627 Tasting Notes

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I had this a little earlier today. The leaves are dark and green, and smell vegetal and green. Very fresh, really. Brewed, this is not quite a dark oolong, yet it seems to have more body than a lighter green one. It has nice earthy toasted tones; not too bitter. The leaves are a bit veiny as well, once brewed, and you can see them open up wit multiple infusions…they get bigger and bigger. My third infusion was a little milder, but that is mainly because my water was not as hot. Overall, this is a nice oolong. Very balanced. Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for including this sample in my last batch. I have a few more teas to get through, including one more oolong, a white, and a green.

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Sip down…I used the last bit of my sample to make iced tea with yesterday. I either had too much tea or steeped it too long or the water wars too hot as I found it a bit bitter at first. I sipped enough of it down to add more ice cubes to melt in the hot tea and dilute it some. That helped. It was pretty good for an iced tea…I just have trouble properly brewing green tea in general. Theres always something wrong and it is bitter. Or too weak.

I’m glad I had this last bit iced. It was refreshing and I can’t get over how much like sherbet it actually tastes like. A-mazing!

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

It smells so good but it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. It was neither sweet nor strawberry tasting. I couldn’t get any berry flavour. I had it iced as a tea to go, so I might have been the prep. I prefer Teaopia’s white strawberry offering better.

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Well, it certainly tastes like root beer when brewed as/for iced tea. I attempted to make frothy milk a la microwave for a foamy topping. Worked ok. It’s weird how black tea, cinnamon, and white chocolate can combine to taste like root beer. The only thing is, my mouth and brain are confused drinking this. I’m not sure I want to drink a tea that tastes like root beer. I’m undecided in whether I like this or not. I’m glad I just got a few grams of this.

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

Well, it smells awesome in the bag. My steep is decidedly milder than that, and just encroaching on bitterness. I like how fresh this is but I don’t feel I got the best brew out of my first try. I did have mine hot, with a second steeping into my kids tumbler to chill overnight. I might try sweetening this one with honey next time. We shall see…

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drank English Rose by DAVIDsTEA
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Why oh why did they choose to serve this one iced as a tea of the day? It BEGS to be served hot, with milk and sugar, and with a tea biscuit or scone! Due to the white chocolate and rose, brewed, this tea tastes very much like a Turkish Delight candy…the chocolate with rose scented jelly inside. It’s still a bit too floral for my liking, but if my friends decided to get/make a pot of this to share, I would have some. It is tasty, but not something I’d buy for myself.

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this to go iced. Have to say I prefer it hot. Thought I’d like I’d chilled which the rooibos and orange becoming more juicy, but sadly, no. So yeah, it’s gonna stay hot in my cuppa.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

Tried this today, iced, as it’s actually a bit warm out here now. It was very refreshing and juicy. I think I’m gonna pick some of this up to take on my trip to Atlanta in a week and a half, along with some other teas that will be great iced. Actually, I’m thinking of taking the whole summer collection and the pre made bag of this with me to share with the group we will be with, though I might just get this a a few of the other teas, but not all.

It has a nice peachy color too. Not that that adds to the taste, but it is an aesthetic that I like.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
627 tasting notes

I don’t know that I’d ever drink this hot, but iced, this tea is fantastic! Despite it being green, which is actually kinda cool, it’s nice and sweet and fruity, and the green rooibos base is definitely milder than the red. It does kinda remind me of Jolly Jellybean in some ways. I might get a bag if this to take with me on my trip to Atlanta in 3 weeks. It’s delightfully refreshing iced. Anyone cold brew this?

TheTeaFairy

It’s fantastic iced! But you have to use lots of it to get good flavor.

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The first time I had this, it was too astringent and it didn’t resemble the Oriental Beauty I’d had previously. I didn’t log that one, thinking maybe I’d done something wrong. The second time I had it, which is today, it was quite the opposite. It was quite mild, and pale, and I’d wondered if I’d used enough leaf or let it steep too short. It was tasty for a milk dark oolong, but still wasn’t capturing the essence I’d had with my first Oriental Beauty love. So with the second steep of the second batch, I added the rest of the leaves from the sample pouch, had hotter water, and let it steep a good few minutes, and aahhhhhh!

I’m getting a sweet honey-ish dark oolong, almost a black tea, but milder and not too astringent. THIS is my Oriental Beauty!

Many thanks to FONG MONG for providing this sample!

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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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