581 Tasting Notes
Made this one again this morning. This time I added two smallish pieces of brown rock sugar. I am finding the black base still strong. Almost malty. Reminding me of an assam. There is still an orange rind, peppery, spicey taste but it is blunted by a more citrus flavour. The rock sugar has seem to bring out a much more grapefruit flavour vs the citrus rind flavour. This one is very much reminding me of a citrus Earl Grey but there is no bergamot. Its making a great breakfast tea. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone! Today I give thanks for awesome family, great friends, and of course delicious tea!
This one makes a delicious Earl Grey iced tea. There is strong bergamot, which of course I love. It is a bit artificial tasting but still good. I made this as per the directions on the package, steeping for 3 minutes. To me, this one is on the verge of being a creamy Earl Grey with just a slightest hint of vanilla. There is also some sweetness to this tea so I didn’t need to add any sweetener.
This one definitely has a taste of grapefruit and orange rind. It is peppery and spicey. It tastes very natural. The black tea base tastes stronger than what I find most of Nina’s Paris teas taste. I think this one is lacking a bit of sweetness. Overall it is a good tea, but I would like there to have been more of an actual citrus taste.
This one tastes better once it starts to cool. I think next time I will be adding a but of sweetener to see what happens.
Received this one from Teavivre’s Autumn tea contest.
This is a very pleasant oolong. It is lightly floral. There is definitely a naturally fruity taste. Reminds me of stone fruits, apricots, peaches.
I brewed this one 1tsp for about 2 minutes, it was quite thick. Still good, but I think I would prefer it for less steep time.
Edit: Made this one at a 1 min steep. I think the flavours are much better at the lesser steep time. The flavours are much lighter, and subtle, but I find I am better able to distinguish the flavours. Whereas at a 2 minute steep, it still tasted good, but I think some flavours were overpowering others.
Received this one from Roswell Strange.
I initially was having a hard time describing this one. On first look of the dried leaves I was surprised as I there were quite large bits and this is something that I do not associate with Davids Tea. I often find their teas a bit crumbly. On first smell of the dried tea all I got was lemon, like sweet lemon drop candies. Not much bergamot and certainly did not make me think Earl Grey.
On first sip, I am confused. I am not getting much taste. Maybe I underleafed. I am getting a light, sort of sweet lemon flavour. A bit artificial. No bergamot at all.
I am thinking I must be off today. So I took the cheating way out and I read the description of the tea. I really shouldn’t call this cheating. It would have been smart to read this before making the tea, instead of just assuming.
This is a white tea! Totally didn’t expect that at all. The dry leaf did not anywhere near resemble bai mu dan in my opinion. I just assumed it was a black tea and steeped in just under boiling water. I also did not realize there were yogurt pieces in the mix.
So after reading the description and going back to the tea, I am getting some light, sweet lemon flavours. Still a bit artificial. I am definitely getting a creaminess from the yogurt. Still doesn’t taste like bai mu dan to me, but that could be in how I steeped it. Not getting a whole lot of bergamot. The taste is getting stronger as it cools.
Still a decent tasting tea. I think I need to use a bit more leaf and lower water temp next time to bring out more flavour and see if it becomes a bit more of an Earl. Although, the ingredient list does not even list bergamot oil or flavouring or orange rind at all. So I am thinking it is not a real Earl, but they are substituting with lemon (which is not the same but I understand what Davids is trying to achieve with it).
Thanks Ros. I would have probably never picked this one up on my own, so thanks for the sample.
Edit: made this one again, but this time doubled up on the leaf. Overall it tastes the same, the lemon taste is a bit stronger. I am finding the yogurt pieces a bit astringent this time around but that maybe due to the amount that I steeped. I closely inspected the brewed leaf and noted there did seem to be a lot of green tea leaves that must have unfurled during brewing and I didn’t notice in the dry tea.
So I had this one yesterday and it tasted off. I tried again today in a different (and smaller cup). It is still not that good. Tastes a bit like alcohol, a bit acidic, very flat. I think the bergamot is bad. This one uses real oil of bergamot so I am wondering if the oil has “turned”. I am just throwing the box. It was a best before date of 2015 and was kept in a cool, dark place, but there is something not right about it. Doesn’t taste the same as when I first opened the box. Too bad. Goodbye sweet bergamot!
So I was at a comedy show last week and the comedian had a bit about Tim Horton’s and how he was explaining to a non Canadian who Tim Horton was. The story was he convinced this non-Canadian that Tim Horton was the first and greatest president of Canada and to honor him we open a coffee and donut shop in every community in Canada.
So for anyone that doesn’t know, Tim Horton may have been a great man (or not so great depending on who you ask) but he was never premier nor president of Canada. ha ha. Go Hockey!
So I am having a steeped tea because I have a roomie staying with me. I get up at 5 am to get ready for work and try not to make much noise in the morning. I ended up leaving the house super early so stopped at Timmies to get my usual go to. I still ended up being at work a half hour early. It is not too bad this morning. Not as smooth as usual. Must have been the end of the pot. It is still thick and a strong. I think it is a Ceylon base but who knows. Tim is not giving up his secrets.
Had this one today, haven’t had it in a long time. Through the entire mug I kept getting this alcoholic taste. Almost tasted like dark rum. So not sure what is going on with that. Maybe someone was using one of my travel mugs to have an alcoholic drink…hmmmm…
It was still good. Just tasted really off. Not like earl grey. I will just have to try again.
This one smells like lemonade. Yes! My favorite.
The brewed tea tastes very similar to fresh lemonade, however, it is not as sweet or as tart. I think I could have added some sweetener to bring out the lemon taste a bit more but chose not to for the first cup. I also tried this hot the first time, but I purchased it with the intention of cold brewing. I think this one is going to become a favorite.
So on a few of my previous notes on Tea Desire teas, I made a comment that once I got home, the dry tea had no smell. This one is the exception, it has a strong smell. This one smells quite like artificial orange, much like chewable vitamin c, but not so tart. I like this taste, so I bought this tea to try.
There are cute little curly shaped, light orange yellow things mixed in with the oolong. From the ingredient list, I would think they are supposed to be orange blossoms, however they are quite thick and make me think they are more orange peel shavings.
The brewed tea has quite an oil slick on top, not surprised considering the smell is artificial orange flavour. The taste of the tea is not bad, considering I like that chewable vitamin C flavour. The oolong is very light in the background and to me tastes like a lightly oxidized oolong.
I like this one, but it is quite artificial. I have had better, ie. more natural tasting, orange blossom oolongs.