1641 Tasting Notes

70
drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
1641 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B! Another David’s blend I’ve heard good things about but not tried before – until now! I used 2 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. It smells really good, first off. Like a pina colada, only hot. To taste, it’s also pretty amazing. The initial sip is intensely tropical – I can taste coconut and pineapple primarily, maybe a touch of mango. There’s a slight whisper of spicing at the end of the sip, but it’s not overpowering or even really all that present. If I’m honest, I’m not sure what star anise is doing in this blend at all, but it doesn’t impact too much on the flavour so I’ll put that aside.

What this tea reminds me of most is one of those freshly squeezed fruit juice blends, only with a touch of added cream. The creaminess kind of crept up on me – I didn’t really notice it at first, but it gets stronger and stronger with successive sips. Another thing that builds in intensity is an artificial-tasting sweetness at the back of my throat. I’m guessing this blend is maybe pre-sweetened with stevia? Either that or there’s some liquorice root kicking about. It’s that kind of sticky, overbearingly intense sweetness that becomes difficult to ignore after a while.

Having said that, I am enjoying this one. I like the fruitiness, and the creaminess adds that extra touch of deliciousness. It has a brilliant tropical fruit juice/pina colada vibe going on, and in that respect it’s very easy to like. The intense sweetness is perhaps to be expected, and to be fair it’s not completely spoiling my enjoyment. I’m just very aware that it’s there, and really speaking it’s a little more than I’d like. It’s unseasonably warm today, so I feel like this tea made a fitting afternoon companion. A little hint of summer in a cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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75

Sipdown! I had a little over 1 tsp of leaf left, so I decided to use it all for one last cup, rather than split it into two much smaller quantities. It concerned me slightly to overleaf a green tea, but in practice it worked okay. The initial sip was pretty much 100% praline, but as it cools I can taste the creaminess of the eggnog creeping in. I think I’m tasting more of both flavours this time than I ever have before, so maybe the slight overleaf was no bad thing. I’ll miss this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina / BooksandTea

You’ve been doing a lot of sipdowns lately! (Kinda jealous, I really need a full day just to devote to my cupboard.)

Scheherazade

To be fair, I needed to. My cupboard is just a tiny bit out of control at the moment! It feels good to be finishing off some older teas, though, however sad it is to say goodbye to some of them.

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75
drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
1641 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B! I remember reading loads of reviews of this tea back in the summer, and based on those it was probably one of the recent David’s Teas that I was most interested to try. The flavour concept seems reasonably unique, too. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it approximately 4 minutes in boiling water. I spared myself the painful debating this time, at least. The liquor is really pale – clear and sort of yellowy, except that there’s a slight oily scrim on the surface. The scent is sweet and very reminiscent of melted sugar while it’s still clear (well before it starts to caramelise). I suppose that gives it at a decent hard candy vibe, so I’m encouraged so far.

To taste, this really is as candy-like as I imagined. It has that sweet, clear-boiled sweet flavour that’s basically sugar and glucose syrup. There’s a mild fruitiness underlying – it starts off tasting very much like strawberry, but there’s a definite sour cherry-like tang at the end of the sip. It’s by no means strong fruitiness – the “hard candy” aspect is front and centre at all times. I can see why people are comparing this one to Jolly Rancher, and it does come across a little like that – for some reason I want to say that it reminds me of the watermelon ones most of all, although there’s no melon flavour to make me think that. There’s a slight wateriness in the aftertaste, so maybe that’s what’s doing it.

I quite like this one. It’s like liquid lollipop. It reminds me most of all of those huge red candy rock dummies you can get at the seaside, or at the fairground. I don’t find it too cloying or over-sweet, maybe because it’s not that strong a flavour. It’s the right side of the line for me. I’m glad I got chance to try this one!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Caitlen

I agree, this kind of reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher. Or a mix between a cherry and watermelon jolly rancher.

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90
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
1641 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B! I debated over this sample for a bit, because I’m aware that this tea was marketed at least for the purpose of serving iced. I didn’t really have enough leaf to make a pitcher of iced or cold brewed. I figured it would turn out pretty weak if I decided to risk it. So hot, then. But how much leaf? The whole sample (about 2 tsp) or half of it? This decision was made all the more tortuous by fact that I recently picked up a David’s Tea box set, which contains one of their measuring “teaspoons”. It became obvious pretty quickly that the David’s “teaspoon” is a lot bigger than my normal measuring teaspoon from Bluebird – nearly twice the size, in fact. Interesting. In the end, I went with 1 tsp of leaf from my normal measuring spoon, with the reassurance that I can always add the extra tsp of leaf if things don’t look to be working out. I gave it approximately 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions.

