3229 Tasting Notes

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
3229 tasting notes

Thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for this sample!

Ever since tasting 52teas’ Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha (and Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha), I have been seeking out flavoured genmaichas, so naturally, I wanted to try this one! It’s a bit of a twist, with black tea in the blend as well, but I was hoping that it wouldn’t really be a big contributor to the flavour.

Anyhow, I opted to brew this as a green (though I regret not lowering the temperature further due to some astringency even with my short 2 minute infusion), which was probably the way to go. The dry tea didn’t have a ton of flavour that I recall, but once the water hit the tea? Instant thoughts of Marshmallow Treat, though more of a caramelly version. Which is super exciting, since MT is not being reblended as I would like, but this should be much more readily available!

I let the tea cool a fair bit before drinking it (as I always do), and at first sip, I definitely have to say that I have a bit of a tea crush, haha. It’s not as good as MT, and definitely more caramelly than fluffy vanilla/marshmallow, and I’m getting some astringency (tough to know whether that’s because I used a temp 3 degrees C higher than I should have, or because of the black tea, and sadly I don’t have enough to try again). The astringency is really the most annoying thing for me, since it dampens my enjoyment of the otherwise quite delicious toasty genmaicha/caramel blend.

Overall, I think if I ever made a Nina’s order, this would be included, though I personally wish that there wasn’t any black tea in this blend, as I don’t think it’s adding anything positive.

Thanks again for the sample, Nina’s Paris!

ETA: This one re-steeped well! So I got a tasty second cup from it today :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Josie Jade

I still have this one to try too, I’m excited after reading other’s comments.

Kittenna

It’s tasty! I hate that my rating makes it look like I didn’t like it or something, but I’ve tried to go back to my “ratings scale”, as I was falling into the trap of rating pretty much everything (except teas I hated) within the top 20 points of the scale.

Kittenna

(Just bumped my rating two points so it’s bright green, haha)

Tealizzy

Ooooh, I’m so excited to try this one now! I’ve been waiting for a morning at home to enjoy it. Maybe tomorrow!

Sil

we’ll have to place a joint order with nina after we get through the samples :)

Kittenna

Tealizzy – I hope you like it!

Tealizzy

I tried it this morning and I did like it! Really interesting to add other flavors to genmaicha! I’ll have to tea log it.

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81
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! Tart and tasty, though it’s not quite as good as I remember. Probably won’t re-stock this one for a while, as I don’t think it’s a blend that will be discontinued so I should have nothing to worry about.

On the plus(?) side… I emptied out one of my DT tins, so now I can justify picking up Banana Oolong even more….

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Yay for emptying a tin!

Kittenna

I know! Infrequent occurrence for me, haha.

Ellyn

How do you clean tins? I always have trouble making sure its all clean, dry, etc. I have taken to using denture cleaner tablets….

Kittenna

Honestly, I just rinsed it really well and now it’s upside-down drying. I figured that Goji Pop didn’t have too much that would linger in the tin, so I’m not too worried. I’m actually not a big fan of tins for the reason that they do have all these little crevices for tea pieces to lurk and not be cleaned out (also, my DT tins totally leak, so much for them being airtight…)

Ellyn

That is pretty much my method…although I did try the denture tablets, ha, was kinda weird when my husband (who has all his teeth) went to buy them…I have had to throw away a few tins due to the smell simply refusing to vacate!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, I was thinking about picking up some tablets for cleaning some of my infusers, and possibly my travel mug. And I have all my teeth as well!

I only have… 5? tins, all of which were free from DT. Luckily I think the most smell-contaminated was the one I had Glitter & Gold in, and I replaced that with…. something else…. and it ended up being ok.

Ellyn

I use the tablets for my infusers and mugs also. They work great!

Kittenna

Good to know! Do they remove all the brown discolouration? (Also, how much do they cost?)

Ellyn

These are the ones I have: http://cvs.com/shop/product-detail/CVS-Denture-Cleanser-Tablets-Anti-Bacterial?skuId=277180

it got off the brown yickies!

Kittenna

That’s crazy cheap! Thanks :D

Ze_Teamaker

Hmm, I have the same problem with tea tins smells as well. My mom said to use lemon juice with water to get rid of it, but never thought of denture tablets.

