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2221 Tasting Notes

83
drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to Jackie T for passing some of this along. I almost bought some, but my common sense took over (but I still needed to at least try it!)

My verdict on it is that… it’s ok. It’s not what I was hoping for (delicious amazingness a la H&S’s SoHo Blend), but I am enjoying the cup. I can taste the chocolate, which is great and not fakey, but I’m not catching much in the way of almond or coconut. Perhaps it’s because I just drank H&S’s Royal Wedding tea, which prominently features both of those quite deliciously. One interesting thing that I’m noticing, though, is that the flavour is a bit reminiscent of 52teas’ Cashew Turtle! I don’t know if it’s the chocolate, or the nut… but I’m diggin’ it.

Hmmm… the more I drink, the more I’m falling for this tea. Bleh, figures. It’s just alike enough to Cashew Turtle, which I adored and am all out of, that it’s filling that niche for me. Sadness. I think I have another cup or cup and a half left, and will savour it…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2221 tasting notes

Uhm… I am loving the coconut flavour in this one. The first time I steeped it, I didn’t know that H&S teabags required 12 oz. of water, so it was way oversteeped and astringent. But I thought it had promise – I wasn’t wrong. This time, I used the right amount of water, and I’m pretty much dying at first sniff. Delicious, sweet, coconutty goodness. The flavour isn’t strong (I perhaps could have left the bag in there longer than 2 minutes), but it’s really quite tasty. The combination of almond and coconut invokes almost a white chocolate sort of flavour, which is absolutely delicious. I can’t taste any floral from the rose at all, which I’m pretty ambivalent about. I also can’t really taste the white tea, but honestly, I’m happy enough with just the delicious flavours.

Yum yum, thanks Lala for sending some of this to Sil (and to Sil for disliking coconut!)

ETA: Second infusion was very grassy/hay-y… perhaps I could have finished it, but I didn’t enjoy the sips I did take, so I dumped it. I guess H&S teabags don’t re-steep well? I could have sworn that I concluded the opposite when I brewed up both the Valentine’s tea and Tower of London.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

This is one of my favorites. Delicious. :)

Kittenna

It is kind of ridiculously good.

Ozli

…..adding to shopping list! nom nom.

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80

Sipdown! 837.

This is only a sipdown of the tea I got from Azzrian – pretty sure Sil “gifted” me with some more that’s lurking somewhere…

Anyways, this was my attempt at making this one into iced tea. I didn’t cold-steep, as I often get too much astringency when I do that with “real” tea, so I just brewed extra strong normally (3min/90C), then diluted it and chilled it in the fridge. In fact, it got so cold in the fridge that the top layer was ice! Perhaps I should bump the fridge temp up…

For whatever reason, I was kind of “over” coconut oolongs as hot drinks… sure they’re good, but something wasn’t really working for me anymore, and I wasn’t really craving them in spite of having a few different (yet very similar) options. However, I’m really enjoying it cold, and it kind of reminds me of coconut water, with a bit of toastiness – and the coconut flavour lingers after sipping. It’s really quite tasty and refreshing. I just guzzled the entire 2-cup glass of it that I retrieved from the fridge. I think I may make more of it this way…

In other news… my back is still pretty painful, and I am having trouble sleeping partially because I can’t get comfortable. It sucks. I’m currently waiting for more painkillers to kick in in the hopes that they knock me out a bit… and meanwhile getting my veggies in by snacking on a giant bowl of snap peas (not from my garden, sadly, but the pea plants still live! Haven’t been munched to the ground by bunnies yet!)

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh dear, i’ve been scrolling through your reviews hoping you would say that tea had cured you.have you seen a doctor yet?

Kittenna

I haven’t seen a doctor, but after an evening of my boyfriend taking care of me (e.g. massage, making me food), I’m definitely feeling improvement. Whew. :)

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100

It has been too long since I last had this one. Tooooo long! But, that just means I’m enjoying it all the more! Or I suppose I should put that in the past tense, since that cup did not last long at all. I may venture up to brew up a second infusion… or maybe will wait until morning. I was supposed to spend the day with the boy, heading to a family event followed by watching his soccer game, but I’m not really sure that it’s going to happen given the state of my back… bleh :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh no! I hope your back feels better!

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85
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 838. Hmm, could have sworn I had this twice previously, not just once. Ah well. It’s enjoyable tonight, but I think my crappy storage of it might have reduced the citrus flavouring just a bit. Not a tea I’d likely keep around, but would certainly happily drink it again, as it’s pretty tasty!

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

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93

Sipdown, 839. Super excited to see that this one has been re-blended! I desperately wanted more when I first tried my sample, but it had already sold out. Given that I just placed a Verdant order though, I probably won’t order any right away, but I’m glad that the option is back. This tea is just so deliciously savoury, and a bit gingerbready. Love it.

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

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96
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 840.

In spite of my lovely injury, I managed to make up a bunch of tea (this was before I realized why exactly I couldn’t move). And managed to get in three sipdowns! Yay! I would have preferred to make progress on my thesis, but I’m not sure how that’s going to be happening now… ugh.

Anyways, this tea was better fresh, but is still pretty tasty. Sweet and beamy, lighter I think than the Laoshan Green, but IMO pretty flavourful for a white. I’d probably pick this one up in a sample size again (only a sample size because I don’t want it going stale on me!) Hopefully it makes a repeat appearance this year.

