1392 Tasting Notes

72
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
1392 tasting notes

well, this is interesting.
The cherry flavour is nice enough. I enjoy cherries… but the hibiscus does all sorts of nasty things here. I so wish that it wasn’t in this tea! Also, the “white” part is barely there. I would think it was some sort of a tisane if I hadn’t seen the label.
Otherwise, it’s decent. Naturally sweet on its own, and mild enough that it soothes my throat (a little hoarse today for some reason)
It may be better iced, fantasic even. Actually I think it was designed to be iced- but really, I am not an iced tea person…
So yeah, I am mucho glad I didn’t purchase any to take home!!

Cattibrie

I got some of this last night and haven’t yet made it. I have a silly question though. I am new to tea and am wondering what a tisane is? I have read that on a number of posts and really not sure.

Indigobloom

oh, don’t worry, I was confused about that myself until not long ago!
A tisane is a “tea” that does not contain anything made from the camellia sinensis plant. Black, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh are all made from variations(grown in various geographical regions makes them taste different as well) of that one plant but through different processes come out with the characterstics that classify them as such.
Rooibos, peppermint, chamomile etc are all tisanes.

seule771

I like to think of tisane as herbal teas or organic even and yes if one is not sure of tisane just think of Rooibos. I mean to say Rooibos = Tisane.

seule771

I forgot to add a good place to try and experience Tisane is at Tealuxe, their shops makes very good rooibos teas, iceteas to go. The Berry Rooibos a large is just under $3.00. Can you see yourself strolling down a sidewalk filled with local shops and window shopping while sipping a tall cup of Rooibos berry chilled…life is good I’d say to that.
I speak from experience, but I am broke these days and not from window shopping.

aisling of tea

I’m curious about this one, and will likely try 10g of it or so, but I’m not really expecting much from it. Between the heavy fruits and the hibiscus….meh.

Indigobloom

the girl promised me that the hibiscus wouldn’t be prominent but… it was, surprise! more cherry, less hibiscus pls!!

Ohhh I’ve never tried a berry rooibos before, not in the way you describe… unless you count strawberry shortcake but raspberry, now that sounds tasty!

Jenn

Oooh, I actually think I may like this one. I’m not adverse to hibiscus although, I can completely understand why most people are. I need to make another David’s order soooon :)

MaddHatter

Hmmm, I am still on the fence about trying this one… White tea is enough to send me running..

Indigobloom

Jenn: if hibiscus is ok by you, go for it! I’d be interested to see how you like it…
Erin: You can hardly taste the white part, it’s more “juice” than anything else!

MaddHatter

Ooo, it must be incredibly red in colour…

Indigobloom

it’s pink! but being in the paper cup, I can’t really recall… I should pay more attention!!

Cattibrie

Made this iced yesterday and was doing it the quick way. Normally I steep and pour it over ice and then add more water and resteep the leaves and let it sit. Well I got a light pink colour and hardly any flavour. Forgot to add more water so I tried what was left in the cup. It was great. Then I realized that I had forgotten to do double the leaves. Duh. Trying it again today and looking forward to a nice pink colour and flavour.

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84
drank Yogitea by Tea Emporium
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Soooo….. I bought this because I wanted a chamomile tea, but I also wanted a change from the Egyptian standard. It was between this and another tea, mixed with spearmint… but the other was heavy on the mint so I went with this one. Not that I dislike mint, I just wanted chamomile to calm the nerves when I feel jumpy.
Then of course, on the way back into the office I bought a coffee, and well, you can guess why I needed to de-jitterize!
Which I didn’t mind, because I was SO looking forward to trying this, it smells heavenly… I just love the scent of citrus in a tea.
Unfortunately, I am just now figuring out that in a tea, fruit + flowers + my odd preferences (besides chamomile that is) = not a good combo.
It was… not quite right. The chamomile tasted fuzzy, cloudy even. The floral part was muted, and the fruit was all awkward. Nothing meshed well!
ODD!! is the word I would use to choose to describe the blend. I miss the “mmmmm” factor I get from the Egyptian pure tea. None of that to be found here *sighs
Overall, it’s drinkable. It does the job I purchased it for, so I’ll drink it… but not too happily! If anyone wants to try this, let me know, I would love to see what your opinion is!
Disclaimer: there IS hibiscus in here, which could be partially to blame for the oddness!

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83
drank Tie Kuan Yin by Teaopia
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How have I not logged this tea before?? I was sure I had… Hmmmmm
Anyhow, this was an odd one. Not very nutty, for an oolong, but more fruity and light. I can’t recall much from this morning (it was a long, loooong time ago in my world of shifting papers and battling slow internet connections) but I do recall that it had an oddly familiar, sweet-tart finish… yep, like the candy! I could almost imagine it carbonated, tasting just like an oolong soda, with that sour finish.
I’ve heard people talk about fruity oolongs before, but this is the first I’ve ever seen of it. Yes, I’ve had similar experiences with white tea, but not an oolong! A novelty, to be sure.
I’m not quite sure what to rate this. I certainly do not dislike it.

