1036 Tasting Notes

88
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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Another from my try me pack. I love finding new green rooibos blends! The dry and steeped smell was very much the same, a juicy, tropical fruitiness that I just could not place. I went on steepster and read the other review, yes!! That’s what it is! LYCHEE. It reminds me of SoHo. I don’t get very much peach in the aroma, just pure lychee, hm I wonder if cactus flowers smell like that? It smelled delicious, anyways!

I am sad that I am first trying this in a travel mug, because it usually is mean to green rooibos blends. This tastes very smooth, once again lychee! It’s a bit light, but very fresh and yummy. The green rooibos goes well with the flavor, even if it’s a tad overpowering. It could just be my travel mug though. But I quite like this.

Overall, this is a really good green rooibos blend. I could see myself drinking this and green and fruity as staple green rooibos teas. Another tea that embodies the essence of spring! A welcome thought on this really cold day here. Also might have to pick up some SoHo liqueur and make a summery drink with this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Dinosara

Man, how did I not know that there was a lychee liqueur?? I love lychee! Wonder if I can find it in this tiny town… :)

MissLena

Yeah I’ve had it in a drink at one bar, I have yet to look for it, it’s soooo good!

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81

New tea #4! Another from the try me pack. This smells like a strawberry milkshake to me when I opened the bag, quite sweet and creamy. I steeped for about 2 minutes, and the water temp was either 175 or lower, I’m not sure, my kettle was set to hold at 175 but it hadn’t started up for a while. The steeped smell is like a candy strawberry, sweet and tangy.

As for the taste, this is very light and fresh. I get a nice green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is tangy strawberry, a bit candy like rather than fresh berry, but the tang makes it a more realistic. As it cools, the bit of creaminess is coming out more. I will probably steep at an even lower temperature in the future to try to coax out a bit more cream, but I had lots of creamy teas already today, so I’m ok with the freshness of this one.

Overall, this is a very nice mellow green/white blend with a strawberry tang. It is enjoyable, I prefer this green blend better than the Jasmint by Della Terra, it’s not quite as bitter to me. Maybe the temperature played a factor in the other as well? Anyways, this is light, sweet, and fresh. A very nice spring tea. Not sure if I will re-order, but I will see if that status changes by the time I finish my little bag :P

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

I was looking at this one… I might have to try it out.

MissLena

It’s very light and refreshing, a pretty decent spring tea :) I think it was a good addition to my try me pack :D

jessiwrites

I love light and refreshing! And I love green tea.

MissLena

This one would probably be a pretty choice then!

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75
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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New tea #3! Picked this up on Monday because it just smelled too good to not get. I only got 15 g however, and the mango pieces are pretty weighty, so there’s not a whole lot left in my bag. Ah well, enough for 2 or 3 cups.

The dry smell is so much mango! I don’t smell very much pomegranate, will have to see if it comes out in the flavor. I steeped for about 3 minutes, a bit shorter as this is a black tea and I tend to prefer shorter steeps. But there was mostly mango in my infuser lol, so it might be more fruity than black tea anyways. Steeped it smells sooooo juicy! Almost entirely mango again, there might not be a whole lot of pom in this tea, maybe I just didn’t get too many in my bag this time around.

So this is a very good fruity black! Very mango and fresh! I think there might be a tiny bit of pomegranate flavour, but mostly pure, juicy mango. There is not a lot of black tea taste either, but it does make a nice base for the punch of mango I think! Yum this is pretty good, I wish it was sunny here today because this screams spring leading into summer! It is a bit similar in flavor to Green & Fruity, but more mango and no rooibos adding in its own flavor. This would be a nice morning tea with the black tea kick of caffeine. Oh, and I am also trying my first attempt at cold brewing! With the leaves of this tea that were left over! I hope it goes good, I put it in a filter bag in my biggest mug in the fridge, with my perfect mug lid on it, I’m not sure if a lid is required, but since I don’t have a glass jar I hope this will work!

Overall, this is a pretty good fruity black tea. If you are into fruity black teas, you MUST get this, as it is excellent. I think the slight pom taste is coming out a bit more as it cools too. I will try to remember to update with how the cold brew turns out (if it is good haha).

ETA about cold brew – I let this cold brew for over 12 hrs, probably around 18? It wasn’t bad, but a bit weak, probably did not have enough tea leaves. The tea bag worked well though, I am going to use cold brewing to use up a bunch of the 100 pack of my teabags from Davidstea. Can’t wait to do more of these!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I really enjoyed this one! My 15g didn’t last very long so I went and grabbed 30 more! (Better to buy too little and have to go more than buy too much…)

MissLena

Mmm it is pretty tasty! I must not have gotten many pom seeds in this batch though, it’s pretty much pure mango, which I’m ok with :) I am also trying my first cold brew with the leftover leaves! I hope it turns out!

ashmanra

Porn tango and porn seeds – just two of the many reasons why I need to start wearing reading glasses…

MissLena

LOL now that would be one awkward tea…hahaha, that kind of made my day. :D

Fjellrev

Nothing quenches your thirst like Porn Tango.

ashmanra

Well, the Tango is pretty racy!

