2515 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! … 874. Yeah… my cupboard increased by 71 teas thanks to my swaps with Sil, Cavo, and all the tea I bought and sent via Sil. Yikes. I am dangerously close to 900 – better make some progress!

Anyhow, I pretty much maintain my position on this tea – it tastes much like DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold – sweet, warm cinnamon – maybe with a bit of smoothness from the oatmeal. Tasty enough, but not super special for me, especially since I’ve recently gone off cinnamon-heavy teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hahah. You were doing so well! I thought maybe, just maybe, you could hit 800. :P

Fjellrev

What’s your record high? I can’t even imagine what 900 would even look like!

Kittenna

This is my record high, haha. I just keep hitting higher and higher. It’s terrible.
Also – I was soooooo close to hitting 800. 4 teas away. I think my Black Friday goal will have to be, like, 750. 750 would be admirable for me to reach, haha.

Cavocorax

We need to keep you away from your computer on Black Friday! That’ll probably help your cupboard the most!

Kittenna

Haha, for a second, I thought I might actually be in New Zealand on Black Friday! But alas, I will be back in Canada by then.

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Sipdown! 804.

This one smells quite lovely, all caramelly and good, but the flavour’s a touch off for me. Sure, it tastes like caramel, and a bit like apple, but it’s a bit oversweet, as if there’s stevia in here (yuck), and it leans towards tastes a tad chemically. Also, I finally get why people say it tastes like curry; I am more inclined to call it caramel apple, but it definitely has coconutty/lemongrass/thai flavours that are somehow coming out.

Anyhow, not too sad that this one’s done.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

…are you suuuure you’re at 804? grin

Kittenna

See post a couple before this one, haha.

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drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
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Sipdown! 805.

Mmmmm, soooo nutty and delicious. I’d totally pick this one up again. I think I’ve said it previously, but it tastes exactly how I want Forever Nuts to taste – heavy on the nuttiness, lightly sweet, and slightly fruity. A great unique, caffeine-free treat.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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67

Sipdown! 806.

Yum! I forgot that this one was pretty tasty. No weird rooibos flavours, just sweet, slightly appley nuttiness. Kind of like Forever Nuts, but way more subdued, and infinitely more nutty. Ok… so maybe not so much like Forever Nuts, haha. It does remind me a bit of a cider-y type drink, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
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Sipdown! 807. (Lies, I haven’t added all the teas I picked up from Sil to my cupboard yet…. so that number is probably more like 907, eep.)

Anyhow, this tea is as tasty as I remember. A nice, sweet, fruity herbal with no hibiscus. I wish there was a stronger cherry flavour here, but it’s tasty regardless.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
keychange

Random question that has nothing to do with this tea: Are you the steepster who has the bonavida gooseneck kettle? if so, is it wonderful and perfect and all the things you want from a kettle? Is there anything you don’t like? and, if you’re the wrong person—sorry!

Kittenna

I unfortunately am not that person! :( And I am not sure who it might be, so can’t even help!

keychange

hahahahaha! dinosara, maybe? I’ll hit her up next.

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69

Thanks to Sil for letting me sample a bit of this one! Unfortunately, I oversteeped my cup of it (3.5 minutes instead of 2), and the result was rather bitter. However, I could tell that there was a nice fruitiness present (more like plum or peach than pear, though), and the vegetal green base really shone through. I’d perhaps give this one another shot at some point, just to see if the bitterness was user error or inevitable, because it was pretty tasty, even though it won’t fill that currently-empty pear tea niche for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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79

Tried some of this on the weekend thanks to Sil! The flavour (and aroma) made me think of freshly baked, doughy cinnamon buns… it was pretty good. It also reminded me of S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie, although perhaps a touch better? I’ll have to have a bit more of the S&V version soon while I still remember how Brioche tasted.

Anyhow, while it was good and I would happily drink it again, I don’t feel the need to purchase it – which is great, because it was on my shopping list on here based on all the rave reviews! Thanks for sharing a bit with me, Sil :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I do want to try this…it looks yummy!!

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
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Had another travel mug of this. I really do quite like it – it’s a great blend of flavours, and the base is pretty good. Another happy bag winner for me :D

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

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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You know – this is probably the best pineapple oolong of the ones I’ve had! Brewed some up in a travel mug over the weekend, and it was absolutely delicious. Real, fresh pineapple flavour, creamy oolong. I am quite enjoying it. One tea I’m definitely not sad to have acquired in the happy box!

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

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81

Sipdown! 808.

This perhaps tastes a bit more like gingerbread now, but I think there’s cardamom in it and that’s why I’m thinking it tastes like that delicious Indian rice pudding thinger. Nom nom nom. Just had to have one more teensy cup before sending off the rest!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Haha you are doomed to be at like 700+

Cavocorax

I’m curious to see what your numbers will be after you grab your tea from Sil!

Sil

bwahahahahahah i should show you the box she’s getting from me. yes box. lol I picked one up at the grocery store yesterday so that i could fit all her teas in it

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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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