2244 Tasting Notes

78
drank Strawberry Cream by The Tea Grotto
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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
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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
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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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82
drank Organic Houjicha by Hibiki-an
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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