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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
2756 tasting notes

Backlog from sometime in January.

I know this is a pretty basic tea (raspberry + cream), but I’m really going to miss it when it’s gone, and I believe I’m down to my last cup’s worth now. Just the perfect smooth combo of fruit and cream, and the raspberry flavouring is excellent. Perhaps a tea that should be reblended at some point :D

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77
drank Smoky Chocolate by 52teas
2756 tasting notes

Backlog from sometime in January.

This really hit the spot when I had it – for some reason I had been avoiding it, but it was perfect in a travel mug. No need for milk or anything, just had it straight, and quite enjoyed it. Good balance of smoke, chocolate, and base tea.

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93

Finally opened up my package of this and had a mug… and was super disappointed. I remember a delicious, slightly minty, lovely gingerbready/beany tea, but my package was very clearly about 40% mint leaves, and it completely ruined it for me, with the mint taking over everything. In the background, I could almost taste the delicious gingerbread, but I was pretty much gagging while drinking it because of the strong peppermint, which is a flavour I hate in tea.

Other people with this tea – is yours also VERY minty? As in, pretty much all you can taste is mint? If not, perhaps I just got a very bad mix of ingredients. I am debating trying to pick out some of the mint to see if it improves, but that seems like a lot of effort :(

ETA: A quick skim through the tasting notes makes it very clear that this is nothing like the original blend. Mint was not a main flavour at all in the original blend – it was the cardamom and coriander, supported by a bit of minty freshness, whereas this reblend is being described as MINT with a bit of beany green tea. How unfortunate, because the original was far, far better.

OMGsrsly

:( I hate when that happens.

KiwiDelight

That’s so unfortunate…

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100

I really need to stop drinking this, and drink other, older teas. But I don’t have time to locate other teas that are good for travel mugs and not within sipdown range! (I don’t like drinking the last of a tea in a mug, unless I’ve drank quite a bit of it).

So this was delicious as usual. Nothing new to report.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

I have an enormous backlog to catch up on. This whole 2-jobs thing is really cutting into my doing-anything-but-eating-and-sleeping time :(

Anyhow, brewed this up for a travel mug… yesterday?? And sorely regret not picking up more, because it was delicious. Not too much chamomile (although I’d still like it better without), but lovely mango and vanilla. So good. I should have got a couple hundred grams when I had the chance.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Sipdown! Another thanks to Janelle :)

I think this one may have lost a bit of flavour while it sat waiting to be tried, but as is, it’s not a bad cup of tea, just a bit light on flavour. There are hints of rootbeer and creaminess, and as with the Swiss Mountain Rooibos, the rooibos flavour is not an issue. I’d probably like to see this flavouring on a black base, since I don’t care about caffeine and typically prefer the flavour of a good black tea, but again, it’s not bad as is, based on what I can tell, anyhow. Definitely 100x better than the DavidsTea version, but perhaps not as good as Simpson&Vail nor 52teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74

Sipdown! Thanks to Janelle for this sample.

Overall, this is pretty similar to the black version, which is what I was expecting – it’s creamy, minty, chocolatey. The rooibos is actually pretty tame here, which is nice, but I’m still getting a bit of throat scratchiness, and would prefer the black base. If rooibos doesn’t bug you, though, I’m sure this is a great non-caffeinated evening treat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Based on the aroma of the dry and brewed tea, I really wasn’t expecting to like this one much. It just doesn’t have a lot of aroma – kind of like artificial flavouring, and tea. Not really chocolate, not really spice (though perhaps I wouldn’t want to be smelling that anyhow). However, completely different story for the flavour. The first flavour is a distinct honey-sweetness (argh! I bet that’s from the base tea, and now I’m sorely regretting not tasting this sooner and nabbing more of either it or the plain base), followed by a wave of dark chocolate, finishing off with a growing chili heat that prevents me from having more than a couple sips at a time because WOW it’s potent.

So anyways, this is pretty good. Definitely the best chocolate/chili tea I’ve had, because 1) there is actually a good dose of heat, and 2) the base here was a perfect choice. The chocolate here is nothing overly special, but everything works very well together – it was a genius move to use whatever this base is (a leafhopper-bitten tea of some sort, I imagine), because the natural sweetness really melds the flavours. Kind of sad I didn’t get more, but it’s ok, because to be honest, I probably wouldn’t pick out a spicy tea all that often, since spicy kind of screams heartburn to me (hopefully that’s not the end result, but my brain associates the two).

Happy I got a half ounce of this, and looking forward to an embarrassingly large amount of Butiki headed my way… (1 box almost here, 1 box just mailed, 1 box probably being mailed today, a few teas being mailed to Sil, and a few more teas in VariaTea’s possession. Yikes.)

ETA: This tea is so freaking amazingly delicious. So much honey goodness. I’m glad I have some Sansia Black headed my way if it tastes anything like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah i don’t think i picked up enough of the teas i’m going to love

Kittenna

Me neither. I gambled on a few I hadn’t tried, but still only got maybe 1 oz. instead of a half ounce. Not enough.

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
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Review is for the bagged version, courtesy of MissB.

Another tea where I’m not sure of the ingredients, but I feel like this is a flower-scented black. Not entirely sure what the flowers are; maybe a bit of jasmine, perhaps rose… Mostly I think it’s a mixture. A bouquet. Haha. It’s also very strong, considering my 2 minute infusion, 8 oz. water. Not overly fond of it – too floral for me. Rating 58.

adagio breeze

I think it’s supposed to be orange blossom.

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drank Pomme Cannelle by Casino
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Another from MissB! :D

Not sure what’s in the teabag, but I think this is an herbal tea. It tastes like a weak cider – light cinnamon and apple. Pretty much just as the name suggests. Not bad, but maybe would be better with a longer infusion.

Brewed 2 min at 100C. Rating 65.

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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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