1700 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! (93)

This is ok. It’s not great. I drank it, but I don’t want any more.

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90
drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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And another sipdown today! (94)

I think I’ll miss this. It reminds me of that Coco-Lemon Thai from Davids, but I think I preferred this version. I wish I had some for side-by-side comparison but it’s not that big a deal. This is a nice tea, but not for every day – I need to crave it.

Courtney

This is my favourite!

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drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes…. this is my favorite of the Winter Collection (which, isn’t saying much?) The flavour combination makes me think of Christmas festivities. The only downside is the weight. It’s basically 10g per cup so it’s a little expensive..

CrowKettle

This one reminded me of hot apple cider with cloves and some extra fruit. I preferred it to the cake-ish blends too (although DT note says it’s trying to be a cake as well?). :)

Amariel

I agree. I like it best, but the weight this is an issue.

Dinosara

I’m interested to try this one in comparison to Teavana’s Fig Rose… The latter isn’t spiced like this one, but they seem kind of similar otherwise.

Roswell Strange

Urghhh… I just got home from Central Canada Comic Con with extra money from what I’d budgeted. I was looking to spend that on the teas I was interested in from the new DAVIDsTEAs released, but it seems like the general consensus in not favourable for the three I was interested in (this being one of them, and then White Chocolate Frost, and the Gingerbread Rooibos).

Cavocorax

I’d get a little bit of those three – it seems like they were the better ones. I liked the gingerbread, and this was good although it doesn’t give me as many cups as I’d like. White Chocolate Frost was good but it’s a bit oily with weird green drops left on the mug? But it tastes good. So, why not try them? Just don’t buy too much, just in case!

Cavocorax

But Coffee Cake and Choconut are mostly nonononono

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79
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I figured I’d better have some of this so it will fit in a smaller tin, because when I get my 8.8 oz of Ceylon Star, I’ll want to use my 7 oz RML tin for it.

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80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh, what have I done?
Tealizzy told me that this one might get discontinued and then I kept thinking about it, and … well I just bought the 8.8oz thingy online for $18.

/0\

I’ll put it in my 7 oz Read My Lips tin once I drink it down a bit more.

Sil

Oh. My. God.

OMGsrsly

LOL! I was wondering if you’d cave. :)

Fjellrev

Haha way to be.

Cavocorax

LOL. I hope J doesn’t notice.
And OMG. I have no self control.

Sil

i think you need to count that sucker as 5 teas

CHAroma

Those discontinuation sales are dangerous.

Sil

CHAroma….only if you buy into them haha. I look at those sales as a chance to NOT buy the tea that i won’t be able to get every again heh

Tealizzy

You’ll enjoy it! It’ll keep you warm all winter, especially since the winter collection isn’t that great. ;)

Cavocorax

Well, there’s a reason I track my tea collection by weight as well as number! And I was a bit disappointed with the winter teas I tried so far, so I wanted this to make up for it. Like Tealizzy says, it’ll keep me cozy all winter. :)

Cavocorax

Sil, with 8oz, you won’t EVER need to get it again.

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Another sipdown! (96)

I find this one has a mild floral taste, a bit of grassiness and a lot of cream to it. It seems like this milk oolong is stronger some of the other unflavoured milk oolongs I’ve had. It’s funny, because when I had it before I didn’t get much cream, but this time I did. Maybe I’m getting better at detecting notes?

Maybe?

This is surprising to me, but I guess I like oolongs now. That’s what happens when you drink one each day for a few weeks, I guess. :P I still can’t say much about them, and remember exactly which one is which, but I do find myself craving one first thing in the morning as a gentler wake me up.

I even chose this over trying new teas from DAVIDsTEA. :P

So I’ll definitely have to order something from Teavivre. I just don’t know which oolong I’ll want. And then maybe I’ll order a few more samples to help me figure out what I like. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I had to kind of warm up to oolongs, didn’t like them when I was younger. Flash forward to the past few weeks, it’s almost all I’ve been drinking.

ifjuly

Agreed. I really really didn’t like oolong until very recently, and it started towards the green end and has slowly been creeping over to the roastier side. Oolong drift!

Cavocorax

Oolong drift – I love that term. :)
Glad to see I’m not the only one. Did you guys end up getting the samples from Teavivre when they had them for $8?

Cavocorax

(Because that’s what got me into trying them)

ifjuly

Alas no! (But I do really dig this oolong, think it was one of the ones that really convinced me.) Lately, and I know this isn’t tea snob popular but, I’m finding oolongs make a much better base for additional flavors than black tea. I love coconut and milk oolongs (flavored or natural), and really fruity and tropical flavored ones as well.

I’m trying to wait ‘til I have a huge order ready for Teavivre, ’cause Teavivre packages are guaranteed to be ones I have to go to the post office to pick up and I’m so very lazy about that stuff. I’ve had a handful of their oolongs in sample size though…this was one of my favorites along with, IIRC, a TGY (and man, I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs).

ifjuly

got cut off somehow, huh. I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs but IIRC Teavivre’s was one I didn’t mind too much and I’d be curious about trying it again and seeing if I’ve changed.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hate how my post office guy doesn’t EVEN TRY to deliver my Teavivre packages. It’s not a huge deal, but if I don’t get a ride it’s a half hour walk and that won’t be fun in the winter. I’d better order soon, or in the spring.

