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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
3336 tasting notes

Thanks to Cavocorax for letting me try a bit of this one! I’m wondering if it’s the sort of tea where the flavour fades when it’s in a baggie – or maybe it’s just not very strong, but I ended up with a fairly weak cup. That said, I could both see and taste the quality of the base tea (big points), and the flavour I could pick out was pleasant, and not overly minty. I’ll try again with a greater leaf:water ratio (I may have underleafed, especially since it’s pretty fluffy), but I’m tentatively impressed. Looking forward to Not So Vanilla!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Oh, I hope it didn’t leak flavours. I thought those bags were pretty good, but maybe I should have double-bagged them! Hope your next cup works better!

TippysTea

I don’t know what bags you used but to speak from an experience we had an issue with baggies before. We ordered a whole bunch of samples from a tea company that will remain nameless. The samples came in little clear plastic baggies that were also well sealed. Unfortunately, co-mingling of flavours occurred and ruined any potential for an enjoyable tea-drinking experience. It was sad because we were both looking forward to trying those teas, but they all tasted like variations of each other because of the incestuous nature of the packaging.

OMGsrsly

Cavo, order these! I know that with the exchange it’s not such a good deal anymore, but they fit 5 tsp or so, which is an excellent large sample size IMO.

Anlina (I think?) orders these ones too.

7×13 size: http://www.ebay.com/itm/350682101059

Cavocorax

oooh! That’s fancy!
The ones I use were from Staples – they looked like they were ok, but I wasn’t sure.

OMGsrsly

They ARE fancy, but oh so lovely.

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Cavocorax

Oh, I hope it didn’t leak flavours. I thought those bags were pretty good, but maybe I should have double-bagged them! Hope your next cup works better!

TippysTea

I don’t know what bags you used but to speak from an experience we had an issue with baggies before. We ordered a whole bunch of samples from a tea company that will remain nameless. The samples came in little clear plastic baggies that were also well sealed. Unfortunately, co-mingling of flavours occurred and ruined any potential for an enjoyable tea-drinking experience. It was sad because we were both looking forward to trying those teas, but they all tasted like variations of each other because of the incestuous nature of the packaging.

OMGsrsly

Cavo, order these! I know that with the exchange it’s not such a good deal anymore, but they fit 5 tsp or so, which is an excellent large sample size IMO.

Anlina (I think?) orders these ones too.

7×13 size: http://www.ebay.com/itm/350682101059

Cavocorax

oooh! That’s fancy!
The ones I use were from Staples – they looked like they were ok, but I wasn’t sure.

OMGsrsly

They ARE fancy, but oh so lovely.

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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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