281 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Tali's Masala Chai by Tealux
281 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
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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
281 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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drank Bai Hao Yin Zen by David's Tea
281 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
281 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
281 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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drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
281 tasting notes

I would like to thank Stacy for providing, at my request, a sample of this with my order. As I’m still searching for my chai (I used to say “the perfect chai” but really, what is that?) I decided to try what I hoped was one of the better ones and asked Stacy for a sample.

The spices do indeed blend together nicely. There’s no overpowering clove as was the case with most, if not all, chais I’ve had but I’m beginning to wonder if chais are intended to be steeped in milk. As much as I enjoyed the flavour of this one, it seemed to be lacking a certain something. Maybe a stronger base? But not too strong or astringent. I’m mucking this up. You see, I have never had a chai that blew me away (there was one that came close) so I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I’m looking for. You’ve been there, right? Maybe not with tea, maybe with something else. You’re looking for something, you’re not sure what it is but when you find it, Booyah!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

This one was definitely made with the intention of using a lot of sugar and milk. After we finish the last of this batch we are looking to work on a new chai but I am having a difficult time figuring out which direction to take it in. I think chai is a little difficult since everyone seems to be looking for something different.

Nxtdoor

@Butiki Teas — when you have a new one ready I’ll likely be trying. I wouldn’t mind having more to play with. Most ones I’ve had are not even worth playing around with, but this one I like the flavour itself. I think I just need it stronger so I can try playing with the leaf a little.

Butiki Teas

Nxtdoor-We definitely tend to put our brewing parameters towards the lighter side. Glad you are enjoying the flavor.

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I rarely write two tasting notes for the same tea. I’m having this again (and again). I made 16 oz last night using two perfect scoops (DAVID’s) but didn’t resteep till this morning. I used just a touch less water for the resteep, made maybe 14 oz instead of 16. It resteeps really really well.

Also, in my initial note I mentioned there might have been a slight bitterness. If there was, I didn’t taste it this time around. It’s strong citrus and dark chocolate (as the description from Butiki tells you as well). A great tea. I added no dairy this time around. It just messes things up.

Oh and finally bought myself a variable temperature electric kettle. Couldn’t be happier about it. Doesn’t hurt that it’s sexy looking too, with the different colours lighting up for different temperature water. It’s on 50% off sale at Canadian Tire, in case any of you are looking for one.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/8/KitchenBath/2/Appliances/Kettles/PRD~0430284P/T-Fal+Thermovision+Digital+Kettle%2C+1.7-L.jsp?locale=en

OMGsrsly

OMG! And it’s available at my local store! BRB, going to buy a kettle. :D Thank you!

Cavocorax

Oh! This looks great! I really wish I had money for it. :p
Maybe for Christmas?

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

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 lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. 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.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto-ish, Canada

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