2367 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Sipdown! Yeah… this is from two(?) years’ ago’s 12 Teas of Christmas. Even with a poorly sealed package, though, it’s still good! Lemony, cardamom, and a fabulous base green that leaves a wonderful lingering caramelly sweetness post-sip. Particularly enjoying that last bit, to be honest – it’s a sign of a good base tea, to me – and it’s one element that I find lacking in a lot of flavoured greens. Overall, glad I don’t have a bag of this to sip down, because lemony teas aren’t my favourite (I’d rather suck a lemon… honestly. I love lemons!), but I’m a bit sad to bid it farewell, because it’s one of the better flavoured greens (I wonder where my Sun & Cloud Mist is???)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So my trainer introduced a great idea to me today – pro-tea-n lattes! Basically, a tea latte with vanilla protein powder instead of the usual milk and sweetener. I tried that today with this tea, and it was quite a success! My protein powder does have a certain flavour to it, so I don’t think I’d want to have this sort of latte all the time (also, I really love maple syrup in smoky tea lattes, and the protein powder is already sweet), but I think it will be a great way to have a yummy tea latte while getting in something healthy (protein powder)!

About the tea; this is not my favourite chai, by a long shot, but at least it does mostly have the “right” spice blend, i.e. heavy on cardamom, moderate on cinnamon, with a spicy peppercorn kick. Just fine for tea lattes where subtle nuances of other teas would be wasted.

The Cookie Lady

That’s a neat idea!!

Kittenna

My trainer came up with it :D

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50

Sipdown! Another thanks to Sil. Given the hibiscus in this blend, I thought it would be a good idea to go light on infusion time, and I think that was a good choice. At about 2 minutes, the liquor is quite pink and although it smells quite like a wild berry mix, the flavour is definitely dominated by hibiscus. It’s at a bearable level though (and appropriate in a berry blend), so it’s not really an issue here, but I do prefer to taste more of the actual berries, and not just the tartness. I feel like this one would be fairly good sweetened (i.e. juice tea)… but as that’s not my usual practice, I won’t bother trying it that way. Overall, pretty average tea.

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80

Sipdown! I think I brewed this one a touuuucchhh too strong today. Great creamy lemon flavours, with a definite sour zing to it (hibiscus?), but also that damned unpleasant woody note that’s gotten into most of my samples from Janelle. How frustrating. There’s enough flavour here, though, that it’s not as completely flavour-destroying as it is in some other teas, but I’m now fairly sure that all of the teas from that package are going to have a similar flavour. Bleh. Anyways, I remember liking this one, and I see I rated it highly previously, although I do prefer Lemon and/or Lime Chiffon (and don’t find the sour hibiscus zing necessary, though it’s not off-putting here with a short infusion).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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90

Sipdown! Thank you VariaTea for a sample of this :) I definitely enjoyed it – flavour was much like the original Marshmallow Treat, so fluffy, vanilla, toasty rice goodness (a bit heavy on the toastiness, as reblends seem to have been – I believe the rice has changed), with overtones of sweet candy strawberry. To be honest, there wasn’t enough strawberry for me, but of course I enjoyed the cup and wish I had my own packet squirrelled away, but alas, this came out during that terrible period during which I did not log teas due to Thesis and/or Post-Thesis Recovery (I still drank tea, though, don’t you worry!). I wish my Banana somethingorother genmaicha was actually strawberry. Sigh. Or maybe even that it was Strawberry Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha. With the old version of toasted rice. Yes…..

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

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47
drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Not particularly impressed with this one, but it is possible that it picked up some odd flavours while I was storing it. Kind of sweet, a bit grapey, mild and smooth base… but also a weird herbally (?) note that I picked up from the dry tea/wet leaves/steeped aroma/in the flavour. Might be another case of flavour contamination although it’s not as prominent here. Unfortunately, some of the teas from Janelle were ayurvedic teas and ones with other weird ingredients, and I think that I would have been wise to try them all quickly and keep them separated… but I foolishly didn’t. Ah well, live and learn. Minus the weird note and plus a bit more flavour, I think this probably would be a fairly decent tea, but not one I’m sad to have missed out on. Given that I’m not a fan of wine anyhow, that’s probably not terribly surprising.

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82
drank Pomegranate Da Hong Pao by 52teas
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Thanks to Sil for passing on a bit of this one. I’m actually pleasantly surprised – the roasty, nutty, slighty smoky (?) oolong base is quite nice here, and the addition of the pomegranate adds a nice, full fruitiness to it, making for a very enjoyable cup. I think I’d actually quite enjoy the base tea by itself, but the extra fruit flavouring adds a great extra dimension. I don’t think I’d necessarily identify it as pomegranate, but age may have diminished the flavour somewhat, so it’s tough to pinpoint the reason for that. Either way, I’m quite enjoying the cup, and glad that I have a scant cup’s worth left to have another day (not too distantly in the future, hopefully). However, I believe that my enjoyment of this cup is most likely more due to the base tea than anything, so it’s tough to justify the “VIT” price tag. However, now I know to scout out more da hong paos!

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74
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea I drank yesterday at work. Not too bad, as flavoured greens go – fairly realistic grape flavour, standard sencha green base. The flavour would be better on a different base IMO – perhaps an oolong? I oversteeped a bit for the first infusion, but the second was quite pleasant. Overall, not a tea I’d buy again, but a pleasant enough cup, although temperature and time are pretty critical.

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62
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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Very meh about this tea. I think I may have oversteeped it a touch at work yesterday (last day of work, sigh), but it’s really quite unremarkable. I’m just really not a fan of most of Davidstea’s flavoured greens, for whatever reason. I do think it tastes champagne-like – peachy, grapey, fuzzy, but it’s really not for me.

darby

I didn’t like this one hot either but cold brewed and it’s not bad!

Kittenna

Maybe I’ll try it that way… I’ve never had great luck cold-brewing greens though.

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95
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Whew, I did actually write about this one before. (But I’ve had it like, 6 times, and probably only have one note…) Anyhow! Still love this tea, though I didn’t order more (I’m wary of stocking up on teas with coconut, since it seems to go off). Delicious raisiny, coconut, banana, chocolate. Very decadent, and good for a bunch of re-steeps because of the solid base.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I made a list of teas with coconut recently just to drink them quicker. :D

Kittenna

Very clever!

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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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