948 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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Hooray for new tea! This is the first one I tried out of the BOMC box this month, and it could not have come on a better day. I finally finished this insane project at work that had me working extra hours all last week, and the one week the bf was home too :( and it finally went out today!! Thank goodness! So tea to celebrate! And destroy this headache from my contacts lol.

Of the three teas this month, this one and the Gardens of Anxi smelled VERY good. The herbal, we will see haha it’s very minty smelling. This one is bready and Zhu Rong and citrus. It reminds me of that lovely Jolly Earl I just finished up and was sad about using up haha.

I steeped this for between 2 and 3 mins with 200 degree water. The steeped cup smells soo lemony and chocolatey at the same time..mmm! As for the flavor..yes, this does NOT disappoint! It is SO YUM RIGHT NOW. A bright tea, cheering me up with all the citusy flavor, and the Zhu Rong makes for a cozy chocolatey hug of a flavor. Like, this is seriously good. As the cup cools it goes away from EG tasting into a lemony cream taste, I am getting notes of lemon cream pie, it actually is reminiscent of my other lemon black tea, but this one is much brighter and has a way better base tea!

Overall, I am really enjoying this tonight. It has a similar pick me up feeling to the Earl of Anxi, must be all the citrus and orange peel in it. Loving this and can’t wait to try it both iced and possibly as a hot toddy :)

Oh, and Happy Belated Father’s Day!!

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream, Lemon

Dinosara

This was another of my favorites from days past! I am so mad at myself for cancelling my Verdant subscription just before this box. Glad to hear this one was really tasty!

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And a sad sipdown here, but I will wait and maybe request this one next year..it was definitely a winner of the blends club for me! And yes, I made it as a real “blueberry” tea tonight (aka Grand Marnier and Disaronno added plus stirred with a cinnamon stick) and it is delicious! This tea made the best hot toddys and now the best blueberry tea! Haha much better experience tonight that when I had an allergic reaction to either the one beer I had to celebrate the bf being home, or something weird in my A&W burger. Puffy face, itchy eyes, Reactine needed..weird, don’t have those that often. Anyways, this is not making me allergic at least. A much needed unwinding, it’s only Tuesday and I’ve had to stay late at work two days..and more to come. Gahhhhhhh going to be one of those weeks! At least the bf is home and I have good tea! ANYWAYS, I’m getting off topic again lol, see previous notes on this delicious EG variation!

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Andd last tea of the day right here. The weather went from bright, beautiful and sunny with clear blue skies to cloudy, dark and grey in a few hours..and it’s right at that point where it’s not raining, it’s just grey and miserable looking outside. My mood dipped right with the weather, and probably the fact that I’m trying to finish up the second online course for work (doing work related things on the weekend = sadface). So I needed a pick me up, and this tea, brewed up with some honey added, is hitting the spot. I will also be doing my nightly yoga soon, and that’s always a mood lifter :) anyways, this tea is spicy and lovely as usual, and love that it’s decaf. I might actually have to always have this in my cupboard lol. See previous notes!

Oh, and I’m probably also feeling down as it’s day 13/14 of the bf being away for work (2 weeks on, 1 week off) and I found out this pattern is lasting until at least Sept. It’s not the worst as I actually know his schedule now and we can plan things for his week off, but 2 weeks is a long time to be at home with just the cat. Lol :( but at least he’s back tomorrow! I will have someone to drink tea with every day for a week! :D

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the final tea I tried of the DT summer collection, no Mango fruit punch this year as I tried it last year, oh and I tried Watermelon Mint this afternoon but didn’t pay enough attention to write a tasting note yet lol ( I was reading a good book haha), and I made this one tonight. It smells SO TROPICAL in the bag. Like, sooo good and juicy and fresh!

