2276 Tasting Notes

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drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown, 835.

Hrm. Strong rooibos smell upon brewing, and it’s pretty strong in the flavour too. I’m getting nothing really in the way of pineapple or coconut… I would have been more apt to guess that this was a raspberry-flavoured tea. Maybe there’s some creaminess from the coconut…? And maybe that tartness is pineapple, not raspberry? It’s difficult to tell.

Luckily, though this tastes unmistakably of rooibos, it’s not super medicinal, so it is palatable. But, it’s nothing I’d really want to drink again unless I was desperate. I’m getting a bit of the scratchy throat feeling from it, and that’s certainly a feeling I think I should avoid.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i have a hard time with rooiboos. good job calling them as you taste them!

Skulleigh

Just the name makes me pause. scans down her dashboard “Kittenna drank Cancer…” Internal conversation: Um, willingly? Oh, wait, must be a zodiac thing…

Hesper June

^Ha, My thoughts were similar!

Cavocorax

Haha – yeah the name threw me off momentarily as well!

Kristal

Yeah I agree….“Cancer” isn’t a tea I would be interested in trying. “Hey ____, want a cup of cancer tea?” “Uh, no thanks…..”

CHAroma

What on earth made Nina’s Paris think “Cancer” was a great name for a tea?? Or for anything someone would willingly consume into their bodies? No thank you!

Kittenna

Yeah. It’s definitely a zodiac thing, but an unfortunate name for sure. :/

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Real sipdown of this one, now. 836. Apparently Sil had some of her own, so it’s back to me :P

Anyways, brewed this up pretty light today, and it doesn’t have much aroma to speak of, but I can taste the banana. Not really any walnut, but I’m enjoying it just the same.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

I had my sample of this jus this morning, but I had to go to work so I couldn’t write. It was tasty but not as banana heavy as I expected after reading all these people’s notes.

Kittenna

I think the difference is in the real banana flavour opposed to candy banana flavouring. It’s certainly more subtle, but far more delicious. I also wish there was more banana, however – I might try adding in a banana chip at some point!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
2276 tasting notes

I thought this would be a sipdown! Sadly not. I should have used a larger mug to justify putting in more tea.

Anyways, I still have a fondness for this one, because it really does remind me of cookie dough, particularly in the aroma. I should have steeped it longer today (I thought because it smelled good, it was done, but probably not). It’s not something I’d keep around, but it’s nice enough, and I think it is one of the better teas DT has released recently. I’m not really getting the off flavour that I previously mentioned, so perhaps it was a product of a too-high temperature, as I had guessed.

Anyhow, happy news – definite improvement in back pain. I hadn’t felt much improvement by this morning (but also hadn’t been able to sleep) – finally got to sleep during the middle of the day and stayed that way for the better part of about 6 hours. Boy ever-so-nicely came over (finally! :P) and I’m not sure if it was because of the back massage, RubA535, laughter, kisses, or what, but I’m feeling better (certainly not 100%, but I’m fairly mobile without painkillers). He thinks it’s just because I was more active and stretched things out a bit; I think it was him. Haha. Anyhow, tis good news, because I think I can now sit up and write my thesis a bit better… which is super critical at this point. GOTTA FINISH.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
yyz

Glad your feeling a bit better and your back is improving.

Amariel

I liked this one when I first had it, but then it got weird and I didn’t like it as much.

Kittenna

Thanks yyz (yes, I realize this is very belated!). And Heather, I liked it, but I did only have about 3 cups’ worth, and you don’t always notice weirdness when you only have that much!

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Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one at… 2.5 minutes, but it’s not super flavourful, and I’m not a huge fan. There’s chocolate, and maybe some nuttiness, but it’s really nothing special, which I guess I kind of expected it to be. Ah well – I’ll steep bag #2 a bit longer next time and see if that improves it.

Thanks for the samples, Sil!

ETA: Reading ashmanra’s note… apricot?? Yeah, I could believe that… kind of puts a different perspective on it for me. Tastes a bit better now, haha.

ETA again: Bleeehhh, second infusion was way cardboardy. I dumped it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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78

Trying this a second time (I had misplaced it briefly! The horror!) – my first attempt was not as good as I’d hoped, so fingers crossed #2 is better.

I think that overall, this tea isn’t quite what I was hoping for it to be. Yes, the base is amazing, and there’s no astringency. Yes, I can taste the caramel, though not a great deal of vanilla. Yes, the tea tastes good. But, I think I’d rather just have plain PTA over this blend. Or alternately, Two Friends, which is pretty much the most perfect flavoured tea ever. I’m not sure whether it’s just that I want more obvious caramelly/vanilla, or that the raisiny notes are poking out where they don’t quite fit for me. I mean, I’m not going to have any issues drinking the rest of this. And I’m certainly going to enjoy it. But I think my cupboard staples will just be Two Friends and unflavoured PTA, and I’ll leave this for those who will enjoy it more :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
2276 tasting notes

Thanks to Jackie T for passing some of this along. I almost bought some, but my common sense took over (but I still needed to at least try it!)

