1708 Tasting Notes

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This is my first real Oolong! I decided to brew it for 5 min each time at 98C because I thought I would mess it up if I tried gong fu style brewing.

Dry: The tea is rolled into little balls, and the smell reminds me of green tea. It almost smells a bit like seaweed? But not in a bad way…

Steeped: It brews into a nice yellow liquor and it smells good! It’s a really smooth tea that I just want to sip away at all day. How do you describe this though? Each sip tastes a little different and I was wrong about the seaweed – I can’t taste that at all! It is sweet and mild and very refreshing.

2nd Steep: I re-steeped the leaves for another 5 minutes. I realise this may make me a barbarian but it still tastes really good. I am getting more vegetal notes this time around, but it makes me think of a really good green tea.

3rd Steep: Is this oolong abuse? I’m now on my 3rd 8oz cup. It’s getting really mild now but the grassy/vegetal flavours are still strong enough. I sipped away at it, but didn’t feel it warranted a 4th attempt at steeping.

And wow. I just realised how expensive this tea is. 75g (2.65 oz) costs $22. Yowza. Maybe I’ll try to brew it properly next time, but… it’s just such a time commitment that it’s hard to do.

I am looking forward to trying more oolong teas though!
And here’s a picture of the tea during the 3rd steep: http://instagram.com/p/SjvfMVtWvp/

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

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow! I bought this as my to-go cup of the day, and now I’m wondering if I should have grabbed 30g of this instead of Santa’s Secret.

It smells strongly of mint and that’s all I could taste at first but now…. each sip starts off minty, then turns creamy, while ending with a coconut note. I think I can even taste the apple! I’m happy I got to try it.

Oh and they added a bit of agave nectar to it. I think that helps to enhance the flavours.

ne14t

Hard decision, I have Cocomint Cream and Santa’s Secret both are great teas but its hard to pass up the caffeine kick in the Santa’s Secret!

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85
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Logged from last night.

Because of the downtime, I realised that I really miss reading what everyone else has been up to! It’s funny because when I first joined I didn’t think too much of the social aspect – I just wanted to keep track of what I liked and how much. Now I’m always perusing the forums and snooping around… ILU Steepster!

It’s been a pretty relaxing night, even though the baby won’t stay asleep. She was angry and then fell asleep for 2 hours around 8. Then she slept for half an hour and now she’s out again (at 12:30). I think this is it for the night, so I’m sitting here with my tea just enjoying the peace and quiet! I’ve been playing Glitch all evening because the game is shutting down soon and I want to enjoy it while I can. I really should be working on my digital baby book but I can do that afterwards!

This mulberry magic is such a treat. I was going to drink Mother’s Little Helper but wanted something less ‘herbal-y’ and with more depth/flavour. THIS is the right choice. I just can’t believe how good it is. Maybe when I try more nutty teas this one won’t be as good but right now my choices are fruity herbals, chamomile-y herbals or licorice, so this is a whole other league of awesome.

I did order Nut & Honeybush Crunch from Della Terra teas, so that will provide a nice comparison, nut-wise. :D I can’t wait for it to ship out. I hope it doesn’t take long to get to Canada! I have a bunch of “Christmas/Winter” teas in that order that I want to get started on!

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64
drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
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Another free sample to review!

Dry, it smells amazing! I love orange so I was so excited about this. Too bad it doesn’t actually taste as much like orange as it smells. It’s a nice smooth black but the final product only has a hint of orange to it. For that reason I don’t think I would buy any of it.

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

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Very nice. This is a really pleasant blend, even though it’s not hit-you-in-the-face sweet like some of the teas I’ve been drinking. It may be one of my favorites from Murchie’s. It’s a big swirl of oranges and Christmas spices… Mmmmm. Sgoertz gave me this sample as it was one of her favorites – I can see why.

I might try this with milk later when I resteep it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Ooh let me know how milk goes!

Cavocorax

Good, although I may have put in a bit much. I also added brown sugar! And it tasted like crany tea with brown sugar. :/ I’ll try less next time.

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drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok… strange. I thought that I’d give this a second chance, and it’s a good thing I did?

It’s still a fruity cinnamon mess, but this time the cinnamon balances better with the fruit – I don’t actually mind it! And yes, this would be much better if it were iced.

Guess I don’t need to dump this on someone after all – I’ve only got 25g or so – I can save it as a before bed-tea when I want to mix things up. I must have really destroyed it last time by steeping it for 7 minutes – and steeping it a second time didn’t fix it.

Upping the rating from 33.

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

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54
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know what happened but I did something terrible to this tea. It tastes like boiled grass! :/

I guess I made it too strong. This is one that’s better to underleaf because it’s the delicate vegetal flavour that makes this one so enjoyable. I think I did 2 tsp for my travel mug when 1 would have worked!

I’m keeping the rating high because normally it’s great.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I went to DavidsTea today to pick up a little bit of Alpine Punch, but the store was so crazy busy they gave me a cup to-go for free. There were 3 sales associates on and they were swamped. I didn’t mind waiting too much but I guess I’ll be in the store less if it’s that busy Wednesday at noon!

