235 Tasting Notes

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Whoops… I added this review to the 2011 previously
{Warning: Long one.. I’m sorry}
I’m going for it tonight. I’ve waited far too long to let lack of sleep get in the way of this tea. I have more to enjoy and try later on anyways. David graciously included a note. I like that very much. It truly shows an appreciation for the customer, and is much more personalized than a stereotypical printed-out ‘thank you’ page. Well, let’s get to it. To be honest – I am nervous. I have such high hopes for this tea and I feel very happy to have the ability to try…Oh man I’m drinking it already. I can’t stop drinking it. I decided to give my leaves a rinse and use traditional brewing techniques. I didn’t have a place to dispose of the rinse water so I just sipped a bit..cause it was sitting there.. (I’m a curious person okay?).. Anyway- I couldn’t stop. I found myself drifting off into a honeysuckle galaxy whilst The Antlers – Rolled Together played in the background. I’m. So. Excited.
- Sorry-.. Back on track.
Dry: The leaves are beautiful. Various shades of a forest green.. the little leaves remind me of little pieces of acrylic paint that have dried. Odd association – but the color and texture remind me of painting. The smell to me is vegetal and strongly floral, with a bright upper note I can’t place right now.
1st steep (2s): Smells very floral up front, but I find an almost vanilla jasmine smell in the background. This tea makes me smile SO much. When I was young, I grew up in an area that had a large forest that I use to play in right down the block from my house. It was honeysuckle heaven in there! This steep brings me right back there as if I had just bit the tip off the honeysuckle and drank out the sweet juice inside. I still get a jasmine note that is very strong in the scent and immediate taste. Ooh I burnt my lip! Darn I am so impatient. Even as it cools it tastes like I’m just drinking a warmed cup of delicious honeysuckle juice. Enough notes on this steep.
2nd steep (2s): Sweetness is still present, though not as prominent. Sparkly flavours on the back and sides of tongue. I do taste a little camomile.. or just a similar sweetness that I find in camomile. Delightful.
I won’t bore you with the (hopefully) 30 other steepings unless there is a major development!
Very yummy and interesting tea so far

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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drank Milky Oolong by Tea Desire
235 tasting notes

Not a true milk oolong- but a milky flavoured oolong none the less. After becoming a lover of oolong (and being nearly out of Davids Tea milk oolong), I decided to give this tea a go as I can purchase it locally.

Dry: Leaves are more broken up and more stems then Davids Tea (which is to be expected if you pay $5/50g in my opinion). Smells like condensed milk. I like that. Wet leaves unfurled rather quickly (almost all open after one steep).. though again, to be expected.
Liquor: Deeply rich carmel colour. It smells heavenly actually. Sunshine (and yellow) comes to mind for some reason when I smell this which makes me happy. Caramelly sweet smell with a touch of vanilla and camomile (random). The taste is pleasing – I can definitely taste the oolong and there is a buttery sensation/flavour as an intermediate note. No real substantial aftertaste, except a mild candy note.. like a gummy real fruit candy, except not sweet. It’s subtle but nice.
Note: I am half delirious right now due to lack of sleep and I am pretty sure I put in 1 tbsp for my whole 6oz cup. I’m not sure why I did that. Or why I let it steep longer then I usually would. At least with my trusty thermometer I now know exactly what temperature water was used (93C). Due to these factors – I will hold off on rating until I figure out my life and stop mucking up my tea! (Thank goodness I didn’t try playing with my Verdant tea yet.. I definitely need more sleep for that session!)

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

I’ve been going between trying this or DT’s. Which one do you prefer?

Lynne-tea

Oh my gosh DT’s all the way. I get so caught up in just sniffing my DT tin and love the buttery taste. Such a comfort. Though the price of this one is much better. To be honest… I go between DT’s and Teavivre as I still get a buttery taste/smoothness with the TV that I adore. If you haven’t tried that one yet I highly recommend it!

Fjellrev

Thanks! I almost bought this one before so I think I’ll go for DT’s instead. :)

Lynne-tea

No problem at all! I don’t regret buying this as it was so inexpensive and therefore I don’t feel bad if I put some in a to-go tea bag.. which is something I wouldn’t do with the DT’s due to the cost. I hope you love DT’s as much as mine. It is surely one of my top 5 teas of all time (so far… I have so many more teas to taste in my lifetime yet!)

