595 Tasting Notes

83

Dude. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for so long now! I actually bought it like a good 2 months or so ago when I did my massive DAVIDsTEA haul and this was on the top of my list!
It smells very very much like a nice oolong throughout. From dry to steeping. Ahh I love oolongs so much. I love how it has tones of green tea and tones of black. I love the smokiness/roasty smell of oolongs as well. And the fact that when they unravel, you see humongo leaves ahh I just love them so much!

Mmmm so nice and smooth. A slightly stronger roasted oolong taste compared to other oolongs I’ve had. It tastes roasted, jut light and fluffy. Ahh I really like this so much! Definitely one of the better oolongs I’ve tasted :)

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I didn’t like this one. I noticed that they’ve recently started adding flavoring to it. Is your flavored or unflavored? (You supposedly can tell by the ingredients listed on the bag. If it doesn’t list flavor, it’s from before they added the flavoring.)

jump62359

“Chinese oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains, natural flavouring.”

So I’m guessing it’s flavoured. Dang. Ahh well, I still really like it :)

Cheri

That’s the important part. Mine is unflavored, which means it’s older, but I ordered it less than a month ago. Crazy.

Mandy

I love oolongs too! I love watching the leaves expand in my french press, I find it endlessly fascinating!

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
595 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #3
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #4

Dry: Hmm.. not as vibrant as prrevious matchas. A bit brighter than 4 though.

Straight: Dark green liquor. GRASSY AND BITTER :/ Dang. My water may have been too hot since my other matcha was very bitter as well. It was at 180! Ahh well, 5° may have been a bit too much. I’ll see how it tastes as a latte

Latte: Hmm… did’t do that much of a difference? No bitterness, but the sweetness of the milk was just not present. Added sugar and made a bit of a difference, but the other cup is still significantly better.


Colour: 60
Flavour: 60
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
595 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #4
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #3

Dry: Not as vibrant as previous matchas.

Straight: Dark green liquor. Grassy and bitter as well. Ahh my water might have been a bit too hot? Ahh well, I’ll see how well it does when I add milk to it.

Latte: So SO much better. I the milk definitely helped; the bitterness was replaced by nice and sweet flavours. No need to sweeten :)


Colour: 60
Flavour: 65
Bitterness: 63
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
595 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #1
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #2

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. A bit less aromatic as compared to Sample #2

Straight: Just tastes like watered down green tea? Decent, but I’ve had better.

Latte: Ahh well, this is how I like my matchas! It’s still okay though. The matcha base was a bit bland, even with a touch of sugar for an attempt to bring the flavours out more. The vanilla almond milk helped bring it out, but there’s only so much you can do with an okay matcha base.


Colour: 80
Flavour: 70
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $10

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
595 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #2
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #1

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. Slightly more aromatic than Sample #1

Straight: A really nice matcha! Great green colour, and tastes… like grass. Which is how it should taste haha.

Latte: Oh this is wonderful! I really like this matcha. At first I was slightly afraid when I saw the package. I’ve only ever had just a couple matchas before, and I definitely thought that all these teas were going to taste the exact same, but I really do see a difference between Sample #1 and #2. This one was much more flavourful from start to finish. I find myself reaching for this cup more often, so sample #2 wins this round!


Colour: 86
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $15

Cheri

I hope we get to find out which is what. This sounds good.

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70

Drank this tea tonight.
Ehh barley. I like the Caramel & Honey better

Sil

This was nice cold brewed

jump62359

I’ll keep that in mind next time. Thank you :)

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80

Ehh it’s a tea that I have.
I was craving matcha this morning and this was the first to be pulled out of the bag!
Great tea. Look at previous notes for a decent tasting note :)

((thank you MissB for the sample!))

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

Thank you MissB for a sample of this tea!

Ahh this tea smells very different compared to all the other rooibos teas I have. Not quite a woodsy rooibos scent, and definitely not a dessert cupcake and caramel scent. Just.. different? I can’t quite put my finger on it though. It has a sharp cherry medicine smell to it, but like the good kind! Like Robitussin… but I actually like Robitussin so this tea might actually taste really good for me haha.
Steeping, it’s starting to develop a stronger, unpleasant smell to it
Dark amber in colour
Tastes… I can’t describe it? Slight cherry medicine, but not as strong. Slight notes of ginger and spice.
I don’t know what to make of this tea! I neither love it nor hate it. Thank you MissB for successfully finding a tea that confuses my tastebuds; this is a first! Hahah well I’m enjoying this tea at the moment. Sorta mindlessly drinking it as I watch the series premiere of The Night Shift which aired yesterday! Eoin Macken and Jill Flint though. I love them so much.

Preparation
3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

Sounds like an….interesting….tea. I wonder if a little sugar or something might wake up the flavors more?

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
595 tasting notes

I had a very small like 1g sample of this that I took from the TTTTB and it was good.
Thank you to QueenOfTarts for sending me a much larger sample, yielding a much larger mugful of this tea tonight :)
It’s… unique. Fruity in a sense, but darker. I’ve never had fig before, but I’m assuming that’s the main flavour that I’m getting right now. The rose is ever so slight.
Unique and very nice for tonight :)

Flavors: Fig, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
595 tasting notes

A big ol thank you to VariaTEA for sending this tea my way!

Oh dessert teas. And it’s caffeine free as well! Ahh I love teas like this :)
This is dang good okay. It smells like a typical vanilla birthday cake dry, and the sweetness just carries over as it brews. The woodsy rooibos takes over a bit too much to my liking so the sweet birthday cake gets lost a bit, but it’s still totally fine.
But this is a lovely tea. Love love love all my rooibos at night :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

You should try coldbrewing this one if you haven’t already.

QueenOfTarts

This is one of my favorites! :)

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Tea lover.
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Hospitality Management major.
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Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
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Likes/dislikes here:
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Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops

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