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Gong Fu Sipdown (148)!
Picked up a sample of this one just large enough to do a Gong Fu session. I have to say I’m a pretty big fan of DT bringing in these more “high end” (at least compared with their regular offerings, at the very least) pure teas as limited edition offerings. I think it’s a good way for less ‘hardcore’ tea drinkers to samples teas they might not otherwise seek out – and I’m all for people broadening their tea horizons.
In hindsight, I feel like this may have actually been better Western style than Gong Fu. Not that it was bad – but the session felt a touch flat/stagnant. Usually over a Gong Fu session you see some sort of evolution of flavour before the gradual decline/waning of it. With this one their was no incline, just the decline as the leaf was gradually spent. The flavour was nice though; mostly I found it sweet with a nice mix of honey and cocoa notes. Less of a “refined” cocoa though, and more of baker’s chocolate sort of thing, with that light but pleasant bitterness. I’m not sure that I agree with the “fruit notes” that are supposedly in this – I got way more fruit from the fruit & nut chocolate I was pairing with the session than I did from the tea itself.
Session only last about six infusions; flavour decline by that point was harsh. Pleasant overall, though! And…
No rating because I’ve officially signed and turned in DAVIDsTEA hiring paperwork now. So, from this point
until I’m no longer employed there I’m leaving any DAVIDsTEA blend unrated in order to be nonpartisan in regards to Steepster’s rating system. Any DAVIDsTEA ratings you see are from prior to my working there.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Malt
I bought this based off the smell of the loose leaf, but wasn’t as impressed with it brewed. I like sweet/desserty teas, but this is way too sweet even for me.
It brews a dark brown and smells/tastes like rich chocolate liqueur. I can taste rooibos, cocoa, something creamy, and dark chocolate.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet
This is a very clean tasting white tea with BEAUTIFUL silver needle leaves. I was so impressed while buying this as a gift for someone else, I bought some for myself as well. The leaves smell slightly vegetal, but not in a grassy Bai Mudan/White Peony kind of way, more like a classic fresh white tea kind of way.
Steep 1: (2 minutes, 80 degrees C water, 400mL) There is something sweet and something floral in the flavour of the brewed tea. It is really fresh tasting, and the tannins give it a complex flavour that isn’t overly strong, but isn’t weak either.
Steep 2: (1.5 minutes, 80 degrees C water, 400mL) I’m really impressed with how fragrant the brewed tea smells. It has that classic tea smell, but is also very sweet.
Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Tannin, Vegetal
I’ll review this as best I can but keep in mind my taste buds and ability to smell are impaired by my current cold. I’m not sure why it happens but most holidays seem to end with a cold for me. I mean I guess I understand to some degree. Holidays are accompanied by travel and travel means exposure to lots of different bugs and germs in airplanes, buses and other venues. I guess I should be thankful that it has hit me at the last few days of my 17 day holiday rather than earlier.
I was saving the two sample packs of DAVIDs Cold 911 tea for when it would be useful and today is the day. This tea is like a liquid vicks for me. Could feel my sinuses slightly clearer with each sip and the lovely mint, eucalyptus and menthol flavours give it a rather medicinal feel. This was followed with a hot eucalyptus bath and I think I’m on my way to recovery. Highly recommend this tea when a cold’s got you down. It tastes worlds better than Buckley’s.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Medicinal, Menthol, Mint
Just got my 50g in the mail, and brewed up a hot cup to try. This is an expensive tea – so it better be good. I don’t mind this tea. I can taste a little note of brown sugar – as it said. Not sure about the ripe fruit though.
It’s a little sweet, and overall I really like it as a black tea – it’s better than some others I’ve had, for sure.
Flavors: Brown Sugar
Finally getting around to trying this. This tea has so many different things in it – and the dry leaf seemed very bulky. I don’t know exactly what those ball shaped things are… Maybe the fig? Not sure. Anyway, This tea smells kind of like kool-aid, HOT KOOL-AID XD
Anyway – I can taste the cherries, and some of the carrot I think. Maybe some of the watermelon too? It definitely tastes fruity. As it cooled down I could taste the peony petals more. It’s a pretty good tea – would probably be better if it wasn’t so old.
Flavors: Apple, Carrot, Cherry, Fig, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Melon
There are not too many pu’erh teas I enjoy – but there are a few. This has to be one of them. At first, I only liked this as a latte, but today I decided to make it hot with a little milk and sugar. (Though it could’ve done with a little less sugar) This is a nice chocolatey tea, with a nice creaminess to it. I think I’ll find myself enjoying this more throughout the winter.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy
I really love this tea. I only recently tried it, and I don’t know why I didn’t try it sooner. It’s delicious. The ginger is very warming, and there’s a perfect balance between that, and the pear. Still trying to find the perfect steep time for it – but either way it’s good. I also enjoy this tea iced as well as hot. Overall, this is very yummy.
Flavors: Ginger, Pear
This is a nice tea in my opinion. However it is slightly bitter from the coffee beans. I also get a note that I would describe as roasted hazelnuts. It is overall pretty good if you can get past the bitterness from the coffee beans.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for four minutes.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Roasted
This was the first tea I tried in the Book of Spells sample pack and man, what a let down. I love sweet, dessert rooibos teas but this was just blehh. I couldn’t decipher the flavors, just got a bit of chemical-ness and some kind of unpleasant after taste. I ended up dumping it. :( Such a shame because I usually love the teas from David’s!
There is some sweet note to this tea and some sour note to this tea, or should I say tart note. When I bought this I actually thought it was a black tea so I was surprised when I took a closer look and saw it was a caffeine free fruit infusion. It is fairly tasty. I am cold brewing this for tomorrow as an iced tea.
Brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for seven minutes.