2515 Tasting Notes

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2515 tasting notes

After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.

Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.

First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)

I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
tigress_al

I never really thought to cold brew this before, but I am definitely gonna try that now!

noordelijk

I had this tea as a sample in the davidstea winter giftbox. It was so tasty and went perfectly with christmas stollen! I would always make it in my glass tumbler too so I could see the leaves floating around it was so pretty.

Lynne-tea

I made this up for my mom iced and she absolutely loved it! Carried the cup with her all night and drank my whole thing of iced tea. I was so happy =)

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that is so cute!! I’m looking forward to brewing tea for my parents (aka mom), sister, and aunt/uncle while I’m on vacation. I hope I find a winner for someone!!

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75
drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
2515 tasting notes

Along with oolongs, I was in the mood for genmaicha of some sort tonight. Of course, I now wish I hadn’t brewed all these up, because I’m overtired and reacting as such to a few things going on. Lame.

I used 1.5 tsp in about 8-10 oz. water for a minute, and this is far too weak for my liking. I’ll have to try again with a longer infusion, because the flavour was good, it was just too much like hot water. Thanks also go to Alphakitty for this one :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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67

Another oolong from Alphakitty! In an oolong mood tonight, and heading to bed shortly. I’m very tired.

The aroma of this one is definitely not what I expected – it’s almost jasmine-like. I suppose that is the magnolia? The taste follows, being floral and jasminey, but not quite like jasmine. I’m not getting a great deal of oolong in the aftertaste, which is disappointing, although I do like the lingering floral notes.

This tea’s not bad, but I think for a similar flavour, I’d more likely just pick out a jasmine tea. I’m sure there are more than just subtle differences, but I’m not tasting them now. It’s good though, but again, lacking in oolong flavour, which precludes it from seeming “different/unique” to me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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Another milk oolong for me :) Thanks Alphakitty! This is my first bagged one; I’m curious to see how well it holds up to loose versions.

The smell is clearly delicious, caramelly milk oolong. I’m not used to teabags having an aroma, so I’m excited!

The tea is actually pretty darn good! Creamy and oolongy, although it could be stronger in both areas (maybe I used a bit too much water?) I’m pleasantly surprised! Can’t touch DavidsTea’s version, but I’d definitely drink this one again :) Thanks Alphakitty!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

RoT’s teabags are kind of small so it’s best to put them in tinier mugs than usual (and for this one you don’t have to worry about oversteeping).

Kittenna

Good to know! I still have one left :D

Alphakitty

They also sell this loose-leaf, but I’m cheap so I got the bags XD

Joshua

After two mediocre cuppings, I’m finding myself agreeing w/ you. I’ve had one other milk oolong, and I recall the flavor was much deeper in every way. I’m hoping that more leaf will solve the problem because I can’t tell if I want to describe the tea as subtle or just watery.

Kittenna

My thoughts exactly!

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77
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2515 tasting notes

Sweetened and with milk, this kind of reminds me of a nutty chocolate bar. It’s delicious. The aroma is mostly like hot cocoa, and the hazelnut comes out in the flavour. Yummy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Wow, this sounds like something I would love, I am going to have to make a Harneys order!

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75

Decided to be a grown-up this morning. I couldn’t sleep, so am just going to work without sleeping in the hopes that I am tired tonight. It’s my own fault. Anyways, the adult part is having two cups of black tea for breakfast! Not that it’s black… I milked and sugared it up nicely, because I don’t think straight tea would sit well with me right now. My stomach is finicky in the morning.

Anyhow, this one’s pretty tasty done up this way; I like smoky tea when it’s lightened with milk and sweetened. Initially I could taste the berries in this blend, but all I can taste is the smokiness, now. Hopefully this sits well!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Did you make a LTR order? What else did you get if so.

Kittenna

This one is still from you :) I was bad and didn’t acknowledge, mostly because I’ve drank it previously. I can’t justify more orders :(

Dylan Oxford

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot…

Azzrian

Oh its okay Kit lol no worries. Just wondered if you had made an order and what ya got.
Dylan – wish I had a like button here.

