2352 Tasting Notes

84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
2352 tasting notes

Another cold brew! Yum :D

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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84
drank Longjing by Infussion
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Sipdown! Thanks again to Raritea.

The aroma of this one is misleading… even with a properly timed infusion, I was getting a bit of a metallic too old/oversteeped aroma. But it’s not present in the flavour at all. I recall that happening last time too, even though in that case I had oversteeped it. But again, not present in the flavour (or maybe it was a bit, but less than the aroma indicated).

Anyhow! A tasty dragonwell. I do so adore dragonwell.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Ok… I have come to my conclusion on this tea. I have never had strawberry pie, but this tea doesn’t really taste like what I’d imagine it to be… HOWEVER, I really, really like it! Bumping the rating, because as soon as I saw the baggie, I started craving it like crazy. I love the candy-strawberry flavour, grounded with the non-astringent, strong yet controlled black base. Mmmmmmhhhh. Delish. I only have one serving’s left now, and since I’ve decided that it’s not worth keeping teas that are in baggies around, it will be probably be consumed sooner rather than later (easy access… it’s downstairs by the kettle :D).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Lala

I love your description of this tea. Super accurate!

Kittenna

Mmmm. So good. I looooooove strawberry flavouring :P

Sil

More at my house if we’re getting together in May :)

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89
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown! I thought I had more of this one left, but apparently not.

Anyhow, cold-brewed this over the past couple days, and it’s quite tasty. Green tea, caramelly, and a bit nutty (more likely from the tea than sesame, I think). I also think I prefer Tokyo to Bangkok… hopefully that’s the same conclusion I came to prior. One day I’ll get more of it, but that day is an awfully long ways away.

Also, my sipdown list is quite mucked up right now as I haven’t been properly updating it lately. Gotta add my new Butiki teas, perhaps delete a few teas I left with my mom, and then I’ll be back on track. No significant increases or decreases, thankfully… Butiki order added less than 10 teas, the majority of which are not significant amounts (other than the 4.5 oz. of PTA/PTA blends).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Mmmmmmm. Travel mugged some of this yesterday and it was pretty amazing. All deliciously chocolatey with just enough orange. I think I overleafed though – no measuring spoons at the boy’s place. Still tasty, just a potential waste of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Bleeeccchhh. Had some of this again last night, and I’m convinced that my first sample was amazing, and my second had some serious off-flavours. Possibly from the stevia. Either way, this was quite disappointing, and I have to dump the rest of my mug out. It had a kind of soapiness to it… very gross. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Drank a cup of this yesterday from a sachet my sister gave me. It was pretty good, but after having had Butiki’s Peppermint Patty a few days prior, I wonder whether I actually preferred the herbal version. I’ll have to give both another shot sometime in the future to see which I prefer. Since caffeine is unnecessary for me, a herbal would do just fine!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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I got ahold of a bit of this from the Pearson Airport DT when I was through there a week or so ago – quite a popular blend! The baristas or whatever you call them thought I should pick up 100g… but I went with my usual 10 or so because I just have too much tea.

Personally? A good decision. While this tea is pretty fruity and flavourful, I wasn’t completely taken by it. I couldn’t really pick out mango or pomegranate, just the fruity sweetness from the chunks of candied pineapple. While not bad at all, it just didn’t strike me in a “I need this!” sort of way, which is completely fine! I re-steeped as well, and again it was flavourful and worthwhile, but nothing super special.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sweet Canadian

That’s how I feel about this one too. It’s just a generic fruity black, I don’t really know why everyone seems to be so crazy about it. But I guess its that nothing at Davids is exactly like it right now, so people are excited even if its just ok.

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55
drank Vanilla Cream by Octavia Tea
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Thanks to Lynne-tea for a sample of this one! Your box of stuff totally got lost in my room, and I found it when I moved :) Happy day!

Anyhow, this one seemed promising, but ended up being fairly boring. Woody rooibos with creamy vanilla. I imagine that age and poor storage are to some extent to blame, but I also don’t think I’m a fan of rooibos that’s not heavily flavoured, and vanilla typically isn’t a strong enough flavour for me. It’s reasonable enough to finish, though!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
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I’m still not quite fully moved in to my new place, so I’m drinking whichever teas I can find… ok, that’s most of them. Haha. At least now I have a shelf to house my teas! Tea stash photo coming soon :P Anyways, I happened across the Lupicia box, which is the reason for these two teas. This one’s in a plastic baggie, so best to drink up if possible.

Anyhow, the aroma is actually rather peachy – I was surprised! I wasn’t expecting too much, to be honest. It also smells a bit floral, which is not surprising given the rose petals. Flavourwise it’s unmistakably a rooibos, though not too bad as they come. If I use a bit of imagination, I can imagine this to be a cup of hot peaches.

However, I think this will be destined for the swap pile. Someone who likes rooibos blends and/or floral blends would probably appreciate it more than me!

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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