155 Tasting Notes

drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
155 tasting notes

I love yellow tea and so I had to buy this one as soon as it was available…great price for yellow tea. The tea was refreshing and it was fresh…a newly opened bag, such a treat. I absolutely love pure tea and this tea was rewarding. Yes, I have had better yellow tea, but for 17.50 for 50 grams this is a great tea. It has a vegetal sweet cauliflower taste with hints of honey and fruit…a very pleasurable mixture of sweet and vegetal.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

Sounds good – I have never had a yellow tea so will have to pick some of this up to try.

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This is one of my favourite oolong teas. I first tried it at high tea at the “Chateau Frontenac” in Quebec city and fell in love with it. It is creamy and buttery with a hint of coconut and a slightly sweet taste. I brew it Gong Fu style and each steep is delightful.
1. Rinse
2. 25 seconds
3. 25 seconds
4. 25 seconds
5. then double the time for each additional steep
95 degrees celsius

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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This is a black wulong tea and it is smoky, creamy with a taste of dark chocolate and a creamy taste which is more like a caramel cream taste which appears as it is steeped multiple times in the Gong Fu Cha style.
Gong Fu Cha:
95 degree C water in Gong Fu
15 seconds
10 seconds
10 seconds
Then double each steep

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Brewed in a Gong Fu for a total of 8 steeps. The tea is floral, buttery with a taste of pine nuts. It is slightly grassy and it is refreshing. I found the butter and cream taste came out more at the end then at the beginning.

This is how I brewed it:
90 degree Celsius water
Gong Fu
first THREE steeps 25 seconds
and each steep after the first three is doubled in time

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Grass, Nuts

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I like this tea. I love lychee and this tea is a pleasant black tea with lychee fruit. I was able to steep it twice and the taste of lychee is definitely present, but not overwhelming. I generally prefer straight unflavoured teas, but this is a nice subtle tea.

Flavors: Lychee

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I prepared this tea Gaiwan style and it was sweet with smoky notes. It is claimed to be cultivated without pesticides which is a good thing. It gets sweeter with multiple steeps and the smoky notes hand on throughout. A great green tea from Vietnam!

Flavors: Herbaceous, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A mixture of cocoa and peanut flavours make this a sweet tasting woody tea. I am drinking my third steep and the flavour is still pleasant. If you like straight black tea then give this a try.

Flavors: Cocoa, Peanut, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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If you like black earth, leathery, thirst quenching dark, dark chocolate tea then this is the one. Straight up it smells and tastes like black earth after rain. When I added a touch of almond milk it brought out the dark, dark chocolate taste.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Leather

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Hazelnut, butter, vanilla and a slight herbal taste…this is a wonderful tea. One to be steeped in a Gaiwan starting at 30 seconds and then to be enjoyed over and over again in multiple steeps. A delightful tea for a time of pondering…best straight and on its own.

Flavors: Butter, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Vanilla

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is my go to tea when I am on conferences or travelling and there is no other option available, but there always seems to be a Tim Hortons around in Canada…so I am able to get a tea and a muffin…and this bagged tea is okay…I am a loose tea nut, but in a pinch this one is pretty good

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