38 Tasting Notes

drank Tiger Sencha by Della Terra Teas
38 tasting notes

A week or two ago i ordered a big sample pack from Della Terra teas this one was in it ( 17 teas for that matter ) I don’t have much not flavored tea since that one was not on Steepster i wanted to be the first to make a taste note on it :)

Two days ago a wild green tea taste appear in me perfect time to taste that tiger tea I told myself! After looking on the website to be sure of the process to make that one. What a good smell is coming from that sunny yellow hot cup ( main reason i like glass mug love seeing all those divine colour ! ) perfect to fight the grey and cold weather autumn seem to bring us fast this year .

Sadly what was going to be a good reading time with a wonderful tea as come to a end fast i can’t even say if that tea was good or not 2 sip was all i could drink. After the first sip a heavy astringent effect appear saying myself that okay was my first reaction not the first time that happen green tea do that a lot after all and it one of the thing i like ( even if i don’t know why ) but at the second sip my mouth as become totally numb just like when going to the dentist that was not normal i will have to begin watching myself with green tea some of those seem to give me weird effect.

No choice that cup got toss in the sink ( i know it is nearly a crime :( ) i was so looking out for that one

Of course I’m not going to note that tea i would let that honour to someone else

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Received this tea as one of my mane many custom try me sample i don’t know what to say or think of this one the smell is really really good you can smell the chocolate and the cacao but i can’t find any of the taste when drinking it but at the same time i don’t find it bitter like i do with most black tea so there most be some taste other than tea in it.

i see in the description here 5 minute steep while the Website of Della Terra teas write 2-3 minute i will try it at 5 minute ( one or the other have the wrong info ) maybe the taste will get stronger in hope that it don’t get bitter with that kind of smell i hope to be able to have the taste to go with it

Updates: Following Della Terra Teas advice i was going to try this one with some sweetener ( cane sugar ) but i was out of it so Honey it be ! since it the only other sweet i can take .

The smell was still really nice. With honey in it the cacao taste is stronger, taste kinda like dark chocolate ( with chocolate and cacao i assume that was the purpose ) it my favourite kind so I’m good with it. A weird taste in that cup but that come from my honey .. i was probably really sleeping last time i bought honey it’s some weird flower honey i will have to buy some normal honey when i go for the sugar cane . Was way better that time still have enough to make another cup in my sample will try with the cane sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Della Terra Teas

Thanks for the review. We do suggest a 2-3 minute steep using boiling water on this. Without sugar we notice it has a more cocoa taste, almost like baking cocoa without the bitter. With sugars really brings out the milk chocolate taste.

Zoltar

Thanks for the answer ! i will try it with cane sugar since i don’t like normal sugar i have still enough to try it at least 2 more time surely i will find the way to get the taste out because it’s smell sooo good i just want to like it

Bonnie

You must play with your tea like you are in love.

Della Terra Teas

I totally agree Bonnie :)

Zoltar

i agree also but have to be more careful when a sample :P less quantity to play with

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drank GenmaiMatcha by Zen Tea
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Got that one as the free sample offer from zen tea ( thank for that offer ) i was happy to see green popped rice when i opened the bag the first time i know it’s normal since there is matcha in it but i still find it funny ( sometime it don’t take me much to be amuse lol) i did 3 steep with that tea the flavour goes like this first steep – nearly only matcha taste with a hint of other green taste
Second – still some matcha !(that nice most genmaimatcha are just normal genmaicha at second steep) and a little more stronger toasted taste begin to appear
Third – mostly normal genmaicha at that point ( genmaicha still my favorite tea so that not a bad point)

Definitively a good tea i like the change of taste from the resteep ( diferent cup without having to change the kind of tea )

Will buy that one for sure

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank GenmaiMatcha by Zen Tea
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That is one of my 17 sample i ordered from Della Terra Teas ( ya 17 lol but hey 17 for 30$ with free shipping can hardly do better than that even more if you are from Canada Thanks Della Terra Teas for the good deal ) I try this as a iced tea first ( Thank DaisyChubb for answering all my question :)) i can’t say it’s bad iced it’s just weird at first ( maybe not the good choice to try iced ) the more i drink it the more i begin to discern all the different taste like chocolate and coconut not bad after all will try it hot ( even if i don’t drink hot black i did bought it for a reason )

Updates : Hot cup right now 4 minute steep since it’s the resteep from my iced tea try a little bitter ( but i find all black tea kinda bitter ) but not much probably from the first steep taste way less than the iced tea should probably have steep it around 5:30 minute once it begin to cool the coconut flavour begin to appear more and some chocolate the almond taste in both version are kinda absent probably hiding behind the coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Yum! This one sounds awesome, I hope you like it hot as well!

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drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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Got this one as a sample how could a Canadian resist trying something with maple syrup wrote on it ? simple we can’t the smell is just divine when opening the bag even the colour after steeping look like maple syrup

it’s was tasting a little maple after 4 minute not enough for me ( longer steep next time ) and a taste i can’t remember maybe the honeybush or Green rooibos since i’ve never have neither of them

So far it’s good will update that tasting note after another try with a longer steeping time

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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My first cold of the season is coming to a end ( well i was thinking at least ) when i began to have sore throat again. That not gonna happen let kill that with hot tea ! I’d watch a couple gaiwan video during the morning so why not try it i ask myself innocently ( my answer should have been because your gonna make a mess since you don’t know what you are doing )

Ah why not maybe i’m gonna have the beginner luck well that was not the case ..

