616 Tasting Notes

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This smells just like a bright juicy grapefruit. Huh. Weird.

Steeped, it smells more like berries, citrus with the slightest undercurrent of mint. This would be amazing iced, but I drank it hot (what with the current weather and all), and it surprisingly works really well that way too (I find not a lot of citrus herbals do). It’s primarily an orangey citrus and tart berry/apple flavor, backed by slight floral elements and a very slight minty taste. The mint only adds a but of a cooling mouthfeel, really. I really like how this doesn’t cross the line into too tart or sour, but isn’t fake or sweet either.

This is easily the best herbal tea I’ve had from David’s. Thanks Shmiracles!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Shmiracles

haha you called it! it’s the only herbal David’s Tea i ordered more than just once. :) glad you liked it!

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81
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
616 tasting notes

Eggnog: My biggest weakness in December. I can seriously stock my fridge full of the stuff and survive on nothing but for the following months. Luckily I’m engaged in someone who feels the same way, but refuses to indulge me for the sake of my health. I had my first go around with homemade eggnog this year too (which is absolutely better than the store bought stuff, though I didn’t think it possible. I did a version where the eggs are cooked up to 170F, though, because I couldn’t bring myself to drink raw eggs.) In any case, I was really excited to try this, but not as excited as Fiance. I am not much of a morning person, and Fiance gets up about 90 minutes before I do most days, but he’s been so excited and very patiently waiting, that I promised him last night that I’d get up with him this morning to make iced matcha with milk for us this morning.

So, I whipped us up a pair of drinks (matcha + 1% milk + ice + sugar in a cocktail shaker) His first sip was “This is good!” and the last sip of the cup was “That was good.” and then I got a text when he got to work “That matcha was awesome”. I’d say the excitement was well deserved for him (and me, because I’ll probably have a matcha budget now. Woo!)

This is very good, though. It definitely smelled like eggnog in the package, and tasted like eggnog (though this is one that really needs add ins to reach its full flavor potential). It’s creamy vanilla custard, with nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon with an undercurrent of tasty matcha. The spices are balanced and seriously nail it. The mouthfeel is creamy and evocative of eggnog as well, but it just can’t match the thickness.

Overall, I’m really pleasantly surprised with how good this was. Nom!

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88
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
616 tasting notes

Added some rock sugar and a splash of milk tonight, and that only made this better. This is, like, the rooibos for people who don’t care for rooibos. Lemony, creamy, naturally slightly sweet, and no dominating rooibos flavor. As I think I said on my first review of this, if more rooibos blends tasted like this, I might actually like rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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79
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
616 tasting notes

I always find it so amazing how my tea tastes change over time. I never used to like Bergamot, but now (so long as it’s not soapy, perfumey, or super duper overwhelming) I find myself really kind of enjoying it. This opens up a whole new world of EGs I never thought I’d enjoy. I need to put away my twitchy purchase finger on it though.

The base blend Kusmi uses is bold, but not bitter, and just a little malty. There’s a mild but of astringency, but not in an offputting way (Unless you let the cup cool all the way down. Then it’s quite intense). This one triggers my EG radar because of the use of the Bergamot. It’s the first flavor (other than the tea) that hits the tongue. It’s not as potent as a lot of EG blends, but it’s present enough that it makes the illusion of. There’s a subtle sweet orange flavor that follows closely behind. I think the mandarin and ornage merge together to create that one flavor.

Overall, the cup is bright, but subtle and enjoyable.

Thank you very much Nicole!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Anna

So twitchy, that finger. So, so twitchy.

moraiwe

Very! It requires many glares to stay in line.

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76
drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
616 tasting notes

This is just a good cup of black tea. There’s no frills or assertiveness, it’s just something that is comfortable and tasty. No astringency either, which is a pleasant Ceylon surprise.

Thanks Kelci :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I liked this one, too—just as you said: a good, plain cuppa.

