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2221 Tasting Notes

88
drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 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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94
drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
2221 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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Thanks again to Sil for a sample of this one.

Mmmm, dragonwell. My favourite type of tea. This one is no exception, although I admit that I got the teensiest bit of cat pee aroma/flavour while drinking it. There must just be some compound common to cat pee and some green teas. Really not sure what. Anyways, drank it and enjoyed it. However, I really seem to have a soft spot for Verdant’s Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green. I know it’s not “real” dragonwell, but even though the samples I have are at least a year old, it still has a sweet, rock sugariness/beaniness that I love, that isn’t present in typical dragonwells. Ah well – this tea still made a delicious cup. At least two, in fact, unless cup #2 couldn’t handle the extra minute and 45 seconds it got while I was distracted putting my tomato plants back outside.

ETA: Cup #2 was just fine, but I didn’t give this a third infusion. I find I really prefer the first couple infusions of greens only.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 851. Thanks to Cavocorax for letting me nab a sample of her pouch while it was still sitting around with Sil :D

Hmm. Something about this tea seems kind of familiar, and I’m sad to say that it’s not in a good way. I’m starting to think that me and sTEAp Shoppe’s teas don’t agree… or perhaps, something about their chocolate flavouring/cocoa nibs. It’s not bad, or undrinkable, or anything of the sort, but there’s something that I’m not completely enjoying.

Anyhow, my first impression of this was that it’s creamy and a bit chocolatey. I’m blanking on more details right now though, so will have to go have a bit more and update later.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

I had the same problem with their teas! Love cinnamon swirl bread though!!

Kittenna

Yes, I do like Cinnamon Swirl Bread. I’m 0/5 on the others I’ve tried though. Still have some Cranapple Oolong to try at some point; I’m hoping that chocolate is the problem in those other five blends.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this and see how it compares to Checkmate from DavidsTea. I’ve got those marked as similiar in my head.

Kittenna

I had that same thought! IMO, not very similar. Checkmate is way better.

Cavocorax

HMmmm.. Well I guess mine will be in this week so I’ll find out first-hand! If it’s not great, that’s what I get for being impulsive. :P

Kittenna

At least some of it is already gone though, if it turns out you’re not a big fan! :)

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72
drank Divine Cream by Sloane Tea Company
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 852.

So, uh… this smelled like a delicious EG cream when brewing it up, but the flavour was off. Too much bergamot, IMO, and… I was getting a minty note?! I was going to say that this was impossible given that I got it less than a week ago and Sil had it stored in its tin… but it just occurred to me that it was in the box with Butiki’s Peppermint Patty. Which is in a permeable baggie. Oops. My apologies to Divine Cream, as I don’t think I’m doing it justice. I will, however, give it another few sips keeping in mind that the minty note is contamination, and maybe I’ll like it better…. update to follow.

ETA: Let this sit for a while, and while I still got the odd minty note, I really enjoyed it once it was cool! Pretty much a good example of an EG cream – the cream came out a bit more, and the bergamot receded. Tasty; would drink again.

ETA again: Second infusion was a pretty good EG cream (no more mint, yay!), but third infusion, while it smelled great, was pretty flavourless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 853… Yes, you read that right. I’ve tallied up everything now and am officially over 850 :( Here’s hoping I can make short work of that… July 1 goal: 750.

Anyhow! Thanks to Sil for giving up one of her precious Peaches and Cream teabags. :) I was dying of curiosity about it given the rave reviews!

Steeped it up this morning before I head off to the Farmer’s Market. Haven’t slept yet, but I did try. Sigh. Stupid sleep schedule. But yes, back to the tea. I didn’t look up any brewing parameters beforehand, so just went with my standard 90C/2 min infusion for white teas (heh, I’ve noticed that I pretty much standardly brew all teas aside from oolongs for 2 minutes now. Greens, whites, blacks. Oolongs (green ones) get 3 minutes usually; dark ones I go with given parameters or 1 min). Uh yes. Back to the tea. I’m rambly this morning. I didn’t really get a good whiff of the aroma as I had other teas brewing and just didn’t bother to separate out the cup, but it smelled a bit peachy and vegetal to me. Flavourwise, I’m getting light peach (makes me think white peach), with a gentle, somewhat vegetal white base. No astringency, so it’s very smooth. Definitely a bit on the creamy side, but I think I wanted more of both the creaminess and the peach. I don’t think that a longer infusion would have helped either of those; this tea is probably just meant to be somewhat subtle.

Overall, I am definitely not as taken with this tea as other people have been, which is perfectly ok with me. I still haven’t found a great peachy tea – though Peach HoppiTea minus the hops might make a good case for it. This one’s definitely tasty though, just not one I’d be too likely to stock up on (especially given the price!)