My verdict on it is that… it’s ok. It’s not what I was hoping for (delicious amazingness a la H&S’s SoHo Blend), but I am enjoying the cup. I can taste the chocolate, which is great and not fakey, but I’m not catching much in the way of almond or coconut. Perhaps it’s because I just drank H&S’s Royal Wedding tea, which prominently features both of those quite deliciously. One interesting thing that I’m noticing, though, is that the flavour is a bit reminiscent of 52teas’ Cashew Turtle! I don’t know if it’s the chocolate, or the nut… but I’m diggin’ it.

Hmmm… the more I drink, the more I’m falling for this tea. Bleh, figures. It’s just alike enough to Cashew Turtle, which I adored and am all out of, that it’s filling that niche for me. Sadness. I think I have another cup or cup and a half left, and will savour it…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2276 tasting notes

Uhm… I am loving the coconut flavour in this one. The first time I steeped it, I didn’t know that H&S teabags required 12 oz. of water, so it was way oversteeped and astringent. But I thought it had promise – I wasn’t wrong. This time, I used the right amount of water, and I’m pretty much dying at first sniff. Delicious, sweet, coconutty goodness. The flavour isn’t strong (I perhaps could have left the bag in there longer than 2 minutes), but it’s really quite tasty. The combination of almond and coconut invokes almost a white chocolate sort of flavour, which is absolutely delicious. I can’t taste any floral from the rose at all, which I’m pretty ambivalent about. I also can’t really taste the white tea, but honestly, I’m happy enough with just the delicious flavours.

Yum yum, thanks Lala for sending some of this to Sil (and to Sil for disliking coconut!)

ETA: Second infusion was very grassy/hay-y… perhaps I could have finished it, but I didn’t enjoy the sips I did take, so I dumped it. I guess H&S teabags don’t re-steep well? I could have sworn that I concluded the opposite when I brewed up both the Valentine’s tea and Tower of London.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

This is one of my favorites. Delicious. :)

Kittenna

It is kind of ridiculously good.

Ozli

…..adding to shopping list! nom nom.

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Sipdown! 837.

This is only a sipdown of the tea I got from Azzrian – pretty sure Sil “gifted” me with some more that’s lurking somewhere…

Anyways, this was my attempt at making this one into iced tea. I didn’t cold-steep, as I often get too much astringency when I do that with “real” tea, so I just brewed extra strong normally (3min/90C), then diluted it and chilled it in the fridge. In fact, it got so cold in the fridge that the top layer was ice! Perhaps I should bump the fridge temp up…

For whatever reason, I was kind of “over” coconut oolongs as hot drinks… sure they’re good, but something wasn’t really working for me anymore, and I wasn’t really craving them in spite of having a few different (yet very similar) options. However, I’m really enjoying it cold, and it kind of reminds me of coconut water, with a bit of toastiness – and the coconut flavour lingers after sipping. It’s really quite tasty and refreshing. I just guzzled the entire 2-cup glass of it that I retrieved from the fridge. I think I may make more of it this way…

In other news… my back is still pretty painful, and I am having trouble sleeping partially because I can’t get comfortable. It sucks. I’m currently waiting for more painkillers to kick in in the hopes that they knock me out a bit… and meanwhile getting my veggies in by snacking on a giant bowl of snap peas (not from my garden, sadly, but the pea plants still live! Haven’t been munched to the ground by bunnies yet!)

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh dear, i’ve been scrolling through your reviews hoping you would say that tea had cured you.have you seen a doctor yet?

Kittenna

I haven’t seen a doctor, but after an evening of my boyfriend taking care of me (e.g. massage, making me food), I’m definitely feeling improvement. Whew. :)

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It has been too long since I last had this one. Tooooo long! But, that just means I’m enjoying it all the more! Or I suppose I should put that in the past tense, since that cup did not last long at all. I may venture up to brew up a second infusion… or maybe will wait until morning. I was supposed to spend the day with the boy, heading to a family event followed by watching his soccer game, but I’m not really sure that it’s going to happen given the state of my back… bleh :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh no! I hope your back feels better!

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown, 838. Hmm, could have sworn I had this twice previously, not just once. Ah well. It’s enjoyable tonight, but I think my crappy storage of it might have reduced the citrus flavouring just a bit. Not a tea I’d likely keep around, but would certainly happily drink it again, as it’s pretty tasty!

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

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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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