563 Tasting Notes

75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
563 tasting notes

Another cup of this before bed.. surprise, surprise! I am really liking this tea at a lower water temperature. Tonight it’s smooth and sweet, just the way it should be!

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90

I’m so glad that my pouch of this tea arrived today! I love the marigold petals in the black tea leaves — really bright and gorgeous! The taste of this tea is primarily black tea, but I am enjoying the aftertaste that is lightly maple. It’s not JUST maple, but something else in the background which I think is the pancake. I’m not tasting butter so much, but I haven’t been able to taste the butter aspects in some of the other 52Teas blends. Even though the majority of the pancake and maple flavor is in the swallow, I still very much enjoy this cup. It’s delicately delicious, but also bold because of the black tea base. I can’t wait to have a second cup of this tea. I would love to see this as a permanent blend in the collection. Yummy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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72
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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The first thing I notice is the beauty of the leaves. There are lovely, light strands of what look like petals. The leaves are bright and cheerful! The flavor, to me, isn’t creme brulee, but something a bit more fruity. I definitely like this cup of tea. It reminds me of Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles in a strange way. While this flavor is different, I’m really enjoying each sip! It’s rich, fruity and sweet. Thanks very much to ladykittykat! I’ll be adding this to my next order from DAVIDsTEA! Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

This was one of the teas I was MOST excited to try from DAVIDsTEA. Apparently, this is one of the most impressive milk oolongs out there today. I’m quite excited! It’s a gorgeous golden, faded yellow color. The scent is a bit more green, like vegetables, with a buttery finish.

Steep #1: First sip is FAR more like grass and vegetables than expected. As I keep sipping, the tea reveals that it’s a bit more astringent than expected. I’m not getting much milk or cream, only the faintest bit of butter and floral finish.

Steep #2: More yellow in color and definitely more buttery/milky. I am still tasting more of the “tea” component, than anything creamy. It is quite smooth, as well.

While this is a good cup of tea, it isn’t my favorite milk oolong I’ve tried. It’s still more vegetable than creamy, sweet milk.

Thank you very much, ladykittykat!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea reminds me of a watermelon tea I had not too long ago. The chunks of fruit and flowers are HUGE. They puff up greatly in the hot water. This tea smells a bit like sweetened pink lemonade. I bet this would be great iced, but I don’t have fresh ice here at my house. The flavor is a bit tart and a bit fruity. I’m definitely tasting hibiscus and a fruit that I can’t identify. There is a little bit of a strange aftertaste, but it doesn’t bother me so much that I won’t finish the cup. I’m going to save the last of what I have for an iced tea. One cup requires an awful lot of “leaf” so this may be too expensive for me to purchase. I am very glad to have tried this! Thank you ladykittykat once again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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88

Steeping this tea, I was reminded of LifeSaver’s butter rum candy. The smell, to me, is just about the same! The taste is of coconut and vanilla with a slight creamy finish. As it cools, the tea turns significantly more buttery and creamy. Absolutely amazing! I can’t seem to get the image of LifeSaver’s candies out of my head.. this is THAT candy flavor in TEA form! This tea is so sweet and delicious, I have already had 3/4 of the cup without noticing! I really wonder what milk and sugar would do to this tea. I feel like it would be beyond sweet, almost like a piece of toffee. Drinking it so quickly, my stomach catches up with me to realize just how RICH this tea is. This would be perfect for satisfying any sweet cravings!
The biggest hug to ladykittykat for sending me a sample of this. I have quite a few more samples to try and think I’ll indulge all afternoon and evening while writing three papers for class!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
aisling of tea

This is one of our favorites, in fact, we’re almost out! It’s the one I use to convert everyone I know over to the dark side of looseleaf tea. Glad you’re liking it!

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97
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
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I was really excited to try this tea since there has been so much talk about it! Infusin_Susan sent me a little sample to try, so I offer a big oolong-wrapped hug to her!

Steep #1: The scent is of a regular milk oolong and surprisingly, less buttery than Holy Mountain’s version. The flavor, though, is smooth and sweet. It doesn’t have the same savory or buttery tone that Holy Mountain’s has, but I think I am enjoying the sweetness a bit more. I can even taste a bit more of a floral or fruity flavor as well. There is a grassy note that wraps itself around the sweetness.

Steep #2: The steep is a bit less milky and still tastes relatively the same as the first cup. This milk oolong is interesting because while it’s sweet, it’s much more floral and less rich than expected. Still a good cup, though!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Infusin_Susan

That’s how I felt about it — it was more sweet/floral than creamy/buttery. It really reminded me of those “milky tea” candies you can get at Asian supermarkets.

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75

I was given a box of this today by my mom’s friend. My little dog went crazy for the box and even tried digging his little nose into the tea bags. I popped one in a mug and steeped for a little over a minute. The flavor and scent are familiar. I definitely recognize the “Constant Comment” taste, but with a different finish. I prefer this tea without the green tea finish, it just doesn’t taste like a spectacular green. This is rather comforting, still, and I may pull out some of these bags if I’m ever craving that old flavor.

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Nice to hear you gave this one a try…we appreciate your comments!

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79
drank Iced Chai Tea Latte by Tazo
563 tasting notes

I forgot to log this tea yesterday when I picked up a giant cup at Starbucks. I felt exhausted and needed some kind of refreshment! The nice thing about this drink is that it tastes familiar and just about the same no matter which Starbucks I visit. The chai is sweet and not too spicy. (It seems less sweet to me than its hotter version – and that’s a good thing! Sometimes the hot Tazo chai lattes can be a little too sweet.) I tend to get a sour note on the tail end of some sips. I honestly don’t believe that it’s from bad milk, but that it’s just the way it is. This is a solid drink to have when you’re not in the mood for a rich espresso drink or plain tea. While this isn’t my favorite thing to have from Starbucks, it was very fitting yesterday in the afternoon.

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80
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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To add to what many have already said, this tea is beautiful. Rich, dark tea leaves with tasty sugar crystals and glittering gold balls. Gorgeous! There are glittery sparkles that transfer to the actual water! This looks magical and I haven’t even had a sip yet!
The cinnamon scent becomes more tame while the tea steeps and blends well with a nice black tea aroma.
The cinnamon and the black tea blend seamlessly into a smooth flavor. I actually really like this aspect about the tea & haven’t tasted anything like it before. Despite the presence of sugar crystals, the tea isn’t overly sweet. I suppose looking at the tea, I was expecting a bolder cup. It’s surprisingly mild.. almost maybe a little too mild. This is still a very warming and interesting cup of tea, though. Thanks so much to Ashika for a sample of this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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