512 Tasting Notes

95

Only enough for tomorrow morning’s cup so I’m going to say this is a SIPDOWN!

It’s a strong tea and is quite good.

My only complaint is that I always end up with an almost tea dust on the bottom of my mug when I use my metal infusing basket from Davidstea. I don’t have this problem when it comes to rooibos teas in the basket which is why I have to think it’s more of a dust than the leaves coming through.
I don’t know if this is because of the tea itself or has something to do with the way it was packaged/maybe got rocked around. Either way that’s a small complaint in some ways, but in other ways it’s annoying. haha
Well, since the little one will be here soon….ish…. 8 weeks, I’m not sure I’m going to restock this one. I think I might just try to stick with the other decaf teas I have and use them up. Lots of green rooibos and red in my future.

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75

So I finally bought a gaiwan. I actually bought two of them. One is about 150ml and one is about 75ml. I’ve tried the larger one today. It’s taking some real playing to get use to. I almost burnt my fingers on the steam from the first use, which isn’t good, but what can ya do?
Anyways, this was the tea for me to try today with the gaiwan and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but the first steep was quite bitter after only 10 seconds. The second steeping wasn’t as bad at 10 seconds but still was a tough bitter. Maybe it’s also ‘cause I’m not use to drinking this tea straight up? Anyways, so the third steep I did 15 seconds and it wasn’t too bad! I was surprised by it. It started to mellow out and turn into a nice tea. Maybe the first two steeps should have been a bit shorter. Maybe this is the type of tea that only needs like a 5 second steep to start? Or maybe I just used too much leaf? I’m still trying to understand that part of it.

Either way, I’m not giving up on the gaiwan yet. I have some oolongs and pu’erhs I want to try in it once the baby is born, if I get time for tea. I’ve heard newborns sleep a lot at first so I might be okay… Maybe? Hopefully? haha

I do have a few white teas I could probably try in it too before the baby comes ’cause they are straight teas and they should be safe…

Anlina

The first time I used my gaiwan I burnt my fingers trying to hold it and then dumped a bunch of tea and leaf into my cha hai and all over my tray trying to adjust the lid. It was terribly awkward.

For my 100ml gaiwan I usually use 1-2 tsp of dry leaf and then look for recommended steeping times in other people’s tasting notes. A lot of teas are good with a flash steep – just pour on and pour off. And I figure if I do too short a steep I can always just pour the tea back into the gaiwan and give it a few more seconds.

AllanK

If you pick up the style of gaiwan sometimes called an easy gaiwan they are easier to pour.

boychik

you sleep when the baby sleeps. they dont sleep that much, waking up pretty often. you have to feed the baby every 90 min. its just never stops, so i really doubt you will have plenty of time for a tea. maybe later in a few months when the baby will have a schedule

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I’m really not sure about this one. Trying it straight up, it’s very interesting. The description says jammy-like taste to it, but I’m not too sure if that’s what I’m getting or not. I think I’m getting more of a floral quality to it I think.

There’s just something about this tea that I’m not crazy about. I will probably finish it, but honestly it’s not for me… Even with milk and sugar I don’t find this tea to be overly exciting…
Oh well… Maybe I’ll try it in one of my new Gaiwans and see if that helps!

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90
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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A perfect tea for Christmas!

Merry Christmas Steepsters! Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.

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I tried a small amount of this in stores today and I’m really not sure where to begin reviewing it.
It was overwhelmingly sweet. I think the must have added like twice as much sugar as they should have so it was very hard to get the flavours to come through. But I did notice the mint. That managed to come through. It was good. I wish the rest had had a chance to really shine instead of getting beaten down and away with the amount of sugar. Oh well… what can you do?
I wish there was a way to order samples from Teavana instead of committing to a full 50g!

Megan Low

I second the sample sizes!

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100
drank Perfectea Rock Sugar by Teavana
512 tasting notes

This is the only thing from Teavana that I have tried and actually liked so far. The rock sugar is fantastic. It’s not too sweet. It adds just the right amount of sweetness without being in your face and making you pucker. I have a bunch of this still and I plan to keep it in my house at all times. I definitely prefer it to white sugar. And the nice thing is, this doesn’t change the flavour of your tea like honeys and sometimes other sweetners will.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a small sample of this in store today. I guess camomile isn’t the best thing for pregnant women so I probably shouldn’t have had it, but it wasn’t much so I’m not too concerned.
Also, I got a tin of this for my mom-in-law for Christmas on the weekend and she texted me while we were driving home and said she loved it, so I was excited to try it.

It is amazing. It is a sweet apple tea. Don’t really know where to start to describe it, but honestly it was amazing. I recommend it fully.

gmathis

Sounds delicious. Chamomile and apple are made for each other.

Kittenna

I’m no doctor, but I feel like a bit of something is unlikely to have much effect. Regular consumption would be bad, though. My pregnant friend has a sample of mine to try once baby arrives (8 more days for her!)

TheKesser

Yeah I figure a little won’t be too bad.

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90
drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
512 tasting notes

Last time I had this tea, I was disappointed ‘cause it wasn’t as creamy as I expected it to be, but this time around, I’m loving it. Maybe it’s ‘cause I haven’t had Santa’s Secret in so long that this one is just jumping out at me and making me just love candy canes and peppermint all that much more.

It’s very refreshing. The minty-ness is leaving me feeling refreshed and it’s just such a wonderful Christmas tea. I’m glad this one is pretty basic so I can enjoy it while pregnant.
I think this one would be great with cream. I know, I know, Cream?! But yes, I think it would even try it with cream ’cause it would make it a nice creamy goodness.

Either way, I’m going to be enjoying this tea a lot over the next few months. Another tea that I’m going to try and drink up fast. :)

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Why do I keep torturing myself with bagged tea/machine teas. Silly for me to say and very over dramatic, but still… Why do I do it? haha

I had a little bit of this one today. I remember the two weeks ago when I had this one before and it was just bad. It tasted like powder. I know that’s weird to say, but it’s true. There’s just something very powdery about this one.

Anyways, today I thought I’d try it as a latte with the steamed milk package that they had. I just had to do it! Well, I was unfortunately disappointed… again… I didn’t think to add sugar right away, so once I did that, things got a bit better and I liked the idea of a milk “froth” that was on top of it, but something just seemed so… not authentic about it all. It didn’t taste like I felt it should. I had some of it and ended up tossing it.

I won’t be at this work place again, so I’m not too concerned about the temptation to try it again. I keep hoping it’ll get better, but it doesn’t… Sorry tea… but you’re not for me!

Fjellrev

Ain’t nobody got time for that! Don’t torture yourself. :)

TheKesser

Hahaha you are so right!

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

I get to utter the words that I haven’t said for a long time… SIPDOWN!

I have used up pretty much all of this tea. I have a small bit left that I’ll mix with something else yummy, but for all purposes right now, it’s all gone. I love this tea. I am totally in love and will always have it in the cupboard. It’s too good not to. That being said, now that it’s gone, I’m going to try and be good for a bit and not get anymore until the Davidstea spring collection comes out ’cause I need to drink more of my other teas down first.

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Updated Feb. 16/16
I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m a proud new mom of a sweet little baby boy born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal, white and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too).

Green teas, pu’erh, and matcha are starting to grow on me but I’m very picky about them still. I am finding I like pu’erh tea cakes much better than loose. And with matcha I much prefer flavoured ones over straight.

I still don’t really care for mate teas but there a couple that are the exception to that.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

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