I steeped this for 4 mins with 185 degree water. In the scoop I put in the mug, it looked like there was actually quite a lot of white tea, although it was all chopped into bits and not much whole leaf at all. The tea smells tropical and mango/starfruit like when brewed, quite a delicious scent actually! As for the flavor, there definitely is white tea in my cup, it has that characteristic mild bitterness of a DavidsTea white tea base in a blend, probably because it was brewed for 4 minutes, in my opinion a long time to brew a white tea. But other than that, it’s juicy and sweet and tastes like starfruit with mango! Quite tasty, although I need to tweak my parameters to get rid of that bitter flavor from the white tea, maybe I’ll steep 2-3 minutes next time. Another one that I bet is awesome cold!

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Haha really this wasn’t added to my cupboard? I have had this kicking around since last summer and just finished it off this morning haha. It was a tea I waited all through the winter to drink, as it’s definitely not a wintery tea. The main flavors in it today were mint and lavender, and maybe a bit of orange. I just looked up the ingredients on Verdant’s page, completely forgot there was oolong in here, dandelion root, licorice root…they all blend so well that I can’t pick them out at all! It was a good run while it lasted, and this made for some good cold brews last summer, but it’s not a favorit eof mine, I have other minty teas that I prefer. Farewell light, minty tea. See previous notes :)

Flavors: Grass, Lavender, Mint, Orange

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Third new DT to try! This peachy tea had to wait until this morning for me to try it, because peaches yell morning time to me haha. Dry, it smells like peach candies, maybe those fuzzy peaches lol I love those things!

I steeped this for 5-6 minutes with boiling water. The resulting liquor looks to be a dull orange in color (didn’t use a clear mug, so it might be brighter) and it smells like tart yet sweet peaches. As for the flavor – yes, this is pretty much Peach Drink from Tim Hortons in tea format, and I’ll admit, I like that stuff haha that artificially sweet flavor it’s quite tasty in my opinion. It would be nice if this had more actual peach flavor rather than peach drink, but I really don’t mind it haha. It also has a tart note in the aftertaste that makes me think I just ate some Fuzzy Peaches. Mmmm haha :D I can imagine kids loving this iced, and I can’t wait to try it that way either! It’s sweet and refreshing and quite summery to me.

Overall, a yummy sweet tea, although not overly true fresh peach flavor. But I like it all the same, it is very summery and I could see myself picking up more of this in the future. Oh, and as compared to Peaches and Cream from the spring collection – this is a CLEAR winner. No weird artificial cream flavor that just tasted..off. Haha, this is fresh, sweet, tart, and good! So far I have been quite impressed with the summer collection!

Flavors: Peach, Sweet, Tart

madametj

I want to try this :)

MissLena

It’s almost juice-like in character :D if you like sweet peach flavors, you will love this one :)

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Oops, another tea I am at the end of and haven’t written a note on! Well it was a tasty enough tea to finish relatively quickly haha so that says something! :D I believe this is the second rooibos that Verdant did, the Rooibos Tulsi is still my favorite of the two (possibly my favorite of all time) but this one was okay as well.

Usual steeping parameters were 1-2 minutes with boiling water. This blend is mostly cinnamon and rooibos to me, not much in the way of vanilla or orange, maybe they add to the richness of the blend. However I did find the rooibos a bit more woodsy and strong that I usually like, but at least it’s not a terrible flavor. The cinnamon and orange probably add to the warming qualities of this blend, as it really is a warm, cozy tea, a bit spicy and very comforting. There is a bit of creaminess present too.

Overall, a tasty little tea, although quite heavy on the rooibos flavor. Warm and comforting though, perfect for sipping while I watch the 5th Harry Potter movie for about the millionth time. :D it’s on TV tonight haha.

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla, Wood

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
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Another new tea that I picked up today! I was excited to try this as Tropicalia was good last year but a bit watery in the coconut aspect. Excited to be trying a similar yet different tea to that one!

This smelled so coconutty and like Tropicalia dry. I steeped it for 5 minutes, trying it hot first, and the liquor is a light, slightly cloudy golden yellow. Smells tropical and coconut!