Lynne-tea

haha I meant to say “I hope you love DT’s as much as I do.” Goes to show you how a cold turns my brain into cotton-balls >.<

Fjellrev

Haha no it’s ok, I understood. Can’t believe how much DT’s is but I’m sure it’s worth it. It’s so sad. I made a trip to Edmonton this weekend, got to WEM, did some shopping (including a first visit to the new Teavana store) but I ran out of money by the time I made it to the other end of the mall where DT is. Kind of wish I went to DT first since the Teavana teas don’t taste as good as they smell! Oh well. Next time.

Lynne-tea

Hahah aww phooey! Yes next time for sure. I have been to Teavana and I wasn’t that impressed. Thankfully.. I live only by a Tea Desire (which I can easily withstand buying teas from as it is: A) A 2 hr bike ride away overall, and B) Not very good quality.. though for cheap prices (though I love their russian caravan to bits)). Therefore I am restricted to ordering online and I was familiar with DT so they became top priority when I was initially getting into it. If you are ever around a DT.. I suggest grabbing a 10-15g sample to try.. that way you can test it out before taking the plunge =) trust me – it’s worth it haha

Fjellrev

Ah, I never thought of getting samples. I am always afraid to ask haha. But I don’t know, I actually really like Tea Desire? It’s hit or miss. Some are meh, others are amazing. And you’re right, you can’t complain about the price.

Yeah, the Teavana teas I chose are ok but definitely disappointing. Too bad they bought out Teaopia. Have been meaning to try a bunch of their stuff.

Lynne-tea

Maybe it is just my experience at the tea desire store here. Trying their oolongs.. I found they used the same lower grade oolong base for all of their oolong mixes.. Then their prices jump way up for ‘better’ quality oolongs. I would much prefer to have the option of samples first before going with 50g ( I now have an excess of two oolongs I don’t really enjoy that I am trying to find ways to use.. Thankfully I liked the milky oolong!)
The staff here are also quite pushy and are not accommodating (as in a thermometer I bought from them had broke because it is cheap and they made it seem as though it was a huge thing to exchange it for another one and kept hinting i dropped it, causing the liquid to separate in the glass stem.. If i had dropped it, the glass would have broke. And I wasn’t even asking for a refund. The new thermometer I got also ended up breaking within three days and now they want to give me store credit. I just want my money back as I don’t want their tea or their cheap thermometers. Humph. Another reason I love DT – any problems no matter how small, they fix with an amazing attitude and seem genuine about it. Tea desire is like pulling teeth in those situations.)

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drank Russian Caravan by Tea Desire
235 tasting notes

I went for it. The very first time I smelled this tea I was amazed that someone would drink such a smokey intensely flavoured tea (other than sweet flavours, and I do recall even asking the sales woman if they actually do sell it very often). Very malty and comforting to me now, but at the time I didn’t think I would like it (back when I was an always-add-things-to-my-tea type person.. not that that is a bad thing. I just find it hides flavours sometimes.)
Anyways.. so I just finished up 4/5 final exams (YAY! ONE MORE!) and thought I should buy some tea to reward myself (even though my Verdant tea order finally arrived today so I don’t have to stalk the mail man – Yay #2!). I walked away with a lot of tea today and a thermometer.
Dry: Little twisted black leaves. Nothing fancy. Smell is addictive. Really addictive (to be honest I have smelled it over 15 times since I got it two hours ago).
Liquor: Very dark.. I steeped it for about two minutes and thought that that was good based on color. The steep was a touch weak, so I popped the leaves back in and managed to forget about it for a while (therefore, no idea on steeping times). I tried it.. Very good.. though slightly bitter (my fault!.. brewing it like a true Russian zavarka almost!) I fixed this by adding hot water. There is no bitterness to this tea anymore. It is very smokey, though not overly so. Definitely malty and rich…Aftertaste reminds me of applewood smoked gouda for some reason and I love it.

I can definitely see myself making this on an extremely regular basis (especially considering it was only $5 for 50g). I’m sold. To be honest, this will probably replace coffee in the AM for me on most days.

