2606 Tasting Notes

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drank New Delhi Delight by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 975.

Thanks to Janelle for sending me the last of this tea to sample :) I was in the mood for some herbals tonight, and figured I’d try out this tea, since it has fennel + two ingredients I enjoy (in food, at least)… and the fennel in Kapha Ayurvedic was actually quite a pleasant surprise both in the initial infusion and tonight’s resteep.

The aroma very, VERY strongly reminds me of an Indian restaurant, or grocery – cumin and fennel dominating. My boyfriend has some aversion to the smell of Indian spices, and I imagine this tea would make him gag (I find it makes me crave Mutter Paneer and Aloo Gobi and all that yummy stuff). Flavourwise, it’s primarily coriander, followed up by cumin (ok, those two switch depending on the sip) and surprisingly little fennel. Like, not even any sweet aftertaste of fennel. It’s also very weird to have cumin-flavoured water. Coriander, I can handle, fennel in small amounts is ok, but cumin is SO savoury, it’s throwing me off.

Despite this tea being reasonably pleasant, I’m finding that all it’s really doing is causing me to have severe food cravings, so I’m glad I only had a single cup’s worth of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, cumin in tea? Weird.

That poor guy not liking the smell of Indian spices. Now I want curry!

Sami Kelsh

My partner doesn’t do Indian food either, but I swear it’s because most of what passes commercially for Indian in the UK is oddly not awesome. Canada does a surprisingly superior saag paneer!

But yeah, I’m not sure cumin in tea would do it for me, either. Just like I get thrown off by too much cinnamon in savoury foods, I think cumin in something I’m used to falling on the sweet end of the spectrum (even if only marginally so) would be super weird, especially since when I think of Indian tea, I’m thinking masala chai, which should be sweet and milky. Odd.

Kittenna

Yeah – I love Indian food, so it makes me sad that he doesn’t. Our food preferences are not entirely compatible, unfortunately.

I’m trying a second cup, steeped even longer… this might be even weirder.

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75
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
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Final tea of the split ones we picked up at the Tea Festival. This one is actually not a blend I’ve had before, so I have a much more favourable opinion of it. Basically, it tastes like a fruity pineapple juice. Which is pretty tasty, though not my favourite flavour combo. I see that Sil rather liked this one, though, so I’m going to call this a sipdown (976), and she and Raritea can have the rest.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Strawberry Balloons by T by Daniel
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Another Tea Festival split purchase. Not bad, but unremarkable, with the same strawberry-papaya combo commonly seen in “strawberry” green blends. Sigh.

ETA: Retroactively calling this a sipdown (975) because I don’t think I really need to have any more of this. Too common of a flavour profile.

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

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80
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
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Sipdown! 977. Gotta make sure these T By Daniel teas are ready to visit Raritea!

As stated in both previous notes, this both smells and looks like DT’s Forever Nuts. And the ingredients are pretty much the same. I think it’s safe to say that T by Daniel is probably just another tea-reseller. Sigh. One day, I’ll learn. At least I like Forever Nuts, therefore enjoy this tea. I’m just disappointed in getting this blend from yet another company.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
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Decided that this will be a travel mug tea until it’s finished off. Not overly fond of it – it’s somewhat peachy, but not overly flavourful, and the base is just ok. I seem to be pretty picky about peach in my teas, for whatever reason.

Cameron B.

I’m picky about it, too… I love actual peaches but most peach teas just taste generically sweet/fruity to me. :(

Kittenna

I seem to prefer apricot in teas because it tends to be more realistic (in my experience).

Cameron B.

Mmm, I love apricots! :D

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69
drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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Blar. Was going to leave a short review of this one since I thought I had previously reviewed it, but I guess it’s another tea hiatus victim. Anyhow, it’s not a favourite, though it’s not too bad either. Soft ginger (like in gingerbread), a few other spices, and a nice green base. Another one that will probably be relegated to travel mugs to finish it off. It is nice, though, that I dug it out in the appropriate season!

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

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91

This was so incredibly creamy and delicious today. Noms. Truly a creamy lime jello salad (or, what I’d imagine it to taste like, anyhow). And so good in a travel mug.

Fjellrev

Hell yeah! Man, I miss this one.

Kittenna

So good. And my packet is incredibly old, too. Like, original-blend old.

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86

Yep, had another mug of this, since I found it. Delicious, and has that room-filling sweet caramelly aroma. Drool.

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71
drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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Travel mug tea. Nothing new to report.

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95
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 978.

Another tea shared with my boyfriend’s mom. I don’t think she was as much a fan of it as I am, but that’s ok. Regretting a bit that I only got one infusion out of it, though, since it was pretty late in the evening and she must have discarded the tea before I went upstairs. Ah well. Creamy apple yum.

Fjellrev

Mmm, you’re reminding me to get more. :)

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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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