1201 Tasting Notes

This reminds me of Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla but I like it a lot better. I can taste both the strawberry and cream flavors. It doesn’t have too much of that strawberry chapstick smell to it thankfully.

This time around with a DTT green I made sure to use a really low water temperature and it paid off definitely. All around a sweet and creamy tea. Not sure if it’s something I really like, I got an ounce so I have plenty to try again.

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drank Mistress' Vineyard by Dryad Tea
1201 tasting notes

I had this last night, I see now it mentions iced tea in the description, but it was really good hot.

I thought it’d be like the other one that was fruity with a bit of spice but it was a lot different. This one is a bit more like tropical fruits rather than citrus, and the cinnamon wasn’t really noticeable.

I’m going to save the rest of my little sample for iced tea when it’s not FREEZING.

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drank Gyokuro Black (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1201 tasting notes

Ugh I seriously lost 2-3 cups worth of loose leaf tea today by stupid accidents. The worst part being one cup worth was Main Squeeze and I REALLY liked it and now I have none. I also spilled milk all over myself right before having to leave for two classes of exams. I didn’t even finish the exam in the first class, I maybe got 65% through it. So when the second exam is just 58 multiple choice questions, I breezed through it in maybe 20 minutes and the lab instructor’s like are you sure you answered them all. Yes I’m sure. I’m also sure I only got 3 wrong MAX on that one, because the one redeeming quality of bombing a heavy math, all short answer test is knowing you can’t possibly go wrong on a multiple choice test after it.

Also I was drinking this tea while I briefly studied for that one.

This is so freakin’ awesome. I think the steaming gives it a Darjeeling-ish quality. So intriguing. It’s a bit fruity/citrusy but it’s still got that Fujian black honey/nutty/roasty qualities.

I’m sure there are people who absolutely hate this tea’s name since really there is nothing Gyokuro about this beyond it being steamed, but I’m sure it sells tea. I for one find it too tasty to care about that.

I only got about half an ounce and it’s really pricey for a black for me so I will stick with what I have and save this one for special occasions like when I really need a good pick me up!

Mercuryhime

Great review! I had the same thought about it not being gyokuro at all. They may as well have called it sencha as that is also steamed. Ah well. Stll delicious. And I found that my half ounce lasts for many a cup. Hope your exams work out okay in the end. :(

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1201 tasting notes

Thankfully this is rooibos because I completely forgot it was steeping!

Beforehand, I smelled the lemon lime cream tart tea and this one, I definitely like the cream tart one more because of the lemon. That addition is just toooooo good.

This isn’t bad though. I thought maybe with my way too long steep it would have been heavy on the cream too but it really wasn’t. Also I don’t really like the lime flavor too much. It actually tastes too much like lemon to me. I suppose the really long steep may not have helped.

I was expecting this to be really tart so I’m glad it isn’t. But I’ll have to pay attention next time and see if I like it better.

Aimee Popovacki

that sounds nice… I think i’d like it better than the lime gelato that david’s has. I have tried to like the lime gelato hot, and i’m not sure if its because its a green tea or because its lime taste is quite artificial but it just has this bite about it that doesn’t sit well with me. I got the lemon lime kampai from teavana and although the flavour was quite artificial, the rooibos helped to tone down the bite of the lime flavour…. I don’t know.. it might just be something about lime teas.. I love lime when it comes to foods and other things but I think it might be something i’m not so found of as a tea.

momo

Yeah, I was feeling the same way. I love eating stuff with lime but maybe it just is really different overall in tea. I like lime gelato a lot better cold, it’s definitely weird hot.

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drank Green Seduction (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1201 tasting notes

Ok last time I had this, I cold brewed it. This time around, I had it hot. Either way, I don’t get pomegranate. I get something tart that I guess is supposed to be pomegranate. It was a lot better hot though once it finally cooled enough in my travel mug that I could drink it.

I honestly thought the base for this was ridiculous but it wasn’t so bad and held up pretty well for being trapped in a travel mug.

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1201 tasting notes

Somehow I didn’t even realize this was a green tea until I was making it. I had to make a quick temperature switch on the kettle! Like apparently I never even looked at it and assumed it was a black tea.

The jasmine overtakes everything else in here, and not in a good way. When it’s hot, it does not smell good at all. Cold, it smells like just your usual jasmine green which is not really what I expected from something that should have white wine grape notes too.

But jasmine just overpowers everything about it and it wasn’t even a good type of jasmine tea. I couldn’t finish it. I may try having it iced, maybe try steeping for a minute instead too, but it isn’t working for me hot!

Thanks Azzrian for the sample!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Aweee Im sorry you did not like it.

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drank The Perfect Pear by Della Terra Teas
1201 tasting notes

Every time I opened my travel mug yesterday it was like whooooosh PEAR. So pear indeed, it’s hard to find a tasty pear tea.

This one isn’t bad, it just has a lot of floral notes to it. Perfect? Better than the only other pear tea I’ve had for sure. Since I have actually been in the mood for something floral I didn’t really mind it, but I can imagine it’s kind of offputting if that’s not your thing.

I’ve only got half an ounce of this so I might try experimenting with it a little but I don’t think I’d get more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

is this one kind of like perfect pear by davids? I loved that one (when they broke up their summer gift sets I got myself about seven 25g bags) … since that was kind of dumb and I couldn’t drink them fast enough I began to give them away in tea swaps and I am now down to one or two. I don’t see them bringing this one back this year… it was quite popular but there are heavier hitters that people freak out for every year (tropicalia and luscious watermelon) so I’ve started to look for a replacement!

