241 Tasting Notes
Day 81 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.
The tea has a nice full-bodied flavour to it, flowery with a bit of smoke. Probably one of my favourite straight blacks so far!
My mark for a good black tea is something that I can — and want to — drink with or without milk and sweetener. And this fits the bill. I tried it first plain, and had the rest of my first steep (which had by that time slightly oversteeped with milk and honey). It tasted wonderful both ways. The resteep wasn’t bad either. :)
Day 80 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge, and my 100th tea note on Steepster. (Wow!)
10g of this dumped into my Chinese teapot, which is approximately a 4-cupper.
This has a lovely flavour to it. It has a subtle flavou to it that really highlights the rice as well as the tea itself. I found it very relaxing to drink, which is always wonderful. Resteep was lighter on flavour, but not to the point where it wasn’t worth the resteep.
As the tea continued to steep both times, the flavour did intensify. I found that it got slightly bitter as it cooled as well (poured from the pot), but not to the point of it being off-putting.
I’ve had some genmaicha from another company in my cupboard for quite some time, and I think I’ve been brewing it wrong, after making this. I’m certainly going to want to try that as well, making sure it’s done properly to see if it will be just as good and relaxing as this was.
Adding a second note because I had a note done for this right when I drank it, but I forgot to post it. Aaargh!
Advent calendar sample dumped in my 2-cupper. Waited a day to post this because I wanted to have it resteeped before I made my final decision….
Sunday was a day of heavy meals, and so it seemed appropriate to have this, which has a lot of digestive aids.
…unfortunately, without any label quite on my little sample and separated from the advent calendar itself, I seem to have mistaken it for an herbal tea. Oh well…
First cup was wonderful – it tasted… kind of herb-y and citrus-y. I think the oolong flavour was coming out as well, and this was confusing me a bit – the first hint that I wasn’t dealing with an herbal tea after all. Second cup, which had been brewing longer, was quite bitter (oops! That’s my fault, so I’m not blaming the tea for that), but still drinkable at least.
Thank goodness DAVIDs usually labels their teas quite clearly – it makes it harder to make mistakes like this. Still, a nice tea, and certainly did help settle my stomach after too much heavy food for one day.
Day 65 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge. More backlog catchup!!
I found that this had a… rounder, sweeter flavour than the mint did. In something like chewing gum, I might prefer it. However, in tea, I much prefer the straightforwardness of the regular mint.
I oversteeped it the first time, which brought this out more. However, I still got it a second time around (new leaves) with a much shorter steep, though to a lesser extent. Short steeps help, but I still prefer the peppermint amour.
My mom loves mojito and mint teas, and she likes both of these as well. I’m slowly beginning to understand her tea preferences, even if my own seem much broader! (My tea selection has long-surpassed hers to the point that I’m storing most of it in my room to not clog the kitchen. …eep?)
Day 79 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.
2.5tsp in my two cupper.
It smells SO FANTASTIC — like a spice cake. And this comes out a bit in the taste a bit as well. Buuut…. it oversteeps easily, and doesn’t resteep well.
I think that it would’ve tasted great if I’d had the first cup with milk in it — it was a little strong on its own, but it was too strong for the milk the second time. I’m going to have to try it again — perhaps as a milk tea and see how it tastes that way. I think it would be much improved.
Day 74 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge. Catching up on the backlog once again!
Dumped the advent tin into my two-cupper.
So I totally mistook this as an herbal tea when I first brewed it. Which would be why I dumped it all in, and brewed it for quite as long as I did. Which, as it turns out, isn’t far from how it should be steeped. It was quite nice for the first cup, but the second cup was all bitter and… well, I figured out what I did wrong. The resteep agreed with the first cup on the true, nicer flavour of the tea.
It has a nice citrus tang to it from the orange. I could taste the tea in it, which I think confused me because I wasn’t quite sure what it was, having convinced myself it was, in fact, an herbal tea.
I’d like to try this again now that I understand the nature of the tea. I’ll have to get some and try it out again sometime soon.
I will say, though, having been subject to a church potluck and then Sunday dinner, this tea did its job as a good digestive aid! Probably worth it for this benifit alone!
Day 75(!!!) of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge. Catching up on the backlog once more.
The mix of chocolate, roses, and strawberries is certainly romantic in concept, and makes for an interesting (and tasty) tea.
I find this tea tastes best with milk. On its own, it seems too strong, and not exactly balanced. Milk adds a richness to it that makes everything come together perfectly. I would love to try this brewed as a milk tea and see if it’s as wonderful that way as I imagine, from what I know of it, that it would.
Day 76 of my 101 days of tea. (Catching up on the backlog again)
1tbsp of this in 4 cups of water. For Valentine’s Day.
Wow this tea steeps fast!
It says 30 seconds to a minute, and that’s really all it needs. It was nice and soothing, with a hint of that cool minty aftertaste. Very nice, even with the extremely short steep. I prefered this a LOT over the spearmint — and it’s less expensive. Win-win!
This is coming from someone who’s never been a mint tea fan… and I quite enjoyed this. Definitely going to need to stock up on this!
Day 77 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge. (Catching up on the backlog again!)
Dumped what I had of this (16g) in a good-sized teapot, in celebration of Flag Day (Febrary 15th, for all us Canadians!!)
I found the flavour combination of this a little odd. Nothing was bad about it, but the flavours didn’t seem to meld together as I would have liked them to. I suppose the minty and fruity flavours just didn’t…. coalesce as they should have for an optimal combination. I’d like to see if another tea can make the combination of fruity and minty work better.
Day 78 (yesterday’s) of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge!
Bought a cuppa in store.
I found it a little strong the first time, though I might have oversteeped it a little. The second and third steeps were much better — lighter, but still very good. It has a strong fruity flavour to it, which I honestly mistook as pineapple before learning it was blueberry and pomegranite. I suppose I need to work on my fruit-identification skills!!
Not bad, in all. Not my overall favourite ever, though, either.