2515 Tasting Notes

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Thanks again to Cavocorax for another awesome tea sample :D

Although I’m pretty sure I’ve found my perfect orange chocolate tea (a Butiki custom blend, Two Friends), I’m still curious to try others. Hence, this tea! I was a bit weirded out at first that it had hibiscus in it, but since I usually go for a pretty short infusion with blacks anyhow, I figured it wouldn’t cause too many problems. I seem to be right, as I can’t taste it at all. What I can taste is some tasty orange, with a background of dark chocolate. The orange is a little… brighter? Than in the Butiki blend… maybe that’s the hibiscus at work? It’s not a bad thing, just different. The chocolate base also isn’t as obvious, but I am definitely enjoying the lack of astringency here (though 2 minute infusions tame even the worst of teas. Not that I think this one couldn’t have handled 3-4 minutes).

Overall, not a bad cup of tea, but it wouldn’t be my first choice to fill any tea desire niche.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
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So. I’ve been working on stats all night, so my “reward” is trying my new teas from Cavocorax. I’m super stoked, because she sent me a bunch of things I’ve been dying to try, and a bonus sample of a tea that had been on my list to pick up from DT for ages! Score! (Not this one, this was a request.)

Anyhow! I think I have maybe only had one straight ceylon tea previously, so all I was expecting here was classic black tea/iced tea flavour. SOOOOOOO wrong. Cavo is totally right – grassy but with crazy honey/caramel. Like, if you sniff it it smells massively like hay, but the flavour is crazy sweet, almost syrupy. I got an initial chocolate aroma from the bag, but am not particularly tasting chocolate at all. It’s really, honestly, malty honey on top of straw. Which sounds worse than it tastes, I’m sure. I’m actually rather enjoying it – I certainly expected something a lot different, and while I still prefer straight blacks with chocolate/raisin notes, the complete lack of astringency here lets all the other flavours out to play, and I’m quite enjoying them.

Thanks so much for letting me try this one, Cavocorax! And for sending a crazy generous sample! I’m going to enjoy it :D

ETA: Oops, oversteeped the second infusion, so it’s kind of astringent. Gone are the sweet honey notes, but the grassiness remains. Even oversteeped, it’s not terrible… but I’d certainly be hesitant to brew this one for 5 minutes in the first place, as recommended!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Glad to hear it!

Amariel

I wish I had gotten the chance to try some of this when it was in, but it sold out sooo fast.

MooKiwi

When I tried this one I think I probably oversteeped it cause it tasted like someone dropped a cigarette in my cup! I think I will give this one another try now after your description of it which sounds rather pleasant!

Cavocorax

MooKiwi – I definitely oversteeped mine the first time – it was awful and I thought I’d wasted my money on limited time only tea, but it IS tasty if you make it milder.

MooKiwi

Thanks Cavocorax- I got it in a to-go cup and forgot to take out the bag (oops!) usually I just leave it in and the tea is fine. This is the first one it has seemed to affect-probably because of the smokey undertones in the sweet flavour. At first it was really sweet and I did taste the honey undertones but it became so bitter and smokey I couldn’t finish it. Does anyone know how long this is out for? As you mentioned, it is limited time only and I would love to give it another go before it’s gone!

Kittenna

AFAIK it sold out very quickly and is now gone, but I think DT is planning to keep releasing these limited edition new teas every so often, so perhaps something similar will eventually come back?

Amariel

Yes, they mentioned that they were going to do “garden to store” direct kinda thing more, but thus far, I have not seen anything.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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Thanks Cavocorax!

Is it just me, or does the spicing of this tea taste an awful lot like Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake?? (It’s not just me.) In fact, I could probably have been convinced that they were the same tea. I don’t have any CPC left to compare, though.

Anyhow, basically, this is a nice spiced blend – a lot more spicy than I usually make my French toast, not that I do it often. I’m not really tasting any eggy/breadiness, just spices. And I do like this spicing. Just a little disappointed that it doesn’t taste more unique.

So, points for deliciousness, but minus points for not being different (or really to me, tasting like French toast). Also – 2 min infusion = no astringency, so if you have problems with that, I’d recommend it.