Kittenna

Nope, not really like the DT version. Black base, for starters, and I think the pear flavour in DT’s was more authentic and less floral.

Aimee Popovacki

darn! i really love a good pear tea.. but i find a lot of them are just so off..

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Ok bit of backlogging time. So maybe I will stop thinking about going to grad school OH GOD WHY I JUST WANT TO NOT GO TO SCHOOL BUT I SHOULD—err. (not even going to get into the part where I don’t even know which of my two options I’d go with. NOT both again.)

I had this on Sunday night and it was a fantastic tea dessert. I’ve not tried lime chiffon yet, but I had just had lemon chiffon a week prior to this and didn’t really think it tasted like a blend of both. I don’t really pick up on the cream strongly like I do in this one.

This has both lemon and lime for sure, like I can actually taste each one distinctly…unlike a lot of other things touted as lemon-lime where it’s just some vague citrus flavor.

This is definitely pretty sweet by itself too, I think it’d make a pretty interesting latte, maybe an iced one would be in order too.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kittenna

The cream is more prominent in Lime Chiffon, IMO. I definitely have to compare them all though…

momo

I’ll try that one tonight finally if I can figure out where it is

Azzrian

Oh what are the grad school options? What is your major in? School is way better than working. At least when your my age it seems as such. My daughter is just getting set up for her first year of college in the Fall. I so wish I could go!

momo

I’d probably stay at Georgia State, and options are political science or economics. I’d really only do it full time if I knew I could get an assistanceship because I’m not paying out of state tuition ever again. Otherwise I’d work for at least a year and then go part time so I can be in state FINALLY.

Azzrian

Yeah out of state tuition is a KILLER! Socioeconomics would be fun!

Erin

What are your chances of getting an assistantship? That is one of the biggest differences between the humanities & the sciences- in the sciences, most of the time they do not even accept you into the program unless they have an assistantship for you.

I would love to go back to school, and looked at GA State (originally from GA), but the fact that I would have to pay for it is a real deterrent.

momo

I have no idea, I only really looked at it for the political science dept. It doesn’t really say how many there are, just that the majority are research assistant and not teaching assistant, but they also are given so many waivers per semester for out-of-state students to be changed to in-state so that’s an option too.

I also just found the econ grad dept has a fall semester in Switzerland so I am now leaning back towards econ but not immediately after finishing this fall for sure because I want to be able to do that.

Cavocorax

That sounds like some tough decisions! I guess it sorta depends what you want to do, but from what I’ve heard economists are highly in demand, compared to a lot of the other “arts” disciplines. Universities have to pay Econ profs more than other profs, otherwise they’d just get jobs outside of academia. :P

Good luck getting assistantships though! I’m not too sure how it works up here in Canada, but so far both offers my bf have had came with TA’ships so his tuition is more than paid for. #phew

Kittenna

Most science projects here are funded, which covers tuition, but leaves not very much to live on. Tuition for a year of grad school almost anywhere in ON, for domestic students, is over $8000. Stipends are between about $16500-$18500. It. Sucks.

Good luck making your decision, momo! It’s definitely a tough one. I don’t know how arts graduate programs work… I’d like to think it’s less stressful than what I"m doing now, haha.

momo

Yeah after today’s macroeconomics exam I am wondering why I ever thought it’d be a good idea. The one nice thing is in the first place I’ll have two degrees and if that doesn’t help me do what I want then I guess I can, but I think overall I’d really like polisci better…it goes into statistics more and I don’t think I could handle the math in economics. It’s bad enough to be getting a BA in it and having to struggle through these models that probably use calculus and I have no idea what I am doing.

Cavocorax

:| Ugh. Yeah. I was surprised at how much math economics requires! And a lot of the profs say that the more math you have the better, which has led toa few people dropping out to business instead. Polisci sounds like a much better alternative!

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drank Flirt With Me by Steep City Teas
1201 tasting notes

I felt like having iced tea today. Iced tea! It was 65 when I had it, so it was worthwhile. I had the windows open, and Sebastian communicated with a sparrow.

This is super fruity, and I love that they used green rooibos so that it’s the perfect iced tea. Papaya is the strongest fruit flavor I can taste.

I will definitely be cold brewing this one once it stays warm. I love fruity iced teas and I’ve been missing green rooibos. Nothing beats it as an iced tea for me.

Starfevre

Is Sebastian a kitty?

Starfevre

Cute! I have a kitty named Sebastian, though my only photos of him online are on facebook. If this doesn’t work and you actually want to see a picture, I can try something else but here it is (I’m pretty sure my facebook is open to the public). http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200273087532935&set=pb.1325757342.-2207520000.1361804300&type=3&theater

He’s the black one.

Kittenna

That is The Cutest Thing EVER!

momo

It works! That is such a cute picture!

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
1201 tasting notes

Wow, heavy tisane.

For reference, the 25g of Forever Nuts bag I got is as full as the 50g bag of Banana Nut Bread. So, this better not be too delicious as it can’t make that many cups.

I had an amazing smoothie for lunch that was PURELY fruit. It was amazing. I said that. Anyway all I want right now for some reason is fruit and I figured this might be a good thing to try for something different, since I loaded my smoothie with berries.

It’s pretty good, although I don’t get fully reminded of bread, it does have the right flavors.

I wish I saw the note to use a t-sac, oh man pulling the infuser out…nasty.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

…sounds like trail mix! haha :)

momo

yeah seriously, I’d be tempted to find all the ingredients minus the added flavoring to eat it instead.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There’s added flavoring? Boooo

momo

it’s davidstea after all lol

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