2276 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2276 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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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
2276 tasting notes

Yum – I actually quite enjoy this tea! I’ll have to try it via regular cup method, but it was a treat to tote around in one of my mugs. Unfortunately it seems I didn’t get around to drinking much of it prior – only three mugs made it over to where I was watching The Final Four (or sleeping, more accurately), and this wasn’t one of them. It’s still good though! So I’m drinking it now.

(Btw, sad times, my boyfriend needed Louisiana to lose to come in tied for third in his pool, or for Syracuse to win for him to win overall… clearly neither happened. Sigh!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
2276 tasting notes

Tasted rather floral when I had this on the weekend, and until I realized what it was, I was kind of confused. Delicious once I put things together though (sometimes I can’t remember which teas I’ve brewed up in my five mugs, or even if I can, sometimes I can’t tell which tea is in which mug. Thought this was Lupicia’s ‘Fantasy’ for about half an hour.) Anyways, drank most of this en route to a Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday. Bad decision (drinking the tea, I mean), as we then ended up sitting for 45 minutes or so in traffic, inching along slowly while my tummy was filled with tea… haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
2276 tasting notes

More travel mug deliciousness. This tea is definitely best drank fairly quickly after infusion, as most vegetal greens seem to be, but I still quite enjoyed it about 12 hours later. The flavour had changed a little (not that I recall how it changed), but it was quite tasty!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
2276 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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drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2276 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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drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
2276 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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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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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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