This is another win from DavidsTea! The coconut is rich and thick here, the vanilla might be helping bring out that aspect. It’s not too sweet but has a rather tangy flavor to it, fruity, not overly identifiable, but a fruit tang. Probably the mango, although I don’t get an overly recognizable mango note. I’m not sure if the other ingredients add much in the terms of individual flavors when brewed hot, but they are probably helping the overall blend taste as yummy as it does!

Overall, this is a great success hot. Lots of coconut and fruity tang, I think I prefer this to Tropicalia, although I had that tea wayy back last year haha, but I didn’t re-stock and hoard it so it can’t have been amazing. I am excited to try this cold, and the coconut is rich enough that it might make some nice summery cocktails and not be too weak of a base. A tasty coconut tea that definitely screams SUMMER! Now if only the weather would fully cooperate here and get above 20 degrees!

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Tangy

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh oh..I broke my long run of not buying more tea (except my monthly Verdant subscription) when I went to the mall today and decided I needed to check out the new summer collection and Hot Tropic. I was going to leave with only 25g of each and told the clerk that, but he gave me about 50g of each (so much tea) but on the bright side, I can now try them hot and iced, iced tea pitchers take up so much tea! So it was a happy mistake lol. And I also decided I needed a new Timolino, at least one to alternate with my old one, the old is so caked with tea grime I need to deep clean it before using it again, the new one is shiny and also blue (oolong blue). Overall a good day shopping!

Anyways, onto the tea, this is the first one I tried of the summer teas, well, except for the free sample of the mango one from last year that I got in the store. That one is okay but I had it last year, don’t need it again. So I decided to try this one first, as it smelled amazing in store, berry like with definite wine notes! My own bag is much stronger and smells much more boozy lol, maybe a bit chemical. But luckily it doesn’t taste like that!

I brewed it for 5 minutes, and yes I had it hot first. The resulting liquor was bright reddish pink, definitely hibiscus in this. But surprisingly, I really enjoyed the flavor! It is tart, yes, be forewarned – but there was enough sweetness that it actually worked quite nicely for my tastes. It was refreshing and sweet and although not as good as actual sangria, it was still an enjoyable beverage. There was a nice berry flavor present. I won’t compare this directly to alcoholic sangria anyways, it’s more of a nice fruity drink haha, and no wine headache after! :D although I am tempted to try adding some wine when I make this cold. I bet it would be awesome! Love the large strawberries in the blend, they make the dry leaf very pretty.

Overall, a good start to the summer collection this year. I drank the cup really fast lol, that’s why the note isn’t super descriptive. But so far, this one is a win for me, even with its tartness :)

Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

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This is a backlog from this afternoon: My mom and great aunt came over for a visit and tea and after letting my great aunt smell various teas and telling her the different varieties I have, she said white teas are her favorite. I am also running low on white teas, so I took out this – my prized white tea. And I made 3 cups (one for each of us) Western style!! Haha, I was a bit apprehensive as it’s my fanciest white tea and didn’t know how it would turn out, but it seemed to be a success! Mom and my great aunt both steeped theirs longer than 2 minutes for more flavor as it is very delicate, but they both really enjoyed it! My great aunt said it tasted like coconut, so I am happy she found the delicious cream notes!

Overall, I came to this conclusion – yes, it’s my fanciest, most hoarded tea, but why hoard it? It’s a very good tea that I should drink and enjoy, and why not enjoy it with loved ones? I’m so happy I was able to share a prized tea with them and have a great tea experience :D it was awesome! So I now will try not to hoard teas for myself (lol that sounds selfish, oh dear), because everyone might as well experience them if they are given the opportunity! :) see previous notes on this tea!

Oh yeah, and my tea was awesome as usual – Western brewing definitely did not cut back on the flavor! Creamy, sweet, soft – a perfect white tea and a lovely afternoon with amazing people. <3

ashmanra

Bravo! Carpe tea-um! ( Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

MissLena

Haha good pun :)

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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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