198 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
198 tasting notes

So after that jasmine tea, I wanted something strong enough to be able to power over any lingering jasmine tea scent I might not’ve been able to clean from my steeper, and something I’ve had before so that if the jasmine did creep through, it wouldn’t skew my taste.
I love this. It’s chocolaty, with a smidge of spice and a wonderful cakey smell. When I order from Davids I’m definitely getting the 100g bag with the tin, because this is one I want to be keeping around. I love the little sprinkles and chocolate chips in this, though really I don’t think they do much more than make the tea a bit murky and muck up my steeper. Lol! But I can definitely deal with that since I have this awesome tea to drink.
It’s chocolaty without having that awful watered down taste like most chocolate teas I’ve drank (Della Terra’s Dubble Chocolade is the only other exception I’ve ever found), with that smidge of spice to make the brew interesting.
I could almost drink this without any sort of added sweetener, but adding just a smidge of Truvia makes the cake-y flavor really pop and makes it that much better.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one I actually had gotten with one of my first orders with Butiki when I was still pretty new to tea and was buying all sorts of different teas to try because I didn’t really know what I liked…..And there it has sat since because I’d tried another jasmine tea since then and I wasn’t the biggest fan. So I kinda had to give myself a shove in trying this tonight or else it might’ve just sat there forever.
Very floral scent in the bag. Not overpowering, but definitely not light. Looking at the pearls they’re streaked with silver that’s fuzzy. Which, to me at least, is pretty neat. Alot of the pearl teas I’ve had have that soft/fuzzy looking texture. Though they’ve all been dragon pearls and streaked with gold instead. XD
The jasmine smell carries over into the brew itself and turns it into a heavily perfumed tea, which I was surprised was a darkish gold color. I was expecting something more bright yellow-ish.
It’s sweet, with a very slight touch of greeness. But the jasmine is definitely front and center and it’s hard to really taste anything else. But then, this is supposed to be a jasmine tea, so I wasn’t really expecting anything else.
Unfortunately for me it’s like drinking perfume water. Not my thing, but a good thing to try. I’d definitely recommend this one if someone is looking for a strong jasmine tea to drink. Like, woah strong. Lol!

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
198 tasting notes

I actually drank this over a week or so ago. But stupid that I am, I didn’t make a note here and only realized it now when I went to make another Butiki tasting note. But I did write my impressions down in a notebook that I recently acquired to write down all my tea tasting notes and things. So at least I can copy from that to write this note. XD
This was one of the free samples I got with one of my orders. I almost didn’t ask for it because the hops kinda spooked me off a bit. Mainly because I don’t drink at all, be it beer or anything alcoholic, so a tea that reminisced of a beer was kinda ‘ugh, maybe?’ to me. Lol. But I figured getting a sample wouldn’t hurt and hey, I might even really like it.
After trying a line of ‘meh’ teas (namely open sample packs from Adagio that I got from somewhere and I think had gotten a smidge stale from being open.) I wanted something different but potentially familiar with it being a peach tea. So this.
Wow. I was super surprised by this. It’s a very very nice peach tea. The brew has a wonderfully clean peach smell to it overlaying the black base. The taste is very clean/crisp which was surprising to me. Maybe it’s the hops accenting the taste. I do get a bitterness from the hops, but I was expecting that possibility from what I’d read about this tea. Adding a bit of Truvia completely banished that bitterness and brought the peach out even more. There’s a smidge of astringency, but it’s hardly noticeable. I just think I’m overly sensitive to it. As the cup got cold, it was still drinkable and peachy, but I think I prefer this as a hot tea. Then again, I wasn’t able to do a cold brew/iced tea thing with it, so I couldn’t be entirely certain of this.
This is definitely a tea I’ll likely order a bag of with my next Butiki order (which happen alarmingly frequently it seems. /shakes fist at Stacy/ Lol!) It’s a wonderful peach tea to have.

- Sheesh. For a small tasting note in my notebook, this sure turned out long all typed and whatnot here. Lol!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I could’ve sworn that I put a note up when I first tried this, but apparently not. Huh. Anyway, not the first time I’ve drank this, but unfortunately the first time I’ve recorded it here I guess.
Fruity, smooth and nicely malty. Pretty average to me. But it’s one I seem to keep coming back to. I think this is mostly because I forget what it tastes like so I brew it up again to see. Lol. But it’s a nice, comforting tea to brew up when I just want something to drink and not to have to think too much on it.

I also blended this with a vanilla black tea (georgia tea co.) I had around because I thought I had a note written on this package about adding vanilla to it. (It turns out it wasn’t this one but the Formosa Oolong. Oops) But it does add a nice mellow vanilla-ness to it that supports the whole comfort tea for me. Pretty much this tea gives the vanilla a much needed boost to the base, and the vanilla makes this one overall a bit tastier. ^^
(Rating is based on just the straight Mountain Nectar tea, not on the blended version I made later)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Not much has changed from my first tasting note’s opinion on this. It’s still a nice solid black tea to drink. Kinda reminds me of the black dragon pearls I get from Adagio, but without the resteepability. (I think I just made a new word there. Lol!)
I get a cedar-y, malty smell from the brew. And a nicely malty taste from the sip. I’ll finish this off, maybe consider reordering if there’s a good deal on it. /shrug/

2nd steep as per website’s instructions – 5 min/208* – Pretty much tasted like a watered down cup of the first brew. I’m not sure it’s really worth the effort. Maybe if I was making a batch of tea to chill I might, but otherwise I think I’d rather just dump the leaves and brew a fresh batch.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another retry.
Pleasantly vague smokyness that’s thankfully not in your face, just background. Mildly fruity, but has a strange, almost sour, note to it. No idea where that’s coming from, but it just came to mind as I was drinking. It’s not malty, or there’s so little malty-ness that it’s unmentionable. (maybe that’s just me?) Strange to drink a black tea and have no malty note to it whatsoever. Not bad strange, just strange strange.
I’ll keep this one in my ‘Finish off’ bin, but I can’t see myself reordering it unless there’s a crazy good deal on it.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

You most likely have the first edition version of this. Do you remember when you ordered it?

