2606 Tasting Notes

94
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
2606 tasting notes

The only hot tea I have brewed up currently, another sample from Azzrian! Thrilled that it’s another pouchong blend, as I loved Mandarin Silk from the Persimmon Tree.

Aroma is definitely deliciously green oolong with a hint of fruitiness. Oh man… yeah, I think we have another winner. Sweet, real peach initially, which fades into a general fruitiness as the oolong flavour slides in. Delicious. The base is fabulous here, and the flavouring is amazing. I can see myself drinking this on those days where an oolong craving strikes, but I want something a little sweeter. This cup is disappearing VERY quickly. It could stand to be a touch stronger, but I might be thinking that because I just had a couple strong iced teas. Also, absolutely zero astringency/bitterness.

Thank you so much Azzrian! Although I get some misses from you, I’ve also had some absolutely HUGE hits, especially recently! It’s wonderful (yet oh so terrible wallet-wise).

ETA: Less flavour but still delicious second infusion. Drank a bit more after sampling some other teas, and wow is the oolong flavour powerful… and delicious!! Love it.

ETA again: Third infusion too light to bother, most days.

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

LOL thank you girl! I know we miss sometimes – our taste is not exactly the same but we both have got some AMAZINGLY awesome teas from each other and mutually hurt each others wallets LOL what are friends for?! :P
I always love to trade with you!

Kittenna

Haha, trading with you is always wonderful too! Going to re-steep my leaves now….. yum yum yum yum yum!

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82
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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Sorry for the short tasting notes…. I’m super busy and shouldn’t even be doing this right now because it’s procrastinating. I’ll get to my messages ASAP….

The flavour is definitely very light here, cold-brewed. Or, light on the cherry, anyhow. There’s a floral sort of flavour that’s rather heavy, but I’m not sure what it is. It takes a bit to come out, then is quite present in the aftertaste. This isn’t bad; still not my favourite! Cannot wait for my Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit from Amanda to arrive!!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

How long did you cold brew it for? I did mine for 12 hours or so and the cherry was the strongest part!

Kittenna

More than 24. Maybe there is a lot of cherry coming out, but I’m getting a weird floralness that’s initially not there, but really builds after the sip. I can’t quite place what it is. It could also be a tea ingredient ratio thing. I don’t think I had any cherries in this cold-brew? And I may have used extra tea (like 2 tsp/1 cup); I threw them all in the fridge pretty hastily when I was annoyed I had nothing in there!

Alphakitty

Haha maybe we should have waited and swapped glasses: I got all the cherry and you got all the rose!

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84
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewed overnight. The result is tart (but nicely so) and fruity, with a cinnamony background. Definitely tasty, and has good flavour cold, but I now remember why it wasn’t my absolute favourite. I think my 20g will last a while.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewed in the fridge overnight. Pretty similar flavour, like peach juice. Therefore quite tasty but lacking complexity, as with the hot brew.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Azzrian

I love peach juice! I can’t wait to get mine from David’s!

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Hot brewed and chilled, but I diluted it a bit too much. Re-steeping the leaves in cold water.

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38
drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
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Thought this would be another nice evening blend. Thanks to Azzrian for the sample :)

I assumed there would be hibiscus in here, and I definitely assumed correctly. The liquid is a dark pinkish red, and the infuser smelled somewhat sour when I pulled it out. Oh no! I’m not even sure I want to taste it now; my stomach roiled a bit at the smell. But here goes…

Bleh, I’m having trouble getting this into my mouth because it smells a bit reminiscent of vomit. The little taste I did get actually didn’t seem bad (I tasted fruity banana), but I’m having trouble with the smell. Will try again once it has cooled. I might also need to dilute it.

ETA: Cooled it’s no better; the smell is still sour + cherries. The taste isn’t bad, but I cannot handle the aroma. Diluted it in half and still got the sour aroma, albeit reduced. Bleh. I’ll rate this when I try it again…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

When I brewed this, it didn’t smell like vomit to me. But then, we all smell things differently, just as we taste them differently.

Kittenna

The sour smell plus cherry is just coming off like that for me. This one’s headed down the drain. I’ll try again later with less leaf and a shorter infusion, as the taste doesn’t seem to be all that bad, but I can’t handle the smell.

LiberTEAS

I can understand what you’re saying. And like I said, we all smell things differently … or interpret smells differently. What might be wonderful to one person can be totally repellant to another. :)

Azzrian

LOL so sorry Kit haha this made me laugh because we had a prior experience with this sort of thing with Adagio!

Kittenna

I know!!! It wasn’t nearly as bad as Adagio’s Pina Colada though. The flavour wasn’t terrible here. I think it might be possible to get this one to taste ok. Just maybe with a shorter infusion so the hibby can’t get sour (I have to assume that was the cause).

