263 Tasting Notes

75
drank Butter Rum by 52teas
263 tasting notes

I had this bag since summertime and I barely touched it. I had tried one cup while camping, it was not good, so I left it on the shelf since. Its sister, the “butter brandy cake” was terrible. So terrible, in fact, that I …. Got rid of it. It was so chemical and awful. So there’s a few bucks I’ll never get back. I even tried airing it out, as someone suggested (suggestion was based on feedback and comments from here) and still no go.

Given this butter brandy cake experience I am sure nobody would blame me for fearfully avoiding this bag. Well, it seems I avoided it long enough for it to get to the point where it is ok tasting. Reading through notes here I see someone mentioning “curing” the tea. I’m assuming curing is kinda like airing it out?!?

I’m glad the bag is finally working because I’m out of all butter rum from DAVID and I’m running really low on SoHo blend from Harney, so now I have an entire bag of butter rum just in time for winter.

It still has a hint of something I don’t like but it really is just a hint, I can easily ignore it especially with a fixin’ of Demerara and vanilla creamer. Fixed just so it is indeed a good cup.

Used DAVID’s perfect spoon for 8 oz water that I allowed to cool to 204F after boiling. Just over two minutes. No astringency and good aroma.

(ETA: wow factor increases with a splash of Gibson’s Finest rye)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Dexter

LOL booze makes everything better….

MissB

So, for rum-flavored teas, you’re recommending DAVID’s and SoHo? Any others? I have a Jamaican friend amazed at the idea there’s such a thing as rum-flavored teas, and I’d love to introduce him to some of the better ones (having yet to try one myself).

Nxtdoor

MissB, DAVID’s Buttered Rum (organic) was one of the very first loose leaf teas I’ve tried so I suspect I’ll always remember how delicious it seemed to me. Later I explored more but I never forget my first loves. SoHo blend, interestingly enough is not a rum tea per se but to me the blend of chocolate and coconut gave it a similarity to rum notes. If you probably taste them side by side they are different. I’d be wrong to call soho a rum tea even though it tastes like one to me.

Fjellrev

SoHo definitely makes me think of Malibu.

Dexter

MissB I LOVE SoHo – not sure I would have thought rum – but for sure tasty.
I’m hoping that the banana rum pecan keemun that I concocted from Design a Tea is all that I’m anticipating it to be…

MissB

Ooh. Excellent! Excited to try these, AND to hear about your Design a Tea teas, Dexter!

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So the difference between this and just caramel matcha is what?!? I think it’s sugar. When I added sugar to this, it was too sweet to drink it, I had to dilute it. I add the same amount of sugar to caramel matcha and it is fine. Also, the sample they sent me with purchase was way more than I normally would add to an 8 oz cup of cold matcha latte.

It is also a little chalky. But hey, it was free sample with purchase and if you let it sit a bit, the “chalk” settles and you can enjoy this decadent drink.

I added the matcha to a travel bottle and added a little warm water and a tsp of sugar. I shook the bottle to dissolve. I then added 8 oz cold milk and shook the bottle again. Poured over ice, stuck in a straw and …. Sluurppp!

ashmanra

Yes, the difference is that the matchaccino is pre-sweetened and has a thickening agent added. I checked the ingredients when they first proposed it and I didn’t see anything I object to in my food, and I am pretty picky about additives. I bought three big bags of it. LOL!

MissB

Yep, I checked with them too to find out the difference, and that’s all it is: pre-sweetened and a thickening agent. So basically cuts out a step. I find this much better as a smoothie/milkshake.

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I received this as a free bag with purchase during a promo. I should have just left it for someone else to have. Even the dry leaf smelled so off putting — like bad milk chocolate — sour almost. Yes, I smelled coconut and Cinammon but the acrid chocolate smell was prevalent.

I finally forced myself to have a cup to satisfy a craving for something I couldn’t put my finger on. I looked at my cupboard and wanted nothing (well, really, I wanted a Starbucks’ tall salted caramel mocha with whipped cream and sprinkles) so I sighed and decided it was time to stop avoiding this bag.
You know, " #%^} or get off the pot", right?

