3274 Tasting Notes

88
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by CitizenTea
3274 tasting notes

Picked up a tiny sample of this while shipping was free! It was heavenly, just like the Teaopia version used to be (complete with requiring lots of leaves for best flavour). I’m pretty stoked to have it easily accessible again!

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100

Admittedly, this has perhaps lost a bit of flavour, but it’s still rich and delicious.

Sil

sometimes i hate your notes…mostly cause it’s teas that are long gone lol

Kittenna

Yeah…. I’m that person now! Honestly this one was a surprise for me to even have found – I found a 4oz bag of it when I was unpacking after the wedding :D

Sil

Hahaha

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97

Love this one! So fluffy and marshmallowy and toasty.

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97

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93

I didn’t drink this recently, but just came across the empty bag, and still remember enough to post about it! This was an absolutely delicious tea – sweet, nutty, rich. It was absolutely heavenly. I wish I’d had more, but I did seem to acquire a considerable portion of someone else’s (VariaTEA, I’m thinking it was you? Thanks!) so I had at least 3 cups of this, which were all stellar.

Would love if this tea came back at some point! It’s from the days before I knew about AQ2T, sadly. (Or maybe it was my unofficial online tea purchasing hiatus.)

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78

Well, this tea’s sure punchy! The dry tea smells a bit like Eggnog Poundcake at first, but there’s definitely more spicing. The flavour doesn’t draw the same comparison – the spices are powerful here, particularly cloves. Any latte creaminess that might be present is definitely drowned out by the spicing – it’s really all I can taste. I might have overleafed a touch, which has made for a nearly undrinkable cup – so I decided to add some milk and vanilla agave (a freebie from DavidsTea a while ago)! Best decision ever. This tea becomes a delightfully gingerbready chai (still verrryyy heavy on cloves, I think). I only have a small pouch of this, but I suspect I’ll finish off the rest in this manner, as it’s just a little too much to drink straight.

Rating as a straight tea: 67
Rating with milk and sweetener: 78 (I’m going with this one).

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88

Sad sipdown, but one that was necessary. This tea was pretty old, and what’s left at the bottom of the bag is only a shadow of its former self. I mostly have to use my imagination to remember how this tea used to be, but that’s ok, it’s mostly working. I’d love to have some of this around for a treat every now and then, but will be fine without it for a while.

Side note: the second last cup I had of this, probably only a couple months or so ago, was quite good. The issue here is that it was mostly broken pieces of leaf, and only 1 maybe 2 butterflies.

Evol Ving Ness

Butterflies, what butterflies?

Kittenna

There were little sugar butterflies in the tea :)

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87

Oooold old tea, but still has life left! Some of the white tea nuances are gone now, but the jasmine is still pretty potent and it’s overall a pretty tasty cup.

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79
drank Valerian Nights by DAVIDsTEA
3274 tasting notes

Dang, this is much better than I expected. Thanks to Roswell Strange for giving me some – I might not have noticed how delicious the ingredients list looked otherwise, as I tend to avoid medicinal teas. I can taste the chamomile a bit, which I don’t care for, but delicious toasty coconut/caramel flavours make up for it.

Not a tea I’d likely go too overly often, but certainly a great evening option!

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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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