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475 Tasting Notes
I won this tea through a Tumblr contest given by http://liz-tea.tumblr.com. :)
This is my second tea from David’s. This smells very strong! I have a commitment to trying just about every lychee flavored thing out there. Steeped I’m getting rose soap. Maybe a good thing, maybe a bad thing?
At first these sips are highly aggressive. Total, full on rose soap. There are some hints of lychee hidden in there. But it is pretty hidden. I think that this could use a tune up.
The smell of this takes me back. I remember when I first got this and really had no idea how to brew it. Now, it has become a favorite of mine and I’m sitting with one my very last cups of this. I love the rice bits in this and the mellowness of the green tea. Lovely and will be missed!
So good! sigh This is very, very tasty! It is the only tea I really enjoy that has earl grey in it. I feel like it must be a pretty subtle addition. This is even better with milk; which is something I never do!!! I keep forgetting I have this one.
I’m loving my new strainer mug! :) Hardly any mate floaties are getting through. I thought I’d have an early cuppa and start studying for my anth. final. :) I’m not too worried about it. Mostly I’m just getting nostalgic! I only have one more day and then I’m off for 3 months. I am going to really miss some of these people over those 3 months.
I brewed this extra long today, 5 min. This is very nice. It has a very distinct note of mate-ness today; most likely because of the extra long steep. It has plenty of nut flavor and I love that! No cinnamon to kick a rock at though, so I’ll be adding my own on the 2nd steep to spice it up.
I saw this on super sale, so I bought it. I had another teaware related accident. T_T I broke the lid to my large glass teapot. I’m extremely distraught over it…
From far away this tea smells like a local cosmetics shop; so not very appealing. But closer up it smells like warm oatmeal with apples.
This tea is okay. It is very mild and it is actually quite nice in respects of the apple flavor. Apple has been really difficult for some companies to pull off, but this one got it right. This could use some more spice to round it out a bit, but for the price this is relaxing and sweet.
Tasty as usual! The smell of this liquor reminds me of chocolate milk a bit. I’ll have to try it with milk sometime, but it tastes just fine sans milk. I got some big berries in this cuppa too! Lovely and tasty!
I had a bad day so I picked up one of these to go along with dinner. It tastes very similar to the guava one. Overall this is one that I would recommend due to the more harmonious mix of flavors. This is sweet with a punch! Overall I’d purchase this one again.
I’m trying to stick to non-milk needing teas today as I am out of milk…So this one it is! This smells lovely. I love all the stuff and bits in this. The smell on this one is very, very strong and may be overpowering to some individuals. I think that this may not be a tea for everyone.
This smells incredibly like mint chocolate Andes. This has less fruit notes than some of the other times that I’ve blended it, but still really wonderful. I’d suggest it, especially because it beats many other chocolate blends I’ve had.
Fruit-clump tea time! This one smelled the best today. I am trying to wake up a bit so I can power through my presentation work! I am almost done with this semester and I couldn’t be more excited. Three more days!
This tea smells especially creamy today. I love this one and it’s awesome peach/cream matching. I still think this is one of the best of the blends that I purchased because it really did take a lot of different teas at different levels; instead of one overpowering the mix. Really great sharing tea.
I’m actually getting tons of strawberry in this cup! This little shape shifter consistently makes me happy with its blend of different fruit.
well, if you guys want me to be honest then I’ll have to say that I forgot that I had some of this left! I still have about 5-6 pots of this to go before it’s out. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this one. Like the earlier blend I reviewed, this has a lot of other stuff instead of oolong. It might say ‘oolong’ but really it’s more of a half/half blend with rooibos (checked this time! lol). I really wouldn’t mind it if they did tell me it was a blend, so I don’t understand why they leave it out when advertising it. What I’ve found truly odd is that the blends that I have enjoyed most from this company are also their cheapest. Go figure right?
This smells very warm and familiar. I have rated it pretty highly in the past. There are hints of big red type cinnamon in there. While trying to smell it really closely it actually brought something to mind which I’m sure is the lynch pin of why I enjoy this. It smells like sugar/cinnamon toast. That used to be a favorite after-school snack of mine.
The dried fruit play a larger part in the flavor of this tea than I remember. It does smell sweet, cinnamon-esque and overall pretty good. It does take me back and I do find that this is not overly aggressive once blended.
First things first! This is my 200th tasting note!!! small cheers :3
I have to say that this has been really fun and I hope to continue my tea-journey!
This has been a bad week for tea making. I have reverted back to using a metal tea strainer and man it does a crappy job. But disposable tea bags don’t do the best for multiple steepings either…So this is currently sitting in my glass with a billion floaties in it.
This tea is actually almost out of stock at my house. I probably only have 3-5 servings left before this one can be retired. It has been a fairly popular one to brew for hubby and I to share. He likes the chocolate notes a lot. I think that this is one of my favorite teas by this company. I think that the only things that would make it better were to not tell me it’s an ‘oolong’ tea, when in fact it is a blend of rooibos/oolong. I also think the name is still just silly, but I just ignore that and drink this one up! So no, sorry to disappoint, but I drink this for its tasty coconut/chocolate flavor, not because I’ve got body issues I think tea will fix.
