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2221 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice Rooibos by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one from quite a while back :) I’m trying to get a few sipdowns out of the way today… just to make myself feel better. Haha. I so shouldn’t have placed those two joint orders…

Anyhow, it’s not bad. Does kind of taste pumpkiny, and spiced, but it’s not quite the way I’d like a pumpkin spice rooibos to taste. Maybe a bit light on both? I’m not sure. On the plus side, the rooibos is just fine here – no weird aftertaste or anything, so it’s a perfectly enjoyable cup, just not quite what one would hope from a tea with such a name. The spicing in Della Terra and Butiki’s pumpkin teas is definitely superior.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
2221 tasting notes

So my lovely boyfriend bought me tea for Valentine’s Day! I take that as proof that he is really not concerned about my tea addiction, and instead supports it. Haha. He got me 5 bags of tea from Teavana, 50g each (I think), and I’m super pleased – not only had I not tried most (any?) of the teas, I ended up enjoying them all! He knows me :D Apparently they tried wafting all the teas for him, but he had no idea what to sniff for. Amusing.

Anyhow, this is the only tea I think I’ve tried previously. I don’t recall caring for it a great deal (if it was this tea), but I quite enjoyed it this time – it tastes like peach juice! I’m guessing it would be great during the summer, so I may hang onto the rest of it for the hotter months. I think I may have previously been under the impression that there was actual tea in this blend, which there is not; I think I prefer it this way.

ETA: Second infusion got at least half an hour…. and it’s pretty good. I’m almost detecting a bit of chemically flavour, but it’s bearable. And fruity. And sweet. Hehe.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks to Roswell Strange for this tea as well! I don’t really recall what it was like, as I also had it in January, but I recall it being tasty enough, and reminiscent of Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Drinking up the last of it shortly, so I can hopefully write a better note!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown! Very similar impression to my first taste of it (which, although logged moments ago, was actually in early January). It’s one I might pick up the smallest size of… or request another sample of, just for curiousity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Haha I wondered about the 4 minute interval. :P

Courtney

I have a wee bit I can send your way :)

Sil

You cant buy it anymore silly. I have a bit around

KittyLovesTea

I liked this one but found it much tastier once it was iced. Worth a try if you have any more :)

Sil

i like this much more iced than hot lol

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Another tea from Roswell Strange! Thanks!

I found this to be pretty light in flavour the first time I had it, which can be typical of Butiki teas; I could certainly taste the carrot cake spicing (nutmeg?), but not the vanilla frosting, sadly. It’s possible that it was a flavour-loss-in-baggie thing, as has happened to me before with a few of Stacy’s teas, but it’s hard to really know.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Delicious travel mug of this one today, and the aftertaste tasted so apricotty (and it was in my uber-clean travel mug, so wasn’t contamination). Nom nom. Better than the Tim Horton’s gingerbread white hot chocolate I had today!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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66
drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Accidentally deleted my second note on it, oops. Anyhow, the aroma was deliciously the same as previously, but the flavour was unfortunately lacking. Still tasty enough, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66
drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to Roswell Strange for letting me sample some of this blend! I drank my first cup of it waaay back in January, when I first got it – and was pretty impressed. Butterscotchy, and that banana flavour that just treads the line between artificial and natural-tasting. The aroma reminds me of my beloved Banana Oolong, that DT tragically discontinued.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Hello.Kiki

I’ve always been hesitant to try teas with banana or banana flavor to them…

Kittenna

Some are absolutely fabulous; others taste like banana runts and it’s a bit sickly. This one is definitely more realistic banana, which is wonderful (though as I said, not quiiiite real). Have to be careful though!

Hello.Kiki

Every time I go into Teavana (I know, I know) I’m tempted to try their chocolate bananas foster. I just love dessert teas!

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Mmmmm. Drinking some of this from Sil – the aroma is gone from the dry tea, but it still tastes pretty good :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Sipdown! Lovely bedtime tea, and I get a re-steep tonight, woo!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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