2246 Tasting Notes

84
drank Purple Tea of Kenya by Butiki Teas
2246 tasting notes

Brewed this as recommended today, and am definitely getting green tea-like flavours. I love how the liquor isn’t a typical tea colour though, kind of a strange purpley-greenish tone. Very unique. I apparently have more of this left than I thought, as I forgot that it only requires 1/2 a teaspoon per cup… so I guess I have about 8 cups left. So much tea!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Sipdown! 781.

Yum. I still think it’s so unique to have such a deliciously nutty yet unsweetened tea. It’s really quite tasty. At some point (you know, when my stash gets down to a manageable 250 teas or something), I’d like to pick up a few more things from Lupicia. They have enough interesting teas to give it a shot, even if their prices are a touch expensive!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
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Ohhhh man. This is pretty much the best iced tea I have ever made. Brewed this one strong (4, possibly 5 generous tsp to 8 oz.) with boiling water, and then diluted up to probably 14 oz. with cool water after about ~4 min. It went into the fridge maybe 10 hours ago, and the result is seriously amazing. It’s creamy and “vegetal”, but not in any way that tea has ever come across to me. It’s almost more like cucumber, except there’s some sweetness from the strawberry. When I was brewing this up, I fully admit that I was regretting that I had so much left of my 50g bag…. yeah, no longer. And I’m now hoarding the rest of it, because nobody I’ve sent it off to likes it, so now it’s all mine! :D So there! Haha.

Anyways, this was a very pleasant surprise this evening (er, is 4:30am still evening?) while I’m working on project stats. I’m far more interested in drinking this than the 3 hot teas I just made… oh well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Gah! If I were up at that time I’d be chugging maté.

OMGsrsly

This is one I really wanted to try, but it had disappeared online before I decided to do a $50 order. Oh well. :) Glad to see a positive review!

Kittenna

I have a pretty messed up sleep schedule right now, so I was wiiide awake at 4:30. Come noon, and I was crashing pretty hard. Caffeine doesn’t seem to do much for me though, other than give me nausea and the jitters if I drink too much on an empty stomach.

OMGsrsly – this one is really hit or miss, or seems to have been. If you really want to try some, you might try asking on the swap threads? That’s how I ended up with about 30-40g of DT’s Buttercream, which was discontinued before I even knew it existed (and then I got it in a swap and loved it). It was a similarly hit or miss tea, so people were willing to part with theirs :D

Fjellrev

Caffeine does the exact same thing to me, especially on an empty stomach. It’s almost like a hangover.

Kittenna

Ugh, it’s awful! But at least I rarely encounter that problem (really, it’s only extra-large coffees or matcha smoothies that ever result in consequences, and the coffee has bonus intestinal consequences too).

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78

Sipdown! 782. The rest of this is for Sil.

I will admit that my tastebuds are a bit compromised right now, as I just consumed a deliciously huge amount of garlic/ginger/soy/lime marinade while eating a marlin steak. Nom nom nom. So my mouth kind of tastes like GARLIC, but even so, I can taste the delicious banana of this tea, such a real, banana chip flavour (shocker – this tea contains banana chips!) Yum. While I don’t think this is going on a must-have list for me, I can see myself attempting to nab a bit more in the future, or splitting a small amount with someone. Mmmmm!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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62
drank The Malt Shop by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! 783. The rest is off to Sil and Indigobloom!

It’s such a shame that the flavour of this one doesn’t match up with the crazily delicious aroma, although this tastes infinitely better when sweetened. It’s kind of a burnt, malty flavour, that unlike the natural burny/malty flavours in some black teas, really doesn’t taste great unsweetened. Ah well. Interesting enough, if nothing else!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

This seems to get such mixed reviews! I still have to open mine and see what the verdict is.

Kittenna

Oh man. Warning: it smells possibly like the most amazing tea ever. Mine was in a baggie, and the aroma permeated EVERYTHING. I’d walk into a room, and be all “OMG that awesome smell!” and it was this tea. Sweetened, it nearly lives up to the aroma, but unsweetened, not at all. I suppose I should be thankful that they didn’t include stevia or something, but I’m surprised that they couldn’t make it a bit sweeter, given the name.

