1438 Tasting Notes

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
1438 tasting notes

Hmmm, yes this was great!
Not the tea I had intended to order, in fact I had planned to make one from my own stock, but I was passing by while running an errand and figured I had to get a cup! I’m stressed out from studying for an exam I have coming up and that usually leads to me making poor financial decisions (not that I’m making excuses! just sayin)
Oh yah the tea…
At first sip I couldn’t taste the chocolate much, so I added a swirl of agave and it brought up the notes quite nicely. I don’t like that the agave was needed but atleast I’ve found a chocolate tea I enjoy! most of them either have mint or taste like a chemical brew. Somehow, its almost creamy. Maybe from the chocolate? Funny, I’ve never seen that before. Most of the time, any choco chips don’t melt, or so I’ve noticed. The second infusion was less creamy but had less agave and was just overall lighter. Still great!
In both infusions, the roses, chocolate and strawberries blend well together. It reminds me of my Rose Congou Emperor, only sans the cocoa. I wonder, what would happen if I added a few chips to my congou??? :P
Too bad they are so similar… I can’t justify buying any of this one til my congou is gone.

MaddHatter

I have to admit, I never thought I would appreciate a tea with rose petals in it, but this one is delicious!

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90

So I splurged and bought me some of this. I have SO many samples, and more on the way… but I’ve been thinking about this one for ages. I couldn’t help myself. I am weak!
This tea however, was not weak at all. It’s pretty much a simple white peony that’s been laced with rose petals. Unfortunately… The floral part is disappointingly mild, but adds a fascinating complexity. Of course, I do enjoy it more than the white peony I currently have in stock, but not the one I had before this current batch (too much roasting I think). I can only imagine how amazing it might be with a fresher leaf! mmmmm
Maybe next time I’ll let it cool more… as that tends to tease out the subtle notes.

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80
drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Agh!! I just wrote a review of this and it disappeared. Grrrrrr.
ok well here’s the quick version: this was rather plain and boring, but pleasant enough. Mildly malty and astringent, and very light (I had the bag in for ten min). It’s crisper and smoother than a Tim’s tea but somehow I think I’d prefer TH if it was done right (often it is not!)
Overall, I will not buy this again unless it’s my last option however I can see how someone may enjoy it.
My rating: 80
The Organic EB had a 72. Just for my reference in case I look back on this!

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91

Ok so today is turning out to be a VERY good tea day. Wowsa!!
I chose this, reaching into the sample bag hoping for a black and this was what I pulled out… which left me a tad disappointed given that I generally dislike blueberry sweets. Thus, when I brewed this up I expected a decent tea, yet yearned for something that would hit that dessert black tea craving, but had little hope that it would be just what I wanted. Well, surprise!! It’s exceeded my expectations by a lightyear!!!
It really tastes like blueberries, and cheese! without any of the nasty texture I dislike (duh). I added some milk n sugar, which brings it way over the top to a place I can only describe as paradise. That means I’ve been to tea paradise and heaven in one day >sighs

Jenn

Yay! What a great day :) I love it when a tea exceeds my expectations.

Indigobloom

I know, it’s a great feeling! I’m hoping tomorrow will be decent to, given the sad lack of hot water. Two more days at that workplace and then I am outta there!!

Jenn

Sometimes, leaving a job feels soooo good :)

Indigobloom

indeed, ohhh indeed Jenn. Wednesday could NOT come sooner

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84
drank Sunny Passion by Joy's Teaspoon
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Much love to QuiltGuppy for sending me this generous sample!!
Upon opening the package I was hit with a wave of sweet fruity goodness that took me back to my vacation in Mexico many moons ago. Heaven!
Brewed, I quite enjoyed it (for a green anyhow!) but had a feeling that Mum would looooove it. I made her sample a sip and yuppers! Funny, the fruity teas that I don’t fall in love with, she does… I guess I’m beginning to know her tastes.
Anyhow, she asked if she could take the rest of the sample to work!! My MOM asked if she could take some looseleaf tea to work! I was floored. Of course, given that I like this tea, and really do recognize the exceptional quality… I agreed. Anything to support a fellow tea addict right? esp one who’s fought it so vehemently ;)
Oh yah the tea… The pear and pineapple are definitely in there. Pear stands in the forefront while the pineapple lends a stronger, distinct sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste- esp in the second steep. Kinda like what you’d find in an oolong tea yet not as round.
I’ll be kinda sad to let this one go but its for a good cause! thanks again QG!

