596 Tasting Notes

Sipdown! Tried cold brewing the last of this, and it’s ok, but not great. It smells so good, I just wish it tasted as good. The best configuration I had was hot, with milk and sugar, though the milk seemed contradictory for this kind of flavour. It’s strange, though it mellowed the base, but seemed the wrong tea to add milk to.

This one is from CrowKettle and I wish I liked it more because it seems like it has so much promise.

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
596 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’m working on clearing out samples and sipdowns to make room for the Della Terra order I’m getting later this week, plus some stuff from Dexter to try soon.

This one is quite tasty, and I like the subtle toffee notes here. I did add milk which may have melded the flavours a bit more.

I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this one, but it is good, so thanks to OMGsrsly for the sample to try.

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Had this iced today. It’s always refreshing to have this when it’s warm out. The lime is appropriately tart, but mellowed by the lemongrass and yogurty bits. It’s definitely one of my summer staples, and it is good hot or cold, though I do prefer cold on this one.

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Trying this one iced today, and still out of sugar so it is unsweetened, and it is still pretty good. I still maintain that a small amount of sugar would make it pop some. But I’m good with this so far. Actually, there is something in it that kind of reminds me of Swampwater…

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
596 tasting notes

Sipdown…I’m all out of sugar so I thought I’d use dark chocolate milk with this one, to cover all the bases. I really only detect the chocolate milk…not much tea. Oh well. It doesn’t taste bad, but I think it would have been better prepared normally.

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Got 12g of this today…I’m out of sugar so I opted to try it plain, with the notion of adding honey as needed…though I don’t, but I would prefer a touch of cane sugar.

I’m not sure how exactly to describe this tea, as it is barely a white. And thank goodness for that because I forgot it was steeping for a while and it survived. That said, I am getting a strange, semi-artificial taste with this. I think there is a sweet and maybe almost citrus note with this tea?

I’m not sure how this will be when I add sugar, or how it will be iced. I have a little more to play with before deciding whether or not to get more.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Got this as a TTG after work today, as I popped in to se the new collection. I opted to try this and got 12g of the starfruit one…the name escapes me. Shooting Star? Is that it?

Anyway, with this one, I definitely get chocolate and nut, mainly coconut. This is pretty tasty. There is a slightly weird aftertaste though, and I’m not sure if it is the milk or the tea. It is something I might pick 15-20g of up to play with some more.

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It was warm out today, so my selections were reflective of that…

Cantaloupe and Cream…Butiki (2 steeps before work; didn’t start til 2:30)
Big Apple…David’s Tea (cold brewed and drunk later at work)
Swampwater…David’s Tea (iced and brought to work)

Wah! I really want Swampwater to come back. I have a little of this left, and I have a little Big Apple left, though I can hopefully get more before it is gone. I have to say I like Big Apple better hot rather than cold steeped, but good both ways. As for Cantaloupe and Cream…as always, it is PERFECT.

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drank Tigre Blanc by Nina's Paris
596 tasting notes

This is a nice peach tea. I made this one hot today, as we are having a bit of a heat wave here and I thought it was a good day for a peach tea. I do want to cold brew the rest of my sample from VariaTEA as I think it will excel that way and be ever so much juicier.

I have to say that it is a good peach tea, but not my fave. It almost seems a little too artificially peach. Almost. I think peach is one of those flavours that is hard to get right. What I do like is that this is a nice dark oolong, so almost a black tea, but lighter. And the roasted nature is still full of body.

I don’t think I’d buy this on my own, though, as I feel the peach isn’t right to me, so I will keep looking for the right peach tea. I am happy to have tried it though, and we’ll see how the rest turns out with a cold steep.

Christina

Does it resteep well? I’m curious since according to the site, this tea is an oolong, and Nina’s doesn’t do many of those.

Amariel

It was a dark oolong, but I opted to have some cool cucumber after that so I have not attempted a resteep.

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
596 tasting notes

Sipdown…love this tea. Need more. Wishing it was not so expensive. See past tasting notes for details…

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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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