451 Tasting Notes

drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
451 tasting notes

I fantasized about trying this tea this morning, and after a wonderfully restful night, I did just that. And holy hell delicious raspberry tea! I can’t really taste coconut, but I honestly don’t care. This is probably the most authentic raspberry tea I’ve ever had (my expertise in this area is quite distinct, as this is I think the second raspberry tea I’ve had) and even still, I don’t care because it’s juicy and creamy and you can still taste the base but the raspberries taste as though they’re exploding in your mouth in a most exploding fashion. I had it with my breakfast of bacon and eggs, and it actually paired surprisingly well. This was my first River tea tea, and it was a great note to start on! Add me to the club, guys!

Courtney

Woot! This one is awesome.

keychange

Haha I knew you loved this one, and I think we tend to like some of the same fruit flavours in teas, so I was really hopeful!

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It’s so annoying when your mind is in the mood for tea, but your body simply isn’t. I woke up this morning and groggily stumbled into the kitchen, but no tea in particular was calling to me. Last night I’d had high hopes of trying some of my new teas this morning, but it was a different story when I woke up. So I brewed up something that’s tried and true, that I can generally rely on to brew a consistent cup. And it still tasted lovely and I felt all validated for having topped up with my last Butiki order, but I’m still just generally “not feeling it” as far as tea is concerned. Not a bad thing necessarily though, as I drink a lot of black tea and taking a break for a few hours never hurt anybody…much.

It’s Friday! May the work day pass quickly.

MzPriss

I have those mornings every once in a while. When I do, I drink coffee. I rarely drink it anymore but I still like it. The easy thing about it is – I only have one delicious kind.

keychange

That makes sense. I’m not a coffee drinker though, but I figure that not having anything at all would work too haha.

Cavocorax

Boo. Hope you snap out of it with the tea thing. I hate it when you stand ther ewith so much tea and nothing sounds appealing… :|

keychange

That’s exactly it, cavo! I was like how can I have 140 teas and not want any of them?

Cheri

Maybe take a break like MzPriss suggested, or pick a tea that is really different from what you usually drink? I hope you snap outta the funk and the rest of you day is spectacular. May the day pass quickly and easily, and the weekend be wonderful!!!

MzPriss

I had a couple of days a while back where every tea I tasted tasted BAD. And these are teas I love from the same bag I had been drinking from. I just didn’t have any for a coupl of days and it got better. I thought it was odd though

Cheri

One of the antibiotics I was on last month did that to me. There were just some flavors that were completely gone for a little while, and things just tastes awful.

Butiki Teas

When that happens, I like to restrict myself from having my favorite teas for a week, until I crave them. I usually don’t last a week.

keychange

All good ideas!

Terri HarpLady

That sort of thing happens to me as well from time to time. I normally drink black tea in the morning, but occasionally I feel kind of jaded, like, “I’ve already drank everything I have…sigh…there is nothing new under the sun…sigh…”. The first thing I usually do it drink a big glass of water. Then I’ll switch it up…drink something I normally wouldn’t drink in the morning, like an herbal tea, or white tea. Or ice tea.

Re what MzPriss said, I also occasionally have days where every tea tastes bitter, & my allergies sometimes mute my tastebuds, which is irritating because that special tea that is so nuanced just becomes a plain old cup of tea (& I start wondering if maybe I imagined all those amazing things I wrote, LOL).

Indigobloom

I’ve been there Keychange! It’s an icky feeling, like your hobby failed you. Not cool tea, not cool :/

keychange

Yes yes yes!! as if my previous recollections were wrong, or like my hobby—my escape from the world—is somehow broken and I can’t enjoy it anymore. And then you panic and think you’ll never want tea again.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, we all know THAT will never happen!

Indigobloom

Ack!! Exactly. What if you are all of a sudden OFF tea, forever?? As if that would ever happen, but then… what if it did?!
I found this started with me after I began my tea sommelier certification. Almost like knowing so much about it, tea lost some of its magic. But then it came back, just not to the same level of crazy for me.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a perfectly acceptable chocolate and coconut tea. A bit thin, although I think that can be remedied with a bit more cream. The addition of rock sugar makes this fairly sweet, although you know I couldn’t resist adding a touch more “just in case”. You can still taste the black tea base underneath the nutty chocolate and coconut, although I wonder what would happen if I brewed this for slightly longer (I’d say this steeped for about four and a half minutes in total).

Overall, a good cup. I can especially envision enjoying it in the winter.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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This is sort of a cheat tasting note, as I only tried the sample size of this tea in store today. It was a hot sample, and I didn’t like it. It smelled amazing, like fresh, tart peaches. Unfortunately, the tartness is quite present in the sip (at least when brewed hot which is how I had it), and sort of distracted me from enjoying what I think could have been a pretty authentic peach flavour. Keep in mind though that I tend to sweeten my teas, so those who take their teas naked may still really enjoy this and not find it as tart as I did.

