2606 Tasting Notes

90

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

58
drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
2606 tasting notes

Alright, this would be sample 2/8 in my plan to drink one tea per swap. (The Neapolitan Honeybush doesn’t count; I drank it and wrote the note last night, but forgot to hit ‘post’. Whoopsie.)

Thank you Missy & Dylan for the small sample of this one that I asked for! Although I’m almost regretting asking for one-cup samples of things sometimes, it is nice on occasion to eliminate a tea from the stash after one cup!!

Based on my surprising enjoyment of 52teas minty blends, I’m expecting to like this one, especially since it contains roasted mate. However, the steeped aroma is not terribly appealing. I smell mintiness, which is iffy, and perhaps some vanilla, but not the mate, and not the yummy “52teas flavouring”, as I will call it. (Uh, it just occurred to me that this “flavouring” of which I speak may actually be part of the flavourings used to produce a chocolate flavour… because the blends I can recall it being in, like Chocolate Mint, Mint Chocolate Chip Honeybush, Malted ChocoMate, Cherry Garcia, all have chocolate in them…. this is making me very sad that I didn’t get any Double Chocolate Decadence :( )

A sip of this blend confirms my recently developed suspicion – that flavour is not here, and consequently I do not care for this tea! The icky peppermint nastiness is a bit too apparent for me here, and because of that, I can’t enjoy the vanilla. I also can’t really taste the roasted mate (oh, maybe it’s there, but well-hidden. A little coffee-esque.)

This isn’t too terrible though; anyone who enjoys disgusting things like straight peppermint tea would probably adore this, but I loathe straight peppermint tea.

Well, this was worth a shot! Not regretting the one cup’s worth at ALL now!! Thanks for passing this sample along, Missy/Dylan :D

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

Can’t win them all right. :D

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85
drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
2606 tasting notes

Uhhhh, call me a teenager, but I have a huuuuuuuge band crush on Hedley right now. Huge! So ridiculous.

So this tea. Another sample from the wonderful Alphakitty! Have I mentioned yet that my goal for today is to try drink one tea from each person that has swapped with me so far? Preferably a new one, but the cute little tuochas Amy Oh sent are a bit intimidating yet, so I might just go with a different tea from her :D

I keep getting off track… this tea, dry and steeped, and even the bag it came in(!) smell like delicious chocolatey raspberry goodness. (And apparently that is making me sneeze?? Oh boy.) And WOW does this ever come through in the flavour! This may be the most strongly-flavoured black I’ve had – the raspberry pops immediately, followed by a full-bodied dark chocolatey flavour, and then the two combine deliciously like I just ate an expensive dark chocolate raspberry truffle. I say expensive, because this raspberry flavour is no cheap pink cream crap, it’s more jam-like. Amazing.

I’m very impressed with this cup. And glad I was sent enough of this one for at least 3, maybe more additional cups! It’s not a tea I would buy (I said the same about Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle tea, which is a similar flavour combo) because although I enjoy it, there are too many other flavoured blacks I’d be likely to go for first, given the choice. Namely caramel/vanilla/creamy blacks.

Oh, and CHAroma, I have hiccups again. And this time it could very well be caused by drinking tea too quickly… looks at empty mug

ETA: Second infusion for 4 minutes still has a fair bit of flavour, but a bit of astringency. I’m drinking it cold but I imagine it would be quite a bit better warm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Chellybean

Band crushes on Hedley are always appropriate!

Kittenna

I had the chance to go to a concert earlier this year and I am sorely regretting not making more of an effort to go :( :(

Alphakitty

Glad you liked it! This might be the most heavily dessert-y tea that I own, it’s like drinking a truffle.

Kittenna

I actually didn’t think I would like it that much, because the DavidsTeas like it I wasn’t terribly fond of. But the flavouring is done quite well! And yes, it does taste like drinking a truffle! Like you melted a truffle in your cup and added hot water, but somehow it didn’t get watered down. Delish.

