4675 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown 2020! 24/365

Not sad this one’s gone. Made the last of it into iced tea, which my husband is enjoying – although I had some too. Raritea’s description of a cherry jolly rancher is pretty accurate, though it’s a little fruitier.

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Sipdown 2020! 23/365

I’ll kind of miss this one. It was a bit of a mashup of oolongs not usually put together, and the end result was actually quite complex and tasty, as opposed to just being a jumble. You could taste the creaminess of dong ding, the roastiness of the charcoal roasted oolong, some florals… it was good. Maybe I’ll try a similar concoction myself someday.

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Seven oolongs in one! What a concept. :D

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Sipdown 2020! 22/365

Thanks to Sil for this generous sample! I think I brewed it up too strong, because it was just too much pu’erh for me. DavidsTea’s similar blend has more toffee and less pu’erh, so I prefer it.

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or it’s a thousand years old and the toffee/caramel has faded lol

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72

A old, but still decent, sample from Sil – thanks! Not as flavourful as it once was, but still brewed up a nice cup of black tea with enough strawberry fruitiness to be enjoyable.

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Sipdown 2020! 21/365

Thanks to Roswell Strange for this sample! I randomly grabbed a teabag a couple nights ago; it turned out to be Christmas fruits, but I figured I’d try it anyhow. My first impression was fantastic – the vanilla/cinnamon aroma upon opening the packet was quite delicious! It smelled a bit Christmassy (orange? cloves?), but with those two flavours featuring more prominently than usual. However… apparently they also chose to “feature” hibiscus, which was obvious the moment the water hit the teabag and a dark red/purple started pouring out. I didn’t let it steep too long, but I don’t think the overwhelming amount of hibiscus could have been avoided. It may as well have just been called a hibiscus spice tea, although I think even that sounds tastier than it actually was.

Sadly, this was a flop, made all the more sad because it smelled so good at first, and I was actually excited! I did drink it, however.

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
4675 tasting notes

Tasty cup of this the other night! I definitely bought too much, but at least it doesn’t contain coconut.

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71

Bonus tea from a previous order due to something I ordered being out of stock. Wasn’t overly thrilled about this one, because I’m a little over the standard Christmassy mulled cider blends. However, this one actually tasted quite authentic, and without some of the lingering sweetness that I’ve found in other blends. Can’t recall the specifics, but it was enjoyable enough.

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Sipdown 2020! 20/365

Finally – a time where I actually manage to review a tea after writing a first note promising to do so. This was pretty delicious; very much along the lines of another oolong I had recently from Verdant – deliciously umami, creamy, fresh – but also with that roasted flavour. Really delicious, kind of addictive. I’m a fan. I couldn’t tell you which one I preferred – both were good.

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Sipdown 2020! 19/365

Absolutely delicious mug of this the other night.Most impressive, considering it was an open packet, for who knows how long. Malt, sweetness, richness… just good.

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I have so many taped over Teavivre samples… luckily they are also in Teavivre’s handy pouches.

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Sipdown 2020! 18/365

Delicious light and sweet black tea. I bought some more since it’s so tasty.

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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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