67 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
67 tasting notes

I was inspired by the Soritea sisters to sip a different tea each day leading up to Christmas. I made a list last night. I love all of my teas, but I think I drink my very favorites more often, and I need some motivation to drink the breadth of my stash!
Today’s selection: Vanilla Orchid. It is even better than I remember. This is possibly because I just got a variable temperature kettle. This says to brew it at 190, but I set my kettle to 180 and it turned out even creamier. It is a little less floral, which is fine with me. I added 1 tsp of sugar to my 3 cup pot and brewed it with 3 tsp of tea. I poured it off and then added water for a resteep. I mixed the two together to get 6 cups of tea total to sip on throughout the day. It’s a lovely vanilla cupcake-y taste, with just a hint of flowers. The oolong base is definitely there, too, and provides a nice undertone. I’m sad that I only have a few servings left in my tin. I’ll be looking into adding more around christmas time. It is almost as good as Silk Dragon oolong, and brewed the way that I did, it is even richer. Keeping me happy and warm on a cold and damp day.

Flavors: Cake, Frosting, Orchid, Vanilla

Preparation
3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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93
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
67 tasting notes

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90

Ahh – this is refreshing! I love this tea, and it tastes like summer in a cup. It is ever so slightly smokey, especially if brewed at a high temperature, but not at all bitter. I like it best steeped at 190 for 4 minutes and then again at 190 for 5ish minutes. I mix the two steepings together to get a mellow, very drinkable, tea. It sort of tastes to me like Ruby Red grapefruit juice, but without the sugar and without the bitterness. It tastes like the best parts of a red grapefruit.
My only complaint today is that I added too much sugar. I don’t think it needs any, but I was treating myself today. I added 1 tsp for 6 total cups. Still too much. Next time, I’ll only use 1/2 tsp.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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94

This seems to be my go-to tea these days, and I’m glad I ordered more so I can have it several times a week. My latest blend with it turned out very nicely. I used a 4 cup pot and 3 tsp of this mixed with 1 tsp of Vanilla Cream Black Tea and 1 tsp of dried lavender. I added about 2 tsp of sugar. I tried it both with and without milk, but with milk dilutes the flavor too much. It is really soothing and perfect as it is. It is tangy and creamy from the Earl Grey, but has a candy quality from the vanilla tea and the lavender.
I did a rebrew with a bit of added tea and that turned out okay, but not as good as the first brew.

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90

To me, this tea is smooth and yummy! I love rooibos, as I get the feeling of tea without the caffeine in the evenings. My new tea plan is to drink a different rooibos each night to calm down before bed.
I brewed it for about 10 minutes. My first impression was that it was a little weak, but that is because I have been mainly drinking black teas. After a few sips, I picked up cocoa and vanilla flavors. Then I added a splash of almond milk and a pinch of sugar. The caramel flavor really popped out at that point. It almost tasted like a milky way candy bar. Very soothing as well. I will be drinking and ordering this tea often.

Flavors: Cacao, Creamy, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s been a long week. A very long week and I’m in the middle of several weeks with no rest. So, my teas are what I am looking forward to right now. I bought some dried lavender today and decided to try it in this tea. It took a good tea to great! I’m a little new at tea blending, but I definitely enjoyed this one. I mixed 1.5 tsp Earl Grey Cream with 1/2 tsp Vanilla Cream (also from ETS) and 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers. It is creamy, sweet, and floral in about equal parts. What a great, relaxing tea to be drinking in the middle of a busy Saturday!
I also love this tea on its own. It has a nice, sweet, citrusy taste. I do wish it had slightly more vanilla and bergamot, but is is still good. I find that I actually like this best very lightly sweetened (about 1/3 tsp per cup) and without milk.

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I have drank this twice this week, both times in the afternoon. It is so relaxing and easy to drink! As it cools, the sweet flavors start to pop. This is especially true for the first steep. Subsequent steeps are still mild, but more fruity than creamy and sweet.
It’s been a really long week, and a tea like this helps a lot. I love the way that green oolongs immediately make me feel better and much more relaxed.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I’ve brewed this several times, and I think I’m ready to review it. It is sweet, floral, and citrusy. It’s pretty much what I expected, but maybe even a little smoother.
Today’s brew is slightly weak. I think this tea might be better brewed at the 4 min mark. I’ll give that a try next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

So yum! I love the berry taste that comes out with just a little bit of sugar. I can also taste the nice blossoms that round out the flavor of this one. I haven’t tried it at a lower temperature, but I have tried it brewed longer. I prefer this one brewed for closer to 3 minutes, otherwise it is too strong. When I brewed it strong, I mixed the rebrew in and that helped tremendously.

Flavors: Blackberry, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I think I’m going to keep trying this tea. I’ve had it two days in a row and I can’t seem to get the steeping parameters correct. I tried this morning to steep it for 3 minutes, and it was a nice smooth black tea but not much fruity goodness. I added a bit of sugar and milk, and that definitely improved the taste! I was hoping to find in this tea a nice strong black tea that didn’t need sugar or milk, but I guess I should be happy to drink it like I drink all my other black teas. It certainly is a great tea for it’s price point!
I think I was spoiled by Short and Stout’s Monk’s Blend – it is much more syrupy sweet, which is a plus for me.

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