1738 Tasting Notes

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
1738 tasting notes

Drank a whole pot. Still a tired frazzled mess with a grumpy sick baby, but I’m a happy frazzled mess. :)

This has a light toffee taste and it’s super nutty. Good, but not essential.

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I bought this in the summer when I was new to tea and thought I could judge a tea by its aroma and that I needed to buy 50g or more. I’m still trying to drink all those teas. :p

I think I still have 20g less, and it’s actually worse than I remember. All I can taste is the stevia. Hey! DavidsTea!!! I’m perfectly capable of adding my own sweetener if I want any.

But then what else should I expect from tea named after pop.

Kittenna

Yeah, this one is TERRIBLE.

Ozli

Eeeeep! Yuckers.

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Today has been rough. So rough. The baby was miserable and wouldn’t sleep, and it’s just compounded so that it’s nearly midnight and she’s still awake and grumpy and I’m still awake and possibly grumpier. :| #momlife

Tried a few things and nothing worked so I took a little break to brew up a cup of Cocomint Cream while I left her to play with some toys. BEST CHOICE EVER.

DavidsTea better have something damn amazing to replace this because I am already sad that it’s going. I went into one of the stores and they are out of stock and don’t think they will get anymore in. I have one more store to check, otherwise I only have a precious 30g left.

Sadness. So much sadness. If I ever do experiment with blending teas, I’ll just have to make this one my damn self. :| #shakesfist

Kittenna

You should still be able to buy it online! I agree… this one’s pretty good even for a mint disliker like me!

Cavocorax

Yeah there is that! :D I’m not big on mint either but apparently I love coconut tea.

Kittenna

Have you tried any variants of coconut oolong? (E.g. Golden Moon’s Coconot Pouchong, ZenTea’s Coconut Oolong)?

Cavocorax

Yeah I have ZenTea’s Coconut Oolong. That free sample they sent was the best thing they could have done bc I’m addicted!

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, awesome! I was thinking that for a coconut lover, that’s definitely one you have to try (they’re all more or less equivalent, in my opinion).

Cavocorax

The baby is finally sleeping!!! I can enjoy the last few sips of my tea in peace, then crawl to bed.

Cavocorax

Kittenna – all coconut oolongs are equivelent, or all coconut blends in general? Those are the only two I’ve had but I’m instantly hooked.

Kittenna

Sorry, I definitely only meant green coconut oolongs seem to all be similar (I’m sure there are variations, but I’ve tried about four and they all are approximately the same in terms of deliciousness for me). Coconut blends vary like crazy!! I have yet to find a really good coconut black that works for me… some are soapy, others have terrible base teas… (Buttered Rum was good, but I think my last batch may have been bad…). But yeah, coconut in blends seems to be very, very hit or miss. Cocomint Cream is probably one of the best coconutty blends I’ve had. I also really enjoy Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai. I feel like there are others, but can’t currently remember…

Kittenna

Also, glad the baby’s finally sleeping! I should be sleeping as well, haha… just enjoying the last of my very cold teas first. And possibly placing a Verdant order…

Cavocorax

Hahah. Late night tea orders are the worst. At that point ALL WILLPOWER IS GONE. (I am not going to check out Verdan’t site… not gonna).

And I totally see what you mean. :) Good to know about the oolongs. Soapy doesn’t sound good – I guess I should be careful if I find a coconut black and test it out before I stock up. Well… that’s something I should do before buying 100g of ANYTHING really.

Kittenna

YES! Buy only sample sizes!!!! Don’t stock up on anything for a while unless you love it and it’s limited edition. Otherwise you end up with 100g tins of teas you thought you liked until you found something better…. (I made that mistake. Sigh.)

At least my Verdant order was already planned, and I added nothing extra to it, so that’s good. I don’t need more tea, but really wanted to try their new ones! Haha.

Claire

Hope you finally got some sleep!

