3125 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Brewed this a bit overly strong on the weekend, but still quite enjoyed it. Deliciously coconut-creamy chai. Once I retrieve my teabags on Wednesday, I’ll have another cup or so of it. I have also been reminded of the fact that I have a caramel(?) chai from the same company, which is quite good. I’m not sure where it is, but now I want it… haha.

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Weekend tea, but this had definitely lost flavour. Oh well. Also, it was the first tea in my newest travel mug, and it seemed to pick up some plasticky flavours… so I ended up actually dumping it out. Very sad.

keychange

oooohhhh what’s your newest travel mug?

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60
drank Pumpkin Maté by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t mind the flavour of this one overly, but it smelled a bit fishy while I was brewing and drinking it (ew), and the mate is just too… earthy for me. Minus the fishiness, it smells pretty decent, and the flavour isn’t bad, but I much, much prefer Spiced Pumpkin. The spices here are a lot less apparent (to the point where I can’t even really pick out what I’m tasting). Won’t be picking up any more of this tea.

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Helena

I bought the pumpkin sampler so I will have to see. I might try drinking it before work tonight

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90
drank Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
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This is great, but would be perfect only without the honeybush. I get a bit of a scratchy throat when drinking it, likely for that very reason.

Otherwise, it is pretty much the perfect pumpkin spice tea, IMO. Nutmeg, cloves(?), pumpkin, whipped cream… love the aroma, love the flavour. Despite the honeybush, I’ll probably grab 50g. I love love love nutmeg in teas, and also pumpkin spice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Helena

You make it sound so good!

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93

Guys… this is BETTER than DT’s Vanilla Orchid. Fresher, and missing that strange fake-flavouring aftertaste. I would probably prefer it without the osmanthus flavouring, because I’m not a huge fan of floral, but it’s still really good. I wasn’t expecting this. It wasn’t even a tea I really chose – it was a substitution for Dark Chocolate Oolong, since someone bought that out before me.

Pretty happy with this tea. I love a creamy, vanilla oolong.

Fjellrev

Thanks for bringing this one to my attention! Sounds like what I wanted Vanilla Orchid to be, which tasted far too artificial for my liking.

keychange

sounds delish!

Equusfell

Too bad he’s all out!

Kittenna

The second infusion was a bit more floral, and I didn’t like it as much, but the first was divine.

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83

Quite happy with this tea! I really like the nutty base, and the cinnamon/apple are just perfect. Definitely one of the better fall apple teas I’ve tried.

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77

So I unfortunately oversteeped this the first time I had it (forgot it was gyokuro and needed a super short infusion), but I did still drink it. I’m not sure if it was my imagination, but I felt like I could taste the vanilla, and really enjoyed it. The jackfruit seeds, not so much, though there was one in the infuser. I’ll have to keep a closer eye on it next time. Rating tentatively for now.

Later infusions were really only gyokuro.

Helena

I hate it when I oversteep things. Sometimes it is because something else came up and I completely forgot…

Liquid Proust

No fun when a tea doesn’t taste the way you’d like it to. With nothing to hide, I will say that this gyokuro cost over $200 a kilogram (which means I’m paying for others to try it). I would suggest lowering the steep time to 90 seconds to 150 seconds depending on what method of steeping you’re using. Regardless, sorry this tea was a disappointment.

Kittenna

Oh, I was not disappointed with this one. It was my own steeping error, and really, I could have probably more or less fixed it by adding some more water. I actually am rather looking forward to having it again!

Liquid Proust

If it isn’t good to you than it isn’t good to you :)

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I continue to be unbelievably behind on logging teas (I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up…), but figured I should try to get a few new things reviewed. I just made a few bigs orders, and this was one of the teas I got!

Aroma was fairly floral, which I wasn’t expecting – I was definitely hoping for more of creamy, eggy vanilla (french toast). The tea, while being somewhat chocolatey and malty, also tasted fairly floral; not bad, but again, I was expecting more custard-vanilla, not vanilla flower. Possibly also a hint of cinnamon (but ONLY the barest hint).

Strangely, I did also get the “too floral” flavour from two other brand new blacks I had today (from Taiwan Tea Crafts), so I have to wonder if it’s my tastebuds or something (I have been sick for about 10 days, so it’s possible, though it’s mostly in my chest and I haven’t noticed anything else tasting different than expected).

Anyhow, I’ll withhold rating for now, in the event that it’s a problem on my end, but I was somewhat disappointed in this tea being so floral. I was happy enough with the base, and it wasn’t an unpleasant drinking experience by ANY means, I was just expecting something different.

Preparation
Boiling
QueenOfTarts

I also got a bit of a floral almost perfumey flavor from this one… Not like the eggy French toast I was hoping for.

Helena

Floral French Toast? I’ll pass on that..

Liquid Proust

This is quite interesting. You taste what you taste, but I’m curious if other dianhongs taste floral to you or do you pick up the malt/chocolate in them?

Kittenna

QueenOfTarts – yeah, that’s exactly what I thought.

Liquid Proust – I usually taste the malt/chocolate, primarily. The floral was unexpected and surprising. I’ll see if it’s still like that in the next attempt. I did certainly taste both of those, but the floral was distracting.

Liquid Proust

It sounds gross… floral dianhong?
I hope it doesn’t end up that way again!

Liquid Proust

Just checking back on the status of floral black teas during that time frame; still having the same findings? I’m trying to investigate if it’s taste buds or someone sabotaged the teas!

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83
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Not as tasty today, but maybe I underleafed. Still could taste Cookie goodness, but not as strong as I usually like.

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83

Definitely prefer Golden Orchid. This is certainly richer and more chocolatey, and though good, I prefer the more intense vanilla of Golden Orchid.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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