Featured & New Tasting Notes
I love a good Assam. This is malty with just a little bit of fruit in the background. I can see this getting astringent very easily though, so I went easy on the steeping. I’m sure it would take milk and sugar well, if I drank my tea that way (but I don’t usually).
Oy, I feel like I’ve had this same tea from DAVIDs all over and over and over again. All overly sweet pineapple, all the time. It’s like dumping Grilled Pineapple into some Green Passionfruit and maybe a bit of Hot Tropic? I don’t know, but it’s basically just sugar-coated dried pineapple in liquid form. I can smell the coconut a bit but cannot taste it, unfortunately.
Funny, opened a new tab to google this tea to look at its notes again and I typed in “Fruits of Paranoia” subconsciously. Well then.
The rest is cold brewing in the fridge so we’ll see how that turns out tonight.
I love coconut so of course I was suckered in to buying this one. It is a little too sweet for me. Why does DAVIDsTEA need to add so much sweetener to their teas lately? If I want it sweeter, I will add my own, thank you very much :/
It is a bit creamy due to the white chocolate perhaps and I see where they are going with the pie…the buttery oolong…but it’s just not quite there.
I much prefer the Chocolate Macaroon or whatever it’s called over this one.
Started the morning out with this one. Having a bit of a rough day and wanted some delicious cups of tea today. I still need a couple sipdowns before the end of the weekend, but for the next couple of days i may just focus on drinking up teas with larger quantities and see if i can get the weight down :)
Sipdown! This was so good when it was fresher. The almonds were so toasty, although I found a hard time coaxing out the chocolate note regardless of age. For that reason, I don’t know if I’d want a full bag of this whenever I get around to placing an order. These nutty, pastry, desserty ones of theirs are tricky for me. They’re not as symphonious as their descriptions make them out to be.
Tried a small hot sample of this in store the other day and actually really enjoyed it. Enough to pick up 50g, which I rarely do with flavoured teas anymore. I was skeptical because (unsurprisingly) Davids’ puerh base isn’t the best, but it really tasted lovely and caramel/toffee like with some real tea beneath it. The real test will be in trying to reproduce it at home, but if I can get a cup like that, I’m happy. I suspect they used more tea than I will, especially at $9.90/50g but I’ll give it a try.
I also got my 50g free of Jasmine Black Pearls which made me very happy – that tea is now $16.98/50 grams. Seriously?! I obviously haven’t shopped at Davids much in the last year or two. Those prices are not reasonable to me.
Flavors: Caramel, Toffee
Enjoying this one this morning. I’ve had this tea before from Spring 2015. I even have some of the Spring 2015 still in my cupboard. I really liked it then but the dry leaf smells different from the two. Autumn has more of a fruity scent and the Spring has more of a straw scent to it. I will have to brew both up together and see if there’s a big difference. It might also have to do with the Spring one starting to age.
I brewed this at 80C in my tea mug. It’s strange a few reviews say this tea is astringent. I found very little astringency in it. Maybe it had to do with the brewing. It’s a sweet nutty tea with a bit of fruitiness. There’s a bit of green pea in there too. It reminds me a bit of some bi luo chun teas. Think I will try this one at 70 to see if I get more fruity flavour from it.
Flavors: Fruity, Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet
While I’m glad I scored a bunch of this before it went away forever, this isn’t how I remembered it to be. This batch smells amazing, and is loaded with dried fruit. There is way more dried fruit than actual tea. As a result, this smells gloriously tart, and there’s no mistake that this has cranberry and pear just by the scent alone.
You’d think this would all be a great thing. Surely this batch will be packed full of flavour. It is, but unfortunately, despite the loads of dried fruit, it tastes on the artificial side. It’s cloying and tastes like what I’d imagine a B&BW fruity lotion would. Maybe that’s a little harsh, but regardless, it tastes off.
I used to love drinking this plain but maybe next time I’ll try it with milk. Maybe it’ll tone down and round out the sweetness.
Always looking for a really good pear tea. Pear is a tricky flavor that is either not done well or gets lost in the base.
This smells like pear, it tastes like pear. It also tastes French – French teas to me have a distinctive essence to them. It’s a little floral, and maybe a little apple. Pretty good but there is something in the base that doesn’t quite work – maybe just a touch astringent.
Yep I like this one, but I do think that it could be better.
Thanks so much Sil for sharing….
