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2221 Tasting Notes

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Super quick notes. Another double sipdown here; used up my sample from CHAroma plus the last of my first bag. So, 789, woooo.

Delicious in the travel mug, although after sitting for less than a day, it developed a bit of a soapy flavour. Quite strange. Not objectionable enough to dump, though. Still lovelovelove the old version of this blend…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 791.

Finally got through the last of what had been cold-brewing in the fridge for a few days. Yum. Definitely would consider picking this up again for cold brews, although I think I may use so much tea for my cold-brewing to make it rather expensive. Oh well!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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53
drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2221 tasting notes

I am on a SIPDOWN ROLL this morning, people! And it’s barely 9am, though I’ve been up since 5am (so weird…) So… 793!

Anyways! Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this matcha. I’m pretty sure it’s robust flavouring, regular grade.

So when I opened up my little plastic container of this, I got a really odd smell. Yes, it was a bit like espresso… but to be honest, it smelled rather savoury, and quite odd. Like, stewed tomatoes + espresso? I don’t even know. Had I not been planning to mix this up with other matches in a massive chocolate almond milk latte, I might have tossed it, but I didn’t, in the hopes that the weird flavours might be masked. I did try a sip of it just straight (it was terrible, but it was also VERY STRONG), and then another mixed with some chocolate almond milk, which was also a bit ick. So in conclusion, I don’t think I’d ever pick this up for myself.

But yes. As I said, this matcha did not get to be by itself in my latte. Nope, it got the last of my Madagascar Vanilla matcha (that’s right, this is a DOUBLE SIPDOWN! 792!!!!), as well as a generous amount of caramel matcha. I got a bit overzealous with those two, and so I think this might be the most potent matcha latte EVER… yeah, it might have close to 2 tbsp in about 2 cups of liquid. Haha whoops.

Anyways, with all the other flavours mixed in, it tastes much more like caramel espresso than weirdness, so I will happily enjoy this throughout the day (yeah, if I drank it all now I think there’s a good probability of caffeine overdose).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

i’m behind in my sipdowns…but i’m pretty sure i’m sick. about to have my first cup to see if i can taste anything. sigh

Indigobloom

was it a hot latte? I discovered that I hate this one hot :/

Kittenna

Nope, cold. But my first taste of it was hot. I just don’t think I’m a big fan of it, but that’s fine, because it’s all gone now!

Indigobloom

That works! :) and you must be energized as well haha

Kittenna

Well, this was a latte I drank on Saturday morning/Sunday :P So no, not anymore.

Indigobloom

ah boo lol

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65
drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 795! Thanks to Indigobloom for this one :)

The cherry aroma/flavour of this tea remind me a lot of Cherry Blossom by DavidsTea, minus the floral. Which means I actually kind of like it, because I do like that sort of cherry flavour. Unlike the other reviewers, I’m neither getting Monk’s Blend nor cough syrup from this at all, which is great. Instead, I’m getting more of a tartish yet slightly sweet cherry flavour. The base tea is smooth and unobtrusive, which makes it quite good. I’m still not entirely certain that I’d want to drink too much of this (flavoured black pickiness), but it’s a fairly tasty treat this afternoon!

(Just checked the tea description… fig?! Not tasting that at all here…)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Hum, interesting! I love cherries. Even cough syrup would have been better lol

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75

Yum. Managed to sweeten this one perfectly today so it’s just sweet enough to be noticeable, but doesn’t overpower anything, so I can taste the delicious fruitiness alongside the smoke. I do so love lapsang blends with milk and sweetener – otherwise I can find them a tad harsh. I think I prefer other smoky blends to this one, but it’s still quite good (and better/more interesting than drinking a straight lapsang with milk/sweetener).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Finally getting to one of my samples from CHAroma! Sorry for taking so long! (It will continue to be this way, haha.)

