1121 Tasting Notes

First review! I haven’t been the first review in a while! Then again, I haven’t written a review in a while haha :) well no time like the present! A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for so kindly sending me a bunch of new tea samples!! This is the first of the bunch that I am trying out, and it is a perfect day for a roasty oolong, lightly snowing, miserably cold wind, and very grey out. Time for hot tea!

The dry smell of this tea is lovely, man I haven’t had an oolong in a while, and this one is definitely orchid-like and toasty. I steeped it for roughly 3 mins Western style with boiling water. The steeped aroma is SO LOVELY! It reminds me of my favorite roasted oolong from Verdant that I haven’t had in ages..what was it even called..Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix oolong. This one is a bit different though, the toasted smell is a bit stronger, and the rocky mineral notes are also there. It smells so yummy, like I should be in a tranquil waterfall cave drinking this tea :). Oh, the color is a light orange color too, very pleasing.

As for the flavor, mmmm is this ever good. It’s so very light, the mineral notes are there but quite faint, it is floral and delicious, with a sweetness that lingers almost like a mild ginseng. It’s juicy and a bit toasty. It’s really good! Wow it’s been a while since I’ve had a toasted oolong, I missed it. I was reading that this is kind of like a Tie Guan Yin like rock oolong, and I can definitely see that, it is lighter and creamier than previous ones I’ve had, and the orchid floral notes much more pronounced as in a Tie guan yin. I bet I could even convince my boyfriend to try this toasted oolong, and he really only drinks tie guan yin haha.

Overall, a very relaxing, lightly creamy, and deliciously floral tea. Smooth and serene, I am transported to a waterfall cascading down rocks with spring flowers blooming amongst the moss above. I am feeling poetic today :D

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This was never added to my cupboard, but it is about a 2 year old teabag I finally sipped down at work today. Sipdown being a relative term..I actually am throwing out the rest of the mug because it was just too bitter and blech for me. The lavender and EG really did not mix well for me, or I brewed it too strongly haha. Whatever it was, not my cup of tea! Ah well, it’s gone now! No rating in case it was just me brewing it too long (I don’t really pay attention to brew time at work haha).

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Hello Steepster, I am hoping to have more of a presence on here as I start to get back into tea, I went through my stash today and purged and made a list of teas that I need to either finish off or throw out due to them being far too ancient lol, so I am going to be on here hopefully updating my cupboard and logging tea. I was cataloging all my tea today until my tablet shut off haha so now it’s charging so I can’t access the document I was making lol. Ah well. Hoping to get my cupboard down to a much more manageable level before 2017, and with our upcoming trip to Japan, I need space for some Japanese teas haha, nothing too crazy but I’m definitely buying some when I am there!

Anyways, in the meantime I am having a cup of Second Breakfast in an attempt to finish off the bag, as I’ve been hoarding it for a long time. Amazingly this tea is still absolutely delicious, and I can see why I was hoarding it lol. Malty, bready, everything I like in a black tea! One day I might re-stock this if it is offered! Not quite a sipdown yet, probably 1 or 2 more cups left. See previous notes on this tea!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Great to see you back and that’s so exciting that you’ll be going to Japan!

MissLena

@Fjellrev – Thank you! I am happy to be back too I have missed tea I just hope my caffeine intolerance doesn’t get too out of whack haha, and yes I’m excited and nervous about Japan, still so much left to plan! Gah, but it will be fun once we are there :)

KiwiDelight

Where abouts will you be visiting? I’m familiar with Kyoto (it’s been six years but hey).

MissLena

@KiwiDelight – we are indeed going to be in Kyoto for a bit, about 2 days total I think! We are going to (optimistically) try to go to Tokyo, Hakone, Shibu Onsen to see the snow monkeys, Kyoto, Nara, Koya-San, Kobe, Osaka and back to Tokyo for the last night haha. It will be fairly rushed near the end so we might have to skip out on Kobe and save it for when we go back and visit the southern portion :) I’m starting to get excited for it though! Any good tea recommendations / general info you would like to share about Kyoto? Feel free to PM me too! :D

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Made this stove top tonight, first stovetop chai of the season! It’s only +7 C and a chance of freezing tonight (covered my pumpkin!) so it seemed appropriate. Lovely and thick and rich with honey and almond milk. Enjoying it and it’s helping me stay warm.

It’s only 6 days til my best friend’s wedding, so this is a welcome reprieve from the last minute goings-ons! Lots of little things left to do but we are almost there :) looking forward to it!

Anyways, see previous notes on this tea. It is delicious as usual, and I still have lots left as I don’t drink it often due to the caffeine haha.

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Helllooooo Steepster! It has been a while yet again! Life has been keeping me busy with helping plan my bestie’s wedding, her stagette, bridal shower, etc..and work being extremely crazy, along with the usual summer activities ie. keeping the yard up, trying to stay healthy and run outside a lot, etc etc haha. So yeah, I honestly have not been drinking much tea as it’s been warm here and life has really just been so busy.

