2711 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
2711 tasting notes

I know the other day I was bitching about David’s Tea but I did go in there today to buy a couple of blends I actually like from them (Coco Chai Rooibos and Chocolate Rocket).

This seems to be one of those teas that people either love or hate. I thought I was going to be in the “love” category myself because when I first tasted it I thought it was pretty good. I like cinnamon and clove, and they seemed to be nicely done in this tea. But as this is cooling off I am getting the fishy smell that other people noticed. I drink a lot of puer and I can tell you that this is not really normal for me to have this reaction to puer. I think maybe the puer they used just isn’t such a great quality. It’s a shame since this could have been such a great tea, but cinnamon and fish don’t go together at all.

Meanwhile I am kicking myself for succumbing to this…. F*uck I’m not sure I can finish my cup! Why did I do it???? It smells “rotten”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

I had the same reaction. Boo

TeaBrat

I am hoping I can take it back!

Maddy Barone

Some one suggested to me that I steep it for 5 or 10 seconds, then dump it out, rinse the cup and steep again properly. I’m going to try it, but … I dunno, it tasted bad to me.

TeaBrat

I will try it too. I’ve “rinsed” puerhs in the past but don’t normally do that with flavored puerhs since it rinses off some of the flavoring.

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68
drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a cup of this Saigon chai at the David’s Tea store to try it. I didn’t have them add any sweetener to this (just soy milk). It definitely seemed quite cinnamon-y and pepper-y. David’s Tea seems to very fond of both cinnamon and pepper. This seemed kind of weak to me, it could have used more black tea IMO. Maybe the staff made this a little bit weak, it’s hard to tell. When I tossed my teabag out I thought it seemed kind of small for the cup size. Anyway this was okay, but I didn’t love it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I had the same problem with this one and a lot of David’s spice teas- always the cinnamon and the peppercorns!

TeaBrat

they definitely like that combo, don’t they?

Anlina

This might be my least favourite chai ever.

Amariel

I don’t mind the cinnamon and peppercorns in this tea, as it features Saigon Cinnamon, but I agree with you that there seem to be more and more blends with those two ingredients.

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85

I haven’t had one of these in ages, it’s a combination of pu’erh and black yunnan tea molded into these little tuo shapes. I find this has a definite malt flavor with honey notes and tastes like what you’d imagine a blend of yunnan black and shu puerh would be like.

I don’t love it, but it’s nice on this foggy and cold winter day. Might need to try this for breakfast sometime…. I see that Red Blossom no longer has these on their site.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

This sample came from Veronica and I’m definitely enjoying it this morning. It has a lovely aroma wafting up from the cup straight to my nose!

This is a fairly hefty tea that has a fair amount of malt. I’m also getting the dried fruit note others picked up on, it has a raisin element. And some cinnamon too. Interesting, unique flavor profile. It seems a bit peppery in the finish. When I first tried it I was reminded of red wine. This is not a wimpy tea like the yunnan fancy that I had earlier today. It packs a wallop! It’s good plain but I also liked it with soymilk.

I think the only other Vietnam tea I’ve had is from Tea Geschwender and I liked that too. Thanks again, Veronica. I would add this to my next SOT order.

Now off to go be productive, wish me luck :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Noelia Aanulds

Thank you I will try it as well

gmathis

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an unflavored black that was as spicy as this one—SOT impresses me.

TeaBrat

me too. they have lots of good selections!

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78
drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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This is a decent morning tea but doesn’t quite compare to some of my favorite yunnans.

I got one yunnan black at a hole in the wall store in Oakland that blows this out of the water. ha!

Anyway I feel that is tea is pretty strong even after steeping it for only 2.5 minutes. I may cut down on that time and see what happens. It’s malty and has definite spicy and peppery notes. Other folks remarked on the muscatel flavor and there is something about it that’s reminiscent of a darjeeling. It has a strong aftertaste. It’s missing the sweet and chocolate notes some other yunnans have. I probably won’t buy anymore of this when the tin runs out though I’ve enjoyed trying it. It’s better with soymilk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

The “Fancy” part cracks me up…

TeaBrat

So very fancy!

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88

Sipdown!

I am finishing this off today. It’s enjoyable, especially as a cold brew. Still this probably won’t be a repurchase for me, I think I’d prefer a plain/straight Moroccan Mint tea.

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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This is one of my favorite senchas to date… of course since I like this one so much I haven’t been motivated to experiment and buy a whole lot of others. It’s very vegetal but definitely on the sweeter and more mild side than some I’ve tried. My allergies are going crazy today so I am just drinking a big glass of this.

check out the beautiful color:
http://instagram.com/p/x2BR-RILUs/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
DeliriumsFrogs

I love the photo!!!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

Anlina

Lovely! I’ve had a bunch of samples from Yunomi lately that were senchas with a really strong honey note, which was a lovely change from just grassy or seaweedy.

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88
drank Oriental Beauty by Lupicia
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I’ve had Oriental Beauty teas in the past but I don’t have any right now. I was happy to see this in my Lupicia happy bag especially as it’s one of their expensive teas.

I steeped this around 205 at one minute, according to the package instructions. This is definitely a nice afternoon tea, it’s mellow and rich. Has woody notes with peach and a sweetish honey finish. This is one of those teas that needs leafhoppers to bring out the flavor, I think. It’s quite tasty! Glad I have some of this around… I think I will try a slighter longer steep at a lower temperature soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Sounds nice! I have never explored Lupicia’s unflavored teas. I’ll have to remedy that sometime.

TeaBrat

They are worth trying but haven’t ben too impressed with their straight blacks.

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90

I am really enjoying this one as my breakfast tea. It has that yummy sweet potato, sugary flavor that is gentle and tasty. This is really good too with soymilk, as a latte type drink. Goes well along with my mango for breakfast today :)

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60
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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I am not liking this blend too much this afternoon. Most rooibos teas can be steeped for a long time but when this is steeped for a while it tastes artificial and ashy. I really need to stop buying things from David’s tea, I have no idea how they are so popular. I would say 50% or more of their teas are so bad I just end up throwing them away after I buy them. I am just ditching the remainder of this bag. Snickerdoodle was worse.

Tealizzy

I’m feeling the same way about DT. I earned 50g of free tea from my frequent steeper points, but have no idea which tea I like enough to get. I’ve kinda moved on. :/

CrowKettle

Yeah.. I got scented candle wax from this one..

Sil

i only ever buy 10g from them IF the tea smells interesting.. that’s usually enough to satisfy my curiousity…

Anlina

Same here. I love that they sell as little as 10g in store. I’ve found a few surprise loves and dodged a lot of tea that’s just not for me.

I just use my Frequent Steeper points to get whatever’s most expensive :P I figure if I don’t love it, I can always swap it.

Dustin

I don’t get it either. I like a few of their teas, but not many. Some of their accessories are pretty cool though.

TeaBrat

glad to know others feel the same!

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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