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2221 Tasting Notes

87

Well… this one’s a bit old now. Entirely my fault :( Definitely has lost some of its intense vegetal flavour, but it’s still quite nice with a short infusion. Another lesson learned re: green teas. Buy small amounts and drink them quickly!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

I (re)discovered that myself today!!

CHAroma

I second (or third) that! ;)

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50

Hmm, kind of a disappointment, I’ll say. Considering how many pieces of fruit were in here, I definitely expected a better, fruitier tea! Alas, that is not the case. Instead we have, in my opinion, a pretty generically fruit-flavoured sencha. Not terrible, but way down on my list, because I find generic fruit-flavoured senchas pretty darn boring. Perhaps my infusion was too short, but I certainly didn’t want astringency (which I did manage to avoid), and 2 minutes is usually ample to get a good feel for a tea, even if it’s a bit underbrewed. I’ll admit that the temp was a touch low; perhaps that also contributed? I suspect not, though.

Anyways, nice to try another tea regardless! Thanks for sending me some of this one, CHAroma!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I know, right? This tea really disappointed me too. It’s pretty lackluster and flavorless for being so chock full o’ fruit.

Kittenna

Yeah! I was expecting a lot more (well, until I read your note, haha). Funny how that works out…

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96
drank Milk Oolong by Bon The Place
2221 tasting notes

This is the only tea made up for the travel mug today, as I a) got up really late for my meeting, and b) only stayed at work for the meeting, and then came home. I definitely like milk oolongs warm and not hot. Hot, not enough milkiness comes out for me. So drinking my thermos-ful about 8 hours later was perfect :D

I’m almost out of this one now too, after sipping down the DT version a bit ago… but I did order a couple Jin Xuans from Tealux, so those are next up before I get to go all ordering crazy.

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

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79

Yum, this is pretty good. It’s tasting a little weak today for whatever reason (underleafed?), but it’s still quite a nice minty, creamy black tea. However, I am very much not fond of the icky red sprinkle guck that’s around the inside of my cup. Lowering the rating because of that. I sincerely hope that I didn’t use a Finum basket for this one today, and instead a much-easier-to-clean stainless steel one.

Also, sipdown! Because the rest belongs to Sil. Muahahaha.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

cheater! haha

Kittenna

Oh, you totally cheat like this all the time! :D

Sil

i dunno WHAT you’re talking about…. (ijustdontadvertiseitlol)

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67
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Of my sample from Amy oh! Sadly, this sample is way tastier than the packet I got from 52teas’ grab bag sale quite a while back. This one is caramelly/butterscotchy, but my packet has kind of a plasticky taste. Really not super fond of it :/

Anyways, this is good! A bit, uh, flavourless after Ice Cream Cake, but still ok. Thanks Amy!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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73
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yeeaaahhh! It’s been too many tea-less days for me. Still not 100%, but throat is no longer rejecting tea, and I can, at least for now, still taste. Woo!

So since this was the bottom of the bag, it seems I got ALL the little sweet bits. So holy crap, this is one SWEET cup of tea! Definitely tastes of neapolitan ice cream cake though. Strawberry and vanilla moreso than chocolate. (And no little oreo fudgy bits either. Sigh.)

Not bad, although this cup in particular could use a stronger base. Not too sad that it’s all gone now, though, even though it was nice to try!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Josie Jade

Haha, exactly how I felt about it too. Couldn’t finish it! Surely there is someone out there who will love this tea . . .

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89

Brewed up a cup of this on Saturday, couldn’t drink it due to my sore throat (which made me go three days pretty much without tea… the horror!), and finished it off today. I really have got to do an aged tgy comparison one of these days, because I’m having trouble keeping them straight, and I dislike when I can’t remember specifics about different teas (that in theory, should be different).

Anyhow, this was tasty. Unfortunately it was not a good choice for the sore throat. Neither was Laoshan Black, nor Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green. However, Copabanana and Mango Silly Antro were pretty good choices. Something to keep in mind! It seems my sore throat has mostly eased at this point, but for future reference…

Preparation
Boiling

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90

So this one got a touch oversteeped today too. Closer to 2 min than I would have liked. However, it didn’t suffer too badly. Still rock sugary and delicious. It’s edging towards astringency/too strong, but I am only aware of it because of my poor sore throat, which is extremely sensitive to the least bit of non-smoothness. (So in other words, this tea is absolutely delicious and my throat is messed up.)

Glad this one still tastes good in spite of its age! Gotta sip these greens down more quickly next time. Still a few good cups of this one left.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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84

Oops, apparently I double-logged this the first (and last) time I had this. Found that empty note and deleted it, and now get to write another!

So this was one of these teas I attempted in the hopes of making myself feel better…. no dice. However, it is quite enjoyable, and I have to say, it’s going down much more smoothly than the Laoshan Black. I probably should have stuck to lighter, creamy teas, in retrospect. Oops.

Anyhow, I couldn’t really remember what this tea tasted like, exactly, but now that I’ve had a few sips, it’s all coming back! I brewed this up more strongly this time, using about 2 tsp of leaf for 8 oz., and due to being distracted by my roommate, it got a nearly 3 minute infusion! Luckily, it survived just fine. The cilantro is definitely quite apparent here as a lovely fresh flavour, and the mango is fairly light, but still noticeable. The white tea base, of course, is deliciously in the background.

I definitely do quite like this tea, even though it’s not one I personally would have come up with myself (cilantro in a tea?!) I can’t wait to try my portion of Pineapple Cilantro Cream next weekend!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2221 tasting notes

:‘( I had a nap this afternoon, and woke up feeling terrible. Headache, sore throat, weird lump in my throat when I swallow, runny nose, unhappy stomach… I hope I’m not getting sick, but all signs point that way.

Anyhow, I thought I’d brew up some tea to see if it would make me feel better… unfortunately not. It’s all tasting great, but I absolutely hate how it feels when I have a sore throat and swallow, so I’ve pretty much wasted 4 good cups of tea (well, I’m trying to drink them, but the tastiness is strongly overwhelmed by the unpleasantness of swallowing).

Either way, I’ve missed this one. Haven’t had it in a while. Malty, chocolatey, just overall yummy. A hint of fruitiness as well. I wish I was enjoying it a bit more though (it would be awfully inappropriate of me to swish it around in my mouth then spit it out, wouldn’t it…) Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Awee get better !!!

Kittenna

Thanks. It sucks because mostly I feel perfectly fine. But that’s how it is with colds :(

Lily Duckler

Poor thing! I just got over that myself. Warm milk and honey might be just the ticket! Hope you feel better soon.

Rachel J

Feel better!

Fjellrev

Aww no, I hope you’re feeling better.

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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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