53 Tasting Notes

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This was my first oolong, I believe, so I had no idea what to expect.
I enjoyed it! When the leaves unfurled I was surprised at how large they were. I did not need many to make 16 oz, and I resteeped them a second time with great success.

The flavour was deliciously mossy, with an almost peachy taste. Very smooth.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
53 tasting notes

Such a sweet tea… I enjoy it every now and then for that quality. It smells heavenly but doesn’t quite taste as it smells. The flavor is not as full as the aroma. I am just finishing my tin and I probably will not buy it again. But I enjoyed it while I had it.

Two steeps worked fine, but I wouldn’t go beyond that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

This tea must be steeped briefly, and when made right it is very mild. I steeped a second cup, but it was quite weak. I like it when I’m not looking for something really powerful.

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67

Made the first cup too bitter after steeping too long.

I think I’m going to like it though. I love the large pieces of tea leaves, and it smells very nice.

It’s liquer is very green for a black tea.

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67

This is the first pu-erh I have prepared at home. I tried a green pu-erh when I was in the Silk Road Tea shop in Victoria and really enjoyed it, so I picked up a few pucks to try…

As per directions, I brought the water almost to a boil, and then steeped the puck for about 3 minutes. I did, however, steep it in more than two cups of water as suggested.

The liquer is amber and there is only a faint scent (of green tea).
Hmm… I shouldn’t have a had dark chocolate right before… the flavour is very mild, especially while it’s still quite hot.
It’s kinda like a genmaicha without the roasted rice… but not sencha….Extemely subtle taste. There’s something that is almost waxy, but that might be leftover lip gloss. lol.
No complaints here, except it could be stronger. I’ll have to try sticking to 2 cups of water next time to see if that makes a difference

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

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
53 tasting notes

I had this last weekend at a friend’s home. I have to say I was quite disappointed considering how much I love the Silk Road Dragon Tears. The leaves didn’t appear to be as long and whole as in the Silk Road pearls.

More importantly, though, I didn’t find it very jasmine-y and it was quite bitter. However, I am guessing it was steeped with boiling water, and it was definitely over-steeped. I will refrain from rating it until I try it properly steeped.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jillian

Yeah, you don’t want to go with boiling water for a green tea. Try steeping it at around 75-80ºC for 2 or 3 minutes.

thewaterbird

Oh I know! :) The tea was made by a friend. I’m pretty sure boiling water was used, but it definitely steeped a long time.

Jillian

Oh I see, sorry.

Alyssa

That’s probably it! The hot water just kills it. :( It’s definitely delicious— you should try it again.

MoonShyne

Waaay to long steeped and no boiling water..oh this is old..did you ever try it again? I’, about to try my first cup :)

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I finished off my Echinacea Plus, and wanted to pick up a new box to help shake this cold/flu. They didn’t have the Plus, but they did have this Echinacea Elder.

It’s very good! It is tastier than the Plus, perhaps sweeter, and less overwhelming. We’ll see if it works!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

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I’ve had this tea a few times since my first try in my hotel room coffee pot. Now, I just throw the pearls (usually 4) in my mug and leave them there. I’ve resteeped up to four times with no loss of flavor, and it never gets bitter, even without removing the leaves.

The leaves are extremely long and narrow. This tea is by far the best Jasmine-scented green I’ve had to date.

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80

I read a DavidsTEA FB post yesterday about chocolate chai and decided to give this a try. Because I am in the office, I heated up my vanilla rice milk in the microwave with about a tablespoon of Cocoa Camino dark hot chocolate. Then I steeped 1 heaping tsp of Tali’s Masala Chai in just boiled water for about 4 minutes.

YUM! I could have went a little easier on the cocoa, but this is by far my best success with this chai tea.

Philip Holmans

very similar to how we make our chocolate chai lattes in the tea house. Yum indeed! We use the cocoa camino (organic & fair trade!) hot chocolate as well.

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77

I’m not a huge black tea drinker, but this one just smelled so good I had to pick up a small tin. It smells so sweet and vanilla-y.
It also tastes very sweet, somewhat of vanilla, but also of something almost like strawberries. Very nice and not bitter or strong like some blacks.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea off and on for a few years, but only in the last year have I started to test out loose leafs, and expand my taste buds.

I consider myself very new to the world of teas, especially when it comes to properly steeping, and knowing much about what certain teas are supposed to be like.

After discovering there was more to tea than Red Rose OP, I have traditionally tended to drink mint teas and similar herbals (but no fruity ones), red rooibos, honeybush, and the occasional matte. I’ve only recently discovered white teas and oolongs, which I really enjoy.

I’m expanding my knowledge, trying new teas, and just starting to learn about temperature/steep times, etc.

0: I don’t even want to taste it.
1-10: I can’t finish the cup.
11-30: I’ll finish my cup, but that’s it.
31-50: I will drink it until I’ve used it all up, or find someone to give it to. It’s ok, but it’s not something I tend to reach for.
51-70: I enjoy it enough to reach for it specifically, but I won’t get it again.
71-80: I enjoy it quite a bit. I would recommend it to others.
81-90: I would definitely buy again, but it’s not my favorite.
91-100: The creme de la creme

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