1157 Tasting Notes

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1157 tasting notes

After my other tea fiascos this evening, I wanted to try something that I could easily see – yes, this will help me fall asleep. Rooibos, lavender, coconut? Odd combo, however it sounded like this might do the trick. Bought 20g to try it out, and after making a liter of tea (4 cups), there’s enough for just one more cup – so into the swap/gift box it went.

I was surprised by the smell, having yet to smell lavender and coconut together. Reminded me of floral sunscreen, which is okay. Unfortunately, it tastes like floral sunscreen to me, which is something other than what I wanted. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the other amazing coconut teas of late, however this coconut tastes… too creamy. Does that even make sense? I cook with coconut oil almost exclusively and eat a tremendous amount of coconut milk in my curries, so I like to think I’m pretty familiar with coconut. Maybe it’s the oil/buttery feel from the flavoring, coupled with the lavender and coconut?

While moderately sweet already, I had to add some Truvia. Yea, the coconut comes out more clearly now, but the darn oil slick on top… yes, I can actually see it, even though I have a huge black mug.

It’s drinkable, however I’ll purchase other teas in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank AppleTEA'ni by Art of Tea
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Drank this tonight at Tealips, a local bubble tea place that I love. It’s called Green Rooibos and Apple there, however. I wrote down the ingredients and easily found that, and three teas I bought, on here as Art of Tea.

I was really excited about this blend. Yunwu? Cool! Unfortunately, something was really off with this for me. Something floral and just plain wrong. Bitter. Chemical-y. I had two sips and had to dump it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Academy Road Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
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Dammit! It’s 1:35am and as I went to log this tea, I discover I’m drinking mate. First sips have been lovely, however I need to put this aside until tomorrow if I’m going to get any sleep. Lesson learned: review tea ingredients that Dexter3657 meticulously sends with her swap to me prior to steeping.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Received my Whispering Pines order this morning – a full two weeks before I was expecting it. Awesome! Loved the hand written note and business card from Brenden as well; made me want to jump right in and start trying things.

My daughter was here when I opened the bag, and the first thing she grabbed was this. “Hmmm… Mom? Can we try this?” I had to explain to her this was a sophisticated tea, in that there was zero flavoring. Off she went to do something else. I decided to brew some up.

First up – One tablespoon per cup? Hm. I see on Steepster it says TWO tablespoons per cup. Jeepers, I would have used up my entire 50g with the liter of water I boiled up in the Breville if I’d done that. I decided to stick with what was on my bag (one tablespoon) and see how I fared. I should note that opening this bag was divine – smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Steeped, I just smell mint, and very faintly. My first sips were complex. There’s little at the start – I struggled to taste anything at all initially – and then the chocolate-covered espresso beans comes through. The mint is also surprisingly subtle, and only comes out a good few seconds after the sip. It’s delicate (surprising for a black) and quite amazing. I love this tea.

I’m scared to add any sort of cream or sugar, however I do want to see how the flavors change, if at all… stay tuned for that, if or when I do. For now, I’m just going to enjoy this 2 cups of bliss.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Wowza, I’m glad you noticed that typo! It’s definitely 1 tablespoon per cup :)

Also glad you’re enjoying them and that your package got there early! :D

Bonnie

If you do add sweetening and cream it will bring out the cocoa even more. The Fijian Black Tea base is my friend. Even clover (not wild or blossom) honey works OK ( I rarely say this about anything but herbal or chai tea’s).

MissB

Thanks for the tips! I’m excited to play around with this tea a bit. It’s definitely on my re-order list.

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Received my first ever swap today from Dexter3657, and holy moly, does this gal know how to put together a swap! All wrapped up pretty, with a list of teas and their ingredients? Holy moly. HUGE thank you!

This is the first tea that called to me, likely because it the last decaf I pulled out of the box. It smells very much like a caramel cappuccino out of the bag, a smell I’m very familiar with having worked as a barista. Steeped it’s a bit less coffee-ish and more caramel-y.

My first sips were a bit surprising. “Okay, this is a rooibos… yes, I can taste that… where’s the caramel… oh I feel it now… no coffee?” I drank half the mug (one cup) before I added Truvia, and then the coffee came back with mucho caramel-y butteriness. Yum.

I think I would’ve liked more coffee flavor in this for it to really be a great cappuccino tea, however it’s still a solid coffee offering for a late-at-night-treat. Thanks, Dexter3657!

EDIT: I accidentally let this sit over night. I actually thought I was drinking coffee with the first sip! So, coffee flavor achieved.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Oh my goodness. This smelled lovely, so I put some in a swap package that I’m mailing out shortly, and now feel badly that I did.

It tastes horrible. Like, bitter angry tart horrible. I erred on the side of the bag instructions (3-5 min, boiling) when I thought I should leave this at just below boiling and 3 minutes… and maybe I should have. There’s an ugly chemical-y taste coming from the caocao chunks, and that’s all I can taste.

