489 Tasting Notes

68

This sample was from a swap with Cavocorax. This is only my second time trying Darjeeling but I think I may like this stuff a lot.

The dry leaves smelled of honey and malt, and the cup tastes of smooth, bright honey, malt, and “summer woods”. I ate some Greek honey yogurt right before drinking the tea, so the honey may be enhanced and the briskness toned down to an afterthought in this particular cup. Or maybe the tea is enhancing the honey from the yogurt. Either way, creamy yogurt and this cup seem to be good companions.

Darjeeling usually smells a little of hay to me, in all the times I’ve sniffed the stuff in stores, but today it’s not that strong in this one. It’s still there but not blatantly obvious. Maybe that’s the yogurt again. Super tasty stuff, anyways.

side note: The David’s Tea sample packet that the tea was in said to steep this for five minutes but I’m too much of a weakling for that and steeped it a minute under. I also dumped the whole packet into a 24oz pot and filled it right to the top. Messy, imprecise prep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Saddest sipdown in the history of sipdowns, baring those sipdowns that involve delicious limited edition teas (see Kittenna’s Cashew Turtle note for the saddest sipdown). I have nothing else to add about this sweet green oolong but I don’t think it deserves to go down quietly, or with less than six steeps.

I’ll be back for you. Someday. (cue lyrically over-dramatic Beatles music)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9hO25z1Fu8

Kittenna

Ahaha, I think I said pretty much the exact same first line when I finished off my package of Cashew Turtle the other day. I still have some of this one :D

CrowKettle

Ha, you’re right! I think a more direct reference is in order since your Cashew Turtle note is clearly “the saddest sipdown in history of sipdowns.” I hope I get the chance to try that blend one day. :)

Cavocorax

I have some of this, but after a few sips I’ve been hoarding the rest.

Sorry for your sipdown. :P

Kittenna

Ehhehehe, great edit :P

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55

This tea is stuck in some bizarre liminal, separated state; it’s not a full chai but isn’t 100% green oolong either. Both of these things are delicious separately (for me) but I can’t help but think they sell each other short when together, although this may be a more successful oolong then it is a chai.

The chai component, which is very similar to David’s Saigon Chai, may have worked better if this was a darker, roasted oolong. As it is the floral, buttery jade tie guan yin is too light to add milk, which for me is a key factor when drinking chai. The flavour is that of a cardamom and cinnamon sweetened green oolong, with a good dose of stevia, and a smidgen of peppercorn.

It’s a bit watery, and the flavours do not taste as if they always mingle, but it can also be a nice cuppa buttery spices. My main issue with this one is I really don’t like stevia. I didn’t like it in banana oolong and don’t care for it here. Freeze-dried bananas and cardamom have enough sweetness to them for me. I wish David’s Tea gave you the option to add stevia instead of assuming everyone wants a sweetener boost and dumping it right in the dry blend.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ugh, did not like this one. Bleh.

CrowKettle

I’d say it has great room for improvement. Finishing 18g of this is a chore.

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60

The aroma of the dry leaves reminded my roommate and I of those Flintstones vitamins but the liquor is more akin to juice or even a cheap berry jam pastry.

The flavour is sour-sweet blackberry and hibiscus, with a sweet smoothness near the finish. I don’t get as much strawberry. This isn’t that bad! The hibiscus is used in the right quantity to give it a slightly under-ripe berry flavour. The usually fishy and dark David’s Tea puerh is almost absent here. I would complain about not tasting much of the base but after Aloha Puerh… Maybe this isn’t something I would keep around but it’s near perfect for the warmer season ahead.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
489 tasting notes

My roommate said this tasted like the Indonesian medicine she had as a kid.

I thought it was ok if I didn’t breath through my nose. It has the puerh trademark fishiness, although it isn’t as heavy as I’ve experienced elsewhere. In theory I should love this; it has a candied tropical fruit flavour and a creamy, white chocolate body. It doesn’t work for me however, and it’s not because I dislike puerh (it’s great every once in a while). This comes off tasting a little medicinal, a little artificial, and very off.

Eh, it does succeed in reminding me of Hawaii- fruit, cream, Kona coffee, fish, and all, but I don’t know if this is the right combination of it. Maybe this would be better on its second steep but I don’t really want to find out.

Edit: I like this a bit more cooled down. It’s creamy on its own but it might be ok with milk or as an iced smoothie/latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

Sure, fish might remind me of Hawaii, but… that doesn’t mean I want to drink it. :P I just don’t know about pu’erh. Besides Cinnamon Heart and the Skinny I haven’t had a lot of luck.

CrowKettle

Yeah, tropical fruit, fish, and chocolate are foods that should never see the light of day together ever again. What twisted madman thought of that flavour combo, anyways? :/ I’ve yet to try Cinnamon Heart but my track record with David’s pu’erh is not great either. I don’t know if it’s the flavoring choices, the kind of pu’erh they use, or both of those things.

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83
drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
489 tasting notes

Sipdown.. I hoarded this bounty of floral coconut goodness as long as I could but it’s time to say good bye, at least for now, and move on to the other teas Cavocorax sent me. I will be ordering more of this!

