120 Tasting Notes

87
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
120 tasting notes

Second tea of the day. No, wait third.

The dry leaf smells nutty and a little bit of spice. I had a lot of chunks in it. Not sure what some of it is though. The liquor that it makes is a brownish gold color.

The taste is kinda disappointing. At first it was bland, but the I added more sweeter and that helped. It has a odd crisp carrot flavor with a light mix of nuttiness and cream(texture mostly) % almost savory flavor. A lot of the icing type of flavor is right after the sip on the tongue.

Overall it is just kinda weird and wishy/washy. Then again being that it is so chunky I might have not used enough; since it is hard to spoon it out properly. I will have to experiment.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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62

First tea of the day. No, that is a lie. I tried to improve Aztec Fire (Teavana) buy adding hot pepper flakes. I think this could work, but I used WAAAAAAAAY to much…..my throat feels burnt.

I ordered some samples from this company thanks to Awkward Soul’s note. Glad she told me…

The smell of this dry is fresh with a light pineapple smell… quite nice. The brew smells very light and fresh as well, but I don’t smell the fruit a lot. It makes a light greenish yellow liquor as well.

The taste is a little bit disappointing. While the green tea base has a nice light, crisp grassy flavor, I hardly taste any of the fruit; cold or warm. It is really more of a light after taste that comes threw on the tongue after you have taken a breath. Then again being someone who has drank Teavana teas I might be ruined, since their fruity teas beat you into submission with their fruit flavors.

Overall, I don’t hate it. It just taste more a like a plain green tea to me. I would recommend it to white tea or green tea people to try; especially at $1.25 a sample with free shipping.


Specifics
Amount: 2 1/2 tsp
Water: 28oz
Pot: Glass
Sweetener: 1 tbs light agave per 14oz glass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Azzrian

While this is not one of my favorite Persimmon Tree teas .. I am curious if maybe the previous tea ruined your tasting of this one?

Ze_Teamaker

hmmmm, I don’t think so. It had been around a hour before I brewed this one. Also I had drank milk and stuff to clear my throat. I still have some more or this, so I will be brewing it again.

It could be a possibility….

Azzrian

Ah that should be enough time then unless you totally burnt your mouth which I hope is not the case!

Ze_Teamaker

Nah, I wasn’t water temp. Just when I took a sip of the Aztec Fire and swallowed, the burning spice sensation hit my throat like a ton of bricks

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76

Made some this morning from a previous steeping. This is becoming my comfort black tea. It taste so good with cinnamon sticks and anise mixed in with it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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82

I am really glad I got these free samples. I brewed this while watching Dragon Ball with my brother. I brewed it past 10, since I usually like to really steep my rooibos.

Smells like mixed berry juice! It makes sort of a cold toned pinkish red. This taster very berry, but in a different and unconventional way. must be the elder berry and currant. I liked this one more then the blood orange one.

I might buy this when it comes out.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
120 tasting notes

Another tea from Awkward Soul; thanks for the sample! Brewed this before I have to go to work. It smells like those pumpkin spice candles…. yum! The little pumpkin sprinkles are cut as well. The smell of this brew is reminds my of pumpkin spice. The black tea is nice, and not astringent. It is not as spicy has I have hoped, but it is still good. More sweet and pleasant, not over powering flavor.

Overall I would recommend this tea to someone who likes pumpkin pie spice, and doesn’t like really strong chai’s.

P.S. This is one of Weebl’s songs. I….. can’t………stop……listening…………to it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=4M6qAMMqFhI&NR=1

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
120 tasting notes

I got this in a trade with Awkward Soul. I am glad I got some, since I don’t see it on the website anymore.

Don’t have time to write a long note at the moment, but I really like it. Very creamy taste and the mango helps and adds a nice after taste.

I would recommend this to white tea people and chamomile lovers.

