670 Tasting Notes

drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
670 tasting notes

I couldn’t resist going straight to DavidsTea on my lunch break yesterday to pick up some of the coffee cake tea. It was nice that, due to my last online order, I got to try samples of choconut and spiced fig, so I knew I was going to pass on those. I was also in the market for a new mug, because earlier this week, one of my elephant mugs broke….I’m so sad about that!

So, my coworker and I headed over to the store, and I picked up 1 oz. of this tea and the silver berries mug. I was hoping to get the new Nordic mug advertised at the back of the winter tea menu, but I guess they don’t have that one yet. Will probably still pick it up once they have it. ;) My coworker picked up a bunch of tea, including some of the fall teas they still had in stock. We also learned that they are indeed retiring ceylon star. The horror! Glad I still have two tins of that one.

Anyway, this tea smells a lot like DavidsTea’s red velvet cake tea, which to me, tasted like Della Terra’s pineapple upside down cake tea. Since this tea also has pineapple and cherry, it definitely reminds me of Della Terra’s tea. Someone posted on here that they thought it had more tea taste, and I agree, and that happens to be a plus for me. What disappoints me, however, is that this isn’t really coffe cake to me. Coffee cake to me is more brown sugar and cinnamon, but this tea has fruit. I think they should have named it differently, but I will still enjoy what I picked up.

Cavocorax

Two tins of Ceylon Star? Wow. Then you WON’T need this: http://www.davidstea.com/ceylon-star-250g?&TF=27F5948F6518&DEID=

Tealizzy

That’s funny that it’s 50% off now. The reason I still have two tins is because I bought the 8.8 oz at 48% off not that long ago!

Cavocorax

That makes sense that you’d buy it like that. :)
I really like the Star Anise in it.

Tealizzy

Me too, and I like that it’s cozy and creamy, with a touch of spice. :)

Cavocorax

Aaaah. I’m really feeling like I need to buy that 8.8 ozs, even though I just spent $50 at DT yesterday. :O I’m making a cup right now to help me decide if this is a good idea or not.

Tealizzy

Lol! When I was trying to decide on the 8.8 oz., I made a cup too!

Cavocorax

Well, I just made the order. Hope I don’t regret it. /0\

Tealizzy

Nice! I haven’t regretted mine. Enjoy! :)

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I was also lucky to get a sample of this tea with my last order. I was REALLY excited, because I love chocolate hazelnut spread, and was hoping this one would be a hit. It’s also really nice to try it before you buy it. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed by the small leaves. I mean, it’s an oolong…shouldn’t they be long or curled up? The smell of the dry leaf, however was very enticing. I started to steep it at more conservative parameters, even though the directions are pretty much in line for how you would steep a black tea. So I did it at 190 degrees, and was thinking 4 minutes, but decreased it to 3 when I saw how dark it was getting. Three minutes turned out to be plenty long. The taste is very nutty, full of hazelnut, although there is some chocolate in there. After a few sips, it reminded me a lot of flavored instant coffee. Not good. I want my tea to taste like tea! Well, so much for my high hopes. I wouldn’t sneer at another cup of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Irene89

Disappointing, huh? I was so looking forward to that tea, it sounded so perfect. Way too strong for me :( And I agree with you on the coffee taste (and I HATE coffee). Sad sad…

Tealizzy

I’m glad you get coffee flavor too. It confirms my taste buds! Ya, it was disappointing. Oh well, still planning to pick up a little coffee cake tea tomorrow. We’ll see how that one is.

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This is a really delicious tea and it is true to its name. I first tried it in my timolino on our second trip up to Apple Hill this year. Yes, we wanted more apple strudel, and apple chipotle grilling sauce! Yum!

This tea was great in my timolino, and that’s saying something, because it usually makes tea taste thin. Although I do have to say that Della Terra’s teas tend to do well in the timolino.

So, the smell is amazing. And as far as the taste, you get a little spice at first, and then the sip transforms into creamy caramel apple. I love it! Definitely a winner. :)

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I was lucky enough to get a sample of this tea in my last order, before it’s even in stores! I was intrigued by the name of this tea, even though I’m not big on herbals. Just like the previous reviewer, the sample I got was really small. I suppose it’s because the samples are measured by weight, and being a fruit tea, it’s heavy, so you get less. I steeped it for the full 7 minutes in a little over 8 oz. of water. It came out pretty weak. Kinda fruity, but weak. I thought I tasted a little fig and a little spice, but it was very faint. I guess I’ll have to pick up some more if I want to try it properly, but knowing my general lack of enthusiasm for herbals, I’ll probably skip this one. I still feel special that I got to try it early!

