2229 Tasting Notes

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drank Creamsicle by Joy's Teaspoon
2229 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil (and technically Azzrian) for a sample of this tea :)

The aroma is very similar to DavidsTea’s Orange Blossom, IMO, except perhaps a bit more orangey, and maybe a bit less creamy. I wasn’t hugely fond of that tea, though it wasn’t terrible or anything. Flavourwise, I have the same feelings – much like Orange Blossom, but perhaps more orangey. I haven’t had OB in a while, so can’t really give a good comparison, but as I’m passing off the rest of it to Sil shortly, I’ll try to have my last cup of it in the next couple days so that I can try and figure out what the differences may be between these two blends! I do definitely enjoy the flavouring here, I just wish it was on a different base. Fingers crossed for Della Terra’s Orange Cream! (I know, still rooibos, but hopefully better?)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2229 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for this one (via Lala)!

I brewed up one of the sachets while at my boyfriend’s house today, and was pleasantly surprised… but also disappointed. Disappointed because I clearly screwed something up (perhaps water:leaf ratio… are these teabags meant for 12 oz. cups??) and the tea was fairly astringent/bitter, but pleasantly surprised because what I could taste was delicious! So I’m quite looking forward to trying a second cup of this (I brought the bag home to re-steep, and also have at least one more to try). So, pretty much, this is a totally useless review because I can’t tell you much about the tea, except that I drank it! Haha :P

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
momo

Harney sachets are for 12 oz, I know this now but never remember when making tea.

Kittenna

Yeah… I felt like someone had mentioned that somewhere previously. Naturally, I only thought of this post-tasting. I actually didn’t even read the baggie that the samples were in; it’s possible that Lala noted it there as well and I just failed to read it! Oh well, it will certainly be tastier next time!

Dinosara

Yeah I feel like you can sometimes get away with 8oz cups with the black teas, but maybe it was too much for a white.

Lala

I found better luck with brewing larger amounts with the Harney sachets. There is just so much tea in them.

Kittenna

I may have actually used closer to 6 oz, which is my go-to size with sachets of any sort (since I hate weak tea). I had intended to dilute the cup once I realized it was so strong/bitter, but I was too lazy and ended up just drinking it.

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Hmm, ok. I brewed this up at my boyfriend’s place today (while he was making me potato pancakes, since I was cheated out of them on Easter Sunday, hahahaha), so it was less-than-optimal brewing conditions (even though I now use Brita water there as well)… but something didn’t quite work for me with this one. I made sure that there was a cranberry in the infuser, but to be honest, there was less cranberry flavour in this tea than in the >1 year old Cran-Blackberry Rooibos I just drank. And I’m not really digging the base tea either :/

I brought the leaves home and re-steeped them, and I’m getting virtually no flavour from them at all, to the point where I think I’ll actually just dump the cup :S

I’m kind of disappointed; I was hoping for something much more like Forest Berry Silver Needle, which was really quite delicious. Ah well, perhaps there are some Steepsters out there who are curious to try this one :) I’ll give it another shot here at home, but I have a feeling I’m not going to like it even then.

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

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drank Cran-Blackberry Rooibos by 52teas
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Sipdown! So, uh, I was nicely under 800… and then I received my swap package from whatshesaid as well as a lovely tea-containing thank-you from Lala… (you guys are both awesome!) er… so… with this sipdown, I’m back at 801. Ahahaha. Oh well, that is to be short-lived. I don’t think there are any sipdowns from sending my half of the swap out, but I of course have tons of other things to sipdown in the meantime!

Well, cleverly I did remember that had intended to brew this up a bit more strongly this time (ok, it was a total fluke, but whatever), and the results are definitely better. Even though this tea is from my very first swap EVER!!!! with momo, this is kind of tasty! It tastes mostly like a cranberry-flavoured rooibos to me, but although I’d prefer a honeybush base, the rooibos isn’t too bad here. I’m not sure, however, that cranberry is my favourite flavour in tea, so I probably wouldn’t pick this up again if it was to reappear.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Dance With Elephant by Tealux
2229 tasting notes

This was a random, fruity pick from Tealux when we made our order. They are certainly not lying about the huge chunks of fruit (which is great, though difficult to measure), but I’m not entirely sure that I read carefully enough to note that there was rooibos in the blend. Oops. Oh well.

Brewed up, this tea smells pretty fruity. Very banana-y. Tastewise, it’s the same. Quite banana-y, with definite coconut creaminess. There a bit of rooibos scratchiness as well. The one thing that I’m not liking here, however, is that… there’s a bit of a funky flavour going on. Kind of a yucky, pukey flavour. And aroma. Kind of like the flavour I tasted in Adagio’s Pina Colada, although not neeaaarrrllly as strong. Consequently, I’m wondering if the tangy pineapple in some of these pina colada blends doesn’t sit well, or blend well… because… blech. I was pretty darn impressed with this blend other than that though, because it’s very real-banana (like a smoothie), plus lovely coconut, but I just can’t take that flavour in tea. And this I know isn’t caused by sickness. Sigh. Oh well, at least I only picked up a sample size!

