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2221 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

This tea depresses me. It smells so caramely/mapley delicious, so much so that my tiny 3-serving baggie-ful of it made my entire room smell like deliciousness… but the taste just doesn’t match up at all. I used a lower temp this time (probably 85C or so), and about a 3.5 minute infusion and while it’s not terrible, it’s just not very tasty. It reminds me, actually, of Della Terra’s The Malt Shop… similarly malty flavour, delicious aroma, but doesn’t deliver delicious flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
2221 tasting notes

Yum. Should have steeped it stronger, though. I really love the nuttiness in here!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

Had a cup of this one yesterday. It didn’t quite hit the spot; I guess I wasn’t craving a smoky tea like I thought I was! It definitely smelled like smoked salmon in a cup. Once I have a bit more free time, I am dying to marinate some chicken and/or fish in lapsang… (not this one though. Something less refined.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

was this a long ago and far away eta or something? I don’t remember ever seeing it but that’s not saying much since it’s only recently i’ve wanted anything to do with smokey teas

Kittenna

Hmm? This was from the Verdant reward samples… I drank this for the second time yesterday and just added the note today.

Kashyap

about the only think I use the "lagavulin’ of tea for..cooking! jasmine and lapsang for ‘tea eggs’….marinades for chicken, scallops, light white fish or in aluminum foil in the bottom of an oven to turn it into a ‘smoker’….in BBQ sauce…now the top grade cousin Bohea I would recommend as drink worthy…smooth, sweet, complex with a light smoked finish

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88
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Longjing by Infussion
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Oops, accidental oversteep. And then I forgot about it until this morning. But then I drank it anyhow! And it was good and nutty. I should have requested free samples from Infussion when I had the chance. Sigh. Thanks to Raritea for this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Raritea

I have lots more if you wanted to try again :)

Kittenna

You gave me enough for two cups, so I’m still good! And even with the oversteep, it was pretty tasty; I was impressed.

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Thanks to Sil for a sample of this one.

Now, this tea is coming off as kind of weird for me. It’s not particularly strong, although I followed the brewing instructions (not intentionally, I just happened to go with a 2-min infusion!). It’s also seeming to be a bit mariney?? The odds of it having been contaminated and ending up tasting like that are quite slim, so I have to assume that it’s an intentional note in the tea… Yeah, this is just weird. The aftertaste is honey-like and nice, but the initial flavour is verging on unpleasant.

I will admit that I did not rinse; I will try to remember to do that next time I give this a shot. I may have also underleafed, though I can’t see how that would have contributed to the weird flavour, just to the seeming weakness.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

That is weird

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45
drank Lemon Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to whatshesaid for a bit of this tea, which I previously missed out on! I was curious to see how it stacked up to Della Terra’s Lemon/Lime Chiffon. As it turns out? Not that well. It’s lemony, but the cream I was hoping for was only present in the aroma, not the flavour. It tastes a bit off a well, which is probably an age thing (or possibly, a rind thing, as I sometimes have an aversion to citrus rind). I’m not finding that it’s tart, as most other people did, just that it’s kind of bitter.

Anyhow, can’t say I’m sad that this one’s been discontinued. Even at its freshest I highly doubt it would have bested the Della Terra versions.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
whatshesaid

I agree, it used to be my all time favourite so I was hoarding it, but it sure doesn’t compare to DTT’s offerings at all :( no doubt age plays a factor but I still don’t think it would have held a candle.

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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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