2972 Tasting Notes

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drank Lychee Noir by Octavia Tea
2972 tasting notes

Sipdown! And backlog from two Wednesdays ago.

Thanks to Roswell Strange for giving me the last of her samples of a couple of these Octavia tea! They really are quite cute little sample packs, and a perfect size, it looks like. I didn’t take a ton of notes while drinking it, but I did note that it seemed to be a pretty good lychee black; a malty base with no astringency, and an authentic juicy lychee flavour (somewhat floral, but not overly so). Good for a lychee black, but lychees generally are a bit too floral for me, so not a personal favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Sipdown! And backlog from two Mondays ago.

Fairly ambivalent about the flavour of this tea this time around, but I suspect that’s age. I’d probably quite enjoy it fresh. Maybe sometime in the future! It was just a bit weak this time; not enough strength to the roasty goodness.

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76
drank Amaretto by Culinary Teas
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Backlog from two Mondays ago.

Yep, still enjoy this tea. It has that classic “flavoured black tea” taste (IMO), and isn’t overly marzipan-y, so it works pretty well. I don’t really know how to describe the flavour, but it’s enjoyable, sweet, creamy.

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72
drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
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Backlog from two Mondays ago.

Tasty for a rooibos, but still makes my throat kind of scratchy, so meh. Flavouring is good, though. Just a bit left of this one!

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78
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Backlog from two Mondays ago (continued).

Now THIS is a tea that 52teas needs to bring back. It’s pretty much amazing. Great base choice, perfect blueberry flavour, plus cotton candy sweetness. Just awesome.

CrowKettle

Oh, I forgot about this one and how awesome it was! :)

Nichole

I agree. This one was fantastic!

Kittenna

Yeah, it was. (In my case, still is, but I’m nearly out.)

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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Backlog from two Mondays ago (continued).

Determined I’m going to at least catch up with some of these notes tonight! Drank this in a travel mug a couple weeks ago; it was good as usual, but I think my 4 oz. from the Birthday Sale last year just aren’t as tasty as other batches. That’s ok though, it’s still good.

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84

I’ve grown somewhat bored of this tea. It tastes fine, but anything I drink too often becomes boring, and since I have 50g in a ziploc baggie (that’s how they sell it), I’ve been trying to get through it faster than usual. Still tasty, but I’d prefer a straight tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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98

Cold-brewed this on Saturday to compare to DT’s Hard Candy, but didn’t really end up doing so, I just drank it and it was good. Still think they’re pretty much the same tea, though. Delicious sour cherry/cranberry tartness + coconutty creaminess and general sweetness. Very refreshing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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86
drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
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Yum yum, still like this tea. Sweet ginger and pear, and if anything, tastes better cold!

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100

Sipdown! … Of one baggie of this. Which essentially means nothing.

Anyhow, it was amazing as usual. I need to step up my game to find a replacement. Nothing has even come close. :’(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ost

Let me know if you find a replacement…oneday I too will run out and be devastated D:

Kittenna

Once I reduce my stash some more, I’ll be searching in earnest. Maybe Stacy can provide some tips.

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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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