It brewed orangey brown, had a ton of floaties, like A TON and I couldn’t make myself do it. I didn’t even waste my yummy creamer on it, I took a tiny sip and dumped it. The only thing that tasted worse to me was a sort of Tulsi chai I got a sample from someone — won’t name names :)

THis stormy night is the stuff nightmares are made of. Sorry, DAVID, I’m a fan overall, but this one needs to go away.

VariaTEA

haha I remember when I wrote my review you mentioned how you disliked the smell. I am sorry this was such a bad experience for you. I do agree that its not the best (although not quite to the extent you do obviously since I still drink it). At least you did not pay for it and now you know it is not for you.

Nxtdoor

You can have it!

VariaTEA

I still have a lot. Thank you though!

Satsuma

I would like to have it! I love that tea but can’t find it anymore…

Nxtdoor

Ok. You can have it. :)

Satsuma

Tank you!!! But I don’t know what to do next…(I’m very new on steepster)

Tuscanteal

I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it. I do find it smells a bit burnt at first but I actually liked it with cream and sugar. I like cinnamon though and you need to like it to enjoy this tea. I didn’t notice the floaties but I did notice it was more murky. I attribute that to the cinnamon.

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70
drank Tali's Masala Chai by Tealux
263 tasting notes

First off, who is Tali and why is there so much chai named after her? :p

Second, maybe I should give up my quest for chai, it is doomed, since I can’t stand milk and it seems chai and milk go together like, well, you know. I tried steeping Tao tea leaf’s masala chai in straight up milk — good spices but oh god, warm milk assaults my nostrils and I nearly barf so I boiled some water and tried to calm myself with this. If I am not careful with the milk I will develop an aversion to chai by association.

Back to this one though…The spices are quite good, balanced, but it is thin tasting. There’s a hint of ginger and clove, they do not steal the show. It wouldn’t be a good show if they did. Good overall but not essential.

Many thanks to Dexter3657 for all the chai shared with me, practically almost all the chai I’ve had. I’ve been a little gun shy in buying myself. Alas, there are two favourites still, the Laoshan Village Chai and something else I can’t quite remember. I’ll have to go through my notes but I think it was from Tealux. (Edit: yah, it was Oo Nutty Delight from Tealux)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

You don’t have to brew it in milk. You can add cream and sugar instead. Just a thought. Or you can brew halg water half milk.

Nxtdoor

I hear you about the cream and sugar. I do that sometimes but I always wonder what it would taste like if I could stand the milk. Like when a person cooks but changes half the ingredients of an original recipe. You are no longer experiencing that dish as it was intended so perhaps left wondering… :)

Tuscanteal

So many different ways. We have a large Indian community here and seems every family does it differently.

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drank Tali's Masala Chai by Tealux
263 tasting notes

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
263 tasting notes

Sipdown. And just in case anyone wants to try, it goes amazing with bacon. I was making lardons (and caramelized onions) for my pasta tonight and I popped a few remaining lardons (bacon bits for those not in the know) in my mouth. Then I sat down and absentmindedly took a sip of this tea. Woot!

No, I am not here to request a bacon tea. I’ve tried them and I know how it goes, but man, maybe just fry yourself some bacon when you’re wondering, and sip at your tea. Taste buds party!

Also this is not as astringent now as I thought it the first time around. Bump!

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I get to try this courtesy of Dexter3657 . Thank you!

The dry leaf smells so good that it was the first one I’m having out of all the other ziploc bags I got. It smells sweet, not just spice. It tastes quite close to what you’d think it should taste like after smelling the leaf. That is always nice since you’re choosing tea based on its smell sometimes and it’s quite the disappointment when the brewed tea tastes NOTHING like the dry.

I added brown sugar but no dairy (or dairy substitutes). I had a cup at work this morning and am finishing off the sample tonight because it is good enough to have more than once in a day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
OMGsrsly

I really like this one. :)

keychange

Love this one also!

