1440 Tasting Notes

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drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
1440 tasting notes

This has easily become one of my favourite teas. I really hope they bring it back, because it won’t be long before it needs replacing! this is a functional tea for me… it tastes amazing, but that is beside the main point! There are days when I really feel low, and with a little bit of milk, a dash of agave… this really does the trick. Funny though, it doesn’t taste ahhhmazing for me unless I truly am in a bad mood, which makes me wonder if there is something in here my body craves during those times? something to do with my messed up thyroid perhaps. shrugs.
G’night y’all!

Uniquity

I hated the smell of this tea, then I bought some anyway and fell in love with it. Then I learned that St. John’s Wort can nullify birth control pills and am now not allowed to drink it. I miss it!

Indigobloom

I didn’t like it at first either! but then I learned how to dress it and voila, a tea that I badly need to replace, but they don’t sell it anymore!! eek :/
I didn’t know that about the pill. I will keep that in mind if I ever need it!!

Uniquity

I posted, then realized it was a wonter tea, and THAT is why it’s gone. D’oh!

MaddHatter

I need this tea, this week as I pack my stuff.

Indigobloom

ahhh packing, yes I can see how you would need this tea MaddHatter!

Yes, tea does that… mysterious huh ;P

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86

Meh. For a milky oolong anyhow. Not that it was bad, much better than the first time I tried the DT version!! I think it was oversteeped then and in fact may have been scorched this time to boot. The sweetness tasted a tad artificial, almost as if the lactose was infused into the leaves- which I know some tea houses do.
Nonetheless, I will not be purchasing any because I know how much better it can be! once you go high quality, it’s hard to go back! my commitment to loose-leaf in general is proof of that :)
I will concede however, that this is a very good starter Milky Oolong, and pure tea for those who are new. If I hadn’t sampled other versions, this would be it for me!

Jessie

I agree. I loved this stuff when I first had it but tried some better-quality ones (which make me believe this one definitely does have something added before it gets to DT) and this is just sitting on my shelf, neglected.

Indigobloom

Glad I’m not the only one to think so!! I think the worst part for me was that this was not the first MO I tried so when I did it was a big letdown

QuiltGuppy

I also agree with you. It’s not a bad tea, but it pales in comparison to others.

Indigobloom

Yes it really does!! the ATR version is SO good… forever grateful for that one!

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77
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmmm
There are things about this tea that quite enjoy, and others I dislike more than I expected to. A contradiction I daresay!
The rooibos part had me worried, but I think it works terrifically here… and the spices are lovely, except for the pepper! It’s biting and sharp. I dislike it in general so I’m not surprised that the trend extends into my tea preferences.
I taste coconut here, but not much ginger (thankfully).

Overall, an interesting chai. Pleasing, and yet frustrating all at once… Not one I would have been happy to pay money for but then again not too shabby for my only tea of the day!

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85
drank Mango Black Tea by thepuriTea
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Wow, this is some tasty tea!! esp given that I don’t typically go for fruity teas, maybe rasp/strawberry…
I tried it with and without milk, both are fabulous. The black tea is firmly present yet the true mango essence comes out. Mind you, I did add a dash of sugar, but I’ve come to expect that as a necessity from most flavoured teas.
It reminds me of these mango candies I get from the Asian supermarket near me, or rather, dried mango… quite nice. I suspect that iced, this tea would go really well and I may actually be inclined to find out someday soon. Hmmm.
Oh and my aunt loved it. I knew she would! however mum had no interest whatsoever. She seemed to reach a turning point last night when I accidentally spilled a drop on her blanket… like it put her off the smell or something! (I’ll never understand her. Mothers!!)
Quiltguppy, you have many thanks coming for this tea! I’ve got so many more to try…

ashmanra

She sent me the mango black tea from 52teas and we loved it! Alas, but it was already sold out. Glad to know there is another good one out there! Mine was the iced tea blend.

Indigobloom

that QG certainly is a goddess of tea. If you liked the 52 version, I suspect his one is just as tasty!

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80

Did I use enough leaf?? There is hardly any non “tea” flavour here. I get some caramel, but only a hint of pecan.
Either way, it was a nice tea… just not what I expected. Pretty standard… and a little maple syrupy. Fingers crossed that I get more out of a second steeping!!
Big thankyou to JENN for the sample!