Tealizzy

I tried this one in store today too. It was an iced sample, but was just “eh” for me.

Amariel

I tried it in store iced and did not like…

keychange

Oh, glad I’m not the only one, then. Good for my wallet though!

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Backlog from this morning. Thanks are owed to courtney, who sent me this sample!

Honestly, I would have written a review for this sooner, only I just wasn’t feeling inspired to write. There isn’t anything wrong with this tea; it’s a light combination of a creamy strawberry flavour and a thin black tea, and not much else. It tastes good, but compared with ruby pie (my gold standard for strawberry tea), it just didn’t measure up.

Thanks again, Courtney! I still have enough left for another cup, and certainly enjoyed it enough to keep it in my sipdown pile :)

Courtney

You enjoyed it more than me at least. :) I have enjoyed two strawberry teas to date, and everything else I’ve pretty well borderline despised haha. I’m too picky sometimes!

keychange

Haha you really didn’t like this eh? it’s ok—I’m really picky and fussy in general. it’s a miracle my loved ones put up with me haha!…but whatever, let’s just drink all the banana teas.

Courtney

Yes! All the banana teas. I’m pretty picky about fruits, especially my favourite ones haha. I still have hope for the perfect watermelon and pumpkin teas too.

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this as an iced tea to go when I was at david’s today. I actually thought they were sampling it, but it turns out they weren’t. I was going to get a latte (of chocolate macaron), but their latte maker was broken so it is what it is and all that sort of thing. I must admit I was a bit skeptical: I thought that the tea would certainly be weak and watery, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Cold, this tastes exactly as the description would lead you to believe: like watermelon and mint. You can absolutely taste both, and I thankfully couldn’t taste the carrot, although apparently there is some in this tea. Perhaps you can taste it hot, but certainly not when it’s iced. I ended up buying a sample pack to bring home, and will try it hot, but suspect I might actually just want it iced all summer. The combination of watermelon and fresh mint tastes so very refreshing.

I definitely recommend at least giving it a try.

Memily

I wanna try this one so bad!

Amariel

I liked the smell of this one but thought that i wanted it for a warmer day. So maybe I will get some soon, but not now. Seems more promising than the Cool Cucumber one from spring.

keychange

It was quite delicious. Yes, I liked it far better than the cucumber one from the spring collection. I can’t quite imagine how it would taste hot, though I have some to play with and see.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Oh my god, bringing this to work with me in my carry mug today was probably the best decision I’ve made in like a week. I had my doubts as to whether it would be “viable” in a travel mug, because travel mugs can really stifle many a good tea, but that simply wasn’t the case. I used slightly more than two tsp of leaf for 16 oz of water, added a touch of cream and sugar, and drank what I swear was hot melon juice/milk all morning. I used up the last of what was sent to me by the lovely ifjuly, and am very lucky to still have some left from Nay Lynn!

Anna, you started this addiction of mine! Ifjuly and Nay Lynn, thank you so much for being my suppliers!

Suziqzer

You are braver than I trying a precious tea in a travel mug.. So glad it worked well for you :)

keychange

It’s just confirmation that my travel mug is extremely awesome!! go carry mug!!

CHAroma

This review made me smile. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Suziqzer

Another endorsement for the carry mug! Go keychange!

Sil

i sometimes wonder what other ppl are going with their travel mugs that they have funny tasting teas in them…

keychange

I don’t know-I’ve definitely found that often tea tastes different depending on what you drink it out of. I like the carry mug (and the timolino) because you can smell as you drink.

Sil

fair enough…the smell factor i can get behind :)

Suziqzer

I agree that what you drink tea out of can make a difference in how it tastes. Some teas just taste better if you can smell them too… it’s a whole experience thing.

Cheri

I just gotta break down and spend the money to get the carry mug….. It’s funny. Some things I’m willing to just drop money on, but for whatever reason I’m hesitant on this one and I really want it.

keychange

My carry mug is by far my favourite piece of teawear. May I ask what’s making you hesitate?

Cheri

I don’t know. I think it’s that I don’t want to just buy the carry mug, but I haven’t found any of the teas that are calling to me. (I should go look again and see what I find.)

Cheri

Okay, I did it. I found a couple of teas that I thought sounded good to try and placed the order. Whew.

keychange

Wow!! what colour did you choose? (I really want more colours). And I hope you like it as much as I do!!

Cheri

Ice Blue. I love the color blue. Almost everything I own is blue. Now I’m excited!

keychange

I have it in ice blue also! woohoo!!

CHAroma

I have to drink tea out of glass/ceramic or it tastes funny to me.

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You know how you can have the exact same life you had yesterday, and somehow yesterday you were happy to be you and have your life and your choices and your tentative future, and then today you wonder why the hell you chose what you did, where everything went wrong, and what on earth will become of you and why is there so much misery?

