2604 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! 830.

Finally trying this one again, a year later. Thankfully, it no longer tastes quite so tomatey/brothy (though I can sense similar notes, so it’s probably just that flavours have muted over time). Anyhow, it’s not bad, although I’m not particularly fond of it. There’s a nice light, sweet cinnamon, but I can’t really pick out the other flavours. They are verging on savoury, which is a little odd for me.

Anyhow, perhaps sometime in the future when I’ve sipped down a few more things, I’ll try Whispering Pines again :) There are some blends I’m dying of curiousity about, haha!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

A lot has changed in a year :) you should definitely check out my house black and apple cinnamon oolong…i think youd enjoy those :)

Kittenna

Apple Cinnamon Oolong is definitely on my list :)

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75
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2604 tasting notes

Grrr, Steepster ate my note. Something about delicious vanilla creaminess, and mixing it in the future with milk oolong. Thankfully this wasn’t a note I had spent a bunch of time on!

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

Steepster keeps eating my notes too! And I’m going to have to try this mixed with milk oolong since I love both!

ifjuly

i don’t know if it works with other browsers, but just a heads up since so many Steepsters mention note-eating frustration: there’s a browser plug-in for mozilla at least called textarea cache; when installed, it will save any text you type into boxes while browsing the internet (you can specify which sites you want it to work or not work on, and for how many days, etc.). it’s saved my hide a bunch of times.

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Hmmm, whoops! I brewed this like a black, because it definitely looked like one. Luckily, it seems to have fared ok. This pretty much tastes like a jasmine green to me… nothing overly special, although there’s perhaps a bit of additional flavour and body compared to typical jasmine greens, and it may be a bit less floral. Not a huge fan of it, though, but I’ll finish off my sample, which is definitely over a year old.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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66

Another tasty one. Kind of like a tempered version of Strawberry Pie HB. I still don’t get much rhubarb, but I like this blend anyhow.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
2604 tasting notes

Also had a cup of this one. Delicious. Ever since I figured out to brew greens for only 2 min, it’s been quite tasty, very nutty and coconutty, with a nice green base (almost verging on seaweedy).

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

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100

I hadn’t had this in a quite a while, so made some this weekend…. oh man. Just like I remembered, so oolongy and banana-y and perfect. No overwhelming stevia, so I really do think that that was just a product of the bottom of the packet last time.

Anyhow, a part of me wishes that I’d stocked up on this one, but…. I have so much tea as is, haha. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough for them to bring it back at some point.

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

Have you tried the Banana Dream Pie?

tigress_al

Ya I am sad this one is gone too :(

Kittenna

Yeah, I did try Banana Dream Pie and it was ok, but unfortunately nothing like this one. Sigh.

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73

Sipdown! 831.

Sil gave me the remnants of two of her matcha latte mix samples from Red Leaf (way back), and I finally got to trying one sometime a week or two ago. I made it with milk, because I’m silly like that (I assume it didn’t need milk? Or maybe I’m wrong), but anyways, it was pretty delicious. No need to add sweetener, because it’s already in there, and the powder dissolved beautifully. Since I wasn’t doing the actual taste test for Red Leaf, I didn’t feel the need to compare the two samples, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on differences, but I did find it enjoyable and easy to use, and honestly? If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d be tempted to pick up some of the pre-made mixes just because it was so easy to use. I didn’t sift my matcha, didn’t heat any water/milk (I used cold milk), and it was ready to go, and delicious, in a couple minutes. Yum. Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

you are so not going to get to 800…lol

Kittenna

Challenge accepted.

Sil

GOOD! haha

Cavocorax

Yes! Do it!

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So, I made a bunch of teas a weekend or two ago, and didn’t log them, and now can’t remember them all! Boo. I wrote them down somewhere, but then proceeded to move… little pieces of paper get lost awfully easily.

Anyhow, this is one I know I did try. I remember it being fairly tasty, although not quite as ice creamy as I was expecting; it tasted more like a basic strawberry black. I think I have enough for another cup for myself, and will test it again and make some better conclusions (hopefully!), but it’s probably nothing I feel the need to restock.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I try and store things on my phone. Bot always convenient though

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71

Sipdown! 832. Thanks to Indigobloom for this one.

I found this to be a fairly decent black, but nothing super special. There were some cocoa notes (yum!) and it was smooth and malty, but it’s pretty tough for anything to beat Laoshan Black and Premium Taiwanese Assam, so although it was definitely good quality, it’s not a tea I’d pick up myself.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

This one makes good iced tea :)

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drank 9 Ladies Dancing by Alphakitty
2604 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for passing on some of this from last year’s Christmas swap! I found it to be quite enjoyable – lavender EGs on their own are a bit potent, but mixed with the EGC? Delicious! Not overly floral, but flavourful and different. I’m not catching a great deal of bergamot, but I am guessing that neither of the two teas involved in the blend were particularly bergamot-heavy. A tasty treat!

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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