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90

I have that good tea glow going on at moment and dayum does it feel GOOD! Mmmmmm hmmmm.
I brought this home from the office so I could play with the steep parameters, and wow! I’m glad I did that, just in time for tea with my Aunt. She is staying the night at our place tonight, and being on of the few people(outside of steepster) who will indulge my tea-life, I took advantage =D
I really wanted to try one of the new samples from my very generous friends here but I knew they would never go for that, and I knew that Mum is a sucker for floral tea… so out came this rosey tea!
I made a big pot of it in the glass teapot Mum loves and everyone swooned. It made me HAPPY!
Mum doesn’t like her tea very strong, so I made it on the (very) light side. 6-7 tsp, in what the kettle said was 8 cups of water. Steeped for three minutes.
Overall, I am quite satisfied with the results. It came out exceptionally rosy, but with very little chocolate. In this scenario, that was a good thing. I doubt Mum would have liked a chocolate tea, as she wasn’t a big fan of another that I showed her awhile back.
So… I suppose it follows that I should use more leaf, and/or a longer steep to bring out the chocolate? Interesting.
Oh and I steeped it a second time, with only 6 cups of water. That was lovely as well! not as abrasive as the last time I double steeped. Perhaps I need to forgo that cocoa note in lieu of any sharpness. I mean, I drink it for the rose. A small sacrifice to make, considering I do have a few other choco-note teas to love!
Anyhow, I’m rambling now.

Ahhh what is it about roses that makes me feel so in love?! I recently bought a rose perfume as well. I suppose it’s my latest phase *happy sigh

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70
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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After reading everyone’s reviews, I could not resist grabbing a sample of this tea!! and I’ve been looking forward to it every day since then :)
So I brewed it up this morning, all excited to try it, expecting to love love love it! but I’m sad to say, I only like it… and barely at that *sighs
The spices are underwhelming and I do taste pumpkin, albeit uncooked pumpkin- not a nice flavour!
Perhaps I’m biased, since I tried the 52 Teas version first? I much prefer that one over the DT chai. There is still enough left for another cup, so perhaps I’ll try it again tomorrow. and I still need to try a second steep.
I feel guilty for being so hard on this one. It definitely deserves a second chance. Besides, as a standalone chai it IS quite lovely!! only when compared to the other version of this tea am I left wanting more.

Jessie

Ooh. You’re making me want to order up the 52 Teas version!

Indigobloom

Do it… It’s so worth it! I would, if I didn’t have enough to last me until next century :P

Indigobloom

(of other tea that is)

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74

Odd, that’s two bad tea Friday’s in a row! but I have good news. I emailed Teaopia and the Director of Comm got back to me. She’s issuing orders that if I request a tea bag instead of the tea master, they are obligated to do so! :)
This makes me SO happy. dances a jig
Anyhow, this tea… well it was really weak, with just a mild flower note. and scratchy on the throat! not smooth at all. The oolong part was ok. I prefer my Formosa Oolong but this would do in a pinch.
Oh well. It was a free sample! anybody interested in trying this out?

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67

Well, I gave this one another chance! and I think I’ve finally met a white tea I don’t like. I was afraid this day would come…
Unless it’s simply that the leaves were scorched (quite possible), then this tea really is not great at all. In fact, this is how I imagine a no name, grade C, or even D, BAGGED white tea would taste
Boring. Rough. Bitter. None of these are words I associate with good tea!

Dorothy

What temperature did you brew it at? I know their website says something like 95 degrees, but I wouldn’t trust that. 75 to 80 sounds more reasonable.

Indigobloom

I’m not sure! it was from the shop, and they prepare it behind the counter… where they have an 80c and a boiling water tap- they mix the two together.
I always thought 94c for a white was odd but it works for the Whisky White! then again that one isn’t pure…

Dorothy

Ahh I see, maybe they boiled it. What a shame :(

Indigobloom

I agree. That said, I’m not willing to spend more money on purchasing more to find out!

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74
drank Baked Apple Pie by Teaopia
1440 tasting notes

Vanilla?? is that what threw me off here… or was it bergs of past teas in the tea master?
It started out OK, a little oversteeeped maybe. Once it cooled off though, I really tasted the vanilla. Since when am I allergic to vanilla?! I mean, I’ve never liked tea with vanilla in it. My association must be stronger now. *sighs
No matter, I wasn’t thrilled with the “baked apple” aspect anyhow. I just don’t get it! I suppose it’s the texture of apple pie that I love so without that same sensation in the tea my affection for the flavour is gone. That, and there wasn’t enough cinnamon.
This is Meh on so many levels!

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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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