Shadowfall

6 months ago when you were having your ‘FreeTea’ promotion.

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Another retry here.
Going to measure this out, I was pretty surprised at the amount of twigs/sticks I see mixed in with this tea. I don’t think I noticed this when I first got it because I was pretty new to loose leaf tea and figured that’s how some teas were. But looking at it now, I’d kinda surprising.
The brew smells kinda like burnt coffee, but I’m wondering if that’s how it’s supposed to taste, or if it was just because my water was too hot. I followed the instructions on the front, actually used slightly cooler water than they recommended but only by a few degrees.
Thankfully the tea doesn’t taste like burnt coffee. It’s vaguely fruity? And kinda woodsy maybe? Hard to pin down actually. It’s just a sort of generic tasting tea.
Maybe my taste is all wonky or something, because it’s very strange to me that all of these teas I’ve been trying from them are just so overall vague and meh. Maybe I’ll go back in another few months and give them all a shot again to see if anything has changed again.
Unfortunately this one is getting tossed in the swap bin for now, and rated accordingly.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Backlog tasting from a few nights ago that I totally forgot to put down here. Lol.
Continuing on the re-tasting on all my Pines teas, this was next up. I had originally tossed this in my ‘Possible reorder’ bin, but on re-tasting it, I’ve since moved it to my swap bin unfortunately.
It’s just a very unremarkable tea to me now. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve tasted so many other teas that I’d rather prefer since first tasting this, or what, but now I’m kinda just ‘Meh’ with this.
It’s got a pleasant, woody smell to the brew that comes over in the actual drinking of this tea, but not overpowering, just subtle and easy like. First sip is strange, like tart/sharp/something odd to it, but really only on the first sip or two. No, or very little, astringency to note which is always nice to find in a tea. It’s also got a very very faint smokey (?) taste to it, but I’m entirely unsure on this one. Maybe that’s the sharpness I taste just starting to drink it.
Overall, I’d rather have other teas in my cupboard. Or if I was choosing from this company, I’d take the Yunnan Gold (which I know is a different type of tea, but whatever. XD)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

You should try our Fujian Black or North Winds. I think you’d enjoy those much more. I just discontinued this tea, actually.

Shadowfall

I’ll think about giving those two a try one day, maybe wait for a sale or something. At the moment I can’t afford an order.

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I’m going through all my Whispering Pines teas again because all the black teas I’ve gotten from them seem to be blurring together. I can’t really remember distinctions or what I really liked and what was just alright. It’s probly my head since I’ve tried so many teas since I got these. But it’s a good excuse to drink them all again I guess. Lol.
This one wasn’t too bad, though it’s a lot more ‘meh’ than I remember it being. Cedary smell to the brew, though it tastes completely different. Malty and slightly fruity. I like it better with a bit of Truvia added, but not too much or it’d overpower the rest of the tea I’d think.
But again, this one I find unremarkable. I’ll finish what I have, but I probly won’t be reordering.

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I could’ve sworn I tried this before. I guess I just didn’t remember to write a note for it.
It’s got a nice scent to the brew. Kinda malty. Mild woody taste. Also vaguely sweet & kinda fruity maybe?
Overall this is pretty unremarkable to me. I enjoyed trying it, and I’ll finish what I have, but I’ll probly not be ordering any more.

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I wanted to cut soda out of my life, so I started drinking more tea. Now I’m quickly becoming addicted. But that doesn’t seem like so bad of a thing considering all there is out there to try.

I started with blacks, but oolongs are quickly becoming my new favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t really been able to find a green or white tea that I really enjoy. Eventually maybe.

Always open for swaps. If you see something in my cupboard that you’re interested in, feel free to send me a message about it. I do have alot of sample sizes in my cupboard, so there might be a few that I won’t be able to swap. But it never hurts to ask. ^^

Likes – Fruity teas (Peach, Apricot & Pineapple to be specific, but I’d likely be open to others). I’m always on the lookout for a good caramel tea too…and a vanilla one. Or any sweet, dessert teas.
Oolongs and Blacks over any others.

Indifferent/Undecided – White teas are a bit delicate for me but I’m not opposed to trying something new. I haven’t yet found a green tea I like since I dislike vegetal flavors, but there has to be something out there. Coconut can be too strong, or alright depending on the tea.

Dislikes – Spicy/chai stuff not so much since I can’t seem to get past the spice taste to anything underneath. Anything overly astringent, though I can’t imagine anyone /liking/ astringency (but I’m probly wrong. Lol). Earl Greys, heavy florals, tart/sour teas, rooibos heavy, mint of any sort, vegetal, musky/leathery, citrus, hibiscus, coffee-esque flavors, lemon.

Allergies – Mangos, some nuts especially walnuts, cherries. Rose petals/heavy rose teas make me ill though it’s not an allergy so to speak. Heavy artificial flavors also make me ill.

Brief ‘How I rate things’ scale:
(Subject to change at any time. Lol)
100-80: I’d definitely reorder this/Keeping this in my cupboard.
79-50: Possibly reorder these. Either if there’s a sale or I’d consider swapping for it’s on a list and I don’t see anything else.
49-40: It’s alright. Glad I tried it but I won’t be ordering/reordering this.
39-20: Glad I tried before buying ‘cause I’d be ticked if I bought this. Ick.
20-lower: UGH! Get it away!

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