TeaBrat

Drink the tuochas!!!! :-P

Kittenna

I’m just worried I’ll do something wrong!! And I only have one shot. Pu’erh still confuses me a little. Maybe I’ll get up the courage to try it tonight, after scouring the internet for advice :D

CHAroma

Hahahahaha, oh no! :P

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40

The aroma is kind of offputting, a bit medicinaly and strange. The flavour is pretty much a mildly citrusy flavoured water, with icky medicinal flavours fitting right in. Raspberry? No. Finishing my cup? No.

Razzmatazz is a huge step in the right direction for a lemony raspberry rooibos. It actually tastes like raspberry, and is happily lacking in medicinal flavours. I would not be sad to see this tea disappear completely.

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

Raspberry and lemon are great together, but with a rooibos base… blech.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

64
drank Razzmatazz (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Comparing this one to Raspberry Nectar tonight, just for kicks, because I didn’t like that one and am not expecting to like this one. But had to try. Had to!

So initially upon steeping this one, I sniffed it and thought “raspberry lemonade”! There’s a sweet, fruity, lemony tartness that actually smells rather good, and made my mouth water. Until I made this fateful association… Sourpuss. Blue (or possibly red) Sourpuss. A drink I consumed far too much of back when I was… yeah. So now that I have that lovely association in my mind, the mouth-watering-ness has turned into a bit of nausea.

Luckily, the flavour isn’t quite the same, but it’s too close for comfort. I can taste a nice lemony tartness that is tamed by sweetness (stevia?), and the raspberry is not inyourface, but present moreso than it is in Raspberry Nectar, and becomes even more apparent in the aftertaste. Actually, compared to Raspberry Nectar, this tea is pretty fantastic.

I agree with aisling of tea that a splash of lime could go well with this. It might also work well in a mojito. Overall, I feel like this tea will probably be a hit with people who enjoy raspberry/lemongrass/rooibos, but I can’t help but wish for something that reminds me a touch less of an alcoholic drink I’d rather forget!

ETA: Re-steeped this one for curiousity (and noted just how large/fresh-looking the lemongrass pieces are… wow! Look like diced scallions, almost!) and the resulting brew actually smells pretty good. Gone is that strong alcohol association, and in its place is a light raspberry juice. Very reminiscent of the (melted water from) raspberry ice cubes a friend of a friend made for our mutual friend’s birthday last Saturday. Wow. Gone is anything gross or offputting, it tastes like real raspberries with just a touch of lemon in the background. I’m really glad I gave this one a shot and have a bit left to play with… this might make a very good iced tea! Upping the rating a touch :)

Also, I added some lime. Too much lime. It tasted like lime juice. I still think there’s serious mojito potential here though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Sandy Stith

I have Raspberry Nectar, too, and need to try it again. I have a fairly uneasy relationship with DAVIDsTEA. I haven’t had very good luck.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
2606 tasting notes

Another foray into honeybush courtesy of Mercuryhime!

Steeped, this smells a bit like that characteristic 52teas smell. With maybe a hint of cream and/or strawberry. Oh wow though, the flavour!!! I initially got chocolate, followed by a combination of the three flavours, and it’s finishing off with strawberry. Delicious! Yes, this is so neat – initially intense chocolate, then obvious creamy vanilla (maybe with a bit of chocolate), then strawberry at the end. This is great! And the honeybush isn’t making a big fuss about being around; I can barely taste it. I can see why this blend is popular. Now I want to buy the iced teas more than ever :( Need to calculate how much of my cheese panel money is left over (although I really want to make a Butiki order soon too…)

ETA: Second infusion isn’t great, maybe because it’s cold.

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

It is good isn’t it? 52Teas makes the best honeybush blends. :) try it as a latte!

Kittenna

Recommended latte-making procedure? I only have enough for one cup left and don’t want to ruin it!

