1563 Tasting Notes

85

Oh goodness this is delish. What a great way to use up my free 50g. Really happy with my choice!
It’s rich, buttery, and quite intense. Mind you, I overleafed this a tad, which leaves a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. It reminds me of how spinach sometimes tastes. The same bitter I get from brussel sprouts (which I hate) but paired with the buttery sugar notes, the whole package really works for me. A rather complex tea… YUM!

Evol Ving Ness

I like this one a lot too. I often use it as a travel mug tea.

Indigobloom

Oh hey that’d be an awesome travel tea! What ratios do you use for that

Evol Ving Ness

I steep very lightly and under leaf. So approximately half a DT teaspoon to 12 or 16 oz. And resteep a couple of times too.

Indigobloom

Ah. I know the bag says to use 3/4 of a tsp. Which means this will go a long way at half for 12 or 16oz. Thx Evol! :)

Plunkybug

I just picked up 25g of this, seeing as it is on sale since it is being cut, but I will get more before it is gone if I decide I like it (I suspect I will).

Indigobloom

omg no! hope they still have some by the time I go to the store

Evol Ving Ness

A DT staff member told me the other day that they are bringing in maybe five straight teas on August 2nd. The selection sounded promising. One of them is white peony.

Indigobloom

Oh yay!! I can’t wait to see what they get :P
Maybe I’ll even try the white!

Plunkybug

I wonder if the green will be like the blue mountain twirl that I miss so much.

Evol Ving Ness

The plain teas are in. I am looking forward to trying them. I wonder whether DTs is trying to redeem itself after their overly sweetened and overly imitation flavoured shenanigans.

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84

I bought this at the tea festival after trying a sample… and I was HOOKED.
This reminds me of a blend I had as a tea lover way back when I was just getting into tea. Figures I can’t recall where it was from!
Ah well.
I love the way this one is blended. A little tart, very citrusy, and a hint of bitterness with a faint aftertaste of sweetness.
Oh and my palate tastes distinct a grapefruit note, despite there being none in the ingredients. And I love me some grapefruit :)
Must be the orange vs hibiscus vs carrot shrugs!

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75
drank Chai Tea by Tea Tang
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This is a pretty decent chai!
I picked it up because it was super affordable and I was lacking chai in my cupboard.
Having a bagged tea around is also really good for when I want tea but haven’t got time to wash my infuser. (or when I’m feeling super lazy :P )
This is the perfect balance of mild malty goodness and spice. A little too astringent but then I find Chai usually is because I oversteep it so that the cup will tolerate my addition of milk better. For some reason I tend to find the milk is too overpowering when made on a stovetop so adding a dash or two of milk is ideal for me.
Also, I sampled it before adding some milk and I suspect I’d really enjoy a full cuppa that way as well.
Something else that impressed me was the vacuum packed bag inside the box, and then the plastic sealing it overtop of the box! Ultimate freshness. Then again, it does say it was packaged Jan 29 2015. Bah. 20 bags for $2.50. I’m not complaining. Not yet anyhow!

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73
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Grape. Yup lots of grape! really sweet, like a candy. I adore this when hot. Seriously. It was so good! but then it cooled and I started to notice that bubblegum note. Ugh. I really don’t like that as it is so standard and boring. Oh well. I had a few good sips at the very least!

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78
drank Licorice Black by 3 Teas
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I bought this at the tea festival hoping to find a replacement for the Butiki licorice chai I love. Except after searching for so long(and thanks for all the licorice! sorry, couldn’t resist) of course it didn’t need to be chai, just licorice! I have a chai sugar that I can add to it when I want so I do have some options :)
Anyhow. Opening the tin, I didn’t find much of a scent. Vague herbally licorice followed by a basic black tea aroma. I wasn’t put off though, as I know how potent licorice is.
After steeping for three min, I added milk and maybe a third tsp of sugar.
The verdict? Yum. A great balance between the tea and licorice. I’m also loving that medicinal tingle on my tongue. Oh also, the licorice part does evolve as the cup cools. It has more of an anise and fennel influence when hot, and a straight licorice/fennel note as it cools. I’m really liking it.
Next time, I’ll try it with my chai sugar :)

