2973 Tasting Notes

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
CupofTree

that’s a shame, this one sounded really good.

Helena

It tasted okay to me when they brewed it up at the store. I had it hot and it it tasted like a cinnamon vanilla cookie to me :D

Kittenna

Yeah, definitely going to have to give this another shot…

Buy the Stars

Hm, I thought the weak flavour was just me not using enough tea, but if it’s weak all around that’s definitely disappointing. I guess I’ll give it another shot to see if there’s any difference.

Kittenna

If anything, I overleaped this cup, as I have a tendency to do that. I’ve been finding some of DT’s teas to be weak in flavour lately though. Maybe this one needs the full 7 minutes, not just 4?

Buy the Stars

That could be it. I’ve noticed similar things from black blends rather than straight teas, especially from David’s.

Kittenna

Erm, I definitely typed overleaFed, thank you autocorrect. Yeah, typically I don’t steep straight blacks or 52teas black blends for more than 3 minutes, as they get bitter/astringent. However, flavoured blacks from other companies like DavidsTea seem to withstand longer times quite well, and in fact may actually require them.

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64
drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

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 :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
momo

And now like $25 more in tea gets tacked on to the order I was already contemplating…shakes fist

Kittenna

Wha??? I’m not totally sure you need to try all the new teas…. not sure they’re anything special necessarily! A couple I’m interested in though :D

momo

I want the Gyokuro Black and Genmai Hojicha the most, and the Vietnamese Tung Ting sounds pretty cool, but it wouldn’t kill me not to get it I think.

Babble

Gykuro Black? Sounds very interesting!!

Uniquity

What’s the promotion? totally missed it. I’m excited about a couple of the new blacks though!

Kittenna

Hrm. Less of a promo than I thought… $1 straight teas. But I imagine you’ve heard about it now, and I’m just super late in responding here!

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90
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

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.

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

You can request which samples you get ? :0 how?

Ysaurella

this tea seems absolutely delicious.

Kittenna

It’s really tasty!

I’ve made a few online orders, and sometimes they seem to honour sample requests. I can’t recall… maybe there’s a gift message section that I put the request? I don’t think they’ll always do it though…

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79

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.

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

I really like this because it’s heavy on the ginger, & I love me some ginger!!

Helena

I tell everyone it is the gingersnap tea! I love ginger snaps!

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87
drank Genmaicha by Presently unknown
2973 tasting notes

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.

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89

Trying this a second time (paying more attention), and am definitely enjoying it. A 30-second infusion (with no rinse) gives a very caramelly brew, kind of like a toasted caramel sort of flavour. Very tasty. I was tempted to let the first infusion go for a full minute, but am glad I didn’t – I’m getting a bit of astringency at the end of the sip which is bothering my somewhat-sore throat. I had been craving this tea (inexplicably, as I didn’t really know what it tasted like!) since last night, so my palate is finally satisfied. Hopefully I’ll get to additional infusions tomorrow; it’s past my bedtime!

ETA: Honey, caramel, a bit of chocolate…. this second infusion (30s) is truly delicious. The third infusion (45s) is definitely a bit more watery, and could probably have either used less water or a longer infusion (it also could be that I’m comparing it to this unbelievable second infusion). Either way, this one’s a treat. I’m not getting “tea drunk” the way that other perhaps have, but I’m quite enjoying actually getting these tasty flavours here. There is definitely a dark chocolate undertone and aftertaste in that second infusion for me. Glad I picked up 2 oz. of this stuff, so I’ll be able to enjoy it for a while. Now, I just need the light roast version to produce some magic for me…

ETA again: Whoops! Apparently the fourth infusion can be oversteeped! Yikes! It’s not terrible and I’m getting some interesting notes in here, but it’s kind of bitter. Not sure how long it was left for (5 or so minutes?) but given the relative lack of aroma of the leaves, I assumed they were almost done. Apparently I was wrong. I’m getting a bit of the “ice wine” flavour that I’ve had from Butiki’s Gui Fei oolong, so kind of a rich, dark sweetness (but not really sweet), plus a bit of floral? And a woody/dark kind of background, as previously. Hrm. Maybe I won’t throw those leaves out yet, although I would really like to empty out all my infusers… gotta start reviewing all my Butiki straight teas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sil

I really need to try my sample of this one today…

Bonnie

I cold brew my spent leaves and the taste is really nice in my opinion.

Kittenna

Good to know! I have limited fridge room so can’t cold brew much, but hopefully I can try it at some point!

Babble

LOL. I usually have at least 2 teas cold brewing in the fridge at any given time. My dad is like, “Why do we need all these jars in the fridge??”

Kittenna

Hahaha, nice! I was like that briefly during the summer, but with big plastic cups :D

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85
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
2973 tasting notes

Nommy nommy nom… and sparkles, too!

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87
drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
2973 tasting notes

Welp. Steepster ate my tasting note, but that’s ok, because it was only three lines long. Something about how this was better the first time, but was still tasty. Probably a byproduct of underleafing + hard work water. And something about how I should have made a tea with more caffeine, haha.

Babble

Never heard of this tea, but it sounds like something my BF would like since he’s a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kittenna

Haha, I got this as a sample from Missy & Dylan months ago. They ordered a lot from SerendipiTea. It’s not bad; I clearly liked it the first time around more though!

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79

Made a thermos of this to take with me yesterday, so I’d have something caffeinated to drink between church/the Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately, I think there’s something about coconutty blacks that doesn’t sit well for me in the morning. Kind of like a cup of milk, which also doesn’t sit well first thing in the morning. So while the tea tasted alright, I’m left with a desire to not drink it again in the remotely near future (kind of like 52teas’ Coconut Cream Pie). How annoying!

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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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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