Preparation
Boiling
Azzrian

Mention of applewood again this time with CHEESE SIGH I want applewood smoked gouda now and this tea on the side! LOL Congrats almost done with exams!! :)

Lynne-tea

Haha Sorry! I know it’s such a good cheese (I have been on a cheese kick lately – which is odd as I don’t usually like high fat foods..) Either way – I finished my cup about 10 minutes or so ago and the taste lingers on! I knew I had been secretly craving it since the first time I smelled it. =)
And thank you very much! Soon I will be able to crawl out of my study den and back into society squints eyes

Azzrian

LOL I know the feeling -come back INTO THE LIGHT my friend! :)
Good Gawd though I would send hubby to get cheese if we were not all so ick feeling already. Its funny how impressionable I am in my weakened state! I think I have some pepper jack in the fridge SIGH its just not the same as a smoked gouda. LOL

Lynne-tea

Haha thanks again! =) It’s always nice to hear others who have made it out alive. Well when you feel good enough to venture out tea shopping, your smoked gouda cheese cravings may be solved with some Russian Caravan! (or ignited, I am not sure..? haha)

Azzrian

LOL exactly – my cravings could get WORSE! Which reminds me – there is a LOVELY cheese store about an hour from where I live, SAMPLES GALORE! I want to hit that place up next payday if I have any "extra’ (haha extra rofl) funds!

Kittenna

Interesting. Does Tea Desire sell small samples a la DavidsTea? Like 10g? There’s one in Saskatoon that I might hit up over the summer if so. But if they only sell in 50g increments, not for me.

Lynne-tea

They only sell in 50g increments =( I was a little bummed about that (for my other tea purchases). I think you can get togo cups.. maybe try it that way? I couldn’t turn it down at the price with that smell. I was much too intrigued =)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

Oh wow – I haven’t wrote a review for this tea yet. I can’t believe it as this was one of my first DT shipments and it’s so delicious I guess I told everyone but you all how much I love it (though by the rating, you all obviously know the great wonderfulness of this tea!)

Dry: I want to crawl into the bag to be honest. I wish I had some machine to shrink me down so I could intermingle with the delicious scents of creamy pumpkin chai. So clean and sharp smelling.. if that makes sense? As in I can smell every individual flavour.

Liquor: Beautiful deep/burnt amber. Smells even creamier – it reminds me of a slice of pumpkin pie with a WHOLE bunch of whipping cream on top. Sweet whipping cream (though not too sweet) Holy jeez this smells good. (So good that a professor of mine got distracted in class and asked what in the dickens I was drinking as it smelled so delectable… I sense another convert.) I can taste a lovely malty black tea that has a creamy/rounded quality to it. I taste caramelized sugar and a bit of pumpkin. The flavours are not as strong as I remember, though I did go for a shorter steeping time and just under boiling water compared to last time. I enjoy a longer steep I think to bring out more of the chai/spice flavours. The aftertaste is not very strong (again, could be due to a lower steeping time).. but its a sweet malty aftertaste. Mostly black tea I think.. though maybe I am mistaken (I really need to get into plain black tea to know for sure).

Overall – a delicious brew. I will for sure be replacing this tea… the smell and taste are too irresistible to pass up! I am sure this would be fantastic with milk.. but I just want to drink unaltered tea lately. Maybe soon I will make this into a latte.. I can only imagine the deliciousness of this in latte form..with whip cream? oh my .

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
tigress_al

I have not tried this with whip cream, but I am sure it would be fantastic! But believe me, as a latte with steamed milk and a tad of brown sugar, it is delicious!

Lynne-tea

I will have to try that soon! Once I am done school I cannot wait to give more attention to my tea and try making lattes with some of them. This one is definitely #1 on the list. I would recommend you try a latte with Mulberry Magic. It’s amazing.

tigress_al

A Mulberry Magic latte is wonderful, I wasn’t a fan of that tea until I tried it that way! Now it is my evening treat when I deserve one!

Lynne-tea

Good plan! I didn’t like Mulberry Magic all that much when I first tried it.. but when I bag the tea – it tastes a lot sweeter and so good. I don’t know why – but it worked for me.

Kittenna

Yummm…..

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

So.. from the activity on my previous tasting note of this tea, I was reminded of how delicious it was and therefore had to have a nice pot of it.
It was different this time, in another great way! A lot more tart and cranberry (probably because I had a few big chunks of cranberry this time – so pretty!) The steep was rather heavy for the first round (only steeped 5 minutes) and much lighter on the second (to the point where I re-steeped it a second time).
Very delicious still. Very creamy. Just a different side of the tea I had yet to experience.
Oh the joy of tea.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

[Backlog from yesterday]
My sister popped by yesterday right as I was brewing up a pot of this! Which is perfect, because I haven’t seen her in ages (silly school getting in the way!), and I wanted to introduce her to (good) tea so she can have a new obsession (and so we can have tea parties Yay!)
As soon as I poured her a cup.. “Oooooh my god! What is this?!? This smells so good! Oh it tastes soo good!”(typically, she drinks bagged Red Rose tea)…I respond with a cool, “well, it’s Mulberry Magic of course. It’s very good for you too – supposedly lowers blood sugar and curbs cravings” (all very big selling features for her as she’s very health conscious).
I introduced her to my entire tea cupboard (she’s a little worried.. but at least my 3 other orders aren’t here yet so it doesn’t look SO bad). I sent her home with a few samples of Mulberry Magic, a creamed earl grey, and Read My Lips to try (complete with steeping times and I made sure all were boiling water samples for ease of introduction).

