1375 Tasting Notes

drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1375 tasting notes

I got this as a tea to go today.

Sadly, for some reason it tastes kind of rancid. Like milk-rancid. I’m not sure why, unless it’s because the steeper they used in-store was used for a lot of teas with milk, or… ooh. Maybe a tea with yogurt, and it wasn’t cleaned out super well before uses. You know, that might be it. I think the girl before me had Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.

Oh well. It’s not bad enough I didn’t drink it.

(I was going to get Caramel Corn, but when I got in-store it just smelled so over the top sweet I couldn’t do it. And then I ended up getting sucked into buying some cherry amaretto ice cream, which is over the top sweet. Oh well.)

VariaTEA

Should have gone with Caramel Corn :P

OMGsrsly

Haha! Maybe. But I am really enjoying this ice cream. :)

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Sample sipdown!

I decided to brew it gongfu style because I have a teensy Japanese soy sauce dispenser that holds 3 oz.

As per their website for the paddy flavoured tea (because this one is no longer)…
Dry, the tea smells really sweet and carby.
2 rinses – A bit smoky, as well as sweet and carby (like cooked potatoes or pasta or something).
20s – Umm. Huh. I don’t like this at all. It smells sweet and carby with a tinge of smoke, but it tastes extremely astringent and bitter, a bit fishy, and just. No. Like a green darjeeling that’s been boiled and oversteeped.
30s – Even stronger and more astringent and bitter.
40s 5s – Nope.

Ok, I’m calling it quits. This is not a tea for me, the flavours are not good. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong (entirely possible!), but I do not like. It was my first raw puerh, too. I have a couple others that I’ll eventually get to. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Sansangria by Tea Desire
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Cold brewed overnight. Even better than the iced version. Sweeter, more candy-like orange flavour. Hah.

Sipdown, though. 50g of heavy fruit teas really doesn’t go far.

Flavors: Candy, Orange

Preparation
9 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML

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I had a hard time figuring out why I still had Sil’s sample, but it’s because I ordered a black tea sample pack and gave my brother the unopened ones and kept this one. Go me?

I added 1/4 tsp maple sugar to this, because it smelled like a tea that would be good with a touch of maple.

While this tea is nice, I still prefer the keemun. Which keemun specifically? IDK, since I still have 3 or 4 varieties waiting for me to sample. This tea is a little sharp for me, which is interesting. This smells sweet, like honey and sweet potato and hard caramel candies, but it doesn’t taste that way due to the sharpness. I think I’m expecting a sweeter, more mellow flavour.

Thank you for sharing, Sil. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Honey, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

As it cools I like it more, but I’m still glad I didn’t order a large amount. :) Maybe I’ll put all I have left into my brother’s bag.

Sil

the keemun in my cupboard is my fav from teavivre and i prefer it over this one, though i do like this one too

OMGsrsly

This isn’t a bad tea, it’s just not to my taste. I think my brother liked it, though, so it’s going to him. Actually, how many of my so-so black teas might I be able to unload on him? ;)

Sil

hahahahaha

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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1375 tasting notes

WHOO I used a bit much for the amount of mango I had left.

Still. It’s so good. A little green and bitter with sweetness from the mango and richness from a couple tbsp of cream (the rest of the liquid was almond milk).

Smoothies FTW.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A TASTE OF THOR.

IDK, I think a restaurant with that name would do well.

Fruity toasted mate. Not bad, but mate isn’t my favourite. I think I like Son of Coul better, because the caramel overpowers the mate-ness of the toasted mate.

Thanks so much for sharing, Shmiracles!

Cameron B.

They would have to serve only giant cuts of meat cooking with lightning! And tenderized with giant hammers, of course.

OMGsrsly

And mead. Can’t forget the mead.

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drank Sansangria by Tea Desire
1375 tasting notes

That’s weird. I could have sworn I’d done a tasting note for this tea. I had it at a friends house shortly after purchasing it, and drank it ALL. I refused to share!

This is another very orangey tea. I love citrus teas, especially in the summer. I wouldn’t say this is like a sangria, really, but rather it’s reminiscent of Tang (Thanks, CameronB!). It’s mostly orange, with some pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.

Today I iced it, and added a little honey. I don’t think it needed the honey – the pineapple is candied, so there’s already sugar in it, AND there’s not a lot of hibiscus. I think most of the colour comes from the beetroot. I like it hot and plain, as well. But it was a lovely day today and I went hiking, so iced teas are feeling just a bit more refreshing right now.

(Hot steeped, poured over ice to make 16oz.)

Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange, Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

oooh neat

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Sample from Dinosara!

Today I iced it. Normally I like an iced Earl Grey, but normally I also use a much less strong one, like Silk Road’s Canton Orange, or even Royal Abkhazi. So while this is tasty, it’s also incredibly furniture polishy. Would be better if I had some OJ to add to it, both for added sweetness and to make the bergamot taste more toned down.

That being said, this is staying on my list. If I do order from Lupicia, this is a tea I’ll be getting for my BFF, as she loves a strong EG.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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Whoops. I underleafed this cup today, but it’s still delightful. Vanilla, delicate spice, a hint of pumpkin.

Thanks for sharing, CrowKettle!

Flavors: Pumpkin, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1375 tasting notes

Cold brewed overnight.

It’s kinda like orange-pineapple tang, but with a bit more of a chemical aftertaste.

Definitely prefer this brewed hot and over ice. Somehow that takes care of a lot of the chemical aspect of the flavouring for me.

Flavors: Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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