318 Tasting Notes

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drank Winterberry Wine by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I’ve decided that I don’t really enjoy cider-type drinks. So I added some black tea (mystery brand!) and milk (1 teaspoon of winterberry wine, 1 teaspoon of black tea and I eyeballed the milk). Unfortunately the black tea I used gets undrinkable after 3 mins, so the spices didn’t get to sit for the full 6 mins.

I like this combination a lot better. Its like a sweet and fruity chai with a bit of a kick (not much of one unless you spike it w/ something else).

Like I said, I am not crazy about cider but I am looking forward to working it into some other teas I want to get rid of. Some peppermint or sencha are next on the list of things in my mind to throw in with Winterberry Wine. Or perhaps I will mix the Chocolate Chili Chai with this too, since I hardly drink that.

Will I buy more Winterberry Wine when I run out? No. But I am enjoying mixing it with other tea I have. :)

Note: This isn’t a bad drink, I just don’t care for cider (“fruity spiced water”).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Very helpful review. Thanks.

Jaime

I’ve been eyeing this one and wasn’t sure about it. I do enjoy ciders, so I think I’ll be ordering some of this to try out! Thanks!

Dorothy

Thanks for the comments, sorry this particular review wasn’t very informative. Its not an impressive cranberry cider, but it is enjoyable.

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Finally finished my bag of this and overall I’m not very impressed. Whether it is the tea or the fact that maybe I don’t like like white teas in general I don’t know.

I probably won’t stock up on this again, even if I don’t have anymore white tea in my cupboard. Its one of those “meh” teas for me. When I have more experience with white tea I will form a stronger opinion on this one.

Aidan Morgan

Spring White Pearls is actually a green tea – I ran into the same confusion with Moon Swirl White Tip. I bought a small bag of the pearls a while ago but didn’t really enjoy them much either.

Dorothy

Really? That is disappointing. Why did DavidsTea mark it as white tea? bah! I suppose I wouldn’t enjoy it any better if I knew it was a green tea.

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67
drank Chrysanthemum Nest by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I am starting to have better luck brewing this tea but it is difficult to get it right. A big thank you goes out to Jaime for suggesting a lower temperature.

After rinsing the leaves (which I don’t know was good enough), I smelled the tea. Right away, I was put off by how dusty it smelled. I’m not sure if I didn’t rinse the leaves enough though so I can’t argue about the dust too much. Then, drinking it I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very light in color and taste, but still the dust was starting to irritate my nose. So I wasn’t able to pick out the different flavors of the tea. :(

On the second brew I let it sit slightly too long and I ruined it. I’m not used to teas that are this fickle. When I say I let it sit too long, I mean an extra 30 seconds. If you see this tea darken all of a sudden, it is completely ruined. Unless you like dusty, bitter, watered down Timmy’s coffee.

I still have 5 or so of these left so, I’ll use the remaining ones to figure out how to make a good cup of tea. I’m going to try and rinse the leaves a bit better next time and watch my tea timer very carefully.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Winterberry Wine by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

This is a nice cranberry cider drink. Which is not something I usually look for, but I have cider sometimes during the winter season. So it is a welcome addition to my tea cupboard.

The cranberry is not overwhelming, just a nice sweet and tartness to the cider. The spices make this a lot less boring than it could have been. Overall I like it, but it doesn’t really impress me a whole lot because I am not a big fan of cider anyways.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Recently I was making some pulled pork in my crockpot (just a pork pot roast, onions, chilli sauce, etc). Since pork goes well with fruity things I brewed a cup of Forever Nuts and dumped it in my mixing bowl along with other seasonings. Then poured everything over the roast and let it sit in there for about 10 hours.

I’m really glad that the finished product was not too sweet. The Forever Nuts is pretty noticeable while you’re eating, but it’s kind of a different flavor because its been mixed with a bunch of other ingredients.

The recipe is pretty average, but if you want it just send me a private message.

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80
drank Black Needles by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

At David’s Tea I was looking for some plain black tea and this caught my eye. I usually keep 1 of each “type” in stock at my house. The canister in the store had just enough for a few more scoops of Black Needles before it ran out. So I guess this is popular at my location.

Anyways, onto drinking this stuff. I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly this goes down. It tastes like a nice, strong flavored black tea. What more could I expect? The fact that it has the strong flavor and it goes down really smooth, is a nice feature.

If I don’t feel like trying out new black teas I will probably just buy more of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Chrysanthemum Nest by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I tried “rinsing” the pu-erh twice with boiling water. Then steeping it for a short time and drinking it. Not exactly David’s way but something I picked up from a tea book. (Hey I am a pu-erh noob, cut me some slack! hahaha)

It tastes better, but I am still not crazy about it. Its flowery and earthy. Like you wandered into a garden the morning after it had just rained.
On the 2nd steep (counting real steeping, not including the two I chucked out), it was especially mouth-watering. Unfortunately there is this funky aftertaste present with each sip.
If this is from the chrysanthemum flower, then I am beginning to think I don’t really care for that type of flower. If it is the pu-erh, well then I really ought to find some good pu-erh one of these days because I am tired of being so disappointed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jaime

Have you tried lowering the temp on the first steep? I usually do one rinse, then steep for 3-4 minutes at about 180 F when I’m making pu-erhs. I’m not sure how well it’d work with this one, but maybe it’ll help get rid of that aftertaste?

Dorothy

Hmm, I didn’t think about that. I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. Thanks for the advice.

Jaime

I experimented a lot with my first pu-erhs. Lower temps make a more appetizing-to-me tea.

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I didn’t expect this tea to taste so “heavy.” The chocolate really weighs it down. I can best describe this as being a comfort drink, and not something meant to refresh you.

Snacking on some blueberries made this taste a lot better. If you’re serving this drink to others, supplying some sweet fruit would be a welcome addition.

Not sure if I am going to drink a lot of this during December. I’m around so much sweets and junk food as it is. Also, I am not a big fan of chocolate so I didn’t enjoy this as much as others might. For me, this is a special occasion tea. Tasty, but not something I can drink more than once a week.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I smelled this tea in the store, and was blown away by the strange scents.

Tasting notes: it’s incredibly creamy and has an unusual flavor layered on top of the usual oolong. My husband and I really like this oolong, so it might soon become one of our favorites.
This is definitely worth trying once, because it is such a unique tea. It smells really good before and after brewing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dorothy

I just wanted to make an additional note. This tea does NOT contain any milk or dairy products.
The taste is due to a drop in temperature when the tea is picked.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sounds beautiful.

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70

I’d still be able to have a cup of this. However one of my cats (I don’t know which, and they won’t admit to it), RIPPED the bag apart. I guess they really liked that tea too.

I said to my husband “my cats ripped apart my sweet dreams!”

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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