5897 Tasting Notes


(52teas (Anne) 2022: 272)

I liked this one, though not as much as the lemon coconut custard tea. Nice berry flavour and some lemony notes from the lemongrass.

Speaking of robin’s eggs, we had some robins nesting in our carport (again!) and we think that two of the eggs failed to germinate, and mommy bird has just abandoned them. There were two babies that flew out of the nest at one point, hopefully they survived. But now these eggs are just sitting there…. should we just leave them? This is the first time it has ever happened.


I am not ornithologically trained, but I would say if your eggs are still there after a day or so, Mama is not coming back after them.


P.S. (The tea sounds lovely!)

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drank Lagniappe by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 271)

CrowKettle is right, this blend has a lot going on. Coconut, cacao, two base teas. It’s decadent, desserty, and creamy. Definitely chocolatey, but the coconut isn’t overly apparent (just creamy). It reminds me a bit of a chocolate mousse cake? I didn’t really pick up on too much hojicha roastiness, but I also think that my cup may have been heavier on the white tea, so I’ll try to get it more balanced next time. Overall, I like it, but I’m not sure if I love it.

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drank Lemon Coconut Custard by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 270)

It looks like there was a previous version of this tea from a few years back, with both red and green rooibos, but it seems that it’s not one that I ever got to try, so I can’t compare. Doesn’t really matter; this version is pretty incredible, with bright, creamy lemon and a refreshing green rooibos base. No yucky red rooibos flavours, no pithy lemon bitterness. I’ve really been loving the series of lemony (and berry) herbal blends I’ve had recently!

Available on the website now… please buy it so I don’t buy more tea! Haha.


The lemon coconut rooibos from 2018 was a little different, the most obvious difference being the bases (that base had the red/green rooibos base and this one is just green rooibos – plus the combinaion of lemongrass, lemon myrtle & lemon thyme, while the previous tea only had lemon balm.) This one also has a bit of a smoother flavor to it with the custard-y notes. I definitely prefer this one, although that one was certainly tasty as well. I think this one, at least for me – was taking what the 2018 blend was and going one step further with it.

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drank Sweet Zhang by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 269)

Cupboard count explosion since I just got my Jan-Apr subscription teas! So many fun new things to try. This was first up, mostly because it was near the top of the box. I’ll have to drink it again to write something more meaningful about it, but the base tea is amazing and rich and chocolatey, and the flavouring is light but makes the tea extra delicious (I mostly tasted vanilla?) This is the type of blend I live for, that you just cannot get from companies like DavidsTea.

I am now craving this tea base with Anne’s berry flavours, although it’s possible it would be hard to make them pop(?), but it could also be incredible.

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drank Guangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 2022: 110)

2022 Sipdown 128/365!

Back when sales at DavidsTea were rare, I’d bought a large amount of on-sale individually-wrapped teabags of this tea, as I quite enjoyed it. I’ve since gone off milk oolongs to some degree, finding them a bit fake and preferring natural jin xuan and other oolongs. However, was in the mood for this the other day and it delivered. Creamy, delicious oolong, and didn’t taste particularly “flavoured”. A win!


I haven’t had Milk oolong for a long time. This makes me want to go hit up my stash of them. It was my favorite for so long and I temporarily burnt out I guess.

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drank Golden Spiral by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 2022: 109)

I’d been waiting for this tea to show up on the website for a while so I could use up a free tea reward on it, and I think it was worth it. I overleafed, not considering that the rolled leaves are more compact, so it wasn’t as smooth or flavourful as it could have been, but I did enjoy it. I think the profile went more in the malty hay direction instead of chocolate (I’d hoped for the latter).

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(DavidsTea 2022: 108)

Really interested to try this tea – roasted rice and maple? Yes! So I had to brew it up as soon as I could when I received it today.

Interestingly, the packet smells rather strongly alcoholic – almost like… kahlua?? That’s the best I can come up with, maybe it’s the vanilla? I’m not sure. It’s not offputting, just strong and noticeable, though doesn’t translate to the brewed tea.

Unfortunately, children got in the way and I didn’t get around to trying the tea until it was cool. I wasn’t wowed, but I’m also not really sure what I think of it, or whether I like it. It’s somewhat mapley, and pleasant enough, but I think the contribution of the rice was lost on me in that cup. Definitely need to try it again, maybe tomorrow?

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Review for the Dec 2018 version of this tea (my third). I paid less attention to this cup than I did the others; it may have been slightly less tasty but was still recognizable to my tastebuds as Blackberry Custard Tart. Gotta finish off some of these packets, heh.

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drank PAC-Man Green Tea by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 268)

I swear this looked like the same base as Blackberry Custard Tart, but it hits me quite differently – really not a fan of how this one comes out, and maybe it’s just the difference in flavouring? Maybe I have some dislike of the pear, apple, or cherry flavouring used (I can’t distinctly conjure up a memory of any of the three to be able to rule one out or anything). It’s… sharp? That’s not quite the right word, but it’s not creamy, and not sweet. Maybe this is a tea where a touch of sweetener would make a difference?

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drank Plum Zabaglione Assamica by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 267)

I quite enjoyed this tea. Still don’t know what zabaglione is and probably never will, but it tasted lightly like plum flavouring and other cakey/pastry flavourings, and delicious black tea.

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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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