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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1292 tasting notes

This was… not what I expected.
I highly suspect that if I brewed this at home in my tea master, that my experience would be very different.
The add of sugar can either make or break a tea for me… and I did add a little too much agave, it slipped out of the bottle faster than I anticipated. That seemed to bring out the vanilla a whole lot more than I wanted and made the liquid feel thick. The vanilla was just slightly overpowering.
Behind that though, there was a nutty aspect to it, and a slightly sour aftertaste the way I find some vanilla type products can be, creating an odd “astringent” finish. It was sortof a french vanilla, very heavy with something creamy about it
It was a good, solid tea, but it lacked that double “mmmmm” factor for me which makes me want another sip… heck, another pot!
Vanilla was never my “thing” but I do like it for a change now and again. I’m glad I didn’t buy any of this like I was considering.
Oh, and I hear that this one has little resteepability. What’s that all about?!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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