3353 Tasting Notes

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drank Chinese Black by Unknown
3353 tasting notes

This is a random Chinese black from, I believe, the Butiki box containing various samples of straight teas that Stacy didn’t end up selling in the shop.

It was decent, malty/hay-y, but definitely a single-cup steeper. Second cup was pretty bland.

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Sipdown! This was a sample from one of the Toronto tea peeps, but I’m not certain who. Possibly Indigobloom?

Anyhow, despite age and being in a tiny bag, this was really yummy. Steeped up to quite a pale yellow, but plenty of flavour. Sadly, I drank this a few days ago and am blanking on exactly how to describe the flavour, but it was on the beany/sweet side as opposed to grassy or mariney.

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90

I’m not clear if this is a tea I got in an Amoda box, or if it was gifted to me from someone else… but – it’s delicious. Apparently I really enjoy lavender in teas now, and this having a white base makes it particularly potent and pleasant. I got three solid, lavendery steepings from this – not much to say about the base because it was pretty light and I’m currently sick, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tea and will likely seek out lavender whites in the future.

LuckyMe

Lavender sounds like a perfect complement to white tea! I’ve got some silver needles and dried lavender buds in the cupboard…I may give this a whirl.

Kittenna

I think that’s all that was in this – so definitely worth trying!

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90

Absolutely delicious sample courtesy of Teavivre! This was an opened packet I discovered while cleaning out my desk at work – and I was pleasantly surprised that it was still quite tasty despite me having forgotten to seal it. Classic fresh green-beany goodness. Highly recommend!

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Had a cup of this from a baggie of tea from a long time ago… definitely lost most of its flavour but it was surprisingly still fairly enjoyable as a straight tea (and had some characteristic 52teas flavouring that I was able to recognize). I have some of this in the original packaging as well; I believe it may have fared a tad better but who knows when I’ll get to it.

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
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Sipdown! I think this was a sample from Cavocorax… many years ago. Unfortunately, it lost all hints of mint, but the base tea was still good? That was my recollection from these teas – solid bases.

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drank Blackberry pie by A Quarter to Tea
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Soooo, long time no post, again. The short story is that I’ve been working too much to bother, and also, I’m 3 (far too short and terrifying) days away from having a baby! :D So I’ve been a little occupied. But I’m thinking mat leave might be a good time to get back into posting regularly… but we’ll see.

Anyhow, I still have obscene amounts of tea despite drinking it regularly, but I still indulge in my monthly box from AQ2T because it brings me joy to receive 4 new teas every month (and bonus, they’re usually tasty).

This tea uses my one of my absolute favourite base teas – rolled yunnan. It’s the base of my beloved Peach Crostata, as well as some other tea that I’m currently not remembering the name of. The base is just so malty and delicious, and the blending is typically superb such that the flavouring pairs perfectly with the richness to make an amazing cup.

This tea is no exception. The blackberry flavouring is perfectly layered with the base here, producing a smooth, rich, deliciously juicy cup. I’ve always enjoyed blackberry blacks, particularly the blackberries + cream varieties, but this one blows anything I’ve tried away. The smoothness of the base is likely one of the keys here making it so enjoyable.

Would highly, highly recommend this tea and kind of wish it would get a spot in the permanent collection… in 10+ years when I am allowed to buy new tea.

Cameron B.

Ugh, as if I needed another tea company to try! :P

Kittenna

Ha. I would strongly recommend Lauren’s teas. :) If there’s one good thing, they’re sold in small quantities including tiny sample sizes?

Lexie Aleah

Her Turtle Dove tea is SO Good.

__Morgana__

Welcome back!

__Morgana__

And congrats on the baby!

Roswell Strange

Congrats on the baby!!!

Kittenna

Thanks guys :D Down to two days now, eeeek.

tea-sipper

Congrats and wishing everything goes as well as possible for you!

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Might have overleafed, or maybe this isn’t a black? The tea seems somewhat artificial and a little astringent – I think the raspberry just isn’t doing it for me here although… actually, maybe I’m lying, the second sip is better. Not really picking up on the rhubarb, really, and there is an artificialness I don’t care for. It isn’t bad though, and I do think I did overleaf. Enough left for one more cup later :)

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79

Now that I’ve remembered that this is supposed to be a grapefruit tea, it’s sitting much better. I’d initially confused the two teas I was trying, which made me quite disappointed in the lemon poppyseed tea until I realized the switch! This tea is pretty accurate to its name – lovely grapefruit flavour, just enough ginger to add some flavour but not overpower, and the base… does its thing (can’t really pick up anything specific, and it’s not astringent). I’d imagine this would make an amazing iced tea, especially if sweetened. Not a favourite for me personally, but high points for accuracy!

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90

This tea is pretty delicious. It might be the lemon tea of my dreams, actually. Amazing base choice (I’m in love with the rolled yunnan she uses!), lovely soft lemon flavour, and vanilla to wrap it all up. Sometimes lemon teas can be a little harsh; that is not the case here. It truly does taste like a fresh lemon poppyseed muffin, and I can’t get enough.

VariaTEA

I just tried it and it is awesome. I’m writing my review for Sororitea Sisters and can’t believe how accurate this tastes!

Kittenna

Yeah – and it’s so good!

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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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