2244 Tasting Notes

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
2244 tasting notes

Made a cup of this one (hot) the other night and left it in the fridge to cool to make “iced tea”… it definitely has that characteristic cacao shell flavour, but now that I’ve had straight cacao shells, there’s definitely too much rooibos hindering the delicious cacao flavour. I ended up sweetening it with maple syrup, which tasted pretty decent, but it definitely wasn’t as good as I remember (and I suspect it’s directly related to having had better teas since, not because it’s a bit older!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
American Tea Room

thanks for the review – we think this tea is better hot than cold – don’t know why this is – but we too do not enjoy this cold – UNLESS you make it into a Tea Latte with whole milk – and then it is divine beyond divine.

Kittenna

Thanks – I should do that, as it sounds delicious!

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drank Marie's Muffins by T by Daniel
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Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one.

I like this rooibos! It tastes very much like a blueberry muffin, light on the blueberry but with a tasty baked goods flavour and little rooibos. I haven’t had a lot of luck with blueberry-flavoured rooibos in the past, so it’s nice to have one that really does work. That said, I think I prefer the blueberry/black tea/rooibos blend from Della Terra.

ETA: Second infusion was also pretty tasty, and the infuser smelled like there was potential for a third, but I opted for a new tea instead :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Island Coconut by Spire Tea
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Hmm, this tea tastes quite a bit like coconut oolong, but without the oolongy flavour. That is to say, it’s very much a kind of toasty coconut, which is really quite good! I wish I could taste the green tea a bit more, so next time I’ll lengthen the infusion a bit – I kept it to 2 minutes to prevent any possible astringency, which I did succeed at. This is definitely one of the better coconut greens I’ve tasted though… highly recommend if that’s something you’re looking for.

I feel like this would be a great blending tea for use when coconut flavour is desired (but when oolong is not)… so perhaps that’s what I’ll use it for! Or maybe I’ll ice it. Hmm, the possibilities…

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

Is this the Amoda blend? I wasn’t sure how to add it as the package said “Amoda” for blender.

Kittenna

Yeah, I saw that too, but then in the little letter it said Spire Tea… so that’s what I put! :P

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77
drank Lord Petersham by The Devotea
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Oooh, finally a tea that has some good, strong, positive reviews for it!

Anyhow, brewed up a quick mug of this for curiousity’s sake (bad time of the day to drink it probably, I know), and it’s quite enjoyable! I kept the infusion time at 2 minutes so I wouldn’t have to add anything, and that was a good idea. So was using only about 1.5 tsp for a 10 oz. mug. Anyhow, the result is a strong yet smooth and mellow cup of tea. Even if I hadn’t been told that this is a blend, I think I would likely suspect as much, because again, although I’m not super clear about different flavours of tea that belong with different regions, this certainly tastes like a mishmash (in a good way). There’s some light smokiness, a bit of classic “black tea flavour”, some maltiness… I don’t think I’m picking up chocolate, which is about the only profile that my head thinks is missing (I’m probably wrong). [Oh hey – the description mentions smoky! Yay! I always kind of cheer internally when I get a descriptor “right”, even one that obvious.]

Anyhow, given that I’m enjoying this straight, I feel like black tea lovers would really like this one. A definite win for this month, I’ll say!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Robert Godden

Really pleased to hear you enjoyed it. This is our most popular tea in the US & Canada.

Kittenna

I’m not a big fan of black teas, so when I find one that I like, it must be because it’s pretty good! I’ll be passing some along to a black tea-loving friend soon as well :)

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drank Rooibos Chocolate by Forsman Tea
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This tea is pretty good for a rooibos! Definitely tastes chocolatey, in a chocolate liqueur sort of way, which is surprisingly tasty. Enough rooibos flavour that I can tell it’s there, but it’s not objectionable. Overall, it’s a reasonable selection that I’ll finish off, but not repurchase.

