2276 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!

Even brewed for 2 minutes, this tea is sadly still astringent. A tasty candy-strawberry flavour, but way too much astringency, and since I’m very aware that astringency is entirely unnecessary, I’m not particularly tolerant of it. I think this tea could be pretty tasty with a better base, but unless that happens, I probably wouldn’t pick it up again. Perhaps I’ll add some milk and syrup to this cup; I can see it being pretty tasty if I can mask that astringency, but it’s a little difficult to drink otherwise.

ETA: I do like the second infusion of this one. There’s some flavour in it that I really like… I just so wish there wasn’t astringency!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! 792. Thanks to Mark B via Indigobloom for a sample of this tea.

I definitely agree that this tastes like a milk oolong. The flavour isn’t super intense, but it’s certainly there, and therefore I’m quite enjoying this tea. It doesn’t taste flavoured (whether or not it is, I have yet to quite understand that whole thing), which is a positive thing for me. I think I brewed it a touch too strong – it would probably be slightly more enjoyable if it was diluted a bit, but it’s still quite a tasty cup! It isn’t significantly better than any other milk oolongs I’ve tried, however, so no need for me to acquire more of this specific tea.

ETA: Mmm. As predicted, deeeeelicious second infusion. I truly don’t think I can ever live without milk oolongs again.

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

I wonder if part of that long winded name means “milky” lol

Kittenna

Or alternately, that’s the “real” name of milk oolongs, since “milk” is clearly not a Chinese word!

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Thanks to Lala for a wonderful surprise sample of this tea!

I’m not getting much oolong (ok, any really) from the flavour, but what I can taste is a delicious, lightly spiced tea. A bit citrusy, primarily orange, with cinnamon, and what tastes to me like either fennel or anise, but at a very agreeable level. It reminds me of Christmas, although it’s not a series of flavours I can recall tasting in a tea before. There’s some creaminess too, at the end of the sip.

This is probably not a tea I need more of, but it’s actually surprisingly delicious. As indicated by the fact that my cup is also now empty! I have another cup’s worth left, and I don’t imagine it will take very long to finish it off!

Thanks again Lala!

ETA: Oversteeped second infusion was surprisingly not at all astringent, but the spice wasn’t quite to my liking. I preferred it to be a bit more subtle. Still drank it, though!

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

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drank Jamaican Me Crazy by T by Daniel
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one.

This basically tastes like a standard coconut green. So fairly tasty, but not really a tea I’d go for too often. However, I think it would be great cold-brewed and sweetened. Since it tastes much like the coconut green I just got in my Amoda tea box, I think I’ll have to try it with that one soon!

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

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Sipdown! 794.

I’m assuming that what I have is a sample of the old version of Irish Breakfast, not the newly re-envisioned blend. Either way, it was a generous sample in my recent order from Stacy – thanks!

I haven’t found myself to really be a fan of many black tea blends, mostly because I don’t like a lot of straight black teas. However, this one’s not too bad. I’m getting raisiny flavours, as if it has Premium Taiwanese Assam in it, combined with other black teas that I can’t identify that give it a bit of a hay-y yet sweetish flavour. It’s not too robust to drink straight – after a three minute infusion, I’m not experiencing any astringency at all. I imagine, however, that it would hold up well to milk.

Honestly, I just requested a sample of this one out of curiosity, which has now been satisfied :D For a black blend, it probably deserves an 85+ rating, though I’d probably rate it myself closer to about 65 as that’s where it falls for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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Sipdown! 795.

Eh, this one smelled way better than it ever tasted, unfortunately. I’d rather have a different chocolate tea, so not too sad that it’s gone.

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

chocolate o!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Travel mug! Tastes delicious, as expected. I think I may prefer it in a regular mug though (but most teas taste better that way).

ETA: Yum. This lasts for one amazing second infusion, and a decent third.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Second-last cup of this one. Of course, it never made it into my spreadsheet, so it won’t even count as an official sipdown D:

Anyways, it’s a little too peppermint-heavy for me tonight. I need more black tea and/or chocolate flavour, personally. I like the minty-fresh taste, but I’m getting some gag-inducing peppermint leaf flavour as well. Perhaps sweetener would fix it, but it’s bedtime, so perhaps I’ll try that in the morning. Perhaps not. We’ll see!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Uhhhh. So, I’m drinking the “newer” version of this, which includes goji berries. I’m not really sure where this entry belongs… there are two Laoshan Village Chai listings, but neither is the version currently being offered…

Anyhow, I just got a sampler packet of this, and haven’t had the older (summer??) version in a while, so I can’t compare the two, but this one’s not bad. Unfortunately, I think I underleafed as I wanted my packet to last for two sessions… and I think the cup needed closer to a full tbsp of tea. However, it’s still okay with milk and syrup, just a bit difficult to pick out the spices. I think I prefer Chocolate Phoenix Chai though; this isn’t my perfect blend of chai spices, even though the blend is heavy on cardamom pods. Perhaps I need to try a longer infusion/infusing in milk… plans for another day!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Terri HarpLady

I wonder if someone should go in & update the tea info to include the newer blend?

Skulleigh

Oh no :( I have an older blend, and loved it. I wanted more of the same, not something else. I don’t need berries in my chai! pout

Kittenna

I was thinking about it… but the reviews must be so mixed up by now. I kind of wish there was some sort of system to note different versions of a tea. So much confusion about altered blends, and a whole different issue with different harvests of a tea.

Skulleigh – it may taste fairly similar. I wasn’t the biggest fan of LVC to begin with; it just wasn’t quite right for me. I’m not honestly sure that the goji berries add a great deal. Hopefully I can compare the two at some point, but I seem to be pretty bad at actually remembering to do such things (and even then, the ingredient distribution may make them taste differently anyhow).

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Sipdown! 796. Sigh… it’s never-ending!

This is a touch strong tonight, probably because I forgot and didn’t brew it in an extra-large mug. Oops. It’s still pretty tasty though. Kind of a fruity EGC, although only just a bit of creaminess, which I assume is actually honey. This is certainly not a tea I’d turn down if offered; it’s a great example of a good flavoured black, especially for a bagged tea.

Thanks again for sharing this, whatshesaid :)

ETA: A bagged tea that lasts for 3 good infusions? Colour me impressed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 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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