3574 Tasting Notes

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drank Namastea by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking this while my tiny baby son lies grunting in his bassinet… why won’t he just sleep! I figured this tea was appropriate… Anyhow, I’m seeing comments about this tea being “buttery”, and I absolutely agree. I missed it the first time, but it’s pretty strong. Weird. I liked Butter Sencha but this is… odd.

gmathis

I remember those “please, just SLEEP!!!” days. They do pass, but nights are long until they do! Peace and rest to both of you.

Roswell Strange

Butter Sencha was more buttery greens/vegetal IMO and this is Buttery Ramen. At least to me…

Kittenna

Roswell Strange – I can see what you mean (I had a bit left that was cold). The base green seems different, this one being more of a Chinese sencha type, while Butter Sencha is Japanese? I’m not actually looking at the ingredient lists, but Japanese senchas, IMO, tend to have those lovely vegetal qualities while Chinese senchas are flatter (orrr maybe that’s my biased opinion since the latter are more often used as base teas and are often kind of bleh).

Kittenna

gmathis – Thanks! I’m in the midst of a miraculous third stretch of “night” sleep right now (I’m awake… things to do!) and can’t wait for this to become routine… I am exhausted!

Roswell Strange

I don’t actually know what kind of green tea base this one has (ingredients list doesn’t specify), but I’d wager you’re most likely correct and it’s probably Chinese.

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drank Horchata by A Quarter to Tea
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Yum yum yum. Fluffy vanilla genmaicha, really.

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Classic AQ2T cranberry flavouring, but it seemed gentler somehow in this tea; perhaps it has been a bit tempered by the apple? I didn’t notice the sage in the first cup, but I’m currently drinking the second infusion and it’s unmistakeable, yet not overpowering. It does strike me as a little distinct from some of the other cranberry teas I’ve tried, which is good. Perhaps I’ll compare them, but probably not. Overall, pretty enjoyable for those times when I’m looking for cranberry, which coincidentally is right about now!

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drank Fuzzy Green by Unknown from China
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Really old tea from when Sil went to China! Surprisingly still pretty tasty – kind of on the vegetal/spinachy side for a green, but I enjoy that, so it was a good cup. Not going to rate since it’s so old, but likely would have been mid 80s.

Sil

jesus woman! drink your old shit!

Kittenna

What do you think I’m doing! Hahaha.

Nattie

Lolol, I am also in ‘drinking old shit’ mode

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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown! Not sure who this was from, but it was really high quality – very unbroken. Lost a bit of flavour, but it was still a fairly tasty creamy oolong.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
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Almost a sipdown! I really like the idea of these, still. Hot chocolate without the sweet, but it’s also not crazy bitter. A great winter drink!

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drank Curly Lion by teabento
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Another convenient travel mug choice. So good. And I always get at least one more infusion after, as well. So rich and relaxing.

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drank Hobnail by A Quarter to Tea
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Noooope. Not a tea for me. I wasn’t thrilled that this was a flavoured green, to begin with, but I did not care for the flavouring. There are hops in here (yuck), and something else that I wasn’t keen on. Alcohol/cocktail lovers might find this more appealing; it’s definitely not for me.

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Sipdown! Figured I’d finish this while it was still good. The second cup was not as good as the first, but I still enjoyed it.

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This is a review for a sample I received in a swap. Which, like half of my teas, is fairly old. However – it held up reasonably, though only gave me one good infusion. I’m not the biggest fan of this type of oolong though, I prefer the creamier ones. This one is more… vegetal. Which is ok, but no my favourite.

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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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