313 Tasting Notes

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After my husband and I had David’s Champagne tea, we decided to get a “regular” white tea. At their store, we smelled a bunch of tins and decided on this one. It smelled really good and I liked how they were all rolled up.

Now onto drinking this stuff. The liquor is a very light yellow color. It smells slightly vegetal and buttery. The taste reminds me a lot of an oolong I tried: Tie Kwan Yin. Except this one has a slight astringent taste to it. After a few sips, I can almost taste something floral in it too. Overall, it has a very light flavor. When I resteeped, it was slightly more creamy.

I have not really tasted a lot of white teas, so I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Usually I prefer strong tasting teas. I like it enough to keep drinking it, but I don’t know if I’ll refill it when I’m done.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Marsala by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

First off, on the information for brewing this tea it says 4-6 minutes. When I tried this for the first time, at their event. This stuff was SO bitter. I asked one of the tea ladies to brew some hotter samples. Thinking that the tea had cooled too much and perhaps the real flavor wasn’t shining through. Nah, it was still really really bitter. :( I don’t blame her though, 4-6 minutes is the suggested time.
Determined to “get it right”, I tried this at about 3 minutes. It tastes a lot better.

This reminds me a lot of their Pure Chai tea. The cinnamon and cloves in Marsala really express themselves. Black tea leaves and the “Marsala flavoring” are there too. The bitterness is still present, but it can be lessened with a shorter steep time (3 mins worked for me). Overall, it has a strong and delightful flavor. I loved their Pure Chai, so this was an enjoyable cuppa.

I’m not a wine drinker, so I can’t compare this to the real wine equivalent. Seriously though, if you like the Pure Chai blend this is a good pick. If you want wine, get yourself a bottle of the real stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Cabernet Sauvignon by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

It’s quite fragrant and smells of grapes. It was still pretty good on the second brewing too. It felt like an average flavored black tea. Delicious, but not very memorable. I’m not a big wine drinker, so I cannot really say if it tastes like the wine of the same name.

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

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drank Champagne by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

The tea is not a gimmick; it actually tastes very good.
I can’t say that this reminds me of champagne. Then again I rarely drink champagne. However I do know that I enjoy this tea. It is very flavorful, it’s smooth but not really creamy. When I smell it, I am reminded of coronation grapes. So more than anything else it smells like a “wine tea”. The scent of this brewed tea makes my mouth water.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

This is a mix of a lot of different flavors. The black tea is not very strong tasting. It kind of has a muted flavor.
I know this sounds strange, but it tastes like David’s Tea combined a slice of pumpkin pie with hot apple cider (minus the apple-y flavor). Weird I know, but very tasty. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors so I couldn’t help but buy this. It’s also kind of rare for me to find anything like it unless its Fall.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

Smooth and sweet. For my husband and I, this is our favorite rooibos. We love to drink this sort of tea at night, because its soothing and does not have caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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50

Finally had this iced, and I still can’t taste the raspberry. This should be called Lemongrass Tea, because that is the main flavor. Is it bad? No. Just not what I expected from “Raspberry Nectar”.
I’d recommend the Detox Tea from David’s Tea as opposed to this one. It has more flavor.

Preparation
Iced

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79

I absolutely love peppermint flavor, and this doesn’t disappoint. How pepperminty is it? Incredibly pepperminty!
Sometimes I throw a little bit of this into other herbal/rooibos teas I have.
This is one of the “teas” I drink at night, because of course its caffeine free.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Monk's Blend by Teaopia
313 tasting notes

This is one of my husband’s favorite teas. The vanilla and grenadine give this a unique flavor. I don’t always taste vanilla in some tea blends, but it definitely comes out in this one. The tea leaves, liquor smell, and the taste all contain a hint of vanilla.

It’s a good flavored black tea that won’t surprise you with any weird flavors. If you want to serve tea to some friends who may or may not like it, this one is a safe bet.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This tastes soooo good! Smooth, flowery, no overpowering flavors or bad taste left in my mouth. It’s also a terrific resteeper.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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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

What my tea ratings mean:

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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