253 Tasting Notes

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drank Yun Cui (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

I was kind of expecting more from this. I think the name does describe this tea well, as it does have a certain cloudy texture, but the taste is muddled, very weak and slightly bitter.

I think it could be the fact that once you do start sipping the brew, it just sits in your mouth. This is a very unexciting tea. I am not a fan.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This is a very modest oolong tea. Very floral, light and mild. It is good, but not great.

I would think an entry into oolong teas, as it is quite mild and sweet.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Just as it says, jasmine green tea. As consistent as the last jasmine green tea I had, which was probably from Adagio Teas.

It is generally a great tea. Smooth with a bit of a strong bitterness, which I would expect combining green tea with jasmine.

It is not a tea I would drink all the time, but it is a great tea despite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Finally, after months of seeing this tea mentioned all over Steepster, I have finally gotten my hands on some. And, thankfully, this is quite a way to end a work day/week.

The scent of deeply buttery rum is very present once you open this tea. The mixture of vanilla and coconut is something to experience firsthand, the smell is extremely buttery, no matter how faint it is.

But once you’re steeping, the scent grows stronger and stronger. In fact, after the first 30 seconds, I had grown impatient to waiting for the tea to brew, as I really wanted to taste it immediately. Very decadent, and maintains such an extremely buttery texture, your nostrils will thank you the rest of the day.

The flavor does not disappoint as well, making the wait worth it. Such a perfect blend of vanilla and coconut with black tea gives an impossibly creamy brew that completely satisfies.

Even immediately after opening the canister, and all the time brewing and enjoying, I can’t believe how long it took me to finally buy this wonderful tea.

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

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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Opening this tea, right away you’re awarded with an almond scent freshly sweetened with the goji berries, not too strong, but enough to get your mouth watering.

The scent while steeping is even better, as it releases the toasted accents and mixes with the almonds, you are left with a lightly buttery smell.

And you really taste every fine detail in the resulting brew. Lightly toasted and buttery almonds and cocoa nibs sweetened with the goji berries really give you a unique and flavorful experience. You can barely make out the licorice and white tea underneath, but it gives for a subtle after taste.

I would think, if slightly sweetened with rock sugar, this would amount to a greatly delicious secret weapon.

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

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh my, second steep of this morning’s leaves takes out most of the fruitiness, mainly the peach, and really brings out the almond and oolong.

The fruit is still there, but takes the backseat to allow the nice earthy tones of oolong and almond to take control.

What a versatile tea, and to surprise me with such a dramatic change.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a very peachy oolong. You can find apricot and almonds with the earthy sweet oolong flavors, but the main flavor brought out is peach.

Without sugar or milk, this tea is naturally sweet and fruitful, not too bright and not too dark, as peach and apricots are. The almonds compliment the sweet oolong, with a soft hint of citrus.

It is not a surprise how delicious this is, as I have enjoyed peach teas before, and rarely does one disappoint. Long life oolong is just peachy.

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

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I like that this chocolate mint tea is mainly mint. Chocolate can typically overpower everything else, but it seems everything else including the chocolate would rather take subtle roles. I would have passed this tea off as yet another novelty tea if it wasn’t for that.

I did sweeten this tea a little with a quarter teaspoon of rock sugar, but I don’t think it needed it, given the presence of little red candy lips, it was already lightly kissed with sugar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
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So glad I chose to steep this green tea from David’s Tea first.

The aroma is very planty, less grassy and more fruitful, and softer than a green tea would be.

There are various details of fruits among it’s bright planty body, with a soft grounding buttery flavor, the hint of toast most would say.

It is not as strong as a regular straight green tea would be, an almost perfect level of taste, color and aroma.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I have had pu’erh tea before, which is typically deeply earthy and in between mild and strong. This is no different to the one I’ve had before.

I like that there are no surprises, as this tea can be consistent from anyone. It is a good mild tea.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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