2970 Tasting Notes

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Short tasting note… it’s sooooo late! And I have an important 9am meeting! Bad boyfriend and I for passing out at midnight while watching Dr. Who…

Anyhow! This was pretty good. Travel-mugged, so I’ll have to review more thoroughly later, but I definitely tasted delicious pumpkin, spice, and some chocolate. I even got one sip that lingered with delicious chocolate/pastry flavours. Definitely a worthwhile tea; I wish I had some of the plain pumpkin pie to compare to, but that’s all gone. Either way, yum! Della Terra does pumpkin well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

Sounds delish…I really want to try some of the Della Terra teas. Which ep of DW did you watch?

Kittenna

I’d highly recommend picking up some Try Me packs! Well worth it for the money; they are a better than average blender, IMO.

We just finished the second half of the Cybermen episode, and started on the next one where people’s faces are sucked off (but we both passed out during that one). I haven’t watched very much yet!

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83
drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
2970 tasting notes

This always smells a little fishy to me, but not in a bad way. Either way, it is pretty tasty today, and it’s really tasting like a premium genmaicha, with tasty caramel notes alongside roasty rice and green tea. Mmmmm. Unfortunately it’s in a thermos, so not optimal, but it’s still ok.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Come tears…. ruined by the travel thermos today :( I can taste a bit of yum, but mostly… thermos. Blehhhhhhh :(

ETA: Actually, I think it was my tastebuds that were a bit off, because when I finished it off later, it was really delicious! Very raisiny. Almost… dark chocolate raisins? So good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

I am sorry :(

Kittenna

It’s just so crushing to have such a good tea, I tea I have rated 100!, ruined by a mug. At least it’s not undrinkable, but the delicious fruitiness isn’t there, and the chocolate is overshadowed by thermos flavour.

Donna A

Ouch! I just re-ordered this, now that it is back in stock. Soon, Stacy will offer another Taiwanese Assam too. Look forward to trying it!

Bonnie

I don’t know what material you use, but insulated glass or stainless and no rubber or plastic parts is best. I can taste flavors more than most people, which can be unfortunate. Thermos taste is yucky! Poor you! Blech!

Kittenna

Mine are both stainless with a minimum of plastic bits, but they are still there. Luckily I think this was a case of tastebud issues; the thermoses I have are usually pretty additional-taste-free. (One of the BPA-free waterbottles I have, however, consistently makes my water taste like plastic. Major gag!)

Bonnie

Wonder why? You’re the scientist! Get a Nobel Prize for discovering some organism that’s ruining the taste of the tea in the BPA free waterbottle!!! BLECH!

Kittenna

Haha, I suspect it’s something leaching into the water…. really makes me not want to drink it :/

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100

Sigh, another year older! Tick tick tick tick tick! :P

Anyways, although I didn’t drink much tea today, I did have this one, using my adorable new infuser from my boyfriend! As one of my birthday gifts, he gave me a little floating duck infuser, which doesn’t work perfectly (it tips over a bit), but darn is it ever cute! The basket is small, but the mesh is quite fine, so I’m pretty happy with it! Left it at his house so I’ll always have a way to brew tea there! He even cleaned it out for me tonight :D What a sweetie!

This tea, as usual, smelled and tasted like a delicious berry crisp. So tasty. I still am not sure how I didn’t like it the first time, but I guess perhaps I just sucked at steeping teas back then!

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday! :)

Claire

Happy birthday!

Vortegne

Happy birthday!

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday :) I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cavocorax

Happy Birthday! That duck infuser sounds super cute.

Veronica

Happy Birthday!

Em

Happy Birthday!!

MissLena

Happy bday! Sounds like it’s been a good day so far :)

Shmiracles
  • A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! * yaaaaay
    drink tea all day! wear all your favorite outfits at once!
    i hope you have a wonderful birthday week.
Cee Long Green

Happy Birthday!!!

Helena

Happy Birthday :D

Sweet Canadian

Happy Birthday!

Alphakitty

Happy Birthday! ^^

Kittenna

Thanks everyone! It was definitely a pretty awesome day :D

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
2970 tasting notes

I think I miiiight have had too much caffeine tonight. Feeling a bit jittery… whoops.

Anyways, this is the last tea of the evening unless I re-steep something, and it’s also a sipdown! Yay!

I don’t think I’m enjoying this one as much as last time though… it mostly tastes nutty. Of course, I also think there weren’t any raisins in this cup, which may have affected the flavour. Overall, pretty meh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

I still think that this is a strange combination, but it really works so deliciously well! Enjoying a cup of this again tonight courtesy of Azzrian! I have enough to take to work in a travel mug, so should really do that sometime, because it’s quite the caramelly treat.

ETA: This one made it through 3 very tasty infusions! The caramel flavour was retained through all three, which was awesome. I probably could have had another infusion as well, but really wanted some new teas, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95

Mmmmm, soooooo cantaloupey and creamy. Delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
09tigerlily

Best review I’ve read in my life.

