112 Tasting Notes

I was skeptical of this one, because Cask Strength was supposed to be bourbon-inspired as well, and I found that one super icky. But this one didn’t have any suspicious ingredients in it, so I allowed myself to hope. I’ve only barely tried it so far (I’m steeping it in my tiny 2 oz teacups), but it’s definitely not icky and actually pretty good!

Update: as predicted, it goes great with chocolate. (72% with cacao nibs. :)

Sil

i was wondering about these ones when they said whiskey inspired..

Iridium

Unfortunately, I have little to no experience with actual bourbon (I’m far more familiar with scotch), so I can’t comment whether either of them is “accurate” or what not. But they taste completely different to me…

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90

I’m not usually a huge fan of white teas (although maybe that’s changing recently?) but I love this one. I like the cedar tips and the juniper, and everything else kinda blurs together pleasantly in the background. I think I got through about four steeps before I switched to something else, but I maybe could have gone for a couple more. I’ll have to see how far I can stretch it out, and what more interesting flavors might emerge. :)

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

Tried this one with the nepal black, too. Don’t remember all the details, but it was good. The flavors didn’t go together as well as with the kenyan tinderet, so I might see if I like the nepal black straight, better. :)

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

So I proceeded with my plan, went to davidstea and got little samples of some straight black teas. I made it this morning with the recommended 1 1/4 teaspoons + about 1/2 a teaspoon of the kenyan tinderet.

… and proceeded to clumsily spill most of it as soon as it was done. >.< (I was so proud of myself, too, for getting up early enough to have tea and breakfast before work…)

Fortunately, there was just enough left to wash down my breakfast, and to tell that it was delicious. Experiment successful! Next I’ll try the nepal black or the darjeeling…

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a free cup of tea for joining the frequent steeper program, so I tried this one iced today. It was pretty much what I expected, except with an unexpectedly chocolatey aftertaste. I think next time I go I’ll get a bit to try hot.

(People talk about mate being, like, super caffeinated all the time, but I haven’t ever noticed any particularly different effect after drinking it. Maybe I’m just not paying enough attention?)

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

So I added a little bit of the vanilla orchid to the second (and third) steep of this, and it turned out really good! More vanilla, just a hint of citrus. I think I might do that for the rest of the sample. :)

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

Got this tea from Janelle, with a note that she like it better than the Vanilla Orchid (which I’m a pretty big fan of). It’s definitely different! It’s not as vanilla-ey, and it’s got that little hint of citrus in there that I like. I think it’s a little more temperamental, though, ‘cause my water temperature wasn’t super precise and it came out a little bitter. Also, this is super silly, but one of the things I like about oolongs is seeing the little balls expand into giant tea leaves — I’m not sure why, but I find it super satisfying! So, I think the vanilla orchid wins in my book, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this one.

Going to go make another cup now, to try and recover from the horrific awkwardness of this afternoon. >.<

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample from Janelle. :) And, as usual, I think I ate half the dried fruit before I ever had a chance to steep the tea. I don’t even like dried fruit that much — I have a friend who just keeps it around all time, all sorts, and I’ve never felt the need to do that. But somehow when I open up a tea, just to smell it, no really… I always end up nibbling on the apples and cranberries and papayas… >.<
I could probably figure out what I think about this tea, but at the moment my feelings are pretty much just “meh, good enough”. It’s been an unexpectedly long day. (Today I learned that when I start crying in corpse pose, my tears trickle down the sides of my face and collect in my ears… it’s quite the strange feeling… >.< )
More detailed note to follow, when I am somewhat more coherent. (… she says, for the millionth time…)

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65

Sipdown. :) Although I guess I cheated, because there was that awkward amount between 1 and 2 cups left, so I just chucked it all in. Still counts though!
This tea is nice, but it would be much nicer without the stevia. I would much prefer it sweetened with sugar, I think. I probably won’t repurchase, unless I happen to be in a very blueberry mood…

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

I think I like it — it’s pretty nutty and kinda chocolatey and I really don’t mind the sugar (at least it’s not stevia) — but even though I put more than the recommended teaspoon and a quarter, it didn’t have enough tea in it. I think this would be nice if I mixed it with a strong black base, but none of my straight black teas at the moment seem like they’d do the trick. My friend had a kenyan black tea from david’s that I think would go well here, I think I’ll get a sample next time (maybe I’ll drag the boy there?) and try it out. :)

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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.

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