643 Tasting Notes

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

Do you ever just stare at tea and look at how beautiful it is?
Yeah well I did that with this tea. The whole white hibiscus blossoms! They’re so pretty to look at! And the scent of the peach isn’t overbearing. Oh this tea is just great to look at and to smell okay
It’s honestly just dang gorgeous.

The peach shines through the jasmine and the hibiscus. I wouldn’t even have known there was jasmine in this if I didn’t read the label! Definitely bought this for the jasmine, but I don’t see or smell it in this blend, so I’m hoping that it’ll come out when I finally drink it.
WAIT WAIT. Yes, I do see the jasmine pearls! But the jasmine to other stuff proportion isn’t as large as I would have liked.
GUYS. IT SMELLS LIKE THE TROLLI PEACH-O’S!!! AND IT EVEN TASTES LIKE IT AS WELL!!
OH GOSH. I REALLY LIKE THIS TEA. IT TASTES LIKE CANDY AND BEAUTIFUL PEACH-O RINGS AND AHHHH SO SO SO GOOD.
but like.. I taste no jasmine at all :( Ahh well. I have like 4 other jasmine teas in my stash, if I want to taste the jasmine, I can just add more to this blend :)

It is a bit watered down for my taste, so I’ll just remember to overleaf a bit :)

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

I freakin love vanilla.
Kyra, what’s your secret ingredient? Why do all your cookies and cakes taste so good!?
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret, my friends. I overdo it with the vanilla. Don’t believe me? Watch me as I bake things. You’ll see me accidentally grab the tablespoon, instead of the teaspoon measure. Oh whoops, I wasn’t looking. I accidentally poured too much and it already mixed in with the rest of the ingredients! Well, I can’t pull it back now.


So with that being said, vanilla is my FAVOURITE.
This tea, oh wee! The vanilla was fairly strong in this one! Not like sickening strong, but a good strong. Smells like pure vanilla which is great :) And the leaves opened up so nicely as it was steeping, and the vanilla still carried through!
Sipping, though, I taste more butter than vanilla :( Aww much sadness :( it’s a very nice cup! Silky smooth, but where’s the vanilla?

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
carol who

There are stevia sweeteners with vanilla and/or French vanilla that are totally awesome. They can improve the most awful teas. As you can tell, I love vanilla too.

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83
drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

Parents went to DAVIDs last week because they really liked the carry travel mug I bought for my sister, they wanted one of their own! So now every member of my family has a timolino :)

But when they were there, of course I asked for them to get me some tea! This was one of the like 5 or 7 teas they got me and I’m actually very excited! I smelled this in store two weeks ago, but didn’t pick it up because I was already walking away with about 15 teas.
But this one smells like a nice, minty and refreshingly fruity tea! This definitely smells like it would make an excellent cold brew, but I’m trying it hot for now.
Steeping, it’s taking on darker tones. Still smells refreshing, but not like burst-out-of-the-water-and-flip-your-hair-back refreshing, but more like… dude. I know this may not sound appetizing, but it definitely smells like that cucumber/honey-dew gum that I got at the end of the meal at one of my favourite japanese restaurants from when I was younger. It smells like it has that some sort of cleansing feeling ahha.
Oh this definitely tastes like the gum that I had from when I was a child. I ACTUALLY REALLY LIKE IT THOUGH. Mainly because it reminds me of something that I used to love. Like I can totally go back to the place, but that’s about an hour and a half away from home, and home is 7-8 hours away from uni where I’m at now sooo this tea will have to do.
Definitely a great tea though!
Has that weird gum taste that I associate it with, but it is refreshing and as cool as a cucumber
am v cool, aren’t I?

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tea that I had while finishing up the last 100 pages of Insurgent!
Literally just finished that book like 5 minutes ago and I’m already starting Allegiant :) It’s a good series. Definitely liked the first book more though.

