277 Tasting Notes

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
277 tasting notes

Earlier today I explained that some of the teas I got in a treasure box from Dexter3657 smell similar and I realized it must be a cross-contamination of sorts. I was looking for the offender, the tea who shamelessly pushed itself onto others. Well, I found it and thus I punished it by drinking it. Some of it, anyway.

I had to drink it. The smell has been driving me nuts for two days now. I was sniffing the air like a hound on a hunt and looking a little crazy, it has to be said. I’m trying to make friends with black teas and I’ve had some success. This being one of the more successful attempts. Only very slightly astringent and a very unique flavour indeed. I sweetened it. I always do. I only use unrefined or minimally refined brown sugars or agave. In this case Turbinado was used.

I have absolutely no desire to try this iced. It is the fastest I ever drank a black tea. The thing is I can still smell it all over the other bags. You know what this means… I have to drink those too!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
High Adventure

Have you ever tried rock sugar in your tea? I have a lot – if you want I could send you a bit to try.

Nxtdoor

Omg, @High Adventure. Yes, I have tried. It’s too addictive. At the rate I go through sugar, it’s not a good idea. That’s like giving a nice Chateneauf-du-Pape to someone who is perfectly happy with fusion. (those who are into wine will get this). But thank you so much for offering. Seriously, I am certain I ruin half these teas by dumping immoral amounts of sugar. I really need to cut it out. I’m drinking a lot of tea now and can’t afford to ingest 1/4 cup of sugar a day.

High Adventure

Hahaha, I’m the same way with loving sugar! I rarely put it in my tea because I love to eat chocolate and sweets. I eat the little rock sugar lumps more often than I put them in my tea, which is incentive to give some away. Let me know if you change your mind!

Perhaps there are teas out there, like the ones with licorice, that wouldn’t make you want to add sugar? Something worth exploring!

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85
drank Cherry Goddess by Tealux
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Oh my god, I think I love hibiscus. I get the feeling I’m in minority here.

Can’t tell the dry leaf nose because a few teas decided to make friends in the box they were huddling in and despite the careful double bagging that occurred, they kinda smell the same. I have yet to find the offender who lent its smell to all others but I will eventually.

Fortunately, the flavour is all there, and untainted. Beautiful clear red liquor. You know, deep fiery sunset red. Or, as some of you will say, hibiscus red. It is very tangy. If you hate hibiscus, you would be advised to buy only a sample of this. I love it though. It is going to be amazing iced, I just know it.

Four giant ice cubes later

Move over “pink flamingo”, here comes Cherry Goddess! Ok, just kidding, there’s room for all of you on the shelf.

PS. You ready? Say it with me: " Thank you Dexter3657!"

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Dexter

A little bit of this in with the Wild Cherry black that you thought didn’t have enough cherry will make all the difference in the world. If you ice a little of this – Malibu goes really well….just saying.

High Adventure

Malibu and tea? You just blew my mind, Dex! :D

Dexter

I hope that’s a good thing. I put Malibu in fruit juice, fruit iced tea just seemed like a natural thing to do…..

High Adventure

It’s a very good thing! I may have to make a stop for some Malibu and try this out with friends this weekend. Tea + alcohol? I’ve never tried it, but I’m game. Thank you!

Nxtdoor

This is where I tell you I put booze in a lot of beverages. As soon as I had this iced I thought to myself “now if only I had some booze”. Goji Pop? booze. Pink flamingo? Booze. Organic Buttered Rum? Booze. Tropicalia? waste of your booze :)

High Adventure

Hahahaha! I love that comment! I tend towards the greener side of things, but I love mixing up a good drink every now and again.

Dexter

LOL, Great comments guys, why did no one mention coffee pu’erh with hazelnut Kahlua? OH right, that’s MY favorite.

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I’m at work so this will be a brief one to start.

I am such a pleb. I like bold flavours. I don’t want “a hint of”. If you have a hint of whatever, you might as well not bother.

In the bag this smells so good I want to shove it in my mouth and eat it (what a barbarian, eh?). I might have under leafed, black teas scare me a little. So I’m getting some strawberry and almost no chocolate. I think the aftertaste is really goo though, get more chocolate here. I dumped in a bunch of sugar.

I’ll have to add more leaf next cup. It’s good but the aroma is way stronger than the flavour.

Can’t rate yet.

Ps. Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending this.
P.P.S: I get a feeling a lot of my notes will say thanks Dexter. Sorry if you’re bothered by it! I give credit where it’s due.

Sil

no way! i always try my best to thank folks for their samples :) If i have enough for multiple cups i sometimes only hit them on the first and last one but yeah

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
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Ok, now this pu’erh I can handle!

The dry leaf did not smell offensive (like some other pu’erh), I picked up mostly citrus. Tastes good too! Maybe it would be too much of a generalization to say I don’t like pu’erh. Actually, I’ve never really said that, I only said I didn’t like DAVIDs chocolate pu’erh. The first few sips I get almost none of the oh so unmistakeable pu’erh taste. As it cools I get a bit more of it but it’s not too much to be a turn off. Ladies and gents, we have a winner. For me, anyway.

canadianadia

I’ve heard a few people say this one is good, so I may have to try it. I’m not a huge fan of orange flavored teas, especially then ones with the orange peel/rind in it. So I’m a little cautious about trying this one. How orangey would you say this one tastes? Is it in your face, or just a hint of orange?