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

Hope you are starting to feel better.

Cavocorax

Yay to still getting sipdowns. That’s the sign of a true Steepsterite. I hope your back feels better by now…

Terri HarpLady

Bummer about your back Kittenna! Be gentle with yourself!

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63
drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 841. Hot/cold-brewed the last of this, and it’s much better this way, IMO. This tea is clearly meant to be cold; it tastes like bubble-gum/fruit punch.

So, guys… I think I may have “slipped a disc” in my back tonight flipping over a table (I wasn’t mad, I just screwed on the legs and was putting it upright!) Any suggestions on what to do? There’s intense pain in my lower back when I try to move, particularly bend down (and the longer I stand, the more my tailbone area starts to hurt too). I managed to take a couple ibuprofen and migrate bedding and my computer down to the couch (my bed’s on the floor, so I’m worried if I lie down I won’t be able to get back up). Currently lying on the couch… :/ This sucks.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Nxtdoor

I really hope it’s not as bad as it sounds! That would be terrible :(

Kittenna

Yeah I was really hoping it wasn’t what it seems to be…. I think it may be a minor case in the spectrum of such things, but there’s still a fair bit of pain :/ And it’s not going away. Sigh.

JustJames

ibuprofen will take the swelling down. ice as well. try and sleep flat, and if possible don’t try to favour the muscles too much or you’ll make it worse. if you go numb in ‘the saddle area’ (as i was once told, check with a doctor. that said, while i’ve done it, i am not a medical professional. laughing usually helps me?

Lala

Use ice on your back, lay either on your stomach with a pillow under your hips, your back with you knees bent up, or on your side with a pillow between your legs. Avoid staying in a bent position because it will make it worse. It should gradually get better over 3 days. If not, seek medical attention. If you do numb in the “saddle area” which is the groin, or lose control of your bowel or bladder you need emergency surgery.

JustJames

oh dear Lala, you know this drill even better than i do by the sounds of it.

Lala

I work in health care. Ha ha. I frequently give this speech.

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Just grabbed an ice pack; no numbness or anything at this point which is good, but I’ll watch for it. I’m upright to eat (really hungry!) but will try the above lying-down methods once I’m finished. Blehhhhh, I didn’t think moving a table was heavy lifting :(

JustJames

Kittenna it should go without saying that if Lala works in healthcare, listen to her not me!!! LOL. i’ve only ever been the patient, not the consultant.

Lala

It not the heavy lifting, its the position that your back was in. You could do this just reaching for a piece of paper. Lift with your knees, not your back :)

Kittenna

Yeah – my roommate text-message-yelled at me for not waiting until she was home to deal with the table :( And she feels bad because she had been nagging me to deal with it (not that I blame her at all.)

JustJames – Don’t worry, I wouldn’t do just anything that was suggested :P I did Google as well, but it’s good to hear from people as well what has personally helped them (or, from someone who deals with these things personally).

OMGsrsly

Yep, what Lala said! I have a protruding disc and associated muscle issues in my neck that is healing slowly, and OMG the pain can be bad. Definitely take it easy for a good long while, and consider physio if you can find one that does active rehabilitation, to slowly stretch and strengthen.

momo

haha there is a hockey player who has the nickname “Pancakes”…he got it because he once injured his back while eating them.

I occasionally still get back pain especially in my car over speed bumps from a couple years ago, lying down and ibuprofen are best bets then.

JustJames

on the plus side: look at how many people care about you!

darby

I did this back in November (just moved wrong – no lifting) and was out of commission for over a month! Took two weeks before I could even get off the couch to get to a Dr. Try alternating heat and cold and go to a chiropractor if you don’t feel better in a week.

yyz

My sympathy! Hope the pain is manageable and that you recover quickly but having dealt with back injuries twice I know that it may take a while. The first time I hurt myself by falling down the stairs the pain didn’t last very long but I had reduced motion in my back for around a month and a half. The second time was during a training exercise at work It took me about a week to be able to bend again. I had prescription for the pain from my doctor, and I did do acupuncture and chiropractic treatments for the acute injury but what really saved me in the end was deep tissue and hot stone massage. Wishing you the best.

Angrboda

Ring your doctor and ask him if it’s something he wants to see. If you have slipped a disc, you absolutely want it looked at because you can get some pretty serious complications from that sort of stuff.

Kittenna

Yeah, I think I’ll make a doctor’s appt on Monday… ahhh, this is such bad timing for an injury like this!

Stephanie

Feel better :(

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86

Sipdown! 842.

Finishing off the last of this one in my possession. Sigh. It’s one of my favourites, right up there with Marshmallow Treat, but I’m too wary to purchase any more since I’ve hated all the recent genmaichas :/ This is pretty much like a bit less of a creamy Marshmallow Treat, plus some cherry flavour. (Good, real cherry flavour, not fakey maraschino stuff). Yum.

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

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60
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 843. Second try at this tea, thanks to Sil (and possibly TerriHarpLady).

I was still detecting a bit of soapiness in the aroma of the tea, but thankfully there isn’t any in the flavour. I have to conclude that when coconut in blends goes “off” or rancid, it develops a soapy sort of flavour. This tea pretty much does taste like a very much unsweet version of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai… less creamy, though, and more savoury. Sweetened, it’s probably pretty decent, so I may fiddle around with the rest of the cup if I get around to it, but I’d go for Zhena’s over this one.

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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