243 Tasting Notes

87
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
243 tasting notes

I had a sample from the VERY FIRST blend with the Yanxin’s Reserve ’04 Shu Nuggets.
After making my way home and shovelling the walkway in the winter storm that has consumed Edmonton, I decided to try this tea and a nice spicy pick-me-up.

The first steep (whole packet) gave me a really nice cuppa licorice ginger spice with that nice angel food cake-ness from the nuggets. It’s very delicious and nicely spicy from the ginger/peppercorns and sweet from the licorice.

I like this blend but the licorice reminds me of Licorice Twist from DT. I like this one wayyyy better though as it is a lot smoother with the licorice and spices.

Looking forwards to multiple steeps on this crazy winters night :)

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95

After steeping up some BRR, I decided to switch to a nice sweet green! I’ve never really caught on to green teas it seems.. maybe this will change it?

Boy did I pick a good one to try! Creamy honeysuckle and a sparkle on the roof of my mouth. It reminds me of sugar snap peas. I wanted to say spinach, but steamed spinach is never sweet – where as sugar snap peas have a definite sweetness and a green bean kind of flavour. Yep. Sugar snap peas with cream and honeysuckle..(which almost reminds me of a TGY).

Anywas, this is a delightful cuppa Biluochun. I think I found my green of choice!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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93

I made some of this for manuscript writing. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and focus on a tea for a while so I decided to give it a go!

This tea is so delicious. First (8s) and second (10s) steeps are much the same – creamy caramel with a nice roasted quality. I definitely get some jasmine flavours oddly enough. It reminds me of what a sweet dark honey would taste like and how it would coat the tongue. Definite mineral aspects to this tea.

Yum Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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99
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

I absolutely adore this tea.
Creamy. Limey. Delicious.

Just the pick-me-up I was looking for.

Ps. Don’t understand why the rating is only 79. This is crazy business.

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70
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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I grabbed some of this along with my Pumpkin Chai order.
The description sounded amazing, but in all honestly I guess I’m no rooibos fan. I find it quite woody. Some are alright and they don’t overpower the whole tea… but this one was definitely on the edge.

I really did not find the ‘creaminess’ that would be associated with a cheesecake. I tried adding a little sugar and a little milk and it really just tasted like I added sugar and milk to Oh Canada. The two are very similar in flavour I found. I really really really would have liked more pumpkin flavour and pumpkin pie spices…

Not quite a winner, but I have a packet so I’ll make it work!

Ps. They gave me 2 oz instead of 50g… Seems they’re switching over to oz instead of grams? I think they do that for their American customers.. so I guess we’re going to have it in oz now too?

Kittenna

Interesting – I didn’t even look at my mailed packets to see if they were in ounces or grams. Perhaps they just ran out of the 50g packets and gave you 2 oz, since it’s approximately equivalent anyhow?

Fjellrev

Oh, that’s quite strange with the imperial system. Too bad about the base! I’m not a huge fan of rooibos either.

Lynne-tea

I noticed because I grabbed Oh Canada first, then Pumpkin Cheesecake and noticed it felt heavier. Checked and I got an extra 7g for free!

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90
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this as a sample with my latest DAVIDs TEA order.
Seeing as it contained a lot of hibiscus, I was a big nervous that it would be overtly tart. Thankfully, the flavour reminded me of cranberry (as it should) with the nice tartness that cranberries have. I do love cranberries (try them in a smoothy!!)

I was seriously surprised at the level of spice in this tea. It came at the end of the sip like a smack in the face, but I was loving every minute of it. The spices did seem to settle at the bottom of the cup (flavour-wise).

This tea was lovely I found. Nice cranberry tartness with apple sweetness and beautiful pumpkin pie spices that I absolutely adore. This tea reminded me of an cranberry apple crumble. I really wish I had gotten this instead of the Oh Canada!.. oh well. Next time!

Seriously don’t understand why it’s rated so low though. I definitely recommended this to my sister!

Kittenna

I actually rather enjoyed this one too. Perfect Christmassy spicing, IMO. Out of curiosity – did you also get Pure Vanilla and Brazillionaire as your other free samples? I’m hoping now that my two orders (placed less than a week apart) don’t both get the exact same :(

Lynne-tea

I did get Pure Vanilla, but not Brazillionaire. The other was Main Squeeze (not very good…IMO)

Kittenna

Yeah, I’m not a fan of either Main Squeeze or Pure Vanilla. Sigh!

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70
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I grabbed 50g of this while ordering a large stash of Pumpkin Chai for my love for Christmas. I’ve been more sensitive to drinking caffeinated teas after work and staying up all night, so now I’ve been trying to get more caffeine free teas as my boyfriend and I have drank nearly all of my caffeine-free options.
Having smelled this about 1.5 years ago at a friends house, I remember how insanely maple it smelled. I decided to grab some when I ordered online. Unfortunately, when I opened the packet, the smell seemed a LOT less memorable. What happened to all the maple smell?!

Either way, steeping it up I was finally greeted with some maple flavour. Though, this flavour was not as intense as I was thinking it would be. Regardless, it’s a good enough night-time tea that I can depend on until it’s gone…. then not get more of it.

Who knows. Maybe the maple flavour will jump out of the cup the next time I steep it up? Here’s hoping so.

Fjellrev

Have you tried Birthday Cake yet? I swear that one has a lot more maple than this one.

Lynne-tea

Yeah I did! It’s sooooo sweet and very maple. Which is strange since I’ve never associated ‘birthday cake’ flavour with maple…

Fjellrev

Yeah, I was shocked! I honestly found this one too rooibos-y for me.

Lynne-tea

Well, in all honesty it’s good you didn’t get Pumpkin Cheesecake then!! I find it on par with the rooibos in this one

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83

I stopped in at Acquired Taste Tea Co. today to avoid working on a big presentation I have coming up… and midterm marking.
I was looking for a nice strong and rich black with some malty notes. The woman who helped me pick suggested this one, as she felt it would best fit the description of the tea I was in search for (basically bailin black if I must be honest).

I added about 1.5 tbsp into my tall mug and steeped it for about 10s using 90C water. What came out what a robust, thick and slightly malty cup. I definitely first noticed raisin notes and buckwheat, followed by a malty slightly astringent aftertaste.

As the tea cooled, I noticed the astringency increased, but not to the point where I would not drink it.

Overall, I am very happy I picked some of this tea up. I’m going to play around with the steeping parameters and see if I can increase the sweetness and decrease the astringency. I think a lower temperature water and perhaps less leaf might just do the trick.

Preparation
4 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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85
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this tea a few months ago to increase my herbal tea selection, as I have found caffeinated teas before bed isn’t such a great idea anymore. Does this mean I’m getting old? NO WAY I’LL NEVER BE OLD..(in spirit)!

Anyways, I polished off the final cup of this and I’ve decided I really like it. I’m not huuuge on chamomile teas, which this definitely is, but the chamomile adds a creaminess to the tea. I really really enjoy it. The mango flavour is surely present and with the vanilla bean pieces (which are beautiful by the way), the whole cup turns into a magical creamy mango lassi.

I haven’t tried it with milk or sugar, but I’m sure it would have been great. I guess I’ll just have to grab some more and find out for myself!

Turrahh for TEA!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95

This tea is so delightful.

It’s thick like syrup and has a clean, crisp taste of rock sugar. The jasmine is so delightful – not overpowering, but just tastes like jasmine syrup.

Oh man. No. I now need to make some of that. And some osmanthus syrup. How delicious would that be?

I really enjoying this tea.

Preparation
4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

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60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

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