1116 Tasting Notes

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Hmm, today this is really perfumy. The vanilla is present in the aftertaste, but it has almost a soapiness…either I didn’t rinse my steeper well enough from soaking it in soap overnight to remove the LS flavor, or this cup has bottom-of-the-bag syndrome and a lot of bergamot accumulated there. I preferred it the last time I had it a lot more, but it’s still decent, so I won’t change the rating. Anyways, I have enough for one more cup. I would like to have a cup of Zen Tea Life’s EGC to compare these, maybe I will after this cup! See previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – I dumped the latter half of the cup, it just got too soapy. :( ah well probably an excess of bergamot in the bottom of the bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Oooh this tea, I’m quite surprised I haven’t tried it sooner! Maybe it’s because I’m usually not the biggest fan of overly citrus smelling teas, and this one was pretty strong in that department. In the store, the leaves smelled very mint and citrus, quite intriguing and yummy. However, at home it mostly just smells citrus. I did only get 15 g of this, so there might not be as much mint in it. There are a bunch of very large gooseberries in the bag though, might have to eat one later!

I steeped this for about 6 minutes. The resulting liquor is a bright sunny yellow that smells like a Creamsicle, but a bit more citrusy. Yumm. The taste is very citrus, with a creamy aftertaste that is like a Creamsicle again. I think the gooseberries add a bit of tartness that I am enjoying. Unfortunately I don’t think I taste any mint, maybe it is adding to the refreshing flavor though? It also might come out more if cold brewed or iced. Regardless, I am enjoying the flavor :)

Overall, this is a fairly nice herbal, and it seems like I’ve been lacking in herbals lately. It tastes a bit watery at times, so I might try steeping it the full 7 minutes next time. I will drink down this bag and decide if it will be added to the cupboard permanently, but I’m happy I tried this tea! Oh, and my LS I had earlier has definitely contaminated my infuser, as I was brewing this, it smelled a bit like citrus smoke. Blegh, will have to soak it a bit to try to get that out!

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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So I was feeling adventurous today when I bought this, because I’ve always wondered about smoky teas. I found a smoky beer that I absolutely fell in love with at a local brewery, but they aren’t brewing it anymore, so I’d like to see if I appreciate a smoky tea as much.

I smelled it in the store, and intense wood smoke scent hit me in the face. The clerk said that lots of people use it for cooking, I was like yeah so will I if I don’t like it haha! I only got 15 g of it though, so we’ll see how it goes.

I brewed it for 4 minutes, as that seemed to be a sweet spot on Steepster for the good reviews. The steeped smell is not quite as smoky I don’t think, and there’s a stronger pine note. I am totally picturing camping amongst the spruce trees with a fire crackling and cooking smokies on the fire :) at least this is so far taking me to my favorite activity to do in the summer, camping!

So now the taste, and the verdict is…this actually is not too bad. It is definitely a more savoury tea haha. The first taste is a bold, rich flavor, then tapers off into the smoky aftertaste. The pine flavor is also present, moreso in the breathing in of the scent when you take a sip. I definitely would liken this to beef jerky, a heavily smoked beef jerky. Haha, my boyfriend had the first sip and I was like so what do you think? Is it like whiskey or smoke or beef jerky? and he said like eating a piece of charcoal haha. I can see where he gets that from, though.

Overall, I am happy I have tried this. It’s not something I will drink frequently, but it will satisfy those savoury salty tea cravings I sometimes get. I don’t think I will be running out to get anymore, but I would be open to trying other LS from different companies too, so I’m not scared off! I also might have to try adding some of this to salmon, I imagine it would be excellent. Yay for exciting tea experiences!

ETA – Yes. I have found a very tasty way to enjoy this tea. By eating cheese while drinking it! The salty cheese complements the smoke and tones it down nicely, and the illusion of eating applewood smoked cheddar is also created. Happy I found that this pairs nicely with one of my favorite foods :D

ETA again – so while this was ok when I had it, I’ve unfortunately had a lingering smoke smell/taste in my nose and mouth all night, and I’m quite tired of it now. Blarg. Removing rating as maybe I just am not a fan of this type of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

not sure how it would fare with this one, since i haven’t tried it but man i put a little maple syrup into my smokey tea this morning and man that was delicious!

