1116 Tasting Notes

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1116 tasting notes

Oh yeah, I picked up 50 g of this last week :D so I combined my little 1 serving into the big bag and am having a cup now, normally I try to stay away from caffeine during exams but I had a 2 hr nap today, so I need to get cracking for my last exam tomorrow! I absolutely loveee this tea. It’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s smooth, it has green roobios, all the good things! I love green rooibos, btw. Anyways, I will stop babbling and get back to work. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So I have had a bit left in my sample pack of this, so I decided to cold brew it. Did it for about 24 hours, and it is pretty good! The veggie flavors definitely come out a lot more in the cold brew, particularly the peas and corn. This is actually super satisfying and refreshing, it’s a bit heavier it seems, so a bit more staying power, but refreshing enough with the light peach flavor and fresh vegetables. This was a nice experiment, and I will probably cold brew the rest of my sample as well! See previous notes on this tea, brewed hot :)

Preparation
8 min or more
Rachel J

Honestly, I cannot imagine vegetable flavored tea!

MissLena

Lol yeah it does seem strange, I was definitely picturing something salty, but it’s more like fresh garden peas than a soup..the peach flavor is also the most prominent when hot brewed, so that takes away from the veggie-ness. Definitely a different mix of ingredients though!

Rachel J

Interesting!

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Going to try to be a bit easier on my stomach in terms of caffeine today lol had wayyy toooo much yesterday. Starting off my day with this, 48.5 hours until I am finished university! Time to get studying :) see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Go you! That is an awesome countdown. :)

MissLena

Thanks! Yeah it’s exciting :D but im superr tired of studying :( maybe ill make more tea.. Lol

OMGsrsly

More tea to the rescue, for sure! I’m so glad I only had one sit-down final.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am spoiling myself today with awesome teas :D and holy hannah, is this ever AMAZING tonight. I probably shouldn’t be having caffeine this late, but meh, I’ll be up studying anyways. This is like so good today. I did it Western for 3 minutes, and I have this caramel soaked brownie in my cup. This is the most caramelly I have ever gotten Laoshan Black to taste. No idea what I did differently lol, but it is awesome! I actually feel like I’m eating dessert. Rich and excellent. Maybe another steep or two tonight as well. See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rachel J

How much leaf and how much water? Still on the fence about whether I like this tea and am trying it different ways.

MissLena

It was probably about a teaspoon and a half, maybe a little bit less, I did a heaping one with a bit extra, and as for water, approximately 10 oz. Boiling water as well, hopefully you can find a way that works for you! :)

El Monstro

Rachel – I had some tonight: 1 teaspoon and water around 190F in a half cup of water for 2-3 minutes, and it was so good I raised my score a little bit.

Rachel J

Thanks, guys! Will try some later.

TheTeaFairy

Love the new pic MissLena :-)

MissLena

Thanks TeaFairy! It’s my verdant yixing pot, i thought it was about time I have it as my pic :)

TheTeaFairy

Looks fabulous! Using it for pu’erh?

Sil

new pic?

MissLena

My profile pic Sil, i just changed it from one of myself to my yixing :)

And I actually use it for dark roasted oolongs TeaFairy, namely mi lan dancong and the shui xian teas from Verdant, i love how it pours :) next one i get will probably be dedicated to some type of puerh though!

Sil

weird. still showing your lovely picture for me :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m still seeing the photo of you too…

TheTeaFairy

pretty sure it has to do with your computer cache, try to empty it, might work…

MissLena

Oh weird! It might be a steepster bug then, haha hopefully the new one shows up soon!

Sil

it’s likely what the teafairy mentioned – looked and saw it using my other half’s computer. I’m just not up for clearing my cache yet…too many things in there make my life easier atm lol

Terri HarpLady

AHA! I’m seeing your photo on each line you post, but at the top of the page I see the photo of your yixing! It’s adorable!

