328 Tasting Notes
Smell: In the bag, the spices really jump out at me. While smelling this at the store I had the urge to sneeze. Brewed, its still pretty much the spices that stand out.
Flavor: I’ve said this before but, when there is peppermint in my tea it REALLY stands out. I mostly taste peppermint, spices and a hint of tea. The tea is only noticeable because it gives the drink a nice base.
Aftertaste: Peppermint lingers for a while, which is a nice tingly and refreshing feeling.
Absolutely disgusting, I can see why this is no longer listed on their website. I understand that this is supposed to taste “earthy”, and I gave it a rinse, but I still can’t stomach this. I don’t normally rate teas this low, but I seriously can’t take another sip without gagging.
Pu-erh can taste good, I hope this hasn’t turned anyone away from it.
(note: I think this is the same as Feng Shui: http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/12951-feng-shui-organic . But this is sold under the name Qi Feng)
Smell: Dry leaves remind me of dark chocolate (weird!). Tea liquor smells more like the tea description of sweet and smoky.
Flavor: Very pleasant, the smoky flavor is comforting. Vegetal flavor has a lot of “warmth” to it. Seems like a good tea to drink in the winter.
Aftertaste: Sweetness lingers for a bit
Smell: Before brewing, the leaves smell sweet and silky. Tea liquor smells like typical oolong
Flavor: I like how the buttery and vegetal flavor is very faint, but it enhances the creamy flavor. Its a very tasty, with mild flavor, that ends on a sweet note.
Reminds me of: Somewhat reminds me of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, but the flavor doesn’t jump out at you.
Steeps:3 (+ rinse)
Smell: Before and after brewing, it smells like a standard black tea, maybe a bit “woodsy”
Flavor: Nothing strange here, just a pleasant, very smooth and kind of earthy black tea. I could easily drink this all day, multiple days throughout the week. To me, the best characteristic is how smooth it is.
Reminds me of: Other black teas I’ve tried, except much more soothing.
Aftertaste: No bitterness, just a hint of the initial flavor
Steeps: 2 (both were flavorful, resteep was 5 mins)
Would I buy this again?: Yes. I’ve actually refilled this 3 times so far, and will continue to do so.
Other notes: Out of all of the plain black tea that DavidsTea carries (excluding Lapsang Souchong), this is without a doubt my favorite.
Smell: Dry leaves remind me of grape flavored bubblegum, which makes my mouth water. Brewed, it smells like flowers and grape juice.
Flavor: For me, the scent of the dry leaves builds up an unrealistic expectation. Its a strong scent, and then when I drink it, its very light in flavor. I’ve done this at a low temp and a high temp, either way I have not really enjoyed the flavor.
Reminds me of: Liquor reminds me of DavidsTea’s Champagne (also a white tea)
Would I buy this again?: No, this tea just isn’t doing it for me.
Other notes: The package says to do 94 C. at 4-5 min. I’ve always thought the liquor came out too strong & dark. Turning down the heat made it taste better, but with a loss of strong flavors. In my opinion the taste is not a good value at $11.75 for 50g. If you are really curious about trying this, I recommend getting a small size in store (25g)
Smell: The loose leaf smells like Lapsang Souchong and malt. Brewed, a bit more like a smooth black tea with the previous qualities.
Flavor: Everything I expected from the scent of this tea. The flavor doesn’t disappoint me at all. Unlike how some other teas will “tease” you with the a wonderful scent.
Reminds me of: Camping, campfires, my previous experiences with Lapsang Souchong
Aftertaste: Smoky, kind of reminds me of mushrooms
Comforting or Refreshing: Comforting, especially now in winter
Steeps: 1 (I don’t usually resteep smoky black teas anyways)
Would I buy this again?: This isn’t going into my permanent stash, but I would certainly get more in the future.
Smell: Dry leaves smell kind of sweet. Brewed it smells really “clean” and has a bit of sweetness to it.
Flavor: Very clean, smooth, a little earthy. No strong flavors, its soft and fluffy.
Reminds me of: Spring
Aftertaste: Soft vegetal flavor lingers for a bit.
Comforting or Refreshing: Both? It’s refreshing, in that it reminds me of Spring and is kind of “cheerful”. Comforting because its very smooth and the earthiness relaxes me.