430 Tasting Notes
First time I’ve logged this and actually agreed with the “last drank on” box.
Anyway. I like tea again! Yaaaay! And today is St Patrick’s Day, so I decided to start it off with a green (see what I did there?). Now, it’s a big deal for my family. We go out, get blind drunk by noon, and then sleep it off until six. However, I don’t drink any more (yay medication! boo medication.), but I finagled it so we’re hitting up the pub that has the Mystery Box of Tea. Tea for me all day!
Re: the tea. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. This tea is simply the best. I do think I oversteeped it, which means the grassy notes from the sencha start to fight back against the tingle of the ginger.
I wanted to make a cuppa today!
This is actually a pretty big deal. At a certain time during the month – if you know what I mean – I don’t want tea. It’s weird. I just don’t want tea. Black, green, herbal, whatever. Unlike every other foodstuff in existence, I don’t want tea. So when I thought “Hmmm, I could do with a cuppa . . .” I was overjoyed, as its been almost a week of tealessness.
That said, the first half of this cup was delicious.
The second half of this cup was bitter and oversteeped, since I ended up with almost a teaspoon of sediment in the bottom of my cup that kept steeping.
I. Love. Red Leaf Earl. They are so good. So full and rich and just damn delicious. Better review next time I make a cuppa.
Got this in store and did not realise that she had left the tea bag in, so it was . . . verrrrrry strong. It’s a generally sweet, kinda fruity tea. The kombucha is very powerful, with the earthy overtones of similarly-fermented pu’erh. I reach for it occasionally, but very occasionally.
Apparently this is Drink All The Teas You Drank Last March week. Zing Me was one of our favourite teas when we first became Disciples of DAVID, the zippy blend of apricot and peach the perfect fruit blend for me, who doesn’t like it too sweet, and my girlie, who is from the South. After all this time, I still love it. I am once again saddened that it is discontinued, and I know it will go back to its treasured place on the shelf because we can’t bring ourselves to drink it down.
I cheated on this one this morning. Made a cup for my wife and didn’t use enough, and when I made it for myself I just added more leaves to the already-used infuser. Anyway.
This tea is such a sweet, mellow, smooth mouthful. I don’t want to gulp and yet I find that I can’t help it. There is a delicateness about the flavour that I usually wouldn’t ascribe to creamy blends – that I wouldn’t ascribe to blends at all, in fact. It’s a very naturally teased out taste.
y u no cheaper, Gold Rush?
My first time trying this since the rebranding as Chocolate Orange. I will review it in a moment, but first, gather ’round, people of Steepster, for storytime!
So DT’s new spring collection came out yesterday and, unsurprisingly, we went to sample them all. Yes, all. We are completionists that way. A usual busy day at our local, and they were having some computer troubles. Long story short, my debit card was double-charged, which I didn’t figure out until later when I tried to buy some delicious baked goods at the local bakery. Boo. I called the store and let them know what had happened, they told me to come in whenever, no problem.
Today, I amble up to the store and one of the girls (we call her Not Hipster Girl – they need to wear nametags!) is standing out front with a tray of samples. She gives me a big ol’ grin and says “Hey! Here to get that refund?” “. . . yes. Hi!”
Up to the counter I go, where Manager and Non-Asian Guy (who had been the one to help me yesterday) are standing. “Hey! So sorry about yesterday, totally my fault.” “Oh no, no, that’s okay, I don’t mind -” “Here, we want you to have 50g of one of the new spring teas, whatever you want. Let’s process that refund. Do you want anything to go?” Yes, 50g of tea and two free cups of tea because of a computer glitch. I cannot say how much I absolutely love DAVIDsTEA’s customer service. It’s just phenomenal, above and beyond any other retail experience I’ve had, tea-related or otherwise.
Anyway. Tea. This is the cup I got to go (the other being an iced Orange Blossom for my wife), my usual hot and black. I steeped it longer than I usually do pu’erhs and I’m actually glad that I did. It had such a rich warmth to it, I was actually kinda stunned for a moment. Just this amazingly complex chocolately taste, with all the shades of mustiness that pu’erhs hold. And then the zip of the orange citrus . . . I need to bump up the rating on this, and bring the small amount in our stash back to the forefront.
This was . . . odd? I don’t know. It was tasty, but utterly unlike apples, baked or otherwise. I tasted a mild black tea with a distinct floral note from the rose petals, but not much else. Very strange.
This was a decent cup of tea. Sweet, the sencha wasn’t too overwhelming, tasted mango-y. A bit too mango-y, actually. Getting into that artificial flavouring taste, especially for such a short steep time. I didn’t bother going back to finish off my cup when I set it down for a few minutes. Very unremarkable.