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82

Still smells/tastes pretty minty, not getting ‘white swiss truffle’, but again, it works as a minty evening drink. I clearly don’t find it to be quite as bad as others do, although it’s not my top choice for an uncaffeinated beverage. (It actually tastes much like a weak chocolate mint to me, which really isn’t so bad, especially considering my dislike of mint).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Strange I never got mint out of this at all. Was it contaminated maybe?

Azzrian

Wow never mind … it does say it has mint in it. WEIRD I never EVER got mint from mine. M palette is weird.

Kittenna

Oh, I was just going to say that I didn’t know how it could have been contaminated, since I think you received your order shortly before sending it to me, and you certainly sent me no mint teas!! Btw I didn’t see that it had mint in it. Odd.

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67

I’m too tired to try and taste the flavours of this one right now, but I do think it’s a tasty honeybush regardless. No strange flavours, although the flavouring is apparent. Just a nice evening drink.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81
drank Banana Peach Green by 52teas
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Another sample from LiberTEAS! Yum!

This one smells oddly familiar to me; I wonder if it’s another 52teas blend that I’m thinking of? I can’t place it though. It’s a good sort of familiar though! It does smell banana-y/peachy.

I steeped this one for a conservative 2 minutes, and it perhaps could have used a bit more to add a bit of strength, but the plus side is that I’m rewarded with zero astringency! And the flavours are still there. I can taste a bit of seaweedy green tea, and then a delicious peachy flavour comes out, with creamy banana lurking in the background. I feel like the peach flavour isn’t quite as tasty as I would have liked – it tastes almost like a slightly underripe peach where the flavour isn’t fully developed, instead of a juicy, ripe, dripping peach. Still tasty though. A bit of sugar would perhaps make the flavours come out more, but I am still determined to avoid that!

I had written off most flavoured green teas because I wasn’t enjoying them, but this one is good. I think it’s partially because for whatever reason, I’m not always a big fan of citrus mixed with green tea, and DavidsTea put out what seemed like quite a number of those recently, none of which I particularly cared for.

I’m looking forward to additional infusions of this one… there’s a big chunk of presumably peach in my infuser, and I’m hoping that a bit of sitting wet will help the flavour to come out in the second cup. I’m contemplating cold-brewing the rest of my sample of this one, as I think it would do well…

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

This blend was on 52Teas Permanent list for quite awhile so you may have ordered it in the past (?). I’d been meaning to try some too, but then Frank discontinued it. :(

Kittenna

Good idea, but I haven’t made enough 52teas orders to have ordered that one. I’m not sure it was even still around when I found out about the company! I’m wondering if it’s reminding me of the tea I had from Le Palais des Thes…

52teas

This was one of MY favorites, and I kept it on the permanent list for a while largely so I could have some, but it didn’t sell very well.

Kittenna

I think it’s one of the better flavoured greens I’ve had. :)

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83

I was craving a bit of milk oolong this afternoon, and remembered that I hadn’t tried this one generously sent to me by Teavivre yet!

The aroma of both the dry and steeped tea is kind of a caramelly, milky aroma. Very appetizing.

The flavour is pretty delicious as well. I can taste a vegetal oolong beneath the milky, caramelly flavouring, which blend fairly well together (although I don’t recall such a sharp, vegetal flavour with other milk oolongs I’ve tried, but it’s ok). The milky taste and oolong aftertaste linger in your mouth for a while after, which is enjoyable.

Unlike Teavivre’s unflavoured milk oolong, which I enjoyed but didn’t find particularly milky, this one clearly tastes deliciously milky, but I feel a bit like it’s not quite what I want from a milk oolong. I really can’t quite put my finger on it; it may be that it’s flavoured and there’s something not quite meshing, or for all I know, I messed up the brewing parameters. Either way, it is certainly enjoyable!

I think DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong is going to be awfully difficult for other teas to beat… (although the Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea & Herb was very, very close, if not better).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I agree, DT’s milk oolong is extra special!

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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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