949 Tasting Notes

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!

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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
949 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
949 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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84

I have been craving black teas lately O.o this is a rather different occurrence for me, considering I rarely drink them. I also do not have a large selection of them, so it is somewhat difficult to satisfy the craving! Haha, so I made a cup of this as my morning cuppa. I steeped for 4 minutes this time, and hmm I prefer 3 minutes for a steeping time, it brought out a bit more of the creamy flavor. I think I will add a bit of milk to this cup though, if I remember before I drink it all! See previous notes on this creamy tea :)

ETA: As soon as I typed I should add milk before I forget, I went and added some milk. The creaminess was brought out, but it still seemed to need something for the flavors, so I added a tiny bit of sugar. This helped the bergamot and the creaminess popped! This is pretty darn delicious! I might try steeping for 5 minutes next time if I’m adding milk though, as it is a little bit weaker just from diluting. But this is yum!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Ahhh I just had to have this creamy wonder of a tea today. The weather is in another weird funk, up to +1 today and it was -12 C or lower all week and windy and snowing. Yeah, now bright sunshine and warm. So this called for a spring tea!

I don’t drink this tea enough. I really want to try the fall version of Verdant’s tieguanyin soon! This is pure, creamy, delicious light greens. Perfection. Buttery. There’s some later sweetness in the sip, definitely a bit of orchid. I’m brewing this in my gong fu glass pot, and it definitely is making a difference than using the brew basket. Space for the leaves to expand! Ahh, I will savor this for a while before dinner. Oh, and I did a quick rinse as well. Anyways, please see previous notes on this lovely tea :)

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96

This tea! I bought it because I LOVE Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong oolong, and wanted to see what it would taste like in a black tea. I decided to brew it in my gongfu teapot, and have no idea how much leaf I used, I have only a 7 g sample, so I used about half the bag for this brewing.

I did 2 rinses, then steeped for about 4 seconds ish. Oh, and this has that amazing honey smell of the Mi Lan oolong which I LOVE! Mmm this makes me want to have a Yixing session after this, I haven’t in quite some time :( anyways, onto the taste!

The first steeping tastes like pure honey! Even more than the oolong did I think! The dancong taste is still there, but SMOTHERED in honey! I love this! Oh, and I thought this would brew up a darker color, it’s a lovely golden color. Wasn’t expecting that!

Second steep – yes, more honey, not quite as potent, but as I was sipping and reading the discussion boards, I randomly got some of the avocado!!! YES! It’s in the aftertaste, and not overly intense, it’s more almost a textural thing? Anyways, it’s good! Not a whole lot of chocolate yet, still tastes mostly like a bit stronger oolong to me. Bah, my untrained palate :P

I mixed a bit of the second and third steeps before I will have just the third steep, yes, there it is, the black tea taste. It was a little while coming, but now I can taste a bit of that chocolate malt, not overpowering, but just a nice hint of it to remind me this is not an oolong. And the honey is still there. YES!

This is probably my favorite black tea from Verdant so far. I have only tried this and Laoshan Black, but I think I currently prefer this one, it’s more honey and not as chocolatey (maybe I’m crazy for not liking too much chocolate lol). This is really, really good.

Oh, and on a sad, and angering note, I think Canada Post lost my Verdant order. Not impressed. It’s almost a week late, if it’s not here by tomorrow, I will have to call them and figure out what to do..not looking forward to that.

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Boiling
Bonnie

On this end in the U.S. there was a Postal holiday which could have delayed your order and the weather changed also.

MissLena

Hmm I’m hoping it’s that, it said it left the facility way back on the 10th though, so it should have been here sooner..and my friend ordered a day after me and got hers on Tuesday :( so I’m quite sad that it definitely might be gone.

Bonnie

Verdant has tracking on it so let them know if you don’t receive it in a few days.

MissLena

I will for sure! Hopefully it can be found!

Kittenna

MissLena12 – Canada Post can be ridiculously inconsistent. I’ve received orders from the States in about a week, and sometimes it takes nearly three. If your friend only just got hers on Tuesday, I wouldn’t be super worried yet (but perhaps best to look into it anyways).

MissLena

Ok thanks! That makes me a bit less worried :) I’ll wait a little bit longer before I contact them, they might just be slow from the weather here too

OMGsrsly

Canada post ‘lost’ my tea parcel from Montreal, then as soon as I had a trace initiated, they delivered it… 10 days late for an express post. So I wish you the best and hope your tea shows up ASAP!

MissLena

I really hope it does! I’ll give it maybe until next Tuesday then find out where it is, I want my samples for this weekend though :(

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95
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

First tea in my new timolino! It still doesn’t taste as good as when in a cup, but it’s maybe not as bland, and there’s no weird smell of previous tea emanating from the rubber on the lid. And the blue color of my new tim makes me happy :). Anyways, back to tea, i love this in the morning, and this probably will be a repurchase, if my bf ever lets me go into davidstea again :p he said if I drink all my teas, i can get more :( but i do have a red leaf gift cert that I will have to use up….. Anyways, sorry for the small tangent, see previous notes on this tea :)

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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try this tea for AGES, aka since it came out. Finally, I picked up a bit today without the bf being there to say noo it’s too coconut, it smells weird, you don’t need another herbal tea..mwahaha.

The dry smell is minty and creamy, but there is also apple in it, which surprised me the first time I smelled it because I hadn’t looked at the ingredients thoroughly. Steeped, I get mainly mint, with a hint of creaminess.

Now for the taste, pow!! If mint shortbread exists, this tastes like it! Haha, it has the buttery coconut flavor melded quite nicely with the peppermint. I love mint and coconut, so win-win. The apple is not really there to me, maybe it’s adding a small amount of a punch to the middle of the taste? Meh, this is primarily a yummy coconutty cookie of some sort. With mint. Huzzah!

Overall, this is another one of those very sweet teas that I will drink in moderation. However, it is quite tasty, and it will hit the spot when I am craving something sweet before bed. In fact, it will probably battle with Jessie’s tea to be my coconut tea of choice now! Tea battle commence!(another night though, I have my sweet fill for now)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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