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85
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Another eagerly anticipated sample from Azzrian! Thanks! :D

The aroma is a little sweet, and a little nutty. I actually don’t think I’ve had hot chestnuts before (although they always sound delicious when I read about them!), so this is going to be an experience :D Apparently a good one, too – the flavour matches the aroma quite well, with that same nuttiness/sweetness. It’s quite good! There’s a tiny bit of astringency, but probably little enough that knocking 15s off the infusion time would fix it. This is a really interesting twist on a flavoured black, because there’s lots of flavour, but it’s not fruity, or vanilla-y, or caramelly, it just tastes how I imagine hot chestnuts would taste, in tea form! With a black tea base of course, which I can definitely taste. Delicious!

ETA: This was pretty tasty after it cooled too! Maybe good as an iced tea? The second infusion (boiling/4min) is ok, but some of the flavour is gone; it tastes more like an average straight black. The first infusion was definitely better.

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

Your very welcome! I need to make a MAJOR Lupicia order NEXT month. Im done for this month unless we do that Butiki order.

Kittenna

Oh really? Hmmm… perhaps I could squeeze myself in on that order as well, if there’s something I want :P I’m awaiting a reply from Stacy, but I see we have until the 15th for Raspberry Truffle.

Azzrian

Good to know – I didn’t notice the date. Feel free to get in on my Lupicia order!

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93

I did not pay attention to how I brewed this one… but it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Fabulous oolong base, light citrus, and delicious creaminess. Lingering oolong aftertaste. And I just got a rock sugar sweetness from my current sip, like I get from an amazing green. I see why everyone is raving about it! Thank you for sending me a sample, Azzrian , and if their website ever comes back up (I kid), I’ll definitely be making an order sooner rather than later. This one’s definitely a winner. YUM.

The only thing I’d change is brew it a touch stronger. I can’t really recall how much leaf I used though, nor how long I steeped it (3 min??) so will have to pay more attention next time.

ETA: Second infusion, less water (195F) is tasty too. A little lemony, creamy, and with lovely oolong flavour holding it all together. Yum.

ETA again: Third infusion weak, but still smooth and drinkable. Tasty.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Azzrian

You are so welcome!

Azzrian

Website is BACK UP! WOOT!

Kittenna

I did not need another way to procrastinate!

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69
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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So I hear this one’s even better than Blueberry Jam…

The aroma reminds me a lot of Superberry. Perhaps the cranberry?

Huh, flavour-wise this strangely reminds me of bagged Celestial Seasonings tea. I’m not sure exactly why. I can taste a woody oolong base, with light fruitiness overtop. It’s alright, but not thrilling. If I try really hard, I can imagine a Saskatoonberry flavour, but as I didn’t really see any as I was measuring out the tea (I saw lots of cranberries though!), that doesn’t surprise me. The berry flavour here is pretty mellow and neither sweet nor tart, really. And there’s a bit of a lingering dark oolong aftertaste.

I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I definitely think Blueberry Jam is better, and this one is certainly a decent cup of tea, it’s just not quite what I wanted. I’ll have to try icing/cold-brewing it as well though.

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

Sorry it was not as good (for you) but happy for me as I just ordered Blueberry Jam and I would have been bummed if there was one like it but better lol

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, definitely not nearly as good. I think you ordered a good selection.

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up the latest DT offerings today, of which one was this lovely tea!

The aroma is very fruity-peachy. I can believe there’s pineapple in there too, but it doesn’t have the tanginess I associate with fresh pineapple, so my brain is thinking peach instead, I guess. The flavour is super fruity, with a bit of a cooling aftertaste. Mostly peachy/pineappley. Very tasty!

I think I was expecting something a little more subdued, where you can taste the bamboo (like Blazing Strawberries), but this one is very much in-you-face fruit flavour. I’m cold-brewing a bit right now too, and we’ll see how that turns out! This is great as a juicy fruit drink :) I just wish that there was a bit more complexity. I wonder how mixing this with a vegetal green would work out? I might try that.

ETA: Second infusion a weaker but still good version of the first. Fruit still has flavour, so I imagine I could have gone for a third. Word of warning though, the “peach crunchy” looks like rotten fruit and disintegrates as such. Yuck! Good thing I remembered it was in there before I got too grossed out :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Azzrian

I got this – can’t wait to try it! I still have not found the Blazing Strawberry you sent but it will show up. :)

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure I sent it to you, as it’s on my list and I thought you’d find it interesting. It may have been bagged with some other teas? Possibly White Whisper/Jiaogulan? It’s a bag with little greyish-green trapezoidally(?) cut pieces.

Azzrian

Trapezoidally haha I love that word! I will look more today once I get my head on straight. I can’t wake up!

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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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