2606 Tasting Notes

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Again, too lazy to figure out which season this is from. 2012, though. Probably spring 2012.

Anyhow! Tasty, but weaker than I would have liked. Likely didn’t use enough tea, or didn’t infuse long enough (because it’s old… I know I know!) It was still pretty good though, I just need to remember to adjust parameters a bit for older teas. I’ll be re-stocking this tea for sure once I’m out, as I find it superior to “real” dragonwell tea, for the most part.

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

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
2606 tasting notes

Bleh, I think I messed up the infusion on this one. It was ok, but not very flavourful. Maybe 2 minutes wasn’t enough, or perhaps I didn’t use enough tea. I seem to recall enjoying it a fair bit, and my rating seems to indicate such, so I assume it was user error this time!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Ooh, I picked some up with my last order but I have a feeling I’ll love it.

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81

Oh, how I adore roasted tieguanyins. So delicious. This one tastes a bit like leafhopper-bitten teas, with some sweetness, along with vegetal, roast, and creamy oolong notes. I really crave this type of tea. So delicious.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 865.

Still chocolatey and fruity, but I think I may have messed up the tea:water ratio, as it was a touch weak. Oh well, still enjoyable, as was the re-steep. (The remnants of the first cup are still sitting on my nighttable… I sniffed them and it smells tasty, but I’m not going to drink tea that’s been sitting for 3-4 days! Overnight, sure.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 866. Thanks again to Courtney for letting me try this one.

This does taste like banana pudding (although not my mom’s banana pudding, which was sliced bananas in vanilla pudding…. omg so good.) Anyways, yes. There’s definite creaminess from the coconut, and a nice hit of banana flavour, and the black base is solid here. Pretty decent tea; I don’t think I actually care for banana in tea as much as I thought I did (Banana Oolong by DavidsTea is an exception), but it’s still enjoyable enough to drink. And I’m glad I don’t have an entire pouch to drink!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oh god, your mom’s puddings sounds amazing. I’m glad I didn’t bother picking this up. I kept going back and forth.

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drank Snow Peony (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

It’s super odd that I’m the first to review this….

Anyhow! Thanks to Janelle for sending me some of this in our swap! Unfortunately, I think it’s one of those white teas that falls into the “nearly flavourless” category for me. I can tell that I’m drinking tea; there’s a bit of a vegetal flavour to it, but despite the liquor being darker than I expected (darker than most properly-brewed greens!), flavour is minimal. That said, what I can taste is pleasant enough, a bit sweet, vegetal, perhaps hay-like (although no dry mouthfeel), just weak. I used 1.5 tsp for 8 oz. and brewed for 2.5 minutes – the DT recommendations were for 4-5 min, so maybe I’ll try that next time. I just went by the surprisingly dark liquor colour, and didn’t want an oversteeped tea!

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

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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
2606 tasting notes

Ok… I’m super behind on writing notes. I blame my recent addiction to Final Fantasy for that, haha. Anyhow! Notes will commence.

I randomly picked this tea to try last night, and was pleasantly surprised. I’m pretty sure it would fall into the category of flavoured milk oolongs, although it claims not to be, because the milkiness was quite strong. And pretty enjoyable. It was quite a delicious mixture of savoury oolong and creaminess. I’d happily drink this again, although would compare prices with others first (since I seem to be not terribly picky with regards to milk oolongs – they’re all pretty delicious!)

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

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74

Huh… I guess I must have tried this and failed to write a tasting note about it previously? There was definitely only one cup’s worth left (yes, sipdown! 867), and I know CHAroma was generous enough to send at least two cups of pretty much everything.

Anyhow! I have now for sure tried it, AND written a tasting note :D It’s a pretty decent flavoured green – nice sweet candied berry flavour, kind of like Della Terra’s Double Berry Burst, but perhaps a bit tastier. The green tea is pleasantly vegetal in the background, and there’s no astringency or bitterness. Overall, a pretty tasty cup. One of the few flavoured greens I’ve actually enjoyed!

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

Awesome! Success! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. :)

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drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Blech. Another tea I really don’t care for. The combo of hibiscus/cinnamon/floral rose-y flavours is pretty gross. Apparently last time I tried it, I vowed not to have it again, but here I am…. I still have a cup’s worth left to get rid of. I have no intentions of drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61

Ok, not too surprised about this one, but although it smells like strawberry rhubarb, it tastes like a pretty generic basic strawberry black tea, which is too bad. Oh well – as others have said, the creamy teas from Bayswater appear to be better than the fruity ones!

Thanks for sharing this with me Cavocorax!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Do you have a recommendation for a good strawberry tea? I’ve been looking, and most of the ones I’ve tried have had other fruits in them or are green teas instead of black teas, and… IDK. I haven’t found a really good one yet.

Kittenna

Hmm. I’m actually not entirely sure I’ve had just a straight strawberry black – they often have chocolate or something. I liked the ones from DavidsTea well enough, and I’ve also enjoyed some from other companies, that contain papaya. And then there’s Ruby Pie, but again, not just strawberry.

OMGsrsly

Ruby Pie is on my to-buy list, now that I know there’s a gluten free version! :)

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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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