473 Tasting Notes

I’m still feeling slightly under the weather, so that may color my experience of this tea, but I wanted to write down my notes anyways.

The first time I brewed this tea I think I over leafed it and had to toss the cup due to bitterness. I was much more conservative this time and it turned out a lot better. The base is nice and smooth, but the flavors are quite subtle. I get the creamy cheesecake flavor at the end, but am having trouble detecting anything other than that. The tea leaves my mouth dry after each sip, much like a rooibos, but with that lingering cheesecakeyness. True to the description, it does get a little bitter as it cools. I added a little milk to it at the end and it amped up the cheesecake factor, but drowned out any other flavors. I’m thinking this may be a little too refined and not enough “kick in the face” level of flavor for my palate, but I will be trying it again as my cold fades away and see if that changes.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I have finally come to the end of the sample that I got from Rie and it is a shame because I have been enjoying this tea! I could have sworn I wrote a tasting for it before, but I don’t see it now. Could have slipped my mind. The most prominent flavor I get is the strawberry which is really nice with a bit of sugar. I think I can pick up on the chocolate and the puer base I can only describe as heavy, earthy and grounded, which is a strange translation for a taste. It isn’t hitting me as super caffeinated, which is good or bad depending on the type of day I am having. So far I don’t think I have found a Lupicia tea that has disagreed with me and I’m glad I got to try one of their puers. I’ll be considering this one on my next Lupica purchase.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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After reading some of the underwhelming reviews of this tea I thought I’d start by doubling the amount of dry leaf in my cup. I figured it would amp up the flavor and maybe it did, but it doesn’t make it delicious or really even enjoyable. I can taste a bit of mint on the sip and a tiny bit of chocolate on the aftertaste, but it really isn’t anything interesting at all. Pity.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I placed a black Friday order with Butiki and have been anxiously waiting for at least a week for my cold to pass and my sense of taste to return so I can drink some tea. It has been brutal and cruel in the sense that it takes away my enjoyment of drinking tea and unfortunately seems to be becoming a more regular part of me being sick. :/

The good news is that I can finally taste a little today! It has been too long since I have had this tea, but it is the best chocolate orange combo I have found. The part that struck me the most today was the base in this tea. Other than it being really smooth, well rounded and balanced, I don’t know how to properly describe how lovely it is. It reminds me of some of the French teas I have had where the base had this particular satisfying quality about it. I can’t wait until I can again taste it in all it’s glory!

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
473 tasting notes

I got a sample of this with my order today!
I think my sense of taste is a little off from being sick and I’m not a huge fan of David’s teas, so I may be a little rough on this poor tea! It smells pretty good dry. I’m picking out almond and rooibos. My first few sips tasted like nothing, but it seems to be picking up some flavor as it cools. I’m getting almond on the aftertaste. I think I can taste some of the coconut and I’m getting the feeling that it may be a tea that I’d like to explore in the future when I can taste things more clearly. In the mean time it is helping keep me warm on a cold day!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Day 7 of the advent calendar.
I was surprised when I opened this bag of tea. I really didn’t smell anything. I hope it isn’t my sore throat morphing into a head cold and ruining my sense of smell and taste! When it is brewed I can smell a little more, cinnamon mostly, but it is very subtle. I can taste cinnamon and a little fruit, but that is it. As always, the tea from DM is very smooth, but I don’t even taste the tea in this one. I wish I could amp it up a little. I’m starting to think the flavors of DM teas are far to delicate for my taste. Still, this calendar is a fun and great way to try out a company’s teas!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fragola by Dammann Freres
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This tea smells incredible dry! Red fruity and juicy. The water turned pink as soon as I put the bag in my cup which makes me weary about my old foe… hibiscus. It is tart, but a bit of sugar makes the hibiscus tolerable for the most part. The fruitiness is good, but there is a lingering taste at the end that I don’t like and can’t put my finger on. Not a fan of herbals.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
473 tasting notes

Day 5 of the advent calendar?
I’m smelling chocolate and raspberry in the dry tea? Like the other DM teas, it is very smooth, but thankfully lacks the citrus that has been prominent in all the other teas in the calendar. It is a nice break. There is a honey like scent once brewed and a subtle caramel chocolate flavor. I can’t pick out any other flavors, but so far this one is my favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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Day 6 of the advent calendar.
Dry, the tea smells citrusy, like an Earl Grey. What is with all these DM teas having citrus in them?! The taste is silky smooth and doesn’t have that unbalanced bite that some teas with orange have. It is good, but not amazing. It is just a smooth black tea with orange.
I love the presentation of this company. I love the black tins, the design they use to frame the name of the teas and that they put out an advent calendar, but I’m still waiting to fall in love with the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

Perhaps your palette is more bold? French teas in general tend to be more refined, gentle, complex but light. I think that’s why I have the opposite feeling towards other companies with their teas. I find the flavours aren’t as developed. I feel like with tea, I’m a judge on Chopped and I’m critiquing the harmony of the flavours working together (LOL.)

Dustin

It may be more bold, but I have enjoyed many other teas from French companies which is why I expected to enjoy these more. I found them very smooth and well blended, but with more pronounced flavors and more interesting mixes than the DM teas. Still hoping to find some winners in this mix!

Tuscanteal

Ah okay, DM is more subtle I guess. I’ve never had their teas, I just know I prefer French teas generally and have been shying away from other companies lately. For example DT. I use to like them a lot more, and can’t help but be suckered into their marketing, however I am not enjoying their teas that much anymore.

Dinosara

Just had a thought… how much water are you using for the sachets? They are somewhat smaller than typical pyramid sachets and I find that they turn out best with only 8oz of water.

Dustin

In the past 6 months or so I have tried teas from The O Dor, Nina’s, Marriage Freres and Les Palias De Thes (I’m probably butchering the spelling here) and they were all a bit more flavorful than DM. There are a couple of DT’s teas that I like, but I found a large portion of them to be ho hum to my taste too.

I’m brewing them in a full David’s mug, which is probably more like 16oz. I’ll try less water next time. Thanks!

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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. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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