906 Tasting Notes


I received my first ever swap in the mail today from Kaylee, consisting of more of this lovely little tea, some flowering teas from Taiwan and a tea charm bookmark! And the cutest card! Thank you so much!! :)

So receiving the swap totally made my day, and now that I have more of this tea, I made myself a cup of it this evening to relax after another busy day of work. It looks like it might rain here (hoping!) so this tea combined with the rain will make for a very relaxing evening. Soft, sweet, soothing. Quite tasty! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Enter office heatwave. This is a drastic change from the usual freezing office I reside in. Today, it is a sweltering 26 C in here!! And I just made this tea hot. Well it’s cooling off and hydrating me haha, as I tie my hair up and wish I was wearing shorts and not a tank top so I could take off my sweater at work! At least this is a summery tea! Grapey and delicious! Just wish it was iced right now. See previous notes on this tea.

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Good morning Steepster!! I have energy today because I actually went to bed earlyish (a half hour makes a big difference lol), it’s supposed to be +16 C here today and the sun is shining :) and it’s not Monday!! Life is good.

So I needed to have a citrus tea today, as KittyLovesTea said, the sunshine brings about citrus cravings, they just go hand in hand. This tea is so good, I need to drink it more often, a nice black base with actual grapefruit flavor. Not too tart either, more of a sweet grapefruit. A very nice wake up tea for at work :) see previous notes!

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
906 tasting notes

Le sigh..Monday morning. Only perk of today is the beautiful weather, which I won’t be able to enjoy that much considering I’m in the office then at my class all day..sigh. Just will have to drink all the spring teas today to pretend I’m out in the sun haha. I’m not sure if I reviewed this tea before, but I will write a quick note on this at work. Steeped it up for 4 mins this morning with 185 degree water, this yields a spicy, orangey tea. Steeped smell is very much cloves and cinnamon, and the flavor mirrors this but with the addition of some sweet orange in there. Quite a nice tea, spicy but still light from the green base. Maybe not the most springlike tea to start the day haha, but it’s chilly in my office and I was craving this this morning, a light, spicy, mildly caffeinated brew to start my day! Not a bad tea, and will have no trouble finishing off my 25g of this.

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Mmmm this tea has some heft this morning! I brewed it up in a mug (not a travel mug this time!) and it is rich, malty, and has the most deliciously sweet honey aftertaste!!! Unless that is the cinnamon honey toast that accompanied my fried eggs this morning for breakfast lol :P whatever it is, this lingering honey note is in the back of my throat, rich and dripping..mmmm I think it’s the tea because it’s staying so much!! To me, this is an excellent morning cup – caffeinated, smooth, malty, rich, with sweetness. Oh also that graininess. So good. I am so pleased I have a tin of this to drink!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
906 tasting notes

My goodness, I need to drink this more often. A smooth, malty cup of black tea with delicious fruity notes and a sweet aftertaste. The smoky note is very faint today, but adds to the malty flavor. So good for a morning cup! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
906 tasting notes

Hmm how did this one leave my cupboard? Lol well this is a sipdown anyways today! And darn it, does this tea ever taste DELICIOUS on the last cup. Cocoa, toasty, citrusy..just a warming and delicious cup of goodness. Mmmmm. Now I’m sad this will be gone from my cupboard. :( but still lots of teas to drink!!

Oh, and it totally looks like it will rain out today. I SO want it to rain!! That might mean that winter is finally ALMOST over and spring might arrive?! Haha, yeah right, probably not..but I do miss the rain, it’s calming and makes me want to drink tea even more haha. See previous notes on this tea!

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UGH!!! I just closed out of my long and wonderful tasting note on this tea as I was trying to rate it…well I don’t feel like re-typing it, so in a nutshell – smells like tulsi and earthy spices, steeped for 40s with boiling water, steeped smells like Yabao (pine and brown sugar), tastes wonderfully like Yabao (pine and brown sugar), candied rose petals and jasmine. Sweet and nuanced. More similar to the summer version, which I adore. winter 8TY < valentines 8TY < Summer 8TY, although this is close to the summer version. Would definitely purchase again!

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
906 tasting notes

Made a cup of this at work today before lunch and just finished it off. A bit more green tea tasting today, but I think I steeped it a little bit longer than I intended lol (I don’t use a timer at work except my computer clock). A tasty, fresh cup on another spring-like day, now the temperature is actually warming up outside so I don’t really want to be in my cubicle another 4 hours lol. For some reason, I’m craving sweet, creamy teas today though, so this fresh green cup was nice, but I want a warming flavored black, or a nice honey unflavored black (enter Jin Jun Mei haha). Unfortunately I don’t have any of those today, so maybe some caramel rooibos from the kitchen will be the next tea (and some of the chocolates in the kitchen to satisfy the sweet tooth further lol). See previous notes on this tea!

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
906 tasting notes

First cup of the day! I had to try this tea, I bought some of it and Creme Brulee earlier this week to stock up on some new rooibos. Also I have this one in mind as a latte tea haha.

Anyways, the dry aroma is mostly oranges and cream. I steeped for around 4 or 5 minutes and put it in my travel mug. Weirdly, the steeped aroma does have a bubble gum note to it, as well as a creamsicle smell lol. First time I’ve gotten heavy bubblegum from a tea, Honeydew Mate has a little bit, must be some type of flavoring mixing with the rooibos.

As for the flavor, this is pretty mellow, orange and cream but again bubblegum..a weird little tea in my opinion. I need to try a few more cups, this has great potential. I also want to try orange & cream by Della Terra now lol.

Overall, not a bad rooibos but I need to have a few more cups before making up my mind about it. First impression = not the best.

Flavors: Cream

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (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’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

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 recently 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.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)



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