1113 Tasting Notes

75
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
1113 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
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!!

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
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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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85

So I got a chance to try this tea today! I was a bit nervous about it as the bag smelled pretty strong, a blueberry scent but with something strong added, not the best..but I need not have worried! I steeped with boiling water for around 2 minutes, and the resulting scent is much lighter and more blueberry.

As for the taste, when I first tried it, there was mostly blueberry flavor, slightly reminding me of White Tiger from DavidsTea. However, as it cooled, a more bakey taste came out, some cinnamon, and the aftertaste turned into cream cheese goodness! Yummy! I am pleased I managed to find the danish flavor and the cream cheese, the danish mainly from the aftertaste :) I can also taste a glazed donut in there, but it almost reminds me of a blueberry muffin rather than glazed. Oh, and I also did a re-steep, and it was not quite as flavorful in terms of blueberry, but more of a baked goods flavor comes out.

Overall, this is pretty good! I am happy I got a pouch of it, and am excited to see how it gets after a bit of time, as it seems like 52 teas flavors improve after a few weeks, according to other reviews. It’s already pretty darn good though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
1113 tasting notes

Last day of my undergrad degree today! Whoop! Unfortunately I am in super freak out mode, our big presentation is tomo and we haven’t rehearsed/finished it yet… Gahhhh. Hope we get it done! Anyways, i oversteeped this tea today by 2 minutes, but it’s not bad. Comfort teas will be in order tonight to attempt to relax for tomorrow. See previous notes on this tea.

ETA – speaking of comfort teas, i see that my 52 teas was out for delivery today!! That also means my whispering Pines shouldn’t be too far behind, as I ordered it before the other. Hope it’s there when I get home!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Serenity

Congratulations!!

OMGsrsly

You can do it! :D Good feeling, huh? I have my last exam next Friday…

Anyanka

That’s one of the best feelings ever. Congratulations!

MissLena

Thanks everyone! It does feel pretty good,but will feel even better when i’m done the presentation and my exams :)

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75
drank Teardrop of Peony by Zen Tea
1113 tasting notes

The description of this tea looked intriguing, so I had to order 20 g in my latest Zen Tea order. The dry smell is very fresh and lovely, the peony is present mainly but very light, reminding me of rain in a garden, a garden with peonies of course. I should mention that at my parents acreage, the peonies bloom profusely sometime in June, and they are big and beautiful. The petals in this tea are red, so I am assuming they are some sort of pink peony?

Anyways, onto steeping..I steeped for 2 minutes with 185 degree water. The resulting tea is a very pale yellow, definitely a white tea. And man, does this smell floral!! It’s like a bouquet of flowers is in my cup! Peonies, that is :) I don’t smell any lychee that I can tell, although it is sort of floral too, so it might be blending in with it.

The flavor is also very floral, although as it cools it is not as strong. It has a very clean finish as well. I am not sure of the flavor of the white tea yet, but it is supporting the floral burst quite nicely. Next time I might try brewing without a giant petal in my infuser lol, and see how that is.

Overall, this is a nice change from other floral teas such as jasmine. It is a bit strong on the flower scent, but makes for not a bad cup. I love how the cup invokes images of spring and rain-soaked flowers on an overcast day. I will have a few more cups before deciding on a rating.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 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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