Fjellrev

I’m glad to hear that it’s not really sweet though. Some of their stuff is just over the top for me,like Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Love in a Cup. Sounds like one that would take milk very well. Hmm, I ought to open mine later today and try it. :)

Kittenna

Ahh, whereas I loved those two :D I imagine this one would take milk well; I can’t recall if I’ve tried it that way. I just sweetened it this time, and was sufficiently pleased.

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 784. Aiming to drop my tea count low enough over the week that my meet up with Sil doesn’t push it back over 800… ahhhhh who am I kidding, I’m doomed :(

Anyways, brewed this one hot and then chilled it with the tea still floating in it – it’s pretty good! I see I rated it fairly highly previously as well, although I think I had only tried it hot and/or cold-brewed. The dominant flavour is peachiness, though I certainly taste some pineapple as well. I do understand the slight weird aftertaste that apparently other people have mentioned. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not terribly bothersome for me.

Overall, tasty summer tea. I’d drink this again :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Chizakura

Wow. I can’t even fathom having that many teas. XD That’s incredible. Good luck sipping them down. Just be sure to drink the smallest amount one first to thin the herd, to make it seem less hopeless.
What’s your goal?

Kittenna

Yeeaaah it’s rather ridiculous. I have lots of 1-2 cup samples to drink down, but I don’t always like to focus on those. Icing things is helping me get through some teas a bit faster, though!

I don’t know what my goal is, really. It would be great to be down to 500 by September or something like that, but we’ll see how things go. More to the point, I need to stop purchasing, which I’ve been doing quite well with lately :D

Sil

Not going to happen….orders + samples from me + samples from jackieT + samples from Terri.

Kittenna

Excitement… but tears….

K S

OK, I hope this is taken in humor as intended. When I read this I said out loud 800! there may have been something about crazy in there somewhere My wife says that sounds like you. I replied, why? I only have a little over 100. She looked at me like do you hear yourself? Yeah, I remember when I had a drawer full of 12 boxes of different tea bags and I was the most obsessed person I knew. We are a scary bunch.

Kittenna

Ahahaha. Yeah, it’s horrible isn’t it. People who come over look at the basket of teas I have downstairs and are all “WOW you have a lot of tea”. Sometimes, I just don’t tell them that it’s not even 1/8 of it all….

Sil

lol i’ve seen pictures…i know what 800 looks like. I’m deamn close to 300 and i can’t imagine tripling that. lol

Fjellrev

800 blows my freaking mind. 800! I feel like I’m drowning in my ~60. Some of the Steepsterites ought to contact Guinness Book of World Records.

Kittenna

Ahaha. I think momo is in a similar position to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if people like TEB and LiberTEAS also have ridiculously large numbers of teas into such a range. I’m pretty sure that 3/4 of my stash could be sipped down reasonably quickly, but the remaining 1/4 would probably take a fair bit of work, e.g. I have a lot of those teas, and don’t necessarily like them a great deal. I have grand plans to swap things like that out, but don’t currently have the time to deal with it :(

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72
drank Kiwi Cherry Bonanza by Tiesta Tea
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Hot/cold-brewed some of this up for today. Pretty good! Naturally fairly sweet, with gingery tones. Not one I’d restock, but pretty delicious regardless.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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64
drank Razzmatazz (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 785.

I think I preferred this one brewed hot and cooled. I cold-brewed it, and it tastes a little strange, but it could also be because I’m at the bottom of my bag of it. Anyhow, it’s still not nearly as gross as Raspberry Nectar, which I unfortunately still have a small amount of, but it’s not a tea I’d bother picking up again. There are far more deliciously fruity summer tea flavours to pick from.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83

Another cold-brew. Still some bitterness, but it had quite a bit of delicious flavour too. I think I have about a cup’s worth of this left now – the rest will soon be on its way to Sil!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
2246 tasting notes

Unexpected sipdown! 786.

Ended up taking the last of this to my boyfriend’s place yesterday and brewing it up. Hopefully I’ll manage to cold-brew the combination of this cup and my previous and get a bit more flavour out of it. Such a delicious tea.

ETA: Ok – cold-brewing the used leaves really brings out the ginger, in a super-delicious way! (Ok, the bottom of the cup was TOO gingery, but still. Tasty!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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