2970 Tasting Notes

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
2970 tasting notes

Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me sample a cup of this tea before sending it west. I wasn’t a big fan of the original tamarind blend, but it was mostly because I found it a bit too astringent, while the flavouring was too weak (though what I could taste, I did enjoy). This derivation, however, is pretty darn delicious! Sweet tamarind (I probably wouldn’t personally recognize it as tamarind though, since there’s no sourness, so it’s more of a sweet fruitiness), plus the honeyed notes of gui fei, with an oolong aftertaste. Really, really good, and honestly, I think the Gui Fei is a perfect complement to the tamarind flavouring, so great choice OMGsrsly!

(Also, this tea is still going strong and I’m on either the third or fourth infusion, I’m not sure. And I intend to have at least one more.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I agree, I think this version is much better. I was thinking a green oolong or white tea would work but would have never thought of using the Gui Fei. That was a really good choice.

Kittenna

Yeah – the sweetness of the base works incredibly well with the flavouring. And such great flavouring too, because on infusion #4 (or 5, IDK), I could still taste tamarind, since I know what Gui Fei tastes like in later infusions.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I’m looking forward to this!

Indigobloom

How different is it from Tamarind Pop? I didn’t enjoy that one so much

Indigobloom

(not that I hated it, and my tastes have changed so who knows!)

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Thanks to VariaTea for letting me snag a cup of this before passing it on! I assumed it would be more or less like Raspberry Truffle, and I think I was about correct. There was a bit of a bakey flavour (presumably waffle), with a bit of raspberry (not as strong as Red Queen Cupcake, but more like Raspberry Truffle), and the base was fairly mild – a divergence from RT in which I found the base rather strong.

Overall, meh. I knew this wasn’t a tea for me, and I’m glad I didn’t get my own. It’s not bad, but not overly special to my tastebuds.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

At least now you know for sure it’s not for you so yay for that :)

Kittenna

Yup! Also, I should maybe write it in the actual note, but I felt like the second infusion was much more waffley.

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100

Sipdown! 980. (Possibly 979 actually, because it seems I had 3 entries for this, and I believe I have finished off two now).

Anyways, yes, this is of course just a sipdown of the old stuff. Which is definitely not as good as the new stuff, meaning that I’m making a mental note to try and purchase this more frequently, instead of larger quantities at one time. Still good of course, though. But not as chocolatey, nuanced, or delicious.

Fjellrev

How much of this do you think you’ve gone through by now? I’ll admit I got a little tired of it after I got through my 2 oz. pouch.

Kittenna

I’m honestly not sure, because my spreadsheet is giving me conflicting info, and my memory is going (haha). I believe I may have actually only gone through 4 oz., since I can only find one order for 2 oz. and I think one was part of a joint order. I love it, though, and could probably drink it daily if I didn’t have so much other stuff. The profile just hits all the right tastebuds :D

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54
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
2970 tasting notes

Meh. Not bad, but not as decadent as I’d like a ‘red velvet’ tea to taste. It mostly just tastes like a strawberry rooibos. Definite plus, though – no nasty rooibos flavour, although there is a tinge of medicinal-ness about it (but not the characteristic rooibos medicinal, more like a flavouring aspect that’s coming off strangely to me.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Strawberry in red velvet? Seems pretty random.

Kittenna

Yeah – I’m not super familiar with red velvet, but I wasn’t sure strawberry was part of it. I’ll have another cup of this later to confirm, for my curiosity.

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78
drank Orzo by Lupicia
2970 tasting notes

Wow does this ever brew up dark, and taste like coffee. I shouldn’t be surprised though, because the other version of it that I’ve tried had a similar flavour. Although this is quite drinkable straight, since it’s not astringent like coffee, I think it would be much better made into a latte… so I may do that either with this mug, or with the re-steep. Glad this was a 3-way split, because I prefer the honey version of this I’ve had previously.

(Fast-forward about an hour, during which time I failed to actually post this note.)

Ended up adding some skim milk and maple syrup to this, and the result is super yum. It’s just so strongly flavoured, lattes make a lot of sense.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sami Kelsh

Oh man! My mum swears by orzo with lots of soy milk as her night-time drink of choice. I didn’t know Lupicia did one!

Kittenna

Yeah – and they do a bunch of flavoured ones as well! I’ve only tried one thus far, but have some of the Strawberry Orzo waiting.

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drank Frankenberry by 52teas
2970 tasting notes

Sipdown! 981.

Yummy creamy strawberry black. That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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60
drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
2970 tasting notes

I’m expecting not to like this one because apparently it has “pepper” flavour. We shall see. (Odds are low anyhow, since it’s an herbal blend with 989725353 zillion ingredients, all of which I hate. Haha.) Also, thanks to Janelle for letting me sample all these weird herbals I’d never buy otherwise!

Brewed up, the aroma is… minty? With a bit of weird, and maybe some cinnamon. (IDK what “weird” is. Herbally-weird-ingredient.) It actually reminds me a little of… uh…. that green from Verdant with all the coriander, that tastes like gingerbread… ah! Laoshan Apothecary Green. I had to look it up. And the flavour? Actually surprisingly, not bad. I can taste the fennel, both on the sip and as a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s not so potent as to make me gaggy. And the rest really does remind me of that Verdant blend. I mean, I would never buy this over that one (especially since there is the possibility that this blend has lost some flavour, making it more palatable for me), but it’s surprisingly drinkable. Better than All The Raj, that’s for sure. I can feel a bit of heat in the background, now that I’ve had a few sips – seems like it’s something that builds. I can handle that; there’s no overt roasted pepper flavour, which I so detest.

Overall, shockingly not a hater of this tea. The fennel is actually at a great level here to provide throat-soothing, and the rest of the tea is reasonably pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

I’m surprised! :D

OMGsrsly

Oh! This isn’t the one I mean! I meant Kapha Organic from TeaG.

OMGsrsly

I can include a sample. :D :D :D (I need more baggies, the local Dollar Store must think some weird things of me!)

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98

Backlog from when I tried this in-store, and quite enjoyed it, and then couldn’t purchase any. Whine whine. So pear-y.

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80

Nuts! This tea has definitely lost flavour since it was first opened. Or it’s been a bit contaminated. Either way, it tastes kind of like LB lite right now, which is tasty enough, but not what I remember (I don’t know if I have a previous note on this.. hmmm.) Oh well.

ETA: Uh, looking at the other reviews (of which I OF COURSE don’t have one, which I’m sure is my lack of tealogging), it seems like it is actually supposed to taste chocolatey, like LB. So maybe it’s neither lost flavour nor contaminated, and I’m just confused :) Quite possible. I do wish I tasted more roastiness/oolong in here though, because it really does taste like LB.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I find this one significantly more chocolaty than LB. I remember trying it for the first time and thinking, “wow! this is everything I wish LB was!” haha

Kittenna

That’s possible. I haven’t had straight LB in a while, so the last thing in my memory is the chocolate genmaicha, which is definitely chocolatey. I believe another sample size is en route to me, and I’ll try to do a proper comparison with LB and this one. Thanks for pointing that out :)

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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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