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2221 Tasting Notes

82
drank Organic Houjicha by Hibiki-an
2221 tasting notes

Sooooo…. I definitely have back to close to 850 teas again…. D:

Anyhow, this one’s from Hallieod via Sil!

Sweet, roasty, and delicious! And now they’re taking the computer away…..

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
CHAroma

At least you’ll be set in the event of a zombie apocalypse. ;)

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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

Yup, still the best chocolate orange tea ever. This probably comes the closest to satisfying cravings for Terry’s Chocolate Oranges that I’ll ever come without ingesting hundreds of (delicious) calories. I bet sweetening it a bit would make it even more delicious…. but that’s such a slippery slope…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

If it’s anything like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange then I think I just may be in heaven when I try this!

Sil

it’s really tasty, though i prefer two friends to three friends lol

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82
drank Fantasy by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Made a couple teas for the travel mug today; this was one of them. I do really enjoy this one. It’s not my favourite tea, but it’s desserty and stands up to the crappy conditions that travel mug teas must endure, so I’m happy to have my half-packet of it. Wouldn’t mind acquiring more in the future either, although I’m not sure I’m actively purchase it myself or anything.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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55
drank Momoko by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown, 775. Thanks to CHAroma for this teabag!

I think this one might have been a bit old, and the tea seemed a bit dusty when I opened the packet, so I’m not sure that this will be the most accurate review. The aroma is very classic Lupicia peach, but I’m not sure I am very fond of the green base. I’m generally not keen on green bases, so that’s not particularly surprising; I think I like the peach flavour better with a green oolong base.

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

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84
drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 776.

Although this is fairly good for a bagged tea, I prefer looseleaf milk oolong enough that I’d be unlikely to pick any of this up for myself.

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

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81
drank Golden Imperial Lotus by Teavana
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 777.

Apparently 2 minutes is not enough for this tea.. it was a bit weak. Steeped the second infusion for 4 minutes and if was much better. This is a good, malty black tea, but I’ve had better, and at more reasonable prices.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Sipdown! 778.

Drinking down my last cup of this so that I can pass the remaining cup’s worth onto Raritea. Due to age, the watermelon flavour has dissipated a bit, but it’s certainly still there, both in aroma and flavour. I opted to try a 1-minute infusion for the dragon well instead of the recommended 2.5 minutes, and I think that it helped to bring out the flavouring and tame the dragonwell a bit. I see that I noted that I should try it with a bit of sugar this time, but I don’t really feel inclined to. I like it as it is. At some point I’ll try Watermelon Xylophone with sugar instead to see how it brings out the watermelon flavouring.

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

Wow this sounds amazing! Combining the two is genius.

Kittenna

It was one of Stacy’s attempts prior to creating the Watermelon Xylophone, and she ended up sending me a sample of it as I was very interested in the dragon well base, though she opted not to use that for the website.

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85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 779.

I keep craving this one, and lucky for me, based on the facts that a) it (was) stored in a plastic baggie, b) there was only one cup’s worth left in said baggie, and c) I chanced across it tonight while migrating baggied samples downstairs and airtight packages upstairs to encourage sample drinking, I get to finally satisfy that craving! Wooooo!

If you like flavoured black teas… this tea would be an excellent purchase. Just saying.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
whatshesaid

I’m going to have to try it :)

Sil

did i not send you some?

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73
drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 780.

Well, it took me 11 months to get back to this one, but I have. And again, I got the most deliciously buttery aroma from the brewed up tea (which was unexpected, given the age and storage conditions). I just took a sip of it hot (hotter than I’d like), and I’m finding it difficult to discern anything other than black tea (with a characteristic 52teas older-blend flavour), so I’ll let it cool down a bit before I sip again.

10 minutes later… second sip. I’m still tasting classic 52teas black base and not a great deal more than that. I cleverly avoided astringency with a 2-minute infusion this time, so it’s perfectly enjoyable to drink, but I’m just not getting much in the way of flavouring. If this ever returned as a re-blend and I managed to nab a sample of it, I’d be curious to give it another shot when fresh, instead of well-aged.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I am seriously addicted to this tea. Also, the fact that it tastes so incredibly good after a brief hot water infusion (ok, 4-5 mins) followed by cold-brewing makes me wonder if most herbals would benefit from a bit of hot water before cold-brewing. I’m not sure it would be effective for actual tea due to bitterness, but I think it may help herbals like this one out a bit.

Anyways. Deeeeeelish. I really should stop drinking teas that are in nice, airtight bags though. Gotta sipdown the plastic baggie ones.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TassieTeaGirl

Can I post you some more? I have a bag, and I like it ‘n all, but I’m just not getting through it…

Kittenna

You certainly could! I know we have that message sitting there about a swap that I haven’t dealt with due to being busy, but you could totally throw that in there :D Let us know what sort of teas you might want from here that you can’t get ahold of otherwise. I know we’re after Rabbit Hole Teas :D

Sil

oh yes! we should see if we can figure that out this weekend or something kittenna

Kittenna

Yeah – remind me while I’m over :)

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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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