1120 Tasting Notes

86

This tea has some sentimental value for me. It was one of the first straight teas that I tried, and for sure the first straight oolong…I have been hooked ever since! I remember saying to my tea friend (that has since moved away) “who would want to drink a tea that tastes like flowers, butter, and spinach?” Oh man, I was naive! Lol. That was probably about 6 years ago, before I joined Steepster and began my tea obsession!

There are much higher quality milk oolongs (I’m looking at you Mandala Tea), but I enjoy this one as well. It doesn’t deserve my previous 97 rating though, because it isn’t THAT good.

Resteep 7 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Teatotaler

Mandala Tea’s milk oolong, oh yes! Yes, yes, yes!!!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84

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).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Assam! How I adore a good Assam!

tigress_al

After I wrote this, I was curious about how it would take milk, and so I brewed up another Cuppa and added some milk. It was delicious!

Evol Ving Ness- definitely, I have a few of them!

R.F. Hill

Assam is the ONE tea I add milk to. I’ve been told that Assams make me “very British” due to the fact that I add cream to it. Ha-ha.

tigress_al

Lol “British” or not, drink your tea how you like!

R.F. Hill

Very true! Ha-ha.

R.F. Hill

Plus, I took it as a compliment.

Teatotaler

I adore a good Assam! Assam is my usual weekday morning cuppa – British style. ;)
I am currently on a quest for a good vanilla Assam.

tigress_al

Let me know when you find a good one!

R.F. Hill

@Teatotaler- that’s the way to drink it! Ha-ha.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Poached Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1120 tasting notes

Green rooibos isn’t too common, so this was kind of nice because it was different. To me, this tastes kind of like a pear that isn’t quite ripe. Overall, it was actually pretty good and not sickly sweet like a lot of their blends have been lately.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Jillian

My mom LOVED this one when they were sampling it, so I got her a tin for her birthday

tigress_al

You are a good daughter!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

54
drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
1120 tasting notes

I was really in a rush this morning so all I can remember about this tea is tart green apples and stevia…(bleh)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Ugh, that’s all it is, anyway.

Evol Ving Ness

Another one that had potential.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72
drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
1120 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

You are me are both on the same page. Love coconut but can’t stand the added sweetener. And prefer Chocolate Macaroon. :)

tigress_al

We must have excellent taste ;)

Eveleaf

The added sweetener is the main reason I’ve avoided DAVIDsTEA. I am on a very restricted diet for health reasons, and can only tolerate certain sweeteners (mainly truvia). I know DAVIDsTEA has some fabulous flavored teas and I’d love to try them, if only I could get my hands on the UNsweetened version!

tigress_al

They also have some straight teas but there are much better offerings from other companies

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

63
drank Pina Colada by Tetley
1120 tasting notes

I bought this to make as a cold brew and didn’t have too high of expectations. It is more of a citrus tea than pina colada. I’m not getting any coconut here and the licorice gives it kind of a weird sweetness. It’s just ok. I’m not sure yet if I would purchase it again or not.

MissB

Not a huge fan either. The Bellini (same line) is excellent iced, though.

tigress_al

I bought the Bellini one as well, good to know!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
1120 tasting notes

This was really floral today, but still very enjoyable.
I only have a few cups of this left.

Teatotaler

If Butiki Teas was still around I’d order this one immediately – Sounds heavenly!

tigress_al

Sorry you didn’t get to take part in Butiki’s teas. They were one of my favourite tea companies!

R.F. Hill

I’ve watched a review on their tea, and was disappointed to see that they were closed. However, that’s life, and it’s okay! There are plenty more options!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1120 tasting notes

Sipdown. I finished this one up as a latte today. I only had 1.5 tsp left though, so it was on the weaker side but it was still good. I am surprised how well this tea stood up to time—this tea is from November 2014.
I usually like to brew this one for 4 minutes but for lattes, I usually brew for 5 minutes.

Resteep 7 minutes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Sample taken from GCTTB5
A bit artificial in my opinion. It also turned a bit bitter, but that was my fault. The timer went off (I always set a timer or else I forget about the tea), and I got distracted by the kids. So, I oversteeped—-maybe 5 minutes or so instead of the 3 minutes the website recommends. Oops, I have enough for one more cup, so I will try some other time.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

Location

Saskatchewan, Canada

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer