3229 Tasting Notes

99

Had a most delicious couple cups of this the other night. I think it may even have been from the original order I made way back like 5 years ago… but I can’t tell from the packaging (I don’t remember what the reblend looked like). Anyhow, unfortunately, nothing has ever come close to what the originals tasted like :( I can’t pinpoint exactly what is wrong though. So I will enjoy the last of this while I can!

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90
drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! (Whaaat?)

Who knows if I have another pouch of this tea somewhere (odds are good that I do), but I sipped down a 16g pouch of this today! This is a pretty sweet herbal, bursting with mango/orange, and makes a most delicious iced tea. Hot, it’s like hot juice, which is kind of weird. I guess I drank most of this while I wasn’t logging teas – but I have definitely enjoyed it.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Still quite like this tea – such a delicious chocolatey treat. Had a silk sachet of it from a while back, and despite probably being a bit old, it hadn’t really lost any flavour!

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drank Raspberry Meringue by DAVIDsTEA
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Another surprisingly tasty blend – this tea is a nice combination of raspberry and cream. Not something I’d reach for often, but it was a nice sweet treat.

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70

I didn’t find this tea to be anything overly special. It mostly just tasted like a pumpkin chai sort of tea – which is fine, but not quite the syrupy pancake tea I was hoping for!

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Tried this tea straight, but I’m pretty sure it would do better as a latte, or at least with a bit of milk, and possibly sweetener. I found it to be pretty spicy, which basically dominated any other possible flavourings. Interesting, though – the cup smelled quite nice and sweet the next day, so beneath the spicing, it might actually be a really nice tea. I plan to try it again in sweetened latte form.

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81

This tea surprised me by being tastier than I expected – it was indeed somewhat cakey, possibly as a result of the wafers included in the blend. The lemon was also perfect; overall quite good.

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80

Delicious! I don’t have a specific recollection of how this tea tasted, but did mentally note that I found it to be quite an enjoyable fruit + cream combination.

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70

Had more of this. Definitely not a favourite – I’m pretty picky about the cherry flavouring in my tea, and combined with the coffee, it just doesn’t quite work for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Too bad. There are days that I just love this one.

Kittenna

Yeah – I thought I’d like it more. I don’t hate it, at least!

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73
drank Mango Genmaicha by 52teas
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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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