75 Tasting Notes
Today was a fun event – my gang of tea-loving friends gathered for our first Tea Exchange. Everyone brought and offered up the teas that they no longer like and get to choose from others’ unwanted teas for something new. Highlights: Nobody wants anything to do with DT’S Honeybee, Fantasy Island, Pina Colada and Sencha Pear.
In the midst of this, we all made some tea – Cinnamon Heart, Sweet Dreams, Buttercream for my friends, Hot Lips for me. I’m really happy I got to try this one.
First impressions: The most beautiful tea blend in the world. Fiery red flowers and peppercorns make it soooo pretty!! And, it smells exactly like the cinnamon heart candies. Kinda insane. The liquor was a surprising yellow and had the same aroma.
Taste: Cinnamon, swallow, and… hooah! That’s got some kick going down!
Loveability: Won’t be purchasing any of it before it’s gone. I don’t ever crave cinnamon in my teas, so even though it’s a very tasty tea, it would just end up being given away at our next Tea Exchange.
This one was a gift, so not a tea I would normally choose myself…
First impression – Dry leaf different than the bundled little rolls that I so enjoy. Almost looks like the leaves were chewed on a bit, mushed into a compressed little shape and then left to dry. But in a nice way. The smell is rather strong and vegetal, not the kind of tea that makes me want to stick my nose in the bag and inhale for days.
Once steeped, the smell is a lot stronger and doesn’t captivate me, but : the liquor is the most amazingly beautiful pale pale lime green! (There is now a strong war going on between this and Mother’s Little Helper in terms of prettiest tea in my clear mug. ) The unfurled leaves are wonderful and make me want to be a photographer.
Flavour First steep, nude, and with no expectations, this tea has as strong a flavour as its smell. Fairly astringent, light-medium bodied and vegetal, Tie Kwan Yin is nice, but a tad too… something for me to fully enjoy. I’m left searching for the floral notes that are mentioned everywhere.
Loveability I’ll see how this one feels in the next two steeps, and I’ll try playing around with a touch of sweetness, but I don’t this is a tea I would ever crave or buy again. Would be a pleasant “company” tea, though.
How I love you, Electric Lemon!
You make my life so much better by:
¤ Reminding me of my childhood with your yellow lollipop scent
¤ Waking me up when I’m feeling “blah”
¤ Giving my taste buds a unique thrill
¤ Converting my tea-hating girlfriend to an Electric Lemon drinker (it’s a start!)
¤ Kicking the ass out of any sore throat, cold or congestion that has dared to cross my path
Now if only you had the power to regenerate so that I didn’t feel like the end of the world is that much closer everytime I have a pot…
Myself, at the beginning of the winter tea season, sipping some Snow Bunny:
I can see this tea becoming a tradition that will lead to heartache when the winter collection ends. I can see it as my companion whilst wrapping Christmas gifts and after frolicking in the snow.
Well, the honeymoon is over, it has disappointed me time and time again, and now I’m kicking it to the curb. Finished my 25g bag of Snow Bunny today in a “clean out the tea cupboard” swing. By finished, I mean brewed, got disgusted with the smell, sipped, was disgusted by the taste, threw down the drain, rinsed, did not repeat.
I don’t know what happened with this one. Each time I had it, the banana flavour seemed more fake, the walnuts more overpoweringly bitter, the black tea so bland it faded into none-existence. WHY did I ever think this was good? Goodbye, high rating!
Aisling of tea’s recent slew of strawberry teas made me crave my own strawberry or raspberry tea, only to discover that this is the only pure flavor of those two that I have. So, even though its not my favorite, decided to make some of this for my after-supper lounge.
This tea is actually kind of growing on me. It’s faint and subtle and light, and the strawberry flavour just barely peeks through the white tea, which is actually the perfect balance for this tea. I even had a second steep of this, and enjoyed it even more. Upping my rating for this one…
Does anyone have suggestions for a nice DT raspberry tea, other than Raspberry Nectar?
Guh… love. this. tea. AND I found out that it’ll only cost me a $1 more a tin than my current go-to black tea. Hmmmmm…
This was the perfect afternoon hunker-down-and-work tea earlier today. So smooth and creamy and wow. I now feel the need to revisit all the blacks that I have rejected in the past, only now in the DT collection. This could get pricey…
EDIT: I am horrible with math. It will not cost me a dollar more a tin, but THREE. And yet…
Had this for my morning cuppa today. Feels like I cheated on my beloved… ;)
Honestly, it was still as awesome, but not what I needed to kick me awake in the morning. I still prefer my DOB for those early mornings, as it has a stronger taste. However, this Assam will most likely be my afternoon black tea (uh-oh, there goes my resolve to only have one cup of black a day, green or oolong in the afternoon, and herbal in the evening… crap.)
Seriously one of my faves right now.
Wow. Just wow. I think this tea is by far the biggest surprise I’ve had in the tea department to date.
I got this as a Christmas gift (the straight tea collection) and had no hopes for it because:
a) I have my daily breakfast tea
b) The assam I got a couple years back from Un amour des thés was hopelessly disappointing
However, decided to make this to help me focus on the boatloads of work I have to do thanks to UdeS (why am I on Steepster, again?) and am happy I did.
First impressions – Dry leaf smells like black tea. Sorry, I have a very unrefined nose. Black is black is black to me. Brewed, however, and you get a… sweeter? aroma, much smoother than what I’m used to.
Taste – Very smooth and rich. Absolutely no bitterness, even though I oversteeped it a bit. Very, very pleasant.
Loveability – I will definately love it while it lasts. I might even (gasp!) drink it in the morning in lieu of my DOB. But, in all honestly, it would have to be comparable in price to DOB to make it worthwhile for this student to switch over, especially at the rate I go through a tin. And I suspect it isn’t… Overall, a wonderful black tea!