2606 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 808.

This perhaps tastes a bit more like gingerbread now, but I think there’s cardamom in it and that’s why I’m thinking it tastes like that delicious Indian rice pudding thinger. Nom nom nom. Just had to have one more teensy cup before sending off the rest!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Haha you are doomed to be at like 700+

Cavocorax

I’m curious to see what your numbers will be after you grab your tea from Sil!

Sil

bwahahahahahah i should show you the box she’s getting from me. yes box. lol I picked one up at the grocery store yesterday so that i could fit all her teas in it

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80

Sipdown! 809.

Yep, still enjoy this one; one of the better chocolate teas I’ve had, although I personally find a plain chocolate tea kind of boring. Chocolate hazelnut?? That sounds much tastier! (Someone make a chocolate hazelnut tea?? Stacy??)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
adagio breeze

You should totally submit that idea for her contest!

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drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
2606 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting much from this tea, especially since aniseed was listed as an ingredient, but I’m pleasantly surprised – this is less chai-like and more of a nice, honey-spiced beverage. The spices actually blend together quite well, with none really dominating over the others, which is unusual for most spiced teas. Perhaps the honey brings everything together. Either way, worth a shot if you like spiced teas but find chais to generally be a bit overly spice-heavy. I imagine it would take a bit of milk and sweetener well, although the flavour is not strong so it could possibly be drowned out.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 810.

Hmm, not sure if this has lost flavour, or perhaps I underleafed, but the flavour is pretty light, and leaning a bit towards the chemically side. However, it does most closely resemble s’mores when compared to any other “s’mores” tea I’ve tried – the aroma is sweet and marshmallowy, which carries into the flavour, though I’m not really picking up graham cracker, and the chocolate is a bit muted. It’s not bad though, just not wonderful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2606 tasting notes

Had a delicious travel mug of this one this weekend. So malty and satisfying. Unfortunately, though, it was so humid out that I really wanted iced tea, not hot tea, so I didn’t get to finishing it all. Sad.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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89

Sipdown! 811.

I didn’t get as much orange this time as I did previously, but it was still an enjoyable tea with a nice chocolate flavour. However, Two Friends blows every other chocolate/orange tea I’ve ever had completely out of the water, so this is not a re-stock.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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60

Sipdown! 812.

Yeah… I don’t think flavoured pu’erhs are really for me (generally), because I nearly always get a bit of fishiness which clashes badly with the flavourings. IIRC Cinnamon Swirl Bread was an exception, and there are probably others that I’m not thinking of right now, but I would prefer to have a similarly flavoured black tea over the pu’erh version. There’s nice fruity strawberry/fruity flavours, but a hint of fishiness, which is just too much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! 813.

This one’s a definite like, so I’m hoping that ‘Creamy Blue’ is similar in the flavouring aspect. It’s all delicious, creamy blueberry, no weird rooibos flavour, and no astringency from the black tea.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76

Sipdown! 814.

A perfectly good strawberry/chocolate black, although IMO it could use more strawberry. Decent base though (no astringency), and it doesn’t taste overly fakey. I’d drink it again, but it’s not unique enough to keep stocked.

Strange… I don’t have this logged previously. I think I had it in a travel mug, so must have just forgotten. Whoops!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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58

Sipdown! 815.

I didn’t have a big piece of star anise in the cup this time, which greatly improved the flavour, IMO. I taste ginger and a candy sort of raspberry… it’s actually fairly pleasant! I don’t think I’d feel the need to get any more of this, but without icky licoricey flavours, I’m quite happy with it.

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

I’m wary of any tea that has the word melange in it. We have a bad history lol

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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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