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Stacy kindly added a sample of this with my last order, and oh man, I did myself a disservice not buying a bag of this tea! It’s amazing! It’s so much like banana nut bread. The banana flavor is just like a baked banana flavor, rather than that artificial banana you sometimes get. I can taste the walnut too, and the black base is absolutely perfect, solidifying the tea into liquid banana nut bread. Yum!!!! This is definitely going on my shopping list! Thanks, Stacy! I don’t know how you do it! I’m definitely resteeping these leaves. ;)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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First cup of the morning and happy to have this back in my cupboard. Not that I really need more pumpkin teas! I think when I get my order from Della Terra, I will have at least half a dozen pumpkin flavored teas. That’s right! Mmmm, pumpkin. :)

Rosehips

Pumpkin flavor is great. I love that its so abundant in the fall!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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This was an “almost” sipdown, since I still have a little leaf, but not enough for a cup. Fortunately, I just ordered more, so it’s all good! I’ve been kind of on an ordering binge because there are all these great fall teas out from different companies, and I want to get some before they’re gone. I also justify this binge by saying that fall is my favorite season of flavors, and I’ll be drinking these well into winter. It may take me that long, honestly!

This tea really surprised me. I don’t love green teas as much as I want to. I really like genmaicha, but that’s pretty much where it ends. This tea really tastes like baked apples, so it’s kind of cheating, but I still get the benefit of less caffeine, and all the other benefits green tea is touted for, I suppose. I’m really looking forward to having more of this around, as well as more pumpkin chai, sugar and spice, and all the other teas from other companies I ordered. ;D Yay for Fall!

jeweledthumb

I was so surprised with this when I tasted in store. It was so good that I had to buy 50 grams! I also am on an ordering binge. Della Terra needs to stop releasing a couple new teas every week plus the percentage off sales. It is killing me.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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This oolong is really delicious! Yum! And I’m saying that with the pathetic taste buds I have right now, that I suspect are due to allergies. Kind of bad timing, since I have all these fabulous teas from Butiki to drink.

This tea is sweet, a little fruity, complex, well-rounded, and incredibly smooth. I’ve just finished my third steeping of the first leaves I used. I’ve gotta make that 5 cups-worth last!!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! And honestly, I’m a little sad. This tea got better and better the more I drank it. I think I might pick up some more, and now that I’m back to work, maybe I can stop by the shop soon! Oh wait, possible transit strike tomorrow. I just can’t get a break! :P

Stephanie

dang! That’s rough!

Tealizzy

Yep! And the strike did happen, so I’m working at home today. I’m really fortunate to have a flexible boss, though!

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Oh joy! It is in my grasp!

I was so excited to get my Butiki order today, I stalked my mailman, and when he didn’t ring the door, I thought, that package better be in the mailbox! And, to my relief, it was! Along with the Lupicia newsletter and an issue of Tea Time magazine, which my mother surprised me with! Yay!

I had a really hard time deciding which tea to try, but decided to go with this one, since I had basically waited until this one was on the website before placing my order. It was especially hard because the box smelled like the sample of Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut Treat that Stacy sent me. Yum!

Anyway, I steeped this one up as recommended, and decided to only make 8 oz. of tea, so as to not drink up the little 1 oz. bag too fast. I gotta savor it!

Oh, the dry leaf smells like carrot and spice, and not chemical, like the DavidsTea carrot cake oolong tea. I gave that one away because of that.

Once steeped, the first thing that hits you is the carrot. Bam! And then you taste some nice subtle spice. Mmmmm. I made the first cup with a splash of soy milk and a little white sugar, which is how I typically roll when it comes to black tea. It was good, but I was a little distracted, making pumpkin cookies. ;) So, I resteeped, and added a little brown sugar instead of white. Definitely preferable. The brown sugar helped it become more bake-y. Be careful though, because it can overpower the subtle flavors in the tea. So, I didn’t feel like I had enough to savor, so I resteeped again. Yum. I think this is a winner! Let me go drink some more and find out! ;)

Nxtdoor

Tea Time is nice. I am too cheap to subscribe (or too commitment phobic) but keep buying issues when I’m at the bookstore.

Cavocorax

I’m jealous! I hope she still has some of this left around Black Friday, and that it isn’t quite limited time only. (What if we buy it like crazy?) I’m happy you enjoyed it!

Sil

Cavo – if it looks like it’ll be selling out, i’ll be getting some. I make it my life’s goal to try all of stacy’s teas lol. So you can certainly have some if you miss it.

Tealizzy

Nxtdoor – ya, I’m enjoying Tea Time right now! Would definitely continue the subscription, since it’s like the only magazine that keeps my interest!

Cavo and Sil – maybe she will be persuaded to keep this one around! ;)

Sil

i’m not worried… i only have 40 more sipdowns to get to my goal and i have lots of little teas left. I’m laughing, so even if i screw up and place a tiny order with stacy i’ll still be in a decent position to get to my black friday goal.

Terri HarpLady

Did I hear you say you might place a tiny order, Sil? ;)

Sil

Terri….ONLY if this tea looks like it might be getting low in stock. I resisted all weekend! Getting so close to 150…

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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