But this week, we have hit a cold, dreary, rainy spell of weather…and to match, my office is miserably cold. I also think I obtained a small cold from camping in very chilly weather in Banff this weekend. Thus, out comes tea again. Yesterday I had a cup of the Skinny and neglected to log it..today is my last tea bag of this. Keeping my hands and body warm. I am getting excited for fall to arrive so I can get back into the fall teas, I see DT has out their fall collection today :D going to hit that up for more Pumpkin Chai of course. Anyways, this tea is the same as always, warming, soothing, sweet and lemony. An old friend. The water at my work sucks, but ah well. See previous notes on this tea!

Fjellrev

Hope your summer’s been going well! Festival season galore.

MissLena

@Fjellrev – It has indeed been a fun summer just super busy! Haha not much down time for just relaxing and reading, or going to the lake even. Ah well, keeps life interesting :) have you been to many of the festivals this year? Hope yours has been great too!

MrQuackers

I only get sick when the weather is nice. Not while spending weeks in the rain. Lemon balm and honey sounds like something you could make with a lemon and a honey. Sooooo looking forward to Halloween.

MissLena

@MrQuackers – I definitely think the at zero mountain weather and late nights is what did me in, as well as not taking my vitamins haha, I always end up sick when I don’t take my vitamins! This tea is quite sweet actually for being lemon related, very soothing :) and cheers to Halloween, one of my favorite holidays! #soon

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drank Cold Zing (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1121 tasting notes

I’ve never reviewed this but I’ve fed it to people in my house when theyou are sick and it seemed to help them. Well it was my turn for the dreaded summer cold, I haven’t had a summer cold in years, last time I was sick was Christmas! Ugh I guess it was time. So I’ve been drinking various teas, unfortunately I’m low on my ginger go-tos so I decided to try this. Mild, soothing, lemon lime flavor with Lemongrass at the forefront and a cooling sensation from the mint. I added honey so it is helping my poor throat but I will probably need more meds for it soon haha. The caffeine isn’t doing much in terms of waking me up but then I have been sleeping most of the day from this beast. Gah. Decent tea for colds, hope it does the job!

Evol Ving Ness

Feel better, MissLena.

mrmopar

The crud has been through our house as well. Hope you recover quickly.

MissLena

Thanks Evol Ving Ness and mrmopar, I’m still feeling poor but hoping with more sleep and a very green smoothie soon I can ward this thing off. Summer colds are terrible, how I’d love to be working outside! :(

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1121 tasting notes

Ugh it is freezing again in my office, we had a good month or so of perfect office temperatures (after a spell of it being way too hot in the office and they had to fix it again) but idk what happened these past 2 days. Whoever complained about the perfect office temps is not in my good books right now. I am soooo cold. Hence, tea. Made a cup of this at work (it’s been SO LONG since I had tea at work lol) and it smells lovely and is warming my hands. Maybe the small jolt of caffeine will help wake me up too, I am very tired. See previous notes on this tea.

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A huge thank you to Teavivre for the opportunity to win this tea along with 4 other spring greens in a giveaway!! I have received the teas after a long journey and am excited to get back into tea with some new ones in my cupboard. It’s been a while in a tea rut for me so maybe I’ll spring out of it now!

The dry leaves smell so yummy and vegetal, reminiscent of Laoshan green from Verdant to me, I wonder if it’s coincidence that Laoshan and Lu Shan sound similar haha :) the leaves are fine and slightly curled in appearance. Smellso so fresh! I steeped these Western style for 3 min with 175 degree water.

The steeped liquor smells richly nutty and vegetal, with a slight salted note. I want to say cashews, even though I have never eaten themy cuz of my peanut allergy lol.

As for the flavor, wow this is so rich and good! Very nutty, I’m not sure what kind of nuts but that is the main flavor, with a beany soy and vegetal greens note. The aftertaste is salty nuts and lingers for quite some time.

Overall, this is a very satisfying and rich tasting green tea. Not overly light in flavor, it has lots of body. Hopefully the caffeine doesn’t snack me too hard haha. Once again, thank you Teavivre and especially Angel for ensuring this tea arrived after a long journey :)

Flavors: Nutty, Salt, Soybean, Vegetal

TeaVivre

You’re welcome^^

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1121 tasting notes

Wow, this is my first cup of tea in sooo long…I guess I got in a bit of a rut and wasn’t in the mood for tea. :(. But luckily I am having half a cup of this before bed. My sinuses and soul needed this tonight. There has been quite a bit of stress in my life between work, my friends wedding and my bf working up in the area where all the fires are (he is supposed to go back after over a week off here but idk if he will now that they are evacuating the camps again). Just lots on my mind. I should have tea more often to help soothe me. Will get on that asap lol. Anyways, this minty cooling cup is really hitting the spot for me tonight. Hope it helps my poor allergy inflamed sinuses lol. See previous notes on this tea:)

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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