1342 Tasting Notes

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drank Banana Daiquiri by DAVIDsTEA
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This was good!!!! banana and coconut, and honeybush spun up in a pina colada like whirlwind of yumminess. I feel this way about pretty much anything containing coconut so I’m not all that surprised. I’d love to have more of it, but that would be breaking my rule *sighs

Sorry for the short reviews. I’m all out of energy today and getting ready for the cottage tomorrow after work. See y’all Monday! maybe Tuesday. Happy Canada Day, and Happy Pride week! :)

MaddHatter

I call it “Banana Popcicle”!!! The students in my OSC love this one as a sun tea! and we’re gonna try a cold steep later on!

Indigobloom

I’ve never had sun tea. How is it different in flavour? I’m curious to try it now!

MaddHatter

There isn’t much of a difference, it just takes longer for the tea to steep.

Indigobloom

oh. hmm well I still would love to try it! not sure I have a jug that’s suitable. I have a new shopping mission! :)

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80

The lady who served me promised this would be a bold tea! and it was… except it was also backed up by that fresh watery note that I rarely find in bold teas. There was very little astringency as well so I’m really unsure what this one was all about!
Overall, unmemorable if not for its oddness. I love the name though!

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97
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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After my last tea-scapade I needed something surefire to pick me up. and no surprise, this did the job! Two steeps and I was in heaven. See my previous notes for the reason why!
Only now I’m a bit traumatized… it’s been so long since I had a new yummy black tea, I’m feeling the burn man! (yes, I am an addict, and I don’t need help!)
I’m considering drastic measures here— Renting a Telus bike on my lunch hour tomorrow just to score some goods. ha! I’ll find that evasive wonder tea somewhere even if I get jitters trying!

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65
drank Orange Pekoe by Tea Forte
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Terrible!
This was he last card that could have saved the brand for me. Nope, they are done in my books. I couldn’t even finish the cup. and I LIKE Orange Pekoe teas. It’s not like Earls where if I can’t finish it, no biggie because I dislike bergamot intensely and wasn’t really expecting or even hoping for much else. But this, well I had hopes! and they were dashed.
Mind you, I would sooner finish a cuppa this tea than a pu’erh or some of the others that made me queasy and I suppose it would warm me up on a cold day.
Ok so it could be worse. Still, I’d take Red Rose over this fancy mulch any day.

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88

Well this was certainly an interesting experience! I’ve never had a truly creamy green tea before. In fact, I’ve never had a TEA that was so creamy. Sure, I’ve had milky oolongs where you can taste the lactose but they always stopped short of being outright soft and well, creamy!
It was also slightly sweet on its own and closer to an oolong in that there was only a hint of grassy in the sip. Now, I was at work so couldn’t really concentrate on taking notes…
The first steep was overdone, as I needed to walk from the cafe all the way to work which is a good 5-8 minute walk. I’d like to try this tea in a gaiwan and see if it maintains that creamy nature… as I suspect it might diminish with shorter steeps.
The second brewing was good to, but naturally less intense. Maybe next time I’ll simply ask for them to fill the bag and give me a cup without any water in it.
I’m curious to see what happens! extra points for that :)

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91

I’ll be alternating days of chamomile and magnesuim… so I think I have an actual excuse to go out and buy me some more!! woohoo!
that said, it means my original supply is nearly gone. Boo!
Atleast I get a tin out of it. Which tea get’s to fill it? Hmmmmm.
G’night! feeling extra sleepy for some reason…

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85
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a moment of weakness and added some agave, and now I regret that! not having a true picture of how this tea should taste. Hmph.
So far so good though. It’s “green” tasting, with mango. and tons of agave, even though I asked for only a smidge! Arg.
It does have depth to it, which I do enjoy, and it’s more complex than I had hoped. Except I can’t tell precisely how cuz it’s all sugarclouded. Somebody slap me before I make that mistake again, k?!?
So peeved at myself… grumbles

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89
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmmmm. Not quite what I wanted (A nice bold, complex, black kick in the pants with milk!) but seeing as that never seems to work at this office, I’ll settle for this chocolate concoction :)
This will be missed when it’s gone, sorely! but I’m not sure replacing it is in my budget *sighs

Jenn

Tea budget?! We don’t need no stinkin’ tea budget :)

Indigobloom

hahaha oh I wish, how I wish! If I ever want my own place though… *sighs
Darn those priorities!!

Jenn

Sensibility is a true burden.

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93

Yummmm!
This was gifted to me by my Aunt, who returned home from Thailand not long ago. She fell in love with it, and now so have I!
For a few months now, I’ve been looking for a simple herbal tea that will not put me to sleep or provide any specific medicinal aid… and well it seems I’ve found it.
It’s almost sour, like a real lemon, and spicy, and sweet all at once! well, the spice comes out to play after a few sips, building one sip after another.
Also, it’s apparently amazing iced. Hmmmm, there were only 20 sachets of it in the box. What will I ever do when there’s no more…. well, it seems I have a new tea mission- to find a regular supply of lemongrass tea. And preferably not bagged like this one (tea snob that I am!)
Ohhh the things I could do if it were loose… mixing it with rooibos and chamomile, mint, and… ok I’m getting carried away here. I wonder if the bag will hold up for a third steep? Only one way to find out :)

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81
drank Kitmai Coconut Black by Unknown
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Not bad! But not a repurchase either, I don’t think.
Dry, this tea is highly fragrant, with green/white spots of coconut (I didn’t know it could be green)
Steeeped, well I think maybe I added too much leaf? it was really heavy on the tongue. The black tea is almost entirely hidden, coming out only in the finish and astringency. Coconut is there in the first, middle and last part of the sip. Also, the tea is rather sweet, as expected, without any sugar added at all.
I made a second steep for Dad and only managed to sneak a sip but it was much lighter, I think… I couldn’t tell much else about it.
It doesn’t help that I’ve had a headache since yesterday afternoon and have to be at a family lunch in less than an hour. oh joy. (normally would be more excited without the headache, I swear!)
The one Advil I took isn’t helping so it’s time for another now. bleh.

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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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