2229 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Tried this as a hot/cold-brew. I think I like it better this way… the flavours are a bit richer and seeming to mesh together a bit more. So in the future, I think I’ll give this tea that bit of hot water prior to the cold-infusion. (Also, it helps to melt the little candies… not that I’m particularly fond of them in the first place, though.)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
bookshark

What do you mean by a hot/cold brew? As in, you steep in hot before putting it, tea and all, to cool in the fridge? I have about a cup left of this, so I might have to try it in a new way. I’ve done iced and hot then chilled, so far.

Kittenna

Yep, that’s pretty much it! I basically infuse the full amount of tea in a small amount of hot water (say, 5 oz.) for a few minutes, then add up to the full amount with cool water and then let it chill in the fridge :)

bookshark

Sounds interesting! I’ll give it a shot next time. Thanks for the info!

whatshesaid

Good tip! :)

Kittenna

Somewhere I read that using hot water is a good idea to do to “sanitize” your tea… but also, it seems to help flavours pop a bit more.

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Sipdown! 846. Thanks to momo for letting me try this one :)

I brewed this up pretty strong – I can’t recall the proportions, but I’ve leaned towards using 2 tsp/8 oz. with rooibos lately, so did at least that (possibly 2.5 tsp for 10oz? I don’t remember). Anyhow, this is creamy and chocolatey – one of the better chocolatey rooibos’ I’ve had, I think! Pretty tasty, and fits nicely into a caffeine-free evening (if that is desired).

ETA: No sour flavour here as I noted previously. I’d chalk that up to flavour contamination :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 847. This note is for the original blend of this tea, not the re-blend, just for clarification.

Sweetened a bit, I think this would make a great iced tea – there’s definitely cola flavour, and although I’m not getting much cherry, I suspect age might be the culprit. A 2-min infusion kept away any astringency though, so it’s quite nice regardless, with a lovely cola-y aftertaste. Can’t wait to get some of the new batch!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 848.

Not terribly flavourful anymore, but there’s a bit of raspberry flavour in here as well as some creaminess. Still a perfectly acceptable cup :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 849. Thank you for passing along some of this one, momo.

Ok, so I definitely just got distracted and oversteeped this tea… by a lot. I mean, A LOT. Like, a whole nine minutes and fifteen seconds. That should kill a sencha. In fact, that would kill most teas. Somehow, though, this tea miraculously isn’t astringent?! That said, it’s not great either. I’m not getting any honeydew (but didn’t have any fruit chunks to begin with), and although I’m getting some lemon, it’s fairly mild, though definitely present. I suspect age is a big factor here, though if age helped my epic oversteep not kill this tea, I’ll take it. There’s some beany green tea flavour poking out here… it’s ok, but could be more prominent.

I had higher hopes for this blend since I quite like melon, but it seems that this tea won’t deliver (but then again, user error is probably pretty high here as well!). Maybe I’ll try again someday with a fresher batch of tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Rie

Congratulations on getting under 850 again! -

Kittenna

Hahahaha, thanks! Baby steps!

Tealizzy

I had this tea a long time ago, and I agree…no melon.

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Sipdown! 850.

So I brewed up two last cups of this, side-by-side, to compare straight cold-brewing to hot/cold-brewing. It’s really hard to note much of a difference, except that when teas are hot-brewed, the leaves sink, and when they’re cold-brewed, they float. Water penetration, I guess.

Anyhow, I actually wasn’t a big fan of this one cold. There was too much astringency for me; I should have just had them hot. Ah well. Live and learn! I think for dark oolongs, a hot brew followed by chilling in the fridge without the leaves in the cup might be the best bet. Of course, that require more effort, but for anything with astringency, I think it’s the only reasonable option. (Which, of course, is why I like cold-brewing whites, herbals, and now rooibos. Even greens usually end up too astringent for me.)

But yes. This one’s all gone now, and I’m officially at 850 teas. It’s kind of late, so maybe I can get one or two done tonight, or at least throw the last of something in the fridge for tomorrow… (I really should just go to sleep… I’m at 33 hours of awake with only a short ~3hr nap. I should be a lot more tired than I seemingly am.)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Faith

850 teas?!!! That’s crazytown! Makes my 50+ collection sound so measly…

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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
2229 tasting notes

Hot steep/cold-brew for this one too. I’m not sure which method I prefer (straight cold-brewing or hot/cold), but this cup is better than the last one I had (which was just cold-brewed), so perhaps I’ll stick with the brief hot infusion method, at least for real teas.

Anyhow, this is creamy and loaded with cardamom. Sadly, I’m not picking up peach, but at least I really do love the spice blend here. I apparently quite like cardamom-heavy chais. I bet if I mixed in a bit of milk and honey, this would be mind-blowing, but it’s pretty good as is, so why would I add extra calories to it?

(Yeah, I’m totally trying to talk myself out of adding milk/honey at this point… heh…)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Cold-brew experiment time continues! Although, it would really be better if I was experimenting with teas I was actually close to finishing… however, this one’s been around for a while, so it’s a worthy candidate.

Used… 5? heaping but loose tsp in a few oz. of water. Poured boiling water into cup, let sit for about 10s (to cool to about 90C), and then dumped in leaves and swirled around. I left it for a few minutes (didn’t keep track), then made it up to 16 oz. with cool/cold water and stuck it in the fridge.

The result is pretty decent. Only a hint of astringency, that would easily go away if I was to add a touch of sweetener, and there’s lots of fresh, delicious blueberry flavour. When I first bought this tea, I was amazed by the delicious authentic blueberry flavour (which is why I stocked up on 100g of it!), and I still like it, though not 100g worth. Luckily, it seems like icing this one will be an effective way to chew through my stash of it a bit more quickly, though this is one that I actually also would enjoy warm (unlike Blazing Strawberries and Tropicalia, which are not good warm/hot).

Anyhow, pretty happy with this one! Perhaps I’ll travel mug some of it tomorrow as well… sounds like a tasty tea to enjoy while watching a soccer game. In the rain. :(

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
2229 tasting notes

Based on the success of my Lime Chiffon cold-brew, I had high hopes for this one. Very, very high hopes. And, I hadn’t even tried it warm yet.

This tea, if anything, exceeded those high hopes. Daayyyyummm this is delicious! This pretty much tastes exactly like Lime Chiffon, with orange replacing the lime flavour. It tasted a bit like orange creamsicle to me on a few sips as well. This is by far the best orange/cream rooibos I’ve tried. And this cold-brew is to die for.

Anyhow, I’ve been attempting to sleep for the last few hours without success (what’s going on, body?!) so perhaps I’ll go transplant my tomato plants instead. Or at least go buy a few more pots for them…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

i like this one enough to have purchased a full oz? two? something like that

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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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