Cavocorax

Hee! I’ve converted a few people to it!

CrowKettle

You have me totally hooked on this! :) I wish I could say the same about the Cherry Cola but I took one whiff of that and am now scared to steep it..

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80

Sipdown! It can be a nippy little thing, can’t it? A lot of sour sweet lemon, a little bit of spicy sweet cardamon, and a grassy smooth base. I want to have access to a drink like this all the time. I feel that this would be a good late night summer tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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Today has not been the best. The power cut out in the kitchen and bathroom last night in this crummy basement, and my roommate and I don’t have access to the power box. It sucks because I just bought groceries and it doesn’t look like our landlord is going to respond anytime soon (another five days). At least the rent is somewhat cheap, I guess.

I think my roommate and I are going to get a portable gas stove in an attempt to cook our meat, rice, and kimchi before it goes bad. It will be a feast of sorts, which could be fun. The new carton of milk also needs to go- a perfect excuse to have a lot of chai tea (it’s going to be an unhealthy night).

I’m finishing off the rest of this today and I think I will miss it a bit. I started off not liking the samples from 52teas but there is something comforting in all that marshmallow root and flavoring. They’ll forever remind me of Christmas and relaxing, full-power times.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Brutal. I hope your landlord gets back to you soon.

CrowKettle

Me too but her track record isn’t good. I think she only uses the email she gave us when rent is due. Oh, well- we’re out of here after April!

OMGsrsly

Oh goodness. Best of luck!

Kittenna

My landlady is a piece of work too…. I feel your pain :(

Kittenna

Also be careful with the gas stove if using it indoors…!

CrowKettle

Thanks, everyone. We were extra careful with the gas stove and still have the windows open and the mini fan going an our later; it’s way too stuffy in this basement for me to feel comfortable with it.

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75
drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
489 tasting notes

Now this is what I’m talking about! ALL the peppermint! I find the peppermint tisanes I’ve tried have a natural creamy component to them, and this one is no exception. So glad I stumbled upon this tin in the grocery store today. Harney & Sons have very pretty tins and tea bags- I couldn’t resist. I also bought mint leaves. I’m stocked up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Where oh where can one find H&S here?

Sil

In canada?

Fjellrev

Yeah! I’ve never seen it anywhere.

Sil

I have had better luck finding mariage freres and a few others but i did spot a Harney & Sons in Pusateries the other day….ie high end grocery stores. I’ll keep an eye out and let you know. Maybe Kettlecrow can tell us which grocery store in the area had it heh.

Also, though it’s a ways away…if i head to New York I’ll try and let a few canadian tea friends know so they can place a few requests. I don’t mind coming back with a suitcase full of tea. haha

CrowKettle

Have you been to Pepper’s Foods down at Cadboro Bay? They had a small selection by the coffee in the back. Chapters sometimes carries a few boxes too!

Fjellrev

Ohhh, I keep meaning to go to Pepper’s but always put it off. And I never bothered looking at Chapters.

Oh yeah, I can only imagine that TO has more options. Mariage Freres, wow, good luck finding that here, I’m sure.

Sil

if you have a williams sonoma – you have marriage freres. :) We had them in edmonton, so i’m thinking you might have one there, or at least over in vancouver.

Sil

http://www.urbancoasttea.com/ apparently has the sachets and will deliver..didn’t price compare but might be an option lol

Fjellrev

Oh that’s right, Edmonton does have one. Not Victoria though. But now that’s another thing to add on my list when I go home for a visit!

Wow, thanks for the link! I was more curious about where a person could possibly find it in person. I don’t mind ordering directly from them. Just thought the concept of seeing H&S on store shelves here was insane haha.

Sil

yeah. the teas area always in the weird places i find. ie bookstores, high end kitchen stores, high end grocery stores etc. i was totally excited to see the tins of dammann freres lined up here in beijing. that was super cool. :)

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, the tea options there must be amazing!

CrowKettle

Thanks for the link; the shipping isn’t bad either. If I take to this peppermint it’s cheaper to order the loose from that website than pick up another tin.

I think Chapters stocks more of the Ambessa H&S right now, but they switch it up from time to time.

ashmanra

Do you have Barnes and Noble bookstores? They sell it there!

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80
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
489 tasting notes

Oh, man. I’m getting a lot of apple this evening, like apple cider! I don’t know how much I like this when it’s oversteeped. I want more peppermint and less everything else. Maybe I can mix in some Peppermint Amour from David’s Tea.

Or I should revisit Cold 911. I’m in a mint craze right now.

Preparation
Boiling
Fjellrev

Cold 911 has waaay too much eucalyptus in there to consider it a “mint” tea. But I know what you mean. I could really go for some more mint right now too.

CrowKettle

Ah, eucalyptus isn’t going to cut it. I don’t know why I’m craving mint. I regret not buying a fresh packet of leaves at Thrifty’s today.

Fjellrev

At least for me, it’s too heavy on the eucalyptus. Perhaps I’m just sensitive.

CrowKettle

I usually find eucalyptus to be intrusive. My mother used to put eucalyptus oil on all the towels. I only want it when I’m congested now.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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BC, Canada

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