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2221 Tasting Notes

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Interesting – Tea Guys has a blend with the exact same name and list of ingredients. Coincidence? Doubtful, considering that there are crazy things in here like dogwood fruit (though interestingly enough… no sassafras root is listed in the ingredients… sigh…)

Anyhow. Felt like a random new tea this morning that wouldn’t be a sipdown (in case I couldn’t taste it), but would be something interesting. So here we have it. The aroma is rather root beery… and that’s about all I can detect. Same aroma once brewed.

However, the flavour? Is WEEEEIIIRRRDDD. Root beer plus a punch of fruity hibiscus? Whaaat? Bleh, this is not sitting well with me. I like root beer, and the amount of hibby in here is tolerable, but together? This is NOT a combination I would recommend. I’m not entirely certain that I’ll finish my cup of this… Perhaps I’ll leave it until I get home after my meeting (maybe I’ll be able to breathe/taste/smell properly by then?!) and see if it still tastes kind of icky.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

straaannngee

K S

I’m pretty sure using actual sassafras root is illegal – at least in the US.

gmathis

There was a long conversation about that a while back … I think the sassafrass concoctions that are commercially sold have a particular chemical/element of the plant removed.

Kittenna

Well, sassafras root isn’t actually listed as an ingredient, just in the tea description. So who knows! This tea was icky anyways, haha.

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80

Mmm, the tastiest/sweetest of the three honeybush blends I brewed up this morning. It feels kind of muted though, so we will be blaming some of this on the stuffy nose.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Monkey Fart by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

So, this one definitely spent a bit too long in a plastic baggie. I’ve now decided that any teas packed in crappy packaging are the only ones I’m allowed to drink for a while. Which means swap samples and teas from Teaopia, etc. Anyways, there’s definitely still banana in here, both in aroma and flavour (which makes me think that there’s even less strawberry in Walter Bishop than I thought, since my tastebuds clearly aren’t completely busted), but the tea tastes kind of stale, which I definitely didn’t notice originally. Ah well, there’s now only about a cup’s worth left, so hopefully I can make short work of it some evening!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Uniquity

I’ve been going through the same. I’ve actually started tossing some of the ones that have gotten too old in bad storage. It’s like a little tea shaked knife in my heart every time though.

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drank Walter Bishop Honeybush by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Ok… so I should have drank this about an hour ago, because since then, my nose has really stuffed up. It definitely smelled like creamy strawberries earlier, but mostly just smells like honeybush now. And mostly just tastes like honeybush. Sigh. I don’t think the flavouring is particularly strong in here to begin with though, from what I’ve read, so it’s not surprising that I really don’t taste it much at all right now, though. I’m willing to bet that I will still prefer Strawberry Pie HB over this one, but I’m glad to have tried it! I’ll rate this when I’m not sick anymore.

ETA: Got more strawberry when it was cool and had sat for a while. Still tough to tell how much my cold is affecting things though.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

..and then when you still don’t like it, you send the rest to meeeeeeeeeee

Indigobloom

no no send it to me me me! :P

Terri HarpLady

or you can send it to me! ;)

Sil

Back off people! I get first dibs! We split this package! Lol

Kittenna

Geez, who says I was giving any away! Though Terri, if you were wanting to try some, Sil could send from her stash (if she wasn’t already planning to) and I could replace that amount. :P

And Indigobloom, if you want a sample, I’ll put it on the swaps list.

Sil – you clearly like this one more than me, so if I try it again and am still pretty ambivalent, it’s yours. I have my fingers crossed that if I like the Cranberry TKY, I can maybe nab more of that from you :D

Indigobloom

lol no worries, I have some from a swap… I was just teasing along with Sil. (plus it smells amazing!!)

