1115 Tasting Notes

I haven’t been keeping up with writing tea notes with work and life and planning our upcoming Scotland trip, but I figured today I should get back into it and also review a new tea that I got a sample of quite a while ago from the lovely people at Teavivre. Many thanks for this sample!I

I brewed up this keemun for about 3 mins with 195 degree water. I usually prefer keemuns in the afternoon, but this one sounded right this morning to me! The steeped smell is bright and fresh, to me some red fruits, a hint of astringency (the good kind of astringency) and some malty cocoa notes.

As for the flavor, this is a rich, delicious tea. It’s rich, but the body is still pretty medium, so it goes down very smooth. The main notes are a lovely red wine flavor with a bready flavor and some more red fruits. There is also a mild cocoa note, slightly creamy with almost a mild buttery flavor.

Overall, I am very much enjoying this. With all the flavored teas I’ve been having lately, and gasp coffee (PSL season, ugh), this is a wonderful change and reminds me that pure teas still reign supreme and never fail to impress me. Thanks again to Angel and the Teavivre team for this lovely sample! Happy I have a few more packets of this :)

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This tea is a freaking life saver. I have had an upset stomach all morning and have felt terrible, took some medications and they did nothing, remembered I had some of this tea at work and made it, wow, I feel so much better!!! I honestly do not know what I will do when I run out of this…maybe try blending it myself I guess lol. See previous notes on this delicious, stomach-saving tea!!

Helena

Ginger is always good for stomach issues. It is an old herbal remedy for that. Plus it will make sure you don’t throw up as it is a natural anitemetic.

MissLena

Yes indeed it is great! And I love the taste too, so win-win :)

Helena

Well yes taste is also very important ;)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1115 tasting notes

I finally bought some of the 2015 version of this tea last weekend, my last years was getting kind of gross and was hard on my stomach. Also strange, the online ingredients for this tea do not seem to match the ones on my bag, I could have sworn the bag said ‘pumpkin flakes’ and that is not in the online ones at all. Weird. I also made this to take to work, so I don’t have the bag in front of me, I should check that.

Anyways, I am really liking this year’s version better than last. This year’s is smoother and creamier, with more pumpkin flavor I think? I recall last years as very spiced with not much pumpkin.

I have already had about 3 cups of this since I bought it, I guess my brain is thinking fall. It also was very chilly here this morning, +6 and it rained yesterday so it definitely feels like fall! See previous notes on this tea, although note that this tasting is for the 2015 version. Rating still stands too :)

Fjellrev

Nice, I’ll have to try this year’s version then! I was so bored by last year’s.

MissLena

Yes last year’s was not the greatest, hope you like this years!! :)

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I picked this up on the weekend along with this years Pumpkin Chai and Honeycrisp Apple (notes on those later if I remember), and decided to make it this morning as it is a slightly chilly more autumn feeling morning, and a cranberry muffin tea sounded about right lol. This will be a quick note as I’m at work, but the dandelion root and cinnamon are good in here, making it toasty and muffin like. Cranberry and hib are staying at bay, probably because I only steeped for 2 mins (finally, not an overwhelmingly hibiscus cup!!). This actually is reminding me of Verdant’s Campfire Blend a fair amount, probably the cinnamon and dandelion. Tasty and sweet this morning!

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My before bed cup – cozy, warming, and helping out my stomach as usual. Had it with a bit of honey to smooth it out and make it amazing as usual. Having a super relaxing night with the Spa music channel on and this tea. Almost sleep time haha. Sorry for the very non descriptive note. Too tired and relaxed. See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Earl Grey by Verdant Tea
1115 tasting notes

This is a great EG! Sad I waited until the last minute to try it, because it really is pretty good in terms of the EGs I have tried so far. It is a much more chocolatey version due to the LB base (yum) and there is a definite vanilla note after pouring it from my travel mug. Nice and caffeinated on this cold morning in the office again haha. This is a different take on earl grey, be forewarned – not overly strong bergamot if that is your thing. For me, it is more of a dessert like EG, Andrew & Dunhams EG is still my long reigning favorite. But I am happy to have picked up a sample of this to try while it was available, and I will also try to write a more detailed note later when I’m not at work lol.

Tasty and warming this morning!

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It is another frigid day at the office..seriously, I have a fall sweater, light jacket, and scarf on right now to work inside, and my hands are frozen…drinking tea to warm up! This tea is the best, and I am seriously at a loss for what I will do now that it is discontinued. The ingredients are not the easiest for me to obtain to even attempt blending my own, and just attempting to blend it sounds like a daunting task lol. I guess I will just hoard this remaining bag I fortunately added to my Verdant order in May, and look for a replacement when it runs out. My current cup is definitely assisting me warm up today! See previous notes on this awesome tea :)

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I bought a cake of this ages ago (February) and am very sorry I have not gotten to it until today! After a crazy busy week again at work, I needed the ultimate in comfort. It is a cold rainy day too, so I knew it would be shou. So I finally took the plunge and tore into this cake and steeped it in my Crimson Lotus teapot, which I also haven’t had a chance to season yet, but we are taking the plunge!!

I rinsed the fresh Jian Shui teapot with boiling water for about 45s to begin with, inside and out, and then let the leaves sit for about 30s in there to warm. Then a quick 7 min rinse (this teapot pours wonderfully quickly!!) and I then did a 30s steep. The liquor is dark and rich. The liquor smells dark and rich and sweet, so rich it’s almost buttery to me. And OMG, the flavor is dark and rich and sweet too!!

My gosh, dark chocolate, aftertaste of brown sugar and caramel, a thick mouthfeel..creamy and thick. Earthy too, and I didn’t mention…SOOO SMOOOOOTTTHHH. It actually is so smooth and thick, one of the most intriguing mouthfeels I’ve had in a tea ever. The earthiness is more on the mossy side too, as per the description.

I fed a second short 10s steeping to the exterior of my teapot to help season it, since I didn’t go through the long seasoning process.

I am excited to steep this all afternoon and enjoy. So happy I finally opened up this cake. Going to thoroughly enjoy it, and hopefully make it in this cute little teapot every time! Overall, currently a supremely delicious tea. This and Noble Mark are probably pretty close in ranking, although I need to have a few more sessions of this one to truly compare them.

Oh, and the third steeping is even smoother and more delicious. :D

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drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1115 tasting notes

Darn, I sipped this down last week without ever logging a note about it lol. I will write a quick one now – this tea was super relaxing, fresh, a bit citrusy and creamy, and a bit floral. It was a good one for before bed on summer nights. I will miss the calming attributes of it! Happy I got to try this one in the blends subscription! No rating as I didn’t log a detailed enough note on it to warrant one I don’t think lol.

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Yes, this is a winter tea. Yes, I am drinking it Aug. 4. It is freezing as usual in my office and rainy outside, and I am super tired as it is the Tues after the long weekend. So cozy, warming caffeine was a requirement to make it through this morning. This one still has a ton of flavor and is sweet, comforting and cozy. I wish I was at home in bed lol. Tasty tea helps the day go by! See previous notes on this tea :)

Fjellrev

I hope you’ll make it through the day alright! What a fun tea to drink in the summer. :D

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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.

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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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