243 Tasting Notes

92
drank Russian Caravan by Tea Desire
243 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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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
243 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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94
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
243 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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100
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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[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
243 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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92
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
243 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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94
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

Backstory to this tea: I had been waiting for a while for it to come back in stock online after first finding it on their website… then I made the mistake of reading all of your reviews (which made me want it even more). I was so excited to finally get my hands on some!

Dry: Holy strong scent! Whoa.. I mean maybe too strong. It lingered in the back of my throat/nose for a good minute after smelling it was so overpowering. I guess that teaches me to huff unknown teas. But really… I wonder what the liquor will be like if this is how strong the leaves smell?! Pretty chunks of pear and cranberry. How delightful. Oh yes.. and the smell.. (from afar this time).. cranberry and pear but more luscious and deep-bodied. Very nice.
Liquor: a nice medium amber color. Smell is much more subdued (which is nice). Hot: rather bland. What happened to the punch in the face scent I just got knocked out with earlier? Where the heck did all my flavour go to?.. Oh. There it is. Very mild and mellow. The aftertaste is creamy cranberry (raspberry) with a hind note of juicy pear. I can almost feel the crunch of stone cells as if I were eating a pear. Wow. I guess I was a little impatient there. Forgive me tea. As the tea cools it becomes thicker and more full mouthed. Caramel pear.. with a hint of bubblegum or something. Surprising and delicious.

This tea is fantastic. I was impatient for flavours off the get go (how could you not be with such a strongly scented tea?) I expected a very in-your-face-flavoured tea, but instead, I found an interesting and complex tea which takes time to get to know. The first few mouthfuls, for me anyway, were a warm up to something exquisite (I was just too impatient to realize it). Oh tea.. you amaze me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Yeah, this one is potent dry, hey? I love it though….. from a distance.

I find that this one is tastiest when I steep the heck out of it, and all the delicious fruit flavours come out. The black tea, at least for me, doesn’t seem to get astringent. It can get quite sweet and delicious and fruity. And that’s how I like it :D

Lynne-tea

It is absolutely delicious. I have no idea how long I steeped it for but it was perfect! It just took a while to recognize individual flavours as they all jumbled in my mouth at once – causing me to think there was only one flavour. Mistake obviously. I just needed to be patient as my taste buds figured out what the delicious flavours were! =) I may have gotten the astringency from too much steeping.. though.. it wasn’t very prominent and I didn’t mind it.

katgolik

I so want to try this!

Scott B

I made a cranberry-pear pie several years ago-was delicious.This is going on my shopping list.

Lynne-tea

Yes you must! It is delicious… just do not sniff the bag as readily as I did.. waft from afar =)

Scott B

Maybe I will brew the tea while wearing a hazmat suit.

Lynne-tea

hahah =) possibly a little extreme. Though to each their own.

Kittenna

The scent is definitely muted while brewing :D The dry tea is just quite a bit more potent than you might expect. Kind of like DT’s Birthday Cake tea (which I love to sniff repeatedly but from a distance, I’ll admit).

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42
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

Mmm peachy. Peachy creamy peach. This stuff doesn’t smell like a cup of peaches’n’cream when you first smell the bag.. but ohh man the liquor is amazing. I am so happy my order came in today! Stuck studying on a beautifully sunny day is tortuous. This way I can have a study tea party instead!
Dry: Mildly smelling of peach (though maybe my nose was broken due to the intensity of the Cranberry Pear tea I smelled prior to smelling this one). Its pretty with speckled yogurt drops and peach pieces.
Liquor: It smells like… a peachy liquor of some sort. Nice deep, thick color. I don’t have a problem with the top scum- but I am also drinking it in very small cups from a constantly heated ceramic teapot, which probably helps to keep the drops fully dissolved. It has a very distinctive smoky flavour to me. There is peachy taste in the back of my mouth and a slight drying. It’s good. I thought it might be sweeter then it is and I am glad it’s not. Man the after taste is very peach yogurt! Delicious. Not my absolute favourite yogurt flavour usually, as most brands sweeten the dickens out of it and have gross soggy fruit chunks.. except this tastes like a less sweetened luscious peach chunk version made with a delicious thick greek yogurt. YUM!
As it cools in my baby cup, I can really start to smell the peach flavour. It also gets a little creamier.

I steeped the heck out of this accidentally when I got wrapped up in a bunch of organic chemistry reactions. Grrr I need a Davids Tea timer and thermometer! Has anyone tried it? It’s been sold out for ages!

Sorry about the ramble. I am just so excited about my new tea arrival (and I like being distracted)

Preparation
Boiling

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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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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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