741 Tasting Notes

drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
741 tasting notes

I’ve had a giant cup of this tea for the last three days, and that’s okay….you know why? Because I have 8.8 oz. on its way to me! Yep! When I saw it on the web special list for 48% off, surrounded by what I think are not very popular teas, it looked like they were going to discontinue it. NO!! I emailed them about it, but have yet to receive confirmation on this. So, instead of hoarding what I have left, I bought a TON of it! They can’t take it away from me now! (Or at least not until I’ve drank all 8.8 oz!) ;)


Hahah. That’s a pretty decent sized hoard. :)


Ceylon Star isn’t going anywhere! It’s just being featured in the Web Special, it’s not being discontinued :)


Well, I guess I just got a lot of it at almost half price! Glad to hear it’s not being discontinued. :)


I did the same thing, but I’m positive it has been discontinued now. Sadness, since it’s a very nice tea, but partner and I now have over a pound of it between the two of us, so I think we’ll be okay.

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Looks like there are two tea pages for this tea. Oh well. I picked this one! Anyway, had this yesterday, and it’s a solid spicy chai. Only problem is, I’ve been spoiled by some more interesting chai’s (verdant and samovar), so it wasn’t enough for me.

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Mmmm, I really like this one! Almost done with my resteep, and it’s delicious! I added a little of the crystal sugar they send with the sample packs to the second cup, which made it even more dessert-y, but it didn’t really need it. The coconut is very fresh-tasting, and not super overpowering, but definitely present. I think it’s actually very well-balanced with the tea base. This is probably very similar to DavidsTea’s coconut grove, but I only had one cup of that one a few months ago, so I can’t really remember. It would be fun to do a side-by-side. I think I’ve found another winner! :)

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So, I tried this one twice before logging it. The first time, I steeped it for 3 minutes, and the flavor was really weak, so I decided to do a longer steep because I couldn’t tell if it was me or the tea! It’s the tea.

I did a 4 minute steep, and although there is some nice flavor peaking out, it’s barely there. The smell of it puts me off a little because it reminds me of Della Terra’s love in a cup….not sure why that is. The taste is definitely not the same, but it’s a pretty weak vanilla taste. Even the black tea base isn’t very strong. And I can’t figure out, for the life of me, why there are sliced almonds in a vanilla tea (not sure I noticed their flavor though…seeing a pattern here?). I wonder if this one requires a really long steep? Probably won’t ever find out though, because I’m out of tea to experiment with, and I most likely won’t go out of my way for this one. I think I liked periwinkle more. I can see why some get obsessed over finding the perfect vanilla tea now…there are so many and none of them are the same!

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This one was a little too artificial peachy for me. Or maybe I just don’t like peach teas? I’ve found I’m pretty particular with fruit-flavored teas. Some I like, some I don’t. This one was not my favorite, but I’m sure others would like it. I did like the white tea base more than I like black tea as a base for peach. It probably would be great iced. I noticed it was a little perfume-y too, like others have said. Kind of like how Della Terra’s perfect pear tea is perfume-y. Glad I got to try it, but I like white guava better!

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Got a sample of this tea due to an order mishap, but I do have to commend the Persimmon Tree for promptly correcting it! Great customer service!

Anyway, I thought I would give this one a try, even though I tend to stay away from earl grey in general. I thought I might like this one, since it has the promise of vanilla in addition to bergamot. I do like earl grey-like teas that have something additional in them (Harney’s Paris for example).

This earl grey has very bright flavor. The bergamot was pretty strong, and very lemon-y in this case. I did get some vanilla, but for me, it wasn’t enough to round out the brightness of the bergamot. Earl grey lovers may like this one though.


I’d have to agree with you on liking Earl Grey with a little something else in it. :)

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Tried this one out this morning. The sample size is bigger than 1 cup worth, but there was only one white tea flower in there, which I used for this cup. I hope the flavor isn’t lost if you don’t have a white tea flower. I guess I’ll find out with the second cup, but that would be a bummer. I found the flavor of this tea to be similar to other teas like this. I got notes of vanilla, and maybe even a little chocolate. There was some other spice note I couldn’t quite figure out…maybe nutmeg or cinnamon? It was a little astringent at a 4-minute steep, so maybe it would be better at 3 minutes. It’s always that balance between flavor and astringency when it comes to steep times. I think I’ll have to have that second cup before deciding to buy more of this one, but I did enjoy it!

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My first tea from the Persimmon Tree!

This was delicious! Exactly like guava, and like others have said, it even has that thick mouthfeel like guava juice does. I thought the amount of flavoring was well balanced…not too much and not too little. I enjoyed it without sugar, which is pretty awesome, since I would rather not have to doctor up any teas other than black teas.

This is a winner! Can’t wait to try the other samples I got!

Btw, I steeped it at 180 degrees for 3 minutes.

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So, I was supposed to get a package of tea in the mail today (not Butiki, but I’m certainly interested in doing another order there soon!), but no package came with the mail. So bummed! I was totally looking forward to trying some new teas. It also puts me on edge because the tracking said it would come today, so it makes me think it’s lost! Hopefully they just put in on the wrong truck like the last time this happened. :(

I had a couple cups of this tea to make me feel better, and it did! Probably my favorite comfort tea. :)


I love this one too

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This is pretty freaking delicious iced! Just so you know! ;)

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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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