2970 Tasting Notes

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Not liking this quite as much as I did the first time. The flavour is very light, and the aroma is almost a bit off-putting, but I think it may actually be either a tea or flavouring aspect that I just don’t like the smell of, as opposed to anything else. Flavourwise, it’s light, but it’s butterscotchy. I believe I prefer the original blend? But I’d probably have to try them together.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82

Not entirely sure I’d actually tried this tea before… but it’s pretty darn good. Loving the combination of the butterscotch with raspberry – it’s reminding me quite a bit of a raspberry butter tart I split with my boyfriend over the weekend. (We ate a half dozen butter tarts. So delicious.) I’m not really picking up on the hazelnut, but it’s probably just contributing a nuttiness that I can’t distinguish.

The only downside to this tea (other than it being completely unavailable) is that I’m not overly keen on raspberry flavouring, so I kind of wish it was paired with something like sour cherry, maybe even strawberry. But it’s still quite delicious.

Oh, also, the base tea is not overly noticeable here.

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

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87
drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
2970 tasting notes

Oh so delicious. Second time at this tea; I just have a teensy bit left for a small mug later. Anyhow, it’s really quite delicious. Packed with minerally “oolong flavour”, roastiness, sweetness… really the biggest thing I’m noticing here compared to other similarly flavoured oolongs is the dried fruits-sweetness, which is wonderful. I’d definitely drink this one again. Thanks again to Tea Ave for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Qilan Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
2970 tasting notes

Going to assume this is the recent offering from Verdant…

Anyhow, again, I’m pretty sure I tried this once before and just didn’t write a note, but I am this time! It’s a pretty tasty oolong, with all of the righty oolonginess and mineral notes, so it really hit the spot last night (I didn’t know the spot existed until it was hit, though). A bit sweet, but mostly just minerally. Enjoyable, but I’m not drawn enough to it to restock, too likely.

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88
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by Teaopia
2970 tasting notes

Sad news to report – this tea is showing its age, and my cup only tasted like a shadow of its former self. Tragic. I’ll have to drink down the rest while there’s still some flavour left. Still one of my absolute favourite flavoured oolongs.

Fjellrev

So sad that they were bought out.

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92
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
2970 tasting notes

Drank this while playing games yesterday. So delicious, even with poor measuring and an extra-long infusion. Still by far the most strongly-flavoured white tea I think I’ve ever had.

Stephanie

An excellent white!

CrowKettle

Love this one! Has anyone come upon a possible replacement for this one yet?

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94
drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
2970 tasting notes

Had a delicious cold-brew of this the on the weekend. I’m going to be so upset when I’m out. I still have maybe 1 oz. left, but discovered I’m down to about 1 more serving of Lime Chiffon :( Such creamy, delicious goodness. (Oh, I’m also sad because I left about 1/3 of my mug of this in my boyfriend’s fridge, so it will probably be tossed. Sigh.)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85
drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
2970 tasting notes

Enjoying some of this tonight, although it tasted better before drinking H&S’s Bangkok Blend… best not to pair a weaker, more subtly flavoured tea after a stronger one. My bad. Anyhow, this is a bit old now, but thanks to *Alphakitty*’s careful double-bagging, it’s not contaminated, and the flavour is still light and sweet. Not edging towards bitterness at all, which I find some greens can do as they age. A nice, relaxing cup of tea.

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

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84
drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
2970 tasting notes

Sipdown! Despite its age, the coconut in this blend is still amazingly delicious (which is relieving), and therefore the tea is pretty amazing too. It’s kind of like DT’s Coco Lemon Thai, but definitely not as strong, and the green base makes it a bit different too. It is quite delicious, though, with its lemongrass/coconut flavours. I believe I had cold-brewed some of this at one point and found that to be quite excellent as well, so this should go on the list for a future H&S order.

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

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98

Ok, I NEED more of this tea. It’s amazing, and by far the closest tea I’ve tried to Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam. It doesn’t quiiiite taste right, maybe a bit more on the caramelly side, but the distinct raisin notes? Oh yes. So good. SO SO GOOD. So perhaps Sun Moon Lake should be the tea I investigate to replace PTA? It probably means I’ll be making an order with Taiwan Tea Crafts sooner than I would have thought. I hope they still exist, haha. Thanks so much for sharing, Sil. (I still have enough left for one cup. That is exciting.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Christina

Ooh, I really liked PTA too. I really need to investigate assams more. I think my palate can handle it now.

Sil

they still exist and you can still get free shipping if you build a cart with 25$ sample sizes. you may want to pick up the one in my cupboard at the moment… uh lot 336 of the yuzi one? it’s fabulous.

Terri HarpLady

Did I try that one?

Kittenna

Apparently you did, but it was at a not-good time and it was too bitter for your uber-sensitivity. Which sucks – good to know this can get bitter.

Sil – you’re terrible. AKA I’ll probably make an order soon. Sigh.

Sil

Terri hasn’t tried the Yuchi one, but has tried this one. The Yuchi one is fantastic. https://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/yuchi-wild-mountain-black-tea/ I’m contemplating ordering another 100g.

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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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