Terri HarpLady

:D
no prob, I’m getting ready to be swamped with a LOT of tea!!
I was just playin’

Sil

LOL sounds good kittenna…also DO try the cranberry one, i’ll try and check it out tonight in case i LOOOOVE it hot for some reason, but i’m guessing that’ll be one that you will love moreso than me and i’d rather get our split packages back to one another if that makes sense heh

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83
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Another cold-brew of this one, yum. It was feeling ok on the sore throat until I hit the bottom, where there were some particles that came through the bombilla, and now I keep trying to clear them out of my throat…. bleh.

I hate that I can’t even really do any sipdowns today because I suspect I’m not 100% in the tasting dep’t at the moment, and so it would just be a waste….

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75
drank Hearts & Roses by Della Terra Teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown(s)! (798 – I missed noting down my Black Cherry Matcha sipdown yesterday)

I didn’t have quite enough of either this tea or Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a full travel mug’s worth… so I decided to combine the two! There was a bit more tea than I really needed for a full mug’s worth, but I used it all anyways as Della Terra Teas don’t have strong enough bases that it would cause problems (I was right). The result was pretty decent – caramelly sweet like PUDC, but with the chocolate of Hearts & Roses. I never did taste pineapple or cherry, respectively, when I previously tried each of the teas, so unsurprisingly can’t pick either out here as well.

Either way, pretty enjoyable! I wouldn’t pick up Hearts & Roses again (Love in a Cup was better), but I’d probably pick up Pineapple Upside Down Cake, possibly for blending. I like having “sweet” teas to tote along with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

no more tea ordering for you. no more.

Starfevre

798? seriously? With my trades added in (which I don’t count in my cupboard or as sipdowns usually) I don’t break 300. I can’t imagine having almost 800 teas.

Kittenna

Mmhmm… I’m a bit of a tea hoarder, sigh. As in, I hate drinking the last of any samples, which leads to perhaps slightly inflated numbers.

Starfevre

I’m a hoarder as well (of…a lot of things. Like empty used envelopes. Useless things), but I’ve felt better about not hoarding tea since I encountered the term sipdown as something to be proud of.

Sil

starfevre – yeah 300 is too much (imo) totally overwhelms me

Cavocorax

Woah. That blows my mind! How much space does that take up?

Kittenna

Probably less space than you’d expect, because about 325 of them are from swaps, and of the remaining 475, I’d say at least half are sample sizes. If I organized things better, it would probably just take up… a large cupboard, haha.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well that’s not so bad then if you look at actual ounces of tea, right? (Except… except it’s probably more tea than you would ever drink in your life!)

Kittenna

Oh, haha, no, it’s definitely possible to get through it all, especially if I stop buying tea :P I’m not sure of the timeline, but it’s certainly less than a year. I only have >100g of maybe 3 or so teas, and >50g (or about 50g) of maayyyybe 25 more? If that? So they are all fairly small sizes. :)

JoonSusanna

OMG I thought 798 was a typo. Have you got photographic evidence? :)

Kittenna

Ahahaha. A select few people have seen a messy picture of my stash, but I’m not letting the rest of the world see it :P Hopefully when I get settled into my new place, I’ll have some time to organize things and take a pic that I’m willing to show to people :)

Sil

cough

Kittenna

Don’t even!

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74

Well, I tried to sip this one down, but no such luck. I ended up making a travel mug’s worth of this one, mixed in a ratio of 3:1 with Super Ginger. The result was ok, and I dosed it well with honey and drank much of it up. The remaining bit that I discovered in my mug a few hours later had kind of a funky smell to it, though, so I just dumped it. Honestly, if I’m going to have ginger/lemon/honey tea for a sick day…. I’m just going to heat up some hot water, squeeze in some lemon, pour in some honey, and if available, dunk in some ginger slices. No need for a tea that has honeybush and other ingredients in it. (Over the past couple days, I’ve had a few cups of honey/lemon/water… quite tasty.) The exception may be a tea that contains licorice and/other other medicinal-type ingredients, which I think I may endeavour to find today, being that my throat still hurts.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87

Mmmm, also in the travel mug. I found this to be quite soothing on my throat yesterday evening, which was good. Hopefully another couple infusions of it today.