ETA: Meh… really didn’t care for the second infusion. Lowering the rating… I don’t think this is a tea I need to drink again.

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

100 teas in 30 days, providing you don’t get more anytime soon. I believe in you!

Kittenna

Thanks! :D That’s only 3-4 sip downs a day, which is manageable on average. The only teas I should be getting during June will be a few from DavidsTea, as I haven’t yet picked up the summer collection or three of the TOTMS, plus my 3 from the Amoda box, but I think I’ll be ok even with those added. But it will definitely be tough! Hopefully I can wrangle another few yet tonight :D
(Lucky for me, even if I place an online order, I’m unlikely to actually get the teas until July because Sil will probably have them! Hehe.)

Fjellrev

Are most of them samples? If so, then it should be a piece of cake! I haven’t touched DT in a while, but would like to pick some up too. The convenience makes it hard to ignore.

Sil will be the one to press the reset button haha.

Kittenna

Most (2/3?) of them are less than 1 oz., probably most of those less than 0.5 oz. There are definitely enough 1-cup samples for me to get down 100 teas though. Or if I have to extend into 2-cup samples, it should still be ok. I run into problems with having to resteep sometimes, though! Still have two Verdant oolongs sitting and waiting for me to finish with them.

Sigh. That Sil….

Cavocorax

Exciting. 100 teas in a month. It’ll be fun to see how you do.

Hope the teas I’m sending you don’t hurt you too badly! :P

Kittenna

Haha, hopefully I’ll be ok! :D I should really bring down some 1-cup samples right now to get started… hahaha.

Cavocorax

I love 1 cup samples. :) I’ve got a tiny little shoe box just for those!

Kittenna

I should really organize things like that, but I almost prefer not knowing exactly how much tea I have…. hahahaha. That way I can make assumptions like above :D

Cavocorax

Hahah. I’m afraid to see how you’ve got yours organized! I have mine organized broadly by type, and then my little sipdown box that I force myself to dig through and drink up periodically!

Kittenna

Mine is in cardboard boxes (like, the ones I received the tea in), organized by tea company or swapper. Some tea companies are in the same box, some take up two boxes (e.g. 52teas). At the very least it makes things relatively easy to find (except that I also have some teas that never made it back to the right box when I moved… sigh.)

Cavocorax

:P Whatever works! I think that would drive me crazy but when I’m craving tea I narrow it down by type instead of by company. But who am I to judge! Haha. I think not knowing exactly how much tea you have is safer for your sanity!

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I seriously cannot get enough of this tea as a chilled hot brew. I craaaaave it. It’s crazy! And I’m running out quickly. Sigh. I should really be trying to drink down other teas…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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78
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Cold-brew! I thought this one would do really well cold-brewed. And, it is pretty successful, although I think I underleafed slightly. There’s definitely tasty honeydew flavour, but there’s a bit too much mate flavour (or possibly green rooibos?) and I’m not a big fan of it. I think I have just a bit of this one left; I may still cold-brew the rest because it is certainly refreshing and all that, but it’s not my favourite. I’m guessing it would be better with sweetener, but I’ve been a bit too sweetener-happy lately!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2221 tasting notes

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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
2221 tasting notes

Ohhh maaaan. Finally got around to cold-brewing this (and I did a side-by-side hot-brew-then-chill comparison as well). This stuff is wicked cold-brewed. Massively creamy, delicious, limey goodness. It’s perfect. And I didn’t notice any difference between hot-chill and cold-brew methods, so don’t bother doing anything but chucking some of this tea in a cup, filling it up with cold water, and leaving it in the fridge for a while. I highly recommend a bombilla for subsequent consumption of this tea, as it eliminates the necessary to futz about with straining the tea or whatever. And for the most part, the bombilla prevents little rooibos pieces from making their way into your mouth.

Anyhow! Very impressed with this one. I have DT’s Lime Gelato sitting downstairs to attempt both ways as well soon, and I’ll see how it compares to this one. I think it may have the edge on tasting a bit more fruity, but it probably will lose this battle. Yeah. Lime Chiffon is that good.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

I’ll have to try this cold brewed but I’m new.. how do I get the leaves out of the mug after “chucking some of the tea in the cup”?

Kittenna

My preferred option is to use a bombilla, which is basically a straw with a filter on the bottom, so you can just drink the tea and avoid sucking up any bits. However, it seems that the rooibos bits are pretty fine in this tea, and I was getting some in my mouth (ick), so the other option is to then dump tea + leaves from cup #1 through a brew basket into cup #2 :)

Tea Sipper

ah, okay, I had no idea what a bombilla was. But it definitely sounds handy for drinking iced teas! thanks

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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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