Mercuryhime

Well, my latte making methods are really lame but you are welcome to do it my way if you want. haha I basically make a batch double strength, then heat some milk and add to the tea. sweeten and drink. It’s a really ghetto latte, but I like it. :)

Kittenna

I’ll try something along those lines :D

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

73

It’s weird, sometimes when I smell this one I’m hit in the face with “ROOT BEER”, and other times it just smells strange and fakey. Steeped, it smells like fakey root beer, so I suppose the above kind of makes sense!

The flavour is certainly similar to root beer, and I think the main thing that’s missing is sweetener, which would probably make it into a perfect summer treat, especially iced. But I don’t want to have to add sugar. As a result, it tastes kind of odd and a bit astringent, with a heavy root beer aroma and flavour. So I’m not sure I’d recommend this one for those who dislike adding sweetener to their teas.

Since this is called ‘Root Beer Float’, I was also expecting more creaminess, which I didn’t really pick up on. Perhaps it needs milk as well?

Anyhow, this was great entertainment, but not quite right for what I wanted (which probably more like Salted Caramel with some root beer flavouring quietly mixed in… maybe I’ll try that…)

ETA: Ok, mixed a bit of agave into the room temp remnants in my cup, and we have flat root beer. I definitely think DT achieved their goal of a root beer tea, it just isn’t exactly what I had wanted!! :D

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

Hmm… I’m intrigued, although I’m not a sweetener in tea fan. I’ve also seen this as a rooibos blend for another company that I wanted to try…

Kittenna

I just think that root beer flavouring without sweetness tastes kind of odd. I could see a honeybush base perhaps lending a bit more sweetness to a cup?

CHAroma

I wonder how this will compare to 52teas’ Butterbeer…

Kittenna

DId it taste kind of root beer-y??

CHAroma

Yeah, Butterbeer tastes like root beer and butter. Weird but sooooo good!!!

Kittenna

I have a feeling it’s better than the DT version, then.

Alyssa

I’m not sure I’d like this tea because I can’t imagine warm, flat root beer tasting all that great. Thanks for the great and lengthy review.

Kittenna

I don’t like carbonation, nor beverages of extreme temperature, so I like flat root beer, hahaha :) Glad this was useful!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

Not really writing much in the way of notes tonight because my left hand is being uncooperative for whatever reason and it’s annoying me to type.

Anyways. This pretty much tastes like a caramel black to me. Not getting the “salted” part, but the caramel black part is pretty darn good! Nice malty black base, overlaid with sweet caramel. No need for sweetener. The coconut helps round out the flavour well. It reminds me of Buttered Rum, but perhaps, dare I say it, better??

ETA: Ok!! I just figured something pretty major out – steeped, this tea smells exactly like Creamy Nut Oolong!!! I think the flavour is reasonably similar too, but not quite the same. I am so thrilled I made this connection! Can anyone back me up???

Also, I steeped this one for practically infinity (more than 5 min?) for my second infusion, and miraculously it is absolutely delicious, no astringency at all. Ahhh. We may have a tea winner here, after all! Can’t wait to try this one again and verify my enjoyment :)

ETA again: Very long third infusion today (in less water) results in a watered down version of this tea which is actually quite drinkable. I probably wouldn’t bother with it unless I didn’t have other options, or I’d steep the leaves in only about 3 oz. water to concentrate the flavour, instead of the maybe 5-6 oz. I used. Fabulous flavour though.

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

I am thinking of picking this up soon, maybe I’ll just add the salt myself!

Azzrian

Oh yummy!

Kittenna

This… is surprisingly good. Wish I’d passed some along to people! Lynne-tea and CHAroma, here’s your chance :)

CHAroma

I’ve been sitting on a sample of this one. Can’t wait to try it now!

tigress_al

Hmm, creamy nut oolong you say….I didn’t pick that up at the time, but now that you say that….I will have to try again and see

Kittenna

It’s weird, initially I thought it seemed familiar, but attributed that to the fact that I’ve had a number of flavoured blacks lately, and then it hit me that the flavouring was very similar to Creamy Nut Oolong! I will be testing it again myself, but given that I’d had the CNO bag open a lot recently to send off samples, I was pretty sure my nose wasn’t wrong.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

Thanks to Mercuryhime for this sample!

