2273 Tasting Notes


Sipdown, 838.

Not making much progress on these sipdowns, am I? Sometimes life gets in the way… and my appetite for both tea and food has been minimal for the last few days. Ah well, still time.

Brewed up the last of this from Boxermama today as I was craving something light, and knew this was a sipdown. Goal achieved… light and tasty, a bit like leafhopper teas in its sweetness, and my stomach and tastebuds don’t seem to be rejecting it, which is good. My favourite part of this tea definitely has to be the lingering sweetness though. The aftertaste stays around forever and just seems to get sweeter. It’s really quite lovely.

ETA: Forgot to note that I brewed up a second cup almost immediately, using maybe 2oz. less water and a 3:30 infusion time. It’s pretty delicious as well – I had noted last time that I should brew the second infusion without delaying, and it definitely made a difference here. It seems that most light teas (whites and greens, and apparently this one) benefit greatly from being infused multiple times within a short duration of time instead of leaving them for hours on end before a second infusion, as I often do. I’ll have to try and work at doing 2-3 infusions of the same tea in one go more often.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Brewed some of this up today as I was craving chai, but for whatever reason (maybe I underleafed?), it didn’t work for me today. Also, I think I’ve grown accustomed to the flavour of maple syrup in my teas instead of honey; I used honey today since I picked some up for a marinade a couple weeks ago, and I just didn’t care for the flavour. Ah well. For the re-steep(s), I may just dump in the rest of my packet of this… there probably isn’t even enough left for another reasonable-sized cup, so I don’t know why I didn’t do that in the first place… (and then it will be a sipdown, woo.)

ETA: Now a sipdown. 839.


Holy crap!



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drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Sipdown, 840. Thanks to Bluebird Tea Co. for a sample of this tea.

I shouldn’t have brewed this up today… my stomach does not want minty tea right now :/ Funny, because I thought peppermint was supposed to help upset stomaches.

Anyhow, although there was a piece of lime in my dry tea, I’m not really getting any in the flavour or aroma, it’s really just mint. My perfect mojito is alcohol-free, very limey, with just a hint of mint, so this tea is kind of the opposite of what I was hoping for. I’m sure mint lovers will enjoy it though, but I am certainly not one of those.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown, 841.

Yum, this is about as tasty as I remember it. Caramelly and toasty. Can’t really taste either the black or green tea specifically.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown, 842.

This is a verrrrry smoky example of a lapsang souchong. Definitely much like campfire/ash, more than smoked meat. However, with a 2-minute infusion it’s pretty smooth, which is good as sometimes the black teas can tend towards astringency. I don’t really think I’m in the mood for a straight smoky tea right now though, so I think I’ll dose it with some maple syrup and milk before drinking the rest. Mmm.

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drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
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Soooo… this tea smelled kind of strange to me. Fruity, but off somehow. The flavour follows, tasting a bit like bubblegum, merging into banana, and leaving a lingering strange taste that is almost, but not quite, like strawberries. Yeeeaaah, this is kinda weird…. not my favourite, but not terrible.

Thanks for letting me try this one, Courtney – I’m glad I didn’t get my own packet of it, to be honest.

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drank Tropical Eyebrows by 52teas
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Again, a tea from my recent swap with Courtney! Thanks!

This tea sounds pretty promising, but I’m not terribly familiar with the Chun Mee base… something makes me think it’s a bit smoky, which would be a bit weird, but I guess I’ll find out.

The tea smells pretty fruity (tropical fruit combo, like banana/pineapple), and once lukewarm, tastes fairly fruity as well. The green tea is a bit smoky, as opposed to vegetal… it’s a bit different to get used to, but I’m finding that the more I drink, the more I’m appreciating it as “not sencha”, and something different and tasty. The aftertaste is great, too.

I’m actually pretty impressed with this tea, and hopefully will also try it iced shortly (I don’t think I’ll try a cold-brew… greens always end up too astringent for me when I try that). It seems like it would make a perfect, fruity iced tea!

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

I finally figured out how to write tea notes, I will add more of mine.


My Aunt is out of the hospital and is doing well, I’m sending her a care package, including tea.

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drank Cocobene by Tea Desire
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Thanks to Courtney for a sample of this one! Sadly not a sipdown yet, but hopefully I’ll remember to chill the rest so it’s a sipdown tomorrow.

This pretty much tastes like DT’s Tropicalia, I agree. No candy bits (a bonus) and a bit more tartness, which I wasn’t as fond of. I’d pick Tropicalia over this one most likely, although I really wish it didn’t have candies in it! Whine, whine. However, this is still a pretty reasonably tea, and a far cry from some of the pina colada atrocities I’ve tried.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Mini-sipdown! 843.

I have two packages of this, but being bought over a year apart, they got separate entries, thus this actually counts as a sipdown, woo! There was a lot of dust in the bottom of the packet… and I just drank a sip of the tea and something tastes gross and rather off (not astringent, which is what I would have expected). I might just have to dump the rest of this one and start on the new packet. Bleh, that’s very disappointing, since it smelled quite good. :(

ETA: Turns out it was definitely my travel mug causing icky flavours. However, the second infusion was too “spiced” for me; too much cinnamon, so I dumped it. The new pack awaits… :D

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Sipdown! 844.

This wasn’t my favourite tea by a fair bit, but I figured it would work reasonably well in a travel mug as a tastier-than-hot-water beverage to be consumed while watching soccer. I was right. It was actually even tastier than I remember it being last time – strangely enough, it kind of tasted like root beer to me, with the combo of the malty black and the jasmine. I enjoyed it enough that if this tea was easily available, I would consider picking up a bit more of it.

I looked at my note from last time, and it looks like overleafing and possibly oversteeping may have been issues – I think I used 8 pearls (all that was left) this time, for 16 oz., and only infused for 3 minutes. While the jasmine is unmistakeable and fairly dominant, a delicious chocolatey black also emerges from behind the floral notes, which definitely makes me wish that they sold non-jasmine black pearls, as I’ll bet these are delicious just in themselves! Boosting the rating, because this is not bad at all.

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This one sounds interesting to me. I’ve been collecting Black Pearls, so that I can compare them. I’ve got Adagio’s sample, & am awaiting Pearls from Mandala & thepuritea (I’m really excited about their Red Dragon Pearl). I may add this one to the mix…just to try it out…

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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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