349 Tasting Notes

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So I followed the advice some of you recommended and I added more leaf when I made this, and it was definitely better. Much better. Thank you for your suggestions. I still prefer a heavier base, so following another tip that one of you dear Steepsters mentioned, I decided to add another tea to strengthen the base. I unwisely selected Infusion Bouteaque’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black tea (which is another tea that I don’t love). I think I should have chosen more wisely, because I made it worse. Much worse. DOH!!

I guess my experiment proves…two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights made an airplane –HAHAHA!…get it? the Wright Brothers?…yeah, I laugh at my own dumb jokes….and then I explain them :P

I’m so glad I returned the other pouches of this. I’m pretty sure the next person who buys them will enjoy it more than I did. I think I’ll just chalk this one up to a combination of not suiting my taste, and user error.

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
349 tasting notes

I love this tea. It’s sweet and satisfying and it’s another one that tastes best when made with water heated just to the point where it is still sippable (not boiling). This reduces the wait time from when I start making it, to the point where I can enjoy it. The perfect remedy for my morning case of the “gimmeteanows”.

I took this to today’s meeting/errands in my stainless steel travel mug and it was the perfect accompaniment to a fantastic day.

It was supposed to be sunny. The weatherman was wrong again (for most of the day), but interjecting sips of hot butter-caramel-like flavor into a gray cloudy day seems to make it all seem better. The only thing I struggled with was trying not to say “mmm….this is good” after every sip. I finished my pouch of this today, but I thankfully have another one on standby. It’s a good thing too, I start a new work position on Monday, so I foresee many more morning cases of the “gimmeteanows” in my near future.

Rie

Good luck with work on Monday~!

Nxtdoor

I don’t see DAVIDs buttered rum in your cupboard, have you tried it? If you have, care to compare the two for me? I wondered if I should buy the 52tea version. But I love DAVIDs so at this point I am not in a hurry.

canadianadia

Thanks Rie :)

@Nxtdoor- I tried Davids buttered rum several months ago so I will try to do a bit of a comparison from memory. First off, I should warn you that I believe I’ve developed a preference for 52teas black base over Davids black tea base. From what I remember of the Davids version the taste of both the tea and the additional flavors are lighter and have different notes like vanilla blended into the buttered rum taste. It’s good, but I would describe it as more watered-down in comparison to the 52teas version. However, that could be the result of what I got in my scoop, or maybe I did something wrong?

In my opinion, the 52teas version is deeper, richer, and I feel the notes in it lean more towards the caramel side. Because of the depth of flavors I do find that perfecting the 52teas black teas can be a bit of an art, and one slip can turn the tea bitter. Using the appropriate amount of leaf and making sure that the water is not too hot can really make or break their black teas. The Davids teas tend to be more forgiving, but they just rarely get a “wow” out of me.

Having said this, if you tend to prefer the DAVIDS black base you may have a completely different opinion to mine. The good thing about Davids is if you buy straight from the store (rather then from their website) you can buy a small sample size of 15-20grams for about $3ish and some change. 52teas can be a little trickier to time when it’s in stock, and there is less flexibility in size.

I hope my little comparison helps? I look forward to hearing what you think, if/when you try one or even both of them.

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
349 tasting notes

I’m finishing this off from the 12 days of tea.

I do enjoy white teas when I drink them, but I tend to reach for them with less exuberance than black tea. This one is light, fruity, and refreshing. I enjoy the Black Currant flavor, and if I were more of a white tea lover, this would probably rank higher on my rating scale. This is better than I remember; (probably because I don’t have a cold today) I’m catching more of the subtleties of the tea. If a taste could be described as “pretty”, this tea would qualify.

I’ve noticed that this tea periodically goes on sale for half off which is a stellar deal, so if I catch this on sale while I’m ordering other teas, I would probably throw this one in as well. Upping my rating a smidge.

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Aww… Why does this have to be so darn expensive? I bought 20 grams for $2.70 and I had to use the entire packet for my small teapot. I can get a couple of whole mangos for that price! I know that in the grand scheme of things I wouldn’t even bat an eye paying that price for a drink at a restaurant, but I expect a better deal for tea I make at home.

This tisane is seriously just a bit of dried fruit with a few minor floral additions and flavorings. Thinking about how inexpensively I could have bought many of the ingredients at my grocery bulk section is a little irksome, but I suppose I’ll make this is a rare treat? At least it tastes pretty good.

My blend tastes heavier on the orange with a complimentary mango flavor, but I’m sure this would vary greatly depending on what comes out in the scoop since the pieces are so huge. It was nice last night as a hot tea and it tastes just as good this morning cold. There is a slight tartness at the beginning and end of the sip akin to freshly squeezed orange juice, but not quite that intense. In all honesty, this could be described as a watered down orange, pineapple and mango fruit punch. To me that isn’t a bad thing – I typically prefer drinking juice watered down rather than full strength. It’s just the cost that really gets me. If it weren’t for the price I’d rate this higher, but I can get much nicer teas for less.

