889 Tasting Notes

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I had a cup of this earlier this week, but this week has been so crazy I didn’t log it. Oh, as an aside, the Tulsi Rooibos tonic from this same BOMC box, is so good I’ve been drinking it steady all week, probably half the bag is gone already LOL. Talk about going through a good tea fast!

Anyways, this is the other blend I have tried, still have to try Midwinter Robe tomorrow. The dry smell of this is wonderful, it reminds me of my beloved Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend (which I need to order ASAP when I’m finished with all this house buying stuff!). There is a nice rose component, the tulsi is also there, and I think the rhodilia might also be there, as it’s also in Ginger Sage Spa Blend. A spicy, slightly floral, comforting scent.

I steeped about 1.5 tsp for 1 minute, I haven’t tried a longer steep time yet as I don’t want it to get too intense, especially caffeine wise in the evening. The steeped smell is spicy and warming, there is a fresh shu pu’er smell, nothing fishy or anything, just that earthy freshness like in Sichuan Caravan. The tulsi is there too, and it smells herby too haha, quite pleasing.

As for the flavor, this is rich and strong with flavor. Quite herby, with a definite tulsi component. It is a bit strong and you feel it a bit in the nose with that fresh sensation, but it has a surprisingly smooth and clean aftertaste, not bitter, actually the rose comes out a bit in the aftertaste. It is almost woody (probably the shu) but in a good way haha. Earthy and fortifying. A tasty blend that I think will grow on me, it feels like one I will start craving haha. Although maybe not quite as much as that Tulsi Rooibos!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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94

Ok so this tea is so good, I am having BACK to BACK cups of it. Had this before bed, now having it at work first thing. I brewed it at home, so I can’t fully comment on the dry smell, but it was super lemony and good. I followed the steeping parameters of 1 minute with boiling and end up with a pretty darn flavorful cup. Might try a bit longer next time to see what happens!

Oh, and to note, this blend has ROOIBOS in it. I believe this is the first rooibos Verdant has made! Huzzah! And man, is it ever a good one! The steeped scent is lemony and sweet, refreshing and calming. The flavor…wonderful. I stand by that this is a cup of sunshine, and while there is no caffeine in this, it still pleasantly wakes me up with it’s freshness and makes me happy. I feel like it should be a lazy Saturday morning, cuddling in bed with the cat and this tea, but I am at work lol. Fresh, creamy, bright…and not much rooibos flavor!! I am not sure where the tulsi is in here, the lemon verbena is the main flavor, but I think it adds a sharpness, maybe a herbiness. Whatever it is, everything blends very well and I am impressed with this!

This one might even make me send Verdant a note to beg for it to become available permanently. Yes indeed, this one, Yu Lu Yan Chai, and Elderberry Herbal top the list of teas I have loved from the blend club. Awesome tea!!

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I think the 2 flavors that go best (although not together) with rooibos are lemon & chocolate. That’s been my experience so far. I adore lemon verbena. It’s a permanent resident of my herb garden, I even planted it where I’ll walk past it every time I go out the back door, because one touch & heaven…sigh…sweet heavenly scent! :)

MissLena

Agreed! My favorite lemon rooibos had been Lemon Chiffon, but this one might surpass it..it’s just fresher and not as sweet! Mmm soo good, I have a chocolate rooibos for later today too actually haha! I can’t wait to move to my new place and plant herbs, lemon verbena, mint and lavender are on the list! And catnip for the cat :)

yappychappy

When did they do a yu lu yan chai with blend club? :O with it being winter and the first blend of month (i thought) i was /really/ hoping for a chai.

MissLena

That one was part of the November box I think, that particular blend is actually available on their site now! I think it’s the only chai they have had so far.

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94

A perfect cup of sunshine.

I’ll elaborate more later, but really good!

Good night steepster :)

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89

Ok so I am finally not too busy to write a tasting note!! Ok, first of all, news

If you just want to read about the tea, skip to the last paragraph

So this weekend has been hectic, well the last few weeks anyways..as we have been..house shopping! Yes, me and the guy have been looking at houses, searching online, etc etc..and we finally found it! Our house! And, WE GOT IT! For less than we budgeted too! I am sooo excited! It’s been super busy, and now the guy is off to work up north for 10 days, so I will have a fair amount to do this week, but it’s ours, and it’s beautiful! A big garden and fruit trees too, in the city!

and a tea related part!

The wonderful couple we bought it from lived there for over 40 years, and there were tons of teapots in the house! Beautiful ones! Well, we went on the weekend when they were there, and got talking tea! Haha what are the chances! They brought out a bunch of tins for me to smell and everything, and even recommended me a new company based in Vancouver! Crazy haha, tea brings about the randomest things sometimes!

So yes, that is my news. First house! So excited :D

So now..onto this tea..

I have been drinking tea as of late but too busy to log, but tonight I am relaxing and having a wonderful cup of this with a splash of skim milk. Skim doesn’t seem to upset my stomach, so a very good cup tonight! Creamy, tart, a bit astringent, but it’s lemon haha, so it’s ok. I might have steeped it a bit over 2 mins as well, so that could be contributing. Yummy and good on a Monday night! See previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Wow! Congratulations! I really hope you enjoy your new house :) This is so exciting!

yyz

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks!! Ahh it’s so exciting, it’s just the one we wanted! It even has shelves and lit cupboards for my teaware :D the cat won’t break any of it again haha

keychange

Congratulations! You must be over the moon!

