275 Tasting Notes

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Another tea from the magical cupboard at work. It was after noon and I just wanted a break. I didn’t really want a pick me up, I was barely trying to get through the day, didn’t need to get even more excited about having to be there another four hours. :)

The label was a bright friendly yellow and I thought “ok, why not”, not expecting much. My best bet was to throw in some ice cubes after steeping and at least have something to quench the thirst.

The flavour was not at all the lemon I feared. You taste more honeybush with some ginger than lemon. Also didn’t need a whole lot of sugar. I’m finally at the point where I’m able to dial back on the sugar and still be able to enjoy the tea. yay! I can’t really articulate much more than that, it’s not like it was a complex tea or anything. And I was somewhat distracted because I was at work, you know, working.

The tea was nothing to write home about but since I had very low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised!

Oh and… I nearly fell off the chair when some woman who came in the kitchen to make some tea grabbed the bag of this, carefully examined the label, opened, sniffed it, and dumped a teaspoon worth in her cup. No filter, no nothing. She poured some water, oblivious to steeping parameters, waited maybe a minute if that, and proceeded to fish the leaves out with a teaspoon. That was her idea of making tea, obviously. Waste of good tea if you ask me.

Cavocorax

Haha. Sounds like she’d tried it that way before to! Oh man – everyone should have a steeping basket – it just makes life so much simpler.

Nxtdoor

How much flavour could she have gotten with barely hot water and a minute of steeping? Is a freakin DT honeybush! It’s not some premium tea where you’re to steep 30 seconds

Stephanie

I wish my workplace had a magical tea cupboard! ;)

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
275 tasting notes

I would have never EVER bought a tea called “green and fruity”. But since someone generously put a bag of this in the cupboard at work, well, why not?

I drank it hot and then lukewarm. Basically I was busy and couldn’t finish a cup while it was still hot. It was surprisingly good! I got papaya at the beginning and then as it cooled off I got more peach than other stuff. Maybe mango. It should only matter to you if you dislike one of the two (peach or mango)" otherwise you won’t care. It’s a nice, ripe fruit taste. Really, really good. As in, I’m going to buy this for an iced drink instead of Coco Lemon Thai good. I couldn’t believe this is Rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
275 tasting notes

Oh darling magical cupboard at work, what shall we have today? Oh, jungle ju ju, you say?

It promises to get me swinging from the vines. Dunno about that but it’s not putting me to sleep which is great!

So now that I’m a seasoned mate drinker not! I can tell you I like this one in comparison to others. This is largely due to the papaya flavour. I’m a sucker for tropical fruit, especially if it’s covering something I am not entirely fond of yet. You do get good papaya flavour in this. Enough so that you don’t have to dig too deep to figure it out. I would make a second cup actually except I finished the bag, there was only enough for 1 cup. Might have to settle for 2nd steep. Hope it gives me more than flavoured water.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
275 tasting notes

I had no steeping parameters and it tastes a little weak using 1 perfect scoop, 4 minutes and near boiling water. I couldn’t find any info on the website. Why? Although it is fun to get cheeky with the description of the tea perhaps the powers that be should also bother to give some sort of steeping suggestions. After all, you are catering to the new tea drinker perhaps more so than the experienced one. End of rant.

Having said all that the tea itself is tasty. I’m sitting here drinking it instead of getting ready for work tasty. If I find enough 52teas appealing to me I could place an order and then yes, I would include this. Although, I don’t know how I feel about the “once it’s gone, it’s gone so don’t fall in love” part.

Thank you Sil for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m reading “the secret daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and oh my gosh, they’re in India and well, it’s chai this and chai that until I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the stash from Dexter3657 and killed the sample! I must do two things a) buy more of this and b) try other companies’ chai to see what’s out there. Although, why look for better when you have the best, right?

Although, note to self, this doesn’t go very well with the raw shallots from my quinoa Greek salad. I have to have a few tiny sips to cleanse the palate.

Great chai, the best I’ve had so far. I still need to buy almond milk.

Sil

this version is slightly different from previous versions. I personally like verdant’s previous version to this slightly better :)

Nxtdoor

Are you trying to burst my happy bubble? :)

TastyBrew

@sil, what was the previous version? Just different LB or different recipe?

Sil

never nxtdoor! tasty – not sure…but website says: New winter formulation with tulsi, thai ginger, clove, and more. helpful i know…

Bonnie

You can always buy just the chai spice mix and add the black tea you prefer. I happen to love the winter winter ginger blend and add black tea (usually laoshan black) to it.

Bonnie

Sorry…dumb Kindle…1 Winter!

Nxtdoor

Wow. I never thought of adding things to the dry leaf, certainly had no idea one could buy spice mixes. Thanks. I probably won’t do it but it’s good information to have!

Bonnie

In time. I love to cook..so eventually as I became more comfortable with tea I began to experiment. I cook with tea sometimes too.

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drank Momo by Lupicia
275 tasting notes

Well, I wondered about this tea for long enough. thanks to Sil it’s in my cup and I can stop wondering. Turns out I wasn’t missing much.

Sometimes I feel like I’m deficient somehow and can’t get flavour out of these teas. But then some teas come along and give me confidence again that I can taste flavours and I can make a yummy cup. No, there’s no happy ending here. This tea makes me doubt my taste buds yet again. Who are these people raving about peach? (And why does my iPad want to correct “peach” to "preschool?)