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93
drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
616 tasting notes

These leaves are so much fun to me. Dry, they look like little fuzzy caterpillars that just want hugs. Then once they’re steeped, the leaves smell and look like fresh cooked green beans.

This is such a buttery, tasty green tea! There’s no grassiness in flavor, or bitterness, or astringency. It’s all sweet steamed peas and some mild kelp notes. There’s also a delicious butteriness in flavor and feel. None of the flavors present are intensely strong, leaving this to be a slightly delicate cup with no overwhelming flavors. I like this a lot though.

I definitely get what other people are saying about cooling sensations as well, as I’m finding that feeling present in the back of my mouth. Definitely a late spring/summer order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Neat! This is on my “try someday” list :)

Anna

This sounds great!

gmathis

A tea that needs to be hugged. What a nice notion!

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We have a windchill of -50F today. I can’t even imagine going outside right now. That’s ridiculous.

So, I’ll sipdown some Halloween teas and wish it was autumn again.

Even though I’m warming up to rooibos, I still found it too prominent in this blend. The first flavor is an oomph of the woody shredded cedar flavor of the rooibos, and then joined by a nice, natural vanilla bean flavor somewhere midsip. The cream doesn’t add any flavor notes, but makes the mouthfeel thicker and smoother.

I think this had potential to be a good blend, but the rooibos is just so, so rooibos-y.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Dexter

LOL stay warm. It was -52C when I left for work this morning – and I did venture out and go to work. If you don’t have to then yes, stay home, snuggle in and drink some tea. :))

moraiwe

Yikes! Can’t say I’m jealous of your weather. Stay warm up there.

Anna

-52?! I SO want to experience that. Next year, maybe.

MissLena

Yikes, that sounds like Alberta weather..stay warm! Drink tons of tea!

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100

Just drinking a favorite while I wait for my homemade eggnog to finish cooling. I’ve been wanting to make it all winter, so I’m really excited :D

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I have never had homemade eggnog, every year I say I am going to do it but never get around to it…there is still time, wish me luck!

moraiwe

Good luck! It definitely tastes different from the stuff in the store, but it’s soooooo good

ifjuly

i’ve heard so many good things about thunderbolt, and giddahapar is my current favorite darjeeling region and second flushes are my favorite. yum!

ifjuly

estate rather. d’oh!

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

This tea smells just like champagne, and is brisk, dry, and fruity. So I can see where it gets the name.

But unfortunately that’s where the similarity ends. It tastes like peaches and candied pineapple without any grape at all. There are also lingering floral notes that are slightly dissonant to the overall cup.

I wouldn’t seek this tea out again, but I’m still intrigued by it. I really want to make syrup and mix it with something fizzy to see what that does. Thank you Shmiracles for sending enough to make that happen!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Anna

Tea syrup? How.

Roswell Strange

I had this as Tea Soda as my official first tea of the New Year! I wanted bubbly “Bubbly”. Honestly, it was very disappointing, though. A little pineapple flavour and a lot of weird fizzy green tea flavour.

moraiwe

Make a simple syrup (to your preference, though 1:1 water to sugar is pretty typical), subbing the water for extra strong tea. (I typically use 3x the amount of leaf I otherwise would). Then 2-3 tsp to 8 oz of soda water or such.

moraiwe

I’m super sad to hear this is lackluster as a tea soda too, though

Anna

Thanks!

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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

I can’t say I’m surprised Chamomile is kinda divisive. It has a very distinctly sweet floral apple and honey. But it’s grown on me over time, and it’s pretty much comfort in a cup. Like, there is hardly anything that could faze me when I have a cup of chamomile and honey in my hand.

It’s not something I’d like to drink everyday, mind you. But this is a fair enough chamomile and without a doubt better than the stuff in bags.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
K S

I agree. The secret to liking chamomile is to accept it is not tea and it will never taste like tea. Accept it for what it is sweet floral apple and honey.

Terri HarpLady

There you go!

gmathis

Chamomile and I get along better when I add a go-with: cinnamon stick, honey, little mint…

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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