181 Tasting Notes

80
drank Witches' Brew Chai by 52teas
181 tasting notes

Oh, the irony has not escaped me. A witch making a tea named Witch’s Brew. LOL. Yes it would be a lot more appropriate for it to be Halloween or at least Fall (Most people seem to agree that Chai’s are definitely a Fall tea.) But I had an urge for a black tea to start off with today (I woke up around 10:30 but for some reason could not get myself off my behind to the kitchen to make tea before now.) and this is what my hand fell on.

Smell wise-Very Licorice-y. In fact when I was sniffing it last night I kept thinking it smelled like the licorice flavor Jujubees, which I have not eaten in years due to various things (Like preferring other candies like JellyBellies.)

Tastewise-I am not a huge fan of licorice and the last tea I had that had licorice was kind of weird and a bit gross. But in this….I like it. I’m considering going against my earlier plan of drinking the rest of the samples I had pulled out to have yesterday, today and tomorow and having a cup of Butterbeer, which I did not care for the few times I had it, but want to try again because otherwise I should give it away or pitch out-just taking up space in my cupboard otherwise.

So, if Frank were to reblend it, I would seriously consider buying a bag.

LOL. Since I read the tasting notes and description and ingredients in this tea and noticed that it has Lapsang Souchong in it, I am now thinking I taste an after taste of LS, I wonder if I really do or if it’s the power of suggestion?

**Note**1 About my calling myself a witch, no not talking down about myself, it is how I identify more or less, though I usually prefer Pagan or Spiritual with Pagan inclinations ;) Just for clarification, ya’all!

**Note**2 For future references, should drink this kind of fast as it doesn’t taste that great cooling down, which seems to be a characteristic of Chai blends.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

You know how cats keep on licking their chops long after eating? I had a mental image of myself doing that after every sip of this tea. This is how I expected David’s Tea Coconut Grove would taste but just….didn’t.

Don’t ask me if this is an everyday tea…I am not an everyday tea drinker, as I prefer to mostly have my tea as a treat. And even if I were to drink tea everyday….ugh not the same tea, there would have to be variety.

But anyways, I do think I like this enough to want to have it as a staple in my cupboard, though cautioning myself to wait till I’ve tried the rest of it and to possibly get the hf ounce on the website before I go overboard and buy a whole 3 ounces. (Odd size options on the site though.) Somewhat tempted to add some lime juice to this just to see how it would taste. Maybe near the end of the cup, eh? LOL. Oh and alittle bit of salt ;)

Updated: just added some lime juice and salt to this tea…I like! lol. But just a pinch of both mind you.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp
Courtney

Coconut is the best.

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54

Home from work a few hours ago, though I still feel exhausted….really? LOL I didn’t work very long today but was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Sighs So wanted a boost of caffeine for some writing that I want to do tonight.

On to the tea tasting: The overall temp suggestion was 180, but that is not a option on my kettle, and I no longer have a thermometer so went with 175, which generally speaking works out.
Sadly, I am not liking this tea at all, tempted to throw it out. But I won’t. I’ll either force myself to drink it or stick it into the fridge once it cools down, from the other tea notes, I’ve gotten the impression that it makes an passable iced tea, and I’ve been thinking about them lately.

It’s kind of funny, Teavana’s Watermelon Mint Chiller actually has more watermelon then this, though the mint kind of takes over. I’m really wanting to try Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone now…Argh. This last tea sale that I bought I promised would be my last tea buy for a while because planning on moving to my Mom’s and she’s already going to be HORRIFIED at my tea collection. And I need to learn to put restraints on myself (And not in a fun way :( ) Both for the sake of space and saving money.
Actually this has made me want to make a cup of Watermelon Mint Chiller, so going to go put this into another cup and make it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
181 tasting notes

Interesting tea. I like the coconutty taste….the combination does seem to give the impression that there is cocoa in there.

Would I get a bag? I think I would seriously consider it if I could find it on the website. I really wish David’s Tea would have an area on the site that lists all the discontinued or seasonal teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Not sure if I like the taste of Jasmine…thought I would, I certainly like the smell and I usually like flowery teas in general. It isn’t a bad cup though. Maybe I’m just not in the mood to appreciate it? My Dad is currently working on the kitchen and bathroom sink pipes as we have had some minor backups, so between the god awful smell and having had to move my kettle and tea samples box that could be whats affecting my appreciation sense.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

Got this as a sample from Liberteas

I don’t have alot of time to write a review, but the way my memory has been lately I figured that I should try and write what I can. Not that there is really much to write anyways.

Ok…This tea is kind of …..meh. It isn’t terrible tasting, and I think the next cup I have will be cold.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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8

Bleargh. Smell wise, this tea is nice. Taste wise…probably won’t be able to finish the cup. I would have to say this is down right nasty.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
181 tasting notes

Yet another tea David’s Tea that I’ve reviewed and liked, but David’s Tea seems to have discontinued. crabby face Not a huge like mind you, it’s kind of bordering on the ‘Good, but not good enough to keep in my cupboard.’ But it’s occurred to me that I don’t have a lot of black teas….well, I’m supposed to be on hiatus (with exception of tea stash sales and giveaways of course!) So buying more black teas will mostly have to wait, probably till after I move. Well actually that should say, buying more teas in general will have to wait.

The taste: I do taste the anise, which I generally like…but I don’t taste much else….though I think I might be tasting bare hint of the white chocolate. You know, I’m just remembering that when it comes to every other chocolate tea I’ve pretty much had the same reaction…like it’s an ok cup…kind of borderline of whether I would get it again but ultimately decide not to because I don’t love it, and a bit of a pain in the butt to get. (I still prefer buying my teas in person, which in some ways does help with the hiatus.) So, the end result is that even though it’s borderline, if it were still offered, I would seriously consider getting a full bag of it, just to see if maybe I would grow to like it more.

Final Note: this tea would probably make a good Latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
TeaJunkie1985

It hasn’t been discontinued, they are probably low on stock so their putting it on special.

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90
drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
181 tasting notes

When I got up, I was hankering for a tea that I hadn’t tried yet, but when I went to look among my samples, nothing really jumped out, so with a sigh I reached for the small box of David’s Tea and was going to make ’Mom’s Apple Pie’ because I hadn’t had it in a while and wanted to see if maybe I liked it a bit more, but then a sample packet jumped out of the box as I took it down.

It was this tea. I have tried a few flowery teas, most of them I liked both smell and taste.

At 1st…I wasn’t sure about the taste. smell wise I thought it smelled divine, but taste…was just blah. But I wanted to at the very least finish it as I didn’t have the time to make another tea before work, so headed back to the kitchen to put more sugar in. I did put some sugar in before I brewed the tea, but I have been trying to reduce the amount of sugar that I use, (Without much luck.) and plus I’ve noticed that DT’s teas don’t seem to need as much sugar (Maybe due to the stevia that I hear is in many of their teas?)

Well putting more sugar in definitely woke this tea up. I could taste the sweet rose along with the green, up until now, most of the teas that I’ve had with rose in it has been a black tea base.

I would even go so far as to say that I would be inclined to order a bag of this, but it looks like David’s Tea has discontinued it. (Or possibly a seasonal.) so might be inclined to look for similar green teas with rose in it.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Mercuryhime

I really enjoy this one most as a cold brew. It doesn’t take long either. Maybe 4 hours. :)

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70
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
181 tasting notes

An interesting cup so far. I am not terribly impressed with it, yet. I do taste the pineapple and peach, a sweet with just an edge of peachy tartness. I don’t really taste the odd after taste that some people have mentioned, maybe it’ll show up when it cools down.
Despite my not being impressed with this tea, I am not opposed to getting more. As I need more teas that strictly herbal/non rooibos blends for times when rooibos doesn’t appeal to me.
With the change of the website, I’ve decided to go back to rating my teas, I stopped before because it was set up kind of weird and was hard to adjust.

The temp I used was 190, though the average temp used by users on this site was 195, that is not a option on my kettle and I hate trying to guess when the best time is to pour, so I went with 190. My tea thermometer/timer is broke…(The day I got it, it accidently landed in a pan full of water. It worked…more or less after that quite a few times, but then I got out of the habit of using it. So I guess it just fizzled. Ahh well. Not sure if I’ll get another one, if I do it won’t be from Teavana.

Update:I just took a huge swallow of this tea, there was a distinctly metallic taste…so lowered the score even lower. (Was an 80, which is the ‘Interesting’ catergory. Now it’s 70 which is the ‘Not cupboard worthy’

While I might change my mind…I highly doubt it. Bah!

Flavors: Metallic

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Queer, genderfluid, bookworm,various ‘alternative lifestyles and communities’ (You’ll have to ask in a message by what I mean, I don’t want to weird anyone out, though most people here seem to be fairly accepting or at least tolerant.)

Currently in my late 30’s.

Rating Guide that I use:
100-Excellent
90-99 Good
80-89 Interesting
70-79 Not cupboard worthy (Means that while I kind of like it, not enough to keep.)
60-69 Uninspiring
50-59 Terrible

Current favorite teas: Victorian Earl Grey, Pink Passionfruit, Dragonfruit Devotion, Mandarin Silk,Citrus Pile Driver,Constant Comment (If I could get that in loose leaf or find a direct equivalent…I think I would be inspired to buy a pound. OMG I forgot how much I loooooove that tea!)

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