2387 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
2387 tasting notes

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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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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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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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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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
2387 tasting notes

Yum, this is decent not in a travel mug as well, although I think it will be shoved into that box to be finished off, as there are others teas I’d prefer to drink hot. I think the tea pretty much fits the description – it’s a slightly fruity, caramelly black. Easy and enjoyable to drink straight, and at a 3 minute infusion, pretty much free from astringency. Definitely don’t regret having received this one in the 2012 Happy Bag!

ETA: Second infusion pretty tasty! Something about this tea really works for me. Bumping the rating a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
2387 tasting notes

Ok…. either my sample is too old, or my mouth tastes too much like cardamom, but I cold-brewed a bunch of this last night and I can’t taste anything :( I really liked this one the last time I had it cold, so this sucks. I guess I’ll let my tastebuds sit a while and then see how it goes… (Note: sample has been in a plastic baggie for pretty much an entire year…)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
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Cold-brewed last night. Honestly? All I’m really tasting here is cardamom, and since I seem to adore cardamom, this is working quite well. I’m not sure that I ever honestly tasted much of anything else, but enjoyed the cardamom so much that I rated this quite highly! Either way, I’m tempted to simply steep some cardamom pods in the fridge and see how it turns out…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
2387 tasting notes

Tried a bit of this one last night. Honestly, I drank it pretty quickly so can’t really write the best review, but it was certainly both chocolatey and minty, and I did enjoy it. I can’t believe how many little chocolate chips are in there! Anyhow, I have enough left of my share for at least another few cups, I’m thinking, so will have to properly review it later when I’m less distracted (e.g. not playing guitar/watching Dr. Who).

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Definitely let us know how the next tasting goes! I almost bought this one this week.

Sil

i had a version of this while stacy was working on it and really enjoyed it as a herbal mint chocolate blend. I’ve got the final version on it’s way to me eventually but if it’s like the sample i had it should be really tasty and not overly expensive too!

Kittenna

LOL Sil, I thought you were making that comment just to me, and was like, um, duh, have I been away so long that you’ve forgotten who I am? Because your final version is en route to you via me :P And therefore, this very bag from which I had my cup’s worth.

Anyhow, CHAroma, if you like chocolate mint, and are looking for it to be caffeine-free, this is great. I would recommend it, and I’m not the biggest peppermint or chocolate/mint fan. And it seems to be quite cheap as well!

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So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D

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195 °F / 90 °C 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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