2606 Tasting Notes

78

It’s weird – as much as I adore Two Friends and plain PTA, this tea just hasn’t quite worked for me. I brewed up a mug of it over the weekend as well, and it’s just not as good as the others. I’ll probably pick up a small bag of it later to give it another shot, but unfortunately what I have is just not what I was hoping for. (That said, the other two are so amazing that I can live with this one not being a favourite.)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea never fails to disappoint. Brewed a big travel mug of it up yesterday, and it was perfect to accompany my meal at the boy’s church BBQ potluck. Dark, raisiny, malty. So good.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m definitely tiring of this one, so glad it’s almost gone. The cinnamon sweetness is just a bit too much for me now, I think, although it’s still enjoyable, and the sparkles are pretty awesome. It’s really a wintery tea though, so maybe that’s part of the problem – I should save the rest for a few more months!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Nooooo, I’m closer to being out of this than I thought! :( A few more cups and it’s gone. Tragic. Anyways, enjoyed a delicious travel mug-full plus a re-steep this weekend/today. Mmmmm. Oolong and banana.

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

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86
drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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Mini sipdown! 823.

I think my first batch of this one tastes better than the second as well. Bleh – why does this always happen? Anyhow, I’m finishing off the last of batch #1, and I swear that it tastes creamier and less minty than the batch from which I purchased a whopping 170g. Oh well :/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Unfortunately, this is another tea that I liked and purchased more of, but the second batch just didn’t live up to the first. I’d prefer a good cream earl grey, though this is still ok, just not as creamy as I’d like, and a bit citrus-heavy.

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

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93
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Apparently I still have a soft spot for this one. So delicious. Even though it’s over a year and a half old, it’s still good. Gotta use this one up in travel mugs in the near future!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Yeaaah, I liked this more the first couple times I had it. There’s an off-flavour now; I don’t know if it’s the white tea going off or what. It’s still ok, just not as enchanting as it was originally.

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

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drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 824.

Such a weird tea. Not bad, necessarily, but a really weird combination of ingredients. Light berry sweetness, seaweed, mustard? Odd. But since none of the ingredients fall into the list of those I detest, I definitely find it more palatable than, say, most teas with licorice. Or straight peppermint. Anyhow, it’s gone and I’m not too sad. Need to make serious progress on sipdowns, and this was an easy one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Woohoo!
(That sounds so strange!)

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78

Sipdown! 825.

You know – this isn’t too bad at all! However, I’m not sure what osmanthus is supposed to taste like (peach??), but all I’m getting here is an aged oolong (lighter than the other I tried today), which is quite tasty. I’m getting some fruitiness (as opposed to floral), but would be hard-pressed to describe it as anything specific, let alone peach. Anyhow, it’s yet another tasty oolong for me tonight. I really do adore oolongs – although the one downside (kind of) is that they halt my sipdown progress since I feel guilty unless I resteep them at least twice, which means 6 more cups of tea (between the three) before I get to empty those infusers. Oh well! At least it will be tasty :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 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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