1050 Tasting Notes

87
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
1050 tasting notes

Have I mentioned how delicious this tea is?? If not, well, it is really delicious!! The tart lemon, mild ginger spice, and creamy coconut aftertaste are just superb in this tea. I hope this sticks around for a while. I have been drinking from my 50 g bag, but I will eventually need a tin of this I think. In my opinion, this far outdoes the whole Spring collection of DavidsTea. So far this year, there’s been 2 ginger teas of the month, and I have loved both of them. I hope this is a continuing trend, maybe not with ginger, but with loving the teas! See previous notes :)

ETA – So this is the first time I’ve done this haha, but I actually ate something out of the infuser. This giant piece of coconut was just sitting there, calling out to me…munch. It was infused with lemon and sooo yummmy. I need to eat out of the infuser more often!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Ooh, ginger, lemon & coconut?

MissLena

Yes indeed! And some white tea somewhere but to me it’s mostly creamy lemony yum! The ginger is not overly strong, but it’s still good, might also all be at the bottom of my bag haha

Sweet Canadian

MissLena we are totally on the same page! I think this one is better than anything in the spring collection as well. I know I am getting some gift cards for my BDay so I want to get a full tin. I’m out at the moment and patiently waiting.

MissLena

Awesome! I love this stuff, it is a bit more expensive but I will finish off this bag and then probably get a tin :D my bday already passed so I will just have to get it lol

Sweet Canadian

I hope next month’s tea of the month is just as good :)

Terri HarpLady

This sounds really tasty!

MissLena

It is really good Terri HarpLady, you should try a bit of it :)

And fingers crossed for next month too Sweet Canadian

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86

So the time has come for me to open more of my hoarded Verdant samples lol. This one has been on my mind for a few days. I couldn’t remember exactly how much of the Laoshan green I had been using to make my cups, but I used about 1.5 tsp in my brew basket and did the first steep as 10 seconds and have been increasing by 2 for each resteep.

First off, the dry smell is like a faint Laoshan green. I have only had the summer harvest (have an autumn sample waiting to be opened though hehe) so that is the tea I will most likely be comparing this to. After 10 seconds, the tea is a very light yellow, so beautiful, I have been snapping pics of it sitting in my double walled tea cup in the sun here, might upload them later :D The steeped smell is a tinge sweet.

And now, the flavor, I am pleasantly surprised that this is very different from the regular Laoshan green! This one is very light and creamy, but instead of savory, it is definitely more on the sweet side, and I find that a sweet, nutty taste is the most prominent. It actually is reminding me a bit more of the Laoshan Genmaicha due to that lovely sweetness, but it’s a bit different than that too, more nuts than corn like. I gave the second steep to my boyfriend, who downed it quite happily as he does with straight green teas. I may have slightly underleafed this time around though, it seems a little on the light side, but the flavor is still very good. Maybe I will increase steep times for the next few cups to see if it will help my underleafing.

Overall, a very delicious cup of green tea. I might prefer the straight laoshan green savoriness a bit more, but that might change after I have a few more cups of this! Another wonderful tea from Verdant that I’m happy I snagged to sample while it was available!

ETA – The third steep is a rich light green color, a sharp contrast to the first two. The flavor has also become a bit more savory, but with a sweet aftertaste. Mmmmm this is a very nice tea, I am enjoying how the flavors have been slightly changing already!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1050 tasting notes

Only one cup of this left, soo close to a sipdown! Creamy and tasty although there’s more rooibos taste with this one in the travel mug. See previous notes!

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88
drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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This is sooo good! Why have I been holding off brewing this?!?!?! I ordered 2 oz (I think) back about a month ago, and have just not been in a chai mood, and I was worried it wouldn’t live up to how good the Laoshan Village Chai is. But man, this is good! It’s very similar to the village chai, minus the caffeine! swoons this might be my new nighttime chai! And yes, I am going to try blending this with some of my Laoshan black, and some other teas as well! I steeped this for the whole 5 minutes, and it’s a spicy, stimulating brew but yet warm and comforting at the same time. This has a bite though! There’s a spice in here with some nice zing to it :D and it feels very cleansing on the throat. Very happy I finally dove into this bag!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Got to get some! I’ve been collecting a bin of spices for blending my own tea creations when I feel the creative urge. Loving the Verdant Chai Spice and Ginger Winter Blend so much.

MissLena

I need to start blending! I don’t know why I haven’t, I think I’m worried I will mess them up, but I need to just give it a shot one day, there’s nothing to fear :) except maybe a strange tasting cup of tea.

OMGsrsly

I should try this one as I need a good chai spice mix, and I do like the spices in Verdant’s chai teas!

MissLena

I’d definitely try some, it’s a very good chai even without being mixed! :)

Bonnie

My box of additions began before people like Verdant had the Chai mix. Sometimes I wanted a little ginger or cinnamon chip in my puerh or a few cocoa hulls and a splat of orange. Over time I have played more with every-day base tea and enjoy being creative. Always using the best ingredients is key. My tea shop sells organic herbs and spices including locally grown medicinal herbs from the Rocky Mountains. (I have 2 spice shops in Old Town too, Savory is online and one of the best in the U.S.)

