2606 Tasting Notes

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drank Sea Breeze Green Tea by 52teas
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Sipdown! 833… I just got a most massive swap from the very-generous Janelle, and my tea count has skyrocketed again! Luckily, once I get my half of the swap out, my cupboard should decrease some as well… that just hasn’t happened quite yet!

Anyhow, this is from momo, and apparently I was pretty ambivalent about it last time. I think similarly this time – nice green base, reminiscent of Virgin Fuzzy Navel green (probably the grapefruit?) and decent enough. Certainly better than many flavoured greens I have had, so bumping the rating up a touch, but not a tea I’d be dying to keep around all the time. I should have tried it iced, but didn’t think about that previously – oh well!

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

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I think(?) that I had some of this tea up at the cottage as well, and it was also pretty delicious! Very tart, but a good sort of tart; absolutely delicious. Another blend I’d love to try again!

I also had a blueberry black (that I thought was from H&S, but am not certain about as they also had Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss up there), and a tea that was iced one day, but I don’t recall what it was. Mmmmm, tea….

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
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So! I was on vacation at a cottage in Georgian Bay this weekend (GORGEOUS!) and had opted only to bring some teabags, as brewing tea when you want to go out and play doesn’t really work super well. However, it turns out that the owners had picked up some Teavana loose leaf on sale, and so I got to try a few new teas! Perhaps not under the best brewing conditions, but oh well.

I think this one was the first one I brewed myself – just poured hot water into a cup with some tea at the bottom, and left it in there while I drank it. I do recall there being hibiscus, but the tartness really worked for me. However, I really don’t recall tasting any fig or rose. I’d definitely like to try this one again, as it was better than expected, and I think under more controlled conditions, I might get some better flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! But not a tea in my cupboard, as it was from the 2011 Advent Calendar… haha. Anyhow, I do enjoy the combination of vanilla and mint, and the pu’erh here is pretty unobtrusive, thankfully! I’m a bit sad that they discontinued this one, but it seems that most vanilla/mint teas are appealing to me, so I think I’ll live. (Just need to get more Mint Julep!!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Hmm. Maybe I underleafed, because this is awfully weak. I suppose that is possible, given the amount of fruit here! Anyhow, I can’t really taste any oolong, but am definitely tasting real, tart cranberry, which is quite lovely! I’ll either infuse longer next time or add more tea… this has potential, but this cup definitely doesn’t fully explore it.

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

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drank Rum Butter by Market Spice
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Sipdown! 800.

Definitely catching more of the buttery/rummy notes in this last cup than I did a few weeks ago. Yum! Not a tea I’d likely pick up again, but perfectly enjoyable to drink. The flavour is a bit muted, but I’m quite certain that it’s age-related.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Tasty, but just not a favourite for me. I dosed it with a bit of maple syrup as well, and while it is better, and I do think I can taste tamarind, it’s not quite what I was hoping for, I think. Age, however, could definitely be a factor here!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
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Delicious! Haven’t had this in a while, but it popped out at me today, and I’m glad I chose it. I do like pouchong teas… just something about them that’s different from other green oolongs that I enjoy. A different sweetness, less floral? I’m not sure. Just delicious.

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

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Another tea from Mercuryhime that I unfortunately can’t entirely recall, haha. I remember a bit of green beaniness, but not much else, as I don’t think I paid a great deal of attention while drinking it. Oh well. Again, I have enough for a second/third shot, which I will hopefully be more attentive to.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Eastern Beauty by Aroma Tea Shop
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I think I may have underleafed a bit here as I couldn’t really taste much of anything, unfortunately! I think it just tasted like a basic oxidized oolong, nothing special. I have a bunch left from Amy oh so will have to see if I can improve my brewing methods! Looks like last time I didn’t do so well either… whoops!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 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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