2605 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this, 2 parts Cinnaberry and 1 part Buddha Bamboo and I am not loving how it turned out. In a past tasting note, I mentioned cold brewed this tasted like a muffin but this time the sickly-sweet cinnamon is just coating my tongue. The bamboo provides a hint of freshness that actually heightens the artificial quality of the cinnamon, which makes me feel this would have been better off just left on its own. Also, the blueberry kicks in at the end of the sip but it is a fake blueberry flavor as opposed to that of the actual fruit and it lingers behind once you stop drinking. Just an all around not-so-great brew.

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Cold brewed this and the result is like drinking honey and malt with the smallest pinch of smoke.

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drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
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Great tea but maybe not the best choice to be paired with my cheesy chicken enchilada dinner

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the first teas I got when I started drinking tea and didn’t like it. I also didn’t know of cold brewing or icing teas so I only drank it hot and cursed the tartness the lingered in the cup. Tastes have changed and I learned new techniques so I decided to try it again since I have been icing/cold brewing caffeine-frees a lot lately.

Today I am having it iced and it’s actually quite juicy. The Berry is captured well. I’m getting a lot of what tastes like blackberry leaf and currant. It’s quite nice and has been a great companion while I’ve been running errands today.

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I have made monkey bread a few different times now, sometimes filled with chocolate and cream cheese, sometimes just rolled in cinnamon sugar, but never have I made a caramel monkey bread. Sounds pretty tasty though.

This tea I have been putting off drinking tbh because I fear the rooibos. Turns out my fear was unfounded because the base is only slightly present. Mostly I am getting the sweet cinnamon sugar element so often associated with monkey bread. There is also an underlying breadiness sneaking around in the cup that helps sell the monkey bread idea. I don’t know if I’m getting caramel so much as I am a sugar/honey note. With that said, I don’t know how necessary caramel is in this blend since a lot is going on already.

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Having this iced today and it is really bringing out the apple and vanilla notes. There is also a fair amount of honey flavor being contributed from the honeybush base while the lapsang smokiness is really mellowed down. Mostly, there is just a touch of smoke that creams up right at the end. Alas, no cherries to be found today and they are missed.

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100
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown (104)

Saying a sad goodbye to an old friend while breaking in a new one. Though it sucks to see this go given its been discontinued for some time now, I decided to send it off by letting it be the first tea made in my new sloth nordic mug. Plus, with age this has begun to deteriorate so there was no better time to use up the rest of what I have been hoarding.

Though its merely a shadow of what it used to be, this tea is still awesome. The “bonbons” are still deliciously sweet while the rose adds a nice floral punch to keep it grounded. The base has become more noticeable over the course of this 100g bag and though its not the best quality tea I have had, it avoids astringency and holds up no matter how long I steep this for (as in I may have forgot about this and steeped it for 8 minutes).

In other news, I went in to DAVIDs today (not my usual one) and for the first time really did not like the sales associate. She was not friendly at all which I get sometimes people have a bad day so they aren’t always going to be cheery and bright, but she also wasn’t very knowledgeable either. Plus, for the first time, I got tea that was just blatantly overpoured. I was buying herbals so I get they are heavy and I asked for 10g cuz I just wanted a taste and she told me that I wouldn’t get very far so I said around 20g would be fine then. When I got home, I realized most of the bags were over 30gs. Like I know its easier to go overboard with the heavier teas but every time I have been in DAVIDs they always ask if its okay or at least try to get somewhat near what I asked for (and this was after I complained about Teavana’s tendency to overpour and not tell the customers and how I felt that was wrong).

Fjellrev

Whatever, I don’t care what they claim, I swear they’re in recent times getting trained to overpour. It’s been happening to me quite a bit. Sorry you had a bad experience!

VariaTEA

When I made the comment about the overpouring at Teavana the employee was like “well I get that it’s a way to make sales”

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Prepped as a latte and though it’s a bit thin, the creaminess of the milk helps create the “cream” element of the tea. The coconut is the most prominent flavor today, coating the tongue and lasting long after the sip is over. Alas the banana is MIA :(

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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This tea is suffering from old age and unbalanced distribution of leaf. What was once a beloved fruity tea is now almost a chore to drink. Luckily there isn’t too much leaf left so once I finish that up, I’ll probably take a break from this for a while.

Evol Ving Ness

How old is it? I am wondering what the shelf life of this particular tea is. Sad because it is such a lovely tea.

VariaTEA

April 2014. It’s also probably because I used a lot of the large berry pieces in the initial brews and so I’m left with nothing but bamboo

Evol Ving Ness

Mixing it with a berry blend perhaps?

VariaTEA

Oh that could be a good idea. Thanks!

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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