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2221 Tasting Notes

56
drank Citrus PILEDRIVER by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Thanks to momo for this one (yes, I have a trend going, haha).

This is another tea where I was curious enough to want to try it, but suspected I wouldn’t enjoy it, so really didn’t want an entire bag. Good decision. I’m not often a fan of citrus in teas, except when there is also creaminess, and I don’t like either green mate OR guayusa… right, why did I want to try this again??

Anyways, it brews up darker than one might expect from a herbal. I think age may have gotten to this one though – the citrus is FAR less of a punch than I was expecting. It’s actually quite decent, in that respect. No cleaner-y overtones or anything. But then… the base. Bleegh. I just don’t like the flavour of either of the base teas (tisanes).

Overall though, it’s really not too bad. Much more drinkable than some lemon blends I’ve tried. However…. still not a fan.

Thanks regardless, momo!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

wow you are on a roll with the teas!

Sil

That’s only because she usually ignores all her samples….I’m betting she could have her cupboard in order in no time if she just opened up a few of those boxes and drank the 1-2 cuppers lol

Kittenna

I would say that half of my cupboard yes, is probably sample sizes 1-3 cups worth lol. I’ve actually gone through a lot of swap stuff though, I just swapped a lot last year! :D

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24
drank Pistachio Lime Mate by Fusion Teas
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Although I cheated and sent the last of this to Boxermama so am only drinking a half cup.

I didn’t like this the first time I tried it, and sadly, I still don’t. Green mate, blech. And I’m not keen on the citrus here, even though I adore actual citrus fruit, and limes in particular.

Yeah, sadly, I really do not like this one. Glad the rest went to a willing home.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

That’s too bad. I really love this one!

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67
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! I brewed up a very thick cup of this today, and am enjoying it… but I don’t know. It’s just not quite working for me. It’s very nutty pina-banana-y. It’s definitely better with a higher fruit:water ratio as I used here (2 tsp or so for 6 oz??)

I think I’ll bump the rating a touch, as this is reasonably good cold, and I tea I would actually drink again… except I still have a ton of Luscious Watermelon and… shifty that other heavy fruit blend from the summer… Memory fading, apparently.

Anyhow, thanks again to kittylovestea for passing along a generous sample of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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50

This one had been sitting in my box of Della Terra teas for quite a while… figured I should get around to trying it.

Wow… does it ever have some bite! The initial flavour is smooth and a bit chocolatey, which morphs into raisiny tones (love!) but then the chili gets ya! Unfortunately, I’m tasting a bit of “red pepper” flavour with the chill, and I hatehatehate red pepper. Gotta admit though, that this does taste like a chill chocolate truffle. Just not one that I necessarily would enjoy.

I’ll have to give this a shot sweetened and with milk, as that should tone down the heat and perhaps improve the flavour for picky me :)

Keep in mind that the rating here is biased, and that I think this is a pretty good tea. Just not a tea for me, perhaps.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

Sipdown! Thanks to kittylovestea for this sample!

Initially when I was brewing up this tea, I thought it smelled almost exactly like Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, minus, obviously, the pumpkin. However, the flavour isn’t quite the same. For starters, I think I’m tasting cheesecake, as a tangy creaminess, which I usually can’t pick out in 52teas blends. The caramel isn’t super strong, but it’s present, and fairly tasty. I steeped this one very conservatively, as I only had enough for one cup and didn’t want to ruin it, so it’s perfectly smooth as well, yet I can definitely still taste the black base.

Overall, a pretty tasty tea! Wouldn’t have minded having a packet of this one, although it’s perfectly ok that I don’t, as I have way too much tea already, haha. I think I also liked the pumpkin version a bit better, just for the greater amount of flavouring.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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59

Sipdown! And thanks to Indigobloom for letting me try a sample of this tea, also before it’s in her hands next weekend :D You guys are awesome.

Anyhow! I really had no idea how this tea would taste, but was curious enough to wrangle a sample (obviously). The aroma was similar to DavidsTea’s Mom’s Apple Pie, in my opinion, with some chocolate. And that seems to be about what the flavour is too. I brewed this as a green to prevent bitterness, which seems to have been effective – it’s nice and astringency-free, just chocolatey-apple goodness. That said… definitely not my favourite flavour combination. Although I love homemade apple pie, I’m not super fond of apple pie-flavoured teas… and adding chocolate doesn’t make it a great deal more appealing to me. I’m glad I don’t have to drink any more of this, not that it’s a bad tea, just that it’s not a favourite flavour combo. I think it’s well-enough done that people will find it enjoyable though!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

hehe I’m glad to spread the tea! :P
Sighs, I always want to try the apple teas but they disappoint me nearly every time. I have had a few good ones though, so there is hope :)

ashmanra

I just had tsugaru green from Lupicia and it was awesome! Have you tried that one, Indigo?