This is yet another tea that has expertly stood the test of time. Granted this was stored in an air tight bag, in a tin, in a drawer, in an air conditioned room with basically no light but you still got to give it credit for no flavor loss despite being approximately 2+ years old. This still tastes just like a rice krispy square. Marshmallow sweetness with a nice dose of rice krispy deliciousness. It is awesome hot or cold and I will miss it when it is gone. Luckily, I still have leaf left so that won’t be for a little while.
In other news, I went to Chatime (a bubble tea place) yesterday and got their brown rice green milk tea bubble tea for the first time. I have been there a bunch of times and usually go for the fruitier flavors like honeydew, strawberry, or banana…or for the more desserty flavors like coconut, caramel, or taro. I don’t know why it took my this long to try the brown rice given I enjoy genmaichas quite a bit but now that I have, there is no going back. It was like a delicious, sweet cereal drink. It was so good. Definitely one I will be revisiting!
Steepster, stop eating my notes…I know I reviewed this one within the last month but the note is gone. Oh well.
I think age has had a bit of an effect on this tea because it it a lot lighter than I remember it being. Or maybe it’s my memory that is fading! ;) The pumpkin is still there and I get a bit of the creme brûlée. I won’t have any problems finishing this one off anyway because it’s still tasty.
ugh. No one has added the new davids teas to the database…and their website doesn’t really have them either so you get what i’ve done for now haha. I picked these up yesterday as motivation to get to my step count. Sadly i pretty much drank this one without really focusing on it last night. It’s more fruit tea than green tea IMO. I quite enjoyed the pinappley, coconut, apple taste that this one had. it might actually be a decent cold brew as well, however i didn’t love it enough to think about going back to pick up more. It was refreshing and tasty but i’m good with my giant mug from last night.
Finally got to try this yestrday and it went for 6 hours at work which was great. The first thing that anyone should notice while steeping this is how highly balled up this tea is. For at least 8 steeps this stayed in its shell before opening.
This is the coffee ewuivlitant of tea for sure. Wonderful roasted notes with as deep flavor as you like. Steep it 20, 45, 90, 300…. how ever many seconds you want and you will taste the difference. While this is a premium roasted tgy, I will say the one downfall is that it caused me to pee more often than normal. Considering I drink a lot and daily, it is something I notice.
special tea this morning. My other half splurged on this tea when we went to paris for me. I ADORE the white tea (yes white tea…) in this line and so he wanted to pick that one up along with the black tea for me to try. I don’t pull this one out of the cupboard often – i probably should more often, but when i do, it’s delicious. malty, spicy, fruity…just delicious.
Dark Matter 2016, taste test
I bought over $40 of samples from Life in Teacup and they were nice enough to just take my money and pick out what they thought would be best :)
I was constantly reminded of the ‘Pine Needle’ tea from Yunnan because it highly suggested from them. Currently it is not being sold online so I feel a little special to try it. At first I drank it at work on break and played with the leaf: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBqREXaRYOj/
I’m now drinking it at home and decided that there is no way I could leave this out of the 2nd group buy I have going on this year: Dark Matter. This tea absolutely wonderful. It’s not often you’ll hear me say such a thing about a Yunnan black tea because they are all malty and lovely. What sets this apart? The mouth feel lingers for over 30 seconds and the taste just hits your brain like ‘woah’. No complains from me. No doubt in my mind that this is going to cause people to go over to Life in Teacup after trying this when they get it :)
So apparently i love 52’s chais :) This one is even better than the toffee bar chai imo. I don’t typically love a lot of coconut in my blends, but this is downright the perfect blend of spices to go with the coconut. Anoher sample from Evol Ving Ness the cumin and cardamom are lovely here. In a way i’m greatful that there isn’t any left on the website – yay for saving money but boo for not seeing this one again for a while unless it comes back as a reblend. At least i’ll know that i like it :)
Oh. My. God.
I opened up the package that Sil sent me (which came with the GCTTB5) this morning, and it smelled LIKE BOOZE. CHOCOLATE AND BOOZE AT A QUARTER TO 7 IN THE MORNING.
Since I don’t drink a lot of alcohol I couldn’t name exactly what kind of booze I was smelling. Rum? Brandy? Nevertheless, it smelled amazing. Like chocolate covered cherries.
The flavour was more subtle, but very enjoyable. I super wish I had this tea on Valentine’s Day, it would have been so perfect.