Kamyria

Oh wow, congratulations!! It sounds like a lovely house. I like the part about the big garden with fruit trees.. and place for your teaware!! :D

Fjellrev

Wow, congrats! If I were to buy one there, it would be south side or nothing haha.

OMGsrsly

Congratulations! That’s so awesome. :) (I have to ask though, where did they recommend? I want to visit!)

Kat_Maria

Congratulations! I can’t wait for that moment to come for my hub and me… someday.

__Morgana__

Congrats on the house!

MissLena

Thanks everyone!! Yes the fruit trees and garden, which is actually a bunch of raised flowerbeds, will be awesome! And room for teaware of course haha! And Fjellrev don’t worry it’s on the south side of the river haha :D

And @OMGsrsly – they recommended Murchie’s, I looked at a few of their reviews on here and I will definitely have to place an order in the next few months! Looks tasty!

Fjellrev

I am SO glad to hear that!

OMGsrsly

Oh yes! A friend got me (more) Murchie’s for Christmas. :) Their stuff can be quite nice!

Sil

That’s amazing news! Congratulations!

Meliboum

Congratulations !!!!! :)

Nicole

Congrats!

MissLena

Thanks all! Yeah Murchie’s has a huge selection, in Feb I will probably place a small order :)

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
889 tasting notes

Sipdown! Sorry for the sparse notes lately…exciting things are happening haha I will update when it’s less crazy here! A good creamy tea, although a bit drying on my mouth tonight, will make another tea shortly for before bed! See previous notes on this one, it was good while it lasted!

Sil

yay for excitement!

Cavocorax

Ooooooh. Sounds excellent!

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
889 tasting notes

My one cup of black tea for the day – I really should start having this earlier. But I’m so sleepy tonight I doubt it will do much. I’ve been reading *keychange*’s notes on this tea this week and last, and have been craving it now haha. Creamy and sweet, a bit of raspberry, a bit strong tonight but still delicious. Next time I will add some milk. Nice cozy flavor that reminds me of summer. :) see previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I’m so intrigued by Fantasy Island as so many people are drinking and liking it. It’s going on the want list.

VariaTEA

@Morgana – you really should try it. I find most people overlook it when they are at Davids but those who try it typically really enjoy it. I know I did!

__Morgana__

Thanks for the confirmation, VT!

keychange

Love this tea, and I’m glad my tasting notes made you crave it! I think you’ll be blown out of this world (in a good way) when you add in some milk! mmm

MissLena

Haha yess I think I added some milk in the past and it was just soo creamy and good..I don’t too often because I’m bad with milk, but I might have to this weekend!

@Morgana – yes it seems to be a blend that is not as well known, but it is one of their tastier creamy black teas!

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drank 100 MYSTERIES by SAHARA TEA
889 tasting notes

I’m finally trying this tea! This was a gift from a co-worker who is also an avid tea drinker, she was the one who got the variable temp kettle for the office I think :) so thanks to her!! I have been wanting to try this tea but I always get a bit worried about trying new teas with nuts, especially since this company has a tea with peanuts in it, luckily not this one! Haha

The dry smell is so familiar..Alpine Punch!! That wonderful almondy marizpan smell! Yum. I brewed about 1 tsp (maybe a bit more) for 5 minutes with boiling water as per the directions. It smells like Alpine punch..looking good!

The taste is where this differs from Alpine Punch, in a good way! This one is much more natural, no flavorings in this I don’t think, so you get more rooibos, a natural almond, and the spices are very present too! I got a few mouthfuls of pepper earlier lol, now it is mellowing as it cools. A very tasty little blend, and a very nice gift! I’ll have to get her some tea on her birthday :)

Oh, and not many notes lately as I have been crazy busy..work, gym, started a new course for work, and more exciting things that I will talk about later! Too tired tonight haha!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Well, I’m at a sipdown for this tea and I never logged it! Haha, I drank it down in about a month, so it was a very good tea! I first had it at the lake over the holidays, so I didn’t log it due to poor nets up there, but I should have logged some other cups too haha. In a nutshell, this is minty and sweet, the fennel adds to the flavor nicely and the cacao is present but not overwhelming, as with the cinnamon. The cup seems like it could be a bit more chocolatey since it’s a peppermint bark tea, but it’s refreshing and not too sweet so you can drink it all the time. Oh, and I also steep this one for about 4 minutes, much longer than specified, and it’s really good. If this became permanent/seasonal, I would probably look into restocking. I love the herbals that come with the blend club! I’ve enjoyed all three that I’ve received, can’t wait for this months! :)

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
889 tasting notes

I’ve been hoarding this tea ever since I found out they stopped offering it at DavidsTea lol..but since it’s so warm out today (with random periods of snow, what up weather), I decided to break out this spring tea. Had to wait until this afternoon to have it, peppermint was first, I felt kind of weird, think I was dehydrated and had a migraine coming on lol, now I can have my one cup of caffeine! Sweet, yummy melon flavor, with lovely green rooibos and mate for that kick. This is my favorite mate ever I think, well, WP’s Zen Master blend comes close. This is refreshing and springlike, good for a Monday! See previous notes :)

OMGsrsly

I have some I think I could send you if you’d like it. :) I’m not a melon fan.

MissLena

I will keep that in mind :D I have ~50g of it currently so I should be good for a bit :)

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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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