3336 Tasting Notes

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Might have overleafed, or maybe this isn’t a black? The tea seems somewhat artificial and a little astringent – I think the raspberry just isn’t doing it for me here although… actually, maybe I’m lying, the second sip is better. Not really picking up on the rhubarb, really, and there is an artificialness I don’t care for. It isn’t bad though, and I do think I did overleaf. Enough left for one more cup later :)

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79

Now that I’ve remembered that this is supposed to be a grapefruit tea, it’s sitting much better. I’d initially confused the two teas I was trying, which made me quite disappointed in the lemon poppyseed tea until I realized the switch! This tea is pretty accurate to its name – lovely grapefruit flavour, just enough ginger to add some flavour but not overpower, and the base… does its thing (can’t really pick up anything specific, and it’s not astringent). I’d imagine this would make an amazing iced tea, especially if sweetened. Not a favourite for me personally, but high points for accuracy!

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90

This tea is pretty delicious. It might be the lemon tea of my dreams, actually. Amazing base choice (I’m in love with the rolled yunnan she uses!), lovely soft lemon flavour, and vanilla to wrap it all up. Sometimes lemon teas can be a little harsh; that is not the case here. It truly does taste like a fresh lemon poppyseed muffin, and I can’t get enough.

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82

Yeah so, a brief hiatus from drinking AQ2T’s cranberry blends, and I’m back in love. Just something about this flavouring is really appealing to me, but in moderation. It’s refreshing and unique. Had a few enjoyable mugs of this one lately. Upping the rating; I rated it during a period of too-frequent consumption.

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Drank this… recall it was spicy, possibly too spicy. Should probably write a better note later. I don’t believe it was a fave for me though.

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drank Hot Cross Buns by A Quarter to Tea
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A fan of this one for sure. Basically a really good lemony black. It doesn’t fit my recollection of hot cross buns, which is not lemony but instead a candied fruit mixture, but I still liked the tea. Great base choice (same as Peach Crostata).

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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Picked some of this up on my honeymoon as well – it’s pretty tasty! Can’t write anything detailed, but I liked it better than Melon Oolong, which felt a bit artificial to me.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Picked a bunch of this up in Hawaii on my honeymoon – but I didn’t seal the bag very well :( Lost a bit of flavour, which is sad – I wish Lupicia used closeable bags. Still good, but should have been better considering it’s still pretty fresh.

Sil

yes to this. resealable bags!

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83
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Drank some of this yesterday (new 52teas version). Ah, the perfect steep. It was heavenly.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is probably from a batch I’ve never reviewed – but it’s just as good as any other I’ve had. No idea which harvest, but it’s still rich chocolatey amazingness. Yum.

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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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