MissLena

Hmmm that is definitely an idea! I hope I kind of like this one, I’ve had a sip so far and am kinda ehh..will update the note soon. Oh, and also, I totally forgot about swapping at some point for Berry Good haha, in my crazed tea buying state I got 50 g when the clerk brought it over I was like “OMG yess that oneee” lol, so we will have to swap for different ones :D

Sil

NP at all lol i know the feeling :) If you’re looking for good smokey teas that aren’t OMG IN YOUR FACE, there are a few that i’ve tried. Nice to have occasionally for a change

MissLena

Awesome :D yeah I want Verdant to come out with one, maybe when they return from China they will have something interesting and smoky, I can’t wait to see the Laoshan oolong they are working on!

El Monstro

Stone and Alaska brewing both make pretty good smoked style beer, not sure if either are available in Canada though.

MissLena

Hmm I’ll have to look into those!

Kittenna

I think I’ve heard that this tea is pretty harsh, as smoky teas go. They’re not all this bad!

MissLena

Yeah I’ve definitely heard that, I will still try new ones, maybe that will be my next goal, find the best smoky tea lol :) this one I will have sparingly just because it has such a lasting aftertaste, other than that it was not bad, just really smoky lol

Cavocorax

Thanks for the cheese idea!

MissLena

It definitely helped tone it down a bit :) still definitely not a favorite though haha, although I do enjoy eating cheese, so that’s a plus

Bonnie

Grind to a powder and mix with chili and garlic for a rub or sprinkle alone over broccoli before steaming and the house will smell like bbq.

MissLena

Mmm that sounds quite delicious, i will have to try those out, thanks!

CrowKettle

I have a hard time drinking this tea too because of the lingering aftertaste, but it is a really great cooking rub with some surprising flavours. I like the broccoli idea!

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75
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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So it’s almost 6 here and I am having my first cup of tea of the day O.o..but I did have a tea related day! Went to my local Davids to get a new gongfu pot and of course some tea..oops got a bit too much, but I got some new ones that I hadn’t really planned on getting but might as well! And some old standbys that I have been missing :D and now my boyfriend has a potential plan to get my tea buying under control..I am not allowed to get new tea until I sip down old ones! Gahh so I better get going lol, as I have 2 orders in transit currently!

Anyways, onto this tea, it is one that I am now one cup away from a sipdown on. It smells pleasant and fruity, but the taste is almost too much mango for me, and a bit artificial. But I do think there’s a bit more pom flavor in here which is nice! Ah well, one cup left that will gladly get drank :D see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

It sure does feel weird when almost the entire day goes by and you realize, hey, no tea yet? What gives?

MissLena

Haha yeah I don’t have too many days like that but when I do they surprise me! I did notice that I was very thirsty throughout the day, particularly at lunch, so I must stay a lot more hydrated with all the tea I drink, because my body was in great need of water haha.

Fjellrev

I sometimes have that problem too. I get so carried away with tea that I’ll drink like eight cups of tea and realize that I haven’t had any plain water that day. Ugh. At least we’re not drinking pop/soda though!

MissLena

Yeah pop is the worst! I usually try to alternate my caffeinated teas with herbals or rooibos so that it’s not quite as dehydrating, also if I have a ton of caffeine I usually need to drink lots of water or my stomach gets pretty angry lol.

Fjellrev

Aye, I’d drink more rooibos if it didn’t taste like wood to me. But yeah, if I drink too much caffeinated tea and not enough water, it’s headache city for me. Stupid tea addiction.

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78
drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Sigh. I’ve been writing formula sheets all day, now my hand is cramping up. I also have been drinking tea all day, but have been too busy with school to log. But I want a break for a minute, and I just made a cup of this (last one before bed) so I will log it. I am almost finished my sample of this, I really want to compare it to the one I received from Zen Tea Life, but that will have to wait for another day. This smells very nice, and will hopefully help me chill and focus for the last 1.5 hrs of studying before bed. See previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Oops, I forgot to log this last week! This is a decent tasting rooibos, the first time I steeped it I did for 4 or 5 minutes and got more rooibos flavor, so this time I tried 6 minutes and it is much tastier! The raspberry is the predominant flavor, and a pretty good raspberry at that, I don’t get very much vanilla, might have to try mixing this with some of my vanilla cream by DT and see if that adds a bit more. Mmm, as I keep drinking this I am liking it a lot more than the first time I had it. I maybe should have gotten more than 1 oz of this, since it was only 80 cents for an ounce! But I have quite a few other rooibos’ that I need to drink as well. But this is tasty, and I’m happy I got a bit of it at least :) hopefully it is not discontinued in case I want more in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Berry Good (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t believe how authentically strawberry this tastes! Like all out garden strawberry flavor! Today it’s a bit more tart, but that’s fine by me, it just seems like a less ripe strawberry. The earthiness of the pu’erh adds perfectly to the taste of real berry. It’s also helping my poor stomach very nicely (I ate cream of mushroom soup and am slightly lactose intolerant..blargh, need to not do that haha). I might actually pick up 50 g of this when I go to DAVIDsTEA after my exams this week, I like it a lot! See previous notes on this tasty tea!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

I’m pretty sure that i have a bunch of this i could send your way as well.