Indigobloom

Ashmanra, yes I think I have!! it was pretty good from what I remember :)

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67
drank Mango Chai by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Sil for letting me thief a sample of this before I pass it along to her next weekend!

The aroma is basically of a fruity chai. Definitely fruity, but hard to place the fruit. However, mango is much more identifiable on the sip. It’s also a touch floral, probably from the fruit flavouring. I probably could have infused this one a bit longer if I was adding milk, etc. but I wanted to be able to drink it without, and I’ve succeeded in that (even though there’s an odd burn going down, I’m pretty sure that that’s something going on with me and a lack of food, not the tea itself). The dominant spice in here is probably cardamom, but none of them are terribly overwhelming, which is nice.

Overall, a pretty tasty example of a fruity chai! I think I still prefer my coconut chai and mayan chocolate chai (smoky chai) over fruity chais though, as I love creaminess and smokiness.

Thanks again Sil!

ETA: Did not care for the re-steep of this one. Something in the spicing didn’t taste right when I had it earlier; like it was too heavy on a flavour I didn’t enjoy (not cardamom, bc that’s one spice I really do enjoy in chais).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Sea Breeze Green Tea by 52teas
2221 tasting notes

Another thanks to momo for letting me try a tea on my curiousity list :)

I am typically not overly keen on flavoured greens, and while this certainly isn’t bad, it’s toeing the line of that category. The flavour is a bit reminiscent of 52teas’ Virgin Fuzzy Navel, and I can taste grapefruit, but the cranberry that’s supposedly in here is completely hidden. The one thing that does keep this blend from being “just another bleh green tea blend” is that I can taste the sencha, with its lovely “green tea”, caramelly aftertaste, that I’m really enjoying.

So, overall, not a favourite, but not bad either (aka, glad to have tried it, but equally glad not to be stuck with a full pouch!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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81

Well… I managed one sipdown tonight, at least! Although since I drank a whopping half cup of cold tea yesterday, I really needed to have made more progress than this today…

Anyways, this is a sample from momo that I found in my huge box from her last night, and decided to finish off!

I’m not sure if I got a big white chocolate chip the last time I had this, but I certainly did this time! The result is an extra-creamy cup, I think. Not that I really remember what this tasted like 7 months ago, to be honest. Either way, this is tolerably minty and creamy, on the nice honeybush base that I so enjoy (compared to rooibos). I’m getting a bit of a tang of some sort (is this supposed to be a cheesecake blend?) that makes this more than simply mint + creaminess, and makes the cup a bit more interesting.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. I imagine a re-blend of it would sell quickly, haha.

ETA: As with most of Frank’s HB blends, this one has one good re-steep :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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49

Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this interesting-sounding tea!

Yeah, so I probably shouldn’t be drinking this one at night. At least I kept myself from brewing up a couple mates that I have sitting in my “Drink Me!” pile! I was just so determined to try this one, though, that I didn’t care.

Anyhow, this one tastes much like a genmaicha, but I am definitely noticing the soybean. it’s coming in as a familiar flavour, that of roasted soybeans I’ve had as a snack. It adds a bit of additional… thickness/weight to the tea, which would otherwise be fairly light and toasty. It’s also adding a bit of a weird bitter flavour that I can’t say I’m terribly keen on. I can’t really taste the matcha in here (I don’t imagine it’s a terribly strong flavour, as there wouldn’t have been too much of it).

Although this is definitely an interesting tea that I am glad to have tried, I have to say that I prefer standard genmaichas (or genmaimatchas). The soybeans are adding a strange flavour that I just don’t particularly like, although the flavour difference would probably be unnoticeable if this was consumed with a meal (so perhaps I will try that?)

ETA: Bleh, yeah, the soybeans are definitely causing an off-flavour that I don’t care for. Perhaps I’ll try the rest of the tea I have without the soybeans, to make sure that’s the problem. I’m pretty sure it is though; it’s not necessarily an objectionable flavour, but one I don’t really care for.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Eh, soybean. Not an ingredient I associate with tea. But they tried, I guess.

Indigobloom

It was recommended that I try it with rock sugar. Seemed to help a little!

Kittenna

Yeah, soybean + tea is not a normal combo.

Indigobloom – perhaps I’ll give that a shot if I remember :)

Indigobloom

good luck heh

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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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