I’ve made it hot and tried. I added sugar and tried. Poured it over ice and tried. Someone is trying to pull the wool over my eye with this one. I had fantasies about ripe, flavourful, juicy peaches. I’m getting instead that disappointment you get from eyeing a gorgeous piece of fruit only to bite in it and find it mealy and cardboard-y. Waaaah!

I really don’t mean to be harsh but I’m getting mostly black tea. I can’t even smell the peach. It’s not awful or anything, it’s just not peachy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
275 tasting notes

It turns out the new HR manager at work has a daughter who works for DAVIDs. When I first met her, in the staff room, I had no idea who she was, what she did or anything at all. She caught me looking at a box a bagged tea in the cupboard and she started a conversation with me based on that. Next thing I know we’re in there talking about tea for 30 minutes. She ends the conversation by saying “anyway, I have more tea than I can drink, I’ll have to bring it in”. True to her word, this morning there are several bags of DT in there, some of then unopened.

This here is one of the teas. Not overly flavourful or aromatic but one could tell that there is, indeed, lychee in the tea. I wonder what this would be cold steeped. Maybe it would surprise in the flavour department, just like the Blueberry Jam did?!?

1.5 tsp, near boiling water (no thermometer at work), 3 minutes. I put a hefty amount of sugar in there to bring out some flavour and now I have some really sweet lightly flavoured black tea. The base is not too strong, not astringent at all but not much of anything going on.

Maybe I’ll pinch a teaspoon worth and cold steep at home in a tiny jar.

JustJames

i’m about to try ‘imperial lychee’ by tealish, not sure how it will be either. awesome that you have a real life tea buddy!

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
275 tasting notes

My second go at this tea. When I first drank this it had been my very first honeybush. I am now a few teas older and I’m enjoying this more, probably because I know what to expect. In my original tasting note I said this tea could be one that grows on me and I was right. I made it nice and sweet, steeped it twice and it turned out to be a great choice for my last tea of the evening.

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Sample from Sil, thanks Sil!

This one got away from me for a minute and it is strong. I’m not getting too much chocolate flavour in the first steep, only in the aftertaste and in the aroma of the liquor. The aftertaste is really quite nice, chocolate and orange.

Really strong base. If it weren’t for the aftertaste I’d think I’m drinking a strong cup or Orange Pekoe. I know that sounds like maybe I have amazing taste memory. I don’t. It’s just that I used to drink a lot of Orange Pekoe. Ok, I used to drink only Orange Pekoe. I never bothered to try other teas, to me tea was tea so just pick up the giant box of Tetley Orange Pekoe and I was set. Ignorant fool, huh?

2nd steep is much nicer. Still no chocolate but easier to drink, lot less strong.

Parameters: 1 perfect measure, 8 oz water just off boiling. 3 minutes. Same temp. and time for 2nd steep.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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You know those “How’d they do that?” shows? I would like to see one on THIS tea. How someone can put cinnamon and completely kill a tea (for me, anyway) and someone else — say, sTEAp Shoppe — can do amazing things with cinammon, like this here tea.

Now this is what I would call delicately spiced. There’s cinnamon in here, duh!, but it doesn’t bludgeon the rest of the stuff to the point that you just feel you’re sucking on a cinnamon stick. I’m interested in also knowing how they get the bread taste. In wine, you know they use yeast, for example in Chardonnay. I doubt they use yeast in tea so … how?

In any event, delicious tea. I was worried maybe cinnamon in tea is not for me. Clearly this proves it wrong. As for the tasting note, you don’t need one from me. Just remember your last Cinnabon. That’s what your tea will taste like.
The End.

PS. Thank you to the amazing Sil for sharing this. Awesome choice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Mmm. I could totally go for a Cinnabon though. It’s not a complete replacement, although it’s fairly close.

JustJames

do they use taro root at all? because that has a cake flavour to it. it’s frequently used in bubble tea and makes an awesome cakey base.

Sil

glad you liked it!

TastyBrew

From what others have said, the bready flavor comes from the puerh. On it’s own i don’t really like puerh, but in this its so perfect. Also it resteeps a million times over.

Terri HarpLady

I still want to try this one…

TastyBrew

Ok Terri – lets make this happen! I’ll pm you.

Sil

terri…did i really not send any your way??? i could have sworn i added it.

JustJames

i’ll be placing an order. the comments have been filling up my feed and it’s making me hungry.

Sil

fair warning just james, i’m finding that a lot of the other teas taste similar to one another…which is fine if you like them and less fine if you find you don’t lol

Nxtdoor

Justjames if you hate it, I don’t want it on my head!

Terri HarpLady

nope sil, I never got THAT one, just lots of other yummy samples.

Sil

blah. if tastybrew doesn’t hit you up, just remind me to add some to your package. I’ve got a collection of terri teas now :)

Terri HarpLady

Tasty’s gonna send me some.
Meanwhile, I have to confess, I haven’t sent your box yet…first I ran out of baggies, then a busy weekend, then excuses #7, 11, & 13 through 17, plus 97. ;)

Sil

no issues if you want to hold on to it until like june 24th lol then it’ll be here sometime after we get back from vacation. :) Our other order still hasn’t arrived here yet so no rush on my front.

JustJames

ROFL… i blame no one for my tea decisions but myself! unless someone possessing this tea would like to swap, in which case PM me.

Cavocorax

Hey – JustJames – I could send you some, but it might not mail out until the weekend!

JustJames

i’m game! snoop in my cupboard and let me know what you want…. i also have an order from butiki on its way if you want a list of what’s coming!

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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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