New Tasting Notes
This is a review from memory, as I have had a busy weekend & been drinking tea on the move, so its a bit short.
This Oolong was a nice surprise, the perfume has elements of Tie Guan Yin, alongside the more expected Dan Cong Aroma. What was also nice was that the subtle buttery flavour had a citrus edge which is also reminiscent of the aforementioned green Oolong, that reminded me a bit of sour yogurt. Again, a nice surprise.
Another nice aspect was that it was quite forgiving to brew and remained nicely balanced – well, until the body gave out and I was just left with lovely fragrant water.
Thinking back, and if I had more to try it might come across like a Jin Xuan-Dan Cong, with a citrusy-milky thing, but at the time all I could think of was Tie Guan Yin had a baby with Ya Shii.
Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Yogurt
As I explore my new found interest in black tea, there are some teas I’ve encountered that remind me of why I used to dislike black tea in the first place. This happens to be one of them.
True to its description, Superfine Keemun has a sweet potato aroma and taste. I like sweet potatoes and all but that earthy flavor doesn’t quite work for me in tea. Most of it dissipates after the 1st steep though. The second steep has a taste I associate with a typical English breakfast tea. There’s a tinge of smoke, a a bit tannic as it goes down but not bitter.
This really isn’t my kind of tea. I don’t get any of the chocolate, malt, or sweetness that I like in black tea. It’s basically a strong musky flavor with sharp tannins and earthy tones.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic
An interesting change of pace from regular Japanese sencha. Closer to a Chinese green tea in character, it has long needle like leaves that when steeped give a pale yellowish green liquor and have a buttery, clean vegetative taste with a hint of chestnut in the finish. However it lacks the umami and grassiness of a real sencha. Think of it as a Chinese green tea minus the nuttiness.
Taiwanese green teas from my experience are pretty mellow and this one is no exception. It’s low on astringency and has a soft and mild flavor. Personally I found it a a bit bland for my taste but I think this would be a good green tea for newcomers.
Flavors: Butter, Smooth
This is a bug bitten oolong that shows a lot of different faces as its steeped. Lower temperatures, around 185-190, give a honey-like sweetness, orchid notes, and a rich syrupy body. At higher temperatures, the tea has more fermentation flavor and the taste and aroma of spiced roasted nuts. As the tea progresses, the toasted nut flavor amplifies and develops some cinnamon and woodsy notes.
Being a bug bitten tea, there’s similar characteristics between it and Oriental Beauty. But the floral honey and fruitiness of Gui Fei give it a greater depth of flavor. I would describe the flavor profile as a bug-bitten Dan Cong. Really enjoyed this lovely, soothing tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Roasted nuts, Spices
Although the green tea is strong, there are very few osmanthus petals. Thus it barely has a hint of osmanthus, which is the whole point of buying the tea! I had their osmanthus oolong in the store and it was excellent. I found a box of osmanthus green tea at the supermarket and thought this would be similar, but unfortunately it was nowhere near up to par.
Cold Brew Sipdown (210)!
In a way, I’ve been ready for this sipdown for a while. For months I’ve been sitting on what I’ve known was going to be my last cup of this – but I didn’t have anything to fill the tin with because all my tins are colour coded by tea type, and I haven’t ordered a mate or guayusa blend in a LONG time. However, I decided to treat myself to some Kusmi teas on Friday for payday and one of them was a mate blend and so now that there’s something on the way that can go into this tin it was time to say goodbye…
Even if I’ve been prepared for this sipdown for a while, every Butiki sipdown definitely still hurts. This tastes really good though; like freshly sliced apples with cinnamon sugar! It’s got a nice damp, foresty/rainforest note from the guayusa too. Very natural, realistic and with the perfect amount of sweetness. You know, not unlike pretty well all of Stacy’s masterful blends. I highly debated sharing this with coworkers today, but in the end I decided to be selfish and keep this last brew all to myself.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxjFUja2Arg
That bearded fellow killing the drums is my coworker Tanner! It’s so cool hearing great music coming from people I know – and really surreal seeing music videos and such produced at my local bars. I hope they nail the tour they’re about to go on.
