505 Tasting Notes

78

OMGsrsly generously sent me a sample of this fruity herbal. I was curious about this one when the group visited Bayswater, but was too chicken to buy some at the time. Now that I’m into iced teas I’m even more grateful for the chance to try this, as it makes an awesome cold steep.

The flavours are predominantly citrus and cranberry with a tiny amount of cayenne pepper that is not always present. The overall effect makes a tart, sweet, and refreshing cup.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Pepper

Preparation
Iced

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Taken with milk.

I went in skeptical, but I’m pleasantly surprised by this tea. The base and flavours aren’t fancy or deep, but that doesn’t stop it from being a lot of fun. Blue raspberries, cotton candy, blackberry danishes, and bubblegum ice cream are all good things in my book. So are blackberries. I could drink so much of this tea, all the time..

It tastes like the colour blue.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cotton Candy, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Haha. I am nearly finished my 6 oz tin of this! :O So I’m ready to back away for a little, but it is good, especially for an Adagio tea.

CrowKettle

A 6oz tin! Fair enough. That’s a lot of one thing, even if you like it.

I think I’ll eventually pick up more of this one when I drink up the rest of my samples (or when season 8 starts). I wish they had an amount between “sample” and “4oz pouches” though.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hear you! At least you get the extra oz, but.. yeah… it’s so much! I was very generous with mine but I’ll be happy to finish that one. It’s my oldest tea at 14 months old! :O (Y’know what? I’m going to finish it RIGHT NOW!)

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If there were dragons on every chai tin I’d probably drink more chai.

Based on the pungent aroma of the dry leaf, I was expecting this one to brew up stronger than it did. The cinnamon and cloves were definitely present, but there was equal weight given to this caramel-like flavour. The aroma of the liquor is swelling with caramel and vanilla notes, and I wish that was developed more in the flavour profile.

Still, this wasn’t a terrible dessert chai; I thought I would like it less than I did. Maybe I can draw out some of my favourite aspects more if I tweak the parameters .

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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80

Cinnamon and sugar easily come through at all corners of this tea, but the gooey oatmeal requires care to coax it out. When I made the first cup I could actually fool myself into believing I was eating a raisin oatmeal cookie, whereas my subsequent sessions tasted a little on the burnt side.

Today I didn’t quite achieve the full glory of the oatmeal cookie. However, oatmeal does pop up a little in the finish and aftertaste so I didn’t completely mess it up. A little bit of cookie is better than no cookie.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Malt, Oats, Raisins, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I found that my sample was very close to oatmeal raisin cookie in liquid form. I’m hoping my order repeats that.

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82
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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The other day I succumbed and bought a tin of this tea and a giant pitcher at David’s. Now my days are filled with cups and cups of fruity iced tea. Life is wonderful right now.

4tsp in 44oz glass carafe for 14+ hours.

Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Lime, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 4 tsp 44 OZ / 1301 ML

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82
drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
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I requested this as a sample a long time back, but have continuously put off drinking it. Today felt like a good time to commit to a hardy puerh, as I’m stuck with a stomach ache, and watching such titles as Melancholia and Soylent Green. It’s kind of a depressing compilation for a day’s activities, except for the part where I get to watch movies for homework!

Anyways, I’m really glad this tea turned out to be so tasty and easy to drink! I was worried about the 7 minute steep, but this tea never went to that place of decaying fish-wood. the latter part of the first steep started to acquire a peppery note, but mostly it was mellow, smooth, and maybe a tad creamy. Fingers crossed that the second steep is just as good!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cream, Earth, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML
TheTeaFairy

Melancholia left me speechless and haunted me several days after I saw it…the artistic direction was so beautiful, but it’s so sad…great homework! Soylent green is people!!! lol, couldn’t help it…

I love this mini tuocha, so “fresh” for a shou pu’erh.

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90

I have a hard time telling coconut oolong from different companies apart, but this sample, from OMGsrsly, has a sweetened coconut-cream finish that makes it stand out in my mind.

I did two steeps with the first serving and four plus steeps with the second serving. The flavoring holds up surprisingly well. I might even like the latter steeps better; I’m a sucker for mellow or smooth things.

