2606 Tasting Notes

87
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Another cold-brew! I definitely prefer Strawberry Pie HB, but this one’s still darn tasty as well. Cinnamon in a cold drink – who knew it would work so well?!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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87
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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Had a cold-brew of this the other day… not my favourite, but not bad. This one bounces between tasting like strawberry or chocolate depending on the sip.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Guzzled a giant cold-brew of this one just now… so delicious. So incredibly delicious.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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51
drank Kukicha (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks again to Janelle for this tea!

I was expecting this to be much more toasty than it was – I think I mixed up Houjicha and Kukicha, haha. It ended up tasting like a moderately vegetal standard green, perhaps a bit on the seaweedy side. Not too bad, but nothing particularly special.

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

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drank Bi Lo Chun by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Janelle for sending me a bunch of this tea.

Unfortunately, this is not one of the best examples of a bi lo chun that I’ve tried – it wasn’t terribly flavourful and had it been labelled a gunpowder green, I probably would have believed it, as the flavour verged on smokey. I’ll have to give it another shot later when I’m paying more attention, but I wasn’t terribly impressed. Not all that surprised, though, as I think there are better places to pick up straight teas!

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

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67
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Have been drinking some tea lately but failing to log anything. Gah. Life is so busy! Looking for housing again, frantically trying to finish up thesis-related things…

Anyhow, figured I’d try this one earlier. I hot-brewed and chilled it, and it actually wasn’t bad. Certainly did taste like lemonade, but unfortunately, the stevia was quite noticeable and somewhat unpleasant. I would have preferred the tea to be unsweetened. Not bad, though, and certainly unique! A likely hit for those who can tolerate stevia and like lemony drinks :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Nightcap by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm, this one’s interesting. I picked up that there was hibiscus in it right away, just from the aroma, but luckily it’s not overly prominent in the flavour. In fact, it actually works fairly well here, adding a bit of bite. As a result, this does taste somewhat reminiscent of a mulled wine, but I’m not a huge fan. Another that’s great to have tried, but I’m not upset that it’s gone! Thanks Janelle!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Marsala by DAVIDsTEA
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Another thanks to Janelle for letting me try this discontinued tea!

I couldn’t remember what this was initially, but it became fairly obvious upon brewing that it was a cinnamony, grapey tea – and it’s quite nice! The cinnamon is more in the aroma than the flavour, and isn’t overpowering in the slightest; the tea base is bold and slightly astringent, but it kind of works here. It’s also almost a bit smoky, which I think fits in quite nicely. The wine/grape flavour is the most prominent, but it certainly doesn’t taste like artificial juice, more like a sophisticated version (but not alcoholic!)

A pretty decent tea; glad to have tried it, but not too sad that it’s no longer available.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmm, this is about as delicious as I had anticipated! Lovely creamy coconut with some sweetness. I haven’t had Coconut Cream from other companies recently (which is what I was thinking this tea may be the same as), so I can’t identify whether or not they are different. Might have to have to do a comparison later today. I’m almost tempted to say that this version is better, but it may just be that I’ve forgotten how good the others were.

Anyhow, thanks for sending along some of this one, Janelle, so I didn’t have to buy it!

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

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84
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Janelle for sending me a sample of this tea! It’s pretty darn tasty!

The main flavour I’m getting is lime (shocking), kind of like that from Lime Gelato, complete with creaminess. I’m not tasting too much of the gunpowder smokiness that I was expecting, but that’s ok – it’s working well as a base anyhow! I tried sips of this tea both hot and cooled and like it better cooled, so I suspect it would be best iced. Too bad this one is no longer around :(

Thanks again Janelle!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °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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