2276 Tasting Notes

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Mmmm, a random pick from the tea I have downstairs. Delicious!

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmmmmmm. I have missed the deliciousness of this one!!

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86

Sipdown! 797. This tastes a bit funky tonight… I think it’s due to the baggie-storage. Still has the tasty bakey notes, but almost a bit of a stale-ish flavour. Sigh. Oh well. I’d still order this again, just be a bit more careful in terms of storage.

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

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88

I’ve decided to tackle my Den’s sampler, that I’ve now had for over a year and barely made a dent in! Shouldn’t take long to get through most things :D

Anyhow, I hadn’t previously tried this one, but thankfully, it seems that age has not hurt it too badly. The flavour is roasty and sweet, and definitely kind of seaweedy. So not quite like genmaicha, especially as the toastiness is coming from the tea itself, not toasted rice. It’s certainly pretty tasty, however! I’d definitely be happy to add this into my “comforting evening teas” rotation. I suspect it would also suit a travel mug well, though I don’t think I have enough to try that.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
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Sipdown! This tea makes an excellent case for drinking greens when they are fresh, because, uh… it kind of tastes juuuuuuust a bit like cat pee :P Not that I know what it tastes like, but just the smell… you know? So now I get why my dad made the same comment about a green tea I once gave him :)

Anyhow, I will hopefully try more teas of this type in the future, as my previous note indicates that I was pretty impressed, and for the most part, I’m enjoying the chewy, vegetal flavour. It just goes a teensy bit too far into a funny flavour, for me.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100

Yeah…. I don’t quite understand how people can’t tell a difference between this and straight Laoshan Black. To me, they are quite different, and both delicious. Oh well! Finally got my cup of this today… this is another bag of tea that ended up very misplaced during the move. Also, I’m sad because I think there’s only about a cup’s worth of this left. I’ll definitely be restocking this at some point, but I think I’ll hold off until fall, as it’s really a cold day sort of beverage for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I’ve got a sample of this on the way…can’t wait to try!

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75
drank Peaches & Ginger by Harney & Sons
2276 tasting notes

Ooh! This tea is definitely better than I expected! Thanks Boxermama!

I had to keep this one separate from the other teas from my swap since it was kind of potent (and everything else was unflavoured… didn’t want everything flavoured like peaches/ginger!) Didn’t end up brewing it up until today, though, as it got misplaced in the moving shuffle.

Anyhow, this tea certainly does taste like peaches and ginger. The peach taste is fairly light but identifiable, and the ginger adds just enough kick without being overwhelming. I feel like this could make a fabulous iced tea – I have enough left to try at least a small cup of is that way, so may do so if I remember. Either way, this is pretty good, and I think I actually like it a bit better than S&V’s Ginger Pear. The ginger is more kicky here, and the peach less artificial than the pear. Of course, I have far more of the S&V version, so will drink it anyhow, but just for future reference!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Whoops! Forgot to log this from a few days ago. I’m down to nearly the bottom of my bag (I think some’s promised in a swap, so this may have been a technical sip down for me, although I think there’s enough left for one more cup for me). I kept the infusion to 3 minutes, which I think was a good idea – tasted quite mapley and nutty, without astringency. Really quite enjoyable! I added a bit of syrup to the last of it, but should have added more to make it a bit sweeter.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I LOVE this one! I think I’ll go make some right now. ;)

Kittenna

I think the bottom of my bag was even tastier than my first few cups… :D Yum.

Stephanie

One of my faves

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67
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! 799.

Well, I’ve had this tea for a year, so I guess it’s high time to have finished it off! I didn’t much care for it initially, but it did grow on me gradually, though not enough to purchase again. It does taste like unsweetened mango, and the rooibos is certainly quite mild, but I think I was looking for a more in-your-face juicy, creamy tea than this ended up being. That said, it’s certainly worth a shot if you’re fan of mango, or if you don’t have a problem sweetening your teas! (Speaking of that, I totally should add some sweetener and milk to my cup before it’s all gone, to see if I can make it more mango lassi-esque by doing so.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

Idk which harvest I drank…. but it was tasty. Two delicious cups of this while having supper/playing board games with my boy and his mom (and brother).

Preparation
1 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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