P.S. I was able to get a second steep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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78

Rant: Ok, I bought this tea originally to trade with, along with a few others. I was going to the mall in Orlando that weekend so I decided to buy some teas from Teavana at the store. That way I could get 1oz of tea flavors versus having to buy a minimum of 2oz online, which I can understand; also this way I could get more flavors for the same price. When I went into the store I notice that they had made it larger, which was nice since it was crampt before. As always me and my freind walked around, tried some samples, looked at the pretty teaware, ect. I haven’t been there alot, but they seemed more car sales-y… more pushy. I don’t blame them though(I will say why later). So when I made my way up to the counter, the first flavor I wanted the standard 2oz. However, when I wanted 1oz of the next flavor, they said that I had to buy a minimum of 2oz of each flavor. I was shocked and annoyed! I mean I get why it is like that online, but in the STORE!? It just doesn’t make any sense to me, and really left me feeling sour. I kinda wonder if all Teavanas are like this. I over heard the employ that served me tell the cashier, who I think was in charge, that she told me I had to buy 2oz(I have ninja ears). I also noticed that at the bottom of the receipt it said that I was sold a total of 4 units….. for 2 different 2oz teas… 1oz=1 unit. The reason they are like this though, is because in order for employees to get hours they have to sell a certain number of units or bring in around $50. If they don’t they get little to no hours. That being said, this policy completely contradicts their mission statement. They are kinda like a friend that you slowly start to realize isn’t the best kind of friend you want, but they introduced you to other new and better people. In this case, they introduced loose teas to me, but I have found them to be a little mediocre and to full of themselves. I will buy from them in the future, but not anytime soon…

Tea Time:
The smell of this tea is very… interesting. Kinda musky, chocolaty, and coconuty. The brew it makes is a deep and nice yellow. The taste is kinda weird, but in a good way. I haven’t tried a lot of oolongs so it is hard to compare it or know what kind of oolong they used. It taste very coco/chicoryish with coconut. I don’t taste much floral notes though. I will say though that it has a kinda stuffy air and taste about it.

So far I have been able to get 2 steepings out of it, and will see if I can get a third. Even if I can’t get a third, at least you can get two which makes the price not seem as steep.


Specifics
water: 28oz
Amount: 2 1/2 tsp
Sweetener: 1 1/2 tbsp
Pot: Glass

Overall I would recommend this to someone who likes coconut or chocolate type of flavors.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Out of all of the Epi Teas, this is the one I was most excited to try. I have never had lavender in a tea before and didn’t know what to expect.

When I brewed this it made more a of brownish color then a reddish black tea liquor. the leaves in the bags were bigger then I thought they would be. They filled up the entire bag! The smell of it was nice and balanced, since I thought the lavender might be over powering. The initial taste worried me, cause it had a soapy after taste. However, I think this was attributed to morning mouth. As it cooled a bit and tasted again I found that this tea bag made a wonderful cup. The bergamont flavor was there, but not over powering. The lavender wasn’t over powering either, and I think it added a nice creamy and slightly floral tasted to it. I think I should have brewed till around 4 minuets though, since it came out a bit bitter, but not overly.

I am really happy with this tea. I think when it comes out I will buy some more to have good bagged tea on hand.


Specifics
Water: 14oz (I think)
Bags: 1
Method: Mug Brew
Sweetener: 1 1/2 TBL

Overall I would recommend this to a friend who likes Earl Grey and wants to try something different.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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76

Got my samples today in the mail. It was night time so I decided to give this one a try. It has a nice odor of citrus and rooibos. I brewed it for 13 minuets and let it cool to around room temp.

It tasted more of rooibos then of the citrus, which was more of an after taste. I think though I might have used too big a cup to brew it in though. I will have to use a smaller cup for the next samples I try.

Overall it is not bad. It is more for a plain rooibos lover with the citrus adding a nice after taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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87
drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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Drinking some tea before work. I do love this tea for the fact that I don’t have to add sugar, especially when have already had a few glasses. Got my Persimmon Tree samples and Epi Tea samples as well. I can’t wait to try them!!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I have been drinking and makeing tea for me and my mom for most of my life and have been starting to get into loose teas.

I like fruity, spicy, strong teas, Chai’s, Black, and Rooibos. I have recently been trying and getting into Oolongs…

90-100
Just love it and might keep as a staple
80-90
Really liked it, and makes a above average cup
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50-60
Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
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