3229 Tasting Notes

91

Yum yum yum, tasty in a travel mug. I know it’s kind of a waste to drink such amazing tea that way, but I crave oolongs at work/when I’m writing, and I have surprisingly few green ones (which is ok, but that means the more expensive ones get used like this). I do still re-steep, though, so have had one additional delicious mug this afternoon :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
3229 tasting notes

Yum. I forgot how much I did actually like this one! I’d been put off it for a while thanks to a bad water experience, and of course, I already had bought my 8 oz. or so of it. Anyways, it was great in my travel mug, as expected, and will now be put into my morning travel mug rotation! Hopefully that will use a good bit of it up, since I’ve only successfully swapped out one 2 oz. package of it so far :(

Anyhow, I can’t recall if I’ve ever tried this sweetened with a bit of milk/cream, but I should. Malt just seems to scream out for that sort of thing. That said, it’s great plain, with enough sweetness to be quite enjoyable (which is why I stocked up on it in the first place!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kittenna

I definitely feel like this tea is obviously malt, like malted chocolate malty. Less chocolate, IMO. You should give it a try!

Kittenna

*obviously malty. Thanks autocorrect.

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81
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
3229 tasting notes

Hmm. Don’t recall what I thought of this the first time around, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it in my travel mug today (looking at my relatively high rating, I’m guessing that I enjoyed it previously too). Lovely malty chocolatey notes, very reminiscent of Laoshan Black, in my opinion!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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99

Indulging in a celebratory cup (or rather, travel mug)-ful of this one! What am I celebrating, you ask? Why, snagging another pouch of this! Haha.

Anyways, it’s delicious as always. Nice and comforting. Perfect for drinking while writing a thesis.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

this stuff is soooo good!

Emily M

I have some of this on the way. Can’t wait to try it!

Kittenna

Well, you’ve really gotta be on the ball for some 52teas blends. I happened to be online when the teas were released, and saw the email, so I was able to jump on it immediately. I think this one sold out in mere hours, so it’s really tough to catch!

CHAroma

The latest re-blend of Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish sold out in less than 12 hours. I’m so pissed. I waiting 2 years for a re-blend of that tea, and I freaking missed it. :(

Kittenna

Damn – if I had known + had contact info for you, I could have let you know! I watched the numbers drop all evening, but didn’t buy any for myself as I just don’t need another tea… (that I’ve already tried courtesy of Azzrian).

CHAroma

I haven’t been watching the 52teas e-mail updates as closely because my wedding is less than 5 weeks away. So, I can’t really spend money on tea. But for THAT tea, I would have made an exception!! Oh well. It looks like I might be able to score a bag from another Steepsterite. :D

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67
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
3229 tasting notes

Bleh, I so liked my sample of this from Amy oh but the package I got just isn’t as good. Plasticky flavouring. I’m trying to like it, but I’m finding it difficult. Might throw this onto the swap list as well…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Do you need to let it age and meld for a couple of weeks perhaps? Sometimes that makes a big diff with these custom blended small batches.

Kittenna

Sadly, this blend has been around for quite a while, so if anything, it’s more that it’s losing flavour :( But it’s been like this ever since I opened the package.

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82

Another “repeat” from the travel mugs. I just didn’t have the time to grab different teas :(

Anyways, nothing really to be sad about, as this one’s still quite enjoyable. So much like actual coffeecake, it’s crazy. I don’t think I’d buy this again (merely due to cupboard space issues) but would more than happily drink it if offered!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79

Another mad grab from this morning. Not too bad of a choice; a reasonably tasty coconut black. It’s a tad soapy-ish, but I really think that coconut going off turns into a soapy flavour; luckily it’s not too bothersome here.

Anyways, tasty enough for me to drink down! Out of 5 mugs this morning, I still have 4 on the go, although at least one is nearly empty. Mmmm, tea. Hopefully I can try some sample sizes of things tonight, and perhaps get in a sipdown or two…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
3229 tasting notes

Threw this in a travel mug this morning; it’s ok, but not amazing. I probably underleafed and/or brewed it incorrectly. It was a last-minute grab, when I couldn’t find a straight black that I wanted (didn’t want to use up a whole packet of Anxi Fo Shou black or something, couldn’t find Laoshan Black…. urgh my room is a tea disaster).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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91

I really have to start setting out the morning’s teas prior to going to bed, because it took me waaayyyy too long to pick things this morning, and there are a bunch of “repeats”, i.e. teas I’ve had more than once recently. Anyways, made this one up, apparently didn’t use enough leaf, tried to fix it by steeping MORE leaf in a tiny cup and adding it, used too much water…. anyways, it seemed to develop a bit of extra flavour by the time I finished it off, which was good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

There’s been enough talk about this one lately that I figured I should pull mine out and have another cup of it, since I remember liking it but that’s about it.

I went for brewing western-style, but only gave it 3 instead of the recommended 4 minutes. The result is a lovely, caramelly, light oolong. I wish the flavour was stronger, but it’s quite nice as is. I see that last time I overleafed a bit more, as well as gave it the full four minutes, so I probably should have done the same this time. Oh well, it’s still quite enjoyable!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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