3465 Tasting Notes

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Jlvintagelove

I had this one for the first time this w/e.

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90
drank Hummingbird by A Quarter to Tea
3465 tasting notes

Pretty big fan of this tea – a delicious take on a banana black, but it’s much richer and more appealing than most. The vanilla and nuttiness add a desserty aspect, and the base is quite flavourful but not astringent at all. I should have written this note as I was drinking it to capture some additional thoughts, but this is really quite good.

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drank Hummingbird by A Quarter to Tea
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Fourth January subscription box tea. It sounded amazing, but sadly, this one did not work for me at all. The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty good – a bright orange mixed with almond flavouring. However, the steeped brew was really not good – it tasted somewhat like a citrus cleaner, and a bit bleachy. I’ll obviously try again, and maybe go a touch lighter on the leaf in case that had an impact, but I actually had to pour this one out as it was undrinkable (and that’s saying something, considering I almost always just drink whatever’s in front of me at work, even if it’s not something I care for).

January subscription box tea #3. I don’t think I paid a ton of attention while drinking this tea, but I definitely admired the wiry dark green, whole leaves. I’ll have to rate the tea later – I don’t believe it’s anything amazing, but I can’t recall whether it was more on the “drink this again” or “give it away” spectrum.

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Another January subscription box tea! It was definitely the one I was most excited for, and it lived up to my expectations, being a robust, chocolatey, nutty tea. Not really sure I get any “crepes” aspect, but I really just wanted that rich nuttiness, which I got. Quite delicious, will likely finish entire package quickly.

Sil

nice. i was curious about this one

VariaTEA

I have a sample for you Sil

Sil

of course you do… haha thanks, as always

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84

January’s subscription box tea! I really liked this one, nice and light and sweet and marshmallowy. Can’t say I tasted anything resembling champagne, the tea was more like strawberry fluff to me. Delicious, though.

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drank Watermelon Houjicha by 52teas
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Tasty, but I do feel like the houjicha is a bit too powerful for melon flavours. But I love houjicha as a base tea so much that I don’t really care all that much.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown of a very old bag of this. This is a very sweet tea, but I do love the caramelly flavours. Luckily, it hadn’t gone rancid…

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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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