2244 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
2244 tasting notes

Ummm, heck yes, this is SO DELICIOUS! I catch exactly what you’re saying, Indigobloom, about this tasting like sweet pretzels. I’m not quite sure that I would have likened it to that, but mildly sweet, toasted baked goods? Definitely. This is super tasty, and definitely a tea we probably need to locate a non-China source for, because yeah. It’s pretty darn good. Thanks for sharing, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

huh… i’ll need to try this sooner rather than later then

Indigobloom

It is amazing, right?! right??? and it resteeps well, or so I discovered this morning :D

Indigobloom

I’m gonna have to find those pretzels again and see if they have buckwheat in them lol

Kittenna

Haha. Yeah, second infusion smelled a lot like potato chips or something. Still tasty.

Indigobloom

potato chips, oh man now I have a craving lol

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…interesting!

Sil

Terri – not that my memory is great but i’m pretty sure i sent you along a couple of these lol so you may get to try it out too. i think? lol

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67
drank Orange Chocolat by Lupicia
2244 tasting notes

Ok! Second shot at this one, courtesy of Sil.

All I remembered without reading my previous tasting note was that it was bitter last time. Well… I went with a 2-min infusion, which is about half the time I infused it last time, so if it’s still bitter, I give up!! The moment of truth…. woo, no bitterness!! That said, this doesn’t taste as good as I remember, so either I should use a bit more leaf next time, or I should lengthen the infusion a touch. Anyhow, it’s definitely heavy on the cardamom, but I’m not tasting a great deal of orange or chocolate (which I did last time). Still a decent cup of tea, but not quite what I was after. We’ll see how the second infusion fares :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

you just let me know..

Kittenna

Feel free to swap away the rest of this that you have. I definitely like it, but don’t love it as I expected, and since we both have a bunch of chocolate orange deliciousness en route, I’ll be ok. I may consider ordering it in the future from Lupicia, though!

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Sipdown! 789. Thanks to momo for this one.

Yep, this one remains solidly on my list of “favourite 52teas”, and it’s one that I’d purchase in a heartbeat if it came back. Banana is not my fave flavour in tea, but it’s very banana-chip-esque here, which works well, plus the creaminess and the amazing toastiness. It’s like the adult version of banana cream pie. I checked my tasting notes and it looks like I must still have some left from LiberTEAS as well – I was worried that this would be my last taste of this tea, but it seems not, which is super :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

This is one of my favorite 52s also. I almost had it today!

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89
drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
2244 tasting notes

Thanks yet again to Bluebird Tea Co. for another free sample :)

So one thing that I’m very thrilled about with this tea company is that none of the three teas I’ve tried so far taste anything like a tea I’ve previously had. They taste unique, which is great (but also terrible) because that means that I’m eager to try out more of their flavours, particularly ones I dismissed as likely being “too similar to other teas I’ve had before”.

So this tea? No exception. I was expecting generic chocolate/florally rose black. Nope, not here. Yes, there’s certainly some chocolate. Dark chocolate. But it’s unlike any chocolate flavour I’ve previously had in tea… darker and more satisfying. And there’s rose, a bit of fruit (strawberry?) and a sort of creaminess…. this kind of is tasting to me like a gourmet truffle of some sort. Like… a truffle I would like more of. There’s almost an alcoholic taste here as well, like a liqueur-filled chocolate… but not too intense that it puts me off.

Uh… so this one’s really good… debating just drinking up the other sample of two I have of it that were technically supposed to be for other people… (I kid… kind of… :P)

ETA: Like Tealizzy, I didn’t see any candy hearts in my sample – but I would really prefer it that way, as I dislike their presence in tea. The rose petals make this one pretty enough!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Your description puts this right on my shopping list! A more satisfying chocolate tea? Most chocolate teas just leave me craving a hot chocolate.

Kittenna

Well, it’s certainly not like hot chocolate, but the chocolate here is richer than usual, and tastes less like flavouring and more like real chocolate, which helps.

Lindsey

Have you tried DavidsTea Love Tea #7? It’s a floral chocolate-strawberry black tea, also, so I’m curious to see how they compare.

Kittenna

I have, but to be honest I can’t remember exactly how they compare. I’d be tempted to say that I prefer this one, however.

Lindsey

Okay, good to know! I placed an order with Bluebird just last night, but will have to keep it mind for my next order.

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84
drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
2244 tasting notes

Sipdown! 790. Thanks to Nina’s Paris for the free sample :)

I think this may have been the best-smelling tea I’ve had from Nina’s yet (yeah, I have a soft spot for caramel/vanilla)! And… the flavour is actually really good too! I’m getting both vanilla and caramel quite strongly, and with keeping the infusion time to 2 minutes, I’ve avoided any possible astringency from the base, so instead it’s just hanging out nicely behind the strong desserty notes. Yum!! I’d certainly think of purchasing this one in the future, assuming I could get it to taste the same as this cup does. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Wild Cherry by Unknown from China
2244 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for bringing back this random tea from China :D Also, sip down, back at 791 after adding/removing Bluebird Tea Co. teas.

