4675 Tasting Notes

drank Genmai Matcha by Shizuoka Tea
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…I can’t seem to access some people’s tealogs anymore. I’m just getting timeouts. I assume this isn’t just me? I haven’t been around too much lately but that seems like a really bad sign…

Anyhow, this is an ancient tea from LiberTEAS back when she was selling sample boxes. It was pretty tasty last night – nothing special, but a nice genmaicha. It probably had better flavour back in the day, but certainly still drinkable!


The glitches come and go … we’re all hanging in there, however.

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drank Moonlight White by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown 2020! 16/365

The last of a sample bag of this. It was pretty delicious; hopefully I still have the remainder of a larger bag of it somewhere!

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Sipdown 2020! 15/365

Not what it used to be, but I still enjoyed it!

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drank Chocolate Cake by Spirit Oak
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First tea from my last Amoda box. And unfortunately, the only tea of the four that interested me – I am reminded of the reason I’d cancelled my subscription in the first place (the other three are herbal or green, and one has mint. Bleh.)

Sadly, this tea is also a bit of a let down. It smells ok, like a rich chocolate cake, but the flavour is kind of odd – though perhaps it’s because it isn’t sweet at all. That’s not necessarily a problem, but for a Chocolate Cake tea, it’s unexpected. It ends up being kind of bitter alongside the unsweet chocolate, making it not the tastiest. I’ll have to give it a try with some sweetener.


I think chocolate is a tricky flavor to get right…then again, to me chocolate should taste like thick, fudgy buttercream. That’s a little hard to replicate in a tea :)

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drank Monk's Blend by Tealish
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Not a ton of flavour left at this point, but what was there was tasty, though a little on the strong side.

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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
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Sipdown 2020! 14/365

Great pear flavour but a bit of a sourness that wore on me the more I drank it. Dropping the rating from 85 to 75. Wish this flavouring was on an oolong base!

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Sipdown 2020! 13/365

This was actually a pretty tasty tea. Didn’t taste much like chamomile, but was pleasantly apple-cinnamon flavoured.

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Sipdown 2020! 12/365

One large pearl was all the sample I had of this. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the specifics, except that it wasn’t a favourite. Not really a surprise given my white tea preferences.

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Sipdown 2020! 11/365

Done the first package of this I bought… apparently I’m ridiculous and bought two identical samples (both Autumn 2018) in one order. As it turned out, though, this was not a bad thing in the slightest – I really enjoyed this tea! I was looking for the creamiest oolongs Verdant had, and I think this might be one of the best! I’m much more used to the creaminess of greener oolongs, so to taste it in a roasted version was really interesting, and delicious. I think the roasting also helped temper any florals that were present, which I sometimes find take away from my enjoyment of the tea. I’d strongly recommend giving it a try if you’re fond of creamy and or roasted oolongs.

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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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