513 Tasting Notes

I had this with breakfast again this morning. This time, I made sure to get a nearly heaped table spoon and used just under boiling water for three minutes. The tea, as with many teas, only tasted better as it cooled, and I definitely got a nice balance between sweet and tart. The sugar and cream I added just took it all up a notch, and I think I’ve found the sweet spot. That said, I wish I didn’t need as much leaf for one cup. And while I generally enjoy the flavor profile, I don’t think I’ll be reordering this one, which is fine because there are still so many other wp teas I need to try (that, and I’ve started a recent love affair with WP’s Autumn Jade TGY, aaaahhhh). So my wallet can’t exactly heave a sigh of relief just yet. And I’ll certainly not have any trouble finishing off this pouch!

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When brendon said this tea was vacuum sealed, he wasn’t kidding. I had to pry the package apart and my efforts only became more savage when the package wouldn’t open. With a combination of teeth and some grunting, I broke into it.

And. Honestly? I don’t even care how this tea tastes. The smell alone is worth buying it again and again. It’s literally like being in a wind-swept garden just overflowing with lilac bushes. I told brendon I wanted as floral a tea as possible, and his words were “my TGY tastes like a thick lilac soup” and I cannot tell you how spot on he was. I fell in love with tea all over again this afternoon, guys. And isn’t falling in love the best part?

It really does taste like a thick, creamy lilac garden, complete with a hint of fresh air if that’s even possible. Brendon, please say there’s more of this. I added a bit of rock sugar to amp up the florals and it was perfect.

I drank this tea while listening to a podcast that I’ve subscribed to for years now (dan savage’s lovecast). A girl had called in, and was crying. A few months ago, she’d told her parents that she was a lesbian, and they’ve since stopped talking to her except to share literature with her about how people have been cured of their homosexuality. Her desperation and heartbreak was so palpable, and I cried with her. Regardless of how well-intended people can be, it’s so devastating to think that some people would actually rather die than be who they are. I don’t think there is ever an excuse to isolate your children, even if you whole-heartedly believe they are sinning. I have been extremely lucky in my life: I’ve made life choices that I imagine my parents would rather I’d not made, but they loved me so much more than they disliked anything I did, and because of that, were always a soft place for me to land. I just wish that were the case for everyone.

Anyway, enough of that. everyone who loves drinking flowers should get this tea. And everyone who doesn’t love drinking flowers should start thinking about loving drinking flowers! I would rate this tea in the high 90s if the rating scale were accessible, but alas it still isn’t. But there you have it!

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Sil

nonononononono flowers! :) glad you found one you love though!

rosebudmelissa

That sounds delightful! I really enjoy floral teas.

Indigobloom

I don’t think I’d like the taste but the scent sounds delightful!

TeaTiff

Doh! I couldn’t decide between this tea and Wild Crafted DHP. Since it is fall I went with DHP. Maybe another WP order in my future? I read creamy and lilac and melt a little.

keychange

Ahhhh yes floral amazingness! I will probably be getting more, myself!

keychange

and TeaTiff, I tend to mostly prefer floral oolongs to roasty ones (so far at least) so the decision was easy for me…but nom omg nom nom.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, this is what I love about TGY. Sil and Dexter always send me the sample packets they get in orders, and I LOVE them although they’d probably be hard to track down more of.

keychange

A good flower tea these days is always hard to find!

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First let me say how amazing communicating with brendon regarding my order has been. Knowing I wanted a few different teas, he kept track of what I was looking for and messaged me when everything I wanted was in stock. And then helped me decide what to get to replace GO, which I unfortunately flat-out forgot to do. Anyway, I was really excited to try this tea, not only because of the rave reviews and romantic descriptions, but also because my cupboard is sorely lacking in black teas. Anyway, I think I did something wrong in the way I brewed it this morning, because I felt as though the tea was rather weak. I think I’ll use slightly less water next time (I used a davids tea heaped perfect teaspoon in about 10 oz of water). I am beginning to be able to identify the ways in which Chinese blacks differ from Indian blacks, which is kind of neat, and definitely picked up on the honey-raisin sweetness. I want to comment further, but honestly think I need to have another stab at it to get the full effect. So far I’m impressed and excited, though!
I am definitely getting a nice balance of tart and sweet and bready, which if I can coax more out of it would blow my mind.

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Try going for a full tablespoon in 10oz, water just off the boil and steep for 2.5 minutes :-)

OR gongfu. This one really works best gongfu style :-)

Glad you’re enjoy your first WP experience!

TeaTiff

So excited to have this in my cupboard again! I second the great communication from WP. Nothing but fantastic experience.

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This tea smells amazing-like a perfect combination of coconut and fresh banana cream, and a slight trace of what I can only assume is the honeybush if you inhale deeply enough. I have tried this tea twice—once with a bit of cream, which ended up overwhelming the tea, and once without additions. Despite a ten minute steep both times, the strength of the flavor was just very minimal, despite the absolutely delightful aroma wafting up from the cup. Not to worry, though—I think I’m just realizing that perhaps honeybush teas are too lightly flavoured for this need-to-be-punched-in-the-face-with-flavor girl, and will therefor be finishing up the package by making lattes. Because mm banana coconut milk!

