112 Tasting Notes

drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
112 tasting notes

Oh dear. I expected more from this one, I really did. I did get a bit of what everyone’s raving about — a bit of something woodsy, a slight cocoa note… but there was an /odd/ smell and taste that I couldn’t quite place… and then my brain came up with: Potato. I am getting a very strong savory, potatoey note from this, and it is not what I like in a tea at all.

Brewed Russian style, so it may be overstrong or oversteeped. I’ll try it western style to see if that makes it any better. =/

OMGsrsly

What do you mean by “brewed Russian style”?

Iridium

Apparently this is strange by most people’s standards, but the way Russian people (or at least, those I’ve encountered) brew black tea is by first using extra tea leaves to make a tea concentrate, and then diluting it with boiling water. (Both my parents swear the tea tastes different this way, and for a long time they refused to drink black tea that was brewed “western style”.) Unfortunately, this doesn’t work too well with teas that are sensitive to oversteeping, so I figure this might be one of them…

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s cool. I do that with coffee, but didn’t think of trying it with tea.

Iridium

Huh. And I hadn’t thought of doing that with coffee. You learn something new every day…

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Shared a few cups of this with my mother this morning. She’s still confused about what exactly makes an oolong, because both the one’s we’ve tried this week just taste like green tea… and I’m afraid I’m not doing a terribly good job of explaining. =/

The leaves smell like vanilla yogurt to me. (My little sister, who doesn’t really drink tea, concurs. She made a face and everything.) The tea is pleasantly vanilla flavored, and not in a way that feels artificial, but I still get a little bit of that yogurty note. Weird. I also don’t get as much of the floral as I’d maybe like, but perhaps next time it’ll come out more.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking this as I type. I suddenly found myself dead tired from traipsing through San Francisco all day… I’d been looking forward to stopping by DavidsTea, since we were in the neighborhood, but by the time we got there it had already closed. =/ I was feeling pretty down, and then I remembered:

Wait, I can /literally/ brew myself a cup full of sparkles, right now! The sparkles started whirling around the second I poured hot water over the tea leaves, and it was incredibly soothing to just stand there and watch them as the tea brewed. It smells pleasantly of vanilla and cloves, which might just be two of my favorite things. (The orange doesn’t come out much in the scent, although you can taste a hint of it in the tea.) This was a great tea to lighten a not-so-great evening.

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Today I got dragged out to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, which was actually pretty cool, despite my general aversion to large groups of people. Unfortunately, it meant that the morning was rather hectic, and I didn’t get to enjoy my nice cup of tea.

I did try a blend attractively titled “Flailing Princess” from, I think, T-We Tea? at a booth at the festival. It was a darjeeling with rose petals and coconut, and it was actually rather tasty, although nothing spectacular. But the concept and the packaging were both cute, and I might have purchased it, if it wasn’t so expensive… So, I guess that counts as my new tea for today?

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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I have to admit: I’m not really getting the chocolate here. It smells and tastes quite strongly of coconut, and that mixed with the chamomile gives it a lovely sweetness that was very fitting for my after dinner tea. But it does go quite well with a bit of chocolate, even if it doesn’t taste like it.

I’ll have to try this with a dash of cream, or maybe even coconut milk.

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This was one of the Verdant samples, and it was my morning tea today. On the first infusion I think I could taste the apricot-orangey notes, but that might have been the power of suggestion. It was pleasantly light and refreshing, perfect for a summer morning. My favorite part was the lingering aftertaste of key lime pie! Very pleasant. Did three infusions this morning, apparently I should be able to get at least three more, so we’ll see how the flavors continue to develop.

It’s currently on clearance on the Verdant site and I can’t decide if I want more of it or not. Hmmm…

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I love how this one looks — pink peppercorns just make everything so pretty! Between this and the sakurambo, I think peppercorns in tea might be my new favorite thing.

I took a few moments out of a hectic morning yesterday to enjoy a cup of this — in one of the elegant white teacups, with a bit of cream and a dash of sugar. I didn’t really have the time to properly savor or pay attention to it, and I didn’t find it particularly striking, but I kept looking back at that moment throughout the day. The strong black tea, the rich creaminess, the sweet, subtle spiciness lingering on the tongue, the sudden moment of peace amidst a sea of turmoil.

It was a perfect moment to hold on to. It made me happy. More thorough review to come (maybe).

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Drank the last of this one this morning — I really don’t know where all these Teavana teas came from! I found it to be a little bit… meh. Although it’s very possible that the tea was a bit too old, or there wasn’t quite enough of it, so no rating. Doubt I’ll be purchasing it (again?).

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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Wow. I might be in love. The cherry taste is strong, almost artificial tasting, but not in a bad way? The hint of pepper accents it beautifully, and the rosemary doesn’t really come across as rosemary, so much as just an interesting, almost savory note to the tea. Plus, the pink peppercorns and green bits of rosemary make the dry tea look lovely. The flavor might be a little too intense for constant drinking (I wimped out after my third cup of the day and went back to the chocolate and strawberry), but it’s definitely a tea I want in my cupboard. It’s a blend unlike any other I’ve tried.

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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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