2756 Tasting Notes

85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
2756 tasting notes

Almost gone… which is ok, because I think I’ve had my fill of this one for a while. I’ll get some more perhaps next year, and will enjoy its rich nuttiness then. Had I less tea, I’d definitely restock, but with all the Butikis I just received, I really can’t justify getting more of something I don’t absolutely love.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sakura Sushi

I love this tea – so much so that it was on my restock list when I visited a retail Lupicia shop on a recent trip to CA. They didn’t have any in the store, and when I checked the website, I couldn’t find it. I really hope it’s because it’s seasonal and not discontinued!

whatshesaid

I find something weird about the taste, I guess it’s because I’ve never had an actual roasted chestnut. I think i will be selling the rest of mine on the boards so someone else can enjoy it :)

Sakura Sushi

Whatshesaid, I’d be interested in getting some of that!

whatshesaid

pm’d you!

OMGsrsly

It’s called something else over Christmas. http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12405246.htm

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94

Heh, this one is definitely deteriorating. Still decently tea-ish enough that it’s drinkable in a travel mug, but I don’t think any of the strawberry is discernible anymore. It’s old though; this is to be expected.

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80
drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
2756 tasting notes

Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax!

My recollection of this tea was that it reminded me somewhat of the two vanilla teas I picked up from Whispering Pines, in that I had difficulty picking up the vanilla specifically, though it was a tasty tea, and I could tell it wasn’t just a straight tea. I think it’s because I’m looking for a more “french vanilla” sort of flavour? Which it isn’t really. Either way, I did enjoy it, and again, the base tea quality was quite apparent. I’d like to do a side-by-side with WP’s Golden Orchid and see how they stack up, if I ever have the time.

Overall, I was happy. Would probably buy this myself to have around as an alternative to straight black tea, without terrible artificial flavouring-ness.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TippysTea

One of the goals that we are trying to accomplish when flavouring teas is to allow thee base tea to shine. We don’t wish to over-power the tea favours too much. Glad you enjoyed the tea though!

whatshesaid

That’s why I like it! Why cover up a good base :)

Cavocorax

Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed it, even though it wasn’t the ‘right’ vanilla for you!

Kittenna

It was still good vanilla, but I think my “idea” of vanilla is that French Vanilla flavour. Like ice cream. I don’t know if that’s a reality without sweetener though…

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75
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Still have wayy too much of this one. This falls into the category of teas I thought I loved and then wildly accumulated, then fell very out of love with. Anyways, I still find it ok, but it just doesn’t appeal to me in the way other teas do. Perhaps because there is no actual tea in it? Hard to know. Either way, I had a travel mug of it, and it served its purpose.

OMGsrsly

I really liked this one when I first had it, and then I bought a reblend and it didn’t make me nearly as happy.

Kittenna

You will be receiving 2 ounces of unopened Malted ChocoMate, circa… 2012? Hopefully you like it like the original.

Kittenna

To be precise, it was purchased on April 18 2012.

OMGsrsly

LOL. Well hopefully I still like it? :)

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100

Why couldn’t this tea have come back instead of gross Cherry Blossom? :(

Anyways, getting down to the last of this. I love it so much. It’s so hard to know which teas you will regret not purchasing more of… this one, Banana Oolong, Caramel Spice, Checkmate, and now Mango Lassi. I’ll probably wish I had more Apple Custard too, but I did get 250g of it, so at least I tried.

Er, got derailed there. Anyhow, such a perfect fall comfort spiced tea. Sigh.

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97

Omg guys. If anyone has this and doesn’t like it PLEASE I WILL BUY IT OR SWAP OR ANYTHING. Ahem.

Basically, this tea is amazing, and it’s the closest I will ever probably taste to my beloved Banana Oolong from DavidsTea (although I am going to petition hard for the new 52teas to replicate this, if I remember). It’s a bit different, of course – I can distinctly taste the walnut in here – but the rest is much the same. Delicious oolong base (it works SO well with these flavours), natural banana flavour (no runts!), butterscotch to give the bananas a bit of a caramelized flavour, which is amazing. I am so glad I bought a second pouch of this… but 1 ounce is not enough of this tea. Not even close. Had I the opportunity, I would probably pick up at least 4 ounces of this (probably more). I miss you Butiki :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
kimquat

D’oh. I missed this one. Sounds amaaaaaaazing though.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-You may want to check with Sil. I don’t think she liked it that much. Maybe she would be willing to part with her portion?

Zack S.

I have 1/2oz minus a serving. Really want your Smoked Banana from Butiki!

Kittenna

Yes. Yes. Yes.

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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Still trying to figure out if the reblend I bought a bunch of is less chocolatey than the first couple versions… it kind of seems that way, but I’ll have to actually have a full regular mug’s full before really figuring that out. It just doesn’t seem quite the same as before. Still good, though (and I have a travel mug of it to get through tomorrow. Which will be delicious.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
adagio breeze

Which reblend was it? The one I have is from the 2014 birthday sale, I believe.

Fjellrev

Hmm, I got mine from a late spring batch and found that it wasn’t particularly flavourful. I wonder which batch that was.

Kittenna

Mine is 2014 bday sale. I have some from more recently though, and it seems to be a bit more potent.

Kittenna

More recently as well – I have a lot, haha.

Fjellrev

Ah! Mine was from the same batch then, and it’s the only time I had it. Good to hear that previous versions were more flavourful at least. Just too bad I missed out!

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Will have to try this one again as it seems to be a bit oversteeped/overleafed (I should have looked up the base before brewing). I can definitely taste both the orange (like in Two Friends! Which I also drank today…) and the grapefruit, as well as a distinct nuttiness, which is either from the base or the pistachio (likely the latter). The toffee flavouring isn’t too obvious – I think it may just serve to soften the other flavours and meld them together a bit, instead of making the tea sweet. I’m not super sold on this tea though, in part because there’s a fair bit of astringency in this cup, and secondly, because I’m just not sure I need more citrusy tea right now (I also had the second infusion of Grapefruit Creme Brûlée tonight). It’s certainly both tasty and unique though, so I’ll give it one more try before it may relocate to Toronto.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
whatshesaid

I’m with you on that.

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78

Brewed up just a couple new teas tonight (after working this morning followed by a very long nap), and this was one that I ended up grabbing. By aroma, it smells like it will just be a strawberry tea, but the irish cream works quite well here to make, as is described, a milky strawberry candy sort of flavour. The green tea base, with some delicious beaniness, works really well here as well, particularly as it adds an additional level of umami to the flavour. Overall, happy to have tried it, but not heartbroken that it’s gone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77

I actually had intended to grab either Praline Horizon or Pistachio Horizon (neither of which I currently have, I just realized), but I guess the Crimson Horizon base was what was on my mind, so when I saw this, I grabbed it. The aroma is quite heavenly – creamy, sweet, grapefruity deliciousness, but sadly it doesn’t quite taste like that. Grapefruit and a nice base, yes, but I really wanted the cream and the sweet. I will add a touch of sugar next time, as I suspect that was what this tea really needed, though I certainly did enjoy drinking it regardless!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

You can try adding milk, for creaminess, though Grapefruit Creme Brûlée, in the sense that inspired this tea, is actually not a true Creme Brûlée, as we know it…there is no dairy in it. It’s grapefruit with brown sugar on top that has been caramelized. With that in mind, I didn’t look for any creaminess….just sweet, tangy, juicy grapefruit. I do think if you add some sugar, it will be better for you. And like I said in my note, the milk did add creaminess, and it did not curdle. The tea definitely stood up to having milk in it.

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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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