95 Tasting Notes

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So I’ve never really had just a straight, white tea before! I’ve had a few different flavoured varieties but never just the tea on its own. I probably never would have tried this tea if left to my own devices, but last night I was invited to a little seminar at the David’s Tea near my house. We tasted different teas, and talked about the benefits of tea and how different kinds are processed and blended. I really enjoyed it!

And I really enjoyed this tea! It has a sweet grassy taste—but it isn’t a bad thing! If you’ve ever had one of Jelly Belly’s Bertie Botts grass flavoured beans, you’ll know what I mean when I say it isn’t a bad taste. It reminds me a bit of honeysuckle, or clover and doesn’t need sweetener at all to be incredibly pleasant to drink!

For real. I left David’s Tea with a tin of it immediately after the tasting!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

I’ve been looking for a good white tea to try. So I’ll give this a shot when I go through my stash of Spring White Pearls.

Beckara

I was actually surprised. With white tea I was always a little bit like “Man, it’s so expensive! It can’t be THAT good…OMG IT IS!”

Michelle Butler Hallett

I love a good white tea. Cheap white tea, like Celestial Seasonings — don’t bother.

Oh, silver needles — I could write poetry about that one.

Stash carry a white Darjeeling. Ah-maz-ing.

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Delicious!

This tea is light, flowery, and almost…peach-tasting! I sweetened it slightly, and I very impressed with it! I probably shouldn’t be drinking black tea at this time of night, but no matter! It’s light fruitiness makes it SEEM like something herbal, so I can pretend I’m not doing something I’m going to regret when, in a few hours, I can’t sleep.

It reminds me a little bit of Lipton’s White Tea with Mango and Peach, actually! Only, you know, 100x better, and with a lighter taste. You really can taste the flowers!

Defiantly one of my new favorites.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Thanks for posting this — I’ve alsmot ordered Three Wishes three times now. I’ll definitely add it to my next David’s order.

Beckara

Definitely worth it. I have a little line up of teas now, to help get me through NaNoWriMo and it is part of the team. :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Go, girl! The Chai Guarana will help fer sher. Don’t despise the David’s Organic Breakfast, either.

Beckara

I love the Organic Breakfast! I really like just good ole black teas, and I’m going to need them to reach my word count goals! lol.

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Not nearly as earthy as I expected it to be! It has a taste similar to a green tea than what I consider to be a typical pu’erh. Quite nice, and I want to try a few other teas from this shop in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

I drank this tea yesterday and then steeped the leaves again this morning! This tea has a spicy taste that lingers and I quite enjoy it. It’s a pretty basically chai, otherwise, but great to drink it the morning to really jump start the day!

(Especially after being out until the wee hours of the morning at a party, if you catch my drift.)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

This sounds really good, I may just have to try some of this soon!

Beckara

Yes do! It’s my favorite black tea Chai from David’s, certainly!

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s a good one. I find it has a thin body, but it’s quite tasty.

Beckara

As far as chai is concerned, this one has more to it than David’s ‘pure chai’ but isn’t as flavourful or amazing as the Chai Rooibos (which is amazing). To be honest, I drink this tea for the kick, more than anything.

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drank Earl Grey Classic by Ariel Tea
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This is a satisfying black tea, but not a satisfying Earl Grey. It lacks the necessary bergamot kick. In fact, I can’t taste it at all…and I am a bergamot addict. I would suck bergamot oil from a dirty sock.

However! This tea wins back my heart just for being such a smooth tasty black tea. I recommend it highly as a breakfast/daily/morning/basic black because it’s incredibly easy to drink.

So, though I normally rank disappointing Earl Greys quite low, I find this one has a charm to it on its own merits.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

“I would suck bergamot oil from a dirty sock.” LOL

cody

Yeah, that made me both cringe and smile. Haha.

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Preparation
8 min or more

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This tea is HARDCORE!

I’m addicted to Bergamot! My favorite tea is probably Earl Grey, and in a few of my reviews I have complained when certain blends of Earl Grey pussy out on the Bergamot content. This tea makes up for all of that!

