687 Tasting Notes

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drank Gingerbread Pu'erh by Shaktea
687 tasting notes

I had the last of this today, so it is a sad sip down. Normally, I save this kind of tea for cooler and wetter weather, but it was kind of cool and overcast this morning, and I woke up with a headache, so I thought to myself, why the heck not.

As before, I really loved this tea. This tea, plus some dark chocolate covered marzipan my coworker gave me, were the highlights of my day. I’m sad this is gone, but I have hope that one of my friends in Vancouver can score more of this tea for me. It’s really tasty!

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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As a last minute decision, I opted to get this iced yesterday, because it was actually quite warm. I was told it was supposed to taste like a watermelon Jolly Rancher…and I agree, it did to a certain degree. I also picked up that trademark artificial flavoring that I am so familiar now with many of DT blends of late, but in this context, it was kind of ok. I don’t know if I wold go out of my way to get more of this when I know there are other herbals for the summer I like as much (or better).

Lynne-tea

Which herbals would you recommend?

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drank Gingerbread Pu'erh by Shaktea
687 tasting notes

OMG, you guys, this tea is SO GOOD! The isn’t a lot of info on this tea, as if you go to the website, the tea is only listed with price, and no description. It looks like they are out of Vancouver, and since that’s where OMGsrsly lives (and this came from her), I hope to be able to score more. I only have one serving left, sadly.

This is almost a pu erh chai, but something about it makes it just a little different. I’m not sure if it is in the spices and flavourings, or what…but wow, what a fantastic pu er blend. The flavour is mild enough to let the pu erh come through, but at the same time, the pu erh base isn’t overpowering or fishy/musty/etc. It really is just a nice balance of flavors, and I can definitely see myself owing more of this in the future.

CrowKettle

I can look into that place over here. This sounds good!

Plunkybug

OMG, if you would, I’d love you forever! Wait…I already love you forever…hmmm…:P

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I broke this out tonight, and used it to inaugurate my new little gaiwan though I opted to not use the minuscule tea cups that came with it. My husband teased that they belonged to a dollhouse. I used the whole sample that OMGsrsly gave me, thinking with the gaiwan I’d need more leaf but shorter steep.

Because I used a small teacup, I opted to do 2 steeps per cup, following the first one. I’m on steeps 3 and 4 now. Longer steeps yield a darker colour…a dark but translucent honey (almost mahogany), and the taste becomes a little more earthy, and what I expect from a pu erh that’s been aged. I’m not sure I get thick honey, as for the taste, though I am having my steeps straight, so that says something. It does seem to be getting sweeter with the steeps though. The last steep actually went longer than planned, because I forgot to time it, but by the the water had cooled even more, so I think it was ok. As the tea cools, it feels so thick in my mouth, so the thick honey description is coming truer.

I’m very glad OMGsrsly gave me a sample of this to try. I’m glad I used the taiwan for this, though having used this little one, I feel like I want a larger one as well. But my little one will suffice. I just get about 5-6 sips before I need more. I’ll try to get a few more steeps out of this one tonight.

Dexter

Mmmmmm loved this one – so much fun.

Plunkybug

Yep! I’m just making the 5th and 6th steeps now. I don’t mind combining them at this point, since I did not get much difference with the earlier steeps, and it seems that combined, I’m getting a richer steep. I do see room in my collections for a larger gaiwan though…the one I have is so tiny. It’s cute, but tiny.

Plunkybug

They were so thick! I’m so glad I got to try it!

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This came from OMGsrsly in our recent meet up. I opted to have this one this morning without really knowing the flavour profile ahead of time, but I sniffed it, and it smelled good…so I made this. Still not knowing much about it, I added milk and sugar, as I do with most blacks, because I never know how astringent or strong a black is til I taste it, and taking it with me while it cools means I add milk and then go. That said, I think that next time, I might opt for it without milk to see how it is. It was a nice, mildly spiced cup, but I feel like I lost some delicateness with the addition of the milk.

Thanks again for the sample!

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Sooo, I made this one again last night. It’s been a while since I last had some, but I was feeling in the mood for a straight green tea, and I was going through my David’s collection to pull things out for a friend of mine to try. I came across this one and had forgotten I had had it at all.

Now, I had made it, and then my husband came home, and we decided to go out for dinner, so I hadn’t really had much time to have it once it had cooled…but it was on the table near my computer, and I saw it when we got back in…we were properly stuffed, so we just took it easy til bedtime. I had some sips of this, and was reminded of how unique this tea is. I drank some of it and then put it in the fridge overnight to have the rest this morning, and it having been warm the last few days, i thought it would be nice to wake up.

So, about this tea…it really is a very unusual green tea, and one unlike any I’ve had before. In my previous tasting note, I compared this tea to a mix of green and oolong. I think it still has that body of oolong, a roasted one, and I’ll add that I get sort of a leaf hopper note of sweetness along with a fruity plummy or peachy note as well. And while I am not a fan of smokey, there is a hint of that here, but not much, and more like grilled plums and peaches instead of ashy smoke. The description actually mentions they had a hard time deciding where on the wall to categorize this because it had elements of black tea to it. It’s a super complex tasting tea for sure.

I’m really sad now, that I have probably one serving left of this, and I’m unsure if I can get my hands on any more of this. I’m going to contact my stores, but it is not on the site anymore, so I suspect it is gone. It’s really a special tea.

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I had this earlier today, and it was a nice, mild green tea, with a mellow mango taste. Neither taste dominated the cup, though maybe the mango was a little stronger, but not by much. It was a nice cup, and I will probably make one more before sending the rest of my sample to a friend of mine.

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Backlog…not my favourite rooibos, and not as good as the plum, but definitely not bad either.

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Backlog—-this is a nice light green, with a mellow berry taste. Nothing too tart or overpowering.

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this iced to go…it smelled good in the can, and the initial sips were ok, but then the syrupy artificialness took over, and I got that weird aftertaste that I have been getting with so many of David’s new teas. It’s gonna come to a point where all the teas there I like will either be discontinued or reblended and I won’t like them anymore, like Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Chili Chai.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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