727 Tasting Notes

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
727 tasting notes

Mmmmmm, I am soooo glad I got more of this tea. It is actually my first tea from DAVIDs and I remember feeling a little disappointed that it tasted mostly like apple, and less like popcorn or green tea, but having had a number of teas from DAVIDs now, I see this tea in a whole new light, and I love it. So long as I don’t over steep it or have the water too hot for it to turn bitter. I do let it steep a little longer though, as I think that brings the popcorn and green tea flavours out more. I was also disappointed at the lack of leaf compared to apples and popcorn, but now I just don’t care. :P This makes it a perfect tea for later at night when you want a tea with less caffeine content, and I would say since there is less leaf, there has to be less caffeine too. I also think the starches from the popcorn aid in some way too. I have fallen in love with this tea! I can see it in my future for the next several months, as I think it is a great spring and summer tea, and it does work well iced too. Whether or not it will be hearty enough as my morning tea in the late fall and winter, I don’t know yet. I will be getting lots more of this, also, because it weighs so little, you can get a lot of it and not pay as much. I got 26g of this and paid $3 and change, whereas for the 24g of Gold Rush, it was over $5.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this. whatshesaid is sending me a sample!

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
727 tasting notes

Perfectly light and sweet for a gorgeous day like today, however, I do think I did slightly under-steep it a little. I also ate all the yummy mulberries afterward. It’s a pricy tea to have lots of, but I might get a full bag and alternate it with other less pricy teas so I don’t burn through it too fast.

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Not seduced. It was bitter. I did get a slightly floral juicy note, but that was it. Happy it was free with my Timolino for Earth Day yesterday.

Nitoo6of6

I thought the same thing when I had it at work today. Mine was an odd bitter flavour.

Plunkybug

Maybe it was just brewed wrong or something, or it got too strong in the giant pot they use, but yeah, so not seduced, though I might be if I did it on my own.

Nitoo6of6

I brewed the tea myself and tried to be careful but I have a bit of my sample leftover to try again. Could be me cause I don’t often have luck with flavoured greens.

skillet

you probably steeped it for too long. some teas can steep forever but this is one kind that gets very bitter if you leave it in too long. Try steeping for 3-4 minutes (no more) and see how you like it then.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This is still really good though my preparation is definitely lacking. I tried something else today, which kind of worked, but I accidentally added more water than I had wanted to, so it is still feeling a bit thin and weak after adding the milk to make it a latte. Still, I’m getting plenty of caramel taste and aroma from the matcha. I’m still having trouble with getting it to froth right, so I definitely want to pick up a proper matcha making kit from somewhere (taking suggestions, but so far leaning towards David’s) because even in my cereal bowl, using all of my whisks, I didn’t really get a sustaining froth. The only thing I got was sore arms. I do want to add matcha into my routine, but I need to get better at preparing it. I wonder if Jaga Silk does classes on making it at home? I know ShayneBear will help too.

This matcha, and I am sure the other RLT matchas, make me want to learn better. I know we plan on a group buy, so I want to get better before then.

OMGsrsly

Good luck getting the matcha right! I’m looking forward to trying more types once everything is organized for the group order. :)

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Sooooo….I went to George’s Tea Emporium with ShayneBear last week, and I picked up a small tin of this. I was intrigued by the description of blackberry and maple, as I had been looking at both maple tea and black currant (which I know isn’t the same, but whatever) but wasn’t sure what to get and didn’t want to get too much (I’m lacking in space until I finish more teas).

The scent of this is pretty mild, but sweet, and the green tea mellows the main black base, I think. This tea is a bit more stripped down and basic, compared to my normal assortment of teas. It doesn’t look terribly fancy.

Brewed up a dark rich mahogany color…milk and sugar were added. This tea is one where it is subtle flavour, but it is there. Although I could not taste the blackberry itself, I could detect a light fruity taste, but most prominent was the juicy mouthfeel that is in the description. As for the maple flavour, I could faintly detect it as it was not the same kind of sweet that came from the sugar.

Overall, this is a nice tea. It’s a step up from a standard black blend with a little extra juicy sweetness. Does it have a place in my regular rotation? Maybe. But DAVIDs is much closer to me, and Murchies carries the same level of tea, and I’m lazy, but perhaps if we do another visit there, I will get some. My tin, albeit small, will likely last a while.

OMGsrsly

The maple tea they have is a mere shadow of the maple tea from Steam. If you want maple candy flavoured tea of awesome, I’ll get you some for the next meetup! (Maple candy like when they boil maple syrup till it solidifies in a candy mould. Srsly.)

Sil

oh man seriously?

OMGsrsly

Oh, yeah. Just need to let it cool a bit and then it’s MAPLE. Want some? :)

Plunkybug

Oh absolutely!

Sil

omg….we may need to do a swap in the near future lol

OMGsrsly

Heather, it’s on my list for you! :)

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Sipdown…unfortunately, I still found nothing remarkable about this one, I am sad to say. Whatever flavour was there was so subtle, it went right past me, though it is possible that the tea is just older and lost some of its punch. I dunno. It was far from horrible, but miles away from excellent.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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I was a little nervous trying this today, because of the previous experience with Butterscotch from the same company. But I decided to give it a try anyway…it’s been a few hours since I had some, and right now I am eating some yummy Victoria style cottage cheese, and I know if I had some sips right now, my taste buds might be a bit askew, so I am going to finish my snack, finish the rest of the tea, and do a second steep so I can get a better frame of mind of how I want to rate this…

Back later for more!

