2015 Tasting Notes

65
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
2015 tasting notes

When I smelled the coconut in the bag, it was almost cloyingly sweet but I am happy to say that the sweetness in the cup is no where near as strong and that is a good thing. The cup has cooled quite a bit so this might not be the most accurate review of the hot tea flavor but when the tea is warm, I get a pastry-type mouthfeel that is definitely reminiscent of pie. There is a distinct sweetness throughout the sip but the coconut really shines at the end and lingers in the aftertaste. I am not getting the cream but that could be due to the tea having cooled already. Nevertheless, this is still a delicious cup of tea. And with this tried, I just have one more tea from the bestsellers sampler to try out!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Irish Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2015 tasting notes

Try as I may, I cannot seem to pull out the Irish Cream flavor. No matter what I do, I feel as though I am just drinking an exceptionally creamy cup of milk. Today I got a particular thick and creamy mouth feel but still lacked the flavor. Oh well, it was still a tasty treat.

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95
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
2015 tasting notes

Well Cavocorax, it might just be the water. Or it is me. Having this cup today, it didn’t taste like the amazing chocolate coconut treat I had the first time back in Montreal. Instead, it almost had a fake banana quality to it (which is super strange given there is no banana in this whatsoever). I suppose it could have just been an artificial sweetness that I associate with fake banana. Either way, I was not a huge fan. I guess I will have to get through the 4 oz I ordered while still in Montreal because whatever happened to the cup here was not something I enjoyed.

On a happier note, I learned today that I am spreading the tea love. After sharing the TARDIS tea with a friend on Wednesday, he decided to branch out from the Orange Pekoe he usually drinks. He has since gone to DAVIDs to pick up some new flavors to test out.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Woohoo! New tea convert! :)

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70

Today was both a good and a bad day for tea.

Bad because I learned I am not the only one who enjoys tea in my house – my dogs like tea so much that they somehow managed to unzip my backpack, tear through a box, and then proceed to eat multiple different teas. They demolished the bag of Cookie Dough tea I brought home specifically for a friend and then started working on some Laoshan Black and Vicky’s Sponge Cake that Cavocorax sent me. Luckily, the other teas were unharmed and the Laoshan Black and Vicky’s Sponge Cake could be sort of repackaged and salvaged (I am debating about drinking these because the dogs really ripped through the packages to the tea but I figure it is made in boiling water so any germs should be destroyed, right?!?).

However, I can get passed all of this because I now own 100 g of PISTACHIO CREAM!! I decided I was going to get a friend of mine a perfect mug and some teas for Christmas because she does not usually drink teas at home but she is always very interested in what teas I am drinking each day and when we are together she likes to have tea with me (I am still not sure if she does this for my benefit or hers). I planned on getting her only about 50 g of tea but then I got to DAVIDs and my excitement set in and I just could not decide which teas she should have. I ended up getting her about 30 g of Glitter & Gold (we call it Sparkly Tea and it is one I know she enjoyed and one she is quite entertained by), and then smaller amounts of Gold Rush, Movie Night, Lime Gelato, Vanilla Orchid, Jessie’s Tea, Vanilla Orchid, Creme Caramel Rooibos, and Cocoa Canela. I also got very excited while talking to the salesgirl and ended up having to write down a few different websites for her to check out because she said all the teas I was mentioning sounded amazing. Anyways, in the midst of my gift buying I thought I might as well ask if they had any Pistachio Cream lying around even though I didn’t see any anywhere in the store. The salesgirl ended up telling me she had some as part of the 2/$5 deal and that is when I told her that we would forever be best friends. When she pulled out the 4 bags they had left I told her that I loved her because now I am reunited with my beloved Pistachio Cream. As a bonus, they also had Cocoa Canela in stock too so I was able to pick up some more of that as well.