MissLena

Lolol oh dear haha, it is a bit promiscuous… the tango, not the tea

Kittenna

For cold-brewing, there’s no need to use a teabag – you can just let the leaves roam free in the water, and then strain the tea through an infuser basket, if you have one :)

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87
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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So today I am trying a bunch of new teas that I have had sitting here since earlier this week and just haven’t had time to get to! So here’s another Della Terra one I am trying today :) earlier this week I tried the Lemon Lime Cream tart and was quite impressed, I didn’t log a note on it though. Maybe I will try it after this one to compare these two, and maybe my Lemon Chiffon while I’m at it!

This one smells sooo limey and good in the bag. Definitely key lime pie. Not much lime bitterness either. I steeped for 4 minutes. The steeped smell is not quite as lime and a bit more of the cream (yay cream!) but the lime is definitely there. There isn’t a strong rooibos smell in this one either.

Ooh, this is another really good rooibos. Lemon Chiffon definitely has some competition! This is smooth and very much natural lime tasting, with the lovely cream to tone it down and make for a sweeter aftertaste. I will definitely have to brew up some Lemon Lime Cream Tart to see how the lime tastes compare. This is delicious and pie-like, while Lemon Chiffon was more cake like to me. Maybe because there’s more lime pies than cakes? Lol, all these creamy, delicious teas are making me sleepy! Might have to have a little nap, as I am finally relaxing from the week. Anyways, back on track here…

Overall, another stellar rooibos from Della Terra. I’m not sure which of the three lemon/lime rooibos’ (sp?) is my favorite, but after a few more steeps of each of them, maybe I will have come to a decision about which one will be the one to keep in stock. Or I’ll just keep them all in stock. :D

Oh, and as this tastes like lime pie, Happy Pi Day!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Yay for Pi Day!

MissLena

Haha yeppers! I didn’t have any pie today though :( ah well, it’s not good for me anyways

Fjellrev

Yeah, me neither. We can just pretend with our tea. :)

MissLena

Haha that works for me!

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85

So I was going to wait until St. Patty’s this weekend to have a taste of this, but I am craving a chocolatey tea right now so I am making a cup! I received this in my try me pack this week. The dry smell is very much reminiscent of Swiss Mountain, with a touch more creaminess. I steeped for around 3 minutes. The steeped smell is very good, chocolate and mint with cream! Yes, the creaminess definitely is present, especially when the water first hits the tea. This tea reminds me more of a milk chocolate mint with all the creaminess, rather than dark chocolate. It smells so yummy, pretty excited to try this cup!

So as for the taste, yeah, this is pretty darn good. I very much like this over Swiss Mountain, as the vanilla in here adds just enough sweetness that it makes the cup seem fuller and not as watery. The start of the sip is where the mint and chocolate are the most prominent, the chocolate being not very strong but enough to make its presence known. Then the aftertaste…mmm, this is my favorite part. The mint fades into the delicious vanilla and it lingers on and on, a wonderful, cool sweetness. I am very impressed with the cream flavor Della Terra makes, whether it be in their flavored rooibos or other blends like this one! It’s so creamy and light and sweet, perfectly done. This is actually reminding me a bit of baileys and hot chocolate with mint! And maybe it’s that I’m comparing this to Swiss Mountain, or that it’s snowing here, but I totally feel like I’m at the top of a mountain in a ski chalet sipping this down after being coated in snow from skiing! :D

Overall, this is really good, and while I’m not sure this is really a chocolatey tea, it is very tasty for me! But then again, I am definitely a vanilla ice cream fan over chocolate ice cream :P but this was a very good one to try!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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97

Ugh it is snowing here and – 17 C today! The warm weather spell had to end :( so I wanted a warming tea, almost cracked open my chai spice but i want to try it first in a regular cup not my timolino lol. So this, my old standby, is in my mug today with honey. Warm, soothing, fresh, and wonderful on the stomach. I wish I was curled up at home rather than in class, this week has been nuts! Need sleep.. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I love this one!

Nosyam

Such a creative and amazing tea company! Earl of Anxi is by far one of my favourite teas! I just ordered 6oz when it was restocked!

MissLena

I love this one too Bonnie! And you have discovered the Verdant addiction Nosyam, I have yet to find a tea of theirs that I don’t like! Earl of Anxi is definitely very good :) it’s on my next order list, I finished my sample of it a week or so ago.