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Sil

BANANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

OMGsrsly

WOO LATTES!!

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I am so tired I could cry. Have you ever been that bone-exhausted? And you want to know what’s worse? I don’t even have such bad hours. I work ordinary business hours and am part of a choir that rehearses once a week for three hours. And then on top of that I just have normal social commitments, but seriously nothing too over the top, and I’m still so exhausted I just want to run away.

This tea did not make anything better this morning. It has lost 100% of its flavor, and is not even recognizable anymore. Let this be a lesson to me, and you, and whoever else wants to learn, to never hord tea unless you can, like, vacuum seal it or something. Because it backfires, and you lose.

Yup, all gone. I had like 4 oz left, and had to toss it all out. It was not even a little bit salvageable.

have a good day, guys!

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Sil

that really sucks. I know how much you loved this blend :(

Terri HarpLady

hugs to you :)

Rasseru

I have a lack of energy quite a lot of the time – fresh veg & fruit in a nutribullet blender helps me out a lot. Getting my energy from other foods doesn’t seem to work for me.

greenteafairy

I feel that way almost all the time, and like you I have ordinary work hours and not too much in the way of other commitments. I think my body just isn’t cut out for full-time work. And that’s awful about the tea, too—much as it kills me to do it, I’m working on sipping down my remaining Butiki stash in hopes of avoiding something like this.

keychange

Thanks for the suggestion, rasseru and sad that you can commiserate, green tea! It’s frustrating, because being exhausted all the time isn’t exactly a sympathetic problem. And yeah guys, losing this tea was very sad. At least there was no hint of it to remind me of what I don’t have anymore though—it was that “gone”.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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So this note is actually for the flavoured chocolate bar, because that seems to be how people are logging the chocolates as well. Fine by me.

I don’t really have much to say that hasn’t already been said. The idea of flavouring high-quality milk chocolate with really delicious teas sounds amazing, until you crunch down into actual tea leaves. That’s just wrong, and it astounds me that anyone actually thought that would be enjoyable. Munching on actual tea leaves doesn’t exactly sound like something most people would ever want to do. Really ruins the experience.
I’m exhausted and have a busy weekend coming up. Busy but good. My husband and I sing in a choir, and this weekend we’re performing Mendelsshon’s Elijah with the orchestra, which is such an incredible experience. Incredible but nightly rehearsals are still exhausting. Happy Friday, my friends!

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Have this as a latte, they said. It will taste delicious, said sil. Just toss a buttload into a steepster and heat up milk until you’re terrified it’ll boil over, then heat it up a touch longer because you’re a badass and steep for ages.

So I did.

And it was delicious. Better than what you would imagine strawberry milk to taste like, because it actually tasted like fresh, orchard-picked (wait, do strawberries even grow in an orchard? what is an orchard, anyway? like an expanse of supple land where things grow? whatever, it sounds good) so yeah, orchard-fresh strawberries in fresh cream. I guzzled this down as I watched my country do the right thing, while the jays were busy kicking some profound ass. A great, great night for Canada! Let’s start undoing some damage, shall we?

So now this tea is all gone. I have the other strawberry one, strawberry pie, I think? Anyway, that’ll have to do until I can get my mouth on this one again.

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Kristal

Sounds lovely!

keychange

It was! :)

Evol Ving Ness

It was a great night. A very great night all round.
And your latte sounds just delicious. You might give it a go with Strawberry Pie too as a latte. I think it might work quite nicely.

rosebudmelissa

I just got this in the mail yesterday. I can’t wait to try it. In answer to your questions, strawberries grow in a field. An orchard is specifically devoted to fruit trees. Since strawberries grow on small plants not trees, that term doesn’t apply.

keychange

aha! that’s why it’s an apple orchard! you learn something every day. Thanks for that! and I hope you love this tea. Feel free to overleaf to get maximum flavor.

rosebudmelissa

I had the old version, and always overleafed that one. I really liked it, so I expect to like this, too.

Sil

Hahaha trust me always! :)

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So excited to try a new (old) cult favourite!

I e-mailed liberteas to get steeping instructions for this, and she suggested that I steep it just under boiling for about ten minutes for maximum flavor. I said I liked my teas sweet, but she suggested that this would probably be sweet enough on its own.
So I steeped two heaping tsp in about 12 oz for ten minutes and started sipping. it is a very natural-tasting strawberry, although I don’t know that I got too much in the way of vanilla, but in fairness I was very distracted by this problem I’m having. I think the problem is this. I find pretty much every tea to taste too thin to me unless I add milk. Like, I do not actually understand how people find plain tea very fulfilling when at best it can taste like flavoured hot water. This is absolutely not the fault of the tea, and I feel bad that I’m venting about this particular problem on this tea’s page, because the tea itself was mouth-watering, and I am just dying to try it as a latte because I think that would blow my mind. No—the problem isn’t the tea, it’s just the concept. Like, maybe i’ll just need to add milk to everything. I don’t know—I’m kind of annoyed because I want to enjoy more tea without additions for the simple reason that it’s easier and less complicated to prepare, but if I’m after a thicker mouth taste, then I need to add things.

