2276 Tasting Notes

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown! On the other hand, I brewed this tea up strongly too, and there’s no medicinal flavour. I think it may have lost some flavour sitting around for a while, but I’m actually rather enjoying my cup of it. Sweet and creamy… I kind of wish I had some more to drink right now. I think part of the key here is not to underleaf.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me try this one, Indigobloom :D

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Thanks Sil!

Blech. I brewed this one up pretty strong, and that was a mistake; although the strawberry flavour in here is fairly apparent (though rather fake, not that I care about that), I’m getting an overwhelming medicinal taste from the rooibos which is making me gag. Perhaps it would be ok if brewed for a shorter time or with a higher water:leaf ratio, but I can’t undo what I’ve done! (Well, I could add more water. We’ll see.)

Anyways, interesting to try a flavoured rooibos all the way from China! I wish it had been honeybush, sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha i did try to find honeybush :)

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78

Sipdown! And dayyyum, this is AMAZING with some maple syrup! So amazing that I’ll probably pick some up in the fall. Wish I’d tried it like that sooner.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Milk Oolong by Bon The Place
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Almost gone :( I think there’s maybe a scant travel mug’s worth left of this one now. Luckily, I have a few others to replace it, so I won’t need to pick up any more for a while. This one’s tasty as always, although I think my tastebuds are craving something a bit fruitier right now… I wish I had time to go investigate and find exactly what they want, but I really don’t…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I really should have brewed up Mi Xian black for comparison. I steeped this one a bit longer today, more like 4.5 minutes, and it reminds me a lot more of Gui Fei oolong. Which is great, but I think I preferred a bit of a shorter infusion. Definitely won’t top PTA for me though!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

God I love this one.

Rachel J

This is my favorite tea in the whole wide world, and I can’t live without it. I think it’s magical. :)

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67
drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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This tea depresses me. It smells so caramely/mapley delicious, so much so that my tiny 3-serving baggie-ful of it made my entire room smell like deliciousness… but the taste just doesn’t match up at all. I used a lower temp this time (probably 85C or so), and about a 3.5 minute infusion and while it’s not terrible, it’s just not very tasty. It reminds me, actually, of Della Terra’s The Malt Shop… similarly malty flavour, delicious aroma, but doesn’t deliver delicious flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
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Yum. Should have steeped it stronger, though. I really love the nuttiness in here!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

Had a cup of this one yesterday. It didn’t quite hit the spot; I guess I wasn’t craving a smoky tea like I thought I was! It definitely smelled like smoked salmon in a cup. Once I have a bit more free time, I am dying to marinate some chicken and/or fish in lapsang… (not this one though. Something less refined.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

was this a long ago and far away eta or something? I don’t remember ever seeing it but that’s not saying much since it’s only recently i’ve wanted anything to do with smokey teas

Kittenna

Hmm? This was from the Verdant reward samples… I drank this for the second time yesterday and just added the note today.

Kashyap

about the only think I use the "lagavulin’ of tea for..cooking! jasmine and lapsang for ‘tea eggs’….marinades for chicken, scallops, light white fish or in aluminum foil in the bottom of an oven to turn it into a ‘smoker’….in BBQ sauce…now the top grade cousin Bohea I would recommend as drink worthy…smooth, sweet, complex with a light smoked finish

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88
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 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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