one

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Sipdown! 807. Read my note from last time, saw that I intended to make this into a latte… belatedly did so… and yay! Deliciousness! Tastes like a lovely nutty coffee beverage. Yum. I’d certainly drink this again if I had some. On that note, I should really try making Malted ChocoMate into a latte… can’t actually recall if I’ve ever done so…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ice Age by Teaopia
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Sipdown, 808!

This is pretty interesting! I think I was under the impression that it was a pepperminty rooibos, so had been avoiding drinking it, but it’s actually pretty citrusy and refreshing. Kind of reminds me of DT’s Razzleberry, but without the icky stevia. The lemongrass works very well here. Probably would be great cold-brewed, actually! Thanks for some of this one Indigobloom!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Hmmm maybe you thought it was “icy” like that brand of mint excel gum?
I miss Teaopia, never thought I’d say that!

Kittenna

Yeah, something along those lines.

I don’t really miss them, but had very little experience with them before they were gone!

Indigobloom

funny I remember thinking something similar when I looked at it on the shelf, back two years ago lol
Ah probably best that way you can’t miss it. They were pretty good, for a local place!

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Sipdown! 809. This tea is pretty tasty! Before having any idea what it actually was (aside from green), my guess would have been that it was a caramel apple tea. Looks like I’m not too far off! Just missed the plum and strawberry flavours, which make sense as it tasted a bit different than just straight apple. This is definitely the best caramel apple tea I’ve ever had though – nice green base, delicious caramel, and distinct apple flavour. I’m pretty impressed! Thanks Sil!

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

Lots more next time you’re over, big tin!

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I didn’t realize that this was a darjeeling – just assumed it was a standard black, but now that I know, I can pick out some muscatel notes that I previously assumed were just part of the flavouring. Anyhow – this tea is pretty decent! I’m not tasting champagne, but I’m picking up on the candy strawberry flavour that I enjoy in tea.

Overall, pretty tasty, but would just be an occasional tea for me. Thanks for sharing some, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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Woah. Steeped up a crazy strong cup of this last night! Good thing it’s not caffeinated, but I bet if you gave this to anyone without telling them what it was, they’d identify it as super strong coffee! For the re-steep, I plan to dilute it with a bit of milk and perhaps a touch of sweetener, as it was pretty darn strong.

Though I do still like this one, I definitely have more of a soft spot for plain roasted buckwheat teas. The flavour of buckwheat is just sweeter, nuttier, and tastier. Lowering the rating a bit here, but may up it if I can recreate the flavour of a sinful coffee drink with far less calories! (And no tummy upset!)

ETA: Tried the resteep as a latte?? YES YES YES. Soooooo good! Maybe a touch over sweetened, but this is pretty tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 810.

Shrug, this was pretty mediocre for me today. Yeah, I’m getting a bit of the muscatel flavour, which I can now attribute to darjeelings, but I’m getting very little in the way of additional flavouring. Still not bad, and no astringency at 2 min. Really, it’s quite enjoyable as a plain darjeeling, but I’m expecting a bit more!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

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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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