400 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
400 tasting notes

I’m not a big fan of David’s teas, but I do love their accessories! When I went in today to get a travel mug, I sniffed a few teas and went home with some samples. It seemed only fitting to christen my new Davids mug with one of their offerings. I didn’t read the ingredients and thought that the chunks in the tea were dried fruit. Glad I tasted it before adding sugar since the chunks were really sugar. It is adequately sweetened for me, but I prefer to sweeten my own tea or have the option to go without.

The first sip I took out of my mug burnt my lip, bummer, but a good testament to the mug’s ability. It smells chocolatey and I get a really nice chocolate coconut taste, but there is an odd flavor to it that I dislike. It is almost like that stevia bite that I hate so much. I don’t know what to make of it. I really want to love it, but I’m just not there. There are a few more cups worth in the sample I bought, so we will see if I make friends with this tea over time.

(I did 4m at boiling) …note to self. :)

Brooklynsheep

I agree with you about stevia! There is a sort of metallic edge to it, in my palate’s opinion.

Dustin

I hadn’t thought of it as metallic before, but I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I have some! I really wish I could like it, but it’s not going to happen.

Stephanie

Samesies, hate stevia, like DT accessories but not so much the teas.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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Not sure where I picked up this tea bag, but it sure comes in handy when traveling. Unfortunately it is far from delicious. It is like it is all high notes with the bergamot and no base to round it out. A little flat too. Well I’ll be skipping this one for an EG addition to my cupboard!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Brooklynsheep

Dustin, I feel your pain. So many tea producers use substandard tea for an Earl Grey, expecting the bergamot to be the main event and overshadow everything else. I’m surprised you caught Harney doing this, though. Are you sure the teabag was from a box purchased within the past year?

Dustin

I’m thinking I snagged this bag from a Vegas casino last June and it has been in the paper pouch in a drawer since then. I would imagine that the casino would go through tea at a reasonably fast pace. Even if the tea was a little stale, I have had some fairly exceptional EGs before that would way outshine this one, even if it did taste better.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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I have most of my teas packed up and stored in the garage in prep for my summer travels which start this evening. All the things I love the most and wouldn’t want renters (if I get any) to get into are tucked away. Only a few small samples like this one remain in my cupboard.

For my first several sips I got a nice smooth almost slightly malty black base with a light but distinct tamarind taste. A few more sips in and my taste buds seem to be ignoring it. Or maybe my senses are just overwhelmed with the lingering smell of caramelized onions. If I wait a few minutes between sips I can taste it again. Tamarind is a really unusual flavor for a tea and it is done very well, but I’m not in love. Super glad to have tried it. Thanks for the sample Marcel Du Champ!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Have a great time travelling!

Dustin

Thanks! Tea shopping alone is going to be great, but I’m sure the rest of it will rock too!

MzPriss

Have a great trip!

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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
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This tea had been one of the four teas from Teavana that I loved and got me started on loose leaf. It is now one of two that they still have from those four, which considering their tendency to retire teas, is pretty impressive that it has stuck around for so many years. I used to love it, but have neglected it as I have explored other teas. I think there was one time that I had it several months back and was underwhelmed. This time, I cold brewed it in an effort to go through it faster. When I first tried it out of the mason jar it was sharp. Like a York peppermint patty kind of sharp, which I find unpleasant. I added a little cream and AH! I think I’m falling in love all over again! Now it is more like a melted mint ice cream. Cool and refreshing. I always think of It’sit mint ice cream sandwiches. The real San Francisco treat. Rice a roni, pfeh! No one eats that boxed processed starch crap in SF. It’s all marketing lies!!! I’m ranting here… I realize that.

Anyways, I’m really enjoying this cup with it’s cool mint and delicious chocolate. Very happy to be reunited again.

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

Ive never had Rice a Roni.. lol

Dustin

I grew up in the bay. I think I may have had it once or twice in my late teens when I was starving, poor and 39 cents a box seemed like a doable amount for dinner as well as a change from the ramen and eggos I lived off of. I really didn’t know how to feed myself back then.

Roswell Strange

Lol, you basically just described my diet; alphagettis, Instant Rice, Eggos, Instant Oatmeal. Those are the “must have” items in my pantry". Fresh food!? What’s that!? Does canned pears and a bag of baby carrots count?

Dustin

The carrots and pears count. It’s all about baby steps. Baby carrot steps in this case.

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On my last cup from a sample from Variatea.
This has been a nice cup that I’m glad to have tried, but I think I’ll pass on stocking it. It is enjoyable and I’d drink it again , but isn’t amazing me when there are so many other teas to try.

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

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drank Ceylon Uva OP1 by Tea Horse
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I thought I was really in the mood for this tea this morning, but it isn’t quite hitting the spot. I’m having it with a little cream and sugar and it is good, but I want something else this morning… after I finish this cup. I’m finding that as I try and collect more teas, I’m less likely to know what I want to drink. Too many choices!!! It’s a good thing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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When I saw this flavor on sale, I had to grab it. What I was hoping for was something similar to the cheesecake flavor (to die for btw), but it isn’t quite that. I have had it a few times and I get a creaminess to it, but this evening when I opened it I smelled citrus. I don’t know if it was lemon or lime, but it isn’t really a fresh bright citrus. It is more of a preserved citrus peel scent. Tonight I’m having it with a little sugar and some Trader Joe’s soy creamer added in. I can imagine this as a pudding like filling for a donut. I’m tasting a little citrus in there, but I think most of the cream is coming from the soy creamer. I really like that I can enjoy this in the evenings, but it isn’t exactly what I was expecting and hoping for, which is something creamier on it’s own. I should have just bought the cheesecake version instead of holding this flavor to those expectations!

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
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This tea needs a little sugar to do it for me. Once it it sweetened, it has a really nice creamy starch like flavor. I added a little soy creamer and it is even more creamy delicious! The base has a similar taste as some other Lupicia blends. I enjoy this tea, but it isn’t one that I turn to often or am wowed by and with that in mind I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t need to buy it again right now and should try other teas. It just pains me to think that it might not be there on the off chance that I crave it. I don’t need ALL the teas. I don’t need ALL the teas. I don’t need ALL the teas. Come on will power!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Not sure if I have reviewed this tea before. Anyways, it smells fruity, but also sort of ashy. Like tangerine pipe tobacco ash? I don’t know! When tasting it I get something earthy that slowly fades into a distinct tangerine taste. It isn’t earthy like a puerh, it is something different that I can’t name. Is it the guyusa I’m tasting? I’m not too familiar with guyusa. Adding brown sugar changes the earthiness, but not the fruit flavors. Next I’m adding cream which is making for a creamy earth taste. The tangerine always stays a little behind the earthy taste. It’s good, but I think I need to play around with it a little more to get a wow out of it. Not sure if it is good for multiple steeps, but either way my cup is finished and I’m diving into a second steep!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yeah, guayusa is kinda earthy :) You should try it straight sometime or one of the other flavors for comparison!

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drank Peach Oolong by Catherine's Corner
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I’m getting a clear peach flavor, dried peaches, but the rest of it is a little eh and lacks depth. The tea is a little floral and light, but it also has a flat taste to it, like a piece of the picture is missing and there should be more to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas.

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