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95
drank Bai Hao Yin Zen by David's Tea
263 tasting notes

This is so good, you guys. So beautiful to look at, too. I know some of you might think that Dexter3657 and I should probably start some mutual adoration society or something but I’m going to say this anyway: Dex is an amazing friend. You see, it’s my birthday (soon) and since I was lusting for this tea that I would have likely never bought, or not in the foreseeable future, Dex sent me some, among other things.

I had this as a sample with purchase last time and I wished for more. The leaves are gorgeous so I brewed it in a glass gaiwan to see what’s up. Very pale brew and I still can’t tell what it tastes like any better than last time. Uncooked peaches and cream corn. Or something like that, sweet and green.

It seemed like 94C would be a bit high for a white so I did 190F (which is about 87c). No additives.

Thank you, Dexter3657 for this tea, for your thoughtfulness and for making me feel special.
Now I gotta go drink me some more tea :)

Bonnie

HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY!

Nxtdoor

:) thank you, Bonnie.

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
263 tasting notes

Bought this for my partner who is a fan of apple pie. Tonight when I asked “what tea do you want?” The answer, not surprisingly was “whatever you’re having”. So I’m having this even though I knew I didn’t like it, just so she can drink it.

I can’t get too eloquent about a green tea that tastes like watery apple cider. If you leave it too long, well, it’s green tea, it will punish you. I did ok with just under three minutes at 180 but the resteep was forgotten, was more like 5 min and made for a bitter tea.

But really, on the whole, apple cider. Long aftertaste, probably because of the lingering cinnamon.

So far “lime gelato” is DAVID’s most enjoyable green tea and “Kokomo green” their worst. "North African mint (organic) " is so unlike green tea that you can be surprised when you read the label and see “green tea”

Tealizzy

Kokomo green was terrible. :P Haven’t tried the other ones you mention, though.

JustJames

i got apple oatmeal with no cinnamon…. i don’t think i even put numbers to it it was so bad. and i did return it because it was horrid.

Amariel

I didn’t like Kokomo Green either.

Cavocorax

I think I’m the only out there who actually liked Kokomo Green!
(what’s wrong with me? :O)

Nxtdoor

Cavo — dry, it smells like nail polish remover. Brewed, it tastes worse than bitter melon. Maybe you like bitter melon?

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
263 tasting notes

I went to DAVID’s yesterday to buy “pumpkin spice”.They were out. So now I’m there, at the counter, thinking “them’s the breaks. How can walk away with no tea?” It would be a waste of trip. So I refilled my goji pop before someone decides it’s a summer drink and they pull it, got “read my lips” and then, against my better judgement, I got some of this too. I say against my better judgement because I don’t like chamomile. But I thought maybe it will be more mango than chamomile.

Also, I feel like I’m getting sick, my throat feels funny so I made this when I got home and went straight to bed with the mug. You know, it’s not too bad. If you don’t like chamomile it can be really scary to see a whole bunch of chamomile flowers in the dry leaf. However, I can say that mango comes first. I am still not going to restock this but at least it’s not awful and I can drink the 24g I got.

Brews really pale and the aroma is predominantly chamomile although the taste is mostly mango. Juicy mango, not the mango in “happy kombucha” or “mango madness” .

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

Hope you don’t get sick!

Dexter

LOL You really need to tell me these things. I was at the mall today, could have bought you some and tossed it in the package I just mailed. (How could they be out of pumpkin spice at this time of year?)

Nxtdoor

Thanks, stephanie.

Dexter — it was last night while at Jonathan’s so I didn’t get a chance to talk to you after that. But yeah, wtf, it’s DT’s fall lineup superstar, this pumpkin spice, how can they be out? I don’t want to order online and have to spend $50 for free shipping so I’ll have to wait.

Tealizzy

You mean pumpkin chai, right? I just ordered some online, justifying the $5 shipping by the fact that they send 3 free samples. I was getting worried they would be out, and I guess that worry was true!

Nxtdoor

Yah, pumpkin chai, you’re right, Tealizzy. Sorry!

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

NOTE: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity. Home improvements, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto Canada

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