2246 Tasting Notes

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Thank you Missy and Dylan for this surprise sample! Right up my alley!

Dry and steeped, this smells overwhelmingly like coconut. A similar sort of aroma to that I got from both Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, and Spice & Tea Exchange’s Coconut Oolong. Yum.

The taste is coconutty. And then more coconut. With a second helping of delicious, nutty coconut. The only thing I’m missing is a bit more of the black tea base, but as I’m being super cautious lately and not steeping blacks for longer than 3 minutes, perhaps that was my error. I’m not sure – I kept myself from reading everyone else’s tasting notes this time!

Anyhow, while this tea is coconutty, it unfortunately isn’t much else. I guess I’m not a person with simple tastes? (Haha.) I think I would prefer Coconut Cream Pie over this one if given the choice, but I imagine it would be fabulous to blend with for that strong coconut flavour!

(Is it wrong to wonder what Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black might taste like with this sort of coconut flavour?!)

Anyways, thanks for the sample guys! Definitely loving the coconut :D

ETA: Second infusion was intensely and wonderfully coconutty too!! Awesome.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Missy

That’s what I got from it too. Totally overwhelming coconut. We use it to make Dylan’s Thai tea. :D

Missy

Your welcome too! Sorry I’m a bit slow tonight.

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75

Ok, so does this have roasted mate in it?! Or malt flavouring? Because I’m getting a strong association to the super tasty Malted ChocoMate. In fact, that’s why I chose this sample from the awesome package sent to me by Missy & Dylan! Thanks you guys :)

So yes. This smells much like a minty Malted ChocoMate. Interesting.

Sadly, once steeped, I’m smelling the dreaded peppermint :( There’s something about mixing mint with hot water than I’m just not fond of. Apprehensive of tasting now but hey, I’m pretty sure I requested this one from them, so I had better do it.

Umm….. wow. This is much, much better than I had anticipated. I’m not really getting too much chocolate, but I’d chalk that up moreso to an inability to differentiate flavours than to a lack of chocolate in the blend (or cocoa nibs, in this case). The mint somehow blends wonderfully with the maltiness that I’m familiar with from Malted ChocoMate, and is rather lovely. Odd – I just thought about how this is a similar combination to Verdant Tea’s Chocolate Chamomile Curiousity Brew. Although that one smelled like cinnamon toast. I think they may have tasted somewhat similar…

I seem to be getting a bit of a scratchy throat from this one (or maybe I’m only just noticing it now), so that’s the only downside.

I’m still not fond of mint in teas, but this blend works really well. Thanks for the sample, Missy & Dylan! I used it all up in one generously-leafed cup (I think that’s what I requested?) which makes me happy as I get to tick off another tea as ‘sampled’ yet add nothing to my cupboard! This tea didn’t even make it out of the kitchen :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

Hrmmm… I wonder. There is always the possibility I labeled them wrong… because we did send you a sample of the Vanilla Mint Mate as well, right? Take a look at that one and see if it looks suspiciously like it has black tea in it…

Missy

Yay! I’m glad you liked it. I too wonder if we labeled it wrong. We sent a sample of chocolate mint tea and vanilla mint mate.

Kittenna

Just ran down to check (although I was certain that there was black tea in the one I brewed up), and the Vanilla Mint Mate bag definitely has mate in it, no tea. So I’m thinking Frank just used some of the same flavouring in the two blends. I love that particular flavouring though :)

Missy

lol well at least we got the labeling right then!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yup! :D

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Hmmm, my tea definitely doesn’t look like the picture here – there were bits in it! I didn’t look too closely, bits of fruit, perhaps?

Last tea of the evening. Have been half asleep for a while now. Thinking the caffeine in this one will do diddly-squat because I’m just so exhausted.

The aroma is sweet, smoky, and fruity. Mmmmm. Loving these lapsang souchong blends.

Flavourwise I’m definitely getting all three as well. It’s a touch on the weak side though – I was worried about the 5 minute infusion instructions so went with four, perhaps a mistake. Too tired to review further.