Also, sorry for the very short tasting notes lately. I’m feeling very uninspired…

ETA: Also a good second infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I’ve been there. Some days I feel like I don’t want to drink tea because I’ll feel bad if I don’t log/review it, and that’s just ridiculous because… it’s all supposed to be fun right?

Short reviews are better than no reviews.

Also I can’t wait to try this one – I like rooibos and I love chocolate. Was this your last box?

Kittenna

Yeah. I haven’t been logging while drinking much lately, just logging after the fact (except for today).

I thought this was pretty good on the chocolate flavour; better than I had expected.

I have… two more boxes? One more box? I don’t remember, haha. If this is my third then I have two more. Bonus box due to being shorted in the first one. Since then they’ve all been good though :D

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drank Papaya Ginger White by Tea Guys
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Sipdown! This one had lost a bit of flavour, but was still pretty decent. Unfortunately, it got dust/cat hair in it (after my first few sips) so down the sink most of the cup went. Ah well.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Brewed up a bunch of this quite strong for icing – I’ll see how that fares in the morning! In the meanwhile, I’m enjoying a second infusion, which, possibly because it’s more than double strength, tastes much like a regular first infusion.

Anyhow, I used 2 tbsp of leaf for about 10oz and steeped for 1 min, then diluted that with probably another 10 oz. of cold water and stuck it in the fridge.

ETA: Yum!! Not only was it pretty darn delicious cold (very dark chocolate), I added sweetener (yep, maple syrup is the current sweetener of choice for cold beverages as it’s the only liquid sweetener I currently have), and I sucked back the cup in no time. It didn’t necessarily need it, I just wanted it to be sweet. The maple syrup really brought out the dark chocolate notes, so it was very satisfying. I’ll have to try some other blacks this way! I haven’t been drinking as much tea lately (only want cold drinks) and my water/liquids intake has been dwindling… iced tea is clearly the remedy.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Somehow, I read this to mean you were making cake or cupcake icing with laoshan black tea! Not that you were making iced tea. Ha! Laoshan black icing though, that might be good!!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I thought the same as Tealizzy! :-) Maybe we just wantt cupcakes?

Tealizzy

I love cupcakes! Laoshan black cupcakes, please!!

Kittenna

Ahahahaha. Those would be some tasty cupcakes, I think! Quite dark and rich. Now I’m kind of tempted to use the tea in an infusion for icing or something, like I’ve done previously with coffee…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I saw a recipe the other day for earl grey cupcakes and I think it could be done with this tea the same way. Oh I might just go on a baking binge this weekend. I already have matcha muffins planned.

Sil

I’ve done icing with matcha…. that was super delicious!

OMGsrsly

Fuzzy_Peachkin, Earl Grey Chocolate Cake. It would be amazing with Laoshan Black instead of Earl Grey. http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/chocolate-earl-grey-cake/

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That looks so tasty! Thanks, OMGsrsly! Need to get chocolate and yogurt!

Tealizzy

OMGsrsly – YUM!

MissLena

Baha, I thought of cake icing as well :D

OMGsrsly

I don’t actually use yogurt – I just make “buttermilk” by mixing almond milk and 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice. :) You can use regular milk or soy milk as well! Of course, I do use real butter…

Donna A

I like Laoshan black better cold than hot. I found that cold-steeping over night in the fridge works great too. I followed the Verdant Tea website instructions.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
2244 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmm. Still adore this one. About a cup’s worth left of it now too. I hadn’t had it with proper water and such lately, since it sat at work for quite a while, but since I do most of my writing from home, I brought it here to enjoy properly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
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Mmmm. Sooooo nutty, and just sweet enough. Just a cup’s worth of this left now, which makes me kind of sad (but it’s not like I don’t have plenty of other tea to drink too!)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

A couple tasty cups of this between yesterday and today, sweetened with maple syrup and with a bit of milk added. Sooooooo delicious. Not a traditional chai, but satisfying regardless!

Preparation
Boiling

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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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