Trying to save this cup, I added Truvia. I’ll have to wait a bit since the horrible taste is stuck in there now… however it did smooth things out considerably. Going to let this sit and see if it improves after cooling and brushing my teeth and tongue. >.<

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Blech. I haven’t been too impressed with their teas, to be honest.

MissB

Yep, this went down the drain. I can only hope the others are at least marginally better.

Fjellrev

They were at the Victoria tea festival last year and I found that their teas were either too bitter or the flavour was missing. Very temperamental. Their nut matcha was decent but ehhhh.

Dexter

I read this when you first posted it, and thought ugggg – I’ve been there – sent out swap packages with out trying a tea first.
I’m drinking this tonight. (Thank you for the sample) I’ll write a tasting note but we aren’t having the same experience. This isn’t that bad to me. That’s why you never apologize for sending it out – the recipient may have a different opinion. :))

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
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So excited to receive my first 52Teas order today! Then I noticed all of the packages are missing any sort of brewing instructions. Sigh. Okay. I’ll wing it as best I can.

Found another puerh in the 52Teas collection, and thought I could use that to at least give me a general idea. Went just under boiling because that seems to be the norm for the best flavor, and then 4 minutes at the lower end of the scale. The tea brewed up a really light hay color, so I was a bit concerned it would be weak.

Opening the bag is like walking by one of those ice cream trucks: you can smell the ice cream ‘coldness’, and this is bang on smell-wise. Creamy, cool, orange ice cream popsicle. Yum!

Brewed, this smells vegetal, light and crisp with a hint of orange at the end.

My first sips were intriguing. Creamy orange is what I first got, with some crisp green again. The creaminess changes a bit with each sip, so that it actually does feel like melted ice cream. Everything is subtle though, and I’m much more of a punch-in-the-face kinda flavor gal. I can definitely taste the puerh at the end of most sips, and while it’s pleasant, it also dries things out.

Sweetened with Truvia, the orange takes prominence and there’s little ice cream taste or feel left. The puerh also shines through again… oh, wait… a few seconds after the sip, the ice cream orangeness comes back. Interesting.

I like this, however I’ll need to play with the steeping parameters more to see if I can get more orange/less dryness/more PUNCH of flavor.

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

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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As advertised, this smells like a tart lemon meringue pie. Steeped it smells little, which surprised me.

Drinking it is like sipping a very, very tart lemon pudding, with the egg white meringue sneaking in at the very end and lingering a bit. It’s crazy good, and even better with a bit of sweetener to remove some of the extra tartness. Some sips I notice the meringue, and others I miss it… however I love tart lemon pudding (and have yet to make some since going grain-free) so this is a true delight. Will definitely re-order more, although I did get a 50g tin of it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

ah……. if only i liked rooiboos……. =0)

MissB

If it helps, the lemon masks all rooibos taste, flavor and feel. Or, at least it did to me.

JustJames

i don’t think it’s the taste…. it’s a twang i get that announces a new allergy…. i try not to play too much with it. i love the smell of some of the blends…. buuuuut =0(

MissB

Oh, I understand that all too well. Note to self: remove all rooibos from swap with JustJames. Oh, wait, I’m good since it’s all flavored black tea. :)

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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Second large mug-full, and it’s just as tasty as the first. Plain, it’s more buttery than anything, with some coconut creaminess. Sweetened though (again, Truvia) the fruitiness pops, and it becomes like a boozy cocktail out of my dreams. I’m making this with some coconut milk as a latte next time!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
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This smells quite lovely as the pouch opens: creamy coconut is what I got, followed by something tropical and fruity. Yum!

Smells more crisp and clean brewed, and less like a pina colada. Drinking it however was where my eyes rolled back in my head… wow. I knew I had to sweeten it just a bit after the first sip, as it was a bit too delicate to taste much initially. A bit of Truvia though, and I’m in heaven.

I actually feel like I’m drinking a creamy, buttery, coconut booze concoction, with some hints of mango and… lemongrass… in the mix. It’s mostly a creamy coconut though, and I’m quite okay with that. LOVE the buttery feel minus any sort of oiliness. A new favorite.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

Weird. Just looked at the ingredients, and there’s only pineapple in here. I get that too, although I swear I taste a touch of mango as well.

Fjellrev

I looove this one! I wish we had a TD in Victoria.

OMGsrsly

Incendiare, most of their stores are gone. If their website is actually up to date, they have stores in Nanimo, Abbotsford and Vernon now. And one opening in Edmonton…? http://www.teadesire.com/stores.php

Fjellrev

Yeah, it’s weird how they keep shutting down. Edmonton had a location open like back in 2008, it shut down after a couple years, then they opened another one in 2011, then it shut down again last year, and now they’re trying to open yet another in an even different location. It’s kind of sad.

OMGsrsly

I kept trying to buy things in the Metrotown store, but I’d go in and there wouldn’t be anyone there. I’d ring the bell, call “hello” into the back room… Just terrible. :/ But now it’s going to be a DavidsTea, so getting tea to go will be nice.

Fjellrev

Aww, that sucks. The staff in Edmonton were always great. Very down-to-earth and truly loves their jobs. It seems like they can’t afford the rent in these hot spots.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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