ETA: I happened to chill the second infusion of this one, and omg, I got major frosting flavours with it. Literally like a frosted cinnamon roll. It was delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i’ll get cavo to send me some of this and do a comparison withe the caramel pumpkin cheesecake..which is coincidentally what i pulled out to put in my travel mug today haha

CheshireEyes

I’d say it’s missing the more buttery maple taste that it needs to make it taste more like french toast.

Cavocorax

Yesss – I’ll set some aside for you Sil!

Tealizzy

Try using 185 degrees and adding a splash of milk…I find the bread flavor pops more. :)

QueenOfTarts

Oh, darn! I bought one of these and have yet to try it. I personally didn’t enjoy caramel pumpkin cheesecake.. a bit too much spice. I will definitely give this one a try iced, though.. you made it sound delicious!

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Thanks for this one, Sil!

Naturally, I didn’t save my sample of this one from the English Tea Store to compare… but they’re totally the same tea. So, I love the caramelly flavours and wish it was a bit lighter on the pu’erh, but would definitely drink this again (but not keep a great deal on hand as I’d prefer a black blend).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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38
drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
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Sipdown, 831. Another tea courtesy of Azzrian :)

Brewed this the same as Wild Watermelon; gave it 2 minutes in boiling water, then chilled it (without leaving the fruit pieces in, since it has hibiscus). Similar result – cardboardy, not great tea. There is a bit of cherry flavour to it, but it’s very minimal. The tartness is quite tolerable, but overall it’s just not great. I much prefer tisanes without hibiscus as a major ingredient.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

831! Do you think you’ll hit 800 by the end of the month?

Kittenna

Sadly probably not. Life got in the way of my original 750 goal… and then 800 too. And I forgot that I’ll be away at the end of the month – camping, not optimal for tea consumption. It’s an uphill battle! I’m actually at 836… haven’t officially added your swap yet…

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drank Wild Watermelon by Kally Tea
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Sipdown, 832. Thanks Azzrian!

Damn. I forgot to check the brewing instructions again. My bad.

Anyways, brewed this (again) as a fruit tisane (e.g. boiling water), but for a shorter time (2 min), then chilled it. Pretty meh. It was certainly more drinkable than my first attempt, which was overwhelmingly hibiscusy and disgusting, but it wasn’t terribly tasty. I don’t even think it’s because I oversteeped the green tea or anything like that, I just don’t think I care for the blend. I was getting almost a cardboard taste from the tea, which was kind of strange. Ended up sweetening it with maple syrup (I was desperate for iced tea) and drinking it anyways.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
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Yep, I still feel like this tea tastes like spiced sour cherries! Anyhow, it is delicious. I hot-brewed and chilled a large cup of it last night and drank it super fast when I got home today. And it was awesome. Not a lot of flavour on the sip, but wonderful aftertaste. A great sub for cold water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Mini-sipdown! 833.

I still have some more of this one, but I’ve now finished off the original bag that Sil gave me. Mmmmm. So delicious….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
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Sipdown! 834.

Yum. That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I have asked for this to try. :)

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drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown, 835.

Hrm. Strong rooibos smell upon brewing, and it’s pretty strong in the flavour too. I’m getting nothing really in the way of pineapple or coconut… I would have been more apt to guess that this was a raspberry-flavoured tea. Maybe there’s some creaminess from the coconut…? And maybe that tartness is pineapple, not raspberry? It’s difficult to tell.

Luckily, though this tastes unmistakably of rooibos, it’s not super medicinal, so it is palatable. But, it’s nothing I’d really want to drink again unless I was desperate. I’m getting a bit of the scratchy throat feeling from it, and that’s certainly a feeling I think I should avoid.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i have a hard time with rooiboos. good job calling them as you taste them!

Skulleigh

Just the name makes me pause. scans down her dashboard “Kittenna drank Cancer…” Internal conversation: Um, willingly? Oh, wait, must be a zodiac thing…

Hesper June

^Ha, My thoughts were similar!

Cavocorax

Haha – yeah the name threw me off momentarily as well!

Kristal

Yeah I agree….“Cancer” isn’t a tea I would be interested in trying. “Hey ____, want a cup of cancer tea?” “Uh, no thanks…..”

CHAroma

What on earth made Nina’s Paris think “Cancer” was a great name for a tea?? Or for anything someone would willingly consume into their bodies? No thank you!

Kittenna

Yeah. It’s definitely a zodiac thing, but an unfortunate name for sure. :/

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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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