Lala

I thought the same thing when I made this tea. There was not a lot in the bag for 25g.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, that is a little pricey then. Thanks for the review! I’m curious about this but am disappointed to hear that you need to use so much.

chávena

I’m waiting on a delivery with a bag of their Pink Passionfruit from the summer collection, hope it’s stronger than this! I sometimes just want to get myself a dehydrator and start making my own tisanes since a lot of them are just dried fruit+flavor extract.

Sweet Canadian

I hate how heavy this one is. Pink passionfruit is much better value for the pricing.

bookshark

I made a cup last night and was also pretty surprised by how little came in the bag. It tasted almost exactly like their Mango Madness, which is also a little pricey, but I think this one might be worse in terms of usage. It was tasty, but not THAT tasty.

canadianadia

It’s one of those tisanes I’m glad I tried, but I won’t be getting it again in a hurry.

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Backlog***

I love sharing tea with my Dad whenever he comes over. I typically don’t add anything to my tea, but he likes a touch of sugar. Today when he took a sip, he said, hmmm…this tea is different. He eventually said it was good, but his comment seemed a little cautious.

I just realized what happened. I’ve been making tea for our designer lately and she usually takes two rounded teaspoons of sugar in a small cup, whereas my Dad takes one level teaspoon of sugar in a large cup. yeaahhh…I confused them. Whoops! Sweet tea for my sweet Dad :D To make matters worse, we were drinking our tea outside, and a bug decided to do the backstroke in his mug.

Well, mine was tasty. I’ve never had an actual Cuba Libre, but the taste and smell of cola is spot on. I’m glad I packed this towards the back of the cupboard to help me reserve it for the warmer months. I look forward to cold brewing this and maybe adding some club soda. I sure am glad that all cola flavored teas aren’t yucky…Yeah…I said it! Take that David’s Tea cherry cola! That’s payback for you making me consider power washing my tongue.

Kittenna

EWWWWWWWW I hate when bugs get in my drinks. Often I have to dump the whole thing because I just can’t get over it.

52teas

Funny. We JUST re-blended the Cherry Vanilla Cola. http://www.zoomdweebies.com/Cherry-Vanilla-Cola-Black-Tea_p_74.html

Kittenna

FYI, I had a sample of Cherry Vanilla Cola form way back and I quite enjoyed it. I’m excited to try the sample of Cuba Libre I just got from Sil – hoping for that same delicious cola taste that you mention, canadianadia!

Kittenna

*from way back

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, have you worked with drosophila? That made me get over the bugs in my mug issue pretty quick. D:

Kittenna

That is pretty much a nightmare scenario for me… I have a massive… dislike, of fruit flies. They gross me out a great deal.

OMGsrsly

They are indeed seriously gross. Don’t blame you. :)

canadianadia

@Kittenna – I hope you enjoy Cuba Libre also.
@52Teas- that sounds yummy. I’m not sure if I can justify buying any more tea right now though after my last order (I’m excited to try them by the way)
@OMGsrsly & Kittenna – Bugs in my drinks and food gross me out too. My Dad tends to just brush it off with a joke: “What’s worse than finding a bug in your apple?”…“Finding half a bug in your apple” yeah…that doesn’t really help does it?

OMGsrsly

I’ve had the half a worm thing happen before. I shrieked very loudly and threw the apple to the other side of the car. I cut my apples before eating for a very long time after that. :)

canadianadia

Ewww…that sounds horrible. I think I might start cutting my apples too

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Hooray for me! I finally bit the bullet and decided to try my very first Pu-Erh!

I’d been simultaneously intrigued and dissuaded from trying Pu-Erh by the many descriptions I’ve read on Steepster. Some exalting the rich earthy flavor, while others describe the taste as having fishy qualities – ick!

I thought the best way to get me to try Pu-Erh, is to gently dip my toe in the water, with a tea that covers the base with plenty of flavors. I needed the Pu-Erh to be hidden like how my parents would hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce when I was a kid (and wouldn’t you know it, I like zucchini now). When I saw that the Della Terra Fall Try Me Pack had a sample of a Chocolate Chai Pu-Erh, it was a no-brainer.

I placed my order last Fall, and I happily sampled their teas, pulling this one out of the box, imagining a cartoon fish (you know the silver-gray kind, that looks a bit haggard, with the x for an eye), and I would quickly shove it back in the box to be passed by for something more “familiar”. For months, this packet was more of an obstacle to other teas than a tea destination. A tea pylon.

