535 Tasting Notes

drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
535 tasting notes

Drinking this is like coming home.. It’s making me feel all sappy and nostalgic. I guess it has been too long. It manages to sucks you in right with the aroma; even apathetic Red Rose Father commented on how “very pleasant” this tea made the room smell. Pumpkin Chai scores yet another point with the crowd!

Steeped in frothy steamed milk, with a bit of cinnamon powder added on top.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Cloves, Pumpkin, Sugar

7 min, 0 sec

Yay! Glad to hear this one didn’t disappoint. I have 100g in free tea to redeem and I think it’s all going there!


I LOVE Pumpkin Chai. I am so excited it is back!


I really like this one too! I wasn’t keen on it last year, but luckily that seems to have been an unfortunate phase. I went in for 15g and somehow came out of the store with 50g, which is probably too little now that I think about it..


Cavo, do you remember the thing about the cardamom spice last year? This year it’s still not listed on the website ingredients but it is mentioned in the write up!


I know 50g was too little for me last year. I’m thinking of at least 100g this time around. I like it straight and it is great as a latte, too.

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I’m finding this tea sinfully easy to drink.. scary, considering how it’s a luxury item in my cupboard. It has a misty autumnal vibe to it, but the eucalyptus and evergreen could be appealing in many scenarios.

With all the sharp, “green” elements, the vanilla is an interesting contrastive choice, but a nice one nonetheless. Whispering Pines seems to make a nice vanilla tea and that goes for this one too.

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Whenere I see this tea listed, Port, i expect it to be Port wine flavoured tea, because come on, that is an awesome concept – sweet grape with many other hints, I already think naturally that often tea reminds me of wine or of wine must. But I confess this blend, while being so different from expected, does sound entriguing!


I thought this would be a wine flavoured tea as well when I saw the name. Instead, it’s more of an earthy yet crisp evergreen laden shore kind of ‘Port.’ Not what I was expecting either!

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Thanks, Amariel, for this smooth and subtle green. This has some really lovely notes of chestnut, coconut, and even some sugar-like sweetness. It’s a nice balance between savory (nutty) and sweet.

I hope I get around to picking up more of this before the new year, or in time for the latest harvest.. maybe as a reward for when I finally finish The Wheel of Time (I’m so close).

Flavors: Chestnut, Coconut, Sugar

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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It’s like buttered and jammed cream scone, without the actual baked scone part if that makes sense. This is probably my favourite out of the Teavivre oolong samples I’ve tried so far.. DaYuLing was good too, though.

Thanks for the lovely sample, Amariel.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Jam

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a very floral and slightly sweet oolong. It’s not as exciting as other floral oolong teas I’ve tried but it’s nice in a simple way. The broth leaves the sensation of a buttery coating on the tongue- that’s something I usually appreciate!

Flavors: Butter, Floral

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Lately it’s been too hot for tea, especially the black tea which seems to have finally completed it’s aggressive conquest of my shelf space. Under an Everest of unopened black and puerh samples I found this stranded oolong- originally a smuggled sample from Amariel’s giant Teavivre swap bag (you gave me so much tea, Amariel!).

I’m glad I decided on this one; the minty floral profile is a refreshing thing in a house with no air conditioning. The first steep of the first serving had an interesting curry leaf aroma (I have witnesses that can vouch that this cup smelled distinctly of that plant), but this quality never resurfaced on the subsequent steeps. Probably for the best; mint and flowers are good enough.

Flavors: Floral, Mint

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I went through this quicker than I expected- it’s all I’ve wanted to drink lately. I hope I can manage picking up more before fall!

I love how the flavours come through when it reaches a lukewarm temperature. It’s sweet, floral, creamy, and even malty at times.

Flavors: Cream, Rose

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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While the Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well wasn’t too my taste, this sample from Amariel is more appealing.

It has spinach, an abundance of roasted nuts, and a dash of sweet butter that mixes up into a creamy nut butter. There’s a subtle touch of floral and salty notes too. Just how I like it, for the most part!

Flavors: Roasted nuts, Spinach, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This sample was included in a swap from Amariel.

The flavours in this Dragon Well are milder than I like them. The butter and nut (chestnut here) share a minimalistic philosophy, and don’t seem to like hopping up on stage and stealing the show. That’s unfortunate, because I like it when they do. The sweet fruity and vegetal notes here are more involved.

I made up about five different cups steeped at various temperatures between 170F-190F. None of them had what I was looking for (gomae) but they where still enjoyable in their own way!

Flavors: Chestnut, Fruity, Vegetal

3 min, 0 sec

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I can handle cinnamon and Irish breakfast together, but adding a green earl grey to the mixture is pushing things for me. In practice, it isn’t the terrible tea I imagined, however. The cinnamon is what I notice first, followed by the malt with the bergamot thing, and then by the cinnamon again.

A grassy note that mixes into the citrus becomes more prevalent as the cup cools. The cinnamon/citrus has become sweeter with the passing time as well.. I wonder if this would work iced.

The tangy citrus spice duet is simultaneously both the lethargic old leather couch and the cozy robustness of a midwinter celebration with old friends. Green/black blends are not my favourite but I love this vibe. Definitely a Watson tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Grass, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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.


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.

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