1587 Tasting Notes

drank Mountain Tea by Teaopia
1587 tasting notes

The first time I came across this tea it was in my aunt’s tea cupboard – she had the whole dried stalks of the plant rather than the coarsely ground pieces that are in this tin. I seem to remember that the flavour of her tea was more lemony as well. This is more herbal than anything else with a distinctly woodsy aroma and flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It needs a little honey I think, otherwise it’s too medicinal to drink for enjoyment.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Orange Blossoms by Tea Desire
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I agree with other people’s reviews in that the orange flavour tastes artificial, like those chewable vitamin C tablets. The oolong itself is also rather grassy tasting and lacks the sweetness I’m used to in a green oolong like this. Not thrilled with this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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Another from my DavidsTea winter sampler. This tea is very minty with a hint of sweetness from the stevia. I’m not getting chocolate per se so much as I’m tasting smooth, vanilla-ish notes which give the tea a creamy undertone. I’m not getting any pepper at all, so I think the peppercorns are mostly just in there for show. shrugs

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Maureen

I never got pepper corns out of this either. No spice at all, but I was glad because they seemed out of place. This one actually is pretty amazing when you blend it with the David’s Coffee Pu’erh.

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
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I got this tea along with Scandale when Urban Tea Merchant was selling out of them. I’m a sucker for all things chocolate so this one was a no-brainer. I’d normally take a tea like this with milk, but I wanted to try it plain first. The scent was more hazelnut that chocolate but it made a solid appearance in the flavour profile as a lovely smooth, rich cocoa. Mixed with the nutty hazelnut flavour it reminds me a bit of chocolate hedgehogs – which I adore. It’s quite a decadent blend that feels very ‘Parisian’ if that makes any sense – I could see classy french ladies delicately sipping this tea in a stylish outdoor café. Terribly cliché, I know. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Scandale by THE O DOR
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I’ve been saving up my The O Dor teas ever since the supplier, the Urban Tea Merchant stopped carrying the brand. But unfortunately teas can’t really be ‘saved’ for an indefinite length of time so I figured it was time to crack open the tins I bought on the cheap when they were clearing them out. My aunt, who does tea leaf readings, recommended this blend to me and she generally has good taste when it comes to these things.

I recently tried another cinnamon pu-ehr from Davids Tea and I wasn’t terribly impressed, but this blend is vastly better. The pu-ehr has a lovely depth of flavour and is a pleasant mix of woody and earthy notes without being overpowering. The cinnamon and vanilla flavour go well with the base and unlike the Davids Tea one they don’t go for the cinnamon heart candies flavour and frankly the natural flavours are already sweet enough. I guess there’s something to be said for purchasing tea from a high-end retailer. Now if only I can find another supplier that ships to Canada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ooh that sounds tasty!

MissB

I’m hoping that enough of us Vancouver-ites complain, they’ll start ordering it again. ;)

cteresa

I have the same problem Theodor in portugal – and their site shipping is the same anywhere in the world and yikes.

this sounds lovely, something to keep in mind. I have a theory regarding north american cinnamon and european cinnamon – usually they are different species, the most used spice for “cinnamon” in north america is cassia which is similar but sharper and thinner than the ceylon or true cinnamon europeans are used to.

Maureen

This sounds lovely! I am always in the mood for a good cinnamon blend, especially in something like a pu’erh. I haven’t found one I totally love yet, so maybe this is the one.

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drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
1587 tasting notes

Smells delish and I was tempted to sample the dried fruit bits. There wasn’t really that much in the pouch though so I left them. Unfortunately my first steep turned out to be rather bland and watery. Clearly I need to add more than the one scoop I used and maybe steep it longer too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Maureen

This one I found to be more delicate than I would have liked as well. I recommend using a tablespoon of it and at least 8 minutes steep time. If that doesn’t work, try putting it into oatmeal? I feel like it belongs there with it’s chunky fruity bits.

Jillian

Thanks for the advice, I’ll try it like you suggest next time. :)

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drank Pineapple Ginger by Tea Desire
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I love the smell of this tea – it’s a fragrant mix of fresh green tea, ginger, and candied pineapple bits. Unfortunately the pineapple sort of gets lost in the flavour and I find the taste to be more herbal and gingery than fruity. The lemongrass does give the tea a nice zing and combined with the ginger its rather nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is the only Mariage Frères tea I’ve been able to get my hands on here in Canada outside of swaps with other Steepster members. I found it at a William Sonoma store in Vancouver and the only varieties sold there were this and a Darjeeling. Since it was pretty expensive – $35 CD for a tin – I went with this one.

The scent of the tea is distinctly earl grey but with a bit of a flowery note to it. The flavour is also nothing I wouldn’t expect from an earl grey but there are these little hints that this is none the less a high-quality tea – the black tea base is smooth-tasting with just the right amount of robustness and you can tell that they didn’t take the easy way out by using a crappy black tea and then using the bergamot oil to try and disguise it. Here there is just the right amount of citrusy bergamot flavour and while I’m drinking it without milk at the moment I can easily see this been great with milk as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
David Webb

Here is a distributor in the States, that might ship north to you. http://porterouge.biz/tea/
My wife and I were planning to serve MF Wedding Imperial at our wedding. We ordered from our usual MF locale, and received a 1lbs bag of dried out tasteless black tea. By sheer luck we came across Porte Rouge, just a few blocks north of where we live. We called the owner, she had time to show us around her “showroom”/warehouse (the basement of her house), and got us everything we needed. She does 1-2 cup samples and 2oz? bags up to lbs. Fairly basic/American selection of MF: Earl Grey flavor varieties, Jasmine Silver Needle, Marco Polo, etc. Call or email her, if she can’t help you out let me know and we’ll figure something out.

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drank Berry Good (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve generally not been too fond of the pu-erh blends Davids Tea sells, but this one sounded too intriguing to pass up. The smell is lovely, like a pouch full of ripe berries, though oddly enough I’m not picking up any of that earthy pu-erh scent. Indeed when I examined the blend it appears to be more more herbal than pu-erh with the bulk of it being made up by strawberry and blackberry leaves. The lush berry flavour is probably the dominant component as well, with the earthy pu-erh a surprisingly light afterthought – which I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s maybe a bit on the bland side, although a longer steep might solve that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I think my tea might have lost some of its flavoring as it is a few years old and I got it in a trade with someone who had it for who knows how long before that. So I find that while I can smell the lemon and raspberry (and it’s very nice) I’m not getting a lot in the flavour, particularly the raspberry. There is a bit of lemony tartness but mostly this blend just tastes like Ceylon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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