1671 Tasting Notes

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drank Himalayan Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1671 tasting notes

Stacy suggested narrowing a tea down to different categories to see what you can taste. I thought I’d try that here as this one seems a little complex.

These were the categories: vegetal, marine, nutty, sweet, fruity, floral, earthy, spicy, sweet, other.

I’d say that this tea is sweet, fruity and earthy with a bunch of other in there as well. Muscatel? Hmmm. It smells sweet and fruity, and that translates into a nice light taste, but one that’s balanced by the earthy notes too. It makes me think of forests. Can you drink a forest?

This tea used to be named David’s Darjeeling – I guess this isn’t a full darjeeling like I thought, but I really enjoy this one. I forgot how much I like it, and need to rotate it into my morning blacks a little more often!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I tried this for the first time last week and really enjoyed it! I thought it tasted like earthy green beans though, not a forest. :-)

Cavocorax

Glad you liked it! Earthy green beans, eh? I could see that.

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73
drank Irish Cream by Compass Teas
1671 tasting notes

I’ve been averaging six hours sleep a night so I really should go to bed, but I’m 92% done my book (the last Wheel of Time) and I just don’t want to! :O Guess that means I’m not good at being an adult? I might regret this when I wake up at 8-9, but that’s what strong tea is for, amirite?

I didn’t realise that Compass had loose-leaf tea. Thanks to JoonSusanna for the rooibos samples. I’m getting a bit of cream and caramel, and lots of rooibos, but not in a bad way. This is pretty enjoyable actually, and it does remind me a bit of Irish Cream!

I like having a lot of variety for caffeine-free teas, so maybe I’ll grab a bunch once I drink up all my current samples! I’m pretty excited to try the Cola rooibos, but I’ll save that for an afternoon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

Confused….. Your note mentions stash…but this is logged under compass tea…

Cavocorax

Thank you – I meant Compass! I guess I just equate the two in my head as tea bag companies.

Sil

lol not to worry..figured it was the late night sleepies. this sounds so tasty…

Cavocorax

:) Well I hope to get yours out to you tomorrow!

Sil

haha no rush. Still not hurting for tea lol I’m hoping by next weekend i can be under 200 before all my swaps roll in giggling

OMGsrsly

Did you finish your book? :)

Cavocorax

Just now! Too many distractions! But it was great.

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79

Still a pretty good Assam. Not as good as the Damn Fine Tea from A&D, but good. :) I won’t have any difficulty drinking this one down.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So I’ve decided that Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam is my favourite. Now I want to compare A&D’s Tiger Assam to Zen Tea’s Assam Mangalam Second Flush.

I wanted to write detailed descriptions but the baby is teething and tired, and she keeps wanting to “play” with my grumpy fat cat (see profile pic) and I’m trying to prevent either side from getting hurt so it’s distracting. Timing is everything and I picked a bad time for this.

So in summary, I think the Tiger Assam is preferable. Although I said I expected it to be stronger in my other post, it does taste stronger than the Zen Assam, while being slightly less astringent – both good things. Zen’s Assam is still good though – I’ll drink it on days where I don’t need quite as much kick.

Also, I don’t think I should drink either of these teas on an empty stomach. Yikes. My belly and my head are complaining!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Hmm… so if there’s ever another Damn Fine Tea sale, I will have to pick up some of this one. :)

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74
drank Anti-Strain - Herb by Zen Tea
1671 tasting notes

Yessssssss. Did you know I like licorice? If you like licorice, you might like this tea. Oh, and I guess there’s cinnamon and fennel and orange in here too but mostly it’s just sweet sweet licorice.

I feel relaxed after drinking this, but I also feel like I should go and brush my teeth again too. Is it magic-stress relief tea? I don’t know, but at least I have a better idea of what kind of herbals I enjoy!

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

I love licorice! :)

OMGsrsly

I picked all the licorice out of mine… :D If I could replace it with fennel (magically, so I don’t miss any bits), it would be perfect. If you like lemongrass, the Tumeric Ginger one is similarly licoricey.

OMGsrsly

And… you’ve tried it. D’oh!

Cavocorax

:P I wish it wasn’t so hard to tell if people had tried other teas! I don’t understand what order the tasting notes are in when you look at a tea!

But I picked up a sample during their last sale because it was less than a dollar and I was losing nothing! I’m not normally into turmeric or ginger though.

OMGsrsly

That would be super nice, but it took 2-3 weeks to get back to me about merging Zen Tea and Zen Tea Life, so I think they’re pretty busy. (Note: They’re merged now! The Canadian companies are together.)

Cavocorax

Awesome – thanks for getting all of that organized. Messy databases drive me crazy. :P

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88
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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Thanks ozli for getting me into this tea. It’s pretty great, and it resteeps well too! I still have an unopened 1 oz bag of this to sip through!

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72

Don’t have time for a full review but this was good and now it’s gone. Too bad I couldn’t get it to taste more like dream cheese, but the blueberry was nice.

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79

I keep forgetting how good this tea is, and my roommate has about 6 oz of it just waiting to be sipped. I love how it’s smokey but not as hit-you-in-the-face strong as a lapsang souchong. I think I might even prefer this to lapsang souchong as I’m more likely to be in the mood for this than extreme tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I’m liking this a bit more this time around. It smells malty, grassy, and very much like honey. The base reminds me a bit of an Assam – maybe because of the sweetness is comparable to the fruity notes, or maybe I just have Assam’s on the brain.

When I sip it I get a lot of grass. Honeyed grass. The rest is hard to describe but one reviewer mentions muscatel and yes, I get that too. Not too much thankfully!

If you would have told me a year ago that I would drink “honeyed grass” and think it was excellent I probably would have raised an eyebrow at you. And then I would have thought you were a weirdo because that’s a random thing to say to someone. But I’m surprised. I really do like this one.

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

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73

Oooh, thank you CrowKettle! I have a few matcha samples to try out and I decided to start here! I took about half a tablespoon of matcha and mixed with 2oz hot water, then added ice, 5oz of milk and I shook it like crazy.

The result? This is pretty good. And different. And strong. I can definitely taste the matcha, and the creaminess. Did I get the proportions right? I don’t know. I do know this was easy to make and quite tasty so I think that that’s the important thing here.

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

I like 1 tsp matcha in 12-16oz, but everyone has different proportions that they prefer! :)

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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.

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