The flavour is a bit of a spiced floral cherry sort… but very mild. I may have underleafed my cup though – I’m not sure if there was a full 1.5tsp of leaf in my baggie, and I didn’t check, just brewed it in ~8 oz. I kept the infusion time pretty low, though I don’t think that would have contributed to the mild flavour. Anyways, as I mentioned, it’s more of a floral cherry flavour rather than tart, which is what I prefer, so I preferred Cherry Fantasy from Tealux to this tea. The base is fairly nondescript here… nothing more to say about it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Bonfire Toffee by Bluebird Tea Co.
2244 tasting notes

Another free sample from Bluebird Tea Co.! Thanks!

Hmm. So this one definitely smells like toffee, and kind of tastes like it too (almost a toffee apple sort of flavour??), but I’m not getting any smoke, as I was hoping for. A little lapsang souchong would go a long way here to making this tea a bit more what it’s supposed to be! That said, it’s certainly not bad, and I actually rather like it. It doesn’t taste to me like your typical flavoured black. There is some astringency, which may be why drinking it with milk is suggested.

I do prefer the other two teas I’ve tried from Bluebird Tea Co., but I’m still pretty impressed, as none of the three teas I’ve had so far has tasted generic or overly flavoured, which is certainly good in my books!

ETA: I didn’t realize that there was supposed to be apple in here until just now, after reading the tea description. Go go tastebuds!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
CrowKettle

I would’ve liked to have seen a lapsang souchong base too.

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82

Thanks again to Bluebird Tea Co for this sample!

Wow… does this one EVER smell creamy!! Yum. I love creamy blends; just hoping that the rooibos isn’t too overpowering here. I couldn’t really smell any rhubarb, to be honest.

Flavourwise… I think I can actually taste rhubarb?! Like, real, cooked, hot rhubarb! Crazy – definitely the first time I’ve tasted rhubarb in tea! And there’s definitely creaminess, which is quite enjoyable. I could certainly be convinced that it’s custard/pudding. The rooibos in here isn’t overwhelming either, which is nice; it blends quite well with and probably adds to the rhubarb flavour. As is typical with rooibos, my throat is getting a touch scratchy, so I’m not sure this would be a blend I’d pick again unless it had a honeybush base, but I’ve gotta say that the flavouring is absolutely bang on. Quite impressed so far with these first two samples from Bluebird!

ETA: Second infusion was less cream, more rhubarb. Definitely quite the authentic rhubarb flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I WANT MY SAMPLES! LOL

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82

Quick couple of reward notes for me. It’s all thesis-writing from now on…

Thanks to Bluebird Tea Co. for this free sample! :D

The aroma of this one reminds me of Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle. Must be something about black tea + freeze-dried raspberries? Anyways, it’s not a super fruity scent or anything, but enticing nonetheless. …oooh. So I’m drinking this warmer than I normally would just so I can write this and get back to writing other less-fun things, and… this is pretty darn tasty! It’s sweeter than Butiki’s blend, IMO, and while I can taste the raspberry, I’m also tasting an underlying flavour of what makes me think of Celestial Seasoning’s Raspberry Zinger… but very muted and rather pleasant, mixed with black tea flavours and a kind of almost chocolatey creaminess. Probably the vanilla.

Anyhow, this is pretty good! Kind of wish I had more than a sample of it, but then again… my cupboard just went up a few more teas, so probably for the best.

ETA: Second infusion in less water is reasonably tasty. Less raspberry, but still cream + black base.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

the picture is so lovely !

whatshesaid

I ordered this sample also :)

Sil

Th girls made me order samples first…..I almost just placed an order right away lol

Kittenna

Shipping is pretty good from there, though, so if need be we can place an order later :) I’m about to try tea #3…!

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81
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2244 tasting notes

Bleh. So one of the lids of my travel mugs does not smell good, and unfortunately, this tea was affected by it. I swapped lids with a different mug (that had been emptied) to try and curb the problem, but the damage was already done… what should have been a nice, malty black tea tastes like something crawled into it and died (ok, I’m exaggerating, it’s not that bad, there’s just a bit of an off-flavour… just enough to make me want to dump this out. I need to pick up denture tablets ASAP!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Skulleigh

Travel mugs are so delicate. I was sniffing through mine on Friday, trying to find one my husband hasn’t sullied with coffee. That smell never goes away.

Terri HarpLady

Soaking them in baking soda doesn’t help?

OMGsrsly

Denture tablets! Or bleach. Do not try oxyclean, as it leaves a lemony soapy scent. Ahem. Not like I tried that one yesterday or anything.

Indigobloom

I have two infusers at home that I can’t get the rust out of. Nothing seems to help. but now I am wondering about this denture idea…

inguna

I have discovered that scrubbing with baking soda really helps to remove any odor.

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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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