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2221 Tasting Notes

74

Sipdown! 825.

I think I liked this tea better this time than the first time I drank it. I really do think that 2-minute infusions are the way to go with flavoured black teas. Anyhow, I gulped this one down too quickly so I can’t entirely remember how it tasted, except that it was nutty and a bit sweet, completely smooth, and quite tasty! It looks like I may not have resteeped it last time, so hopefully I will manage to tonight, and see how it holds up.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 826.

You know, I could see myself picking this one up again. I see I previously also liked it a fair bit – there’s a clear, creamy lime flavour (more along the lines of 52teas’ Lime Jello than Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon, in case anyone’s wondering), and at 2 minutes, the cup is quite smooth. I imagine it would make a great iced tea, so perhaps once my stash is a bit lower (i.e. next year), I’ll wait for an ESP Emporium sale and pick up a bag of this for summer 2014. (I can hope!)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Sipdown! 827. (Inaccurate, but that’s what the spreadsheet says currently, minus a few things).

I did like this one a fair bit. A light, fruity honeybush that probably would have been great for iced tea (ooh, speaking of that, I should set some Lime Chiffon to cold-brew!) I kind of wish I had more of this one. Buuuuut I don’t! And that’s ok, because I have too much tea anyhow. Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Fished this out so Sil could try some, and decided to have a cup of it myself. It wasn’t too bad; couldn’t really taste the oolong, but definitely got caramel apple. Given that I love caramel, I definitely would prefer more caramel flavour, but it’s ok as is. Nothing I’d pick up again, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

I am still pretty meh about this tea. It has similar spicing to Strawberry Pie Honeybush, but in my travel mug, I couldn’t taste the banana. I can’t recall if I previously could taste it. At least with a 2-minute infusion it wasn’t astringent and therefore was perfectly enjoyable! I just wish it didn’t taste so similar to other teas. Also, that it had more banana flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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96

I have been chewing through a lot of this lately, and am nearing a sipdown of one packet! Yay! This one’s great in a travel mug if brewed a bit strong and consumed within a couple hours, otherwise it does that green tea thing and starts tasting off. This is so tasty though.

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

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80
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Had a travel mug of this over the weekend (while travelling, go figure), and have come to the conclusion that it tastes an awful lot like Mandarin Silk! But, I think I prefer Mandarin Silk, which is good, because I have waaaaaay more of it to finish off than this one. But yes, it’s a combination of light oolong flavour, vanilla, and a slight hint of citrus, which is pretty tasty. As I recall mentioning last time, however, I do not care for the second infusion of this tea, for whatever reason. It just tastes astringent and off. So, down the drain it goes!

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

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78
drank Strawberry Cream by The Tea Grotto
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to KallieBoo! and Sil for this one.

While I am enjoying this, and it certainly tastes like creamy strawberry Campino candies, it’s not quiiiiiiiite what I was hoping for. I’m not sure why… maybe I’m just not in the mood for it. However, there’s plenty of flavour, and no astringency, so it’s definitely worth trying for those who like strawberry cream teas!

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

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77
drank Oolong Creme by Sloane Tea Company
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Let’s go with…. 850 on the dot. Number subject to change once everything’s added to my cupboard. :/ Thanks to Sil for letting me try this one :)

So although I used about 1.5 tsp, I think I accidentally used a bit too much water, so the tea’s a bit weaker than I’d like. Still tasty, though. And I can see how this one’s different from other milk oolongs, as it’s quite creamy/milky with less oolong flavour than I’m used to. I don’t think I like it as much as other milk oolongs I’ve tried, though it would be nice for switching things up every now and again.

ETA: Sadly, second infusion didn’t hold up very well. There was a definite oolong aftertaste, but the majority of the creaminess was gone. I’m not sure that this is even close to some of my favourite milk oolongs. Perhaps I’ll give it another shot sometime in the future.

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

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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