So, guys, it seems that either I’m developing a taste for mint, or Frank does something awesome with his minty blends that really works for me, because this tea is just as good as the Chocolate Mint Black (or whatever it was called) that I sampled a while back from Missy & Dylan. It’s minty, with maybe a touch of chocolate, and this characteristic 52teas malty, delicious flavour that I am adoring in the blends. I find it’s in many of them, which is fine by me as it’s good! I guess I didn’t taste the medicinal rooibos flavour, as I didn’t note it down.

Unmistakeable sign that I liked this tea? Checked the cup for more, and pouted when it was empty :D

ETA: Second infusion still has that characteristic flavour, with mint and even less chocolate. Still worthwhile, but I threw out the leaves after this one.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Scatterbrain

Have you had Fusion Tea Room’s Roasted Mocha Mint Mate? It’s OUT OF THIS WORLD and I’m usually not big on mint in tea.

Kittenna

No! I haven’t! That sounds potentially up my alley, given my love of roasted mate and apparent liking of mint in some blends like this. I have a bit of 52teas Vanilla Mint Mate from Missy and Dylan that I have yet to try, and have high hopes for it too.

TeaBrat

This is nice, I also like soymilk in mine. :)

Kittenna

I can’t say I’ve ever added milk to a honeybush or rooibos before. I can see this one taking it though.

Mercuryhime

I quite I enjoy this as well! I also like DT’s Mint Chicolate Rooibos. I’ll probably replace this with that when I run out.

Kittenna

Mercuryhime – IIRC I actually didn’t much care for DT’s version. Maybe it’s the rooibos vs. honeybush? I actually had forgotten about it – should have tried tonight. But you sent me enough so I can make a second cup, so hopefully I’ll remember to compare the two then.

Mercuryhime

Well I think Franks blend is much better, but I gotta have my mint chocolate! :) I’ll be interested to see your comparison though!

CHAroma

52teas does have a very distinctive chocolate flavoring that I haven’t found anywhere else.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82

Ok – last review before going to catch my bus! I’m such a slacker. It doesn’t help that although I’ve had three cups of black tea, I feel just as tired as before… ugh.

Anyways…. 500th Tasting Note!!! Exciting! This was unintentional, and I certainly didn’t pick any special tea to mark such an occasion, just a sample that I ran across and figured I should finally try.

Now, I swear I haven’t had this tea before, but the aroma of it is ridiculously familiar. I’m wondering if it’s a similarity to Carrot Cake (oolong base)? Or Super Chocolate (carob, cinnamon)? Or maybe it’s just the carob. I’m so confused though. The aroma is kind of chai-y, cinnamony, carob-y. The flavour tastes much like a watered-down, chocolatey chai. Which I swear is what I think Super Chocolate is like, except that I know that one’s a green! But I don’t have any more Super Chocolate to try against it, and I think it’s an online exclusive now, so perhaps this mystery will never be solved.

Anyhow, I like this well enough, perhaps not enough to purchase, but certainly to drink again. Can’t pick out the oolong in particular, but that’s common with DT oolong blends aside from Banana Oolong.

ETA: Second infusion remains pretty tasty, mostly like a (chocolatey?) chai though (which I do like). Same with the third. I feel like this tea could last a lot longer than I plan on taking it, because the spices just aren’t losing flavour.

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

Yay for 500!

Bonnie

Wow! 500! And I can attest to the fact that you did it all in record time!!!!! Hooray!!! Bang, pop, toot, hoot, zing!

TeaBrat

Happy 500!

Invader Zim

Happy 500!

Lynne-tea

Yay Happy 500!

Fjellrev

Congrats!

tigress_al

Happy 500!!!

Kittenna

:D pretty sure I’ll hit 1000 before the year is through…!

Indigobloom

500! awesome!! congrats :D

CHAroma

Congratulations!!!!!!!! :)

SimplyJenW

Yay! 500!

Azzrian

Conga Rats! :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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.

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer