268 Tasting Notes

62
drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
268 tasting notes

I’m really raining on everyone’s parade lately aren’t I? Cover your eyes if you don’t want to read this. I don’t know what cotton candy everyone is eating but I must have been eating a different kind. This tea is not cotton candy for me. Even with a generous amount of agave I’m getting a strong base with something sweet at the back. I’d say it’s a cotton candy finish. I expected stronger cotton candy flavour and less base flavour. It smelled like strong black tea after brewing so was worried before I even tasted it.

The bag ripped when I opened the foil pouch but it was not a big deal, I just dumped it in my DAVIDs steeper and continued as per directions. It was interesting to see the base. The tea is very fine though. Like ground coffee. More like bagged tea than loose leaf tea. I meant to drink it without sugar but it really tasted like nothing to me so it was either suffer, dump it, or sweeten. I chose the latter. We’re going to the Jazz Streetfest and am taking this so I really didn’t want to leave the house with something not enjoyable.

Sadly I think this will be my last SBT adventure. I still have the watermelon one but if tastes like the other four I’ve tried, well, I won’t be in a hurry to brew it. They’re just too subdued for me in the flavour department, that’s all.

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

I am in total agreement. I haven’t tried the SBT, but the original loose tea, and it was underwhelming. Just black tea vaguely sweetened with sugar. No cotton candy.

JustJames

i agree with you… i smelled the potential, but i got nothing in the steep. i didn’t even review it i don’t think. i like the baked goods, i loved the lime jello…. the rest? =0(

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58
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
268 tasting notes

I don’t like this tea. It tastes exactly like coconut water. I didn’t like Tropicalia either probably because it tastes like piña colada which I don’t like (because of the coconut). The strange thing is I like the Buttered Rum (organic) which has coconut in it, as well as the coconutty SoHo Blend (Harney & Sons) :)

The dry leaf is mostly tea with long strands of coconut throughout. It smells like sweet coconut. The brew is pale yellow (but darkens as it sits for a couple of hours). Flavour: coconut water.

I drank it iced because I couldn’t imagine it hot nor do I have any desire to try it that way.

The tea delivers what it sets out to deliver: an all coconut tea. I just wish I liked it more. It is not astringent at 3 minutes with proper water temperature. I used a heaping “perfect measure” for 8 oz of water. Easy going tea for me, although whites can be picky.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
JustJames

i love coconut, but i despise coconut water. balance! it needs balance!!!

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
268 tasting notes

Favourite fruit green tea hands down! Drinking it iced and it doesn’t taste like green tea at all to me, it’s just pure lime-onade :) I don’t know abut gelato, but there’s a nice creaminess that to me takes sharpness away and makes it less tangy. Even without sweetener this is not sour at all but plenty lime flavour. There, how’s that for eloquent.

It is really good! Pale green liquor, flavour matches the aroma. May-zing :)

JustJames

this one is awewsome!

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96
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m writing this note thanks to Dexter3657. I was lost to all of you forever (big deal, right?) because I couldn’t add comments, notes or anything at all. I freaked out and emailed Dexter who said “clear your cookies”. Once I figured out how to do this on ipad it all worked fine so… I’m back baby!

This tea is amazing. Yes, “amazing” and “DAVIDs” can go together. You can taste the chocolate, berries as well as the rose yet it is so well balanced, none of the three are too much. This is of course the way it tastes to me. I’m not Hemingway, he was the best at describing things, even food, but suffice it to say that if you like chocolate strawberry teas you will enjoy this. It’s not too floral, I worried about the roses too but it’s good.

I steeped it at work, in a bag, and it’s still good. Resteeps well also although the resteep is more chocolate and rose and only a hint of strawberry.

Dry leaf smells mostly of chocolate but there is a whiff of strawberries. The brewed tea is not overly fragrant but there is chocolate on the nose. Caramel coloured liquor. ( The tea bag smelled out of this world afterwards, as it was waiting patiently to be re-steeped.)

2 tsp, 12 oz near boiling water, 4 min.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
268 tasting notes

I am getting so much more nutty chocolate flavour this time around. The raspberry is only in the aftertaste now. It is still pretty thin looking (only light light brown) and tasting at 4 minutes. I keep forgetting to overleaf this one and steep longer.

I added just a small amount of agave, less than 1 tsp, but I added vanilla creamer. It is not a bad tea to have around the house for when you don’t know what you want. This one is pretty versatile, it takes a lot of things well so you can slightly alter the final cup to suit whatever moods you find yourself in. (I’ve tried it with caramel cremer, hazelnut creamer and now vanilla). It could even be chai if you have got spices I’m sure.

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69
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

I really wanted to like this tea. Especially since I purchased a 4 oz tin. I love Florence and SoHo Blend and this was also a crowd favourite it seemed. Maybe I overleafed and steeped too long — it was too much bergamot and also bitter. No caramel, no vanilla, just bitter bergamot. The aroma of the brewed tea was also really strong, very Earl Gray like.

I am somewhat frustrated that Harney doesn’t provide much steeping direction aside from the general “black tea = boiling water for 5 minutes” which is way too long for me.

I’ll go for 2 minutes next time to see what happens. For now, thumbs down. Sorry, H & S!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Dinosara

It is odd that they provide those instructions because in their tasting rooms they brew their flavored blacks at 200F for 3 minutes.

Nxtdoor

it’s odd. but it’s right on the tins. it’s not even a label, it’s printed on the tin itself, so they’ve commited :)

Cavocorax

I hope it works out with the shorter steep time! And I think they just paste generic labels on some of their tins – I’ve got a few like that, but I ignore them and just steep for 3-4 min at under boiling, and it’s always flavourful and mild.

Fingers crossed for you!

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52
drank Butter Brandy Cake by 52teas
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I have nothing to say about this except … How do you brew this to make it taste good?

I had it this past weekend while camping and I didn’t like it. I thought it was the rough conditions as well as the different water. I bought spring water but there was a lot of mineral salt in it so I thought it affected the tea and made it unpleasant.

I tried this again today and it is bitter and it has a chemical taste. Not a faint chemical taste but quite a strong one. I added agave and caramel creamer to make it palatable. I read someone is steeping it at lower temps to combat the bitterness so I will try it next time. If it doesn’t get better, it’s getting swapped/gifted.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

52 teas black typically = slightly lower than boiling for 2 mins.

Nxtdoor

Thanks Sil. I will try it this way soon, maybe tomorrow. I need to find out quickly if this is something I can enjoy.

Sil

NP. I haven’t tried this one but that seems to be the way to go with most of frank’s black based teas for the ones i have had.

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76
drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
268 tasting notes

I made 2L of this before I went camping for the weekend. Smells very much like banana candy or liquor or any banana flavoured thing you can think of, both before and after steeping. Sadly, a lot of the flavour is lost. I know that smell contributes a great amount to our sense of taste but my tongue really didn’t get an awful lot of banana. I gave some to my partner to try without telling her what it is and she could not identify that it was a banana tea. So there.

Brewed as per instructions, bag in 2 cups of boiling water, added cold water to complete a 2 quart (translation: 2 litre) pitcher.

If I could rate on smell alone, Booyah, it is out of the park banana. Flavour disappointing, sorry. I now have the bag cold steeping, we’ll find out tomorrow if it is more flavourful.

6 days later

I resteeped the bag with cold water in the fridge for over 24 hours. Sweetened with agave. It has more flavour this way but still quite subtle. The banana is more in the aftertaste.

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83
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

Will it be redundant if I keep saying “I love this tea?”. It seems I hit the jackpot with Harney & Sons. I am three for three so far and still have more to try.

I abused this tea this morning and it forgave me. I overleafed and overstepped because I was running around to get ready and forgot the timer. It was probably around 5 minutes or so, more than I like to steep my black teas even though Harney recommends a 5 minute steep for black teas.

Slight bitterness (cause I was a moron) but still so good, so flavourful. I get mostly apricot but can tell there’s another fruit with it because it’s not pure apricot. I know they say cherry but I can’t really tell it is cherry with all the apricot in there. I took it in travel mug at work and took the lid off. As I worked, I kept getting whiffs of it, it stays so fragrant even when cold. I think if I cold steep this it will hit it out of the park.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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97
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

I’ve died and gone to …. Florence!

My first Harney & Sons order. 95% of the teas at my house are fruit teas and I needed desperately to remedy that. Everything was dandy until one day I no longer craved fruit teas and found there was almost nothing to drink… Wha? I tried Glitter and Gold and some other things first but they did not satisfy so, Harney to the rescue. I remember reading about Florence and a few others so I gave it a go.

This tea (dry leaf) smells like chocolate. Not like tea, like chocolate. I don’t smell any tea at all unless I try really really hard. Now the opposite can be said about it once brewed. I put my nose to the cup and inhaled and got tea . Just a touch of astringency at 4 minutes but it’s gone once it cools. I added turbinado and creamer and it is exactly what I imagined this tea would be. Isn’t it wonderful when that happens?!? It tastes like chocolate. not like nutella, although it smells like it, but definitely like a slightly hazelnutty milk chocolate. I love that on the packaging they have a number you can call for re-order. Kinda like pizza. Wen you’re too lazy to figure out what you want, just get the same thing you got last time (assuming it wasn’t a dud, of course).

Florence, I’m so glad I found you now. We are going to have a lovely fall and winter together.

ETA: 2nd steep is a little thinner but still yummy. Not going to go for 3.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Tea buddies! I’m drinking the same one right now!
I’m happy that you are enjoying it so much. I am definitely going to make some of these H&S teas a staple.

Nxtdoor

Oh yah. Absolutely. I actually found them quite inexpensive, comparatively speaking.

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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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