I kinda like this :) Definitely want to keep trying more LS blends. Thanks Azzrian!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Yeah the real tea does not look like the photo. London Tea Room does not have photos up of their teas so I think that was grabbed from another site and it was not the same. Poor representation really. I should take a pic myself perhaps.
Glad you liked it! It is different! :)

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2246 tasting notes

Super excited about my upcoming Butiki order! Turns out that shipping to Canada is quite reasonable, after all! I need some retail therapy (lies, I just need therapy, but spending money always feels good).

Can’t say I’ve had pistachio ice cream, but I have had pistachio pudding? You know, the green stuff… that I’m totally craving now that I’m thinking about it…. hello shopping list.

I neglected to sniff the dry tea enough to write about it, and it’s way over there gestures to foot region sooooo later. Later.

Steeped, the smell is creamy and… nutmeggy? Interesting.

Sipping it, I’m getting something familiar from this, although not pistachio ice cream. Is it reminding me a touch of 52teas Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha? Hmm. I can taste the green tea lurking in the background, tastes like sencha to me.

Uh… I’ve finished the cup, so can’t write anymore. I think this one has promise, but i think I need to use more tea or less water. Or steep it longer. It was just a bit too much on the light side.

Thanks to Azzrian for this sample, and hooking me on Butiki Teas :)

ETA: Second infusion, about 175F for a… while. And in less water. Doesn’t taste like much. I’ll have to try again as described above.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Mao Jain organic green tea base, lotus stamins, roasted pistachios, vegan natural flavorings. This is very tasty I agree. Different too.

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
2246 tasting notes

Chanced across a mention of this tea this evening and instantly wanted some.

Decided to only use a little less than 1.5 tsp today, and I think it needed more. Boo. Not enough body, not enough spice. Perhaps I also should have shaken up the packet for a bit more cayenne. The almond milk is probably also not helping. Sigh!

Ok, with 2 tsp sugar and putting the infuser basket back in for another minute or so, it’s much better. Still think I need to use more tea though. This could get expensive.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Wow. Dry this smells.. like a fizzy candy. A sweet fizzy candy. Is there ginger? I can’t tell. It’s rather overwhelming, actually.

Steeped (in my sweet new double-walled glass mug) I’m not getting much flavour. That could be because I just burnt my nostrils sniffing the dry tea.

The flavour is definitely interesting. I would swear there’s a bit of ginger in here. Combined with fruity candy. So it’s a bit sweet, but there’s almost a fizziness to it (tell me there’s ginger, guys. I’m not kidding….)

I’m totally undecided as to how I feel about this one. The taste is really candy-like and fake, to be honest, and although I kind of like that, I do wish it was more authentically strawberry-kiwi. Oh – there’s some real strawberry and white tea, right at the end of sip 5.

Ok, I think I do like this one, but it’s not quite what I was expecting. Another one to try iced, based on the other reviews!

ETA: OHH!!!! Lime!!! Yes, definitely lime. Read the tea description right after I posted this, and yes, I am definitely tasting lime. I might have misinterpreted that for ginger. I like it though.

ETA again: Second infusion (3min/175F) was tasty but didn’t taste much like the first. Kind of fruity. Definitely good though.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Finally getting around to trying this one. I see that everyone seems to like it iced, so I’ll have to try it that way later.

I’m a bit concerned after opening the package that the tea is rather broken up. Hopefully that doesn’t affect the flavour.

As it’s steeping, I’m smelling such a nice lemony aroma, mixed with a hint of fruit. Mmm, promising!

Ooh, interesting. I can taste the lemony flavour, and a bit of fruitiness, and some white tea taste. A bit too hot still though… (Ok seriously, like three minutes later and the most interesting and tasty flavour is lingering in my mouth!!)

