3229 Tasting Notes

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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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86

Backlogged note for a cup from a few days ago. Tasty, sweet, and creamy.

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67

Fairly unremarkable; I felt it tasted much like other cinnamony blacks (pancake breakfast etc.). I did drink it at work, so didn’t pay a ton of attention, but I wasn’t wowed.

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
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Yet another of the many, many, many Butiki teas I still have around. (I swear I’m drinking them, I just have so many that it takes a while!) Anyhow, this tea is one that has definitely lost some of its flavour, though is still good. The tamarind and gui fei was such an amazing flavour combo, I’m sad so few people got to try it! So juicy and rich, with the honey tones from the gui fei pairing so perfectly with the tamarind flavouring. Delicious. I only have maybe 3-4 cups left of this one, but I’ll probably try and finish it sooner rather than later.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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Still have tons of this left. I don’t think I’m as enamoured with it was I once was, BUT, I also tried to drink it in a travel mug a couple times, which I would strongly recommend against. Although it’s one of the more flavourful whites I’ve had, it does not hold up well in a travel mug, for whatever reason. That said, I had a nice cup of it before bed about a week ago, and it was pretty good (so despite being… older than it should be… it’s still good!)

Sil

well when you take 5 years to drink your tea that’s bound to happen ;)

Kittenna

This one’s not quite 5 years old! Probably a little over two. :D

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92
drank Coquito by A Quarter to Tea
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Have a full 1 oz or so of this, so eventually I should be able to write a better note than “it was very delicious”… right?

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drank Mango Genmaicha by 52teas
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Drank this last week at work; can’t recall the specifics of this last cup, but I’m not a huge fan of the tea. It’s ok, and I do like the underripe mango flavouring, but I think the matcha is a bit too much for me in general. I think I’d prefer just genmaicha, and more creamy flavourings (probably more akin to the mango sticky rice version, which I don’t believe I tried… although I could be mixing these two up).

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90
drank Toasted Marshmallow by 52teas
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Ahh, houjicha. One of my favourite bases for flavoured teas. And this tea does not disappoint. It very much reminded me of Marshmallow Treat with houjicha instead of genmaicha. It’s not quite the same of course (the base definitely adds a different roasted/toasted flavour), but the vanilla/marshmallow flavourings are similar. I think the decision to add in some white tea instead of using pure houjicha probably also adds some additional depth to the tea. A win, for sure.

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drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
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Another cup of this… still surprised that I like it as much as I do. I think I could do without the white chocolate shavings, though.

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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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