3217 Tasting Notes

66

Yum, fruity honeybush. Not really getting any rhubarb tartness, but this is tasty and makes me think of a light version of Strawberry Pie Honeybush, which I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Sipdown! Of the batch from momo, anyhow. I don’t recall if I still have some from Azzrian sitting around too.

Anyhow, I still quite like this one. Sweet and caramelly and pretty delicious. I’m likely to keep some version of this in my cupboard most of the time, but as I have numerous ones right now, definitely no need to get any more of this!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
3217 tasting notes

Sipdown! And technically kind of a double sipdown, because I both finished off my sample packet as well as an additional packet I received in my Boxing Day online order.

I accidentally steeped this one for 2 minutes longer than intended, but it doesn’t seem to have caused any problems. The flavour is unmistakably sweet, tasty pineapple. The only problem is that I’m really not tasting the oolong here. That’s one of the things I love about Banana Oolong – the delicious, strong oolong flavour.

Looks like the previous note I made on this tea said much the same, so I won’t be picking up any more of this (but I now have a renewed desire to get another 50-100g of Banana Oolong before it’s unavailable).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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83

Wow, yum. This is a good gingery tea. I didn’t steep it too long, so it may be able to produce a stronger flavour than what I got, but it’s quite gingery enough for me without being overly biting/spicy. It tastes like liquid ginger candies that my mom likes to buy at asian grocery stores.

Although I don’t think it would be necessary for me to keep a stash of this around, I’d definitely recommend this tea to any ginger lover! I just very infrequently crave ginger, so it would just take up space.

ETA: Second infusion, infused for maybe 5-6 mins? is potent! Much more bite here. I think this would be a great blend to mix with others that need a bit more ginger (if dehydrated or fresh ginger is not available, as obviously those would be even more potent).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60

Hmm. Still lots of tasty strawberry flavour, but I threw this in the travel mug this morning, and I just don’t think that pu’erh + travel mugs is a good combo for me. It’s ok, but for some reason I feel like the earthiness is highlighted, and that’s not really what I want. Finishing it off cold now, after it has sat for 17 hours, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

So! I am thrilled to have discovered today that this dragon well takes to the travel mug much better than expected! I brewed it up, poured it in, topped it off with some cold water, and drank it about 45 minutes later at my morning meeting, and it was delicious. So, I think that as long as I a) use an uncontaminated mug and b) drink the tea fairly soon after brewing, I can successfully take green teas to work as well. Exciting!

And of course, this tea was tasty as usual, although it’s getting on in age. I still prefer Verdant’s Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green to most dragonwells, just because the sweet, caramely notes are more pronounced, but this is a pretty tasty example of a proper dragonwell. It was nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary in one of my mugs this morning!

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

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86

Yuuuum. I think I prefer this tea lukewarm-ish… aka after it has sat in my travel mug all day. I just finished it up about an hour ago, after brewing it shortly before 8am (so it was in there for about 16 hours). Just deliciously chocolate, spiced goodness. No regrets at all buying a 2oz. bag!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
3217 tasting notes

This is definitely up there in terms of tasty pear teas, but I really wish the flavouring was paired with a nice green base like Butiki’s Huangshan Mao Feng, instead of a rooibos. Or at least honeybush. I just don’t like that I can taste the rooibos here, so it decreases my enjoyment of the tea. Although this definitely tastes like bosc pears (not d’anjou, which are my favourites), I also wish that there was a bit more caramel going on here. I should give it a shot with a ½ tsp of a crème caramel rooibos or something.

Thanks again to Azzrian for this one!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
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hmmmmm…… :)

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80
drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

Not bad in the travel mug yesterday. Definitely tasted much like caramel corn. A few times it did taste a bit bitter, but I think that was because of the foods I ate prior to taking a sip, as it wasn’t consistent.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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80

Yum, such bright citrus without crossing over into anything cleaner-like! Had a travel mug-full of this yesterday (and added about a tbsp. of rock sugar, as I still dislike guayusa unsweetened).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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