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74 Tasting Notes

35

Ok, disappointed with this one..

Clearly this is not an earl grey, as it pretends to be one. The fruitiness absolutely kills the tea, so much i don’t taste the bergamot anymore. When I read the description i was actually quite interested as perhaps i was more interested as the citrus (lady grey variations) were rather good. This on the other hand is overpowering, the raspberry flavour is actually too intense, and I am not sure whether or not it tastes to be a natural flavouring. I stop at one steeping with this one, as the second one just tastes even worse. Good for those of you who like fruity black teas but certainly not one if you are looking for a drinkable variation on the standard earl grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85

This is a great tea, slightly sad to see it discontinued as now the next replacement for it i think would be the high mountain oolong, which costs like almost twice the price. I love the floral taste of oolong tea’s which to me is my version of a jasmine green tea. So when i saw the name of this tea, right away i knew it was something of interest to try. It’s a rather light oolong tea, and is in fact quite similar to a green tea. The tea unfolds to rather pretty looking big tea leaves still connected to the stem, i found the recommended steep temperature to be way too low for this tea, i think it said something like 80ish degrees. I tried that once and almost got nothing out of it really, the taste was just way too light for me as an oolong tea. Subsequent times, i did a quick wash (10 seconds or so) with fresh boiling water and then filled it up again. The trick however is not to keep it at a high temperature for long as it might burn the leaves and leave a bitter taste, but if you do it right, the floral taste is rather sublime and enjoyable. What’s great about it, is that you don’t need to use much of it as the tea really unfolds quite well and is good for about 3 steepings.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

The pear taste is bang on, so much so that it feels slightly artificial. The taste is crisp with a hint of sweetness it is an overall enjoyable tea, and my first ever from David’s Tea. The apple pieces compliment the pear quite well and the flowers adds to overall presentation of the tea. My only real complaint was the quality of the sencha tea used, i found that it contained almost half of twigs (Kukicha) rather than tea leaves which was rather disappointing, to further complicate the matter its hard to steep alone in a cup without a tea bag or a tea press of some sort as the tiny bits of twig just kind of float at the top much like a rooibos tea would. Mostly it was enjoyable but i would not buy it again unless they do something about the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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41

To be quite honest there is nothing quite wrong with this tea, it tastes almost exactly identical to a normal genmaicha. I found the quality of the sencha tea to be subpar aswell, the leaves seemed to be overly crushed (half my tin seems to be of tea dust, coated with matcha). Taste is very much the same as you would get with any rice tea except this one cost a hellava lot more. Not worth the price point for me, just go get some normal rice tea without the matcha; believe me, it tastes the same. Sells for $8.50 per 50g.

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

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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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