2515 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 817.

Yep, still a resounding “meh” from me regarding this one. It’s fruity (pineapple is dominant), and this time there isn’t any astringency, but it’s just nothing special at all.

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

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74
drank Fireside Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 818.

I previously compared this tea to DavidsTea’s Glitter and Gold… and yup. Bang on, IMO. It’s good; I certainly like it better than I remember liking Cinnamon Crackle, and without an epic oversteep, it isn’t overly sweet, which is good. I probably wouldn’t bother stocking both G&G and Fireside Spice in my cupboard simultaneously due to the similarities; I’m not sure if one is better than the other, but DavidsTea is certainly much more accessible for me, so that would be my pick, for convenience alone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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58

Sipdown! 819. The rest is off to Janelle. (Also, I got to remove Cinnamon Crackle from my cupboard as well – yay!)

Anyhow, I just brewed up a half-cup of this today, and I think I underleafed (or understeeped), as the flavour’s a bit light. It does taste like pear, but there’s just an air of perfuminess that’s a bit too much for me to handle, and I seem to recall it being even worse when the tea was fresher. Probably a great tea for those who enjoy pear as well as floral teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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77

I certainly get more of a caramelly flavour from this tea than I do chocolate… which is completely fine with me! I enjoyed a steaming hot cup of it last night while playing a card game out on the deck of my new place… it was pretty awesome.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay!

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69
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Sipdown! 821.

Thanks to momo for this one. I don’t mind this one, but really am not getting anything other than “flavoured black” from it… which could be an age issue. It’s a tea I would like to try again, just because of all the glowing reviews, which mine is not. Ah well!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Sipdown! 822.

I can’t taste any particular flavours in here that jump out as not being part of the flavour profile of yabao itself – I probably should have compared the blend directly to the straight tea to figure that out. Although I do find the flavour of yabao itself to be intriguing, and at least once, I’m pretty sure I was craving it, it’s not terribly high on my list of desirable teas, so I’m not too sad to bid farewell to this blend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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61

Fairly meh on this one. There’s certainly the right pear aroma present, but not enough of it in the flavour.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Such a perfect caffeine-free chocolate mint tea. No weird rooibos flavour, just pure chocolate and mint. Considering the main ingredient here is peppermint, and I loathe peppermint tea, I’m really quite surprised that I enjoy this one as much as I do, but I guess the chocolate masks any unpleasantness. Tasty bedtime treat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

Do you take this tea straight?

Kittenna

Yeah – I imagine it could be good with a bit of sugar as well, but I don’t find it to be necessary. The chocolate adds a touch of sweetness :)

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
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I still prefer milk oolong to pouchong, but this is pretty darned good as well. Love that classic green oolong flavour.

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

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78

It’s weird – as much as I adore Two Friends and plain PTA, this tea just hasn’t quite worked for me. I brewed up a mug of it over the weekend as well, and it’s just not as good as the others. I’ll probably pick up a small bag of it later to give it another shot, but unfortunately what I have is just not what I was hoping for. (That said, the other two are so amazing that I can live with this one not being a favourite.)

Preparation
Boiling 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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