Kittenna

Hahahaha :P

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83

Well, this tea and I have quiiiiite the history. The first time, I so epically steeped it incorrectly that it was undrinkable! I feel bad, because that note of mine should have moved to the back of the pile, so to speak, but it hasn’t due to silly Steepster still ranking a user’s aggregate of notes based on their first one.

Anyhow, I decided to go for a Western-style infusion today, with my standard 1.5tsp of leaf in 8oz. of water, and was rewarded with quite the delicious cup. Light, nutty and sweet, with a few more flavours that escape me, this is really quite tasty. I should have brought some of this one for my mom to try – it just occurred to me that I didn’t bring a single tea for her to try from the “straight oxidized oolongs” category, which I suspect she’d actually really enjoy (she dislikes all blacks, but enjoys pu’erh and green oolongs).

Anyways, like I said, really yummy. Oh – just catching some raisiny sweetness as I chugged down the last of that cup. Mmmmm!

ETA: Second infusion… not so great. I think this one really needs to be brewed gong-fu style to be thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps this weekend!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

This is another sample I picked up just for the sake of trying all the teas. Did I expect to like it? Nope. Did I even read the ingredient list? Nope!

So anyways, laoshan green mixed with… things. I know there’s mint in here, but I’m pretty clueless as to everything else, to be honest. Dry, that’s pretty much how the tea smelled. Minty. Bleh, like I said, try all the teas! There have been surprises before.

When I took the infuser basket out, I have to admit that I caught aromas I was not expecting! Laoshan green, definitely, but… along with the mint there is something savoury. Almost smells like… gingerbread??? A spice of some sort, I’d have to guess.

And then the flavour…. See, this is why I pick up teas I don’t expect to like, because sometimes I get something amazing! First, there’s typical beany laoshan green, which is a treat on its own. Then there’s mint… but it tastes like mint mint to me, not peppermint. I like mint mint! (Does anyone else understand what I mean here?? My mom would!) Anyways, after the mint there’s this intense gingerbready flavour. I have no idea what it is! And then it fades into what’s coming off to me as almost a… coffee flavour? But a delicious coffee flavour, no burniness. I have no idea what it is I’m tasting in here, but I’m kicking myself for not trying this earlier, because it’s ridiculously delicious! I think the caramel notes of the laoshan green are playing in here somehow… ok, off to Verdant’s website I go!

Coriander! Cardamom! Well, I guess the cardamom is what’s coming off as ginger to me, and the coriander is probably involved in the general “savouriness” of this tea.

Darn… I am really disappointed that I only have a sample size of this one. Anyone have some they want to get rid of/trade? I would love to send my mom some of this one…! It is really a fantastic blend.

ETA: Nuts. Just checked to see if anyone else who reviewed this didn’t like it… but pretty much all the reviews are 89+, except for the one person who seems to have given theirs away to other people who posted! :(

ETA again: Second infusion also delicious, third infusion somewhat less so (but it did sit out overnight). I think I have enough for a couple more cups though… I will have to savour them!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You don’t get stumped very often by green tea’s with your experience in the ‘field’. I’ll NEVER forget the ‘what seemed like months and months’ of asparagus testing you did last year!

Kittenna

I am sometimes appalling bad at identifying flavours! :(

I am still testing asparagus stuff, hahaha. Nearly done though! I’m supposed to write up my thesis and defend it in April… yikers! Then I’ll actually be done with asparagus (unless I do a PhD in it too, which is a possibility!)

Bonnie

You’re going to turn green! Don’t you need to come to colorado if you get a PhD in asparagus? Isn’t there a law about that? And doesn’t I-bloom have to come and assist you? (If I’ve misspelled anything, I don’t have my glasses on!)

Kittenna

Hahaha, that would be so cool Bonnie! :D I’m pretty sure everyone wants to come out and take a trip to visit you and Happy Lucky’s!

Sil

uh sounds like a road trip to me! we can pass through montreal on the way grin

Kittenna

Just gotta get my G license first, I think ;)

Sil

or we make Ian drive…with a car full of girls lol

Kittenna

Oh, that would be 100x better!

Bonnie

wait for some warmer weather

Indigobloom

FUN!!! When do we leave? :D

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
2970 tasting notes

Sipdown!!!

So it figures, the last cup of this tea from my sample bag, and it’s pretty delicious. I’m drinking it cold, but I’m getting wonderful creamy coconut, chocolate, and a bit of fruitiness. There’s still astringency, but I’m willing to bet that it’s a consequence of the very broken leaf, which is more than likely my fault due to carelessness/carting this tea to/from school a couple times. I think this cup is better because I used a very fine Finum brew basket, which kept stray particles from getting into the cup and sitting for say, an hour before drinking it.

Anyways, big ratings bump here, as this is really fairly tasty. It would definitely go on the short list to pick up for a nice flavourful morning black tea that tastes great without additions!

Also, now I know that next time I have dusty black, if I use a Finum basket and a conservative infusion time, it might turn out ok! :D

ETA: Second infusion, 3 min at boiling, is coconutty and good. And thus this tea is now gone forever.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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