Yeah. Guns and war and blood and death. Needed a bit of chamomile to calm myself a bit. Good tea to end the night with :)

(lazy lazy laaaazzyyy. Read previous tasting notes to like.. actually read the tasting notes part of it haha)

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Had some of this this morning as well!
I had a fill 6 hour day today. Class from 1-3, 3-5 and 5-7 so I had some of the Irish Cream Matcha with lunch, and I made some of this and put it into my timolino.
It lasted me through the first two classes and THANK YOU MATCHA FOR CAFFEINE. Dude. If I didn’t have my matcha, then I have no idea how I would have made it through today.

I had this in vanilla almond milk and I definitely like it a whole lot more than regular milk. Sooo yeah. Definitely enjoyed my matcha that sat in my timolino for hours compared to the one that I made fresh for lunch.
This is definitely going to be a routine thing for tuesdays from now on hahha

Karel

ohhhh what kind of vanilla almond milk? is it the so delicious brand?

jump62359

Generic store brand because I’m a cheapo college student :)

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80

Had some of this this morning. Reg milk, a sprinkle of sugar.
Dang. I choose vanilla almond milk over regular milk okay.
Soooo I think from now on, I’ll have my matcha with vanilla almond milk :))

Stephanie

I love vanilla almond milk!

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70

Got this tea from shmiracles and it’s so cute and adorable!
It was a wee little sachet and it smells really nice. I don’t know what’s in it, but it’s 9pm so I need my herbals this late at night.

It tastes… roasted. Like roasted rice and fruits? Oh it’s weird. It smells like a roasted Throat Coat from Traditional Medicinals.
So Throat Coat plus a smidge of spearmint? It’s an odd blend, but decent.

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94

Had a very citrusy tea earlier, and now it’s time for a nice black tea!
Never had a persian tea before, but I picked this up at a cutie patootie Tea place that my aunt took me to and this was the one tea that I did not recognize! For a small coffee and tea place, they had quite a lot of different teas.
My first Persian tea and it’s quite nice!

The leaves are BEAUTIFUL. Nice and long and unravels nicely. It tastes like a typical black tea, but I don’t need to sweeten it or anything. It smells nice and bright. It had a very unique smell in the canister and that’s what first drew me it. I decided to get on oz of this tea to take home and I finally got to try it today! Bright dry smell, but definitely takes the qualities of a black tea when it steeps.
I feel like this is the kind of tea that resteeps very nicely. Forgot to add water to my kettle so right now it’s steeping in like 5 oz of water hahah. Ahh well. This is definitely one of my favourite purchases! Especially since it’s from an independent coffee and tea store, and it’s a tea that I’ve never had.

11/10 would recommend :)
Definitely going to pick more of this the next time I visit!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
643 tasting notes

DUDE THIS TEA.
It smells sooooo good from the package! What drew me in when looking at the site was the jasmine, but when I was able to smell it in store, WOW THE LEMON OKAY.
It was a bit overwhelming lemony smell, but hopefully all the other flavours come out when it’s done brewing.
Hmm.. I taste the lemon very much. Not so much the jasmine. A very refreshing cup though! I’ve never done a cold brew oolong, but there’s a first for everything! I’ll probably try it soon enough :)


I bought a whole bunch of teas a couple weeks ago and I haven’t been able to try a lot of them since I got the TTB!
Ahh well. I went ahead and tried the teas from the TTB and packed it all up and NOW I CAN TRY MY TEAS.
I put this into the TTB since I had plenty, and I haven’t even tried it yet wow. Ahh well :)

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I hope there is still some of this left when the box gets to me.

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65

Sipdown!

Had this tea like two months ago and I hated it so much.
BUT I USED THE REST OF MY LEAVES AND HAD IT AS A COLD BREW AND IT IS SO MUCH BETTER OKAY.
Just don’t have it hot. It’s like.. it’s too sweet and medicine-y hot, and it’s much more tame as a cold brew :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Kyra.
21.
Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/tea
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/teaprofile

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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