My fingers are crossed that I have converted my sister into an avid (good) tea drinker!
Ohh shoot – I got wrapped up in writing this and forgot about my milk oolong x.x

Oh well – raise a cup to the resilience of good tea! =)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

yay for tea coverts!! it’s only a matter of time before she shows up on steepster :P

Azzrian

Good work!

Lynne-tea

Thanks! I even mentioned the site and she seemed a bit interested. I think if I slowly start introducing her to this world..she will naturally be curious to try other teas (as I was) and remember my suggestion! I do hope she joins soon and buys tea so we can swap!

Indestructible

Haha – for my Mum’s birthday I gave her a tea mug with similar little tea samples with instructions on it! it is fun to share the tea love with others!

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98

Same as before – but I have noticed that every time I drink this tea… I have at least one moment of taking a sip and I cannot help but smile because of the beautiful buttery vegetable flavours I taste.
It’s an automatic reaction I cannot help and I love so dearly. It’s amazing that a tea can do this to me on one of my most grumpiest of days! Fantastic.

Kittenna

I need to revisit this one soon!

Lynne-tea

You definitely do! Delicious tea (I am filling up on it tomorrow! Yay for trips!)

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93
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

So delicious still. It hasn’t changed a bit from my previous review. I’m still in love with the chocolatey smokey raspberry taste sensation that I have every time I drink it. Plus.. the mate is perfect for finals studying! A clear, nonfuzzy energy… I should go simply because I should be studying. Tea makes my current situation (i.e. barricaded in my room surrounded by study cards) so much more tolerable. Thanks again tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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98

Oh jeez milk oolong, why do you have to go an taste SO good? Like a pat of butter in my mouth! Except only less thick and gross and more velvety and vegetal. I am in love and saddened by this as I only have enough for one more oolong session. Dang your price (although it could be worse I suppose). So far my 4th steep has been my favorite.. All buttery and vegetal, except more sweet with a little caramel this time. I started with 2x 30s and have increased now to 45s for my third and fourth steep. I highly recommend if you want a long, drawn out creamy butter experience. So good

Kittenna

It’s good, but I find I can get away with a regular (and cheaper!) tieguanyin for my oolong fix, thankfully, and save this one for treats :)

Lynne-tea

That is exactly what I will be doing! I cannot wait for my teas to arrive.. it feels like I have been waiting forever for Verdant tea’s order to come in. It appears that it’s in Canada as I can no longer track it.. but that’s been since the 10th and I JUST WANT OOLONGS! I hope it is here today. Otherwise I may cry over a sad oldish cup of tie guan yin until my orders come in. Sigh.. First world problems.

Kittenna

Hahahaha! Definitely first world problem. My Verdant orders have actually been surprisingly speedy. Only about maybe a week and a half to get to me, I think?

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

I was sceptical at first as my first run-ins with honeybush were not good (a long time ago). Also, rooibos can be so woody. But.. I went for it

Dry: Pretty little sprinkles, smells of maple syrup. And baked goods. Yummy. I also smell the honeybush.. oh jeez..

Liquor: Deep reddish toasted color. Smells of maple sticky cake. So cake-y delicious. There is a hint of honeybush in there but it’s tolerable. It tastes like I am biting into a maple sticky cake. HOLY cow. I was not expecting this to be so good but my goodness. Honestly. How did they make a maple cake into this tea? It even has the browned bits taste you get from the bottom of a pan… all caramel flavoured with a toasted note at the end.

I do not regret my decision at all. Possibly only regret the fact that I just found another permanent (while its offered) tea. Now I am going to go drink my entire tea pot in under 10 minutes. I know it. Also.. I really don’t just automatically give high ratings I swear.. I just pick really good teas (all thanks to you Steepsterites!)

EDIT: Dropping the rating.. second steep is not very memorable. I threw it in the fridge and it was good.. creamy, but not astounding.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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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.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
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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I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.

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