2603 Tasting Notes

86

Nom nom nom. Finally a second cup of this one. It’s not quite as blueberry-y as I remember, but I think a) there was more black tea in this cup and b) I may have raised my expectations for it. Nonetheless, it is still very deliciously blueberry, and I can taste the base tea this time. Definitely one of the better teas DT has released lately.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TassieTeaGirl

I’m glad this one is getting great reviews (including from the lovely Natalie from customer service). It’s on my next order list.

Helena

I’ll be trying this later today :D

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2603 tasting notes

Just picked up 50g of this for free! Awesome.

Delicious cup, but not quite as I remember it. Perhaps I’m not really in the mood. Also, different water and water-heating technique are maybe making it a bit different. Oh well!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Nice pick for your free tea! It’s pretty expensive otherwise, but still tasty.

Helena

I’m glad you like it :)

CHAroma

Whoa! How’d you get that much free tea??

Kittenna

DavidsTea coupon!

CHAroma

Sweeet!!!

Lynne-tea

cries I don’t live by a DavidsTea and the online coupon blows. Hmph. Glad you got this though!

tigress_al

Nice choice for the free one!

Kittenna

Yes… $18 of free tea with a $20 purchase. Well worth it. I’d love to go to my local DT and buy things for you, Lynne-tea, but I feel like they’d recognize me and not let me. And I don’t know if I’d be able to make it over there Saturday anyhow.

Lynne-tea

Thank you for saying that Kittenna! That is a kind thought =) I have been trying to get people I know in Victoria to pick some up for me, but none have a printer. Sadface. I’m sure it’s for the best (SOMEHOW)…

Fjellrev

Argh, what timing with this promo. Lynne, I’d grab stuff for you too but having just moved, I have no printer nor phone (since according to their facebook page, you can just show the coupon to the staff with your phone). This would have been the perfect time to try this tea. :/

Kittenna

Yeah, I was going to say that you can use a phone or something as well. I only have a printer since I’m staying with my parents. That sucks :(

Fjellrev

Either way, thanks for the review! Glad you were able to snag some of this. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Lynne-tea

Agreed! I can share some with you Incendiare until you get your hands on some =)

Fjellrev

Aww, thanks for the offer! I was thinking of just picking some up anyway. Sounds like a person can’t go wrong with this one.

Lynne-tea

No problem! It’s true – you really can’t go wrong with this one. Pick up a sample and see how fast you go through it. I bet it will be quick. =)

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93
drank Strawberry Oolong by Butiki Teas
2603 tasting notes

Not surprised, I think my mom enjoyed this the most of the teas we tried tonight! She drank the whole cup (so I get the second infusion). I love this tea so much… rating bump. It’s really delicious tonight.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I have some of this at home that I’ve been meaning to try.

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83

This is one of the teas my mom and I picked up on the weekend.

The aroma is strong and delicious, of an earl grey with something else playing around. Presumably it’s the berries, but I have never tasted them, so can’t be sure.

The flavour is definitely not what I was expecting, but I like it! It’s a light earl grey (a bit lighter than the Earl of Lemon, in my opinion), with a tasty berry flavour that I can’t quite place. No astringency, which sets it apart from regular earl greys. At this point I’m undecided as to whether it would be a re-purchase, but that’s only because I have so much tea! It’s quite good! Mom thought it was different, but ok. She opted for the Yunnan Jasmine White over it though, for her second evening cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Didn’t steep this one up as well as last time, for whatever reason. But it was still good (just not amazing). Mom liked this one too, but can’t recall Teavivre’s Jasmine Pearls well enough to know which she likes better!

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

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82

(Backlogged) morning tea, with brunch. I brewed the first infusion a bit on the light side (1 min) and then the second was a bit overdone, because I was playing with the cat. Still good though, and the parents enjoyed it (but it would have been better if I hadn’t screwed it up!)

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

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77
drank Butter Truffles by The Tea Table
2603 tasting notes

I still haven’t the faintest idea why this is called Butter Truffles. Anyways, brewed some up today and it was ok. I still think it’s a weird set of flavours to have in tea, but that’s ok! Parents thought it was alright and not too weird.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This looks like the Butter Truffle tea (same ingredient list too) from ESP Emporium… so either one of these companies is the supplier (and the other company just wasn’t very clever with the naming of their tea) or, they both get it from the same supplier who calls it butter truffle, and both companies aren’t very clever naming their teas.

Alphakitty

The name for this sounds so good, like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles, but all the reviews seem so mediocre. Part of me wants to try it but the other part knows I’ll be disappointed!

Babble

I know it’s secret info, but I wish there was a place where we could see where a company wholesales its teas from so we could compare across vendors. Like, if I want to order an Earl grey from different sites, how do I know it’s not all just the same tea from Metropolitan?

Kittenna

LiberTEAS – this is from Amy oh, and I seem to recall her or someone else saying that they got this same tea from ESP Emporium. And yeah – the naming is very misleading.

Alphakitty – it’s interesting enough of a tea to be worth a try, in my opinion, but it does not taste like butter-stuffed chocolate truffles. Just Indian-style spices.

Rachel – I agree. I guess the best thing is to stick to companies that you know blend their own teas?

LiberTEAS

@Rachel: that would put a lot of businesses out of work, I think. I personally don’t mind when a company resells tea – I would “guesstimate” that about 75 – 90 percent of all companies out there do that – but, what I don’t like is when they make it sound like they blend/flavor it themselves.

Amanda

I have noticed that too. After visiting a local tea shop, who made me feel like they blend their own teas, and looking for reviews on their flavors (angels dream and mango amazon are the ones i can remember) there seem to be a lot of different companies that sell tea by that same name. This made me even more disappointed in this particular place, the mold floating in the simple syrup was just the tip of the iceburg.

CHAroma

MOLD?!! AGHH!!!

Kittenna

Oh gross…

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91

So… I did a Bad Thing today, and my mom and I went to DavidsTea. Turns out the one here has many of the online-only teas, so I picked up some Super Chocolate, and a few other teas I didn’t need….

Anyways! This was delicious as usual. Both parents seemed to like it. I remember how much I loved it. Glad I bought it :) Re-steep excellent as well.

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

Oooh! Lucky you!

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drank Narcissus Oolong by Culinary Teas
2603 tasting notes

Thanks to Alphakitty(?) for this one. Unfortunately, I must have done something wrong, because it had almost no flavour when I brewed it up. Literally, did not taste like anything, and I gave it three minutes. Oh well. Better luck next time!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Yup, this one is from me! I think this one needs a large amount of leaves per cup.

Kittenna

Yeah – it’s not like there was a bad flavour or something! I will try again. :D

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59

Another sample from Azzrian!

I did a crappy job of trying this one though, so will have to rate it another time, but it was an interesting flavoured black. I couldn’t quite place what I was tasting, kind of a nutty fruitiness. Not bad, but probably not a favourite either. I also don’t recall it being astringent.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Babble

I got a sample for Azzrian too that I’ve been meaning to try. It’s so interesting.. how can you not, right?

Kittenna

Yup! I think I need to brew it a touch stronger next time. And drink it before it has sat cold for a few hours!

Babble

Sometimes I like to drink things after they’ve sat cold just to see how differently they taste

Kittenna

I often end up drinking things that way – usually they taste better than when the tea is boiling hot!

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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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