1271 Tasting Notes

The people who review this tea and say it tastes good baffle me. My only theory is either they drank a different tea than me or they have no taste buds. Even when you brew it as suggested it’s pretty bad. The way I brewed it tonight it was terrible but hopefully very strong. I need some sleep and I am hoping this helps. I put 6 tsp of leaf in a glass kettle, added 7 tsp of valerian root and boiled it for eight minutes. Boiling extracts the valerian better. It tastes absolutely terrible even with added sweetener. I would give it a 1 in rating but that is too high for the taste of the stuff. But if I sleep tonight it will rate a 100.

AllanK

I forgot I added six eye droppers full of valeriain extract.

tigress_al

I hope you get some sleep!

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82

Just a quick note on this. This is still good and I think the fermentation taste has mellowed a bit in my storage. I like this tea a lot and I might buy the cake now that it is out.

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80

Made this iced today. Cold brewed it overnight in the fridge. It is pretty good. It’s got a nice sweet and sour note going on. This is definitely a tea for making iced. The raspberry provides a sweet note and the lime seems to give a sour taste. I like this.

Brewed this over night in a 68oz Iced Tea Jug with 8 tsp leaf.

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML

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88

This was a nice shou. I agree with the statement camphor and dark cocoa to this tea. There was also a spicy note under the tongue. And there was a sweet note too but the camphor was the strongest note. This was actually good as I have come to not mind camphor and somewhat like it. At one point I couldn’t stand a tea with notes of camphor. There was also a fair amount of fermentation flavor that I noticed for four or five steeps.

I brewed this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 11g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea is still quite dark at twelve steeps. I’m sure this would go at least four or five more steeps if I hadn’t hit my caffeine limit. This is definitely a long lasting shou puerh tea.

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 11 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
JC

This sounds nice to buy for the next winter. I like those cocoa notes and camphor combined.

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1271 tasting notes

Cold brewed this last night. It is really good iced. It is sweet from the dragonfruit and it is somewhat tart as well. I of course added sugar to this although it probably didn’t need it but I like iced tea sweet. This is just really refreshing.

I brewed it overnight in a 64oz Iced Tea Maker with 8 tsp leaf.

Flavors: Fruity, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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80

This is an interesting tea. Some of the steeps were quite tasty. The first couple of steeps were quite sweet before the tea really opened up. Then I got a bit of a strange flavor note that was a cross between roasted chestnuts and a medicinal flavor. This lasted about two steeps. Then it returned to more of a sweet note. I ate an apricot before drinking this for comparison purpose. After all, how many times do we say sheng tastes like apricots. And while this tea was certainly not as sweet as an apricot, I think it did develop a note similar to that. Just some small evidence in my book that the use of the term apricot to describe sheng is reasonable sometimes. I only steeped this eight times because my insomnia has been acting up lately and I didn’t want any more caffeine.

I steeped this eight times in a 150ml gaiwan with 7.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The strange flavor note this tea had will keep me from recommending it but soome people would definitely like this tea. The note wasn’t really bad tasting, just very odd.

Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1271 tasting notes

The main ingredient in this is apparently something called apple mint. It has a bit of an odd taste compared to the peppermint I’m used to drinking. But I figured I sample this and figure out if it does what they claim. I have only started drinking my cup so that is yet to be determined.

I’ll go back and give this a number if it works for my stomach.

I brewed 3 tsp of leaf in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 200 degree water for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Raspberry Jam (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1271 tasting notes

This is another that I bought to cold brew as an iced tea. Drinking it hot today. It is really sweet. So sweet I am regretting adding sugar to it. Had I tasted it before adding sugar I probably wouldn’t have. It’s hard to say what notes I am tasting. The raspberry for sure, and I think the chamomile too. This is too sweet for my tastes. I never thought I would say that about a tea but I guess there is a first for everything.

I brewed 3 tsp leaf in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 200 degree water for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Arby Robilliard

I always found this blend slightly sour and not at all sweet. It sounds like we tried very different batches.

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
1271 tasting notes

This is a relatively nice herbal that I actually bought to make iced. Brewed it hot today though. It is relatively tasty. There is the flavor of the strawberry and what I believe to be coconut. It also comes off as a little artificial. I will have to cold brew it overnight and see how it is iced.

I brewed 4 tsp leaf in a 24oz cast iron teapot with 200 degree water for 5 minutes.

Flavors: Coconut, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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