Watching a last video after installing all my stuff just to be sure

All the pre-heat did go well but first impression That thing become HOT! i nearly drop it let handle it a little higher i still need my finger don’t want to burn it

Putting the leaf in the gaiwan – 1/4 as suggested in many video that seem a lot but meh i’m no expert so i have to take my first info somewhere let’s go with what they say ( yah cold make me dumb i didn’t even think to come ask here ..)

Rince it – Done ( that kinda the easiest part lol)

First steep – Used the suggested temperature but steeping time found on the web was 20 seconds ( Gawhhh that was so so freaking bitter first time i get a bitter green tea it’s was worst than any black tea i ever taste even the new loose leaf tea from Tim Horton made by people who don’t know how to make tea i was desperate don’t judge me lol ) too many leaf ? dunno i think probably water to hot ( i could not finish the cup it’s was that bitter )

Second steep – i think it’s was the water being too hot that cause the bitterness so i let it cool down does it change something ? well no sure less bitter but the first was so bitter that i still have the taste in the mouth

i did stop at 2 steep for the sake of my bud taste ( i wish to be able to still taste my other tea) cleaning up the mess was fast since i did not really make some but will cleaning the gaiwan i drop it and it broke ( they are little fragile thing )

So it was my first and last ( for now ) gaiwan experience i finish all this by drinking my favorite genmaicha ( at least i know how to do that one )

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Zoltar!
I’ve burned my fingers every time I’ve used my Gaiwan so far, & I think it’s just part of the experience :D
Seriously, I have to really work hard not to fill it too full, because that’s when I burn myself.
Sorry to hear your Gaiwan broke (meant to be?) Are you sure you didn’t get mad & throw it across the room? ;)
Thanks for sharing your experience!
I vote that Zoltar puts the ‘Zoltar’ picture back on his profile! Anybody want to second the motion?

Zoltar

it was not on purpose lol im way to zen for that and its was a cheap one since i’ve read that it happen a lot to first time user :p ( it was in fact my second broken gaiwan i drop the first one the day i receive it >< without even using it i was opening the order box and drop it ) i may be curse when using gaiwan lol

my zoltar is still there at least i still see it on my phone will look at it when i got my computer just in case

Bonnie

I have a gaiwan for the elderly. It has a handle and a spout. It’s made of clay and is used for Pu-erh. I’m going to get another one (not clay) same style because I’m a clutz!

Zoltar

where do you get them ? that could be a idea for someone like me i do have big hand so holding something small like a gaiwan is already hard when they are cold its a nightmare when they are hot and i am clumsy too mine cost just 8$ ( cheapest i could find ) but still i would like not to have to bought a new one each time i touch it :P

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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No matter how many tea i taste genmaicha always see me coming back ( in fact i got a cup right now ) can’t say if taht one better than the other i drank since i don’t have all them with me to taste one after another but that one pretty good ( and don’t have to wait 1 week to get if i forgot to buy more before drinking them all yay for having a tea store at less that 20 minute from home )

Genmaicha is probably my most favorite tea right now ( just after genmaicha with matcha ) Not much more to say this tea is yummy and i hope it’s will stay that way

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Formosa Oolong Finest by TeaFrog
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i will start by saying way to earthy for me i prefer the grassy taste of a green I’m not really fond of earthy for me they taste more bitter than anything else with a sweetener he could be good but i don’t put anything to sweet in my tea.

I do love the colour of this one a beautiful red/brown shade

My nose maybe wrong because of my cold but i found it to smell a little like pu’erh at least the one i have

This one definitively not for me but that why i love sample i don’t feel bad for buying something i don’t like

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Not gonna give a note to this one since that my first and only matcha at this time.

I find it good but without anything to compare that just a opinion my experience with matcha got a bad start. Green matcha trigger seasonal allergy in me ( like during the summer puffy and itchy eyes and all the other symptom that goes with it ) I’m not exactly sure why that happen no other green tea does that i will follow advice from fellow steepster and try white or black matcha ( thanks Azzrian for that i wasn’t even aware than non green matcha existed )

Azzrian

Happy to help :)

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Name is Guillaume or William for the english version of it :p

Reading, movies and music are mostly my only hobby ( they take most of my time but lucky me i can drink Tea when doing all of them ! :D) i am a technology addict and at the same time love old thing ( i shave with a straight razor )

Like most people here i suppose tea as become a obsession really fast how can it not be with so many tea and teaware available? it is a conspiracy i say !

Tea lover for a couple of month now it’s the only hot beverage i can drink ( i hate coffee and the like ) thank to having a DT near my house and to Den’s for the 3$ for tea novice

I’m way behind in my tasting note but it will be done ! Bad note from me does not mean the tea was bad i try to explain what i did not like but that just my opinion I’m no expert on tea i like what i like and that all.

I mostly drink green tea i found black tea to be too bitter for me since i don’t put sweetener in anything flavored black tea are ok if they have something already sweet in it

Rooibos and herbal are ok all depended on the flavor they are

I love most white and oolong just have yet to find one i really like

everyone as different taste but there tea for every taste

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