Anyways, after returning home from to DAVIDs to have to clean up the mess my dogs made, I headed over a friend to share my teas. She ended up trying a few different ones, included Pistachio Cream since she listened to my rave about it for so long, and as a bonus she let me try this tea that she had from Teavana. Usually I am not a huge fan of Teavana but this smelled pretty good and I am always excited to try something new. In the end, I was happy I tried it out because this is not a bad cup of tea. I have never had a Singapore Sling so I don’t know how this compares to that but I do know it tasted like a Cherry hard candy but without being medicinal. It was sweet and all around pleasant so not a bad way to end the night. Would I buy this tea? Probably not but I would not say no to another cup either.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh dear! i’ve heard of coffee hounds, never tea hounds though! lol!!

VariaTEA

What can I say? They have good taste :P

MissB

How awesome that the dogs love the tea… and yet… they have expensive taste.

Veronica

I have the funniest image in my head of dogs eating cookie dough tea leaves. Kinda like a bunch of college girls, spoons in hand, gathered around a bowl of cookie dough watching some romantic comedy. :)

Cavocorax

Too bad about the dogs, but the shopping spree sounds fun! :) I love getting people into tea.

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70

Having this for the second time, I think I realize why so many are not a fan. It is a pleasant enough cup but nothing truly amazing. There is hints of both chocolate and cocoa but I also got a bit of astringency that was really not working in this cup. Also, like so many other DAVIDs teas, it was on the oily side which really detracted from the flavor. I think this might be good as a latte so I will have to try that next time. I don’t think I will have trouble finishing what I have but I also doubt I will be too heartbroken once it is gone. Thank you Aimee Popovacki for the sample.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I had this today mixed in a glass of cold milk. Though I think it was better than when I made it hot, it is still not my favorite. The flavor does not really come through that much and I get more of a vegetal taste from the matcha itself. I think in future I will be mixing this with other matchas rather than drinking it by itself. Thank you Sil for this sample. This is definitely one I would have bought and now I know it is just not for me.

Sil

french vanilla>madagascar vanilla imo

VariaTEA

I will have to keep that in mind if I place an order in the future. One of my friends who I let try matcha last night is really interested in ordering so I offered to split the other with her so we could try a bunch of different ones and not spend an arm and a leg.

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After tasting the Cookies & Cream matcha, one of my friends was very interested in trying other flavors. I showed her all the ones I had and she selected this out of the bunch. So I got to work on making her a cup. As I made it, my other friends became more and more curious about it. I guess my one friends love for it made them realize I was not drinking weird diet powder. They all started asking me questions about what matcha was and what I was mixing it in and it was really fun to introduce them to something I love so much.

Anyways, this cup ended up being passed around the table because everyone wanted a taste. One friend, who dislikes chocolate, thought this was quite pleasant. Another told me it tasted like whiskey with plants and mint. The friend who this cup was made for loved it and as for me, I am still in awe how simply changing the method can bring out flavors I never found when I made this in hot water. Something about mixing it in a cold cup of milk makes this creamy and deliciously chocolate tasting. A wonderful cup to share with my friends.

Something tells me there will be a lot more tea shared this weekend and I can’t wait. I love introducing my friends to so many new teas. Especially when so many of them only ever drink Orange Pekoe and are hesitant to drink my “weird, fancy” teas but always end up falling in love. Until then I get to tuck in to my mom’s king size bed (my mom is in Florida and a friend, who needs to wake up early, is sleeping over in my bed so I took the opportunity to roll around in the giant comfy bed) cuddled up with my little puppy. Sometimes it is just good to be home!

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!

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75

While playing poker with some friends, I got up to make some tea. When I asked if anyone wanted, one friend started to ask if I had some normal Tetley’s Orange Pekoe but then decided he would branch out and asked to try some TARDIS tea (being a Doctor Who fan it was obviously the standout choice for him). So I decided once I was making a cup for him, I would try it myself.