I sampled Merry Cranberry while I was there but didn’t think too much of it, so I chose this as my free festive drink. I didn’t get too much out of it at first, but then it popped after the 4th sip. I couldn’t remember what’s in it but it makes me think of chocolate and mint, with Christmas spices! So good! Dreamy…

I was at a doctors appointment so I had to let it sit for a bit. It’s just a little warm now and far more tannic. Will have to add a bit of milk to finish it up. And I guess I thought it tasted like mint hot chocolate because of the little candy canes! (Now that I’m home can read the description.) Don’t drink this one cool!

I’m tempted to get a 20-30g bag of this. A tin would be nice but harder to justify on maternity leave wages! But I think I’m going to refine my rating system a bit to base it on how much I would (ideally) have of each tea on hand…

Ozli

This is the one that sounded yummiest to me, of the 3 in the ornament tins.

ne14t

I bought this tea after sampling it the store. The girls in my local Davids have a habit of ambushing me with random samples sometimes before I am even fully in the store (no complaints here :D) and this happened to be one of them. I was already in to make my bi-weekly tea purchases so I ended up picking up a tin, this was on the 15th I am pretty much the only person who drinks my teas and I am at least under half a 100g tin after only a week.

Cavocorax

Yeah I’m tempted to grab a tin but at the very least I want 30g. I was hoping DT would have some Black Friday sales, but it doesn’t look like I’m in luck there. :| I don’t know if they ever put there teas on sale or if I should just bite the bullet now and stock up. #decisions :P Sounds like you ran through it pretty quick though. Maaaaaybe I should get a tin. Just to be safe.

ne14t

Yeah I haven’t seen any tea’s discounted, they might with the last remains of seasonal tea’s to get them out the door but otherwise I haven’t seen any sales on tea otherwise (booourns) and yes I was going through it pretty quick, both Santa’s Secret and Blood Orange Pu’erh have been getting consumed at an alarming rate, I have no self control!!

Uniquity

I’ve seen very small sales on select items (typically discontinued) at Christmas/New Years, but since Davids is a Canadian company it would be weird for them to offer Black Friday sales. They would do Boxing Day sales! : )

Cavocorax

Well hopefully they do a nice a boxing Week sale. I was just hoping we’d see something as a few Canadian companies are also putting on deals. and:) I’d like to pick up some colored tins (with a few filled up).

Uniquity

There was a special on that if you got 100 grams you could have a coloured tin rather than regular, not sure if that’s over yet.

Cavocorax

Thanks :)

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Repeat after me… Londonderry… NOT Londonberry. :P I read my friend’s handwriting wrong and had a different idea of what this tea is. I see there are strawberries so I guess I wasn’t completely wrong.

It’s a pretty nice black, although I’m not really picking up on the strawberry/lemon flavours. Maybe I’ll add more leaves and try again tomorrow. :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

If this is the same one I drink, and it looks like it, I also back off the steep time a LOT, LOL! This one becomes astringent to me. By the way, I have been trying to figure out your username. Does it have anything to do with the sycorax from Doctor Who? :)

Cavocorax

PHEW, glass I’m not the only one! I thought maybe I was just being overly picky iron something.

And it’s nothing that clever. It’s just some bastardized Latin for hollow crow. :) (Because I like corvids, and they’re always searching for something to fill then up). I probably should use a crow icon to make it easier to figure out, but I thought my hamster needed some exposure!

ashmanra

Ah, okay! We are Doctor Who fan geeks so I was trying to combine sycorax with something else and couldn’t come up with what! My username is just a combination of mine and my hubby’s names that he came up with a long time ago!

Cavocorax

:)I wish mine was actually a Doctor Who reference, but I’m a new fan, while this handle is a few years old.

Faith

Totally read LondonBerry. Silly brain!

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Thought I’d drink this over my DT Darjeeling just so I could use it up.

The first few sips made my mouth pucker up and my tongue do that ‘thbt thpt’ sticky-outty thing, sorta like a dog chewing on peanut butter…

Getting past that, I get dank smoky wood. It’s potent! And I used 1 tsp for my mug at 4 min. Added cream, and it is much improved!

Now I’m gonna read in the near dark as the baby fell asleep on my bed and I don’t want to move her or leave her alone long enough for her to roll off. :)

Oh! I think I’ve been underleafing all my teas! When it says 1 tsp per cup, I’m thinking of my giant 14oz mug. Not as a cup in baking! (duh) I’ve also used pretty much the same quantity for a full tea pot. Soooooooo, whoops. Strangely enough, I seem to still get a lot of flavour, but curious how things will taste if I do it right.

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

Because your leaves have room to unfurl, maybe? Either way, lololol. :D

Has she been rolling off of things? The first time the Snick rolled off of the couch I just about died but… >__> then it happened a lot for a while. Babies. They won’t be confined! :P

Cavocorax

She rolled off the bed about two months ago and the resulting scream taught me a good lesson! /0\ I thought I broke her until I realized every parent has this happen at least once. Now I’m super cautious – I just put her on the floor a lot. She so squirmy now AND she’s crawling!

Ozli

Eeee!

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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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