485 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

Had a cup of this in-store before work. We have some in the stash, but I’ve never reached for it before.

I know that white teas pop to their best effect with a steep time of less than a minute, but because I got caught up chatting with the girl at DT, I ended up steeping this for almost seven minutes (eep!). The result was delicious! But not really tea-y. The taste of the tea – which is, itself, very delicate – was totally subsumed in the mango, but the mango was very bright and sweet and citrusy and delicious.

While I enjoyed the cup, I have to say that for the price, it isn’t worth it. There is very little white tea in proportion to the fruit and other additives (which themselves are very heavy), but it’s still being charged the price for a white tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Elixir for Her by DAVIDsTEA
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I was excited to try this blend, now that at long last it’s available loose on the wall instead of in a gift set.

I was so disappointed. Boo.

It gave the distinct impression of drinking three different teas in rapid succession; every sip was like Wonka’s four-course chewing gum. First, a dark chocolate tea with a hint of non-descript berry. Then, immediately following, a sharply spiced chai, and finally a heavy licorice that clung to the back of my throat. The first two would have been alright individually, but the combination of the two was very off-putting. And the licorice – bleh. Just cloying and stuck to my mouth for way too long afterwards.

Will not repeat the experience. Am sad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
DaisyChubb

At least you didn’t turn into a licorice at the end

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95
drank Sweet Orange by The Tea Haus
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Drank this yesterday and forgot to log it. When they say sweet, they mean sweet! God, this is a tasty tea. None of the black tea is lost in the flavour, which is a bold and flavourful sweetly orange taste. Orange. Orange orange orange and then some more orange.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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98
drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Duke of Earl by The Tea Haus
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I am always down for an Earl, and like most of Tea Haus’s blends, this one did not disappoint. Smooth and mild black tea, with the smoky bergamot and creaminess in perfect proportion. If I were to brew it again, I would do it at less than boiling and avoid some of the bitterness that I experienced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Lime Fizz by The Tea Haus
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Mmmmmmm.

This is so delicious. I am planning on buying ALL OF IT on Friday. Already bought a tin and everything.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Tangerine Dream (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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One of the factors I consider in a tea rating and review is how long after I drink the tea that I actually write the review, and how well I remember it in that time. If I’m still thinking “Oh God, that tea was freaking amazing”, that tea was freaking amazing. If I’m sitting here trying to figure out what the tea tasted like at all, that’s not really a good thing. Unfortunately, this tea was definitely the latter.

It did have a very juicy aftertaste, but it was strangely not thirst-quenching. The green was a bit bitter and left my mouth feeling very dried-out. It was alright, but not fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I’ve had this one before but can never for the life of me remember it the next time. It is a tasty chocolate-strawberry blend, even if the rose gives it a bit of a floral edge I’m not fond of. The chocolate is similarly low-key; the overwhelming flavour I got was the dried strawberries. And they really tasted like dried strawberries – which isn’t a bad thing. If you’ve never had dried strawberries, a) why the hell not? and b) you’re dumb, because they are freaking delicious. Like little chewy candies of nature.

While it was tasty, it was also forgettable. For chocolate blends, I’d go for some Read My Lips or Chocolate Orange over this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Jessie

Yeah, I wish this one would lose the rose.

De

Have you smelled the new Rose Congou Emperor blend they have? Nothing but rose, rose, and more rose.

Jessie

I haven’t yet, no. A rose tea has to sound really mind-blowing for me to be interested. I don’t find ‘em revolting or anything, but it’s hard to get thoughts of perfume and potpourri out of my head.

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Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Sweet Chai by The Tea Haus
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Apparently we have two samples of this in the house, which is good because my wife almost had to smack a ho for using up one of them.

I’ve always liked the idea of chai. The spice blend is warm and comforting, and always smells amazing, but I am not a huge fan of cinnamon or licorice in my teas, and every chai I’ve ever tried always has an overabundance of one or the other. This chai, I am so happy to find out, does not!

I tried it sweetened, and it was a little too sweet for my taste, so just black it should be perfect. I’ll also have to try it with a little milk the next time we get some in the house.

Definitely going on the purchasing list for this Friday’s expedition to the Tea Haus. Am so excite!

Also, there is a term in the knitting community for a yarn-buying trip: SEX, a Stash Enhancement eXpedition. I think we need to adopt that over here on Steepster.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Tina S.

Why do I suspect both those samples came from my stash . . .

De

Maybe because they did? INNOCENT SMILE.

Tina S.

Heee! No worries, a great chai deserves to be shared!

DaisyChubb

SEX. I love it.

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

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