604 Tasting Notes

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Either…

1) I’m sick and am not going to get the best taste or flavour out of this tea
2) I used too much leaf or did something wrong with the brewing
3) I’m just not a fan of straight green tea anymore

Or it could be all of the above, in parts. This steep is feeling heavy and a bit astringent.

More after I have finished this cup and attempt a re-steep.

Many thanks to Angel Chen for sending this to me to try…

EDIT:

The second steeping has brought out a milder taste, though I’m still leaning toward the notion that I used too much leaf, and that I am just not as much a fan of Chinese greens.

I really like the the look and texture of the leaves though, when they are dry. The white tips are a nice touch.

I have to say that I think this tea is a bit savoury and astringent or drying. Next time I will use less leaf and maybe a shorter steep time as well.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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This is an odd beastie of a team isn’t it?! The leaves are very dark green, and brewed almost purple-ish. The liquor itself is also an odd greenish purple too. I may have over-steeped this one a bit…I got sidetracked, but I think it is ok. I think I may have caught it at that upper time limit. Still a bit too hot to taste, but what I can taste briefly is so hard to explain. I may have to come back in and edit this with a more precise description of the taste.

EDIT: Ok, so taste…it’s still really hard to peg. Herbally or vegetal. A shorter steep might bring more nuttiness to the foreground.

Jury is out whether I will get more. I am looking at it from a medicinal tea position, and it isn’t bad…it might be good iced with warmer weather, or blended with something else (though what, I’m not sure…it was not terribly amazing with toasted walnut, but not horrible either).

tigress_al

try it as a tea latte, it is great in my opinion. I find that the steamed milk really brings out the macadamia nut flavour

Amariel

Yeah? I’d never thought to try this one as a latte. I bet soy or almond milk would be best, yes?

tigress_al

I just tried it with regular milk, but I bet almond milk would be great

Lynne-tea

Try putting it in a tea sac! I know it seems weird and I thought so too, but it’s actually delightful and tastes like vanilla cake (to me).

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drank Some Velvet Morning by DAVIDsTEA
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Yeah, it’s bitter. Medicine is bitter though, right? I’m certainly not drinking this for pleasure, as I got it more for the detox properties, thus it is a medicinal tea for me. Not sure what I think on this one yet, but I only got 10g, so no big investment. We’ll see…

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Yay! Love this tea! I can’t say if I like this better, less, or equal to Fantasy Island, but I’d have to say that as of now (3 May 2012 10:44PM PST) I definitely rate the two equal. I am very likely going to go back and get 50g (or more) of each of these. Fantasy Island is slightly more tropical and summery and this is nice and warm and soothing…but equally indulgent right now.

Oh, and this is post/tasting 101! So 100 tastings under my belt! :)
And yes, I added milk and sugar for extra sweet creaminess!

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I just adore this tea, and it is hitting the spot in a nice day turned windy and rainy afternoon. I had to run out and get DH some Dayquill, and it was cold and wet and windy, so when I came inside, this is what I made to warm me up and make me feel all cozy. It’s a sipdown, but now when I replace it, it will be the new name.

Personally, I think a tea as indulgent as this deserves to be drunk with milk and sugar….creamy and sweet!

tigress_al

I agree, you add some milk and it tastes like dessert!

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drank Waterlilies Fruit Tea by Teavivre
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I’ve been meaning to get to this tea for some time, but this is the first time I have remembered I have it, and it is the right time to have it, since it is later in the evening and I don’t want any caffeine before bed.

I wasn’t sure how much to use as it wasn’t printed on the package like the other teas, so I just used 2 (heaping) teaspoons and let it steep about 5-6 minutes. Coming here, I see the instructions say to use more, but I think I used the right amount for my tastes.

There is definitely a smell of pineapple with the dry mixture. Once brewed, I can’t really taste anything beyond the tartness. I’ve never been a hibiscus fan, and while roselle is milder, it is still tart. Much more tolerable tart, but more for iced than hot tart.

The colour is beautiful, and the taste is a little lighter than the Blueberry tea, though I think the Blueberry tea is a bit more complex in flavours. I do prefer the Blueberry over this one…though this one will probably be made iced, and possibly blended with sparkling water or juice as a summer treat.

My thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending this generous sample my way!

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is actually pretty good, brewed and sweetened at home. I know some of you are like, “sweetened? really?” and yes, really. It is sweet on it’s own, but not sweet enough for me. I added sugar, but not as much as usual. I also added a smattering of white tea leaves from Teavivre since I only get a small amount of this tea, and there’s not much in the bag due to the mulberries being weighty, and because there’s not a very high ratio of tea leaves to mulberries and coconut shavings.

I think this merits a larger bag for more experimentation. Anyone eat the mulberries after?

Indigobloom

I did!! mine was really bitter for some reason. I’d expect that of the leaves, not the berries!

TheTeaFairy

Me too, I had to eat them! but strange, mine were actually VERY sweet! But from experience, blends can be different from one another, that wood explain why Indigobloom’s batch was bitter…

Indigobloom

huh, that is odd! but you’re right, even in fruit from the supermarket, one batch to another can be very different. shrugs

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I am just having a bit of this now…

My local DAVIDs was out of this the last few times I was in, but had some today, and I finally bought some. The leaves are fairly big and light, and my 16g nearly filled the small pouch. Brewed, the leaves were on par with the oolong I had yesterday which was a little greener than this. The dry smell of this smells like your basic black, a little malty and sweet. Compared to the Wild Black Yunnan, it smells a little different. At first I thought the WBY was sweeter, but upon a second dry smell just now, the WBY smells earthier…possibly grassier.

The liquor was a nice medium golden mahogany shade. Brewed, it is very pleasing to look at and smell. I’m not sure if this is sweeter or not than the WBY as it’s been a while since I tried it straight. There is a sort of drying taste on my tongue, with a slight astringency. I’m not picking up any smoke that I know of.

I’m not sure whether I like this one better or not. I tasted without sweetener and milk, but I can’t seem to have a dark tea without that. Both teas are quite nice, especially as straight teas.

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Dear God, why did I have that second serving of mac and cheese? Hoping this helps settle the tummy some.

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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea to go…latte style. My friend and I got this today, with the works (but soy) and it is really good. It looked like swampwater in the steeper though. It tastes pretty chocolatey to me, but we did have chocolate syrup added. I don’t know what this would be like straight, but it would probably be good. I don’t know whether I will get the tin, but I might get 30g or so of it. Though, it was a beautiful day out, here in Victoria…it actually felt like spring, and maybe a bit of summer at times…so part of me was thinking of an iced tea…but this was a nice treat. I don’t usually go for tea lattes.

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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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