1672 Tasting Notes

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Getting to the end of this tin – maybe 3-4 cups left! I think I’ll put my lapsang souchong in that tin as it needs a better home than my giant foil bag.

I never got the full doughy experience from this one, but the liquor comes close enough. I’d definitely restock it at some point, but in smaller quantities as this is one of the more expensive teas I’ve purchased. It has the same regular price as Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong!

Ozli

This is pretty much how I feel about Cookie Dough – YUMMY, but don’t really need it on the daily. :P

canadianadia

I love David’s Cookie Dough tea, but I also will only keep small quantities because of the price.

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80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a coupon for a free cup of tea, so I decided to go for Ceylon Star.

I had read on a website somewhere that Star Anise was dangerous for pregnant or nursing women, so that scared me a bit, until I did some research and couldn’t find anything to back that up. Besides, with the quantities I’d get in tea, it seems unlikely to be harmful.

I’m glad I tried it. The Ceylon base is smooth and lively, while the Star Anise and chocolate take turns dominating each sip. I’m don’t really notice the coconut but maybe it’s the glue holding it all in together. It reminds me of Stormy Night, without the cinnamon. I would probably pick up a little of this if I had money to burn but will pass as it is now. These chocolate teas are hit and miss; sometimes it just tastes too much like watered down cocoa, and other times I’m okay with that. Same tea, different mood.

I saw that DT had Vanilla Oolong and Stormy Night in their 2 – 25g/$5 sachets. I was totally going to take my free tea and go, but I couldn’t pass up those 2. Just FYI if anyone else wants a deal on those and lives near DT.

CrowKettle

Dominating turns of chocolate and anise sums it up well! I feel the same way about the various cocoa infused teas at DT- it’s like a game of chance.

Ozli

Nod nod nod, agreed re: chocolate teas. This sounds really interesting, though.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I need to stop being afraid of running out of this, and just finish my tin. It’s a great tea, but there are others out there, and this’ll be back next year… Right?

If I never finish off a tea, I will end up with hundreds, and then how will I choose what to drink? #teaproblemsmyboyfriendwillneverunderstand

I oversteeped this one by 4 minutes, and I guess I didn’t let the water boil enough. The result is a lukewarm disappointment. This tea doesn’t cool well. I’m also not used to it without brown sugar and milk; apparently that is essential for maximum enjoyment. Will have to try again, but I’m keeping my rating high because I’ll want to fill a tin of it next year.

CrowKettle

I’m always scared of running out of this too, or not making it right. It’s a big problem.

Kittenna

IIRC this is available year-round as an online exclusive…. so finish it up!!

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this a few times but it’s never been as good as that first cup was. I don’t know if they just steeped it better than I do,or what but I’m going to lower my rating so I don’t buy more.

It would probably be best iced, so I may adjust this again when I finish my pack up in the spring. It’s just such an odd jumble of flavours!

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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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Lately I’ve been drinking either new teas, or try to get rid of teas. Time for an “older” tea that I actually enjoy.

Yep! Still smooth and tasty like I remember! I’ll have to try it next to my DavidsTea Darjeeling second flush just to see which will end up on my permanent shelf.

Ozli

I’ve been cleaning out my cupboard lately, too. Couldn’t fit all the new stuff in there so I got rid of a bunch of things I hated or that were probably stale. :D

Cavocorax

That’s a pretty good idea! I may see that some of my bagged stuff gets misplaced in the garbage, but I just feel bad throwing stuff out.

Were you happy with your Murchie’s order? I like my Prince Charles blend, and the Library Blend, but DNW the Ceylon Best, Darjeeling or Earl Grey. They range from drinkable to OK but with so much AWESOME out there, it’s almost like why bother?

I reorganized all my stuff into tins!!! Red is black tea, the green/white one is herbal/rooibos/honeybush and the little Dr. Seuss box is green/oolong/white tea! I have some in a cupboard but those are the ones I want to just disappear.

Cavocorax

Sorry – here’s the pic. :P http://i45.tinypic.com/akva5f.jpg

Ozli

Heee!! I like it! Know what you mean about throwing stuff out but I’m pretty sure some of my bagged teas in flavours I hate, ie “cleanse” and anything with chamomile, etc have been around for YEARS and no one drinks them. So yeah. That or stick em in a bath, maybe?

