2973 Tasting Notes

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drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
2973 tasting notes

Sipdown! 977. Gotta make sure these T By Daniel teas are ready to visit Raritea!

As stated in both previous notes, this both smells and looks like DT’s Forever Nuts. And the ingredients are pretty much the same. I think it’s safe to say that T by Daniel is probably just another tea-reseller. Sigh. One day, I’ll learn. At least I like Forever Nuts, therefore enjoy this tea. I’m just disappointed in getting this blend from yet another company.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
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Decided that this will be a travel mug tea until it’s finished off. Not overly fond of it – it’s somewhat peachy, but not overly flavourful, and the base is just ok. I seem to be pretty picky about peach in my teas, for whatever reason.

Cameron B.

I’m picky about it, too… I love actual peaches but most peach teas just taste generically sweet/fruity to me. :(

Kittenna

I seem to prefer apricot in teas because it tends to be more realistic (in my experience).

Cameron B.

Mmm, I love apricots! :D

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69
drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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Blar. Was going to leave a short review of this one since I thought I had previously reviewed it, but I guess it’s another tea hiatus victim. Anyhow, it’s not a favourite, though it’s not too bad either. Soft ginger (like in gingerbread), a few other spices, and a nice green base. Another one that will probably be relegated to travel mugs to finish it off. It is nice, though, that I dug it out in the appropriate season!

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

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91

This was so incredibly creamy and delicious today. Noms. Truly a creamy lime jello salad (or, what I’d imagine it to taste like, anyhow). And so good in a travel mug.

Fjellrev

Hell yeah! Man, I miss this one.

Kittenna

So good. And my packet is incredibly old, too. Like, original-blend old.

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86

Yep, had another mug of this, since I found it. Delicious, and has that room-filling sweet caramelly aroma. Drool.

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71
drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Travel mug tea. Nothing new to report.

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95
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 978.

Another tea shared with my boyfriend’s mom. I don’t think she was as much a fan of it as I am, but that’s ok. Regretting a bit that I only got one infusion out of it, though, since it was pretty late in the evening and she must have discarded the tea before I went upstairs. Ah well. Creamy apple yum.

Fjellrev

Mmm, you’re reminding me to get more. :)

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91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Pro-tea-n latte with this one today… but I managed to curdle the protein powder! :( I guess I hadn’t ever put it in such hot tea before? (I was in a hurry to get out the door). Whoops. Although it was just a bit of curdley stuff on the top, and they were congealed enough to kind of chew… so it was like denatured-protein cheese? Haha. Either way, I’ll try not to do that again, because it’s much tastier made properly.

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80
drank Holiday Cheer by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 979.

Shared this with my boyfriend’s mom yesterday while celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. Since she likes this sort of tea (hibiscus blends, Christmas-themed blends), it was a hit :) It was pretty neutral for me – I tasted sour hibiscus and cloves, and while it certainly tasted Christmassy, I’m not too sad it’s gone! We didn’t bother resteeping, as it was in a teapot and I think it would have been pretty weak. Good Christmas-themed blend, though.

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Actually did not realize I had this tea. I was on the Della Terra website just browsing, noticed it, and was interested. A day or so later, I was grabbing some flavoured rooibos to take over to my boyfriend’s mom’s place (since she prefers uncaffeinated teas), and to my surprise, I had a pouch of it! Opened, but probably only because I sampled it out to Janelle, maybe? Anyhow, it’s pretty delicious. Fits my recollection of Pineapple Upside Down Cake perfectly; it’s all that delicious sweet sugary deliciousness, with no pineapple or fruit to speak of. Which I’m fine with, because it’s quite good. No rooibos weirdness, and it lasts through a couple additional infusions, too. Glad I had a random ounce of this one! :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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