3217 Tasting Notes

85

This tea is pretty tasty. Rich, chocolatey, dark, and spicy. Would happily drink again. The oolong is a great choice for a base, here.

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76
drank Ice Brandy by A Quarter to Tea
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A fascinating tea – the eucalyptus works really well, and comes out much more strongly in later infusions. The cooling effect is also really interesting – I think this must be the first tea I’ve had with eucalyptus that didn’t pair it with a bunch of other herbal ingredients I don’t like – so it’s the first time I’ve actually noticed and enjoyed the result. As for the flavour of the tea in general, it was pretty good, although my memory has faded a bit now (so all I’m remembering is the eucalyptus in today’s second infusion).

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90

… this is… really interesting. And really kind of tasty, and different. Creamy and sweet with a honeyed flavour that lingers. Unlike anything I’ve had before.

VariaTEA

I need to get more of this one

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75

A very good rendition of a banana nut black. The base is fairly smooth, and there’s lots of natural banana flavour and some nuttiness. I would love these flavours on an oolong!

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79

Not bad; a fruity berry oolong. Pretty flavourful. Much better than a green tea base, but not sure I’m entirely sold on it. But if I was looking for a sweet, fruity dessert tea, it would definitely fit the bill.

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This was a very strong tea… but tasted like tiramisu. Really interesting. Rich chocolate/coffee/cake flavours. I’m not quite sure what I think about it yet.

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Not quite what I expected – I think it was fruitier when I was expecting something more cinnamony and creamy. Not bad, but not a favourite.

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92
drank Coquito by A Quarter to Tea
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Tried this, and loved it, but can’t remember exactly how it tasted! I just know I steeped it a bunch of times, with great results.

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Not quite what I had expected, and the tea almost had a stale flavour. I’m sure it’s not stale, and is just a flavour that’s hitting me strangely, but it seemed weird.

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I think this tea steeped up a dark green, which was kind of weird. The flavour was ok, but if I recall correctly, somewhat strong. I think I was expecting something a bit more subtle like Butiki’s two plum teas.

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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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