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Ok, back for seconds…

I can’t really pick up anything from the dry leaf, but I am a little stuffy, so maybe that is why. The liquor brewed up quite dark and mahogany in colour, and smelled a little smoky and astringent, so I wonder what the base is for the tea.

As for the taste, I am picking up the same kind of powdery taste that I got from the Butterscotch tea, but here it seems a little more vanilla or cream like, with the addition of the fruit flavour, which does seem very strawberry. As a black base, I do find it more astringent than some.

I did add some milk and sugar, and this second steeping is feeling milder than the previous one, but the berry flavour is there in the back. I may have added too much milk in this batch too. But at the end of each sip, I do get this juicy feeling over my tongue and at the back of my throat as I swallow. But I am not getting that massive pop of flavour that others have reported. Again, maybe the milk is hampering with that.

All in all, this is better than I thought, and I’m glad CrowKettle gave me a sample to try, but I know I would never buy this at full price. It’s tasty enough, but not tasty enough for me to fork over $30 for a tin.

ashmanra

For a similar taste profile that is smoother and less finicky, you might try Anna’s Blend from Tin Roof Teas, or probably any Teageschwender shop would have it. Hubby used to love Marco Polo, but now he prefers Anna’s and so do I.

Sil

hmmm good to know ash. thanks for sharing!

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This one is from ShayneBear, and it is right for me, right now. It has cooled off outside and gotten cloudy, and I wanted something kind of heavy and hearty, but not too much. I guess I wanted more comforting, but not too heavy, but hearty and warming enough. I know…that probably makes no sense.

So, it smells good, and the mixture is less tea and more fruit and nut. It does remind me a bit of Forever Nuts, without being pink, in that it is apples, almonds and cinnamon. I don’t get any caramel either, and it is very much like an apple cider. I’m actually ok with that.

I wouldn’t say it is my favourite tea of this nature, but it is certainly a very good tea. I don’t think I would repurchase on my own because I prefer Alpine Punch over this, and while it is a slightly different taste than Alpine Punch, it is too similar for me to justify the two. The main advantage is that this one does have green tea, so it is caffeinated for those mornings I want something like Alpine Punch, but with a little go juice as well.

Bear With Me

if you’d like a little bit more (since it is being discontinued online as well) I have most of a tin left and can share some with you if you’d like. It’s far from one of my favourites, but it does have that certain something for those days when I need it. haha

Plunkybug

Maybe. :)

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Tea swap tasting note…this one is from OMGsrsly. I was so glad she had some Della Terra teas for me to try.

This is one that is very potent to smell, which is why she had to put the tea samples in zippered baggies, and then wrap in foil to prevent all the teas smelling like this or the Orange Brûlée.

Anyway, so yes, very strong smell in the bag. It does remind me a lot of Davids Pumpkin Chai, though not quite. It does taste pretty much how it smells. The only thing I regret about this tea, is that while it was very very tasty, it wasn’t the tea I wanted this morning after all. I was expecting it to be cold and gloomy, and it was, in fact, warmer and sunnier, so I think I would have been happier with a different tea today, to match my mood, and the weather. I’m also wearing a very spring feeling outfit….green pants and a blue two tone striped cardigan over a white camisole/tank….so I felt bright and colourful, and feel like maybe I should have had something a little fruitier and less dense of a tea. I don’t know if that makes sense. Maybe Berry Good or Love Tea #7 would have been better in that respect.

I think that if this had been a really truly gloomy and rainy day, I would have been more mentally into the team, but it just didn’t seem to match today. But I repeat, it is a very very tasty tea, sweet and pumpkiny, with nice spices. Not as chai like as Davids, though I did always find that Pumpkin Chai was less chai and more pumpkin. I do love the little pumpkin candies.

I definitely look forward to the right day to give this beauty a try. I’m not gonna dock this tea any rating simply because I was not actually in the right mood to have it, so I will rate it in terms of taste.

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Sipdown…I really like this one. Too bad it is my last leaf from my sample from OMGsrsly from our swap a few weeks ago. It is just nice and warming and smooth. There is orange here, but not punch in your face kind of orange, and a sweet creamy vanilla note. The oolong base is slightly floral, so it pairs well with the orange honey nectar tones in this tea. I think I can probably get one, maybe two more steeps from this. The leaves have opened up big now, but I think there’s enough flavour there still.

This is a nice tea for today, as it has enough body for a cool and overcast day, but the orange invokes spring, and we do have an array of blossoms out. The clouds are clearing too. Probably because I am drinking this tea. :P

If we ever do a group Della Terra order, this is one I would probably reorder.

OMGsrsly

When Della Terra has 30% off, a $40 order has shipping paid for, as well as a couple dollars of the tea itself. Just to tempt you. :) I’m hoping to do another order the next sale they have, so if you like I can snag a bag of this for you.

Plunkybug

How often do they do sales? How do you know about them? I should probably make a Della Terra list too.

OMGsrsly

They post in the discussions forum. :) So sometimes if I’m bored and looking through the discussions, I notice them. This last one (Easter weekend), everything I wanted but this one was sold out, so I didn’t get anything.

OMGsrsly

Oh, and I’d say every couple months, but the ’s vary. Waiting for 30 off is a good idea.

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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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