1638 Tasting Notes

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drank Himalayan Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1638 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Ok, I’ll miss this but I don’t need to replace it as there are so many other blacks teas out there that I enjoy more. I have a soft spot for it because it was my first non-flavoured black that I bought a tin of. Now that tin will go to my 2oz of Laoshan Black. How things have changed…

I wish I hadn’t got the labels from DavidsTea on the tins when I bought them, but that was back in the day when I thought OMG I’d love this tea forevers! Maybe I can make my own labels to hide the old one. :)

Dropping the rating a little bit so I don’t get tricked into buying more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Haha how times change indeed. I luckily only have one DT tin, for Toasted Marshmallow, which I’ve gotten ridiculously tired of halfway through now. Can’t wait to finish it, and let’s hope those labels they slap on aren’t too sticky.

Cavocorax

Just one tin? Wow. I think I bought… 9? :O And I’m only going to refill 2 of them. At best. I’m definiately keeping Mother’s Little Helper on hand, but I don’t really drink it often enough that I need so much on hand all the time. It’s better to buy more often and fresher. Ah well.

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Oh why would I do this to myself? I accidentally steeped this for 10 minutes while doing work, and now this is awful. It tastes like soggy bitter seaweed.

I had a feeling it would, and yet, like a hardcore tea addict, I tried it anyway.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, been there, done that! I always have to taste it, just to see if it’s drinkable…

CrowKettle

Before Steepster that’s how I assumed green tea was supposed to taste. 100g of Korean Sejak did not deserve that kind of treatment.

Cavocorax

That says something about you that you didn’t give up!

Kittenna

CrowKettle – I thought that same thing! Imagine my surprise when I read the brewing directions for a green, and realized that five minutes in boiling water is, uh, less than optimal…

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74
drank Pu-erh Berries Delight by Tealux
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I thought this had cinnamon in it when I smelled it, but I guess it was the licorice root that gave it that something extra.

This is my second berry puerh, but there are huge differences between this and the one from DavidsTea. This one tastes more like puerh – there’s a heavy earthiness to it, while the other one was much heavier on the berry notes. I’ll have to try the DavidsTea one soon to get a better idea of which I prefer!

I’m also going to the mall on my way home tonight. I need to grab other things but I’m hoping to find some metal tins, or something that I can store my tea in to organize it better! I’m sure you guys have similiar problems with your stashes! It just seems like mine is 70% foil bags, so it’d be nice to sort them better. It’ll be fun looking for options.

ETA: The vanilla and licorice are pretty interesting in this. They linger long after each sip, and they do sorta wake me up a bit. Not bad for an after lunch tea (that will won’t magically help me lose weight!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

i like the bags…but then i also have giant containers that i toss all of those in when it’s the smaller sizes lol

Cavocorax

I have cookie tins that I throw my bags into right now, but they’re… getting a little squished. :P And I don’t have enough of them. I’ve got one for black tea, one for herbal/rooibos, and then two boxes that I throw everything else in.

I’m just thinking when I move more containers will be nice.

Terri HarpLady

My tea shelves are a mixture of recycled tea canisters that are reserved for teas I’m in love with & willing to order a fair amount of (like Premium Taiwanese Assam, Laoshan Black, etc), bags, & samples. Some of the bags are sorted into boxes that tea came in, others are squished together into shelves. It’s organized chaos, if you know what I mean!

OMGsrsly

Organized chaos describes my disaster perfectly. :) Cookie tins are a good idea that I might steal. Or I might end up making a tea cart.

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84
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Thank you JosieJade for this sample! I think it’s been in my box for a while, but I’m hapy to finally give it a proper review!

I love the fresh fruity aroma, with a very smoooooth black base. I wouldn’t want to drink this every day but I could see it quickly becoming a regular.

It reminds me a bit of Tardis! I guess I do like berry teas, especially when they’re subtle.

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67
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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I had to drink this one because the chocolate rocket gives me too much of a boost at times and I don’t want to get dizzy! This is very mild in comparison. I think I like green rooibos, although I haven’t run into it much.

I accidentally steeped this for about 8 minutes (or maybe more?) because Work got in the way of Tea, but that might have been for the best. The peach and fruit flavours are more pronounced than I remember, and it’s a pretty enjoyable cup. Would I get it again? Probably not. I think Rabbit’s Garden was a bit better for when I’m feeling peachy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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So this isn’t my favourite tea by any means, but it’s not bad. Drinking the last of it won’t be a chore, even though it was hidden for nearly two years! Doesn’t seem to have lost much flavour because it was sealed fairly tightly. I get chocolate notes and raspberry, but for some reason I always associate this tea with coffee. And some days, I’d rather just have the coffee. Most days I’d rather just have an Assam.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I drank this earlier so I’m going purely on memory here.

Anyway, I’m confused by this. Is it a white tea? Is it pu-erh? How do you draw the line? It was tasty but it remined me of Bai Mu Dan, and even looks like it. So, I’ll assume that it doesn’t have the ‘magical’ pu-erh properties (weight loss, digestive help etc). Tasty though!

Kittenna

I would also like the answer to this question. I certainly agree that it tastes rather like a white tea as opposed to pu’erh.

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78
drank Lucuma Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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No idea what Lucuma is, but I guess it’s a fruit from the picture! :P #detectiveskills

I actually really like this. Maybe it’s because it has the stronger flavouring, or maybe because I finally got the right consistency, but whatever – I like it! It tastes like matcha, and it’s a bit sweet, and it blends well with my milk. All good things. I guess there’s something else in there – possibly fruity, but I’m just happy enough with this that I don’t need to investigate further. I just drank 6 oz and I sorta want to go make 6 oz more!

Thank you CrowKettle!

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80
drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
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Thanks Melanie!

This is a pretty tasty tea for when I’m craving cinnamon but don’t want cinnamon-orange. I even get some of the pastry notes. As it cools it reminds me more of a cinnamon roll.

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I’m getting closer to finishing this one up, although I still don’t know what I think.

I steeped it for 5 minutes again, but it just feels milder than I remember. It’s a bit grassy, and it has that wonderful honeyed after-note floating around. I keep thinking that I’m not too crazy about this one, and then I try it. I guess I’d probably get a little more of this in the future once I’m out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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