4558 Tasting Notes

72
drank Roasted Apple by Della Terra Teas
4558 tasting notes

Sipdown! 285/365!

Should have used a finum filter for the last of this tea – it was a bit astringent for this final cup. Not too bad, though.

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Another tea that I have literally zero recollection of, but it wasn’t a sipdown, so there’s that…

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72
drank Roasted Apple by Della Terra Teas
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This was surprisingly good, actually. Kind of like a sweet cider with cinnamon. Wouldn’t buy it again, but especially given its age, I was impressed at the flavours I was getting!

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72
drank Blueberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
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Just trying to drink this so it’s gone. Shouldn’t have bought 22g, but oh well. It’s not terrible but I just crave 52teas juicy blueberry flavours instead.

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Honestly, don’t remember this one well enough to write about it. Sad. It was probably either in the ok to fairly good range, otherwise my memory would be stronger, but I can’t even remember if it was creamy enough, mostly apple….

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77
drank Earl of Time by A Quarter to Tea
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Sipdown! 284/365!

To be honest, I don’t think I tasted bergamot at all, here, and distinctly have that recollection despite having finished this off probably a full month ago. It wasn’t bad, I just wanted more bergamot, more fruit. And cream, if it was supposed to have that (well, cream regardless.)

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96
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown! 283/365!

I think I still have one more pouch of this, but I made myself a rather large latte this other day to finish this one off. It was good, but might have had a touch too much matcha in it.

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92

Still just a lime tea to me. But a yummy one.

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75

I like this one enough, though it’s not a favourite. Kind of like a classic lemony iced tea, but more refined?

Roswell Strange

This combo sounds interesting – can you taste the custard at all? I think I missed this one…

Kittenna

My recollection is that you can’t really, but I really need to write out my thoughts while I drink the tea, not a week or more later.

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90
drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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This was still good, and so close to a sipdown… maybe I’ll just finish it today. I can’t recall how the coconut was, but I don’t think it was too terrible, it was more just a chai on a white base with some creaminess. My favourite sort of chai to drink without additions!

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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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