701 Tasting Notes

drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

Smells pretty good both dry and steeped. Pineapple, peach, and mango yum.

Pretty good taste, very smooth. I could imagine it better iced.

Update: Yep! Enjoying it more and more as it cools.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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This one has a bit of a bizarre smell. Not bad, just bizarre. Like the oolong and vanilla are battling for first place. Comes off kind of yogurt-y. Maybe? Hard to say.

It’s yummier than the other flavoured oolongs I’ve tried but I’m still preferring the Tung Ting Vietman unflavoured I had.

Almost like a plain oolong with a hint of vanilla at the end of the sip.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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This one smells good dry but delicious steeped. Like banana ice cream (except warm).

This one’s alright, I may have steeped it too long because I’m getting a hint of bitterness (although I steeped for 4 mins and the package says 5-7 mins). I’ll finish the sample for sure but I don’t think I’ll pick this one up again.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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So I’ve tried 4-5 oolongs now from DavidsTea. All of them flavoured of some sort. And I didn’t enjoy any of them. Agh frustration. So tonight on my trip to DavidsTea I picked up this one to determine if it was the flavours OR the actual underlying oolong tea I wasn’t loving. So here goes.

YES! This one I’m enjoying. It’s certainly got a distinct taste, but I am liking that. PHEW. I was worried there for a moment it was the oolong. And I bought 2 more flavoured oolongs tonight as well (Vanilla Orchid and Happy Kombucha) so perhaps I will enjoy those. Or perhaps for me it will be unflavoured oolongs. I’ll keep you posted.

2nd steep just as delish :)

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I have this one too! Can’t wait to try it. I’ve definitely developed a taste for oolongs, although I just brew it western style.

Hope you enjoy the others.

Courtney

What’s considered western style brewing? I definitely recommend it!

Cavocorax

Western style is steeping oolong for several minutes, as opposed to steeping it gong fu style where you don’t for 30s, then 40s, then 50s, etc. I haven’t done it but apparently each infusion tastes subtly different.

Cavocorax

*do it, not don’t.

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drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
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Guess floral teas just aren’t for me because this one’s still too floral. Oh darn. A nice smooth tea overall.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Don’t fix what ain’t broke right? Enough taste testing for tonight. English Breakfast ftw.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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Eh. Another letdown today. This one isn’t as offensive as Midsummer Night’s Dream or Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait but also not something I’ll keep around. Perhaps my fiance will enjoy this one. I bought it with him in mind anyway :)

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Hm the scent of this on both dry and steeped makes me think of a carbonated grapefruit beverage.

2 for 2 today. Geez. See what happens when I have to wake up at the crack of dawn and miss my morning tea? Bad choices.

If anyone’s interested in the rest of my 12g sample I picked up, you’re welcome to it.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Along with Rose Congou Green, Chocolate Chili Chai, Organic Kanpe Tea, and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.

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This one smells pretty yummy but I believe the hibiscus I’m smelling is tarnishing the actual strawberry rhubarb scent. But it steeps a really pretty red/purple colour!

This is my first cup of tea today because I had to leave at the crack of dawn this morning and chose sleep over my morning cup of English Breakfast :( With any luck this will make it all better. All the employees at my store are always raving about this one. Oh and of course I also picked up Green Seduction and Midsummer Night’s Dream to try.

Well all I’m getting is hibiscus. Perhaps I steeped too long? Bleh.

If anyone likes this one I’ve got ~20g left :)

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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And the readings have begun. Oh studying. Thought I’d see if this minty blend would keep me awake long enough to finish this chapter.

Mm I’m tasting mint and lemon and something else I’m not familiar with. This one’s pretty yummy but I’d have to be in the mood for minty to have it.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I love this one to help shut my brain off before I go to bed… I’m not normally into chamomile but this is forgivable.

Courtney

Hah yes the more I have the more I feel it may shut my brain off rather than back on for my last few pages of reading here.

Cavocorax

:p Good luck! It’s a good one the night before a test when you need to just chill out.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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