My friend ended up quite enjoying his cup – he said it was different from what he was used to drinking (Orange Pekoe) but really good. As for me, I found that this tea was a delicious Cream Earl Grey type tea. I did not taste blackberry. What I did taste was a really yummy Earl Grey with a hint of creaminess. Not what I was expecting but still very delicious. It makes me want to try the earl grey bravo on its own to see how that compares to a cup with additional flavors. Perhaps something to look into. Anyways, thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I almost got more of a blueberry from it, instead of blackberry but either way I’m happy you guys enjoyed it. :)
I don’t know what it was about that tea but after I drank my sample, I sorta obsessed about it for months until someone in the US felt sorry for me and offered to ship it to me from their place. :P (And save me $30 in shipping)

Cavocorax

I don’t expect everyone else to obsess about it though. It’s just funny how different blends hit people.

VariaTEA

It is a tasty blend for sure. I did not taste berry, I tasted a creamy vanilla earl grey which was quite delicious.

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74

So I am now back in Markham until the end of the weekend and it is definitely nice to be home. I love Montreal but sometimes it is nice to return to the suburbs and be in a busy household with dogs running under foot and siblings yelling at each other. I actually came back as a surprise for my brother as his Hannukah gift. As an added bonus, I actually ended up getting to surprise a few friends too who were at my house visiting my sister. So it was nice to be back with people I love, sitting around and playing games. And of course, I immediately broke out my tea stash to share with everyone.

The first thing I grabbed was the pack of this matcha and when I offered it to others no one seemed interested so I made myself a cup in cold milk. One of the friends visiting actually asks me about my teas each day so anytime I make a cup she is always excited to try it. She ended up loving it and told me she would definitely buy more, even after I told her how pricy it could be she was still interested. Everyone else called it my weird green milk and told me they avoid healthy drinks. Oh well, more for me!

This was so creamy with a hint of the chocolatey goodness associated with an oreo cookie. I always love this tea and tonight was no exception. I can not thank Cavocorax enough for sharing this with me!!

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Today was the day I took my graduation photos which means that after showering I actually had to be slightly proactive in making myself look somewhat presentable (as in I had to do something to tame my wild hair that I usually just throw up into a ponytail and then put on some makeup). So, I dealt with my hair, put on the makeup, and got dressed in my nice, clean white collared shirt. Then I checked the time and realized I was ready 3 hours too early. That meant three hours of trying to make sure I didn’t flatten my hair, smudge my makeup, or get my clothes dirty (and I realize I could have changed but I am stubborn and for some reason was against doing that at the time). Basically that translates into me sitting in the middle of my bed stressing and avoiding leaning on anything, touching my face, moving too much, and no food or worse yet NO TEA :( Luckily that is done now.

As soon as the photos were done, I threw my hair up and headed straight home to pack up for my trip home for the weekend (My sister paid for me to go to Toronto to surprise my brother – I am his Hanukkah/ birthday gift). And if I didn’t know I was addicted to tea before, it became very clear I was when I spent more time trying to decide which teas to take back with me than I spent packing close. In fact, I think my tea takes up and equal, if not more, amount of space in my bag than my clothes. It was especially hard because I was trying to think of what teas I would want but also what teas I wanted to share with my family so in the bag is a little something for everyone.

In the midst of all my rushing to pack, I did manage to find some time to brew some of this tea as it was already waiting in my infuser to be resteeped. I did not get around to drinking any until I got onto the train though. So now I am sitting on the train super bored but enjoying having the time to sip away at 16 oz of Cinnamon Swirl Bread goodness. Honestly, I think I like the resteep better than my first cup. In the previous cup, though delicious, the pu’erh was a little too prominent for my tastes but in this cup it is just sweet cinnamon and baked goods with an awesome bread-y mouth feel. Very, very nice treat for the long train ride home. Thank you QueenOfTarts!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

This is THE puerh for the timid. And you’re right about it festering well. Do another one. It keeps giving. Janet is working on another one…It’s really good. Lemon Pound cake (same lighter cake puerh).

VariaTEA

Oooh that sounds like it would be good.

Sil

YAY for toronto!

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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