This is an individually-wrapped teabag, and when I opened the package, I got a wonderful aroma of crispy green apples. It reminded me a lot of Ume Vert, which is strange… I would have thought that they’d be two totally different things. The big difference though? This one actually tastes like green apple!! In fact, this is the best green apple tea that I’ve ever encountered! It could stand to be a little more tart, IMO, but… this is good. The base tea is also pretty good – very smooth and not too… “sencha-y” or generic-gross-flavoured-green-base-tasting. I also think that a bit of sweetener would really make this one tasty, as apple are meant to have some sweetness, and there isn’t any here at all. The one negative here is that I’m getting just the slightest hint of play-dough aroma/flavour just at the beginning of the sip, but that’s something I’ve begun to associate with tea age, so that may be all it is.

This is one tea that I may look at picking up at some point, because this was quite enjoyable! Thanks so much for sharing this with me, CHAroma :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Cookie by Lupicia
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 794.

I will miss this tea! Again today, I’m wanting to sweeten it (I guess I’m just craving sweet today). Sooooo tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

…and now I want this tea. Gah!

Kittenna

Yeeaaaah :P It’s malty and quite tasty.

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75
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
2221 tasting notes

I’ve heard about this tea so many times on Steepster that I have been dying to try a sample for a while, and whatshesaid indulged me :)

Unfortunately, however, consumed in the presence of other caramelly teas, I’m finding this one to be lacking and almost flavourless. I also may have understeeped, so it’s a good thing that I was given enough to make a second cup! I’ll give it another shot sometime in the future, and write a better tasting note then!

Thanks for the sample, whatshesaid!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
whatshesaid

That’s what I thought too, it’s quite subtle and I only started enjoying it for what it was (which I guess is a good China black tea with a hint of caramel flavour) once I stopped comparing it to Della Terra super flavored teas and the like. I understand your reaction 100% because it was the same as mine!

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73
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
2221 tasting notes

Bleh, this one smelled/tastes a little bit soapy. I think we can blame coconut age here, as is irritatingly typical. The soapiness did go away a bit as the tea cooled, but I think this tea may be a bit of a write-off. Sigh. I shall try it again another day though!

Thanks momo for sending me some of this :D And sorry for the short tasting note… gotta run!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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So, thanks to Sil I get to give this another shot. The first time I tried it, it was pretty much a bitter mess. This time I can definitely smell blueberry, which is promising – I don’t recall smelling it much at all last time.

Unfortunately, this time, it’s bitter/astringent too. I was all good and followed the instructions to the letter; 1/2 tsp of tea, 8 oz. water, 160F. Ok, I lied a bit – it said to steep for 5 min and I only let it go for 4. But yeah… still not working for me. I think there’s enough left for one more cup, so I might try a 2-minute infusion with that one.

Anyways, I didn’t want to dump the cup, because there was definitely some tasty blueberry flavour lurking in there, so I dumped in some honey (yeah, I seem to be sweetening things a lot today! But that dilute honey I’m using makes it very easy to avoid oversweetening, which is convenient). The honey takes the astringent edge off a bit and makes this much more drinkable, which is nice because the blueberry flavour is pretty tasty. Clearly still going to have to work on figuring this tea out though… not that I think I’d ever order it myself, sadly, because it’s too finicky for me!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ze_Teamaker

Maybe a spot of milk might help. I think Purple tea is kinda like CTC in that it is meant to be drank with milk.

Kittenna

Perhaps, though I don’t seem to recall reading anything about that. I think I finished off this cup, but may give that a shot for round 2, if it doesn’t work out.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-It could be a bad blueberry. We smash the blueberries up and a good portion of this tea is powdered freeze-dried blueberries. You know how when you are eating a pint of blueberries, there is always 1 or 2 blueberries that are sour. Well, maybe one of the blueberries that you got was a tad on the sour side. Purple tea in general has some wine-like qualities because of the high levels of anthocyanin but at those measurements it seems unlikely that the tea is the cause of the bitterness.

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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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