6106 Tasting Notes

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drank Fruits of Paradise by DAVIDsTEA
6106 tasting notes

(DavidsTea already recorded)

Still good despite its age! Just a touch on the soapy side, but otherwise really deliciously fruity, coconut/pineapple/tropical.

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84

One cup of this left now… it hasn’t aged super well, or maybe the pu’erh is just coming out more – it was a bit too earthy for my tastes. Still a really inventive combo!

tea-sipper

Oh this was always one of my FAVES. I have a couple cups left too. I’m glad you have some lingering around too!

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68
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 126/365!

Eggnog latte sipdown; it was satisfying and less spicy this way.

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67
drank Spiced Orappangele by 52teas
6106 tasting notes

Review for the Anne reblend (Jan 2020?)

Unfortunately, oversteeped this and it wasn’t great. Couldn’t really pick up much fruity flavour, and the base was of course bitter and astringent due to the oversteeping. If I recall correctly, though, I wasn’t a big fan the first time either.

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78
drank Cookie Dough Chai by 52teas
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This was nice! A very light chai, heavy on chocolate courtesy of cacao shells. I expected it to taste a bit more like raw cookie dough, and possible be a bit spicier, but I think I’m happy with it as is. An easy-drinking chai that doesn’t need to be latteed (although it’s probably good that way).

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Another one from the 2018 12 teas of Christmas. Unfortunately, I reaaallly oversteeped it so if there was any chestnut/praline it wasn’t detectable :(

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76
drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
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From the 2018 12 teas of Christmas (when inventorying, these all got collected together, so I’ve revisited a bunch!) Not a lot of spicing left, but the base remained delicious, so it was a tasty cup.

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90
drank Coconut Lime Snowballs by 52teas
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This tea is really good! A nice fluffy, coconutty lime, with a nice base. The resteep wasn’t great but it was also a day later, and greens don’t always last (and, my cold was setting in by then). Really like this one… maybe I’ll pick up another.

Crowkettle

This one seriously tests my New Year imposed tea-buying hiatus.. I wasn’t expecting my weakness, lime flavour, to strike me in the winter lol.

Kittenna

Hahahaha. Yeah, I wasn’t really trying to not order more stuff as well, but unless this sells out before I get to it…

52Teas

Only a few taster pouches of this one left. :)

Crowkettle

I’m being so good still.. (lime AND coconut.together) D:

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89

From the 2018 12 teas of Christmas! I have two packets of this, and this one actually had a bit of caramelly flavour. I see I really liked it 3 years ago; wouldn’t say the same now but it was pleasant enough.

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87
drank Bread Pudding by 52teas
6106 tasting notes

Not that old of a tea, but the flavour is waning a bit. It tasted somewhat like raisins, with a nice oolong base. Still enjoyed it, for sure.

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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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