379 Tasting Notes
dear tao tea leaf,
i know that i reviewed this tea just last week but felt i should review it again as i am sipping my last cup.
the sample (which now sits damp and wilted in my tea basket) was kindly shipped to me by my friend scribbles. i do love this blend of yours. i love it so much that i actually dislike the name because it’s so banal!
i have no idea if scribbles is in your employ, but if she isn’t i really think you should consider it because i placed my first order with you last night as a direct result of her actions. at the very least she should get a kickback… or a friends and family discount…. maybe you could hire her as a blend sampler!
all because she sent me a sample of this tea. it wasn’t even from a swap…. it was just because she’s awesome… and while ordering more of this tea i stumbled over a bunch of other stuff i wanted to try and noticed that shipping was free in canada if i bought 35$ worth (which i did…. because it seemed sensible).
…… so yeah, scribbles really should get a discount. in my opinion. btw, has my order shipped yet?
this blend was a repertoire contribution by the lovely ShortSorceress.
not one i ever would have bought for for myself. i just don’t tend towards peach for the most part… but last night i figured instead of drinking a black or puerh immediately before bed, perhaps i should try something lighter in the caffeine department and i’d been putting off steeping this one up.
it was actually quite nice! you know the peach juice they sell at tim hortons and carnivals? it was alot like that, but with a not-fabricated-with-chemical-names-you-can’t-pronounce-along-with-red-dye-#5-and-yellow-dye-#83 taste! lol.
very juicy. pure peach. sincere. still not my thing, but nice to settle off to bed with.
WOW! the dry leaf is astonishing: light, floral and fruity. i smell lemon only lightly and deeper tones of red grape. a very light tobacco hint and i’m not even sure tobacco is the right descriptor, but it’s absolutely not smoke.
definitely a darjeeling… but the scent profile makes me imagine darjeeling fields waiting to be picked, brilliant sunlight glinting over a broad field in india.
this is a brilliant tea. summer in a cup. lovely. sorry i only grabbed a sample of this one!!!
and just as quickly as this tea arrives in my mail box it is gone with our youngest. sigh. truth be told i mostly got it for him anyway… i was snooping to see what 52teas was releasing this week while he was hanging around and he was very enthusiastic.
i did get A cup of it though, lol. nice and smooth. a strong but not overpowering rootbeer taste. awesome with cream and sugar. i HAD planned on trying it iced, then maybe a straight cold steep…. ah well, i’ll pick my son’s brain when he’s back!
an assam taste only lighter with some milder wheat and honey notes. very smooth. somewhat reminiscent of a young loose leaf puerh. a short steep yields a strongly coloured tea (1.5 minutes).
i think i’ll take another run at it before rating numerically; i’m trying to determine whether or not the heavy dark flavour of a traditional assam is a requirement for me or whether it’s negotiable, lol.
isn’t it strange how one palate differs from another…
i did not like this blend at all, whereas my son claimed the sample happily. i got no coconut or chocolate, all i got was an overpowering rum? he got the coconut though and proclaimed me to be cracked.
hmph. no numbers, but plenty of perplexedness….
4 of 4! while i wouldn’t be diametrically opposed to a cup of this tea… in comparison to it’s david’s tea-mate ‘vanilla orchid’ this one is not nearly as brilliant. following that metaphor i feel rather as though i might have to squint to see it. however, neither is it the vanilla tea i like least from my 24 hour marathon.
the order (favourite to not-so-much): vanilla orchid by david’s teas, vanilla plantation by silk road, vanilla oolong by david’s teas and lastly vanilla black by harney and sons.
this last tea blend gave me vanilla buttercream again, but with an orange hint. i’m not sure exactly what i don’t like about it… it might be that it’s the combination of base teas? oolong and green… i can be a bit twitchy about hybrids sometimes.
either way, david’s teas surprised me today. i appreciate being able to support canadian business.