281 Tasting Notes

drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
281 tasting notes

Gorgeous day. Came home from work quite thirsty. Put the kettle on and tried to decide between Pink Passionfruit and this one, not having tried either before now. Looked at the score, read some notes, seems people favour this one (because the other has the much dreaded hibiscus). I do like hibiscus so we’ll see about that one later this evening.

For me, the nose is coconut and lemon. Not lemon grass but lemon — must be the lemon myrtle. Smells really really good and sweet. Brews a ginger coloured liquor, not quite clear.

The flavour is predominantly lemongrass. I steeped for 4 minutes. Did not overleaf but am getting slight bitterness. Possibly water a smidge too hot. Is this tea that finicky? Looking forward to the likely milder and not bitter second steep.

This could be like Kokomo green. Treat it nice and it will be a good friend.

Forgot to mention I’m drinking it iced. I thought it was implied by “got home thirsty” but in case you were wondering… If I had this hot, well, I might want to throw glass noodles in there, a pinch of salt, chili flakes and call it soup.


I too found this one a little finicky as a hot brew….bought due to recommendation from colleague. She said it was fantastic iced….we’ll see…


I would be really interested in knowing how that mad scientific experiment goes, tea into soup. I might need to try that…..


I do have rice noodles on the counter right now, cooked off already. But if I do do this, you bet I will not tell a soul!

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried to drink this without sugar but it tasted bland and I guess oolong-y. Maybe drinking without sugar is like cooking without salt? Blech.

Moving on… I steeped for 5 minutes and I used a DAVIDs disposable filter (bag) since I’m at work and don’t have all my accessories here. Now I heard someone say that the difference between the bagged loose leaf and the one steeped via infuser is huge so maybe I’ll drink this again at home because… I don’t get what the fuss is with this tea. I certainly don’t get the oh my god peach flavour that others seem to have gotten. Is in the aftertaste, absolutely, and it’s very pleasant, I just wish it actually tasted like this. I only get mild peach while sipping. It’s not a bad tea at all but I’m a sucker for bold flavouring. (The blueberry jam from DAVIDs also disappointed me in the flavour department but that’s another note altogether). Why of why is it that some of these teas that smell so friggin amazing when dry just don’t come through??

24 Hours Later

I resteeped this tea a day later. Is it bad I left it so long? And it was really really good and peachy. I have never tasted this much difference between subsequent steeps. Are all oolongs like that?


I never sweeten DT ..ruins it in my mind anyways.
I’m not in love with this tea either there are much better fruity Oolongs …also with Oolong apparently resteeping makes a whole new cup of tea just keep the teabag or loose steeped tea for another round.There are better ones out there in my opinion so I agree with your review:-)

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drank Matè Java Espresso by Tealux
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So the rule is I will not add creamer to a tea until I have had it first without it because I’m still in the process of figuring out all the differences between teas. Can’t learn squat if they all taste like hazelnut creamer. Most times I won’t add creamer at all (North African Mint and hazelnut creamer anyone? Didn’t think so) but some of the chocolate teas are screaming for it.

This tea, which I should not be having at 10 pm, tastes a little like java but mostly like mate. Can’t taste any black tea, nor was I able to smell it. Also not entirely sure about vanilla. While I might not be able to pick out anything specific beyond light coffee, it all comes together to make a tasty tea.

See, Dexter3657 ? I told you you’re batting a thousand today.


Ohhhh you reminded me that my roomie who is on an extended vacation left some creamer in her fridge, and an open invitation for us to consume any perishables in said fridge. I’ve gotta make up some black teas and drink them with some creamer… just because I can, and would never buy it myself. (I wish it was hazelnut, but I think it might be… French Vanilla?)

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After reading my notes from yesterday, Dexter3657 was getting worried that she’s made poor choices for me when picking teas. Well, Dex, you’re batting a thousand right now. All teas tried today were good. Not va va voom or anything, but good.

This tea is one that delivers. The smell of the dry leaf, and the flavour are bang on chocolate and caramel. Clear caramel liquor. I sweetened it and added creamer and I am already looking forward to steep 2. The tea itself is actually pretty weak, I had to brew longer than my usual rule of thumb for black tea so I doubt it will resteep 3 times with good result but another round should be just fine.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

Yeah you are making friends with flavored blacks….

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Sample sipdown from Dexter3657.

I’m brewing a cup of this now so I can leave it on the counter to cool off. I’m starving and I want tea. I won’t be able to drink hot liquids today so a nice lukewarm cup of this will be nice.

I had the first cup a few days ago, at work, but didn’t have iPad with me and I didn’t want to add notes from memory. I remember it being nice. Now I’m going to have it again, in not the best of circumstances, but someone said the tannins in black tea help curb residual bleeding so… I’m sacrificing this one somewhat. Although a sacrificial tea, I didn’t want to drink something barfy as my first tea post-op.

This tea delivers on its promise of flavour: chocolate raspberry. It’s pleasant, not astringent, not bitter, exactly what chocolate raspberry tastes like in my mind. Not having had anything like this before I have nothing to compare it to so I like it.

And now I’m going to go get me some new chompers!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
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One more tea from Dexter3657 tonight before I switch to a tried, tested and yummy tea. Not that some of these were not yummy, but for my last tea of the evening I don’t want to try a new tea, I want to go to a tea I know for sure will deliver. For me, today it will be the organic buttered rum from DAVIDs. Although I have been staring at the organic blueberry jam from them and I really want to try that too.

Back to the pumpkin Rooibos though. Dry, it smells spicy like pumpkin pie spicy. Maybe some nutmeg, in there somewhere. The brewed smell… Well, I can now say I will be able to recognize Rooibos in the future. It has the same funky smell I found earlier today in the pineapple bacon (52teas) and in the Neapolitan honeybush (52teas).

I’m beginning to think I don’t care for Rooibos. Although its funny, DAVIDs pink lemonade is Rooibos and we like that one.

With this tea, I’m getting pumpkin mostly in the aftertaste. Can’t get past the smell though, with every sip I take it’s there. Maybe if I put some ice in here so that I no longer get the smell wafting up with the steam. Umm… This tea is not for me! I love pumpkin though so I don’t think it’s the pumpkin’s fault here.

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drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
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In the bag, it doesn’t smell like pineapple or bacon. It smells like wood maybe. Once brewed I get a bizarre smell that if I try really hard I can agree it’s a maple-smokiness of bacon. The funny thing is that it tastes nothing like bacon. And no, I am not going to add salt. It tastes like Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Or something. Someone said bubble gum. I agree with the gum part, but not the bubble part. Of course it’s been a while since I chewed bubble gum…

I am not going to do a second steep on this one, I do not like it enough to have back to back cups.


I always wondered about these Bacon flavored tea’s….Bacon smell…YUM!!! Couldn’t envision in tea.. now know!!

Holly Faye

Pineapple… bacon… rooibos? I’m curious to know who first had the idea to put those three flavors together.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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For my first honeybush I decided to try this one because it’s a big favourite of Dexter3657 ’s and she generously shared this with me.

I might have overstepped, I didn’t put a timer on and I kinda forgot. I didn’t forget for too long but hit might have been a minute or so over the recommended time. Maybe 7 minutes? Will do this properly the next time.

I had Neapolitan ice cream only once many many years ago. I am not a huge chocolate fan so if I wanted strawberry ice cream, well, I just bought strawberry ice cream. Chocolate is growing on me in the last few years. It came with a 3-month pastry chef stint. When you have to taste everything, and it surrounds you, you start eating it.

This tea, therefore, does not bring memories of Neapolitan ice cream. It has a funky smell when brewed which I’m sure I will later learn its probably the Rooibos. Thankfully the funky smell is not in the taste too much. Maybe more so on the aftertaste and as it cools. I think this is a tea that could grow on me.

Must try other Rooibos teas so I can compare and figure out flavour. I do get the sour note people are writing bout.

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

Crap…should have tossed in some della terra rooibos for you. Remind me next time there is talk of another package going to you lol


Sweet baby jebus.

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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If you subconsciously associate the “Chunky Monkey” ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s with this tea, well… Try not to.

I had a visions of a sweet almond caramel nutty tea, maybe even banana. You see, I was so certain what it would taste like that my mind just glossed over the ingredients when I read them online before buying. Because I must have read them, I’ve been looking at this tea for a good few weeks now.

So I bring this home last night (along with forever nuts and a few others) and I just got around to making it. Stick my nose in the bag and I see something very similar to North African mint. I see some green grass looking things, brown tea leaves and so on. If you have both these teas, go look at them now. They both even have cloves. You will see what I mean. Now the smell. Mostly cloves. Let me tell you, I’ve been drinking strictly coffee until about a month ago. This stuff does NOT smell like coffee. I just get cloves and some grass.

So I brew it even though I’m already sceptical. I brewed using their instructions. Des it taste like coffee? Nope. I can’t tell a predominant flavour, it all kinda blends for me. I do taste the clove though. Not overpowering, more like a…. "What is that taste back there? "

I don’t hate it but it’s so very far from what I thought it would be that it will take a few cups to decide if or how much I like it.


“What is that taste back there?” Mate?


Clove! Lol


Sorry, I misread that. LOL I still don’t get much or any clove in this tea. I am still fascinated how everyone’s tastes are different


I guess if there’s a particular ingredient one is used to more than others, you will pick it up faster. the proper way to infuse the milk for bechemel sauce is by way of a studded onion. (take onion, stick bay leaves on it with the aid of cloves). Also can’t say I’m a fan of cloves so I’ll find it even if it’s faint. I can put cumin in my burgers and Jen won’t have a clue it’s in there. But I can taste it because I love cumin. End of unsolicited lesson. :)

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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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