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74 Tasting Notes

54

Drinking this before an exam. Nothing special to it, tastes very much like a very plain earl grey tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Really good red tea, it tastes very fruity actually. Made a cup on the go from a hot water dispenser found at the school caf. Unlike some straight black teas I think i can go on drinking this day to day. I think this is only sold in teabags, which is kind of a pity; I would go buy more if it was in loose form. The tea has a hint of natual sweetness, which also tastes slightly floral. Keemum is definetely worth trying out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Had another cup, I’m upping the rating. For an oolong, this one is really decent.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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83

I’m not a big fan of chamomile and i would never really buy it willingly really. This came to me via the inventory oops event, 1 whole ounce of this stuff. Looking at the ingredients, seems interesting enough, and its citrus… which i like!

another confession, I’ve never had this stuff as loose tea… loose chamomile? I thought this stuff only existed in teabags!
First off, smells great… like a spice… orange ginger chicken bbq seasoning? something like that, anyways onto how it actually taste like. Colour comes out orangey enough but something happened to the spice along the way. It definitely tastes like orange and you can taste the flower in the background.. just kind of sad i don’t taste the spice as much as you smell it. Whatever it is, ginger or whatever there could be more of it.

Now back to the fact that this is non-caffeine and I’m drinking it past midnight as a before sleep drink i guess it does what it meant to do.. soothe you into a more sleepy state. None the less, it’s very drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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35

In my ever-pursuing quest to make use of this tea, i had the bright idea of mixing it with some quality chinese oolong with some dried figs that i found lying around. Perhaps i wanted the fruity taste profile to come through like the Forbidden Fruit. I put in massive chunks of fig lol. Turns out, it sucked. No matter what i seem to do with this tea, i can’t find myself to like it. Second steeping, i added some blueberry honey and it tasted much better. I guess this tea tastes best when you can’t taste it..

Indigobloom

have you tried adding mint? that’s my answer to all teas that need fixing lately :)

politicalmachine

noted, thanks! will keep that in mind next time :)

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67
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Ok people, steep this one 3 times. It’s still good on the third go. I started drinking this in the afternoon and it’s now round 3. Boiling water and just waited a long time, it still comes out good. Just still bothered that i see tons of sediment on the bottom of the cup, and I’m sure I see more stems than leaves right now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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41

Tried this again with a lower temperature. It definitely tastes better than the first time around, resteep again was good. Upping my rating on this one. You need to use more than that 1 teaspoon they tell you to use. I really wish that they used a higher quality sencha on this and more matcha. Could’ve been something wonderful.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88

This is the best DavidsTea Blend I’ve had yet! It looks and smells great, very peachy but not at all artificial.

The oolong with the almond I’m guessing makes this tea really buttery and nice to drink, the peach taste is a lot less overpowering than it smell actually. It’s rather nice to look at in the tin, full of fruit pieces, orange peel and almonds and all. The more you steep it, the smoother the taste becomes, and the second infusion i would say is almost just as good as the first one. The buttery taste of this tea really makes it awesome, I really like the almonds in it and there could probably be more of them instead of orange peel and it would be even better. I’m glad the oolong tea used wasn’t the dark one they used for Forbidden Fruit, I like the lighter ones more.

This tea is rather expensive but you can re-steep it many times which is a good thing, the fruit pieces however start disintegrating though so you may end up with a mushy mess at the bottom. The best part it all, is that buttery peach aftertaste that really lingers in your mouth long after you finished the cup which can lead to a sublime moment!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Dark oolong tea, with odd fruit flavours!

I like the fig in this tea, its rather refreshing and peculiar at the same time. From smelling, the scent is really quite strong and perfumed, it looked like a good jumble of things together and i like oolong teas so i gave this a go. This oolong is dark, one of the darker ones I’ve had. I normally like the lighter oolong teas but this was an interesting experiment for me i guess. Leaves were dark and rather hard (even after steeping), never had this type of oolong before. It resembled more of a black tea but it just didn’t taste like one.

The taste was all there, though watermelon, honeydew and fig made a rather weird hot melon taste with fig. I was hoping to taste the fig more. Too bad i never tried to make this one iced before i finished the whole bag, not sure if i will go and get more of it. The main thing that killed this tea, is the carrot flakes. I mean c’mon carrot? what? Is it an attempt to create something exotic or rather used as a weight filler? I didn’t like the carrot taste and wished it was left out.

1st steeping was best, second was drinkable just alot less taste and more of the carrot flavour coming through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Bio

Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

About me?

University student, photographer, bartender..

Location

Montreal

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