El Monstro

Yeah I bought a bunch of the samples when they were having the oolong sale, still have a couple I need to open and try.

El Monstro

Also, upton has pretty good, inexpensive oolong samples.

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76
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Ok, so after the DAVIDsTEA samples, I wanted something that was “cake” in a different way, and this is definitely that. It’s much gentler and smoother. Nice to end the night up with…

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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I wasn’t able to fully review this before it cooled down, but I’m happy with this. Happy that I have 50g, but not sure that I’ll miss it once it’s gone.

It’s slightly spicy, with a nice cake-y background (yet without the oily aftertaste I got from Coffee Cake and Red Velvet Cake), and the ginger is nicely pronounced. I feel like I should add sugar to this one, or steep it longer to make the flavours pop more. I want MORE spice.

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

Reading all your reviews makes me want to go upstairs and make more tea but I decided to soak my timolino to give it a good clean and I feel like if I make a tea now I will fall asleep before it gets cool enough for me to drink. I am just so excited to test out all the new flavors.

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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells so rich and dark and amazing. I don’t even want to sip it – just smell it all evening. But that would be a waste, wouldn’t it? I only bought 15g of this, which might end up being 2 cups, and that probably won’t be enough, but this one was more expensive than the rest…

First sip? YES. I instantly love this much more than the Coffee Cake. It’s just BAMMM. Rich chocolate and hazelnut and sweet sweetness. I guess there’s oolong under here? Mostly I’m tasting hot liquid nutella with a tiny bit of an odd aftertaste that I can’t identify, but do not mind.

Drat. Now I wish I’d grabbed more than 15g. Suppose that’s move incentive to find high paying work. :P

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

Is 5 minutes at boiling your preferred steeping time for oolongs, or is it DT oolongs, or was it just this oolong? I figured it would be quicker to ask than go through all your oolong tasting notes. =)

Cavocorax

I usually do boilings at a little less, but I typically just go by the instructions. It said to steep 5 min at 95, so I thought I’d do what I was told, at least for the first time.

What temp do you usually do it at?

Anna

Thank you!

I always follow the instructions, but if it’s a tea sans instructions, I tend to – by default – do it the Lupicia way; full boil at 1.5-2 minutes. Then again, they’re all very green oolongs, so I’d probably reconsider if I stumbled over an unidentified black oolong blend.

OMGsrsly

The aftertaste is the licorice root, btw. It’s kind of sweet, in the front of your mouth? I can’t stand it, sadly, and I had such high hopes for this one.

Cavocorax

Yeah. I ended up not resteeping it, which isn’t the best sign when I only have enough left for one more cup. The hazelnut was just so strong/strange.

Cavocorax

That’s why I don’t rate teas on my first sip. Especially on launch day. I get excitable.

VariaTEA

I picked up about 25 g of this one and a few of the others – I am excited to try it…damn power going out and hindering my tea tasting ability :P

VariaTEA

And I definitely get what you mean about being excitable on launch day…At midnight I was checking out David’s website to see the new flavors

Cavocorax

Hahahah. Yeah I did the same – and then I made a spreadsheet with the prices so I could decide how much of everything to buy beforehand. :)

I just remember buying all the FALL teas and being OMG OMG these are great, and then a few days after was just… oh, why did I say that. /0\ So I’m trying to be cautious.

Amariel

I only wish I’d noticed the licorice in the store before I bought it. I hate licorice, soooo much.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the first from the Winter Collection that I decided to sample – I didn’t want an herbal so that limited me to 2 choices.

Side note: there are duplicate entries for all these teas and it’s making crazy! (ok, enough ranting).

I’m definitely getting cake from this tea. It smells delicious but I was completely distracted by this odd oily flavour because it was so damn familiar, and then I realized that this tea has the same cake flavoring as Red Velvet Cake. This tea is very similar, except it is lighter, and fruitier with the cherry and pineapple. I like it, but it also reminds me of dirt.

I realize that isn’t a ringing endorsement. Ha. I’m resteeping this now and will update if necessary.

OMGsrsly

The gingerbread also smells similar. Maybe they only have one ‘cake’ flavour?

Cavocorax

Hmmm. Maybe I’ll try the gingerbread tonight too to compare.

Amariel

Hmm. Red Velvet Cake may be what it’s reminding me of too. But not in an oily way. More of an artificial cherry way…

Cavocorax

Maybe that’s what it is! (it was hard to pinpoint)

Fjellrev

If you’re comparing it to Red Velvet Cake, then I could see it being similar to DTT’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

Amariel

It kind of is, but DTT PUC is better. I think. It’s been a while. There’s something weird with this one.

Cavocorax

I think Heather’s right. It’s been a long time since I’ve had PUC, but I think it’s better.

Tuscanteal

I totally felt the same way – as soon as I smelled it and then tasted it, instantly I thought of the Red Velvet. Then I smelled both side by side and it confirmed my suspicions

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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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