I’ve had a substantial amount of tea this weekend with friends & tea geeks alike. I must admit that I’ve probably not had this much tea in a long while or ever, maybe. However, I found myself drinking with friends in Columbus and back at my house, too.
As we (my wife, friend, and myself) binge watched Stranger Things, I had my friend pull some tea from the tea cabinet. I think visiting with tea friends, he had realized that there is a great community within the gift of tea; therefore, he has been constantly nagging for unique stuff.
During our time in Columbus, Liquid Proust had also brought out a couple of his blends for us to smell; to which my friend had been obsessive about trying a creation made by LP. So, I had told him to get some tea out of the cabinet and where he could find the “LP” bag within another “sample” box. He had chosen this blend mainly for the name.
Notes: Sweet nuttiness with a touch of vanilla (?). Eventually the tea became something on the lines of “burnt caramelized pecans with hint of sweetness (unknown).” All-in-all, we both mutually agreed that this was a unique tea to have before calling it a night.
Flavors: Nuts, Pecan, Sweet, Vanilla
This tea is just too darn sweet for me. All candy like and super fragrant. Very cloying. It makes me want to sneeze.
I do enjoy the hibby, as it seems to try hard at balancing out the sweetness. Not hard enough. Yep, that is how naturally sweet this blend is… I’m calling on the powers of that hibby bully, and even that can’t do the job! eeesh.
Anyhow. I added some OJ and that seemed to help, making it into kindof a creamsicle feel. I’ll never finish the entire thing myself. Maybe I’ll throw little baggies of it in people’s desk drawer’s for April fools day. That would be fun to watch :P
I’ve been scared to open my sample. This was one of my first tea loves, but doesn’t age well so the last time I had it in my cupboard, years ago, my last few cups were seriously meh. Not exactly the greatest last memory.
Anyhow. It was super smooth and perfectly nutty, with none of the scratchy blandness I was stuck with towards the end of my bag (no tins yet, at that time). Super noms.
Also? three infusions with some mineral notes peeking out on the third!
My breakfast cuppa this morning was perfection. A strange but pleasing blend of cinnamon heart vs what I can only think of as cakiness. Pound cake? some kind of cookie? But more the essence, which I presume would come from the base tea, not the flavouring. Of course I sampled it with and without milk. It was amazing either way.
I think this tea could qualify for most improved of the year. Unless its just a finicky one, and then I’ll be sad.
Got this as a free sample from Yunomi and this tea is really cool. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had buckwheat tea, but I don’t believe I have. Since it’s caffeine-free and I really should be in bed by now, I decided to brew some up without fear of keeping myself awake. The result is a lovely liquor that is very hearty and buttery.. almost brothy? This is very savory and a great herbal tea especially for those that do not like the vegetal taste of green tea. Also, the instructions suggested eating the buckwheat kernels and I can confirm you CAN. Tastes just like cereal and a little like popcorn. This might even be the MORE fun part. I used a strainer for this tea but next time I may not and just eat the kernels as they come next time.
Flavors: Butter, Popcorn, Salty, Wheat
I was excited to review this because I was going to get to de-cupboard it. Turns out it wasn’t in my cupboard. Sigh. Well, it is a sipdown anyway. I am trying to get some older teas off shelf because I have TOO MUCH TEA. Yes, it is possible.
The sad thing is that this is a really good tea, but I couldn’t taste it. I have been sick for a week and nothing tastes quite like it should. I can’t remember the last time I cancelled music lessons but I did cancel the whole week. I didn’t go to the doctor but I think I had a cold that went into bronchitis. Today is my first day really feeling both human and somewhat energetic.
I would definitely purchase this again sometime when I get my cupboard under control, mainly because guests seem to enjoy it and it is a nice blend that goes well with a lot of things.
No, I haven’t forgotten about Project Tea Wall – I just don’t have a lot of teas left to drink for it. I realized it had been a LONG time since I crossed something off the
small list though, so I tried this today as a latte! I also added a little honey, because breakfast blends are typically drank with milk and sweetener and my sweetener of choice is honey.
