3065 Tasting Notes

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Fed some of this to the boy when he was all sick. He thought it was ok (dosed with honey). I had the re-steep and it actually was better than I remember, kind of a nice kiwi/melon flavour. I just don’t care for flavoured greens, though, so… meh. About 1 cup left of this now.

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

This one is way better as an iced tea.

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drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Weird, I concur with everyone else that somehow this tea’s entry must have been deleted. Oh well. Drank a lovely mug of this en route to the CNE a few weeks back. It was good, but I can’t say I paid much attention. I’ll do better next time.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Sad. Brewed this up for a travel mug and didn’t get around to drinking it… ever. What a waste of a great tea. I believe I had a few sips of the re-steep, but that’s it.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

All the noms. NOM NOM NOM. Had this maybe two weekends ago, and it was fabulous. Love love love Creamy Eggnog and its sister tea… the name of which I am completely forgetting…

ETA: Spiced Nog.

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Backlog.

Oh hey… I’m suddenly at 3001 notes (this one being 3001). Cool! Anyhow, this tea is not my favourite BUT when I’m in the mood for it, it’s glorious. I may even like it better than melon teas with lighter bases (I’m just kind of…. over melon? I’m over a lot of flavours, actually. Haha.) This was good, though, when I had it. One of the few nights where I actually only made a single large mug of tea (instead of 4+ smaller ones).

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 3000!

carol who

I’m impressed! 3000!

Kittenna

Thanks guys, haha.

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Backlog.

Delicious. Perfect fall tea, although I believe I drank this sometime in… probably August. (Backlog is in no order whatsoever.) Anyhow, need to have this again soon, and enjoy the deliciousness. And write a better note!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Travel-mugged this a while ago, and it was good, although this particular batch is not my favourite. High hopes for some of the various other bags I have kicking around.

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Backlog.

Another tea I don’t fully remember, although what I do recall is that I quite liked this tea, and it was more flavourful than I had anticipated. I’m not a big fan of whites, but I believe this one was pretty tasty.

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
3065 tasting notes

A little bit of backlogging…

I drank this a while ago, and I think I stupidly thought it was a black…. anyways, I can’t really comment as to the flavour anymore, but I did enjoy it. I chose not to rinse it. Hopefully future notes will contain more detail.

JC

This sounds interesting. I have some ‘aged’ bai hao not nearly as old. Mine is turning sweeter and nutty like. Some sessions remind me of roasted oats.

Kittenna

I seem to recall thinking that it had that sweet leafhopper taste, along with that “aged” taste (not sure how to describe it). I think being aware that it’s an oolong may also change my perception of it.

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Tea #2 from the Butiki TTB.

I know I like gui fei… and in particular, I know I like Butiki’s gui fei! (Especially with tamarind flavouring!) Anyhow, I just ran across this early on when poking through the box (so overwhelming), and thought it would be nice to have. It was not my intention to drink a ton of oolongs tonight, but that’s what seems to have happened (I have some Caramel Beurre Salé, or whatever it’s called, on deck too).

I am certainly enjoying this tea – roasty with that intense leaf-bitten sweetness – but it’s just a gui fei. Not underwhelmed or anything, just satisfied. It’s what I expected, so I can’t complain! I’m curious as to whether it would result in ice wine tea if steeped for 8 minutes… but I don’t think that’s really what I’m in the mood for right now, so more conventional infusion parameters suited this just fine (actually – it stood up to boiling water better than Butiki’s, I think. I forgot that this tea prefers 180F).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 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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