376 Tasting Notes

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drank Weight To Go! by Teavana
376 tasting notes
thank you again BETH at the mayfair location for this great recommendation! the oolong gives it a caffeine punch and the puerh component tones down stickiness on the tongue from the tannic acid in adition to adding low tones of nuttiness.

this tea is light with a beautiful combination of fruit and flower notes, though none of them overpowering. although i haven’t tried it, i have every expectation that it will be brilliant iced. (i had waaaay too much fun today at teavana….. i need to seriously consider putting myself on a stricter tea budget!)

i just add a bit of sugar to this one, no need for cream because it’s so lovely clear. i have a single grouchy caveat: i dislike the name. if beth didn’t know me and what i like i wouldn’t have given this tea a second thought because the title rubs me the wrong way….. but in the grand scheme of things that is a very small gripe. head of the class teavana!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Sounds lovely!
P.S. Reality is, tea and budget don’t agree much with one another. Believe me, I’ve tried MANY times, haha!

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76
drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
376 tasting notes

this.is.a.brilliant.tea. the smell you get in the store is exactly how it tastes once it’s steeped. the blend is absolutely honest in its bouquet representation.

the colour is warmly pink. the taste genuinely passionfruit— not a citrus approximation. just enough flowers for it to be a tea and not just a fruit blend. adjectives: robust, elegant, balanced…

beautifully done, david’s teas! i can only hope that i can get this tea in the fall (please?).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
canadianadia

Is there any tartness in this one? I’m considering picking this up, but I’m not sure about the hibiscus

JustJames

not a hint. it’s really well put together. but you can always ask for a sample in the store, they’re really good for that. :-)

canadianadia

good idea, I’ll have to bear this one in mind next time I go to David’s Tea

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64
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
376 tasting notes

i prefer this tea from the first steep versus the second because i enjoy robust flavour. to be honest i didn’t much taste almonds, the strongest flavours in the first steep were chocolate and raspberry, in the second steep raspberry and mate. both times a very fruity tea.

quite nice, overall. it will do nicely as dessert!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Lychee Peach by Tealux
376 tasting notes

okay, honestly, the first time i tried this tea it fell very flat and i was unimpressed. however, i figured i would give it another go seeing as it’s sitting in my cupboard.

tealux’s lychee raspberry is brilliant… but i’m afraid that my second go round with their lychee peach has not improved my opinion.

i love lychee and peach,but i taste neither in this blend. what i do taste is a creamy tobacco flavour. not like the smell of expensive pipe tobacco which can be nice, but something more acrid.

not more than a marginal grade from me…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
376 tasting notes

my review of this tea is two pronged, personal and professional.

1) personally, i tend to be very picky when it comes to rooiboos. the smell from this herbal was great, but it didn’t follow through on taste for me. this struck me as odd because coconut tends to be such a robust flavour like in david’s teas coco lemon thai…. however, not in this case.

i will add another piece of relevant information at this point. my bag of alpine punch was a sample sent from montreal. this is where the professional aspect of my review kicks in.

2) the description of this tea on steepster is at odds with the packaging from head office. the list of ingredients on my bag of tea reads as such: rooiboos, COCONUT CHIPS (COCONUT, COCONUT FAT, SUGAR)apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almonds, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURING.

i like david’s teas. they’re canadian and they come up with very creative blends, regardless of whether they’re to my taste. however, due diligence in terms of ingredients listing is VERY IMPORTANT. i have come to understand that david’s teas is one of canada’s fastest growing companies which means that diligence across the board (ingredients especially!!!) becomes even more important.

david’s teas has formulated some of my favourite teas, but in my opinion this was a very big ball to drop.

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73
drank Strawberry Slender by Teavana
376 tasting notes

this is a straightforward blend. sweet and fruity, strawberries and puerh. not fancy, but nice and simple. goes well as a layer with the earl’s garden, and berry good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
376 tasting notes

rose, almonds, black tea and violets! my first thought when megan (hillside location) wafted the smell my way was…. ice wine!?? the blend itself is very clever. it smells sweet and the scent translates to the tongue…

for me the strongest flavour was the violets. that was unexpected because violet is a very delicate flavour. lovely with cream and sugar (if you want extra sweetness) but i actually prefer it with a bit of sugar and somewhat cooled down—it draws the violet scent out even more.

lovely!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank RASPBERRY & LITCHI by Tealux
376 tasting notes

AMAZING, amazing, amaaaaaaaaaaazing. my nose leads the way with teas, for the most part. so buying tea online? unseen? unsniffed? it’s true, i had concerns. that said, every lychee tea i’ve sniffed locally i have found unpersuasive. so, i took a chance (cue abba!).