I do like my Murchies teas – I got the Christmas one plus fruit-blacks, they’re all teas that I could make a pot of and just mainline through while making art or something, like excellent every day teas, I guess? I still haven’t tried the mango one yet, though.

Cavocorax

Yeah I should see if Lauren wants any of the ones first, then… POOF! :O Putting them in the bath is a great idea too!

Good to hear you like your Murchie’s teas. Must be that I just don’t like their straight blacks as much – they just taste so bitter to me and it doesn’t matter if I steep it for 3 minutes or 1. Maybe I got a bad batch, or it’s just not my thing. IDK. I’d re-order the other two, and snag the Christmas blend so I’m not against the entire company or anything.

Ozli

Maybe I just like my tea bitter-er than you? Idk, they don’t taste bitter to me though.. hehehe maybe, MAYBE, that is proof?? I’m sending you a BUNCH of Xmas blend, don’t forget!!

Cavocorax

Oooh Xmas blend!!! Maybe I’ll stuff some of the Murchie’s ones in my envelope to you so you can see what you think. :P (Also, less for me to drink – bwa ahahahah). They are ok with milk and sugar – I just like drinking my blacks plain now so I can taste the actual tea!

Ozli

Sounds good to me!! >:D

Cavocorax

Excellent. Will ship it this week! :)

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82
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Oh lovely! This is one of the ones I was really looking forward to! I can taste the marshmallows, the graham crackers AND the chocolate. It was almost too much to hope for!

The black tea base is silky smooth, and the melted sugar etc makes me think of caramel goodness, or that toasty bit when the marshmallow is crisped nicely. I steeped it for 4 minutes to make sure the flavor was nice and strong and there’s no astringency. WIN! \0/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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I just had Santa’s Secret yesterday from DavidsTea, but that wasn’t enough peppermint for me. I thought I’d have this one so I can try and compare them.

It seems to me that the ingredients are near identical, except Candy Cane has chocolate and possibly more vanilla, while Santa’s Secret has more mint!

I think this tea is a little weaker than SS, but it still has some nice flavours. I wouldn’t associate chocolate with candy canes, but as a Christmas tea it works! Each sip starts with the base black tea, then makes way for the chocolate before I’m actually hit with a bit of mint. It’s extra nice if you hold it by your nose, while you curl up with a book.

I’m still not sure which I like better, which means I’ll just have to brew both at once and compare!

I wish we could add tags to our cupboard! It’d be great to add “christmas”, “core collection” or “pawn off on someone else” to our teas. :)

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

That’d be cool – tags or shelves even, in the cupboard?

I actually bought chocolate-filled candy canes tonight.. hehehe.

Cavocorax

I didn’t even know that was a thing! I’ll have to get some.

Ozli

At Chapters/Indigo :D …they’re HUGE

Ozli

would prob be amazing as a coffee stirrer O____O

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s a great idea!

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My order finally arrived! Now I have all the flavoured blacks, holiday blends and rooibos! That’s 8 new teas. Annnnnnd, that’ll probably be it for awhile. :)

I love how this smells dry, and while it was steeping the chocolate and orange scent took over my house. We were on a hurry so I poured it in my timolino and zipped out.

It’s tasty, but much like my orange sample from Zen Tea, it seems a little thin flavor-wise. I’ll add more tea next time, or make a smaller cup, then rate it.

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

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s nearly midnight, but… I think I’ll re-steep and have a second cup of this for the evening. It’s just so good and relaxing!

If I had actualfax candycanes in the house, or even chocolate, I would probably just demolish that instead. So… tea instead. It’s easier on the hips too! :P

Does anyone know if you lose caffeine if you re-steep? Cuz that would be a bonus!

ashmanra

Supposedly subsequent steeps are lower and lower in caffeine. How much is debated. I have seen everything from 20% to 90%.

Cavocorax

It makes sense that you’d lose a bit by resteeping! You’re losing flavour etc too, so why not caffeine?

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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As I was drinking this today, I had to log back in and check my rating. I’m going to bump it up again. This is just so good. I may need to buy a tin!

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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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