Right now, I have a giant tin of Zen’s coconut oolong, which is still delicious. However, when I run out, and if I’m in the right area, I might go with this one instead. I just wish Soko did the e-commerce thing.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Sugar

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

This was an iced sample cup at the mall.

I think this may be a possible substitute for Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon. It may not be caffeine-free but it’s easier to get a hold of on my end. To think I wrote this one off years ago when I had just discovered David’s Tea!

Flavors: Cream, Lime, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced

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90

I love how the sweetness oozes out of this one like a sugar or honey crystal. This is easily one of my favourite teas in my cupboard right now.

Life is bittersweet awful at the moment but this tea has a kind of “gentle spirit,” as corny as that may sound. I’m getting rather sappy right now, when I should be getting Orwellian. Oh, well. I may not be at my best but this tea is.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

TheTeaFairy

It’s not corny at all, I totally get it…I hope things get better for you soon.

CrowKettle

Thanks! It’s self-inflicted and only school which means it’s temporary. In the meantime it gives me the opportunity to remember why tea, and the little things, are so wonderful. :)

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95

This is a tea I can really wind down with. It has qualities both from the spa and from Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.

With a big cup of this in my hand I’m too relaxed to stomach watching Nineteen Eighty-Four right now. Is there a “peaceful” apocalyptic/dystopian film that I can watch for this assignment instead?

Edit: I drastically upped the rating on this tea because I realized that I need it like water and tend to drink pots and pots of it when I do convince myself out of hoarding.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Coriander, Orange Zest, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec
Courtney

I’m so excited I got some of this added into my order last minute. I hope you manage your film!

Cavocorax

This is as peaceful as I could come up with for apocalyptic films: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0156729/ I loved The Road, 28 Days Later and Children of Men, but those are not peaceful…

CrowKettle

Thanks Courtney and Cavo! I’m watching Children of Men later tonight, to see if I want to do my assignment on it instead. 28 Days Later is also an option I’m given, but not The Road, which I want to see anyways.. I can’t believe how many iconic movies I haven’t watched!

yyz

Blade Runner, not exactly peaceful, but not incredibly violent either, at least it’s pretty stylish for its time. City TV used to always play it as the first movie of the new year when I was a child.

Terri HarpLady

This is the 2nd blade runner reference I’ve seen today! I actually looked it up on netflix a few hours ago, thinking that it had been awhile since The last time I watched it. I was hoping to stream it, but it’s not available, although I can get the DVD sent out.

Cavocorax

I recommend reading the Road sometime, when you have a chance! The movie was very beautiful and dark and sad, but the book but the book was almost poetic with it’s starkness. I read Children of Men and found the book was actually darker than the film, almost nightmarish. There’s a few scenes from that that have stuck with me years after! Is your course just on film, or are you comparing things to literature? I went through a post-apocalypic/dystopian phase (still am?) so I’m really curious!

CrowKettle

Oh, gosh! Blade Runner is one of the few films I’ve actually seen, but it’s a favourite. I was actually thinking about it, how I wish it was on the list, before I posted. :)

CrowKettle

It’s “Apocalypse in Film”, offered by the History of Art department, but a good portion of the films that I can look at appear to be based on literature. I’ve always enjoyed apocalypse/dystopia/dying earth too, despite not having read or watched the majority of the staple novels and films. That’s one of the reason why I’m taking this class, and happy to get suggestions!

gmathis

Curious—especially since I work with kids heading to middle school, and this genre is hot with them right now—what do you think makes the dystopian genre so appealing? (I’m an old fud who prefers gentle fiction, happy endings, and mysteries with all the knots tied up at the end :)

OMGsrsly

Me too, gmathis! :) I used to read a lot more of this kind of thing when I was a teenager, but things stick and I get nightmares, so I’ve phased them out. I might have to watch Blade Runner again, though!

Cavocorax

That sounds like an interesting course! I love it!
And I’m not sure why the genre is so popular. I guess it’s better than just vmapire/horror fic? I see dystopian as the dark side of sci-fi, so at least you can learn from it – i.e., this is what not to do.

Also I think teenagers feel powerless in some situations, so they can empathize with some of these repressed characters? I read some of it, but if it’s too much I switch over to fluffy fic immediately.

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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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