2246 Tasting Notes

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Yum. One of my favourites from Della Terra. This tea seriously tastes like liquified dessert. So delicious. Caramelly, chocolatey, and no odd flavours. The black base is definitely not the star here, but it would be weak without it. This will probably be a repurchase (if it’s still around), although I should really try it next to the DavidsTea version beforehand.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown! Unfortunately, this sipdown occurred quite a while ago… and I can’t say that I paid much more attention to the tea than I did the first time around! However, it was definitely pumpkiny, with great spicing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d like to compare it to Pumpkin Creme Brulee at some point, though I’ll plan something like that for around Halloween/Thanksgiving. Thanks again to…. Roswell Strange (I think?) for sending me some of this!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Yup, that was from me :)

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
2246 tasting notes

I’m impressed at the resiliency of this tea – I’m not sure how long it steeped, but definitely longer than the intended 2 minutes, yet it still wasn’t astringent, and in fact, was quite delicious! Strawberry and ginger, not surprisingly, and the predominant flavours – the ginger isn’t in-your-face, but more there to add a bit of a zing. I actually couldn’t initially figure out where the zing was coming from, but it reminded me of one of 52teas’ blends that contained ginger, which just gave it a delightful zing instead of being GINGER TEA. Anyhow, this is tasty. Not in my top 5 or possibly even top 10 from Butiki, but it’s not one I’d ever refuse!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I really like this one.

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75
drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
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Sipdown! Pretty tasty, but I think I’d prefer a raspberry cream genmaicha, because otherwise there’s a bit of a divide between the toastiness and the sharp raspberry flavouring. Still a good cup, but I want creaminess. Therefore I’m regretting my decision not to pick up Strawberry Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

They still have some in stock! :)

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drank Peaches and Cream by Teaopia
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So… I don’t think I liked this much the first time I had it, so you’d think that about a year later, I’d like it even less. Well, you’d be wrong. I actually really enjoyed the cup of this I had – I was getting true, delicious peachy flavour along with the oolong, and I even resteeped twice, both times getting a very tasty cup of peachiness (it faded in the second, but the oolong must have some peachy characteristics as well). Happy news, because that means this will be an excellent travel mug tea, which usually means it gets used up in fairly short order, since travel mugs are twice the size of my normal cups (oh, did I mention that I now have 5 Contigo mugs and 3 Timolinos? And a mug that plugs into my car? And those are just the quality ones…)

Anyhow, yum!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amariel

I found this one to be inoffensive, but not amazing. It might be a better cold brew, but I’m passing the rest of my pack on to a friend.

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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So, very interestingly I do not believe that this is a clone of DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. My batch smells quite deliciously caramelly, and tastes much nuttier than the apple-cinnamon flavour of FN. Sure, there’s clearly beet in here to give a red colour, but… it did not seem the same to me. Granted, I can’t compare them side-by-side right now, so I could be wrong, but still.

Anyhow, this was another V-Day tea (the last of the five), and I had quite an incredibly delicious mug of it while watching the boy play soccer a couple weeks ago. So good. And I’m going to have more now, and write another tasting note shortly :D

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Hello.Kiki

This one is on my wishlist! I’m such a sucker for dessert ‘teas’ ;p

Kittenna

Definitely a dessert “tea” :D I seriously could just huff the bag for hours and probably feel like I’d eaten an entire caramel almond… something. Om nom nom.

Hello.Kiki

I have the cococaramel sea salt right now and I totally agree with you. Sometimes I catch myself reaching for the tin just so I can smell it! haha

Amariel

It tastes very much like FN to me.

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75
drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
2246 tasting notes

(Backlogged from… Feb 15th). Another V-Day tea, and a good choice. This is reminiscent of thai chais I’ve had previously, with an emphasis on lemongrass and coconut creaminess, but also quite a bit of cinnamon. I’d probably prefer one of those (or optimally, DavidsTea’s Coco Lemon Thai… drool!), but I had quite a nice cup of this while watching the third LOTR movie for the first time. Went down pretty easily without any milk, and that’s a sign of a winner for me!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Teavana
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(Backlogged from… Feb 14th). The boy bought me a straight tea! I was so proud, especially since he bought me an oolong :D As oolongs go, I’ve probably had better – this one was missing some of the nuances I’ve grown to love in some of the others I drink – but overall it was pretty decent, and especially after cooling/sitting, it developed the classic oolongy flavour that I adore. So again, not a repurchase, but considering how much my boyfriend doesn’t know about tea, I’m pretty pleased :) (He said that he told the lady at Teavana that I liked Milk Oolong, and she recommended this one. I’m not quite sure that I agree with her choice, but I am sooo stoked that he remembered!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

nice boyfriend :)

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(Backlogged from… Feb 14th). I assume this is the tea I got for Valentine’s Day… the bag doesn’t say “Luau” on it, but the description sounds about right.

Anyhow, this is probably the sort of tea I wouldn’t bother with picking up again. A flavoured white, which means you basically can’t even tell that there’s white tea in here (making it overpriced), and not my favourite flavours. However – I think it might be great as an iced tea in the summer, as there’s a tartness along with the fruitiness that I think I’d appreciate more when cold. I can’t really remember much else about this tea, so I’ll write a better tasting note next time I drink some.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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61

Well… this one tasted how I expected an “8 treasure” blend from Verdant to taste. Prominent yabao, which is ok as I like its creaminess and different flavour, and other random herbally flavours. I like this one more than the Love & Joy Blend, but it’s not one I’d pick up. A cup of yabao every now and then is all I need (and preferably, it’s the pear-yabao that was part of a 12 days of Christmas swap in 2012). Anyhow, again a good selection IMO, because most people will not have tried yabao previously, and it’s pretty easy-drinking here.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shelyteadrinker79

What is yahao?

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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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