2848 Tasting Notes
I picked some of this up in a sample size from Verdant – I absolutely love the sample sizes! Such a great way to sample ALL the teas, which seems to be a necessity for me.
Initially, my roommate said that the aroma of this tea reminded her of manure! (Not an association I was getting.) However, after some thought, she amended it to “barn/hay”, which I completely agree with. A sweet sort of aged hay. I definitely would have pegged this tea as a white strictly by aroma, although I honestly can’t describe as to the reason. It just smells like a white tea!!
I used 5g of this one, as per the recommendation, although brewed for 30 instead of 20 seconds, as I felt that the additional 10 wouldn’t hurt (I was right).
The flavour of this one is oddly familiar. I’m not sure if it’s the Yunnan Jasmine that I’m thinking of (probably?), but I could swear I’ve tasted this flavour before. However, it’s more more intense than I’m used to. It’s kind of sweet and hay-y, rather light and very smooth. There’s almost a musty sort of aftertaste, which I assume is from the aging. Definitely tasty, and well worth the sample size, but not my favourite, as I really seem to lean towards greens and oolongs as opposed to whites.
ETA: Second infusion (25s) is pretty good too… and it dawned on me that I think I might be likening this to the Yunnan Black I have from Verdant. Hrrrrrm. As a white, the flavour is much better though, I think…
Shared a pot of this with my roommate tonight thanks to the DT $1 packet of tea promo. I admit that my expectations weren’t super high, but apparently I need to change my views!
The dry tea of this one is a fairly nondescript green oolong. Larger-than-usual rolled balls of tea, but with no particularly notable aromas (or rather, nothing different than any other green tea/green oolong). We were skeptical of the 5-minute infusion recommendation, but decided to just go with it…. definitely not a decision we regret!
I went to take a sniff of my cup of tea after my roommate poured it out, and was completely blown away – the smell of this one is deliciously sweet and reminds me quite a bit of Verdant’s Laoshan greens. Delicious! Entirely not what I was expecting at all! The flavour matches perfectly, and definitely makes me think of Verdant’s Dragonwell-style Laoshan green, with a sweet rock sugar flavour and light green bean sort of flavour. The tea also is very smooth, and a light oolong flavour emerges at the tail end of the sip.
If you’re looking for a straight oolong from DavidsTea, I highly recommend this one! It is an absolute treat, especially given the price of a tiny sampler packet right now. Hoping the next infusion is as tasty, although we won’t find out until tomorrow :)
ETA: Second infusion (~6.5 min) is not bad, but I think that’s all these leaves have to offer. The flavour is still a touch rock sugary and much like the first infusion, just lighter and with a bit of astringency.
Whoops, brewed this a touch strong today, but it was still good. Love love love marshmallow root, and the delicious lemoniness of this blend! Can’t wait for my 52teas order to arrive, fingers crossed it arrives tomorrow…
ETA: Second infusion is still lemony delicious. Oversteeped a bit again though. I forget how finicky this one is…
Thanks to Awkward Soul for sending me a bit of this tea! I don’t think it’s particularly well-liked, but I was curious. Toasted sesame reminds me of Japanese desserts, and therefore makes my mouth water, but I’m anticipating disappointment.
The aroma of this one is… rather like a straight black tea. That sort of straight black tea I don’t particularly care for. (I really need to sample black teas from different regions so I can explain this better!) Even with a 4-minute infusion (5 minutes was recommended), I’m getting a fair bit of astringency. I really can’t taste anything but astringent black tea, to be honest. No sesame at all. Perhaps I’ll try the rest of my sample in a 3-minute infusion, but I have doubts that I will get anything good out of it. Ah well. I have a (tasty) 5th infusion of Verdant’s Aged Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin to make me feel better before bed!
Hrm. I feel like I’m being quite the harsh reviewer tonight, but I feel like I’ve had a lot of mediocre to bad tea tonight. Just one of those nights, I suppose!
Bought the smallest amount possible of this one (8g) just to satisfy my curiousity.
While it was brewing, there was a most unpleasant aroma. Almost like…. stinky feet? Blech. Stinky, rooibosy feet. Since the tea has now cooled, the offputting smell is gone, and it now smells mostly like a sweetened rooibos.
The flavour actually isn’t all that bad; it tastes like a vanilla rooibos. A lingering vanilla aftertaste, like vanilla extract, is notably present, which is not something I’ve ever previously tasted from a tea, but other than that, it’s a fairly nondescript flavoured rooibos. No medicinal taste here either, which is a big positive. Not a tea I particularly want to drink again though, especially given a plethora of other much tastier flavoured rooibos options (e.g. Creme Caramel Rooibos, Oh Canada, etc.), but it probably serves its intended purpose well.
Eh, this one is not quite what I was expecting. It brews up quite murky, and with an offputting aroma that I can’t quite place. It’s a little reminiscent of Super Chocolate or Dr. Chocolate (carob??) The flavour is surprisingly weak, given the aroma, and mostly tastes of murky cocoa and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is drying though not astringent – kind of like getting chunks of chalk in your mouth. I can’t taste the coconut at all here either.
I have enough left in my bag for another shot at this one, but I’m really disappointed :( This is definitely one of the least tasty teas from DavidsTea I have tasted.
Well, I’ll leave DAVIDsTEA to fix the image quality/description here… I’m not used to having to add teas myself!
Picked this one up while in store today to get October’s TOTM – I had seen mention of the straight tea promo, but hadn’t realized that 9 new straight teas had come out! So I picked up sample bags of five teas they had available (at least one wasn’t new though). A couple cups’ worth of tea for $1? Heck yes!
So the roommate and I shared this one tonight, as neither of us have really tried many (or any) straight white teas. Used the whole 2g bag of tea for 3 cups of water (less whatever boiled off). The end result is quite light, and in my opinion, a bit too bland (not underleafed though, I don’t think). I definitely get the corn silk association they mention, but there’s nothing special about this one at all. There’s a bit of a lingering “tea” taste at the end of the sip. Not sad that my sample packet is gone. I imagine this is fairly akin to most white peony teas; my expectations weren’t super high, I must admit! For those that like white peony, I’m sure this is a fine tea, but apparently I’m a touch picky :)
Yuummmm. Better than I remember! This one’s quite strongly orange-citrus, which fades into a sort of citrusy caramel at the end of the sip. I really quite like it. I know I initially thought it was rather like Glitter & Gold, but I’m quite wrong. It’s not really all that cinnamony, and far more citrusy. And caramelly. Tasty! I’m glad I requested this one as a sample from DT in one of my orders…. but I wish I had a bit more! I think it might still be on the wall in my hometown, so when I go back for Christmas, perhaps I can pick a bit more up.
Also, this one has withstood the thermos treatment all afternoon – important to note, as I don’t find all teas do!
ETA: Second cup a little oversteeped (oops), but still pretty good! Lightly orangey, spicy, and caramelly. With some bitterness. I ate the lone mulberry, so I think that’s it for this one.
I have to assume that this is the version I have of this chai, given that I purchased it this September.
This is coming off a bit weak to me, however, that’s definitely my fault! I was a bit slow to get to reading the brewing instructions, so instead of 1 tbsp for 8 oz., I used 2 tsp for more like 10+ oz. (plus I threw some Laoshan Black in there that had been used a couple times already). Oops.
I wasn’t super keen on this one unsweetened, but sweetened, it is exactly like a ginger cookie! Like gingerbread! Crazy. It’s pretty tasty, even though gingerbread is not my most favourite thing in the world. It must be the breadiness of the Laoshan Black in the perfect combination with gingery chai spicing to create this flavour.
This is definitely a well-spiced chai, but I think my heart still belongs to 52teas’ Mayan Chocolate Chai, crazy as that is. I’ll have to try this one “properly” though, with the appropriate leaf:water ratio.
I’m really in the mood for toasty teas tonight, so thought it would be a great opportunity to use up a bit more of this one, which is quite old. I have to admit that there’s almost a bit of staleness to it, but it’s still pretty darned good. I definitely overleafed this cup though, so the green tea is a touch strong (even though the vast, vast, vast majority of the “leaf” is toasted rice!) Scrumptious and palate-cleansing though, which is exactly what I was going for tonight.