Disclaimer: The lovely person who owns 3Teas was in a bunch of my tea classes. And you know what, I can honestly say that this review isn’t biased at all! it really is delish.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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This really did taste like fruit loops. I’m so tempted to pick some up…. even though I rarely drink herbals these days. I’m a sucker for novelty nostalgia inducing stuff, what can I say. Hey maybe it’ll get me back into non caffeinated teas.
Yesterday was such a tease. I was only able to hit up the tea festival for an hour or two, and it was so crowded that I didn’t bother pushing my way into the crowded areas.
I don’t mind though, as the highlight was seeing my tea peeps! :)

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
1563 tasting notes

Ok I just had this again and it was significantly better. I kept it to about 3 min and 15 seconds, then added half a tsp of sugar. I find it works best if I aerate it around my teeth a little the way they taught us in wine class… a smooth gentle kind of sip that catches on your breath and glides through the mouth. I’m doing a terrible job of explaining, I know! sorry :/
Bah. Seems this is merely a finicky tea. Keeping the rating as is since I have no idea if I can get this consistently. That said, it would get a bump up to about 78. As intoxicating as it is, there is also that slight lingering/burning artificial taste.

Fjellrev

You make me want to talk a wine course!

Indigobloom

You totally should, it was so much fun! mine was just at a wine festival. Did you know wine has legs? :P
(its the amount it slides up & down the glass when you swirl it)

Fjellrev

Haha awesome. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Indigobloom

It is it is! :)

Fjellrev

Has it made you pickier about wines? Also, do you notice a huge difference in taste based on price? I’ve read interesting articles about wine snobs, doing blind taste tests, can’t really taste the difference between cheap and expensive ones. Shows how it can be really psychological.

Indigobloom

actually it helped me discover that I really love South American wines. and coffee actually. Something about the terroir really gets me, apparently!
It’s SO true. Some expensive wines are awful and some cheap ones are great. Same as tea lol. More pronounces in wines tho, I think.

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The tea is good! light, refreshing, and a bit spicy. Just what I wanted.

I seem to be fighting a bug. Only it isn’t like any bug I’ve had before. 99% of the ones I have involve a sore throat/stuffy nose/cough/fuzzy brain. This time? slightly elevated temp that I wouldn’t even call a fever… and exhaustion. Oh and I’m sore all over. Nope I haven’t done anything resembling exercise recently. Confusing! I don’t know what to do with this thing, whatever it is. I know how to fight my normal sick battles! Not impressed I say.
Sorry for the rant. I get grumpy when I feel like bleh,apparently.

OMGsrsly

Hate to say this, but it could be influenza. :/ That’s how I felt at the beginning of last week, and it progressed to be snotty. But mostly I was just exhausted and uncomfortably warm when normally I’m a bit chilly.

Indigobloom

Yeah I was thinking about that. My tummy is only a tiny bit icky feeling though. I think I’m more annoyed cuz I felt like this earlier in the week on and off for about four days. I felt better on Friday and now its back. Hope you’re feeling all better now OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Influenza is a respiratory virus, similar to but also much worse than a cold (it’s a different type of virus). The “stomach flu” is usually either a GI virus or food poisoning.

Indigobloom

hmm. So it’d be the stomach flu then. Maybe

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83
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Oh yum!
This doesn’t remind me of Christmas per se, but it was quite enjoyable.
The hazelnut, white chocolate and butter notes are prominent. Stone fruit though, ehhhh I think I could sense that in the aftertaste a bit, and maybe far in the distant background… but then I’ve noticed my apricot sensors aren’t very strong in general. I mean, unless it is the main focus of a tea, I tend to not taste it at all.
Also, I had this cuppa without any additions and found it quite sweet. Like one of those cookies with a heavy layer of chocolate/nutty spread on top. I do wish I had more! and that is saying something considering my recent preference for straight teas

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this the other day in store. Quite different than what I had at home. Delish! Hmmm

Evol Ving Ness

I am often quite surprised how different the in-store sample teas are to the home brewed ones.

Everyone seems to be enjoying this one. I haven’t been a fan of the this one even though I’ve tried it several times. Too much cinnamon as I recall. I need to refresh my memory and try it again.

Indigobloom

Yeah same here, I mean the first time I had it.

Kristal

I agree, Evol Ving Ness. For me though, I has to do with the green tea being masked. Personally, if I wanted a chai, I would rather have a rooibos based one.

Evol Ving Ness

Green tea! Damn. Who knew?

Indigobloom

I usually like my chai to be assam black. Only ever had one green chai I loved and it was finicky. Maybe black chai is more forgiving?

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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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