5174 Tasting Notes

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
5174 tasting notes

Past sipdown – of the sample packet of this that Roswell Strange sent me so long ago (thank you!) I had just loved the sweet, gooey, marshmallow cinnamon flavours of this blend and now have many, many more packets to drink.

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95

Past sipdown – this was delicious. I just love the honeyed notes in the mi xiang teas.

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85
drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
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Past sipdown – I think? Or maybe I have multiple packages of this…

Either way, I really liked this tea, and I’m sad to see it gone. Hopefully I have more. Just really loved the blueberry coconut combo and the base, though it could maybe have been a bit smoother, was pretty flavourful too.

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90
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
5174 tasting notes

Past sipdown – nice to finish off one small tin of this! Not a mint fan yet like this tea for whatever reason.

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drank Anxi Rou Gui by Verdant Tea
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2021 Sipdown 80/365!

Sadly, I don’t remember this one anymore, but I’m sure it was good. I didn’t drink it that long ago, it has just fully escaped my memory. :(

This was a 5g sample pack from the Autumn 2018 harvest.

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87

2021 Sipdown 79/365!

Note for the Anne version of this tea.

This doesn’t have that cotton candy/sweet strawberry essence that I remember so fondly from the original version, but I still like it. This is only one sipdown of many packets of this, which I will undoubtedly enjoy for years to come (hahaha).

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78

2021 Sipdown 78/365!

Rich and chocolatey with some nice nuttiness is my main memory of this tea. I did end up ultimately rather enjoying it!

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78

2021 Sipdown 77/365!

Apparently haven’t written a note for this before, but I remember it being toasty/nutty and quite tasty. One of the better traditional TGY’s I’ve had; I generally like them but don’t always love them, but this was a favourite.

This was from one of the sub boxes, waaay back.

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94

2021 Sipdown 76/365!

This was a really tasty tea; I enjoyed every cup of it. Definitely one I’d pick up again at some point. Smooth, rich, chocolatey; a very pleasant and flavourful cup.

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74

Hah, this is better with milk and maple syrup. I had it straight and it’s just a bit too dry and smoky for me that way.

Lexie Aleah

Adding maple syrup to smoky teas is the best!

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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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