2367 Tasting Notes

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. Still a fan of this one. I have some little teabaggies in a tin that my sister gave me for Christmas last year, and they steep up pretty well. Chocolatey, not too much mint. Tastes a bit too much like Christmas to be having in the summer, but oh well, I needed something to steep that didn’t require an infuser!

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Oh yay, another tea I haven’t logged. Although it’s possible that I hadn’t tried this one previously…. Anyways, it’s actually fairly decent, and I enjoyed my travel mug of it. Pretty fruity, and reminiscent of flavours I found in 52teas’ Strawberry Kiwi Daiquiri White or whatever it was. I’m 100% that’s not right, actually. Regardless, I’ll need to write a better note later, but it served its purpose as a fruity summer tea!

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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I actually rather enjoy this tea. Yet again, I’m irritated with myself for this being the first note I’m posting about it (I got 12g; there’s one cup left. I clearly have had this 2-3 times). But anyways, it’s deliciously roasty and full-bodied, with chestnutty notes. Quite a treat, and a tea I’d consider picking up again. Hopefully my final cup of it will include a more detailed tasting note…

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Um… I see there’s a rating here from me…. I don’t know whether what I have and drank was the summer blend or not (I would guess not, but where is my note?!)

Anyways, another cottage drink. Tasty and all but would have benefitted from maple syrup and milk. I just prefer my chais like that, but didn’t have such things available to me at the time! My recollection is that this chai isn’t as flavourful as I would like… I preferred some other offering from Verdant that my brain has gone blank on….. it had oolong…. and chai spice….. and was good…. and I probably don’t have any left…. oh! Chocolate Phoenix Chai maybe? IDK. Better base there, IIRC.

Sil

this was great…until they changed the formulation. now it’s bleh to me

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh, sipdown apparently? Whoops, didn’t remember that part. Anyhow, drank some of this while up at a gorgeous cottage in Georgian Bay a few weekends ago. It was pretty good. Fruity, figgy oolong blend. Still plenty of flavour despite its advanced age. I assume I had at least a couple infusions, although I no longer remember clearly. It will be missed.

Sami Kelsh

Oh, Georgian Bay is lovely!

Kittenna

It really is!

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73

Thanks to Sil for this “Congrats on finishing your thesis!” tea! I believe I drank some of it prior, during the Great Unlogged Period (but I can’t remember, because I did actually drink quite a lot, including samples :/), but it appears this is my first tasting note on it. Anyhow, I think my take on it similar to hers – a decent cup of pear tea, no real problems with astringency or anything, but nothing mind-blowing. I believe I understeeped a touch (I was at work), so would like to give it another, better shot at home, and maybe coax out a bit more flavour. Certainly on the higher end of the pear tea spectrum, but not The One. I have hopes for DavidsTea’s October 2014 tea (although it also has ginger, so is a bit of a different animal).

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Delicious and comforting. Still a touch of coconut going off (which is why I made the effort to sip it down sooner rather than later) but still a pretty tasty cup of tea.

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Finished off the last of one bag, and nearly the other – yikes! May need to restock (or actually sort my stash and drink down any other cream earl greys I have… I think I may have either a white or green from Tealux… Hmmmm…) Anyhow. Standard, tasty, best when cooler (more cream = yum).

Preparation
3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
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If there’s one thing 52teas is good at, it’s raspberry. Definitely the tastiest, most realistic raspberry flavour I’ve had, and one of the tastiest red fruity blacks. And the addition of cream is perfect here. I’m close to a sipdown (so sad) and will definitely miss this tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

One of the few teas I’ve liked by 52Teas. :)

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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SIpdown! Thanks so much to Stacy for including this as a sample in my last order – I knew I wouldn’t be a big fan because I dislike hops, but I have some strange desire to tryalltheteas even if I doubt I’ll like them. Anyhow, it’s not too bad, but as I suspected, I would enjoy the tea much more sans hops! I definitely tasted creamy vanilla fruitiness, but it was masked by the bitterness of the hops (which I initially attributed to oversteeping before remembering which tea I was drinking). It’s hard to really assess the tea when there’s an element in it I really don’t care for, but I feel like this is probably quite a good tea if you like ale. I’m not entirely sure if the rhubarb comes through distinctly, but again, it could be a bit masked. Anyways, satisfied my curiosity! Mission accomplished.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Cold brewing this hides the hops and makes for a creamy vanilla/rhubarb deliciousness!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I definitely believe that – a lot of effort for a tea that is supposed to taste like hops!

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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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