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drank Almond Biscotti by Teaopia
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agh when will I ever learn? :(
—am I the only one who tastes remnants of past teas in their tea masters? I tasted hardly any almond here, and then when the cup cooled, I swear I got their Monks Blend.
Maybe I’ll give this another try. maybe not.
that’s twice in one day I struck out! arg.

well, three if you count the fact that I was reaching for a new tea from my sample pile and got my white peony instead, without realizing it til after it was made. I never thought the day would come when I’d regret my white peony!!
this was a bad bad tea day. hmph.

MaddHatter

I hate bad tea days! I hope things look up. The name of this tea hints to sweet tasty wonders, and delights.

Indigobloom

ahhh thanks MaddHatter :)
—Haven’t had time for tea today but plan on making tomorrow count for double

Ashley Bain

I wish you a lovely tea day today. c:

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Ashley, I’m sure it will be! and to you as well!

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80
drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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This started off ok hot. Just ok. but then as it cooled, I got notes of yunnan(I really don’t like yunnan) so I figure the girl gave me the organic and not regular EB
Well… I won’t be doing that again!! all the agave, milk and luck couldn’t save this baby for me.
That said, it was very drinkable for the first five minutes.
EDIT: Now that I’ve tried the regular EB, 80 is the score I gave that one. This one had a 72…

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80
drank Orange Pekoe by Tim Hortons
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Paired with a sun dried tomatoe/cream cheese bagel, this would have been an awesome combination! but the girl must have put Splenda in the cup because it tasted really off. I remember seeing her reach for a package, and thinking that better not be for me! well it was *sighs
I guess she heard me wrong. Too bad, it’s been awhile since I looked forward to the simplicity of a Tims tea!

Cattibrie

I would have asked if she put anything in it. But I am also the person that has made them remake my tea more than once since I am paying good money for hot water (don’t get me started on paying that much more for a bigger cup and hot water when I am only getting one tea bag. ARGH) and a tea bag. If I want regular with milk then that’s what I expect to get. I don’t see how they can screw it up but 9 times out of 10 they do.

As an aside how was the bagel?

Indigobloom

It’s true. They have an odd system for trying to move the line faster, calling out to find out people’s orders before they reach the front of the line… but that means people are often yelling. The girl asking for orders had a very controversial attitude as well, makes me wonder if she was messed up intentionally because I refused to scream to be heard and waited til I was at the front.
and I so agree about the price difference! I remember a day when they were all the same price. I think it was a dollar back then!
The bagel was amazing. Not sure about the cheese that was caked on but the sundried part kinda made me drool :)

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88

Curious! I’m sure I burnt the leaves, but maybe I like my whites that way? the first steep anyhow. It had a very toasted feel to it. and it was sweeter than it normally is.
The second steep was ok, nothing special but more or less the same as the other cups from this bag. Oh well…

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85

I’m so excited! and I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it :P
So… GUESS WHAT??!? The new David’s opened up near my work! I’ve been waiting for them to open shop for weeks. Weeks I tell ya!!
Anyhow, I got a cuppa this, even though I didn’t really expect to like it. (I’m not a sencha fan, which is the base here but the sales girl assured me that it was mostly hidden by the strong chocolate notes)
Well, holy chocolate, she was right! I couldn’t taste much green at all in the first steep. Even the second steep was almost just as intense, maybe a tad less, but the third definitely brought out the green. That was where I started to finally tire of the flavour, and the green kinda aggravated me with it’s harshness. Still, if I happened to enjoy sencha, I’m sure this one could go for seven steeps. I’m much more impressed than I intended to be :)
—I was expecting to pan this one!

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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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