3281 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Pearls by CitizenTea
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69
drank Black Pearls by CitizenTea
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Not wowed by this tea; I think I’ve had tastier black pearls. It just wasn’t as rich and strong as I was looking for, even with 6 pearls for about 10 oz. Nothing wrong with the tea per se, just wasn’t what I expected of black pearls.

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76

Thanks to teabento for sending along a sample of this tea. I love the leafhopper sweetness in teas, and this one is no exception. I did notice that it seems to require a little extra time to bring out the sweetness – the first cup I had was a bit bland, but the second was filled with bug bitten goodness.

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100

Indulged in this last week. Pretty sure this is the best peach tea I’ll ever find. So delicious. I’m almost done this 4oz bag, but already have another at home :D

Jlvintagelove

Yay, I have a sample coming!

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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Drank this one last week and have literally no recollection of it. Weird, especially since I apparently really like it.

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76
drank The Earl of Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
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Still like this one as an occasional treat, but it’s a touch strong for regular drinking (unless it’s with milk… that might tone it down enough).

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drank Purple Leaf Tea by Justea
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Unsure who this sample is from (Sil, VariaTEA?) as it was in the bag of teas from Sil’s house. Decided to give it a shot tonight, and I think I may have oversteeped it or overleafed, as it’s pretty astringent. It does remind me of the purple spear tea (unicorn? I don’t remember what they were called) from… a company… although I’m not sure if I would have made that association if I didn’t know this was a purple tea. (My memory is super bad tonight, maybe I’ll fill in the details later if I remember.)

I’ll have to give it another try more carefully. Thanks for the sample, guys!

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drank The Unicorn! by 52teas
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Very interesting tea – I found the combination of flavours intriguing, as each sip I was tasting something new. I didn’t write down specifically what I was tasting, but it was fruity and creamy and fairly tasty; the base was present but not overwhelming. Overall a pretty enjoyable cup.

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drank Just Peachy by 52teas
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Sad times – this tea smelled like AQ2T’s Peach Crostata (which I adore) initially, but the nilgiri base did not work for me at all. It was very astringent, and very dominant, completely overwhelming any delicious peachiness. It could have been a bit of user error if I oversteeped (possible, I haven’t been timing things for a while now), so I will have to give it a second shot, but I was definitely sad that it wasn’t as delicious as I was hoping.

52Teas

Try with a slightly lower temperature too – since this is a very darjeeling-esque type of base, I find that 185 – 190 F works better with this tea than boiling water.

Kittenna

I’ll try that, thanks. I felt like it very well could have been something I did because it was sooo astringent.

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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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