MissLena

Awesome! I’m waiting till after finals to start swapping haha so I will get back to you in a week or so :) need to make a list of ppl who want to swap hehe

Sil

For sure. Figured it might save you some cash and give you a chance to do a mini swap heh I’m in no rush, it’ll still be there :)

MissLena

Okk sounds good! In the meantime you can check out my cupboard and see if anything catches your fancy, although I’m sure you have wayyy more teas than me, if not most of the ones I have hehe :D

Aimee Popovacki

i love this one, it reminds me of like strawberry gum… its nice :)

OMGsrsly

All the comments about strawberry, and now I have to try this one! :)

Cavocorax

Ok… onto the shopping list with this one! :)

MissLena

I hope you guys like it! I find it very tasty, and it resteeps pretty good too!

I can see the strawberry gum flavor too Aimee :)

Sil

Cavo/OMG i can send some your way. Pretty sure i’ve got copiuous amounts at home. ESP since i know cavo and i were going to do a mini swap later.

OMGsrsly

Woo! :)

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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been falling asleep while attempting to study all afternoon, so I had a cup of this with a spoonful of guayusa in it, and unfortunately it didn’t help haha I fell asleep for half an hr..ah well, it was tasty anyways! I was going to try to limit my caffeine consumption due to finals on Wednesday but I don’t think that is going to happen. See previous notes on this tea as well as it blended with guayusa!

And thoughts and prayers out to those in Boston, I can’t even imagine the horror, it just makes me sick. Hoping any steepsterites who may have been there are ok!! <3

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

After drinking flavored teas all day and eating a giant chocolate thing my friend got me for Easter, my stomach needed a break from sugar and a bit of straightening out. So I am having a cup of this tea. Ahh, it is working so far, a nice earthy brew, clean and refreshing, some hints of caramel and quite smooth. Tonight I did 2 rinses and steeped Western-style for 2 minutes, as last week I accidentely broke my little glass gong fu pot from DavidsTea, will have to go pick up another after my exams on Wednesday. Luckily it is not very expensive at least! I will probably have another cup or two this evening. I need to start studying, so maybe this will give me the push that I need. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
1116 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday – this was my celebration cup from being finished my 4th year project/presentation for my degree and coming out of it with an award! Woot, totally unexpected haha but a nice surprise! So my friend, also in my group, came over and I needed to try this tea so we each had a cup. I snagged the first steeping though hehe.

The dry smell is soo interesting! It is like very strong spearmint but with a noticable marshmallow scent at the end of smelling! It is reminiscent of toothpaste or mint gum, but I love mint gum so that was ok. I steeped for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.

Wow, this is a unique tea, and I really like it! The smell is very marshmallowy when steeped, but the mint is still there too. But the flavor surprised me a lot!! It has a lovely green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is light, delicious marshmallow! The mint is also there, very well blended so as to not be overpowering, which is very impressive as spearmint can sometimes be strong. It more adds a coolness to the sip. This tea is light and just as delicious when it cools too! My friend also enjoyed it immensely, so it must resteep fairly good!

Overall, I really enjoy how different yet awesome this tea is. It’s light and sweet at the same time, and I love mint, so this is a winner in my books! Now I really want to try a marshmallow genmaicha from 52 teas, as I bet it would also be stunning!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lala

CONGRATS!!

MissLena

Thank you! I’m soo happy to be done it finally!! And very happy I had good tea to celebrate with :)

Lala

r u officially done now?

MissLena

Just about lol, I have 4 finals to write then I am finished with the school part, and my official grad is in June, but after these finals it should be a done deal, providing I pass them all lol

jessiwrites

I have the S’mores and Marshmallow Treat, and I could send you samples if you want! I have this one coming this week, I can’t wait to try it.

MissLena

Ooh I hope you enjoy graveyard mist! I will keep you posted about swapping, I’m going to wait until I’m finished finals until I start swapping, I’ve never done it before and want to make sure I can send something back! :)

TheTeaFairy

Quite an accomplishment, congrats!

MissLena

Thanks TeaFairy! :D

Fjellrev

Yay, congratulations!

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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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