1698 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1698 tasting notes

I’m on my first steeping of this and every sip is a mouthful of creamy buttery goodness. It makes me want shortbread cookies so badly. Why haven’t I made any yet?

Looks over at 7mo attempting to climb all the things and bump her head repeatedly. Riiiiiiight. :/

This tea is so good though. I just bought 50g more for $4.50 while the sale is still on. Gonna have to finish my DT Pumpkin Chai to clear out a tin! #bestproblems

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Yum! Thanks to Valerie for the sample!

I just realised that I like Assam teas, and while I don’t know what “Assam Melody” is in comparison, that doesn’t change that I like the base of this tea. The coconut makes it a bit creamy, while the apple and vanilla give it a bit of sweetness. It rolls around nicely in my mouth with each sip giving you a bit of a different flavour – - – I suppose that makes each sip as unpredictable as the Doctor. :O

The vanilla makes me think of Earl Grey too, which isn’t a bad thing.

I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t have bought it. Adagio teas are a bit too pricey, and I’d only be doing it for the pretty tin. (And $24 for a pretty tin is… sadly not worth it). On a sidenote, these are 6oz tins, so they must be a lot bigger than the ones from DavidsTea!

Oh – I noticed that 5 new people started following me in the last 24 hours. I don’t know what I’m doing, but HI! :D #NoPressureToBeEntertainingYIKES

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

yeah adagio teas are pricey. what i think is super cute though (and smart of the owners to cater to fandom in this way) is that if you purchase both blends in a “ship” you get a dollar off both bags. eleven was paired with river :DDDDDD

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I’m not a big chamomile fan, but this tea has grown on me. All night my neck has been super stiff; the baby was sick, and I was worn out. A few sips of this and I’m already relaxed, and my neck feels better. Loosey goosey.

I asked my bf to open my tin of this the other day and it slipped and dumped an oz or so on the floor. Aaaaargh. Oh well. I think this is one I’ll get a full refill of- add to my permanent collection. No use crying over spilt tea. :p I can get him to pay for it. HahahahHa.

Valerian roooooooot…… ZzzZzzzzz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Huh, I’m not really into chamomile either, but that does sound like a nice mix with the peppermint & lemongrass.

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I am really enjoying this Assam. It may even make it as my go-to black for the mornings! I could see what DavidsTea has for an Assam just to compare the two, but… Zen Tea also does sales so I’m probably best just sticking with this and buying it on sale.

Mmmmm… so bold and creamy and smooth, with a nice ceylon-like aftertaste. No bitterness=\0/

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
1698 tasting notes

This has a bit of buttery creaminess, and it makes me think of vanilla, even though I don’t see that in the ingredients. It’s tasty, and wintery, but not really eggnog-like. Maybe if I added cream?

The cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever else they spiced this with are pretty good. It makes for a comfortable dessert tea when I don’t want any caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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It’s true. I bought this tea just because it says monkey picked. Then I looked it all up on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_picked_tea. Neat stuff!

I wonder what the difference between this tea is, and Zen Tea’s TieGuanYin(Iron Goddess Mercy). Just the monkey? I bought both so I guess I’ll have to try and get back to you.

This is a stronger oolong than I’m used to. It’s dark and roasty, but there’s a bit of sweetness there too. I’ve had this before and I know it holds up nicely to multiple infusions so I will sip away at this all afternoon!

… and think of monkeys.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I could be way off base here, but I thought the monkey picked teas were from higher elevations and that was why they once used monkeys? Thinkgeek has a true monkey picked that is still picked by monkeys and you can read a bit about it on their website.

Cavocorax

Thanks for the info. That makes a lot of sense. I didn’t think they actually used monkeys for this tea, but I liked the idea. :)

This gives me an excuse to look at Thinkgeek’s site too. So much cool stuff.

Ozli

LOL, K would buy this tea with the same reasoning; you are not alone. :P

Uniquity

I frequently tell my fiancee that we can’t buy an expensive tea just because a monkey picked it…but I definitely want to.

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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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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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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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