3217 Tasting Notes

100

Been drinking this tea like crazy. It’s definitely a keeper.

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75

Not bad, but tastes more to me like a cranberry almond biscotti – there’s a definite marzipan flavour here that I wouldn’t be able to attribute to pistachio. I like the white tea base – it works well here and allows the flavours to shine.

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74

Nice as strawberry greens go – very flavourful, and didn’t get bitter even with my poorly-controlled infusion. Somewhat creamy, but I wish it could be moreso (I almost always wish that though).

VariaTEA

Does it have a lot in the ways of “cupcake” or is it more just a strawberry green?

Kittenna

I felt it was fairly powerfully STRAWBERRY and not so much cupcake. But I also drank the tea while quite sleepy, so might have to get back to you on that. (Did you end up ordering any of this? If not, I’m happy to share.)

VariaTEA

It sold out when I went to order it…I think. I’d have to double check with Sil :P

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97

Oh my goodness. This tea. It tastes almost exactly like the original Marshmallow Treat genmaicha from 52teas. I’m totally in love, and I only got a sample size. So tragic.

In short: creamy, fluffy, marshmallowy sweetness grounded with a toasted rice base (and hints of roasty green tea here and there).

Sil

Shhhhh don’t tell anyone!

VariaTEA

Now I’m wondering if I ordered enough. Also I don’t remember how much I ordered

Sil

uh we each got 1oz. If you want more i can email lauren and see if she can add to the order…hasn’t shipped yet

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

I definitely can! I’ve been blending that one like crazy. I didn’t expect it to be nearly as popular as it is!

Sil

Thanks Lauren – I’ll send an email after i get a chance to talk to VariaTEA later on :)

Kittenna

Ummmmmm what are the chances I can get in on this? Haha.

Evol Ving Ness

I am pretending that I am not reading this.

CrowKettle

Um, I completely missed this one. Maybe it’s not completely absurd to place 2nd order with a company in the same month.. :/

Kittenna

I think I did that, actually… this would be my third order within a very short timespan…

CrowKettle

…and that’s all I needed to hear to feel enabled ;) Thank you

Kittenna

Hahahahaha.

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76

Though tasty enough, this tea didn’t really catch my interest. It’s fine as a lemon/blueberry tea, just nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

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89

This tea was really delicious!! Such a sweet, delicious earl grey, with the perfect amount of bergamot. I ended up resteeping about 3-4 times, and the flavour just kept lasting. I wasn’t stoked about the tea containing rooibos/honeybush, but it didn’t seem to bother me.

Sil

i almost got a sample of this to try haha

CrowKettle

Yes! This is maple grey goodness :) Was surprised to see it contains rooibos!

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74

Brewed this up at the same time as Maple Vanilla Earl Grey and promptly had no idea which tea was which! However, I did conclude that the sweeter, honey-like tea must be the maple vanilla, and the other fruity earl grey must be this tea.

Anyhow, this tea was ok, but not amazing. I liked the blueberry and earl grey, but it was a bit astringent. Might be good with a touch of milk.

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72

Another tragically old sample – but on the plus side, I now have extra faith in the power of tinfoil to keep flavours separate! Clever wrapping, and thanks for the sample, Cavocorax!

Anyhow, this tea was decent; a strawberry black. Didn’t really pick up on the lime, but hey, it’s old. A bit of a different twist on a regular strawberry black though – a bit more fruity. It kind of seemed like a tea I’ve had before from a different vendor, although I couldn’t pinpoint which.

I have a few cups of this left – should probably migrate it to work to drink there. Because who doesn’t need a selection of 300+ teas at work…

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83
drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

Sipdown! An old tea sample from… Jackie T, apparently? Anyways, it seems I lied and did not “savour” this tea as I remarked I would 4 years ago. That said, it still was a fairly decent cup of tea given its age, and I believe I even resteeped it. Not quite as Cashew Turtle-y as the first time, but definitely reminiscent.

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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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