944 Tasting Notes

97

Mwahaha so as my new 2 oz of this showed up yesterday, I can finally stop hoarding my last 2 cups of this and finish it off! I made this in my timolino today and didn’t let it cool off, so I slightly fried my mouth on it first sip haha. I think I like this with honey the best, and i didn’t put any in today, so it’s still delicious but missing that honey to make it epic. But still my favorite, and it is making me warm today. So only 1 cup left in the bag, then sipdown! (although it doesn’t really count since I have another 2 oz lol.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

This is good with a little Laoshan Black tea in it and honey too.

MissLena

Mmmm I will have to try that once I get some more laoshan black haha another verdant order of all black teas will be in order in the future

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90

My Verdant order came! Woot woot! Only a week late haha, silly Canada Post, I’m very pleased it came today, as I had an email all typed up to send out to find out the status of this glorious package. But it is here! And my car started so I was able to go get it! Happiness :)

So as it’s sooo cold here and I will be having another late night, this was the tea I needed to have first, without a second thought. I brewed it up for 4 minutes with boiling water. The dry smell is nice and gingery and CLOVES. Yumm. Very chai smelling.

The wet smell – oh my goodness. I thought my other chai tea smelled like ginger snaps. THIS smells like ginger snaps! SOOO YUMMMYYYY. AND! I can actually smell that Laoshan Black in there! Yes, I haven’t had it in ages, but that distinctive rich chocolate scent is mingling with the ginger snappiness. This smells heavenly!

THIS, my friends, is a CHAI. YES. This is a VERY GOOD CHAI. It is spicy, it is warming, and that awesome Laoshan Black makes it rich, decadent, chocolatey underneath the spices. This is excellent. Yet another Verdant win. I’m so happy I decided to get an oz right off the bat of this :D oh, and let me add, this excellent taste is without anything added. No milk, no honey, and it’s done western style. I can’t imagine the amazingness if this is done on the stove. Mmmmm I might add some honey to the end of this cup to see what happens, but this can definitely hold it’s own.

Overall, a delicious spicy blend of decadence and warmth. How David blends these, I will never know.

ETA: As this cools, it tastes more ginger snap like, and the Laoshan Black continues to show itself and man oh man, this is excellent. I wonder if it holds up to resteeping..

ETA again: yes, you definitely can get another steeping out of this, and it is still going strong! Even a bit spicier I think! Excellent tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

mmm i like this one too! It’s a really nice chai, though I haven’t managed yet to make it in milk haha

MissLena

Yeah I downed my cup without adding honey or milk this time haha oops, it was just too tasty :D I think this might have to become my go to chai..I’m going to try a resteep shortly :)

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95

With wind chill, it’s – 43 C here today. Not a day I wanted to even step outside, let alone walk 10 mins to the train for class! So I was between making this and coco chai, but the spicy ginger won out. I added some honey and am drinking this and sneezing in class, i saw a giant black pepper ball when I steeped it lol. This hopefully will keep me a bit warm, i dont get to go home until dinnertime! A long, cold day ahead..hopefully I don’t get frostbite at any point. See previous notes on this tea, thank goodness for hot tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Ginger and oranges, and a bit of caffeine :) got most of my work done! This was nice and warming, and I’ve decided I need more orange teas, they are cheery! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
944 tasting notes

Backlog – this is totally becoming my new morning tea. It’s very nice and fruity, and it’s starting to taste yummier in my travel mug. Maybe because it’s a new travel mug hehe. Anyways, this kept me going through the day. See previous notes :)

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84

Ahh I have had a rather busy day :/ having a yummy cup of this tonight as I need to stay up and get lots of homework done and I need to NOT FALL ASLEEP. And it’s also like -25 C here with windchill, brrr…probably will make some sort of chai or ginger tea soon to warm up as well. Anyways, this is hitting the spot wonderfully, 3 minutes is perfect for steeping for me with this one! See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Having trouble sleeping tonight, too much on my mind and probably too much caffeine earlier. So I am waiting for this to cool then going to hopefully crash, I need to sleep so I’m not tired for class tomorrow! So hopefully good night steepster! Oh, and see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

I’m having a frustrating day due to school, so I needed a break to destress. So I took out my yixing for a well needed session. This tea is my favorite dark oolong. It tastes like honey, citrus, flowers, and everything good. It’s helping to calm me down. I love tea. See previous notes on this excellent tea.

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85
drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
944 tasting notes

Having this with hot water and sugar this morning! I also had in the evening last night, forgot to log it. This is so good, and I’m very excited, I got a bunch of gift credit for Red Leaf’s matcha referral program, so now I have to decide on at least 4 new flavors!! Any suggestions? I have been looking on Steepster and have an idea of the ones I will pick, but feedback is appreciated!

Sil

oooh whatcha thinking about picking up? :)

MissLena

So far I’ve considered caramel, cheesecake, pear, and grapefruit..and I was thinking maybe distinctive flavoring? The pineapple looks good as well though..and the acai berry..ugh I want all of them! Haha, what ones are your favorites?

Sil

the pear is a bit artificial tasting, so be forewarned on that one. i bought it ages ago with robust flavouring and after trying others, it’s still kind of in my cupboard waiting for me to finish it someday heh
i want to try grapefrui eventually so if you get that i’ll be waiting for your reviews :) caramel is great and i enjoy cheesecake quite a bit.

MissLena

Ok, thanks for the heads up about the pear! I wonder if it would taste as artificial with distinctive..I’m a huge pear fan haha but I want it to be natural..as for grapefruit, I am a bit nervous about possibly being the first to get it! Caramel and cheesecake I will probably 90% likely will get them, they just sound sooo good :) thanks for the info!

ashmanra

I love caramel, almond, and black cherry, I like French vanilla and Bavarian Creme.

MissLena

Oooh black cherry and French vanilla sound awesome too! Too many choices :D

Sil

ditto on the black cherry and french vanilla heh

MissLena

Hmmm so I’m deciding between distinctive or robust flavor, or maybe even delicate but that might be too light. Which would you recommend for distinctive and which for robust? :D

Sil

if you like tasting the matcha…distinctive’s probably fine for you. I LOVE tasting the flavour, so for caramel and cheesecake i always go robust. Black cherry you could go with either, i’ve had both and enjoy both. grapefruit i’d likely go with distinctive or delicate until i’d tried it once. french vanilla, again i love the robust :)

MissLena

Hmm I’ve only had the blueberry with robust, so I’m not sure if I like the taste of matcha yet! I will think this over and hopefully place an order this week :)

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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
944 tasting notes

I’m watching Ted with the boyfriend, so I wanted a fun, sweet tea, as the movie is pretty funny :) this fits the bill. See previous notes on this tea :)

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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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