The first thing I have to say is that it smells great. Even if nothing else, the scent is just amazing – fresh, ripe, sweet, juicy peach. Thankfully, the actual flavour is equally wonderful. I had feared from the strength of the scent that it would be a little on the artificial side, but it’s not at all. It’s just like biting into a peach on a warm summer day. Perfect. It’s hard to describe any more accurately – think of a peach and that’s this tea. It’s pretty sweet (maybe just a touch sweeter than it needs to be), but not to the extent that it bothers me. I’m just enjoying this one for its sheer peachiness, and it’s welcome reminder of summer at the beginning of winter.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

Yeah, their perfect teaspoon, or whatever it’s called, is so massive compared to the standard ones!

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95

I thought I was going to get away without a pre-Christmas cold this year, but obviously that was a complacent thing to think. I was fine all day yesterday, until, inexplicably, at 4.45pm my throat got really sore. It’s only got sorer since, and nothing seems to be helping – not lemsip, not throat sweets, not hot drinks. Usually one of those provides at least a bit of relief, but apparently not this time. It’s really painful when I swallow.

The last thing I have to try is this tea, which now seems like a timely purchase. It’s a slightly odd combination of ingredients, although I can see why, together, they might help with a cold. I’m not sure that I’ve actually got a cold, though. I feel fine at the moment, except for the fact that my throat hurts. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. It smells “interesting” – a little like peppermint and liquorice, with a strong herbal/medicinal undertone. To taste, it’s not so bad. I can taste mint, mostly, and that has a nicely cooling effect that I’m really enjoying. There’s also a touch of eucalyptus, and that’s really pleasant too. I feel like I can breathe more easily, so I can see this being a good “stuffy nose” tea. The lemongrass adds a smooth sweetness that’s a little citrussy, but it’s really just background. The chili and echinacia I can’t taste, but that might be me – at the moment it’s hard to say. The only thing I’m not too keen on is the artificial tasting sweetness that’s coming from somewhere. It reminds me of liquorice, or stevia, although they’re not in the ingredients. I can only think it’s the aniseed, although usually that doesn’t bother me too much.

For a “medicinal” type tea, this is actually really palatable. I like the immediate cooling effect, but I haven’t had enough yet to establish whether there’s any longer term gain in terms of easing symptoms. I suspect I’ll be drinking this one most of the day, though, so I’m sure I’ll know for sure soon.

Just in time for the weekend, too. Happy Friday?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Indigobloom

When all else fails with a sore throat, try zinc! feel better soon :)

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85

First cup of the afternoon – no additions. Today I’m getting primarily sweet potato and cinnamon notes, which are delicious. I don’t think there’s cinnamon in this blend, though? There is supposed to be vanilla, but I can’t taste that at all. Either way, I’m enjoying this one. Sweet potato is totally nommy, and the light cinnamon spice works really well with it. I should neglect this one less!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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85

Great cup of this one today! I used two generous teaspoons of leaf, and gave it a good three minutes in boiling water. It smells totally gorgeous – I think I made a few people in the office a bit jealous, to be honest. It tasted brilliant, too – strong, creamy butterscotch notes with a mind nuttiness in the mid sip, and undertones of coffee. The White Rhino base is the most amazing thing, though. It seems to combine the best things about both black and white teas, and tasted deliciously sweet and honey-like. So smooth, too! There’ll be much sadness when I’m finally finished.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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60
drank Darjeeling by Teapigs
1641 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished this box off at work over the last couple of weeks. It’s not my favourite darjeeling – it’s a bit metallic tasting for me – but it’s better than some. For a bagged tea, it’s really not half bad. I wouldn’t repurchase this one, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup if it was offered, either. A middle-of-the-road kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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30
drank Red Grey by Pipers
1641 tasting notes

I’m not sure that I’ve ever tried a rooibos earl grey before, so this is probably a first for me. The dry leaf looks pretty much like a standard rooibos, except with the addition of a few marigold petals that I assume are there to help carry the flavouring. There’s the definite scent of bergamot, so I’m curious to see how this one works out.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/27/red-grey-rooibos-pipers-loose-leaf/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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85

There aren’t many days in the year when I wake up and crave shu, but today is definitely one. My choice of tea this morning was completely obvious, but I decided to go for a new-to-me Pu-erh rather than an old familiar favourite.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/29/canton-mini-tuo-cha-cooked-pu-erh-canton-tea-co/

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 28, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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