MissLena

I should look for a good spice place in my city! It’d be fun to make my own spice blend or combo to add to teas when I am in the mood :)

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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a cup of this earlier this evening, another fitting tea for a snowy day. Hooray for me drinking my winter teas again! I was getting all crazy about my spring teas, and now I am craving cozy sweet, or spicy teas again :) this one has the sweet factor covered, although I got a bit more apple in this cup. See previous notes on this tea :)

Shmiracles

i’m so sad this one is gone from davidstea website. i think this one works in all seasons! but yes, this cold weather holding on had given me more time to really indulge in the comfort of cozy teas and i love it.

MissLena

This one is wintery for me because it’s like a mint shortbread :D and as long as there’s still coco lemon thai I am happy, although I imagine once I finish my cocomint I’ll crave it lol, more comfort teas today it’s even colder here but at least not snowing

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85

So it’s ridiculous weather here. Now they actually have been closing major roads, massive multi car pile up on the main highway…I am hiding inside with tea. This one seems perfect for this crazy spring snow day. Creamy, sweet, warm, comfort. Delicious. I’m hoping that they cancel classes tomorrow :D I could get so much work done and drink so much tea! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

You must live relatively close to where I am… the highway just opened back up this afternoon after being closed all night. So ugly out there!

MissLena

Lol actually not too close, I’m in Edmonton, but this storm reaches all the way to you, I checked out the weather map, I hope it lets up soon, roads are just terrible, had to pretty much dig my vehicle out of the parking lot this afternoon!

jessiwrites

Oh, that is quite a distance. Man, crazy storm! I haven’t had to go anywhere today, working from home, but last night was a bit scary. I hope your classes are cancelled tomorrow!

MissLena

Luckily I took the train to classes today, but I had to go to my grad photos later this afternoon so we drove..messy out there! Fingers crossed I don’t have classes tomorrow lol

Rachel J

Man… These are the times I’m glad I live in New York, though every election cycle I seriously contemplate moving to Canada!

MissLena

Haha trust me, you do not want this crazy weather ever haha :P

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1050 tasting notes

So I’ve decided, i really like this tea. It’s fresh and light and awesome. I don’t mind the hint of bubble gum scent even, because it’s getting more honeydew like to me. I think my favorite part of this tea is that it is a way to have caffeineated green rooibos. It’s my only blend with it that has caffeine, and it’s a nice change! I think I will have to stock up on some of this. I really like it! See previous notes :)

Oh, and second day of spring, we are in a major winter storm… Highways almost shutting down. And of course I have my grad pics later today, going to try to not get snow in my hair lol

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

Mother nature is being a real &$%#@ to us Canadians right now.
I really want to try this, but I really am not a fan of mate!

OMGsrsly

We were supposed to get snow today, but instead it’s cold sunshine. I’m being a stereotypical Canadian, though, and I’m out in a hoodie. :)

MissLena

The weather is so undecided! 3 days ago – 17, then above 0 and melting yesterday, now snowing and – 10! I wish it would make up its mind lol. Yay for hoodies as coats, although I usually wait a while into spring so I don’t get a cold :)

And I haven’t ever had straight mate, tattooed_tea, but I don’t really taste anything in this blend that could be it, my untrained palate probably lol, but you could always get 10 g and try it out :) it tastes mostly honeydew and green rooibos to me, the mate makes a bit of a buzz :D

Sweet Canadian

I agree with MissLena, It is much more rooibosy tasting than some of Davids other Mate blends, even more so than Honeybee which also has rooibos.

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82

I’ve been drinking tea all night and just haven’t felt like logging them haha, but this one I will before I head off to bed. Creamy, smooth, comforting roobios blend right here! Yes you can taste the rooibos, but it blends very nicely with the cream soda flavor that is in this tea. Perfect for before bed :) see previous notes, night steepster!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1050 tasting notes

So I was looking through my tea cupboard and wanted some pu’erh, but I don’t want to open a new sample tonight, so I was pondering which one to have. And this one just popped out! I’ve been hoarding my last 2 cups of this ever since it went out of stock, but hey, I might as well drink it! Hoarding it doesn’t do much good, there will be more amazing teas that come out! This is lightly spicy and the sweet aftertaste of the licorice is really nice tonight. The pu’erh tastes delicious here, light yet satisfying. As it’s cooling the spiciness from the ginger is coming out. I steeped this first cup for 1 minute with a 25 second rinse. I’m looking forward to a few more cups tonight, there was a nice big chunk of pu’erh in this cup too, I actually broke it in half and saved the rest for the last cup. Ahh I hope Verdant does more pu’erh blends, this is awesome! See previous notes :)

ETA – forgot to mention, this is another tea that goes good with LOTR. Rich and earthy, with some spice and mystery, perfect for the Two Towers. :D

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

How I love it so!

MissLena

It is soo good!

Terri HarpLady

It is! I’m still hoarding some : )

MissLena

I wish I had ordered more than 7 g of it when I had the chance :( I could totally hoard 2 oz of it hehe it’s just so smooth yet spicy and very drinkable. And ginger! I’m such a ginger fanatic :D

Bonnie

You can add puerh to the Winter blend and Laoshan Black in the meantime. Tastes great.

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93
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1050 tasting notes

Sigh, needed to kick back and chill tonight, getting busy again with school :( so I made a cup of this, one of my favorite decadent teas. I love the sweetness, the vanilla, the fullness of the cup, and especially that fruit aftertaste. Mmm! Saved the sachet for another steep later. See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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