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79
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I forgot to log this! I had a cup of this to get the fishy tastes out of my mouth after that pu’erh, and to satisfy that craving for a greener/more vegetal tea than a black tea.

So Good!

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I pulled this out of my black tea box, steeped it, and by the time I had returned it to the tin, had forgotten what I had made. It was a fun game to figure it out.

It seems that the pomegranates are more prominent this time around, but the black base is slightly astringent. The sweet and bitter combination is interesting and will get me through the cup, but I’ll probably switch to something else instead of resteeping.

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drank Pu-erh loose by Zen Tea
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This is my first Pu-erh. I’m a little nervous because people keep saying that it’s fishy.

I steeped it for 50 seconds like the package said, and then gave it a sniff. My immediate reaction? Bleeeach. I actually made a noise out loud and that’s saying something!

First sip? Oh geez. This is super fishy. And it’s thick and seaweedy and so very strange.

A few sips later – I’m not sure if this is for me.

Oh. I didn’t rinse it. So I steeped it again. Less fishy. Still seaweedy, with a darker malty taste. It’s drinkable though.

Maybe it’s an acquired taste? I keep sipping but I doubt I’ll come close to finishing my cup.

It doesn’t seem fair to rate this because I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Claire

It could be due to how old the tea is. In my (limited) experience, it seems like the younger ripe puerh is, the more fishy it tastes. If the puerh was made in the last year or two it could be fishy still from the cooking process.

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s an interesting idea. Maybe I’ll bury it for 6 months and thentry again!

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I won a 1oz sample of this through a facebook contest! Woohoo!

It totally sounds like an evening tea – something to drink while you’re wrapped up in a bunch of blankets and reading a book under the light from a lamp. I decided to have it now because I’m a rebel! :P

It smells really great. So much cinnamon and vanilla!

The first few sips – it’s really heady. So much vanilla! I get a bit of ginger and cinnamon at the beginning of each sip, but it’s quickly replaced by all the vanilla. It does have a bit of a warming effect though!

I’ll rate it when I’m not sleepy and a little dizzy and in need of some actual food instead of tea in my belly. :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ozli

Reminded me of this, so I had some too :P

Ozli

I might have underleafed though? (Getting used to teapot size) It’s good but I’m only getting cinnaminamon :P aaaand a little bit of sweetness! Gonna have to try again tmrw in my starbux mug.

Cavocorax

Yeah I find I have so much tea now that I don’t usually underleaf anymore. :D Love your new tea pot! I love how my 16oz mug holds nearly as much as a teapot. Glutten, much?

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum! I bought a bunch of teas today for a birthday gift at Davids and saw this in a little sampler pack for half price. I should have loaded up on them, but only bought two. Oh well.

It smells very oolongy and buttery and great. Guess what? That’s pretty much how it tastes too. It’s a nice light tea, and and the flavour just lingers after each sip.

:| Why are oolongs so difficult to describe? I like it you guys! Try it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Isaila

I got this one in the half price sampler pack too, and now i’m really excited to try it!
Happy Birthday!

Kittenna

This one is quite good, I agree!

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So I made this tea about two hours ago, and then was completely distracted with the baby and helping a friend with a business idea.

WHOOPS.

I gotta say though that this tea is very forgiving. It’s room temperature and it is still very VERY good. It’s a pleasant swirl of apple and cinnamon with a touch of creaminiess to wrap it all together.

I have been so impressed with Della Terra Teas when it comes to their honeybush/rooibos blends. Wow. Thank you.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown!

This is my third cup for today. I didn’t log the other two kinds because they were disappointing. It was a bad day for tea. Or foe tea as my autocorrect suggested. :)

Kasumi no Chajin

foe tea! I like that, and it was for me as well recently. ending the day logging a much loved tea I have tried once now, I know there is at least one tea I tried today that won’t make it past the 1 tasting note I will commit to later this week!

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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!

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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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