1308 Tasting Notes

88

Whaaaaaat, I still have some of this left over?! I thought it was sipped down ages ago. So I made a cup for Dad and I. Not bad, after all this time! Helps that I actually had it in a tin. Significantly less orange flavour, but the chocolate is still there, yay! :)
I needed the pick me up. I’m a little depressed tonight because I can’t make it out to my floor hockey game due to a professional committment, and I’ve been looking forward to it since last Tues. Le sad :(

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88
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
1308 tasting notes

Much better with a longer steep, as recommended on the packet! I’m so used to doing shorter steeps with my straight teas that I forget when indulging in one that does better with a longer infusion.

Kittenna

Yes! I’m having the same problem. Forget that while 52teas blacks need 2.5 minutes, DT blacks are best at 4-5, etc. etc. And straight teas complicate things even more!

Indigobloom

LOL woes of a tea lover!! :/

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97

Still as tasty as ever. Guh. I love it!!!

Edit: water was too hot on the second steep. A rather unmemorable cup.

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77

Did two weeks make a difference? today’s cup was not so bad!! of course, in anticipation of how bad it could be, I added a teaspoon of sugar along with my milk.
Also, there was a good sized chunk of cocoa in my spoon, perhaps that is what spiced up my cup!
Bumping the rating a bit.

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86

Thanks Sil and Kittenna for this sample!! I really enjoyed the cup. Seriously.
A little bit of caramel, but mostly orange. Like marmalade. Very rindy and sweet, sans sugar!
I’ve had an orange kind of day. We made a cake for Mums bday… and she loves marmalade so it was an eggless, orange infused cake with marmalade/vodka glaze. Looks purty but we haven’t tried it yet. Fingers crossed that I didn’t mess it up!!
Anyhow, I am seriously considering getting more of this one :D

Kittenna

This one was just from Sil :) I royally messed up my first cup of it (and wasted like half the packet in doing so), so I wouldn’t have had enough to share, haha.

Indigobloom

Ah you’re right!! I couldn’t remember who gave it to me, and I just realized that’s cuz it was in the big bag of stuffs I got that was prepared when I arrived

Kittenna

Ahh yes :) We thought we’d be efficient!

Indigobloom

Good idea!! Our Kally and S&V order would’ve taken forever to sort

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66

Just like that smores tea from Teaopia. Only not nearly as good. Super astringent with some marshmallow sweetness. Almost overbearingly sugary.

TheKesser

I’ve been wondering about this one! I LOVE the s’mores from Teaopia. I bought a huge bag before it was discontinued, but I’m worried that once it’s gone, that I won’t find anything even close to it…

Indigobloom

I think I may have overleafed the cup. This was a sample, but if it ever comes into stock again, I’d recommend trying it! :)

tattooed_tea

I didn’t like the s’mores from Teaopia, but I love this one.

Indigobloom

Interesting! I wonder if it’s a love one and hate the other deal heh

Kittenna

This one, however, was possibly from me? I think I split my sample between you and Raritea. Also, I feel like it’s difficult to overleaf Della Terra teas. I usually go with 2tsp/cup anyways because they tend to be light on flavour. I just thought this one was a lot of sweet stuff and no good solid base beneath, so it was more or less sweetish icky water, haha.

Indigobloom

ha! yep that sounds about right. Sweet icky water.
I’d been wanting to try this for a while, thanks for sharing your sample!! (I didn’t give you credit cuz it wasn’t the best review!)

Kittenna

LOL! I’m not particularly worried about credit… :P

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This flavour profile, it is SO FAMILIAR! What is it?? I can’t place what I’m tasting. Orange? but there is no rind in the blend. Maybe the essence of?
Definitely pear and blackberry, though I’m not sure how those would be tropical. Lime is certainly there. Must be the combination that gives it a fruity runt candy like taste. Oh oh!!! wait a second. It’s FRUIT PUNCH BUBBLICIOUS!!! YES! Ha, I beat you, you evasive flavour that reminds me of childhood. Wow. First time ever, I can truly say that I’m looking forward to making an iced tea. Gotta say, I’m a little giddy!
Trouble is, I’m not sure if its the throwback to the eighties that’s seducing me, or the actual flavour itself. Thus, I’ll let things marinate for a bit, and try it iced before rating.
Maybe I’ll make popsicles! :P

Kittenna

I should have grabbed samples of the other Kally Teas that you guys got that I didn’t share part of :P If you feel like saving any..?

Indigobloom

Fo’ suresies! add it to the list :P

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79
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1308 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Raritea!!
Almond and coconut, two of my fave things. yum!
Wow this reminds me of a coconut blend I had from Tealish, only that one was black tea and this is herbal.
The coconut and almond work well together, but it hits the back of my throat in a funny way that I’m not sure I like. I can get past it. Overall a very tasty cup!
The second steep was nice, creamy and mild. No sugar added to either cup so that was nice!
I would consider picking up a cup if I was on the go and needed something decaf to warm me up :)

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
1308 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna and Azzrian for letting me sample this! an interesting experience.
Tastes JUST like a peach beer I had a few months ago. I swear, add some fizzy and alcohol burn… they’d be identical!
That said, I really dislike hops, and I wasn’t that big a fan of the actual peach beer, or the tea.
Funny, because I love beer… but wheat beer or ones that are very low on the hops.
In any case, it is very smooth and well put together. I really like the peach part to! juicy and fresh, but not in a pulpy way. More like the essence of peach.

Kittenna

Even if you weren’t a fan, I think it’s a neat tea to have tried, anyhow! Crazy how well it really mimics peach beer. Of course, I hate the stuff too… :P

Indigobloom

Stacy does such a good job of mimicking flavours, but even still I’m happily surprised with every new blend I taste. I love that she can take something I can’t stand and turn it into something I really appreciate, like peach beer! :P

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86

Lemon custard!! so glad I chose this as my to go/dessert tea. I quite enjoyed the cup. It was just what I needed and I could see myself craving it often. In fact, I’d probably want some for my cupboard if it wasn’t $12/50g! eeesh.
I’d give it a higher rating if it wasn’t for the price. Also, I suspect it wouldn’t resteep that well but I didn’t get the chance to find out and well it really isn’t fair to let my “hunch” skew the rating. So this is really more of a guess as to what I should rate this tea? Hmph.
(not sure how to get rid of the smiley face now that I’ve touched the tool bar. Only way I know of is to delete the note and not write a new one, as the server here has a memory and would just pull up the rating I have now. Oh well!)

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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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