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82

Ahh I’ve tried 3 other of my new Della Terra teas but didn’t have time to write notes for them! All were very good :) I will get around to writing notes once I have cups of them again! Anyways, I am writing a note for this one haha. I got it in my try me pack because I love rooibos and vanilla.

The dry smell is very vanilla, like, a lot of vanilla. I think there may be some vanilla bean bits in the bag making it very rich, it definitely smells like very strong vanilla bean ice cream. Not bad :) I steeped for somewhere around 4 minutes. The steeped smell initially was very vanilla, but at the end of steeping, I get mostly rooibos. Hmm, where did the vanilla go? Ah! The vanilla returned a bit after the cup had time to cool!

Now for taste…yes, it did not disappoint! At first all I got was rooibos, then the aftertaste hit…yep, lots of vanilla! I can definitely see the likening to cream soda with this one, it has a very sugary aftertaste that is almost spot on to it! You still get a vanilla-beany taste though in the earlier aftertaste.

Overall, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it turned out to be a rich, vanilla creamy filled dessert rooibos. I shouldn’t have been worried, Della Terra knows what they are doing with rooibos flavoring! This is a nice decadent treat, very nice as a dessert or before bed, or during homework, as I am doing right now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I hate when a rooibos smells so tantalizing but then it all just disappears.

MissLena

It actually came back a bit after cooling, and the taste is definitely vanilla :D

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96

Having a few cups of this with a good friend today! I only did one rinse today, so hopefully it’s not too strong, cups are still fairly warm to drink :P see previous notes on this delicious black tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1036 tasting notes

This is my first mate tea! Unfortunately the first taste is in my travel mug because I don’t want to have this in the afternoon until I see what the caffeine does to me lol. The dry smell is very melony which I quite like, I don’t have any melon teas so it’s nice and fresh. I steeped for 5 minutes with just under boiling water.

The steeped smell is not as pleasant to me, more of a bubblegum smell and i really hate that smell. Thankfully the taste is much better. The honeydew tastes really like a melon! It’s light and fresh, and i can taste the green rooibos in there, it reminds me of green and fruity a bit, which is my favorite green rooibos. Not sure what the mate tastes like, but we’ll see how much of a buzz i get lol. A bit apprehensive as sometimes caffeine completely messes with my stomach, but this blend sounded too good to pass up, and hey, I had to try it lol. So far so good! :)

ETA – so far my stomach is happy! Not feeling much of a buzz yet either, maybe it got more green rooibos in my spoonful this morning. I am enjoying this, it’s very light and refreshing!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TeaTails

I just got this as a sample and was wondering how it might taste… i’ll try it right away!

MissLena

It’s pretty good! I’d wait and try it in the afternoon though, in case the mate keeps you awake all evening! :)

TeaTails

Yeah, maybe that wouldn’t be the best choice for a tea right now… ;) thanks!

MissLena

No problem!

Lindsey

I swear, that smell is identical to Bubblicious watermelon bubble gum! When I opened the packet it was just like I was back in the fourth grade, trying to sneak chewing gum at school!

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79
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1036 tasting notes

I picked up 15 g of this because it smells sooo good. Toasty coconut. It’s not quite as intoxicating as the coco lemon thai to me, but still good. I was going to do a 3 minute steep, but I decided to go closer to 4 minutes, with 190 degree water. The steeped smell, to me, is not quite as pleasant. It’s such a strong coconut smell that it even smells a bit off to me..I’m not sure what it is, it’s just a bit too coconut in scent. Oh, and this brews up the palest of yellows, it almost looks like a white tea!

Luckily, the taste is a lot more on target. It is a nice toasted coconut, very rich and creamy. There’s a small hint of the oolong, but I am looking forward to the second steep to see if that comes out a bit more. Currently it is a very coconut flavored tea, but mostly just coconut. I think the butteriness is due to the oolong base, and I really enjoy it.

Overall, this is very coconutty and very delicious, but definitely a sweet tea. It isn’t very artificial, which is awesome, but it is on the sweet side. I will have to drink this one sparingly haha, it has that rich coconut that I can’t take a lot of at a time. Almost too much coconut, it’s on a fine line. Looking forward to a second steep.

ETA – I didn’t get to a second steep tonight, then first cup was just too rich, i actually didn’t finish it. If you like really coconut blends, this is definitely the tea for you, but im actually finding it a bit much.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I’m all for second steep and up on this tea as well. The first steep is too sweet for me.

MissLena

I didn’t get a chance to try it tonight, the first steep was way too rich for me I couldn’t handle another lol, I’ll have to try it tomorrow, will save the leaves tonight!

Indigobloom

Reminded me of suntan lotion when I sniffed it in the store!

MissLena

Ahh that definitely could have been the steeped smell i got! It was almost oily with coconut haha, the dry smell to me was just toasty and much better

Indigobloom

yep, oily fits lol

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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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