I’ve started doing a new thing when I make latters with honey, and that’s that I’ll add the honey to the milk as I steam it/froth it rather than to the tea as it steeps. I don’t know why, but it seems to make a difference to me as far as the finished product goes. Smoother, I guess?
This was pretty tasty; I’d say apart from the honey flavour itself and overall creaminess of the milk used this had solid notes of malt, raisin, and dates and a bit of a light floral undertone. I’d imagine as a straight tea this would be rather full bodied and brisk; as a latte it was smooth but still rich. I enjoyed it a lot, though I think Irish Breakfast is still my overall favourite breakfast blend that we carry.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.
So this is from the GCTTB, but the fifth round. So, I’ve had it for a while now and it’s a little old. There are so many times I’ve gone to drink it but then been enticed by newer things or fancier things, or just stuff that’s a little more convenient. I figured enough was enough, it was time to drink it.
I made this one as an iced tea today, nothing added. It was my first tea of the day, and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. I scribbled notes on my cup in sharpie as I drank it, because I got a lot of nuanced and layered flavour from this one and I knew I’d want to be able to note that properly. So my cup scribbles:
- Light roast, some peanut like notes in there along with that
- Honey top notes and finish but not body
- Body is more fresh cut grass
- Fruity undertones; nectarine, quince, fresh apple
Admittedly, I wish I’d gong fu brewed this BUT it was still really enjoyable for how I did end up steeping it!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I drank this one on the way home from work today as a latte; when I smelled it I thought that the flavours really seemed like they’d be suited well for that style, and the sample size VariaTEA sent me was the perfect amount to brew it as such.
I definitely enjoyed this one, though there were a couple aspect that I was either neutral towards or that didn’t completely work for me. What did work for sure was the overall creaminess; both the milk, marshmallows and silky chocolate all contributed to create a really smooth, velvety mouthfeel and flavour that was very rich and indulgent. I also liked that the chocolate wasn’t terribly in your face; had it been much stronger I think it would have felt over bearing and could have hidden the cherry notes.
The cherry is sort of the area that was a little amiss to me; not bad – just not totally what I’d expected or wanted. It was very candy like, and I think something sweet but more natural would have worked better. As it stands, this was pretty artificial. Not the worst though; it could have gone the sour/tart or medicinal routes and that would have been even more calamitous.
So overall, a nice smooth medium bodied tea with flavours well suited for a latte.
I actually just listened to the whole, self titled, EP by this band on the way home. It was my first listen through but I was REALLY impressed. It’s very emotional music, but at the same time incredibly peaceful and calming. I felt very lost in it all – to the point where I nearly missed my bus stop because I was too focused on the music.
And let me just say, I’m SO thrilled that I love this because the entire band is from Regina, where I live, and not only that but I have a personal connection to one of the members, Tanner. He does the drums and some of the vocals. I know him from DAVIDsTEA because he actually works there with me! I knew my coworkers had gone on about how killer his band is, but I sort of always kind of thought “Oh, I’m sure they’re not bad but they’ve gotta just be kind of biased because we all know him so well, and love him” but no, they’re really good.
They have one more EP, so about to go listen to that right away…
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Flavors: Grapes, Red Wine
Today’s tasting is white peony by Teavivre. I started by taking out the glass pot for this one, as I want to bleed off the heat as quickly as possible since this is such a delicate tea. Heating up the pot first, but skipping a rinse with this one. I went right to the brew and went for about 30-40 seconds at 175. Then removing the basket from the glass teapot. I got scents of wheat, sugar, grass and possibly something else, hay maybe.
The tasting produced many of the same flavors and aromas and they are very subtle, which is the way with good white tea. The steeping produced a clear very pale yellow liquor with a very nice mouth feel to it, and it has just the hint of aftertaste. A second steeping produced many of the same flavors and aroma’s but slightly stronger which is again fairly normal for a white, the tea intensifies a bit on the second steeping which is usually the best.
I like this tea a lot, its a good relaxing tea which wont overpower you with strong flavors or aromas. I recommend this to any fans of white tea or peony, or silver needle if you are just looking for a nice relaxing tea to treat yourself.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Wheat