243 Tasting Notes

58
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

I received this as a sample from one of my online orders and thought today was a good day to try it. To be honest, it wasn’t on my list of things to try..
Dry: Pretty pieces of orange, almond and gogi berries. Sad looking leaf quality.. tons of stems and very crushed leaves (disappointing..)
Liquor: Pleasant green that reminds me of straw for some reason? Smells of damp straw as well somehow. Peanut butter straw… musky like. Odd.. anyways moving on to taste.. Oh no wait, it tastes like musky peanut butter straw. It’s alright. I taste absolutely no chocolate (maybe due to having only one (what i assume to be..) cocoa nib.). There is a creamy mouth feel to this tea that is pleasing.

Overall: I won’t be purchasing. It is an interesting tea, but the musky peanut butter straw taste is not really for me. I like the mouth feel though. Also, I tried a second steep – it tasted more like straw peanut butter water. Weird.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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93
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

My very first Davids Tea purchase. And one of the best at that.
This tea saved me last night as I needed a powerful tea to help me stay up all night studying the worst subject ever – ichthyology (study/naming fish x.x)

Dry: visible chunks of almonds and raspberries. Chocolate colored mate with carob pieces. Smells like a million bucks. I cannot wait!
Liquor: Smells like chocolate raspberries! Soooo delicious! Very dark brown liquor. Extremely pleasant chocolate raspberry flavour that improves as the tea cools, with no weird mate peaking through (as I have had problems with mates overpowering the flavour of the tea.. maybe I steeped those incorrectly?)

Overall: My very first Davids tea will be in the permanent collection! Not for nostalgic reasons, but because this is a rocket of chocolate raspberry that is delicious and helps with energy when I need it the most. A favourite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

Holy baloney this stuff is the bees knees! Dark, deep, rich cup of heaven.
Dry: mmm chocolate pieces, orange pieces and pu-erh oh my! It smells like the taste of terry chocolate oranges. I want one now.
Liquor: Dark brown. Coffee dark almost. Small oil droplets from the chocolate I suspect. Smells like a chocolate orange. Steaming hot: I can taste a bit of the pu-erh, but it is nice. Orange is present. So it chocolate. Warm: It has a whole mouth feeling to it if that makes sense. It’s thick. and very chocolately orange. Delicious. I like it better warm then hot as more of the thickness and chocolate comes out. So so good.

Overall – permanent collection. Amazing tea for satisfying a craving, or whenever you want to drink the equivalent of unicorn tears. I suggest you buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

i have never quite figured out what I’m doing wrong, because it’s never tasted that great to me, yet EVERYONE raves about it!

Lynne-tea

How do you typically steep yours? I used a bodum for mine every time. I haven’t tried it in my wire basket.. Possibly you get the best out of it if the leaves have a lot of room?

Kittenna

Hmm, I’ll have to try it in my filter basket instead of a tea ball. A lot of people have been scolding me for using a tea ball lately (but it’s by far the easiest for me!) Thanks :)

Lynne-tea

Ahh yes maybe thats what is it. Some teas just need more room (not just for expanding). That would probably be the only difference between our preparation methods that could affect the taste. Even if you put the leaves in a cup to infuse, then strain that into your tea cup… the more room the better! That or maybe it’s just differences between taste buds. I hope its not and you get to love this tea too =)

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94

Okay so I am really supposed to be writing an organic chemistry formal lab report, but instead I have to write about this tea (it’s more interesting anyway).
Dry: straight up oolong and banana chunks. Delightful.
Liquor: 1st steep- it does taste like bananas. I wish it tasted like bananas a little more. Nice oolong flavours. 2nd steep- it tastes less like bananas and more like oolong. Which is okay, but I want more banana. hmmph. 3rd steep- This tastes like watery oolong and where the heck did my banana go!??!
--overnight rest——
4th steep + added banana slices! – HOLY BANANA OOLONG. It tastes like I’m on a banana rocket ship bursting off into a creamy milky way. Amazing. I will incorporate this step into the 3rd steep on from now on. I suggest you try it. Your buddies of taste will thank you.

I took some marks off simply because the banana flavour did not stick around anywhere near long enough.. but the added banana slices made it everything I wanted and more!

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

I love this tea, and in my experimentation with it, I seem to be finding that leaving the tea ball sitting wet overnight (after 1, 2, 3 steeps) and brewing it up the next day results in amazing banana flavour. It’s like the banana needs more time to break down than just the length of time you initially steep it for (which is limited because of the oolong). I need to test this out some more, but it’s delightful with the extra banana flavour! I got 6 steep out of a generous cup’s worth of leaves once, and it was still going strong! (I stopped there because I was sick of oolong by then).

Lynne-tea

Thanks Krystaleyn! I did leave the tea overnight after my third steep, but decided to just add banana anyways (as I had to pour out over half of the third steep due to it tasting like nothing). Maybe I jumped the gun in adding the banana slices too quick, but I do not regret it for a second! The added banana is outrageously good (plus I since I don’t eat my bananas.. I have to use them somehow!)
I ended up getting 7 healthy steeps out of this. I could have kept going but I was like you and got sick of oolong. But now I crave it again.. guh.

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This was the first tea I really day-dreamed about tasting. The reason for this? Well, the gloriously golden mulberries with lovely coconut shavings of course! It all looked so yummy on DAVIDs website.
Dry: Again.. beautiful golden mulberries with lovely coconut shavings and delicate white tea leaves. It smells like a liqueur of some kind..something sophisticated and lovely whatever it is. It really does smell delightful.
Liquor: 1st steep- A light honey/sunshine color. Smells like coconut vanilla pudding and tastes close to that as well, though it is weaker then I would like. Pleasing and has an addictive taste. 2nd steep- Deeper honey sunshine with intense smells! Very creamy vanilla golden cake of sorts. Delicious. When hot, I find the flavours are much more intense then the first cup, but still muted.. but I accidentally left my cup alone for too long and it became luke warm. HOLY! It’s amazing. It tastes thicker. Much more complex and sweeter. Like sweet milky honey with a touch of vanilla and the faintest hint of tang on the tongue. It tastes so great.
I bought my first 50g to try out about a month ago and I have already run out and re-ordered! This is a very tasty tea!

PS: 1st steep: 10 minutes, 94’C, 2nd steep: 14 minutes, 97’C. I have gotten a third steep before, but it started to lack flavour and I just really wanted to eat the mulberries because they are so delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

I’m just reviewing this now because at first I did not really like it. It was very intense initially and spicy, which put me off a bit. I then decided to give it another go with the following changes: reduced the steep time from 7 to 4 minutes, then added 6 or so spearmint leaves to try and level out the spiciness with some in-between sweet (I found it was initially spicy, then the aftertaste was extremely licorice, without any nice in-between flavours to balance.. therefore I tried more mint to fill in the gap!) Then one last change was to add 1tsp of brown sugar in 4 cups of tea. These changes worked wonderfully and now I really enjoy this tea!

Dry: Beautiful, fine bright red pieces mixed with pretty tan. Very spicy smell. Burns a little actually.. (Don’t smell too hard. It might make you sneeze)
Liquor (with the changes): Delicious and mild in the initial tastes, but builds in deep complexity towards the end of the mouthful. Licorice really appears in the end as a great aftertaste (though too strong when steeped too long for me). It’s a great late night sipping tea.
Overall, this is a nice tea that I enjoy. I may stock up eventually if I run out. Probably as it really does taste like licorice and would be fabulous for a wicked cold (though I don’t get those often..)
Oh! Also… you can potentially get many steeps out of this tea if you keep the times low. I am onto my second steep and it’s just as strong, though more delicious, then before.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

Holy Hannah Banana, I just found my cravings/ late night go to tea! Forever. On occasion I can be found smelling this beautiful tea. The appearance of the tea is beautiful as well – I really enjoy the color of the mulberry leaves.

Dry: Curled up dark (bluish?) leaves with little chunks of macadamia nut. Smells like creamy vanilla cake or pudding, yet with a delicious vegetal note at the same time. Again, I often just smell this tea it is so delicious (often when I am on a steep run with another tea, but yet have massive cravings for this tea. This generally results in me having a second large cup on the go with Mulberry Magic, in addition to my tiny cup and tea pot full of the other tea. Can I just say, I feel like I’m cheating on the other tea every time I do this.)
Liquor: Beautifully deep vegetal color that looks creamy almost (or maybe I am just imagining this due to the fact that I know how creamy it is..?) In the mouth- What clouds taste like (before pollution). Its a pillowy creamy vanilla cake/pudding-esqe liquid gold that has a buttery vegetal taste as well. This buttery vegetal taste keeps it so interesting and delicious that you will not ever get sick of the sweet vanilla cream taste. If you put steamed milk in this tea – it reaches another level of creamy vanilla vegetal goodness that should absolutely be experienced by anyone doubting this tea. Also, I get at least two good steeps out of this. Usually three, though three is noticeably weaker. Also, thanks to AliPants, I tried this tea in a bag and it gave it a much better flavour I found. Sweeter. If you want more vegetal, give it some breathing room!

1000% a mainstay in my tea cupboard. I really wish I had added it to my last Davids Tea order as I am getting mildly low and that worries me. Phooey!
Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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86

Oh YUM!
I just finished a large cup of this mixed with a few delicious things I will tell you about. I tend to drink this tea bare, or with the spiced butter recipe mentioned previously on here (Faith) and a little cream (so indulgent and delicious!)
Dry: Beautiful combination of leaves and such fine coconut. Smells like buttery-rummy-deliciousness. Such large vanilla bean pieces! I’m impressed!
Liquor: Creamy coconutty vanilla with rum. Slightly astringent, but almost not even noticeable (Yay!) Smell is deliciously Malibu rum.
The smell of the mug after drinking this tea bare is fantastic! (Always a plus for me.. I like to really appreciate the layers of smells that my tongue could perhaps not decipher (yet?))

Very happy I went with this one. Definitely a weekly tea. Maybe twice a week.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
243 tasting notes

I received this as a sample when my online order came in (yay!) I figured it would be a nice uplifting tea for writing boring lab books. It’s working a little.
Dry: Holy lemon. Will I be able to drink all four cups of this? Where’s the oolong? Nice looking mix though.
Liquor: This reminds me of a lightly sweetened lemon gelato (warm). Maybe a flowery lemon gelato. The smell is a little off-putting for me, but the taste is delicious. The after taste is like a sweet lemon candy. Nice.

I may buy this. I’m not sure yet if I would drink this often enough. Probably would in the summer. I’ll decided after I finish the other two cups.

Edit: Okay.. so.. this oolongs liquor color reminds me of Gold Rush and I absolutely love that tea. Now I want that instead. Hurry up and arrive already!
Edit 2: So I am attempting more steeps from the leaves and they are delivering. You get a huge bang for your buck with this tea.. its still extremely lemony, even after i initially oversteeped this tea many times. Delicious lemon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Tiger Town by Tea Desire
243 tasting notes

I picked this tea up from Tea Desire as the price was right (50g for 5 bucks), and because it smelled like amazing red berry candy tea of sorts (almost like red gummy bears).

Dry: the picture really doesn’t look anything like the tea I received. I did not have one strawberry bit or any other berry bit in my tea leaves. There was a few rose petals. I would definitely have liked to see more strawberry pieces.

Liquor: Medium amber/yellow. Smell has diminished considerably…. Taste is slightly tangy, no real bitterness. Almost a cranberry taste to it, which is odd. Not the most berry bursting tea I have drank, which makes me sad because it smelled so berry-licious dry. Very very slightly astringent, and the lingering taste after drinking this tea is strawberry (Finally! Strawberry!)

Overall, this tea is slightly bland at first, but becomes slightly more complex if you appreciate the lingering tastes associated with each sip. To boost up the berry flavour of this tea on occasion, I will try mixing with a tisane I picked up on my travels to Jasper called Bear Berry, which I bought from Tea Boutique. I will report back on that mixture in the summer.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 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.

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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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