Angrboda

Alternatively, try ctrl+F5 for a hard refresh of the page without paying attention to the cache. :)

MissLena

Thanks Terri, i love it :D

And thanks for the page tip, angrbroda! I’ll try to remember that one :)

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93
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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The weather has been nuts here today! Super crazy windy, then it has been snowing/raining on and off, cloudy, sunny, blizzardy..I hope it settles down! Anyways, the cold, blustery days always make me crave my yummy black teas, so I had to have a cup of this one. Steeped for 2 minutes, and I also shook the bag to get more cream pieces. This is good, but I don’t know, it seems to be lacking a bit of flavor from the first steeps? Maybe I’m just being fussy, or am not as focused as I’ve been studying all day. Regardless, I love this tea, and hope Zen Tea Life doesn’t discontinue it!! See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Seeing the new teawares on Verdant’s site reminded me I haven’t had a Yixing session in a few weeks, I need to use my lovely little pot more often! I also hadn’t had this tea in it in ages, and since I think the TOMC includes this tea and the other oolong I brew in my Yixing, I figured I should probably start drinking this, as I will have oolongs galore! So I made a few cups of this for myself and the bf. I did really short steeps, they probably could have been a bit longer, but still were flavorful. Very creamy and roasty today, not as much honey as I normally find, that could be due to short steeps though. A nice change from the Mi Lan Dancong. See previous notes on this tea :)

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from this morning – now that Steepster is back, I am going to try to log the teas I’ve had today. I finally restocked this tea, it is a favorite of mine in the morning! Unfortunately today it didn’t taste quite the same as it used to, it was a bit more mango and tropical than peachy. Might just be the mix in the bag though, still a very yummy tea! Happy to have it back in my cupboard :) see previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Now I have made this tea into a Raspberry Vanilla rooibos! I added about half a tsp of Della Terra’s Vanilla Cream rooibos to just under a tsp of this and voila! Raspberry rooibos with a cream soda aftertaste :D next time though, I might put in a full tsp of the raspberry one, as the vanilla is almost stronger than it haha. I also might steep longer than 5 minutes, maybe 6, as Zen Tea Life’s is very good at 6 minutes. Pleased with my experiment though! See previous notes on these teas :)

Oh, and I am getting a sore throat, which is definitely not good. I have two more finals, I can’t get sick yet! D:

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I could have sworn I made a note on this before..oh well, I guess not. Anyways, this is a mini sipdown! As I still have a sample of it from the TOMC last month. Now, I love the aged yunnan white from Verdant, which is sadly sold out, but this tea has many notes that remind me of it!

As I thought I logged this before, I didn’t take note of the dry smell. Today, I did all the steps for this tea, the whole nine yards..I heated my little gongfu pot (my replacement of the old one which broke a few weeks ago) with boiling water before putting in the remainder of my sample package (3.5 – 4 g) and then I did a fast rinse and then poured water in and pretty much poured it into the cup as fast as I could. The smell is very Yunnan and delicious, with honey notes and a nice crisp scent in there as well, maybe the grapes, as there’s a hint of dry fruitness and a wildness that I really like.

As for flavor, I really like this tea. I remember the first time I had it, I was ready to buy 2 oz of it haha. I still would like that, but as I have this month’s TOMC coming with 3 oolongs I think, I can’t buy anymore tea from Verdant for a bit haha. I can definitely taste the likeness to the yunnan white, but this one is more roasty and deeper. The olive oil note is definitely there, with that dry fruit as well. I imagine if I was in Greece, this tea would be spot on, because I haven’t even been there and this tea is making me think of it! The sweetness is also there, which I really like. I don’t get any scotch like flavor I don’t think, or the coconut, but it is still very nice.

Overall, this is another delicious tea from Verdant. If there is some of this in stock when I decide to place another order, I might have to get some more. I will enjoy a few steeps of this on this dreary, snowing day (it’s always snowing here sigh). Thanks again for a delicious tea, Verdant! Happy I have another sample pack of this!

Preparation
Boiling
Bonnie

Yes Greece.

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83
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1116 tasting notes

Finally, an untainted tea! Lol, this is delicious as always, creamy, luxurious..this tea is still my LOTR tea, just the taste reminds me of going on an adventure in New Zealand or something LOL. I only have enough for one more cup :( then will eventually stock up on more! See previous notes on this delicious tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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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