It’s one of those days (the latter, I mean). No good reason-nothing momentous has happened; in fact, the plans for our wedding are coming together nicely, and we’re about to book our honeymoon—but I can’t shake this general sense of hopelessness. I’m also really tired, which never ever helps. Anyway, I’ll be fine, but it is what it is at the moment. Perspective is everything and all that jazz.

Anyway, this sample came to me from VariaTea, who so thoughtfully included it in our swap package that was filled to the brim with things on my wishlist! I brewed it up without reading any reviews, so may have botched it a bit, but still really enjoyed the cup. The maple taste is slightly weaker than the smell might have you believe, but it’s still there, supported by a fairly hefty black base, which I like. I brewed for three minutes and added a small amount of sugar and some cream. I can’t decide if I should add a touch more sugar to draw out the maple next time or if I should brew it for a touch longer, but either way there will be a next time thanks to variatea’s generosity!

Courtney

I hope that feeling passes quickly. I understand it though.

keychange

I hope so too, and thanks. I really need some sleep.

Cheri

Those days just kinda happen sometimes. I hope the day gets better. (And YAY! for wedding plans coming together nicely. It can be so stressful when they’re not.)

keychange

Our best wedding-related decision was to hire a wedding planner, and that has helped immensely. And thanks for hoping this mood’ll pass-I’m sure it will also.

Terri HarpLady

Ms Theresa’s recommendations for moodiness, depression, etc:
1. Eat a banana or 2 just in case it’s a B6 deficiency.
2. If possible, spend a little time in the sun with relaxed deep breathing.
3. Pamper your awesome self in any & as many ways as possible!!
4. Breath deep & savor the moment :)
5. Feel better!

keychange

Thank you so much! those are all lovely suggestions.

CHAroma

I’m so sorry to hear you’re feeling down today. It’s normal to feel that way from time to time. Just don’t let it consume you. Try and do something that you know will make you feel better. For me, that’s usually eating chocolate and working out for the endorphin rush and good self-esteem that follows (although I don’t recommend doing those two things together or you’re likely to vomit). Snuggling with my husband usually helps too. Feel better soon!

Nxtdoor

Feel better. I know the feeling. Just do a couple of things you really enjoy — whether it’s food, books or whatever — to make yourself happy again.

Sil

Terri – you forgot number6!! the best one ever…

VISIT SIL!

Suziqzer

Hang in there! You have so much going for you! Sometimes life just takes a tole and we need to regroup. Pamper yourself and get some rest… you deserve it!

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This tea came to me from Anna, all the way from Italy! Now if that isn’t love, I honestly don’t know what is.

Despite the fact that I don’t typically gravitate towards green teas, I’m always happy when i get some in a swap because it means I can try one and perhaps find one I do like.

The people who described this as smelling of lifesavers are spot on—and because of Anna’s expert packaging, the lifesaver smell was contained really nicely in the little bags, so I was hit with a wall of it as soon as I opened it. When brewed, you can still smell what seems to be candied fruit, and I also get a bit of vanilla.

I mostly taste green tea, although especially when still hot, I can pick up on trace notes of candied fruit in the aftertaste. These seem to subside for me as the tea cools, and then the base seems to just take over. As far as green teas go, I actually don’t dislike this one. I wouldn’t go out of my way to acquire it or anything, but I wasn’t turned off by it, either.

Thanks again, Anna!

Sil

does that mean Anna doesn’t love me….

keychange

No because Anna has so much love…it’s in her hairs and melons and everything.

Sil

but i have no anna teas! wails

Kaylee

Sil, do you really need more tea? :)

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You know, this is one of those teas that’s kind of easy to forget you have, but when you have it you realize that it’s so versatile and you think to yourself that you really should have it more often. And then repeat the cycle. I took this to work with me in my carry mug today, and had the following thoughts:
1. This tea is kind of thin.
2. You say that about pretty much every travel mug tea, though.
3. That’s true. This actually tastes really good.
4. A little less sugar next time.
5. As it cools, I like it more—because it tastes thick and creamy—and less, because if you think hard enough, you can (sort of) imagine sour milk and just…no.
6. I’ll be out of this tea soonish, and intend to stock either it or something similar going forward. But I also say that a little too frequently, too.

Basically I can’t be trusted but this tea is reliable…mostly.

DeliriumsFrogs

I sort of want to print this out and put it in a ‘best tea notes ever written’ notebook…. lol

221tea

I am in love with the last line of this review. It should be on a t-shirt.

Charissa

Haha I’m a definite fan of this note too. You should continue to do more stream-of-consciousness reviews, because your thoughts are awesome and highly amusing. And I agree with 221tea, you have a lot of great one-liners that would be perfect to print on t-shirt!

keychange

hahahaha I’m glad I could entertain you guys! and you know you can relate ;)

keychange

Aww guys!!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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