3229 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! And a good thing too, because this tea is dead, haha. Gone is the tasty fruity flavour. There’s still tasty oolong (even though this is oversteeped), but yeah, spending an entire year in a plastic baggie was not kind to this tea. Ah well.

Indigobloom

Bulk barn packaging is the worst!! I should remember to bring tins next time I go.

Nosyam

I cringe at the Bulk Barn teas. I never know how long they’ve been in those open air containers!

Kittenna

I don’t think they let you fill tins, haha. And this one was actually just fine when I bought it, but I really didn’t store it very well. And then I oversteeped it :(

Indigobloom

really? they let me do it, but that could be per location

Kittenna

I honestly didn’t try to fill a tin with tea, but they told us we couldn’t bring out own containers in to fill due to contamination issues.

Indigobloom

ah that makes sense. Hopefully it wasn’t an oversight and they let me do that again.

Kittenna

Yeah. I definitely would prefer that to wasting so many baggies!

Indigobloom

For sure! less wasteful and those white bags are such a pain

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82

Pretty much the same opinion of this as last time: a good solid dark oolong with a pleasant woodiness and slight sweetness. I could drink this regularly quite happily! Thanks again to Azzrian for letting me taste this one!

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

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85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
3229 tasting notes

Ok… this is more like “Froid Les Marrons” at the moment, or however you say “cold” in French…. but it’s yummy! Lupicia definitely has some good teas. Thanks to Azzrian for the generous sample of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79

Thanks to momo for this sample! I have some from LiberTeas as well, but went with the smaller sample (with a huge banana chunk!) so that I’d be just that little bit closer to a sipdown, haha. One cup left in this baggie though.

So, this is pretty darn tasty. There was a huge banana chip in the infuser, and I would have to assume that some of the yummy banana in here is because of the chip (so I probably won’t taste it quite as much next time). I’m also LOVING the hojicha base, which I totally steeped like a black, hahahahaha, whoops. Let it be known that this tea withstands 2.5 min at boiling without developing any astringency/bitterness! (LOL I did the exact same thing the first time I infused this one too! Why don’t I read my previous tasting notes beforehand…)

Anyhow, while last time I compared this to Monkey Fart, this time I’m definitely getting more of a coconut banana cream pie sort of flavour. As in, there’s definitely creamy coconutty goodness in here. Mmmm. And the base! This is so fantastic, because it’s light and toasty, but full-bodied, and perfectly complementary. Fingers crossed Frank makes another hojicha blend sometime soon? :D Upping my rating a bit because I’d probably buy a pouch of this. I imagine it would be amazing in a travel mug.

ETA: Second infusion = more toasty hojicha goodness but still enough flavour. I think I kept the leaves to try a third infusion sometime later.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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72
drank Blueberry Wonderland by Majesteas
3229 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks for letting me grab a sample of this one, Sil!

I only took a cup of this one because I figured it would be reasonably similar to most blueberry blacks (but I was curious anyways). Turns out I am pretty much correct. It’s pretty tasty, with a definite blueberry flavour on top of a slightly astringent black base which doesn’t seem to add a great deal to the tea. Nothing overly special, but a perfectly good blueberry tea. I personally prefer the blueberry cream teas of 52teas (I seem to have a thing for cream flavour in teas), and I also think the blueberry flavour may be a touch stronger in those, but if you just want tasty blueberry, this would fit the bill well enough!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pear Tree by Autumn Hearth
3229 tasting notes

Yum, I really do enjoy this blend. Makes me think that I should get going on drinking up my other yabao blends + the straight yabao I still have kicking around from one of my early Verdant orders.

Anyways, I still think that the fruitiness of the pear is a perfect accompaniment to the piney yabao. Delicious!

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

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

Wow… I went over 24 hours without tea! Actually, it was probably more like 36-38. It just didn’t end up happening. So now I have a wicked headache, and it’s either dehydration or tea withdrawal… both of which of course could be solved by drinking some tea! (I fail to acknowledge that there are other possibilities. My boyfriend agrees that “there is no other explanation” :P)

Trying to drink a few things down tonight, and so I grabbed some of this. Such an appealing-sounding blend, but it just doesn’t work for me. Sure, it’s chocolatey, but I only get the barest hint of spice (and only sometimes), and there’s nothing whatsoever in here that would lead me to label it a “chai”. At least it’s halfways decent as a chocolate tea, because I still have probably 20g of it left, as I was given a 50g bag last Christmas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

There was a time I love this one!

Kittenna

I never did…. just not for me :(

Indigobloom

:(
I think they discontinued it anyhow

Kittenna

I would hope so, considering others they kept, lol! (I’m not sure if I saw it on the list or not.)

Indigobloom

it was one of the seasonal teas. Not sure if that would be on the list, but either way… good riddance lol

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Finishing off the last of my sample of this one. I gave it a 1-minute infusion this time, as I seemed to recall that someone suggested it was best that way, and it is reasonably tasty. It tastes much like banana + nuts to me, not really whisky, although to be fair I haven’t ever drank whisky. Overall, it’s tasty, but falls into the category of being too expensive for what it is (e.g. a white tea blend that doesn’t even taste like white tea!), so this will be the last time I’m likely to drink it. Also, I’m pretty sure it was just discontinued, heh.

ETA: Second infusion was tasty enough. Not super sad that I’m out of this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Sipdown!

Reading my previous tasting note, it seems that I am definitely enjoying the last of this sample much more than I did the first cup! I used the remaining ~half of the sample in about 8 oz. water, and gave it my standard oolong treatment (3 min in just below boiling water) and the result is creamy (but not milk oolong creamy), sweet vegetal, and absolutely delicious! I’m really not sure what went wrong last time; I would definitely love to drink this again, although I think the price point may be out of my range.

Thank so much to Tea from Taiwan for this sample! Hopefully I will eventually be able to make a delicious oolong order, and pick up some of this and the other oolong I enjoyed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
3229 tasting notes

Ok….. my bad. I left this tea waaaayyyy too long (in the opened packet) before going back and finishing it, which I haven’t yet even done, and then when I finally brewed some up today, I definitely didn’t follow the brewing instructions, just made up my own. Oh well… It’s still tasty – I can taste the green tea (which is a bit astringent), and absolutely delicious fresh, tart cherry flavour, though it’s a bit mild. I have to say that this tea tastes a bit old, which like I said is entirely my fault, but I imagine that proper brewing parameters may have also helped! Luckily though, it’s still tasty enough to drink and enjoy, so I didn’t completely ruin it! This reminds me a good deal of Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong, and I have a feeling that my mom would really enjoy it… so one day, I should acquire some to give to her!

ETA: Got a decent second infusion here with a 1.5 minute steep in 70C water. Not too astringent, as some people have been remarking the second infusion tends to be (although my first infusion parameters were not standard anyways). The first infusion is definitely infinitely better though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 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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