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wow, so apparently steeping parameters make all the difference! (duh).
I cooled the water down after boiling (who knows to what temperature, I certainly hope it was around 90c) and watched the time, but went by the package instructions which say 3-5 min. I think I was around 4 minutes when I poured it outta my tea master.
The website says 2-4 minutes, so perhaps I will try 2.5 min next time. I have enough for maybe one more cup. This one was not exactly budget friendly.
Anyhow, as alluded to above, it is a much tastier brew this time around. Very smooth, slightly scratchy but perhaps that shorter infusion will fix that… It’s a rather calming tea that demands savouring.
The buttery/slippery honey texture, building on the lightness and super mild nutty base makes me wanna sit back and feel the summer breeze, the sun, and listen to the birds. Don’t try this one at work folks!
Now… Would I buy this again? Yes, I think so- but it’s not a must have at that price. I have a feeling though, that if I had more of this leaf, it’d grow on me.
Now, off for my second infusion :)

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93
drank Sunset Honeybush by Teaopia
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I tried this at the shop in Square one today, on my way to meet a friend for dinner, so I wanted something that would keep me hydrated, and would keep in case I didn’t finish it in time for our meal. Also, I’d been eying this one for awhile… but…
What I didn’t expect was to love this so much!!
Rooibos was a previous obsession of mine, but I kinda got over that when I discovered the world of tea I’d been missing out on. However, I had no idea that rooibos’s close cousin Honeybush was so charming ;P
Especially when mixed with strawberry and orange and other tasty-licious flowers! Wow. It’s incredibly sweet on its own with no adds at all, and very fruity. I can taste the strawberry, and something orange-like… topped with some definite floral notes. It’s smooth, not sour or abrasive whatsoever (take that rooibos!) and is a definite must-have for my cupboard. That said, I often have this reaction to tea, and then later regret my exuberance. Still, I waaaaaaant it! but I have so much tea already, can I justify another purchase?? but I don’t have an herbal tea to love quite like this one. (Yes, I am asking for permission here. I need to justify my future purchase! :s)
Oh and the guy who served me was so new… he was all fumbles and stutters. Kinda cute, and you could see he really wanted to do a good job! but setting the timer wrong so that it fails to start and then almost icing my hot tea… well, that just gave him away. Not that I mind, he was sweet.
Well, goodnight y’all!
Sidenote: I didn’t have time to drink it all, therefore the remainder is currently in the fridge awaiting my verdict on the iced version! so looking forward to that!!!
Also, bear in mind that his rating reflects my version of perfection in a non-caffeinated tea. Up against my coveted oolongs, whites, or blacks, honey-bush lands at the bottom. Just sayin!

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90
drank Duchess Darjeeling by Majesteas
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This is a surprisingly toasty darjeeling! more of an assam meets darjeeling, I would say- based on my darjeeling experiences that is.
Very mild on the astringency, backed by that darjeeling “freshness” that can make me cringe if there is too much- but here, this is just the right balance.
Now, I did have to add a quarter teaspoon of sugar to bring up the flavour quotient mind you, and it’s pretty bland without the milk… so points taken off for that!! otherwise, I’m pleased, and certainly more impressed than I expected to be!
I think this one has earned it’s Duchess name :)

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79
drank Scarlet by Tao of Tea
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I’m starting to get tired of berry cider teas! Sure, they’re great but how are they not all the same??? Slight variations don’t make or break it for me…
My tess tea is perfect, tart and rich and sweet all at once. Sure there is probably hibiscus in there but it seems to work.
This one, well it was certainly sweet, and berry like. I’m not sure about it, but not really curious enough to give it a second chance.
meh.

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83

awesome in a cup!!! this was SO tasty- like the first one I had at Teaopia only better. They must have a really bad batch, or maybe their tins are just getting stale.
It was toasty and bold, barely astringent… all the things I love in a morning tea. Heavy on the milk, no sugar, just the way I enjoy it most!
My only regret are that a) I couldn’t get to work fast enough to enjoy it at my desk, and b) I haven’t tried this one sooner!

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83
drank Lychee Black Tea by Ten Ren
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I tried this at my other job today, and of course, since I have no Steepster access there, forgot to add the agave as I had planned in my previous review! agh!!
Oh well, I’ll have to try this again sometime soon :)
—oh and this was left out in the open by accident, so I fear that some of the flavour has wafted away. Silly me…

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77
drank Sencha by Teaopia
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This is the flavour I always associated with “green tea”… and the reason I never really enjoyed it much. For awhile there I was thinking, hey green tea isn’t so bad, it must have been the jasmine that was throwing me off! but no, now I remember… it’s the plain sencha’s that threw me off. I’ll try the genmaicha later and see if that fares any better.
Overall, the quality is not terrible, but it certainly does not appeal to me in any way except for when it cools and there is a sweet, yet incredibly tart finish. The nuttiness that emerges just prior is nice as well, but needs to be stronger for any lasting impression to form.
Otherwise, it leaves me mildly nauseous and craving that added complexity I so love in other teas. I could see this one being served in a restaurant- bland enough to go with most any food.
So: Points for the acceptable quality leaf, and surprising finish (but only half because it’s absent when hot) and points for nutty flavour (but half because it lacks any punch) BUT negative points for nausea and a generally boring profile.
I will not be purchasing this again.

Sara

I love green tea but mostly avoid sencha, it doesn’t really appeal to me either. Gunpowder green might work for you, if you haven’t tried that yet – it’s much more complex and soothing.

Indigobloom

I think I’ve tried it but can’t be sure… I’ve heard it’s quite metallic in flavour. I was thinking maybe gunpowder taffy from Davids

Brittany

Has your experience with green tea been mostly Japanese greens? You mentioned you liked nuttiness, which is very characteristic of many Chinese greens. Oftentimes people are divided in the green tea spectrum. If you don’t like sencha, I’d stay away from Japanese tea and delve into Chinese territory – you might be pleasantly surprised.

Indigobloom

I think you’re right Brittany- Dragonwell seems to be a green I really enjoy so it seems I lean more towards the Chinese side!
It makes much more sense now!!

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-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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