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2221 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Delicious. My favourite pineapple oolong of the ones I’ve tried.

Sil

…clearly written on the iPhone given The rating of 21? Heh

OMGsrsly

LOL. Maybe Kittenna just really dislikes pineapple oolongs? ;)

Kittenna

Argh! I fixed that!

Fjellrev

Haha. This is so damn good…. TWENTY-ONE. I’m kind of wishing this were sarcasm.

__Morgana__

LOL Fjellrev

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100

I just got hit in the head by a very fast soccer ball. No more iPhone notes.

__Morgana__

Uh oh. Hope there was no harm done.

Amariel

Oh geez! Are you ok?

Kaylee

Is the tea safe?
:)

K S

Hope you are OK, but this is my favorite note of the day.

caile

ouch!

Kittenna

Heh, thankfully I am ok! I had a bit of a headache/neckache, but nothing major. Whatever I did to my knee later that evening is much more worrying (I don’t know what’s wrong… Eek). The tea was in a thermos that I kept re-capping, so it was fine too.

Kaylee

Eep! Take care and heal quick!

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Another tea from the awesome Roswell Strange! Definitely has 52teas’ signature ‘pop’ flavour… And is actually pretty good. The aroma reminds me of the vague recollection I have of Mountain Dew, and the flavour is probably about the closest that one could get in a tea. Not a favourite, but pretty decent.

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84

Sipdown! Despite spending… A year?! In a single-serving sample baggie, this tasted pretty darn good. I was too lazy to compare it with the other two, but I enjoy them all, and that’s good enough. This wasn’t fresh enough for it to be a valid comparison though. Yummy, creamy citrus. Mmmmmmm.

Amariel

This is one I am sort of toying getting a sample of, but me and lemongrass are hit and miss.

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drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to Roswell Strange for a sample of this tea! Initially, I thought it smelled pretty good – all deliciously of berries, specifically black currants (duh). Unfortunately, though, it occurred to me after a few minutes that the aroma really reminded me of something… Medicine. And not rooibos- medicinal; in that respect it was just fine. Nope, it was the flavouring that reminded me of some sort of flavoured medicine I’ve had. Blech. And I can’t blame the tea for this – it was quite tasty until I had this realization, so overall I’d count this as a pretty good blend, just one that I am prejudiced against due to previous experiences.

Also in unrelated news, is the Steepster app available? This new format is not playing nice with my phone. Actually, it’s terrible.

Amariel

I smelled it and tasted it on a TOTD day and I was like belch! I actually tasted licorice in some way, and I agree it is medicinal in a way.

Sil

Steepster app beta closed now…so technically, no.

keychange

very medicinal indeed, I found also.

OMGsrsly

Haha. And I grew up eating black currant licorice candies, so I love it. :) More for me!

Kaylee

My phone’s not taking too kindly to it either.

Roswell Strange

I thought it was horribly cough syrup flavoured…

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Yum. One of my favourites from Della Terra. This tea seriously tastes like liquified dessert. So delicious. Caramelly, chocolatey, and no odd flavours. The black base is definitely not the star here, but it would be weak without it. This will probably be a repurchase (if it’s still around), although I should really try it next to the DavidsTea version beforehand.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown! Unfortunately, this sipdown occurred quite a while ago… and I can’t say that I paid much more attention to the tea than I did the first time around! However, it was definitely pumpkiny, with great spicing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d like to compare it to Pumpkin Creme Brulee at some point, though I’ll plan something like that for around Halloween/Thanksgiving. Thanks again to…. Roswell Strange (I think?) for sending me some of this!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Yup, that was from me :)

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77
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

I’m impressed at the resiliency of this tea – I’m not sure how long it steeped, but definitely longer than the intended 2 minutes, yet it still wasn’t astringent, and in fact, was quite delicious! Strawberry and ginger, not surprisingly, and the predominant flavours – the ginger isn’t in-your-face, but more there to add a bit of a zing. I actually couldn’t initially figure out where the zing was coming from, but it reminded me of one of 52teas’ blends that contained ginger, which just gave it a delightful zing instead of being GINGER TEA. Anyhow, this is tasty. Not in my top 5 or possibly even top 10 from Butiki, but it’s not one I’d ever refuse!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I really like this one.

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75
drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Pretty tasty, but I think I’d prefer a raspberry cream genmaicha, because otherwise there’s a bit of a divide between the toastiness and the sharp raspberry flavouring. Still a good cup, but I want creaminess. Therefore I’m regretting my decision not to pick up Strawberry Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

They still have some in stock! :)

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66
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
2221 tasting notes

So… I don’t think I liked this much the first time I had it, so you’d think that about a year later, I’d like it even less. Well, you’d be wrong. I actually really enjoyed the cup of this I had – I was getting true, delicious peachy flavour along with the oolong, and I even resteeped twice, both times getting a very tasty cup of peachiness (it faded in the second, but the oolong must have some peachy characteristics as well). Happy news, because that means this will be an excellent travel mug tea, which usually means it gets used up in fairly short order, since travel mugs are twice the size of my normal cups (oh, did I mention that I now have 5 Contigo mugs and 3 Timolinos? And a mug that plugs into my car? And those are just the quality ones…)

Anyhow, yum!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I found this one to be inoffensive, but not amazing. It might be a better cold brew, but I’m passing the rest of my pack on to a friend.

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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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