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I threw caution to the wind tonight when brewing this. Assuming it was green and should be treated lightly I’ve been steeping this at a low temperature. This time I used slightly cooled boiling water, and I have to admit that this smells 1000000x better than it did before. The chai smells are becoming much more apparent than before.
This, I just dunno. I am glad I finally tried it at a hotter temp! It totally cleared up my previous complaint: not enough chai. It really brought out the spicier notes in this blend. I’m still getting the vanilla, but it helps round it out instead of dominating the whole cup. This is greatly improved with the temperature increase, so I am changing my original scoring on this blend.
Since I ordered this one I keep wondering why they don’t post the percentages of what teas are in these blends…I had tried the mocha nut mate before, but I don’t think I would have ordered 3oz of this had I known that most of this tea would be that blend.
I’ve been making this at 150 instead of boiling per the mocha nut instructions. It is very nice with toasted notes and some chocolate. The nut flavor is there, but it feels like it is predominately due to the base of this instead of the added hazelnut tea. The cinnamon is non-existent in my bag of this, unfortunately because it could have rounded this out a bit.
Sipdown! I decided to brew this per the instructions of the dancong I was drinking yesterday. This 1st brew is very light. mmm this is very sweet! I’m liking this type of short brewing. This is a pretty good oolong to have around! :)
I really wanted to try another one of these last night so I picked this one up. It was the last one, so using my past method of choice being the one that has the most sold, I chose this. It really is not as pleasant as the others in this line. The vinegar smell is really overt in it and the flavors (raspberry, ginger, lemon) don’t really stand a chance. The ginger becomes the most prominent flavor in this; and to be honest, although familiarly like something my best friend’s mom used to make, is somewhat unpleasant in large doses. I really didn’t want to finish this one, but I did because I bought it at full price. This tastes more like a health tonic and less like something fun.
I wouldn’t really recommend it unless you are trying to look like a hippie who is trying to do alternative medicine…
Whatever sweet angel from here sent me this should be thanked! This second steep was also amazing. This is a much more complex oolong than some of the others that I have had. I love the slight sweetness of the honey and the roast flavor. Lovely.
omigod I made this exacting to the instructions set out by the steeping instructions. It smells crazy! There are roasted, honey notes that are very surprising for the 30sec. steep time. I’m really surprised because my last dan cong did not really smell quite like this; I’m starting it might be the steeping instructions? The liquor itself is very light, almost as clear as white tea.
Mmmm this tea is excellent! I was expecting it to be more harsh. But it was very light, very slightly roasty, and lots of honey. There is a very light amount of floral flavor at the back end of this sip that is really awesome. I am a convert to dan cong now. :p
drool as this cools another flavor stands out. It has this almost lychee flavor! The stark clean flavor of lychee is what I’m noticing. I would recommend this one!
Surprisingly, I haven’t had this tea very often! It smells so nice when brewed. It is really roasted/coconut/banana runt smelling. I’ve actually been craving this since last night. The banana and coconut flakes really are HUGE. I was originally brewing this at a much lower temp., but at boiling this tastes much more balanced. This is an excellent tea! The banana is really in the forefront with the coconut being much more of a side note, but it’s there. Somehow this is really creamy and the pie crust flavor is there and exactly tasting like the last coconut pie I had. I think that the base of this tea makes this special. It is awesome! I am upping my rating of this one because I just enjoyed it that much today.
I think that my previous reviews for this got sucked somewhere into the abyss. Either way, it’s sip down time! I’m trying desperately to clean out the remaining of my non-jarred teas in order to give my tea area a cleaner feel.
This one smells so strong! I get why I like it every once in a while, but I don’t think this could be an every day tea for me. My husband enjoys this one more than some of my other ones. This is actually the second time I’ve bought 2oz of this tea. I think this is greatly due to the fact that this tea is considerably cheaper than some of the others offered by Teavana. Overall it smells and tastes like chocolate fig concoctions. I’m not sure about the tart part, but overall it’s pretty good.
I’m just letting everyone know that soon I am going to get my plain black teas together and hopefully ship them off to someone on here! I am not requiring an actual swap b/c I got them from someone else for free. But, I would rather there only be 1-2 individuals to ship to. They are all unflavored.
Back to this tea!
It still smells lovely and looks beautiful! I’m trying to get the motivation to work on my two presentations which are due next week. I am really not good at putting things like that together. But I thought that a cup of this would help! This tea has a really interesting mint hint to it that I really like. I have wanted to get more berry out of this, but my last few cups were a bit lacking in that department.
I hope everyone has a great day!
I just noticed my little baggie sample of this! It had been hiding for the last few months. Revisiting this is very pleasant! There are hints of spice, citrus, and overall warmth. I really enjoy this tea. I think that it is not really ‘new’ or ‘innovative’, but what it does is perfect. I would suggest this tea for dark and snowy days where one is able to relax with big warm comforter (me today!).
This is the first hot tea I’ve had for a few days. I guess I took a break! I think this is, again, due to my lack of the brewing items I usually used. : / Without a simple way to make small batches of tea in something super easy to clean I just haven’t felt like doing it at all.
Anywho, this tea is great! Today I got a bit more fruit clumps. This is full of them! They are actually pretty tasty. This is very creamy also. I think that the creamy aspect in this plays into the fruit flavor in such a positive way. In most blends cream or cream flavored tea just tastes bland; but this one it is much nicer and well balanced. I should try this iced soon!