2229 Tasting Notes

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drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
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My roommate received this one as a sample from an online order, and she was shocked when I told her how expensive it was!! Anyhow, this tea is wonderful. Classic delicious green that’s very smooth and vegetal (in my opinion, anyways). I’d definitely buy it for myself if not for the considerable amount of Japanese green/oolong teas lurking in my cupboard from other tea stores! Yum.

ETA: Subsequent steepings (2) weren’t as great as I hoped. Maybe we didn’t steep the leaves long enough (~2.5 and 5+ minutes), but I just wasn’t getting enough out of it the second/third times. As such, have decreased the rating since this is such an expensive tea and I was expecting better. We’ll see how future cups go!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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69
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Again, I must have done something wrong. This tea tastes pretty much like straight black tea – I can’t detect ANY strawberry/rose/tasty flavours. Not sure if I missed getting some of the strawberry pieces and whatnot, but looking in my bag, I see very few chocolate chips and strawberry chunks.

Have put the teaball back in for a minute or too as I located some melty chocolate chips when I opened it up, but couldn’t see any fruit.

Not rating until I give it another shot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Dragon Lily by Numi Organic Tea
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Not bad, but nothing too special. Granted, it’s a couple years old, so who knows if it’s lost something between now and then, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself. Just tastes like tea, with a bit of a different flavour which is presumably from the flowers. I also wasn’t a fan of the numerous pieces that floated to the top as I had to scoop them out – hazard of steeping it in a large glass mug with no filter? Going to re-steep in a while so I don’t feel guilty about throwing it out!

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

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70
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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The dry leaf smells exactly like cinnamon hearts, as does the steeped tea, but the flavour just doesn’t live up. At first taste, the tea is sweet, and I’m noticing a bit of lingering heat at the end, but in between I find the tea tastes rather like slightly cinnamony cardboard, which is somewhat unpleasant. Perhaps this is just how cinnamon acts in tea, but I don’t particularly like it. I put the teaball back in after it had cooled (which drew the sweetness out, I think), and will perhaps try steeping longer next time. Until then, I am disappointed :(

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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When the girl at my local DavidsTea store asked if I wanted to try the tea of the day, ‘Rooibos de Provence’, I was disappointed because I had been hoping that I’d get to try one of the teas off my long list of “to-try” teas… and this was definitely not one of them. Lavender is not my favourite fragrance, so this tea did not sound appealing at all, but what the heck, right? It’s a free sample.

Wow, was I ever wrong to just dismiss this tea! The berry flavours paired with the floral aftertaste are absolutely amazing; delicate and subtle and calming. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a straight rooibos, so am not sure exactly how much it is contributing, but it’s definitely delicious. And lavender? Completely different in tea than it is in soap. Looks like I have a new favourite ingredient! (So who knows of a creamy, nutty coconut/banana/lavender tea?)

ETA: Second steep (~4min, 93 degrees C) is pretty much a weaker version of the first, with considerably less floral aftertaste. Perhaps a tad less sweet, and I don’t like it quite as much, but it’s still pretty good :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

O.o I knew Jessie’s tea had lavender in it, but failed to realize there was coconut too! Awesome! I know what’s on my shopping list for next time now…

Kittenna

Also, thank you!!

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100

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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It actually tastes like it smells! I love when teas do that! Definitely makes me think of key lime pie. I was surprised by the lemongrass – although I thought I didn’t like it in tea, the flavour is definitely noticeable in this tea but it fits in perfectly and deliciously. Yum. My to-re-buy list is getting quite long now…. (although variety is good, right?!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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100

Oh my goodness. This tea is AMAZING. It has the creamy banana-ness of Snow Bunny without the nuttiness or harsh black tea, which means it is nearly perfect! I am so very in love. Just a hint of sweetness and loads of creamy, banana-y goodness. I’m not entirely sure how long I steeped this one, but I think it was the bare minimum, and that was excellent for a first steep. Trying a second as soon as the water heats up! I will definitely be buying a big tin of this soon…

ETA: second steep, which was with ~95 degree water and for 5+ minutes, is pretty awesome too. Definitely tasting more of the oolong in this steep and less banana flavour, and it’s a bit more astringent (tannins?), but quite delicious. Probably would rate it a 98. Soooo happy.

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

yay! Deliciousness.

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66
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Slightly sweet, with strong blackberry flavours. Definitely a very berry-flavoured tea, but I’m not entirely sure whether I like it enough to buy again (but luckily since I bought 20g, I have a few cups to go!) Further notes to come.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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So, Goji Pop, we finally meet. A bit different-tasting than I expected but so far I think I like it. The predominant flavour is melon (before reading the ingredient list I thought watermelon), with a lemony overtone. Slightly sweet and light-tasting; I suspect it would be delicious iced during the summer! Suspecting the rating may improve the more I drink…

Ok…. definitely liking this better the longer it sits, and the cooler it gets. Fabulous!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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