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91
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
277 tasting notes

Last one for the night. Unless I get up at midnight to drink some more. Have you ever wanted to stay up all night drinking a whole bunch of tea? That’s me today. My very own tea fairy, Dexter3657 sent me a whole bunch of them (including this one) and since I’m having trouble deciding which to drink I just want to stay up and have a tea marathon. But that’s just crazy talk because I’d be craving stuff in 3-4 days.

Well, I’ve been eyeing this tea on the website for what seemed like forever and today I finally have it in my cup. Gorgeous, gorgeous tea. Dry leaf nose is bang on cantaloupe. Beautiful golden liquor. Flavour matches the dry leaf smell. I want to throw ice in here so it can be as refreshing as cantaloupe but I’m afraid to water it down so I’m second steeping overnight in the fridge. I had just enough for two small cups so I’m hoarding the next sample until I really can’t take the craving anymore.

Now I must go and visit butiki teas for my very own 10 lbs of this. Ok, I’m kidding, but only partly.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Sil

wait until the new teas are posted! they’re inbound soon haha

Dexter

Sorry I couldn’t send you more of it. I debated about sending it or not because I had so little. It was on your shopping list and I KNEW you would like it, so I did. At least you got to try it.

High Adventure

Me too — I totally want to stay up all night drinking teas. I’ve had to cut myself off early in the evening so the caffeine doesn’t keep me up late! Maybe this weekend I’ll do a tea marathon and stay up as late as I want!

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67
drank Wild Cherry by Cornelia Bean
277 tasting notes

After taking repeated sniffs of the dry leaf i swear it smells faintly of chocolate but theres no chocolate in here according to the ingredient list. So i sniffed it again. maybe it smells like really concentrated dry fruit. I love the smell! I smelled the wet leaves too but I’m not getting any cherry off those. Just tea and a faint floral aroma.

At 1.5 tsp for 2 minutes with near boiling water, this tea can put hair on your chest. Ok, maybe just my chest. Liquor is a clear, deep reddish brown. Sadly, not too much cherry in the 1st steep, sweetened, hot version. Moderately astringent. Slight cherry aftertaste but still more floral than anything else. Loong aftertaste. In go some ice cubes and more sugar while water boils for 2nd steep. Not a whole lot of change between hot and iced version. Aroma doesn’t really match the nose in my opinion (Note to self: 1.5 tsp of this is too much tea for me).

2nd steep: Less astringent, thank goodness, I was going to get me some tweezers! Still searching for cherry. Nope. Not here.

While I am thankful it doesn’t have fake cherry flavour, I would not in a million years know this was a cherry tea in a blind tasting. I either need more practice or there’s only enough cherry in here so we cal call it cherry but not so we can taste the cherry. Although there are dried cherries in the dry leaf, I saw one. Ok, I actually licked it. Hey, It’s my tea, I can do what I want!

Thank you, Dexter3657 for the marvel of a box you sent my way, including this one.

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

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

If you like Pina Colada
And getting caught in the rain…

Tell me you’re not singing that in your head when you think of this tea! Or maybe not, if you’re a gen Y-er. Ugh, did I just date myself?

I do not like Pina Colada. Therefore, I am not a huge fan of this tea. It tastes good iced but i cannot comment on it as a hot tea as I have not and will not try it hot.

It’s not picky when it comes to steeping time or temperature but fairly monotone in the way of flavour notes. Coconut and coconut. It’s strange because the wet leaves (can you call it leaves if there’s no tea?) are mostly fruit chunks yet for me it tastes entirely of coconut. And it’s oh so sweet.

Dry leaf nose is all coconut. too much, too sweet coconut (as opposed to a nice whiff of it like in the organic buttered rum). Liquor is deep yellow and tastes like coconut water. ditto for the aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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46
drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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It is with great excitement I announce I made a good cup of iced Kokomo green! I say “with great excitement” because I was really kicking myself for buying this after two first disastrous attempts.

I lowered the temperature and used less tea, much less than the label suggests. It’s got great flavour now but a little on the weak side. I still have to play with the tea amount to see if i can get it a touch stronger minus the bitterness but all in all — progress!!!

I am not changing my rating because I still think they screwed this label up but I feel a little guilty. Thing is, it’s a finicky and unforgiving tea!

CHAroma

Lowering the temperature usually does wonders for green tea bitterness. Not sure what temp you used, but I’d recommend going as low as 175°F.

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66
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

A few years ago someone gave me a box of bagged but higher grade (oxymoron?) organic jasmine green tea. It was my favourite tea ever. Unfortunately it had been a while since the lady who gave it to me had purchased it herself and she couldn’t remember where she got it from so I was not able to replace it. I don’t even remember what it’s called anymore. I should have saved the box. I tried a few other jasmine greens over time but could never find another with similar taste.

During one of my shopping visits at DAVIDs my partner picked this tea for herself. In true nxtdoor fashion i bought 100 grams. We mucked it up a couple of times by using either too much tea, too hot water or too long a steep.

I finally got it tonight. 3 minutes is too long a steep for my taste so I did 2 min and 30 seconds. It’s fine now. Not bitter, not astringent, not too floral …. But sadly I have not found my long lost love. Maybe I just grew out of jasmine. It will be a while before I reach for this one but it is a fine tea. Just not for me.

TheTeaFairy

The best jasmine tea I’ve ever had is Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Teavivre. I can say I did not know what good jasmine tea was before I had this one :-)

High Adventure

My new favorite Jasmine is the White Jasmine from Verdant. So, so good!

CHAroma

I second the vote for Teavivre. They have the best jasmine teas in my opinion. My favorite is Silver Jasmine Green Tea (Mo Li Yin Hao).

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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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