Well, Fall turned into Winter, and Winter into Spring, and I decided that I should stop being a chicken and give it a go…

…of course, another month passed…

…and a few more weeks…

…then a few more days…

“buck, buck…buck…BuckAHH!” I could practically hear the package taunting me. So I mustered up the nerve, grabbed the packet and headed for the kettle. As I poured the hot water over the tea, I snickered with a villainous grin (no…not really, but how great would that have been?)

I took my first sip…

…Chai!…mmm…chocolate. I can’t say that I detect anything fishy at all. The aftertaste sits on my tongue a little differently than a regular chai. A little drier at the back of the tongue, almost salty, but not quite. It’s mostly Chai. I was almost disappointed at how anticlimactic the whole thing was. I pictured the cartoon fish coming back to life and swimming away, and laughed at my over-active imagination.

Overall this tea is not bad, but it’s not one that I’d necessarily need to try again. However, it was the perfect stepping stone to a whole new area of teas that I had always shied away from. It was the perfect way to hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce.

Cavocorax

Sounds like the best strategy! I enjoy a lot of flavoured puerhs now, but I’m afraid to try one on it’s own after the disastrous attempt with Zen Tea’s Puerh. (It tasted like dirt)

canadianadia

Dirt! Yikes, I’ll be steering clear of that one at least until I gain a firmer footing in the Pu-Erh department.

yyz

I know how you feel. I’ve only tried flavoured ones as well. One I quite like ( a blood orange one which has a rich deep flavour and re-steeps amazingly well for a flavoured tea) and another which was really horrible ( a strawberry one that reminded me of ammonia). So at the moment I am all for experimentation but only in small doses.

Dexter

Congrats on trying your first pu’erh. This is one of the best/funniest tasting notes that I’ve read in a long time. :))
“Some exalting the rich earthy flavor” – this is just a fancy term for dirt. LOL I actually like the earthy/dirty taste of pu’erh, and have just started exploring them plain. I have several in my cupboard that I haven’t tried yet.
You weren’t revolted by this one so maybe don’t give up on all of them. I’m agreeing with your strategy, baby steps.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I loved this note! :-) I too have been intimidated by Pu’erh and have been putting off tasting them until I’ve tried lots of other things first. I am intrigued by the idea of drinking “dirt” though, so maybe I’ll do it soon.

canadianadia

@yyz – wow! ammonia, something must have gone when they made that flavor, but it’s good that you found the blood orange to enjoy, and the strawberry one didn’t scare you away from all Pu’erhs.

@Dexter3657 – Thank you for your kind words. Now that I think of the “rich earthy flavor” description, you’re totally right – fancy term for dirt – hahaha! Yes, for sure, baby steps seems like the way to go – so far, so good, at least.

@Fuzzy_Peachkin – We can explore the world of Pu’erhs together :) Hooray for dirt! ;)

OMGsrsly

Yes. Yes, they do taste like dirt. I like adding a little sugar to cheaper loose puerhs (Tealux’s Naked Puerh is AMAZING with a pinch of sugar), to really explore the spicy earthy sweet flavours. :) The smell is still intimidating, but I love the taste. Used leaves also cold brew into a fascinating tea.

Terri HarpLady

Great review! Congrats on getting through your first Puerh experience. I haven’t really tried too many flavored ones, but the ones I’ve liked are:
Blood Orange Puerh from The London Tea Room.
Bolder Breakfast from The Tea Spot (mix of black tea, puerh, & chocolate).
I think there was one with Caramel too, that was kind of nice.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – I’m glad I grabbed that one from Tealux then! I just haven’t tried it yet. I grabbed 6 different puerh samples from them and so far am happy. I like a few of the ones from DavidsTea too – they’re easy starter puerhs!

canadianadia

@OMGsrsly, Terri HarpLady and Cavocorax -Thanks for all the suggestions. It’s nice to have some ideas to help figure out what I should try next. I’m treading cautiously with Pu’erhs because I feel one misstep might scare me away completely. So your suggestions are very helpful – thank you

Dexter

I’m seconding the vote for Tealux Naked Pu’erh. It’s a decent inexpensive loose shu pu’erh. I find with my sample that it needs a pretty decent rinse to get rid of the initial dirty socks/fishy smell. First steep is pretty strong, but mellows quite a bet for steeps 2 onward.

