6107 Tasting Notes

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! One of many.

Still good; had some with eggnog recently and it really brought me back. Sadly, out of eggnog now :(

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79

This was a random pull from my 52teas pile, and it hit the spot. I would prefer it without the rooibos, but the flavour combo here is just perfect for calming down in the evening. It reminds me a lot of… one of my favourite white teas with lavender/lemon… name totally escaping me.

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79

Review for the 2015 blending (I think this is also in the advent this year? Exciting!)

Rich, tasty tea, but I did want more cranberry. Will see if it’s comparable or better for 2024!

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76

I go back and forth with this one, but the cup I had yesterday was perfect. Rich base, chocolate, just a smidge of mint. It was literally like a single peppermint marshmallow melting into rich, unsweetened hot chocolate. Delightful.

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drank Chai Bag Ginger by Lupicia
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My recollection here was ginger (not too surprising), but not as much other spicing as I wanted. Granted, it’s old, so it gets a pass. It wasn’t bad though.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Teabag from the book of tea… from many years ago. I don’t have a clear recollection of it anymore, but definitely prefer the cream versions in general.

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95

Sipdown! This tea was amazing. Literally tasted like a fruity caramel candy, but with enough delicate white tea base to still feel like tea. Loved every cup of it, even though the tea is probably getting close to 10 years old now.

Dustin

Impressive that it held it’s flavor for so long!

gmathis

Indeed. I’ve had unflavored teas that held up that long, but pantry longevity isn’t common for fruits, nuts, and flavoring.

tea-sipper

Wow, I don’t even remember this one.

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73
drank Tea and Scones by 52teas
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Sipdown! (of the Aug 2018 blend)

Waited too long to write this and forget everything, except that I know this tea ended up growing on me enough that I’d probably get it again. If I recall correctly, grapey/raisin was the only note I really got here, but it was nice when that did happen.

An aside, so enjoying all the advent reviews this year! With two little kids and a hopping, stressful job, I don’t have much time for anything this year but am looking forward to my 52teas advent calendar whenever I have enough ordered to get it shipped! :D

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77
drank Sweet Tart by DAVIDsTEA
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Lots left; still one of my summertime favourites for iced tea, with a really nice cherry punch and good level of tart/sweet.

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75
drank Kiwi Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Made the last of it into iced tea. Never really got anything particularly kiwi-y from it, just kind of a mild lemonade. It was okay, but nothing special.

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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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