3217 Tasting Notes

Took a while to write this note, so my recollection of the tea is a bit foggy. However, I seem to remember that my initial impression was of a decent berry-flavoured white tea, but that as it sat/cooled, the flavour turned into something medicinal and less pleasant, which is unusual for a tea – usually I find that the flavour improves upon some cooling. (Some teas I have actually found to taste better the next day!) Anyhow, I also have another half-sample of this tea to work through in the event that my experience was a one-off.

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drank Afterlife by A Quarter to Tea
3217 tasting notes

Sipdown! This was sent as a free sample along with my latest order. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any of the berry flavours referenced by the other reviewer – I just found the tea to be somewhat medicinal. (There’s a small possibility that I swapped this tea and Scarborough Fair by accident, but I don’t really think so.) Current ratings assume I didn’t swap them!

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81

A very interesting tea – the rosemary isn’t something I’ve had in tea before, and was actually quite refreshing and pleasant. I’m looking forward to the second half of this sample because of it. This tea also lasted through at least 3 infusions, which is impressive for a flavoured tea.

gmathis

Interesting. I’ve got a rosemary plant that’s gone nuts (“Feed me, Seymour”); should pop in a sprig next time I’m doing a DIY herbal concoction!

Kittenna

You should, it might be delicious! I might suggest only using a very small amount though, and not infusing for too long – I feel like a tea could get too rosemary-y very quickly.

gmathis

A friend recently gave me a packet of holy basil/tulsi seeds. Looking forwarding to spiking steeps with that, too!

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

Travel mugged this for tomorrow; drinking the resteep now, which is unfortunately fairly flavourless (I can taste some shou mei, but no raspberry). The leaf smelled quite nicely of sweet raspberry, though, so hopefully the travel mug of it is better!

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

Review of the old (original Frank) version of this, which remains quite potent despite its age. Very citrussy, almost like nerds candy (lemon-lime). Base tea is unremarkable, which is fine. Definitely reminiscent of key lime sherbet I used to have as a kid, although this tea does not have the creaminess.

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100

Another cup tonight (plus travel mugged some for tomorrow). Didn’t realize before that there was star anise in the tea, so I might take some of it out. Left a small piece in tonight and it’s not objectionable, so we’ll see. The peach flavour here is just so good.

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100

Had a cup of my new batch of this the other day – delish. Super addicted to this tea.

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78

I’m really intrigued by these non-traditional tea blends incorporating savoury spices/herbs – they are incredibly hit or miss (in my experience), but always interesting! Unfortunately, although this tea is definitely tasty (for anyone familiar with Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, the cantaloupe is very similar, but less creamy), I’m missing out on picking up anything from the sage. The leaf is fairly small, so it’s not likely that I just missed an ingredient, it just mustn’t be an overly strong flavour (and perhaps I’m looking for the wrong flavour – I kind of thought it might taste like cantaloupe stuffing?)

For those not familiar with Cantaloupe and Cream, the flavouring is a nice, light, realistic cantaloupe (or honeydew; I find those two are not distinguishable in tea). It’s a definite melon flavour, but not as in-your-face as something like Lupicia’s Melon Oolong. Overall, a perfectly tasty tea, but missing that special something I was thinking I might find.

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90

One of my favourite greens from Teavivre – lovely vegetal green beany/umami flavour. Shared a pot with a friend a few weeks back, and it was delicious as always.

Thanks to Teavivre/Angel for the free sample :)

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Another blend drank at work, another cup that didn’t stand out to me. I feel like I might have underleafed, though, as I only got a sample size and tried to make it stretch to 2 cups. I tasted some pear, and a bit of ginger (I think I felt some heat from it), but it was not as good as the other teas I was drinking at the time (I think there was a cherry cream one, and possibly Scarborough Fair).

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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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