Preparation
Boiling
canadianadia

Doesn’t sound yummy, that’s too bad…it has such a fun name!

Indigobloom

oh… pineapple :(

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
2229 tasting notes

Really? First to log this? That’s weird.

Anyways, this was part of Sil’s and my shared Lupicia Happy Bag, 2012. I’m not overly fond of lychee-flavoured teas, as I think they tend towards the overly floral side (yes, I know lychees are floral, but eating the fruit is different from tasting it in tea!) Anyways, this one smells delightfully like lychee, but not too floral, which is good. And the flavour? Actually pretty decent. I’m getting a moderate lychee flavour overtop of the black tea base, which is not astringent at all. More juicy than floral, which would be my preference. Really, as far as lychee teas go, this is pretty good. The only weird thing is that once the lychee flavour fades and I can taste the black tea, I get a bit of a rotted garbage sort of flavour lingering in my mouth. However, this may just be an artifact of residual Honey/Caramel Orzo tea in my mouth as well, because it’s not noticeable until the end. Also, sickness, so who really knows. So for now, rating does not reflect that off-flavour, because I’m not totally convinced that it’s real. Sil obviously has some of this too, so I’m sure she can verify this one way or the other at some point!

ETA: Nope, no off-flavour when my mouth isn’t contaminated. Actually, it’s kind of tasty and fruity :)

ETA again: Didn’t care for the re-steep and dumped it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah your glowing review, complete with rotting garbage references REALLY makes me want to dig this out and try it. lol

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure that it’s just a strange-combo-of-flavours-in-mouth thing :P That orzo tea is strong, and lingers.

Kashyap

the best lychee flavored anything I have ever had was the lychee oolong from naivetea and it was so amazing I bought a pound and spent time coming up with recipes for it, including poached pears, simple syrup, and sorbet. I found out that the way the scent and flavor teas is vastly different from others and happens while the tea is undergoing transformation into an oolong and its not a post ‘production’ flavoring, so the naturalistic and balanced flavor is captured…I would recommend them highly

Dinosara

I’ve had some of this for a while but haven’t gotten around to it (mostly because I have a lot of it and it’s not sipdownable :P). But I love lychee congou so I am looking forward to it.

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
2229 tasting notes

Woo, another sip down! 795 :) And yes, Sil, it’s a sipdown even though you gave me more, because they are separate entries on my swaps sheet. That’s just how it works. There are many ways in which my large cupboard may be slightly artificially inflated…

This isn’t quite as good as the first time I had it, but I think that’s partially because I oversteeped it a bit (so it’s a bit strong) and because my tasting ability is compromised. Still tasty though, and one I’ll likely look at picking up sometime in the future.

Preparation
Boiling
Sil

haha

Indigobloom

I saw this and got confused. Then looked at the other reviews and saw that it’s a coffee alt. Bleh :P

Kittenna

:P Yeah I like the taste of (sweetened) coffee. So this works for me. I have yet to try it as a latte, but I’m 100% certain it will be amazing.

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100

So. Yesterday I went to the doctor for some immunizations, and let me tell you – I am in a world of hurt today. NEVER, I repeat, NEVER get intramuscular injections into both arms on the same day. Because you may very well not be able to do anything with your arms the next day (typing, thankfully, involves mostly only fingers. Lifting up laptop, however? Yeahno. Making tea? Very painful.) Anyways. Sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache, AND intense pain at the injection sites, radiating up to my neck, makes for a very, very miserable Kittenna. (Did I mention there were three injection sites? Ohyes. There was another one in there as well.) Of course, I’m into huge crunch time for my thesis right now, and I have to go for my second bridesmaid dress fitting today, so I can’t even take (another) day off.

Anyways. Sipping down this tea in anticipation of receiving an absurd amount of it (flavoured or otherwise) in the nearish future. So for now, I’m down to 797, woo.

ETA: Discovered that I had neglected to remove the other listing for this one too! So, 796. Haha. This is what happens when one’s cupboard is so large.

Preparation
Boiling
Terri HarpLady

Below 800, eh? Congrats! Even if it is shorty lived : /
Bummer you’re feeling crappy.
Here, have another cup of tea…

Kittenna

I’m hoping to stay solidly under 800 now… I won’t be getting any of the new teas I ordered (except an Amoda box, and Bluebird Tea Co. samples) until May, pretty much, so I have lots of time. And even then, I’m not getting toooooo many new teas…. (I say this now, haha). And thanks… today is clearly not going to be very good. Sigh.

Sil

kiteenna i can always just order tea without you :)

Kittenna

No, not allowed. I will disown you if you don’t give me the chance to be part of orders! D:

Terri HarpLady

Tsk tsk tsk…look at you two, bickering like siblings…

Sil

well she is a little snot sometimes grin i have no siblings, so i’m happy to adopt

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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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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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