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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
509 tasting notes

First Big Apple of the season today!! YAY!

Our temps are warming up, so I broke this one out for a scenic drive today.

It’s still a favourite of mine, and I will refill for the season.

It’s light, and sweet and juicy. I like to cold brew this one in the warmer months, too.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I’m definitely getting more of this for now, maybe 25g for now and see how I am when that finishes. The only thing in here that is potential issue is the lemongrass. So far, with my bag, it has not been too strong, so with hope, it will be ok in larger amounts. It’s one of those ingredients that I’m on the fence with…I like it in some blends, but not all.

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I let this steep too long cuz there was a shiny thing, but it is still pretty good. The taste is slightly astringent from the oversteep, but the rest of the taste is hard to describe. I’ve never had a persimmon, so I can’t compare.

The sample pouch, provided to me from Teavivre for reviewing, was perplexing. It didn’t seem like individual pieces, but pieces and then stuff…I don’t know how to explain. Like buds and leaves? I thought the packet would be solely filled with that in the image. The description on the website said to use 10-15 of them, whatever they are, flower heads? I found that hard to do, so I just measured into my bamboo spoon and hoped it was ok.

So, I’m not 100% sure how to describe this, or what to make of it, but it is tasty, and I may try mixing it with a white or green as suggested.

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown…there was an odd sort of taste with this last steep, but I don’t think it was too off=putting. It might have been a ratio of ingredients thing, or the fact I brewed the rest of it up, had to run out the door, and heated it up again when I got home.

As mentioned before, I will probably get another small amount of this, though not as small as this first bag, and try it again.

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Nice and rich flavour, even after a short-ish steep of a minute or so. There is the classic pu erh earthy flavour, but also a chocolate like note like you might find in a yunnan. I did not rinse, but I did sweeten and add milk. Pu erh, to me, is the coffee of tea. Aside from sheng pu erh, or a white pu erh, I pretty much always add milk and sugar to mine.

I find it to be tasty, and I’m off to make a second cup soon, though, I might like Special Dark from Mandala just a little more. I’m going to share my other packet with a friend who likes coffee and see what she thinks.

This sample was provided from Angel at Teavivre. So I thank her much for allowing me to try it.

EDIT: Second steep, this time, sans milk, but still with sugar.

I think I did somewhere between 1-2 minutes…I was stirring a little basmati rice in oil, prior to adding the water to cook it.

Even this way, it’s rich, but not overpowering.

Overall, my impression is that this is a good starter pu erh, when prepared with a short steep. I tend to like the heavy rich pu erhs and can handle most at a good 3+ minute steep, so I can probably do this one that way too, but someone not used to this type of tea, might be ok with this one, in short steeps.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m still getting a little tart and juicy, but I’ll say this tea is still pretty tasty. I’ll probably get more of this, at least for now. Maybe just another small amount, like 25-30g. We ’re starting to have warmer sunny days, so a cold brew of this is lined up at some point.

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Oversteeped or overleafed=bitter and astringent. I think I’m gonna use a shorter steep next time. I have a sense of deja vu with this and Vicky’s Sponge Cake with respect to steeping.

Thanks to crowkettle for allowing me to try. Hoping it turns out better on a later steep.

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Sooo….yeah, I don’t really like this. The pu erh base is fine, but there is no coconut taste, and the strawberry tastes cough syrup-like and artificial…I don’t really know if adding dried strawberry and coconut would make any difference, but in any case, I’m glad I didn’t get that much of this one. Back to Fantasy Island from Davids.

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from this morning. Yep, still on the fence with this one. I’m thinking I did not get much actual tea in the small sample, so I’m considering dumping the last of m y Mi Xian Black from Butiki in to fluff it up. It just seemed so…weak. And I’m not sure if the tartness I have in my mouth is from the tea, or affected my perception of the tea. I’m gonna try to scrub my tongue some, and see if there is something causing the taste. I’ve had this before, though I don’t recall if I did anything special to fix it or if it went away on its own.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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So….I think I like this. I’ve had a sort of tart taste in my mouth since Pom Tango this morning. I don’t know if it is that all my teas today have been a little tart, or that it’s from Pom Tango, or maybe my tongue needs a good cleaning?

From what I can tell, this tea is pretty good, but I’m not 100% sure I am tasting the tea properly just yet. I have a small pack, about 16g, so I have more to try out. I think this will be good as a cold brew and good to have another herbal without hibiscus or licorice (anise or fennel). And one that is just as good hot as cold.

I definitely want to try resteeping when the tart sour taste is out of my mouth (it happens every now and again) but from what I can tell, I think I will like it.

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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, 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.

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.

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.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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Victoria, BC

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