Ok but seriously, I would re-order this tea. It is a deliciously full strawberry flavor, and I’ve been needing more caffeine-free options. I really hope she makes this part of her permanent collection!

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Sil

i adored this tea when it first came out via frank. Until the reblends were a miss.

52Teas

This would probably make a really good latte – just brew it a little stronger (add extra leaf). I haven’t tried it as a latte but I think this would be ideal for a latte and it would enhance the milkshake-y type of thing I tried to accomplish. I think I only have one more taster pouch of this tea left, just a PSA! :)

Sil

no…it’s gone. i was building a cart and it’s poofed lol

keychange

omg! I would have so gotten more! uggh please make more! I will absolutely try this as a latte.

52Teas

yep, it’s gone. Sorry!

Sil

@52 teas I keep meaning to ask, will you be doing any sort of permanent collection? Or, similar to how frank had it, letting people signup for when past teas are reblended again?

52Teas

We will eventually have a separate ‘brand’ called “D’s Teas” which will be our permanent collection. With that brand, we’ll probably include some of our more popular teas, but we will need to see how things develop because we will also need to keep inventory under control – we won’t have enough room to be able to keep a huge number of teas in stock regularly.

Right now, we are pretty busy trying to fulfill all the Kickstarter incentives and that needs to be our priority because those people have already paid money for product. And since Monday comes really quickly (every seven days, it seems like!) we need to also keep on the ball with our teas of the week and not fall behind on that.

Eventually, when we get ourselves caught up with these things, we hope to have things like that added to our website, we’d like to have some kind of purchasing incentive program (like the points program that Frank had) and stuff like notifications when certain teas are back in stock. We are still working out all the kinks with the system we have in place and aren’t sure that it’s something that we’ll keep just yet, because even though it’s working for us, there are certain shortcomings to the program (for example, it doesn’t have anything built in for subscriptions and that’s an important aspect of what we do) . . . so yeah, to offer a very long, wordy response to your straightforward question, yes, eventually we do plan on having those things. :)

Sil

no that’s a great response haha. I totally understand and i can wait..just happy to hear you’ll be doing something like that in future.

OMGsrsly

Sil, I have a taster for you. I bought an extra. :P Also, I totally get what you mean about thickness, Keychange. I will drink my tea plain, but adding milk and having that extra oomph to the feel of it is super comforting for me. Also, lattes for the win. ;)

keychange

Oh yeah, milk can really save the day for sure. Esp with teas that can taste thinner, like honeybush.

Indigobloom

Totally agreed on the milk front! yay for saved tea! but then there are also times where I wish the flavour was fuller, but not milky. In those cases, sometimes I add sugar and once in awhile lemon or lime. Still, it never seems to be enough

Evol Ving Ness

I used to be a big espresso with tons of milk or cream drinker. And then, I switched to tea, black. For me, the way to switch to black tea is to just not keep milk or cream in the house. Drastic measure, I know.

I still have tea or coffee with tons of cream or milk or lattes even from time to time, but only when I am out, never at home. That way, the creaminess of milk or cream in drinks is a luxury, not an expectation.

Evol Ving Ness

And 52teas, I really appreciate your thorough explanations. I think a lot of people do. Thank you.

keychange

oh wow, that’s drastic but I’m glad it worked for you. I don’t think I’d ever want to cut it out entirely at home. If my tea-drinking experience isn’t enjoyable, there’s no point in it for me. I just wish I enjoyed a thinner mouth feel than I do!

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, it’s all about the joy.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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This is the first 52 teas order I’ve placed since the company changed hands, so I was excited and nervous. I’m starting to realize that when it comes to flavoured blends, I’m liking green tea as a base more than I thought I would. It’s mineraliness seems to pair so nicely with a variety of flavours without being astringent like many a black base, at least without milk and/or sugar which is how I take pretty much all my blacks, flavoured or not. Anyway, in the bag, this tea smells of straight up vanilla and toothpastey mint, which is generally fine by me. Sometimes mint in tea turns my stomach after the tea has steeped, but that somehow wasn’t the case here, which I’m thankful for. You can taste all the elements of the tea, and even more so as it cools. I might add a touch of sugar next time to see if that amps up the marshmallow, but it really doesn’t feel necessary. And as other reviewers have mentioned, the aftertaste in your mouth really does resemble how you would imagine a grey mist to taste like. How neat!
Brewed at 185 f for two minutes, one tsp for 9-10 oz of water,

The bottom line is that I like this but don’t love it. Which is a great start!

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Sil

YAY! moare 52 teas reviews! lol

Indigobloom

I so adore this tea

rosebudmelissa

Apparently mint can either cause or relieve heartburn depending on the person. Marshmallow root can relieve heartburn, so maybe that helped here?

I’m hearing lots of positive reviews for the new 52teas, which is making me excited for the order I’m expecting.

keychange

Hmmm, interesting. Always possible, I guess. And yes, I’m pretty happy, myself. I’m going to open up some more tomorrow, so there’ll be more reviews on the way.

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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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