2498 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 831.

Sil gave me the remnants of two of her matcha latte mix samples from Red Leaf (way back), and I finally got to trying one sometime a week or two ago. I made it with milk, because I’m silly like that (I assume it didn’t need milk? Or maybe I’m wrong), but anyways, it was pretty delicious. No need to add sweetener, because it’s already in there, and the powder dissolved beautifully. Since I wasn’t doing the actual taste test for Red Leaf, I didn’t feel the need to compare the two samples, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on differences, but I did find it enjoyable and easy to use, and honestly? If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d be tempted to pick up some of the pre-made mixes just because it was so easy to use. I didn’t sift my matcha, didn’t heat any water/milk (I used cold milk), and it was ready to go, and delicious, in a couple minutes. Yum. Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

you are so not going to get to 800…lol

Kittenna

Challenge accepted.

Sil

GOOD! haha

Cavocorax

Yes! Do it!

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So, I made a bunch of teas a weekend or two ago, and didn’t log them, and now can’t remember them all! Boo. I wrote them down somewhere, but then proceeded to move… little pieces of paper get lost awfully easily.

Anyhow, this is one I know I did try. I remember it being fairly tasty, although not quite as ice creamy as I was expecting; it tasted more like a basic strawberry black. I think I have enough for another cup for myself, and will test it again and make some better conclusions (hopefully!), but it’s probably nothing I feel the need to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I try and store things on my phone. Bot always convenient though

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71

Sipdown! 832. Thanks to Indigobloom for this one.

I found this to be a fairly decent black, but nothing super special. There were some cocoa notes (yum!) and it was smooth and malty, but it’s pretty tough for anything to beat Laoshan Black and Premium Taiwanese Assam, so although it was definitely good quality, it’s not a tea I’d pick up myself.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

This one makes good iced tea :)

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74
drank 9 Ladies Dancing by Alphakitty
2498 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for passing on some of this from last year’s Christmas swap! I found it to be quite enjoyable – lavender EGs on their own are a bit potent, but mixed with the EGC? Delicious! Not overly floral, but flavourful and different. I’m not catching a great deal of bergamot, but I am guessing that neither of the two teas involved in the blend were particularly bergamot-heavy. A tasty treat!

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

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drank Autumn Blend by The Tea Emporium
2498 tasting notes

Yum – I still like this one! A nice short infusion results in quite a tasty cup. I can’t really taste all the flavours individually, but get hints of fruitiness, maple, and caramel depending on the sip. A great selection for tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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74

Yum. Drank some of this a looooooong while ago. It was good, but I don’t find a great deal of difference between most black currant/cream blacks. Still have some left, so I’ll write in more detail when I drink it again (although I assume I have another note on this somewhere)…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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77

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. Not enough to stock up, but I expected it would be one I’d dump out, so that’s good! I can’t recall how long I steeped it for (probably 2-3 minutes to keep the hibiscus in check), and it tasted marvellously like tart raspberries, in a good way. I think it did lean towards being a touch too tart, but I expect it would make a fantastic iced tea (possibly requiring sugar, but perhaps not!) Also, no guayusa flavour, which is a plus for me as I don’t seem to be terribly fond of it.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
2498 tasting notes

Massive oversteep of this one the other day, but still delicious when heavily sugared! I prefer not to have to add sweetener to this one though, since it’s quite delicious on its own when brewed properly. Ah well! Yum!

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! 833 (or thereabouts).

Tasty enough; not a super favourite but as I mentioned, everything tastes great right now, so I’m quite enjoying it. Fruity chocolate is pretty much what I’m getting this time, although this is the second infusion (the first was way oversteeped, so I had to dose it with sugar, which made it quite delicious as well).

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Papaya Ginger by Tea Blendz
2498 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finally I can get back to tea logging! I successfully defend my Masters thesis last Friday, and have submitted it, so I’m officially done! So awesome. I have a bunch of backlogs to write at some point, if I remember… but odds are good I’ll miss a bunch.

Anyhow! Was poking through random bags of tea tonight (yes, there will be stash pix, since I finally have time to organize, which I’m super stoked about!), and picked out this one as I wasn’t super sure what I wanted. I’ve been so tea-deprived lately, that everything tastes great, and I am thoroughly enjoying all of the tea I brewed up. Yum. A hint of ginger, light tea base, peachy-fruity flavour. Definite like. (No licoricey flavour this time, yay!)

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

Congrats on finishing up your thesis! :)

yyz

Congrats!

Kittenna

Thanks guys! :D

Dinosara

Congrats on your Masters!

greenteafairy

Congratulations!

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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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