A bit cooler now (ok, a lot), and this is quite pleasant! And oooh, the aftertaste is lovely! I’m having trouble placing flavours here, but an unsweetened strawberry lemonade would probably fit what I’m tasting. The flavours of the white tea are blending seamlessly with the fruitiness and gentle lemon flavours. This is really good! I definitely want to try it iced. I’m feeling a bit like the fruitiness I’m tasting is less authentic strawberry and moreso a berry sort of flavour, but I’m really liking it regardless. I also am not sure if I actually got any strawberry chunks in this cup, so that could be influencing the flavour as well.

I wonder what this would taste like with a twist of lemon and a touch of sugar? Not tonight though, it is much too tasty unaltered right now :)

Another hit from 52teas! Yay :) Next up, Strawberry Kiwi Margarita??

ETA: The lemon myrtle really came out in the second infusion (3 min/175F), and it tasted much like plain lemonade. Probably needed a big chunk of strawberry in the infuser (which it didn’t have). Still good though :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
2246 tasting notes

Iced this one over the last day or so, a little too tart for me right now. Probably won’t refill this one again when it’s gone; I think there are better teas for icing out there.

Ooh, just caught Amanda’s post out of the corner of my eye, where she adds some honey… time for some agave. That might perk it up a bit tonight.

Ah, better. There’s some bitterness though, which is kind of unpleasant, but I can definitely finish the cup now :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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61

Second sample, also from Indigobloom! I was feeling bad for not trying many of the samples she gave me, so I’m making an effort today :)

Eep. The dry teabag had a hint of soapy smell to it. Not a good sign! (Although now that it’s in the water, I’m smelling just oolong. Much better.)

Uh oh! Minus points – I just tried to remove the teabag and the string came off!! An extra minute of steeping followed. Hopefully it can take it. I have to note that the little pyramid teabag is like a poofy pillow with the expansion of the tea leaves! Kind of neat :)

The steeped tea smells mostly of oolong. That’s actually quite promising, because a lot of tea blends are short on tea flavour. I don’t smell pomegranate at all though.

Hmm, ok. The oolong is a bit buttery, but there’s also a bit of astringency. If I try really hard, I can taste the pomegranate weakly in the background. Ok, didn’t even taste it at all that time.

Well, that’s kind of disappointing. The base here was actually pretty promising, but the pomegranate flavour is horribly lacking :( Maybe it’ll show up more when I try the other teabag? As an straight oolong, this is rather mediocre, so the rating will reflect that.

Oh well. Thanks for the sample, Indigobloom!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Ahhhh so glad it wasn’t just me!!! I couldn’t find the pomegranate either…

Kittenna

Darn, I guess that kind of dashes my hopes for the other teabag. I think I’ll take it to work though – it was an ok oolong, and no-fuss being in a teabag already. Definitely appreciate the sample though! Just wish they were a bit heavier-handed on the flavouring (or pomegranate chunks)!

Indigobloom

yeah the oolong part is good enough, but I to was hoping for more fruit flavour. I’m trying to use up the rest so I can have the tin! lol

Indigobloom

erm where did my note go!? I saw it there yesterday… I went back to check my review… and now it’s gone? :/

Kittenna

I was looking for your review and couldn’t find it! (And was surprised!)

Indigobloom

It must be a bug. Not the first time that’s happened to me but now I know for sure it isn’t my imagination!

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
2246 tasting notes

So, I’m now the proud owner of not one, but TWO new infusers. Yaaaay. One’s a collapsible infuser basket (gimmicky, but whatever) – it’s stainless steel and the holes are a bit bigger than I wanted, but it sits nicely overtop a cup, and I used it to filter this iced tea today. The other’s a cup/infuser set from Bodum – a nice glass double-walled cup (like I needed more cups) with a fine plastic strainer. I wish it was metal, but I can’t seem to find such things anywhere but on Amazon.com (grrr.)

Anyways, tried this cold-brewed for the first time. It’s not bad, a bit on the tart side (but I can handle that especially in an iced tea), but it isn’t melony enough. I think I prefer this one hot and cooled to room temperature.

Either way, I have super high hopes for DavidsTea’s Luscious Watermelon, coming back this Wednesday with the summer collection!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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