3229 Tasting Notes

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drank Cotton Candy White Tea by 52teas
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This is a note for the new 52teas version (if there was a Frank era version… I don’t recall. The image suggests yes). It’s fairly tasty, though not as sickly sweet as I wish it was – I mean, it is cotton candy after all! I prefer something like Boo-Berry Cotton Candy, and the black tea version, although this base is definitely more forgiving.

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drank A Winters Treat by 52teas
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This tea is really delicious. I think I’m most in love with the base tea – which is an amazing oolong with the lingering “umami” oolong feel – and the banana/spice combo is light, realistic, and not overwhelming yet still flavourful, making for a heavenly cup. I likened it to my beloved DavidsTea Banana Oolong, and while it’s not quite the same, it seems that the qualities I enjoyed in that tea are present here (lingering mouthfeel, and similar flavours). Overall one of the best new teas I’ve tried in a while.

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Just opened this today… another victim of having too many teas (things get misplaced and I forget I ever had them!) Anyhow, this tastes much like Boo-Berry Cotton Candy, with an added custardy/creamy aspect. So in other words, pretty yum. Sweet candy blueberry mixed with cream and a nice smooth green base (with a short steep, of course).

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Sipdown! Finished off the last of this tasty tea sample. Tasty enough, and definitely a step above most other strawberry whites I’ve had before – the “shortcake” aspect added something unique (but hard to describe!)

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drank Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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Hmmm, so I have some new-52teas “Black Currant White Peony”, and I think this would technically be the right entry to log it under, but I’m not sure, since every other entry is from at least 4 years ago!

Anyways, I hated the original version of this tea (gave it a 45) as the leaf tasted/smelled like play dough. No such issue with this reblend, but I’m not sold on it. Apparently black currant white teas just don’t work for me. Upping the rating, but really not a fan, unfortunately.

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79

For this tea, I really liked the original Frank version, and apparently also quite like the new 52teas reblend. A solid black tea with some cherry sweetness and vanilla overtones.

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I think I sipped down the last of my last Frank-pouch of this the other day (maybe I’ll report on that later, maybe not), but this is a review for the new 52teas version. Which, as it turns out, I liked better. I never really cared for the original, although many other people did, but the reblend is pretty delicious. A nice black breakfasty tea with great sweet maple flavour.

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drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
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Also picked up a bit extra of this – this tea has grown on me a bit, possibly because it’s a tasty hibiscus and rooibos/honeybush-free herbal. I think I’d tire of it before long, though.

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86

Picked up a bonus 50g of this tea on April 1st, because I actually really like it. The tea description suggests that it’s addictive – it’s kind of true! This last cup definitely had more jasmine – kind of like a sweet jasmine custard. Can’t taste the green tea, but this is really more of a dessert tea.

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a most delicious cup of this today. Dark roasted oolongs are definitely in my list of top teas; they are just so flavourful and… comforting. A nice accompaniment to another’s days attempts at wedding planning!

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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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