2498 Tasting Notes

68
drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! 824.

Such a weird tea. Not bad, necessarily, but a really weird combination of ingredients. Light berry sweetness, seaweed, mustard? Odd. But since none of the ingredients fall into the list of those I detest, I definitely find it more palatable than, say, most teas with licorice. Or straight peppermint. Anyhow, it’s gone and I’m not too sad. Need to make serious progress on sipdowns, and this was an easy one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Woohoo!
(That sounds so strange!)

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78

Sipdown! 825.

You know – this isn’t too bad at all! However, I’m not sure what osmanthus is supposed to taste like (peach??), but all I’m getting here is an aged oolong (lighter than the other I tried today), which is quite tasty. I’m getting some fruitiness (as opposed to floral), but would be hard-pressed to describe it as anything specific, let alone peach. Anyhow, it’s yet another tasty oolong for me tonight. I really do adore oolongs – although the one downside (kind of) is that they halt my sipdown progress since I feel guilty unless I resteep them at least twice, which means 6 more cups of tea (between the three) before I get to empty those infusers. Oh well! At least it will be tasty :D

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

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96
drank Milk Oolong by Bon The Place
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! 826.

Mmmm, such tasty milk oolong. I haven’t had this in ages, and probably won’t again until I’ve finished off more of the samples I have. I’m glad this is locally-available, because it’s one of my favourites.

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

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84
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! 827.

This does not taste as good as previously; I’m not sure why. I emptied the contents of the teabag into a Finum filter this time, but I doubt that would have negatively affected the flavour. It’s just a bit weak, with a hint of bitterness – perhaps I should have used a lower infusion temperature. Oh well! It is still good enough to drink, just not as delicious as my memory tells me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

Sipdown! 828. Thanks to LiberTeas for including this in my tasting box, which I have yet to make a great deal of progress on.

Anyhow, this is delicious, and perfect tonight. If anything, I brewed it a tad strong. It tastes like an aged tieguanyin to me, all creamy and delicious and roasty. Similar to the aged tgys from Verdant that I’ve enjoyed recently, although perhaps more… burny. And very good. Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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42
drank Date Nut Muffin Rooibos by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! 829.

Thanks to momo for a sample of this one (although I ended up getting my own entire packet in a grab bag, bleu). Anyhow, this has more flavour than what I remember from my own bag, and although I am getting some figgy flavours that remind me of a few DavidsTeas with figs (e.g. Forbidden Fruit), I’m not a fan. I can taste the rooibos, and I don’t really like it, nor do I particularly care for the flavour combination, apparently. Ah well!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
2498 tasting notes

I think this tea is verging on too old – there’s lovely vanilla flavour, but a bit of an off taste. It’s still pretty darn good, though. One serving left!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Sipdown! 830. The rest is off to Janelle :)

I do like this one, even though I don’t think it’s a favourite of others. It tastes a bit reminiscent of Blueberry Crumble, with a jumble of berry flavour dominant over the sweet crumbly flavour. Farewell, tasty tea!

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

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69

This is quite peppery today, and I can pick up a hint of smoke and the basil, but am missing out on the tomato, as I think I did last time. It’s probably because there wasn’t a chunk of sundried tomato – I should have added one in. Definitely a savoury blend, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Scatterbrain

Interesting.

Stephanie

I didn’t realize this was a thing!

Lariel of Lórien

That sounds like a pasta flavour.

Kittenna

Yes, yes it does, haha.

RogersCK

Wow, that sounds very savory. Very interesting!

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87

Sipdown! 831.

This is quite a tasty cream earl grey. Light bergamot, very creamy. I think it’s one of my favourites, although that means nothing since it can no longer be purchased. Oh well! Thanks LiberTEAS

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Oh no! You drank the last of this one! This is the tea I’m holding onto the most.. my little ounce pouch that is pretty old yet still has the most amazing flavor. I will be so sad when it is gone!

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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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