Lucy

I always use bleach to get the brown stains out of my travel mugs (as long as they’re metal interior.. I wouldn’t use it on plastic)

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Limey marshmallowy deliciousness. Another tea I’m restraining myself from re-purchasing. Sigh.

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

We truly are twins!

Kittenna

LOL did you just drink this one too?

Fjellrev

As you mentioned before, we seem to have similar tastes. Love this one! I should cold brew up a batch of this soon. That purchase button will be haunting you.

Kittenna

Hahaha, gotcha! Yeah, the purchase button is haunting me… It was with Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake too, but it sold out about an hour before my joint order was placed. Now, of course, I regret it :/

Fjellrev

Aww, it’s really that good, eh? I passed on that one since I wasn’t sure about it.

Kittenna

I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a blend I really wanted to re-stock, but the only thing stopped me was the sheer amount of tea I already have… and then it was too late :(

Indigobloom

If it ever comes back into stock, I’d go halfsies with you!!

Kittenna

I’d be cool with that. Now that I’ve missed out, I regret not picking it up, haha. Likewise Caramel SPice from DT :(

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

Decided to throw some of this in a travel mug today, and it was kind of a nice change to drink as the mulberries made it quite sweet, whereas most teas I bring along are not overtly sweet. Tasty. Gave the second infusion a very long infusion and it’s pretty good as well. I don’t think I’ll restock this tea though. Too expensive for what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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86

Mmmmmmmmmmmm yes you are so delicious, my Chocolate Pumpkin Pie tea….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
3229 tasting notes

Thanks to Raritea for sharing some of this with me (via Ellyn!)

I couldn’t detect any aroma whatsoever from the dry tea, so really had quite low expectations for this blend, but I am getting flavour, and it’s actually not bad! I don’t distinctly taste cucumber (which is completely ok, because the one time I purchased cucumber water it made me gag! Not that I don’t like cucumbers though) and I’m not tasting as much kiwi as I would like, but it’s quite a refreshing blend. I’m actually kind of tempted to purchase it for myself if there’s another 52teas sale in the future, while it’s still available. I can definitely also taste the distinctive flavour of honeybush, which I do actually kind of enjoy, sometimes.

Thanks again you guys – this was a blend I’d been wavering about purchasing for a while, I just wish I’d gotten around to trying it sooner!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Ellyn

I’m glad the tea love is spreading! :) Enjoy.

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67
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

I opted to eat the two jellybeans in my infuser prior to steeping this tea… figured they’d be better off in my mouth… haha. Anyhow, this tea still reminds me a lot of Swampwater, but without the icky, scummy floaty stuff. And I did actually like the flavour of Swampwater ok, just kind of tropical fruit-y, which is what this one is as well. I suppose I can perhaps taste some coconut in here as well as a bit of creaminess, but that’s it. A decent blend for the evening, but there are far better options that I’d rather drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

try it iced, I looooove it that way. craving some now! :P

Kittenna

?I’ll try to remember that. Cold-brewed? Or just chilled?

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69

Yep… mint when tempered with vanilla and chocolate is actually rather enjoyable to me! Although… I’d definitely rather have a honeybush base here, as I can taste a bit more of the rooibos than I’d like.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

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100

Ack, I am struggling with myself not to buy this one online. It’s just SO expensive :/ Enjoyed a delicious travel mug-full of this yesterday/today. On that note… I totally picked up two more Contigo mugs from Costco on the weekend, so now I can prepare 5 mugs each morning… hahahahahahahaha. I definitely went to work this morning with all 5 full of tea….

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Haha that is awesome. Reminds me of a former boss who would go to Tim Horton’s and buy 3+ XL coffees for himself, and microwave them throughout the day.

Sil

we could maybe split some of this if it truly is as wonderful as you say it is…though i do have a bunch of this sort of thing coming from stacy soon-ish lol

Kittenna

Honestly, it’s delicious but it’s way overpriced since you’d be hard-pressed to know there’s any white tea in there, and that’s why it’s so expensive in the first place.

Kittenna

Incendiare – hahaha, that’s far more expensive though! :D The plus side of my mugs is that one Timolino keeps things scorching for hours, one is a little bit worse at keeping things hot, and then my three Contigos are all not quite as good as the Timolinos. So things stay hot for long enough for me (since I don’t mind cold tea anyways!) and become drinkable sequentially. :D

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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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