It’s pretty much the only tea I keep in my desk at work now. It’s delicious, has a nice strong flavour and it really helps me get through the good ole’ nine-to-fiver.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Total bergamot rush, hey? The first time I drank this, it almost knocked me over.

Beckara

Haha, I know! I love it. You were totally right about this tea. Can’t really taste the black tea in it at all, but whatever. The more bergamot the happier I am.

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Well, my first encounter with smoky tea, was Mr. Morgan’s tea (http://steepster.com/teas/the-pierpoint-morgan-library/15626-mr-morgans-tea) and if you take a look at my review, you’ll know that it wasn’t a good one.

I went to David’s Tea to talk to one of the girls about Mr. Morgan’s tea and the fact it smelled like cigars and she suggested I try this one. So, although I was a bit worried that I just didn’t have a thing for this kind of tea, I thought I’d give it a shot.

It’s definitely different! If you like smoky teas I recommend it. I let it steep for quite a while (totally forgot about it) but the tea didn’t become too bitter or strong! The flavour lasts though, and the smell reminds me of a fireplace—which makes me feel warmer!

A good thing since I’m about to start facing down a Canadian winter!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Dorothy

Absolutely a great tea to have around for the Canadian winter. :D

Michelle Butler Hallett

Must try, but I have about 200g of a favoured lapsang souchong already on hand. A good lapsang is incredible.

Beckara

It feels like a tea that I would be terrified to mess up if I was making it. One false move and you’ve made ashtray water!

Michelle Butler Hallett

And God help you if the tea is inferior. I once bought a box of Taylors of Harrogate’s lapsang souchong teabags … euh. Like drinking out of an ashtray. Especially disappointing as I’d just convinced a relucant friend to try lapsang souchong, and that was her introduction. ToH’s loose lapsang has never let me down, though. My current stash comes from that local teashop I keep mentioning, Britannia Teas on Water Street, St John’s. If you’re ever in St John’s, get yourself to Britannia.

Beckara

Now I have to come up with an excuse to go to St John’s. I’ve actually never been! My family hails from North Sydney, so I’ve been there, and Halifax but never made the trip to Nfld. I want to.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Smells a bit like an Airwick ‘Apple Cinnamon’ air freshener, and I’m not sure that’s something I like in a tea. One of Zhena’s other rooibos teas was actually my first experience with red tea ever (And it was not a good one) so I was a little skeptical about giving this one a shot—but I’m glad I did.

I nice light, sweet taste! Reminds me of a nice hot apple cider! It’s a delicious herbal tea to unwind with while watching Hoarders on A&E! (which is my monday night ritual, do not judge me).

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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I’m a twenty-something who attends Concordia University studying English Lit and Irish Studies. I also work at an online store that sells party supplies and costumes! My life is literally a party everyday!

Besides my work/school I’m also a comic book lover. I love attending conventions and have, in the past, done so in costume! (In 2009 it was Sally Jupiter). I also co-author a web comic called Abe and Kroenen and plan on being the author for a couple more upcoming projects. You can check those all out on my website/blog if you’re interested!

Now! About tea!

Formerly an avid coffee drinker I realised that 1. I didn’t really like the taste and 2. I really wasn’t ever getting enough sleep. The switch to tea was, at first, a painful one as extensively my knowledge of tea reached only so far as what was available at Tim Hortons and what my grandmothers kept in their cupboards.

I had a roommate, however, that never drank coffee—and slowly but surely I found myself converted. Then, just last summer, I stumbled upon DavidsTea and my life was changed forever.

Besides David’s, I also visit Teaopia whenever I’m back in Ontario, I’ve recently uncovered Camellia Sinensis in Montreal and new place that I’m yet to try—Milly’s Boutique!

I’m also a strong believer in Twinings and The Stash Company, and I’ve recently ordered some teas from 52teas, The Republic of Tea and Andrews & Dunham and I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival!

P.S. I love to write, and I love tea so expect me to chatter about in my reviews quite a bit!

Current Favorite Teas:
Cocoa Paradiso by David’s Tea
Coco Chai Rooibos by David’s Tea
Lady Grey by Twinings
Rooibos Chai Organic by Camellia Sinensis

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