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

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90

Yeeaaaah, so even though I’m now a cup away from a sipdown on this one, it will be a fake sipdown, since I ended up caving and buying another 50g pouch from DT, since this one is so good and probably will never ever return. I still think it’s way overpriced for what it is, but… it’s so tasty!

Oh yes, so… speaking of, you know, too many teas and such. I fixed a couple tea things in my spreadsheet and have come up with an unofficial count of teas in my cupboard, so that I can keep track of my sipdowns (you know, since everyone else is doing it!)

drumroll

There are currently approximately 801 (ahahahahaha) teas in my cupboard, which includes both swaps and full-sized teas (and in some cases, multiple iterations of the same tea, but from different people, or bought at different times). I do say approximately because I don’t have the time to double check everything, and also, I never did count up all the teas in my box from LiberTEAS, so I just called that 50 samples. My numbers will be subject to change as I sip things down and discover they were not initially counted, but oh well! Maybe I can get to 500 sometime soon…?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

You gave me a headache…your situation is out of control girl. (LOL)

Kittenna

Haha, I know. The only good thing is that I’d say most of them are sample sizes. Not all though, sadly…

Shmiracles

good gawd. i’m stressed just thinking about 801!!!! since i’m suck a hyper organizer and reducer that would totally stress me out.
oh but the tea adventure you will have :) !!

Terri HarpLady

OMG Kittenna!

KiwiDelight

Oh wow… That number doesn’t register. I can’t imagine having that amount of tea O_O Good luck going through all of it.

Dinosara

LOL! You make us all feel better about our stashes, Kittenna. :D

Tealizzy

Holy cow! That’s a lot of tea!!

OMGsrsly

I kinda want to attend a tea party at your place. How many teas could I try? :)

Kittenna

What is the capacity of your stomach? :P

OMGsrsly

I think I’d end up uncomfortably sloshy before I even made a dent. :D

Kittenna

Story of my life, haha.

Sil

i told you guys she was crazy!

Kittenna

I have a lot of one-cup sipdowns to do, but I’m hampered by thesis + sickness. It sucks. I don’t even want tea again today because my throat hurts :(

Indigobloom

So what is your sipdown goal? I think you had said 500 earlier

Cavocorax

It sounds like you resteep a lot too – that must make it hard to actually use up tea. Good luck!

Lol @ Dinosaura

Kittenna

Yeah, I feel guilty if I don’t re-steep. :(

Sil

sometimes….sometimes you just need to let it go….

Kittenna

I do sometimes! I don’t feel guilty if I re-steep and it’s gross and I have to dump it :D Just with oolongs and stuff that keep giving… oy.

Sil

oh. yay. oolongs. yea…gotta resteep those. :)

also… i’m totally keeping your rhubarb crumble tea until you learn to drink your 1 cup teas!

Kittenna

Hey, I’m trying. Not my fault I keep getting sick :(

Tea Sipper

WOW that is a lot of tea. Thank you for making me feel better about the amount I have. :D

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100

Brewed this one up for a travel mug yesterday. It tasted pretty good, but I think I’ll save the rest of this one for evenings. I was just craving it like crazy and really wanted to have a cup of it yesterday! I did give the leaves a second infusion pretty much immediately, however, and drank that long before I got to the infusion sitting in my travel mug. So delicious.

(Also, I way oversteeped the first infusion… gave it like 3.5 minutes or something, when I intended 2. It’s fine of course, though.)

Preparation
Boiling
Sil

i wish i was getting anytihng out of this besides laoshan black. sigh

Kittenna

Uhhhh if you don’t like yours I’d swap you straight LB for it…

Kittenna

Are you drinking it from a travel mug? My first cup of it was straight in a mug, and I nearly died it was so delicious. Certainly unmistakeable LB flavours but not the same.

Sil

i’ve had it both in my giant mugs and in the travel mugs…can’t swap! finished it all up! :) I’ve had it nearly every day since we split the orders lol i just haven’t logged it every time :)

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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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