4301 Tasting Notes

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Finished off a bag of this making another pitcher of iced tea. This time, though, the hibiscus was a bit stronger, and kind of took over, but I enjoyed the tartness enough to leave it unsweetened (and the strawberry came out in the aftertaste).

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Sipdown! 224/365!

Jeebus. Unless the bags say the year of production, I kind of wish there would just be a single entry for a type of tea… I haven’t the faintest idea which year this tea is from, though it could feasibly be 2012, or possibly 2013.

Anyways, this has lost flavour, but it’s still pretty enjoyable. And it has been a rather long time since I’ve had a floral oolong like this, so I’m enjoying it quite a bit. The vast majority of what I have in my cupboard is roasted or aged or… not green. Haha. So it’s a nice change. (I badly need to get some more baozhong/pouchong…)

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90

Old, but apparently still quite yummy! Plenty of flavour left in this guy – super umami, green beans, brown sugar. I’m sure the nuances of the difference between this and regular Laoshan green are lost, but this is still a darn good cup of tea, and I quite enjoyed it.

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93

This tea is tragically old. However, I got some pretty good flavour and sweetness in the second infusion. I think the first may have been in too cool of water/not for long enough, given that the flavour is waning.

Sorry for these tasting notes being pretty bad, I’ve been hit with a wave of exhaustion and this suddenly seems like a lot of effort. It’s not even 9pm! (But baby got tooth 4 last night, so that’s messed things up a little.)

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Sipdown! 223/365!

Looks like this is where I logged my tea the last time I had it… there are too many entries that don’t match the text on the bags, making this horribly confusing. (I have, simply, “Jin Jun Mei”, purchased from Verdant. I also have a bag that I received in a reserve tea club box, which might be named the same.)

Anyways, this tea. It’s delicious. I barely had enough for a cup, but it was so flavourful and rich. Would have been better if it was fresher, too!

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Sipdown! 222/365!

A whole bag of this and no note/review. Not surprising, I suppose. I inventoried my straight teas (the majority of them) a couple nights ago, and pulled out a bunch of 1-cup samples or badly stored teas to drink down quickly. This was one of em.

I didn’t honestly pay too much attention as I was drinking this, but I found it to be fairly flavourful and enjoyable – the first infusion (1 minute) was light and toasty, the second infusion (longer) was verging on syrupy, and had a delicious gui fei-type sweetness that I really enjoyed, along with more prominent “baked” flavours. Rather good. I’m looking forward to a couple more infusions tonight, before the leaves are done!

Definitely one of the better roasted/baked oolongs I’ve had.

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drank Matcha Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
4301 tasting notes

Final dessert tea for the evening (is it obvious that I was too lazy to reach beyond the recently-arrived DavidsTeas/teas in my sipdown box? Haha.) Not sad at all about the 50g I have of this. It’s really working for me as an ice cream tea, possibly moreso than any teas I’ve had before. It’s just so deliciously creamy. And we’re into cup #2 from this baggie, and the stevia isn’t posing a problem for me, which is great.

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drank White Chocolate Chai by DAVIDsTEA
4301 tasting notes

Picked up more of this… and then it went on sale and I bought even more. Oops. Indulging a little bit too much in retail therapy, lately?Unfortunately, it seems like an oversteep draws out some spice notes that aren’t my favourites, and this goes from a creamy gingerbready tea to… a sweet peppery spiced drink. At least, I think it’s pepper coming out, but it could be strong nutmeg or something else that I’m misidentifying. Too tired to put thought into this (and it’s still fairly hot, too).

Further to my previous note, I wonder if I’m getting sick. My throat’s a bit scratchy, and that would explain why I’m feeling so out of energy.

Martin Bednář

Name sounds promising, but I am not really sure if I buy a big bag of it

Kittenna

The last cup I had of it was quite good. This cup was better once it had cooled – the pepper taste was muted and it tasted more like a cinnamon cookie. Mmm.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
4301 tasting notes

Continuing the trend of dessert teas, we now have Caramel Corn! Which, realistically, tastes and looks an awful lot like Forever Nuts, plus some popcorn. Maybe a little more caramel, a little less nut? Variations on a tasty theme, though this particular baggie is getting a little stale.

Also, I have spent this entire evening doing not much of anything, aside from drinking tea, reading old tasting notes and getting some diaper laundry done. I really have no excuse to be feeling so in need of relaxation time (it’s only Monday! And I got an hour or so nap this morning while baby slept) but, oh well. The counter is full of dishes, the living room is full of unfolded laundry, my to do list is as long as ever (ok, I crossed one thing off, which was an achievement, but it was really quite small). It feels impossible to ever catch up! Blah. So tonight’s lack of progress will be quite helpful…

Sil

I’m so excited to be able to do laundry whenever at th new place. Had to go 5 days in disposables because the laundry room was having issues, worst 5 days ever. I seriously can’t stand disposables. Conversely my other friend is having so many issues with leaks with her cloth and is ready to just give up :(

gmathis

It’s been years ago, but we truly wanted cloth diapers to work, and they just didn’t. The diapers would just fall to shreds when we pre-soaked. No doubt cloth diaper technology has improved in 26 years…I’d like a grandbaby to test it out on, but that is looking pretty unlikely!

Kittenna

@Sil – Bleh, disposables. We haven’t used once since 2 months, probably (I think we switched around 1 month, but still used them on occasion for a bit). We had (and still have) leaks with cloth, but I’m over it. We had them with disposables too. This guy is just a heavy wetter, so he gets extra clothing changes when needed. We also have a handful of sketchy diapers that probably have issues, but I never pay enough attention to note them down.

@gmathis – Things have definitely changed between then and now! My mom was interested to see the diapering stuff we use, which is quite a bit different than what she used on my sister and I!

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
4301 tasting notes

Sipdown! 221/365!

Unless I have some of this squirrelled away elsewhere, this is the last bit of it I have. Which is ok, because it’s still available, and has coconut. I do still really enjoy it though – a nice mix of chocolate and creamy coconut, and it makes for a really nice sweet treat when needed!

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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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