Canadianadia, when you are ready to make the step to plain pu’erh I would recommend a sheng (raw). They taste like pu’erh – dirty, earthy, but in a much gentler softer version. I drank a sheng for the first time last night (tried two different ones) and they were both much lighter on the pu’erh flavor. Might be a gentler transition for you.

canadianadia

Thanks Dexter3657 – I’ll have to keep that in mind when I venture towards the plain pu’erh

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
349 tasting notes

I only bought a 10 gram sample of this tea, and it was just enough to make a small cup. It actually tastes like it could use more of the blend. I probably should have gotten 15grams, but I didn’t realize how heavy this mix was. Oh well, it’s not bad even as it is. It’s sweet and fruity with a slight tartness, like an apple. Now that I look at the ingredients and I see that apple is the first ingredient that absolutely makes sense. The fresh fruitiness reminds me a little of Davids Tea Indian Summer, but their ingredients aren’t overly similar, so I’m probably remembering incorrectly.

I imagine this would taste even better iced?

Overall, this is a decent tea, but it doesn’t capture my heart enough for me to keep stocked in my cupboard.

Nxtdoor

I only ever drink Goji Pop iced. I’ve already restocked 100 grams twice. In this household It is our favourite tea to have iced so far. Now that’s not saying much, we’ve only tried the iced tropicalia, pink flamingo, Kokomo green and mango madness but goji pop is so far our go to iced.

Aimee Popovacki

yeah I do not like this one hot very much.. I find it wayyy tooo tart.. but iced.. its fantastic.

canadianadia

Hmmm…I’m convinced. It looks like I’ll have to give it a go iced some time

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
349 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea. I believe it was one of the first teas I had ever tried from Davids Tea, back when I started with Steepster about 9 or 10 months ago. I’m impressed that I still like it almost the same as when I first tried it. It’s one of those teas that I don’t see myself drinking on a regular basis, but is thoroughly enjoyed when I have it on the rare occasion.

As I described in my previous log for this tea, hot, the smell and taste is like caramel corn, but as it cools there is a slight tartness that comes to the forefront that personally, I could do without.

It’s a unique tea, but not worth getting more than a sample size at a time. The taste is a fun novelty (or noveltea, if you’re like me and you laugh at cheesy puns). It’s certainly not a classic everyday option for me – that would be like watching the same movie every night.

Nxtdoor

I wondered about this one and chose not to purchase. Looks like it’s a good thing! Maybe I’ll get a cup to go when I’m there to make up my own mind but so far you’ve been pretty bang on

canadianadia

@Nxtdoor – awww..that’s nice to hear. Everyone has different tea tastes, but maybe yours and mine are similar? :) This tea is sample worthy for sure, it’s fairly unique. It’s a tea that I like on occasion, but not one I’d love everyday. When you try it, I hope you like it…or possibly even love it. Cheers!

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I accidentally received this in my order, and was allowed to keep it – BONUS!!! :) Thank you Frank!

From past experience, I’ve been a little disappointed with pomegranate flavored teas, so this would not have been one that I would’ve selected for myself, but I’m still excited to try it. It is tea after all ;)

I find the history of this Da Hong Pao oolong fascinating and reading it while drinking the tea enhanced my enjoyment. I just googled it and read a few links here and there. I’m sure there are plenty of inaccuracies on these sites, but it’s intriguing nonetheless. Here’s a quick wiki to give the gist (although I see now – Franks description also does a good job): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Hong_Pao

For each steep I used a water temperature that was immediately drinkable and I increased the steep time with each successive steep

The first steep comes across as a light tasting oolong and the pomegranate taste is also light and complimentary. The tea and flavor both have a gentle presence, rather than the in your face black flavored teas that I’ve been craving recently.

The second steep is more medium light in the taste of the oolong with a light yet balanced pomegranate flavor.

The third steep continues to gain strength with an increased steeping duration. I’d say that the depth of the tea is still medium-light, but is leaning more towards the medium than the second steep with some minor astringency.

I could probably steep this again a time or two, but I feel like having something different now.

I think I’d enjoy this tea more when I’m in the mood for a tea with a medium-light depth of flavor, but lately those days seem to be few and far between. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time though – gotta love that there is such a huge variety of teas to match the many tea moods.

TheTeaFairy

Yay for free unexpected tea!

JustJames

tea surprises are always fun =0)

Cavocorax

That sounds like a really fancy freebie!

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I guess it depends on what comes out in the scoop, but i find that the pineapple taste can vary quite a bit with this one. Today the pineapple in it is really shining; I just wish the oolong would come through just as strong. It’s nice, but for me, it isn’t a tea that I’d buy in full size. I’d say that it’s an occasional treat tea for me…if it’s on promotion.

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That’s my mug! I’ve never really been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I like the fact that this mug is more or less clear. Plus, I can’t help but giggle when I say “ewww …I have Pooh on my mug” and people in the room gawk in horror before realizing I’m talking about Winnie. Am I easily amused? heck yeah!

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As a rule, I tend to drink my tea without adding anything, but if that doesn’t work for me, I indulge in the fact that rules are meant to be broken. Yep! I’m such a rebel…sometimes I even color outside the of lines :P

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