This is an interesting tea. Not sure I’m tasting all the ingredients like the Viking Moss etc. I am certainly getting the cinnamon and the cloves from this. I added sugar to this so it’s hard to say just how sweet it is. It does have a nice taste. The main question will it give me energy throughout the day as it claims? I won’t have an answer to that until later on at the earliest. I think I will refrain from giving this a number until I see if it gives me energy throughout my day as it claims. It is tasty.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
This is a factory production which I have had carefully stored for over two years and now it has had 10+ years to develop into something worthwhile. I quite enjoyed my time with it yesterday! The material is comprised of mostly “chop” – very few, if any, whole leaves. Pleasant enough scent though – sweet and pure. The liquor is dark gold in color albeit a bit on the cloudy side. The sip is quite mellow and smooth – looks like ten years of age really has helped this mid-level quality material develop into something interesting. A bit fruity and a low sweetness; no real bitterness and a cooling and decent sensation throughout. Mouth action adds a little tingle to the tip of the tongue. This cake is part of the Six Famous Tea Mountain Tea Factory (Liu Da Chashan) series of six cakes composed of old tree material from well-known tea mountains in southern Yunnan (Jinggu, Youle, Mengsong, Bangwei, Bulang, Nannuo). Each cake is 100% material from that particular mountain.
It’s 5 am here and I’m up super early because I have a big long to do list to get finished before I have to be in at work at 7 am… To get through the next couple of 18 hour days I’m going to need bucket loads of caffeine!! Which is perfect because I’m still on my mission to sip down all of my one offs and samples in preparation for our move in a week… Wow, a week… How did that happen so quickly???
I’m a greedy overleafer and since this is a sample bag that came with a recent order my cup is a little under leafed than I would usually brew And so I was a little concerned as to whether my taste buds would pick up the intended flavors. Not to worry! Hot, the tea has a faint banana taste however, like most of 52 tea’s creations, the flavors definitely become more pronounced as the tea cools… Luke warm, the buttery, bready, banana flavors really pop! A Little more subtle on the flavor side than most of 52 tea’s blends but it’s still a great way to fulfill a craving without any of the calories!!
Bought in 2011. 6 oz of pu for $5.99. It smelled and tasted really bad back then. Still has a not great but tolerable smell. With time the taste has become mild, sweet, cedar, loam, and light leather. Has a hefty dusty note as well. Certainly not great puerh but a pleasant everyday sip. Worth every penny :)
This tea is better than it has a right to be. I bought this two years ago and forgot about it in my giant Yixing container. I only paid something around $10 or so. There is a fair amount of fermentation flavor to this tea. It has definitely not cleared. But the fermentation taste is not of the unpleasant sort. There were some notes of chocolate it there and it was think and rich in the early infusions. It is very sweet as ripe puerh tea goes. I don’t know if this improved in the two years I stored it or if it would have tasted like this originally. Oddly enough I think I’m getting some qi off of this. It is quite relaxing. Odd to find qi on a $10 ripe tea. I have only put in two orders with pu-erhtea.com, one two years ago and one last night. But I think they are a good retailer. I bought mostly ripe in each order. I am waiting to see how fast they ship the order I put in last night.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If I could allow myself more caffeine this cheap shou wasn’t done. I’m sure I could have gotten another few steeps out of it. It was still dark in color at ten steeps.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
I may have skipped class but at least I was productive enough to get my studying done and over with. Yay!
So, now I am sipping on this lovely tea and writing tasting notes, with less guilt than before as I knew I was procrastinating earlier. Anyways, as for the tea, it is incredibly nutty and has an essence of baked bread, though with that said, I don’t think I am having the same experience everyone else seemed to have had. It’s pleasant enough but nothing particularly special to me. Meanwhile, everyone seemed to be in love with this. I am wondering if I maybe grabbed more banana pieces when I attempted to make this back on vacation with the shitty Florida water that made everything weird because I got zero banana in this cup. Also, pancakes is a stretch though I could sorta see it from the baked goods element of the base. All in all, it has been fun to try but I doubt it would be a restock for my cupboard.
Speaking of which, I think I need to do a whole reorganization of my teas and my steepster cupboard. I am noticing I don’t have some teas listed while others, I thought I got rid of, are still present. Sometime soon I will need to go through and do an inventory of my stash and hopefully prioritize some teas to drink.