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1112 Tasting Notes

drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I admit it – I was entranced by the idea of gold sugar balls and sparkly tea. I couldn’t help myself!

My brewed tea isn’t sparkly but it does taste nice. I think it tastes like maple syrup and only a leeeeetle like a Yankee Candle! I was thinking it was going to taste like Hot Cinnamon Spice but it does not in the least. This is a sweet, completely different treat but one that I will likely not repurchase. That veering toward Yankee Candle territory is troublesome and will make me only drink this every now and again until it is gone.

gmathis

Plueugh…reading this, I’m getting a hot wax sensation in my mouth. Can you imagine trying to get that off your tongue?

Bonnie

I think this is the tea to drink before going to the dentist and freak him/her out!

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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Another delicious tea from DAVIDsTEA! I did my homework and read some comments about this tea’s propensity for bitterness so I steeped it for 3 minutes and added a little demerara sugar. LOVE! Think Paris but with black currant predominant instead of berry (this has berry too, but it’s not the first thing I taste). Not bergamot-y but it’s in there somewhere like Paris, too.

A fine addition to my fruity blacks. We are having the most miserable rainy Monday, and this is bringing a smile to my face!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Le Pain Quotidien
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I recently joined a book group, and we had our first meeting yesterday at Le Pain Quotidien (we discussed the first half of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantle). . Talk about like minds – we are all tea drinkers, and all ordered Earl Grey at the cafe! It is served in a personal teapot and of course I had to peek IN the teapot — there was a silken sachet with lots of full leaf tea inside, and the paper at the end of the string said Le Pain Quotidien, and no other brand or purveyor. A handless cup is provided for drinking.

I took the tea with no additions, and it was quite delicious! Good tea, very mild on the bergamot. I was worried that the tea would be rough or strong since I was too busy concentrating on the discussion to time the brewing, but there was nothing to worry about. The waiter took our pots for more hot water two more times. The first resteep was delicious, the next very weak and I wouldn’t go for a third again.

When I asked if we wanted to meet again at this venue or change, it was unanimous that we stay, so I think everyone enjoyed the tea and kind service! They offer a handful of tea choices, but the Earl was so delightful I would get it again next time without a doubt!

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried a perfect teaspoon of this with a perfect teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herb’s Firefly chai (a rooibos chai) and it was quite delicious. I liked it much better than the creme brulee alone. I could have used a wee bit more spice, and I wonder if a three (chai) to one (creme brulee) ratio might be even better. I’ll have to give that a whirl next.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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OMG! OMG! OMG! Roasty tangy unsweetened nut butter-esqe Fujian amazingness! Emphasis on the roasty! Stone fruit on the end of the sip. Everything I hoped for, and more (and it’s organic!). I’m thrilled. I want 12794902840928490 pounds of this.

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

Do you at least have enough on hand to get you through the blizzard? :)

Ze_Teamaker

So, is it good?

JacquelineM

gmathis – I have 50g – I was pretty confident I would like this one seeing it’s Fujian, but I didn’t know how much!

Ze_Teamaker – if the three OMGs didn’t give it away ;)

ashmanra – I’m going to have to rip open my box to you and include this. It’s like the Emperor/Gong Fu Black/all the roasty goodies!

gmathis

I am beginning to think there isn’t a Fujian I don’t absolutely adore.

looseTman

Hello JacquelineM,
Given your considerable tasting experience and appreciation for organic teas, what are you’re favorite unflavored black organic teas? Please see this discussion topic:
http://steepster.com/discuss/5160-favorite-organic-black-teas
Thank you.

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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This is another free sample that made me say – “Eech! We won’t like this!” and here we are greedily slurping our tea. Peachy! Passion fruit! I am not sure I’ve had green rooibos before but I sure love it in this blend. This tea is a breath of fresh air — so different than anything currently residing in my cupboard. I’d definitely order 50g of this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is SPECTACULAR! Very sweetly cinnamon-y, spicy (but not peppery), round and robust! With honey and a splash of milk, I feel like I’m having black tea! This is my new favorite herbal chai. I’m a cinnamon fanatic, so this is pretty much heaven in a cup to me. I don’t do number ratings, but pssssst – this is a 100!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Will have to check this one out!

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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This was one of my free samples from my DAVIDsTEA order. I looked at the completely bizarre list of ingredients, and said “Ech! We’ll never like this!” but at the same time was uber-curious to give it a whirl. So, I made it for our evening tisane.

Guess what!? It’s completely delicious. It’s very hard to describe – maybe a lightly spicy, slightly… anise-y? cider-y? kinda tart but sweet, popcorn-y? delight. Truly different than anything I’ve tasted…ever!

Bravo, DAVIDsTEA! I’d order this in a heartbeat!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious! Just the right amount of chocolate and mint — neither overpowers. I’m not sure what else is going on in there (i.e. what role the pink peppercorns play? Depth and gravitas?) but OH did I enjoy my tea this morning!!!

I may tell you that I got this because I was out of the generous amount of Harney’s chocolate peppermint black that ashmanra sent me, and I missed the flavor profile. I may tell you that I got this because it is so well-liked here on Steepster. I may tell you that I got this because it has a Chinese tea base. But make no mistake. I got this because of the WEE RED SUGAR LIPS!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIQMTo6ryh8

(swoon)

They are also very Robert Smith-esque, but I’ll quit it with the 80s references (I can point to “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” too, but I said I’d be quiet now!). I wonder if the person who created this blend is about my age, and swirled and twirled to the post-punk that I still hold near and dear to my heart?

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

Pink peppercorns are just too cute to have gravitas :)

Shmiracles

this post made my day.
i’ve been debating for weeks weather i should stock back up on this tea. cuz damn do i have too much tea already but this is one that i drink every day HOT HOT HOT!!!
http://vimeo.com/41229341

MoonShyne

Just like Heaven ;) (Yes, fellow Cure fan here too lol)

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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My very first order ever from DAVIDsTEA arrived on my porch this evening! Hooray!

This is a creamy, burnt sugar-esqe rooibos dessert tea. There is definitely something artificial about it – almost like one of those flavored creamers (which is actually a flavor I kinda like every now and again).

I wanted to try this as-is first, but in the back of my mind I planned to use this as a mixer with my rooibos chai to make a vanilla/caramel chai. I think it will be better suited to that purpose than straight drinking. Don’t get me wrong — it’s satisfying by itself — but I think it will be fantabulous with chai spices. I used to do this with a slightly fakey creme roobois from Teavana and it was one of my favorite caffeine-free things in the world. I’ll post another review when I make a mix with this to tell you if it lives up to my dreams :)

I must have been in super magpie mode (shiiiiiiiny!) the day I placed my order because I got some crazy stuff. Look for gold balls, tiny sugar lips, and all kinds of nonsense in my upcoming reviews!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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