drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
729 tasting notes

Continuation of my tea a day journey. I actually left this sitting on the counter as I walked out the door to go to work. I was tealess at work all day :(( In hind site this might not have been such a bad thing.
So I came home, and made some of this. Package says 98C water 4-6minutes. 4-6 for black, that seemed aggressive to me, so I did just under boiling for 3 minutes.
EWWWWWWWW sorry I don’t have the vocabulary to explain. Ewwwww and yuck are pretty much my thoughts on this. Dump. Try again – second steep same leaves – again I did 3 minutes but since it’s a second steep thought it might be ok. NOT. Ewwwwwww is still my reaction to this. Dump. Try again. New leaves just under boiling 2 minute steep. This is not getting any better. I still hate it.
I’m not wasting anymore time or energy on this tea. NOT FOR ME. It is way too bitter, way too astringent, and doesn’t taste anything like any black tea I’ve ever experienced. If someone handed me a cup of this, I’m not sure TEA would be the first thing that comes to mind. The good news is, if you want to call it that….this makes the darjeeling seem like candy. That is NOT my least fav tea anymore.

mrmopar

Have you tried it with a 30 second steep or so? Long steep times usually bring astringency out.

Cavocorax

Oh I remember this! I bought a lot of DT’s unflavoured blacks to do a similar thing to what you are doing now, and it just tasted like super strong coffee. It was weird and I wasn’t crazy about it.

Sil

I strongly dislike almost every straight black tea I’ve had from David’s….

ifjuly

me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(

Dexter

Cavocorax I agree with you in that it was weird. I didn’t think coffee, but everyone experiences things differently. I would have been ok if it had reminded me of coffee. This was just gross.

Dexter

Dexter is ok with bad news, I only bought a little of each. I wasn’t expecting the best tea in the world, but thought it should be drinkable. The one I’m drinking today isn’t too bad. Good or bad at least I’m getting a better picture of what these are like. Even trying bad teas is a learning experience.

ifjuly

hey, I just noticed I didn’t capitalize your name but I did Sil’s ‘cause I thought for some reason yours was like mine, all lowercase, but now I see it isn’t. Whoops. My bad. Sorry ’bout that, meant no disrespect!

Dexter

LOL No worries, I didn’t even notice. It takes a lot more than that to upset me. “me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(” You were talking to Sil about me. Sometimes online it seems weird to say “me” – I almost think of Dex as a third person. I didn’t use my name to point out the omission of the cap. It just sounded weird to reply with I’m ok. Never mind – I’m not explaining well the strangeness in my head… :))

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mrmopar

Have you tried it with a 30 second steep or so? Long steep times usually bring astringency out.

Cavocorax

Oh I remember this! I bought a lot of DT’s unflavoured blacks to do a similar thing to what you are doing now, and it just tasted like super strong coffee. It was weird and I wasn’t crazy about it.

Sil

I strongly dislike almost every straight black tea I’ve had from David’s….

ifjuly

me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(

Dexter

Cavocorax I agree with you in that it was weird. I didn’t think coffee, but everyone experiences things differently. I would have been ok if it had reminded me of coffee. This was just gross.

Dexter

Dexter is ok with bad news, I only bought a little of each. I wasn’t expecting the best tea in the world, but thought it should be drinkable. The one I’m drinking today isn’t too bad. Good or bad at least I’m getting a better picture of what these are like. Even trying bad teas is a learning experience.

ifjuly

hey, I just noticed I didn’t capitalize your name but I did Sil’s ‘cause I thought for some reason yours was like mine, all lowercase, but now I see it isn’t. Whoops. My bad. Sorry ’bout that, meant no disrespect!

Dexter

LOL No worries, I didn’t even notice. It takes a lot more than that to upset me. “me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(” You were talking to Sil about me. Sometimes online it seems weird to say “me” – I almost think of Dex as a third person. I didn’t use my name to point out the omission of the cap. It just sounded weird to reply with I’m ok. Never mind – I’m not explaining well the strangeness in my head… :))

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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