what an amazing return on my gamble! this is the smoothest, most elegantly liquored tea i have ever had. awesome with my standard cream and sugar and just as nice untouched (a rare thing for me… reserved only for my favourites). i have pushed this blend like you would not believe: oversteeped, under steeped, forgotten about, resteeped multiple times… i have varied the temperature, tried milk instead of cream. no hurtle seems to knock this brilliant tea down.

this is a very fine tea. refined. elegant. subtle. distinctive. and, i can’t believe it, but it has replaced my beloved amaretto from david’s teas. this is my #1.

thank you, tealux. if i could mark it higher i would, truly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec
TheTeaFairy

Ok now, you have me convinced! But please stop abuse your tea like that, LOL!
Since it’s already in my cupboard, I might try it tonight. It would be great if I liked it, since I was not as impressed by their flavoured tea a I was with their straight teas, which I find pretty amazing so far.

JustJames

now i haven’t tried any of their straight teas…. which would you recommend? and no, i will not stop abusing my teas, lol. i need to know if i can forget about a tea or whether i have to be hyper vigilant!

TheTeaFairy

Sorry for not answering that before, busy week! I don’t really know what your preferences are with unflavoured teas, but here’s my selection:

I have tried only half of the samples I bought last, but so far, I’m impressed and will order more of these:
Jun Shan Yin Zhen (yellow tea), Oh, so very refined!
Black Pearl Sumatra – (you already know why)
Milk Taiwan Oolong – for a naturally processed oolong with no added milk scent or flavouring, it’s pretty incredible how milky this is!
2013 First Flush Rohini Darjeeling: Crisp, bright and sunny, perfect tea for spring time!

Not a huge fan of flavoured pu’erh, so I tried the Aged 5 years Naked Pu’erh, and I really liked it. It’s a good rich and comforting every day pu’erh to have around.

There you have it!

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i bought this particular tea less as a tea enthusiast and more as someone with a medical condition that saps energy. so i will grade this tea two separate ways.

the energy boost: keeping it simple…. it works. for me at least. my condition makes me tired and i got no sleep the night before, but midway through my first cup i began to feel like a human being! it was very, very effective. i did have to be careful though because the energizing agent is red ginseng and it can be contraindicated with some meds. so, i checked with the pharmacist and it was a go.

the tea: is unique and well balanced. i have never had a tea like it, though i have read similar descriptions that didn’t succeed as i feel this one has.

this is an old tea. an aged puerh. heavy, rich, autumnal: all words that i would use. apricot, dandylion root, ginseng… but honestly, they blend together and become a dense, flavourful entity. it is great with cream and sugar and does exactly what it says.

i am impressed.

if you’re looking for an elegantly liquored tea with an floral bouquet, then this is not the tea for you. if you’re looking for a tea that does what it says and has a heavy flavourful presence that finishes up with tons of vanilla seeds in the bottom then you’ll love it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TEALUX

Thanks for your feedback! it is our brand new blend and we are happy that you love it :)

JustJames

it’s a great blend! i’ve tried some teas that have tried to accomplish what your description claims, but each one had fallen down. this was very well put together. nicely done!

JustJames

so i read! now i want to try it as well. i am about to leave a RAVING review of their lychee raspberry. i am a huge fan of this company…. i wonder if i can buy stock?

TheTeaFairy

I actually bought the lychee raspberry too, but haven’t tried it yet :-)

JustJames

ambrosia has got nothing on that tea! i seriously need to look into stock options, lol.

TheTeaFairy

JustJames, I got a sample of this that tried this week on my way o work! Woohoo, now this one should be advertised as « if this stuff doesn’t wake you up, you must be dead » right?

JustJames

i agree wholeheartedly! i have yet to have it fail to wake me up, no matter how little sleep i’ve had….. HOWEVER this is the tea i am most careful with drinking at night. i am certain it would keep me awake! LOL

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65
drank Pu-erh Cocoa-spice by Tealux
376 tasting notes

i am gaining a great opinion of tealux. my shipment of treats arrived today, well priced and decadent. my nose is exceptionally happy!

among my choices was this excellent cocoa infused tea. as i awkwardly steeped my first cup (my right arm is in a cast) the excellent smell of the tea developed and became even more exotic. chocolate. cinnamon. pepper. creaminess. well balanced. the woody taste of honeybush and the nutty taste of puerh— very well done! i had it as dessert after dinner.

a very satisfying blend! i look forward to the rest of my bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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