978 Tasting Notes

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
978 tasting notes

After Fjellrev was talking about eggnog lattes yesterday, I had to pick up some eggnog. (It’s all your fault ;)) So this is my first of the season.

This was delicious paired with the saltiness and the toffee.

The rating I have up there is from 3 years ago, so I’ll have to drink it bare to see how it fares.

Fjellrev

Haha right on! Good call on grabbing Salted Caramel to pair with the eggnog. Sounds wonderful.

taipwnsu

That is a fantastic idea! I have a wee bit of the Salted Caramel left and just picked up some eggnog today – I’ll have to try this!

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98

Mmmm I like this oolong. It is slightly roasty but still mineral and green. Corn is certainly a note that first comes to mind. Thus is a very complex tea. I am tasting just a hint of cinnamon halfway into the cup.
I resteeped at 1min15seconds and 1.5minutes. Honestly, I didn’t get much of a chance to pay much attention to tasting notes of the resteeps because I got busy. I do remember that they were tasty though. I was going to cold brew the leaves but I accidentally threw them out (I wasn’t thinking).
Should this be steeped at a lower temp?

Flavors: Cinnamon, Kettle Corn, Mineral, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
Fjellrev

FWIW, I always steep any oolong at lower temperatures, at around 180°C.

tigress_al

Than you Fjellrev

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I cold brewed this for about 18 hours. I used 2tsp for close to 16 oz, but this was too weak. I would have to use 3-4tsp to see if I can bring out more flavour. I am not usually the biggest fan of hibiscus, but I thought it would be appropriate for cherry. It was a nice light pink which was neat. The cherry was certainly there, but I need more of it.

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88

I am not really the biggest fan of guayusa, but I needed the caffeine boost this morning after being up lots in the night with babe :|. Blackberry generally isn’t my favourite berry either but I knew Butiki would do a good job, so I wanted to try it. The guayusa is the most prominent flavour here, followed by juicy blackberries. The lime was lost somewhere in this cup but it was still good. And it gave me the caffeine I needed!

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90

I cold brewed this tea again. I prefer it this way because I find that the Rose notes are more prominent in a hot brew. The coconut is creamy due to the white tea base. The other tropical flavours like the banana are in the background, which makes me happy because I am not really a fan of banana in tea.

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100

I am happy to have this back in my cupboard, it has a permanent spot there!
On Sundays I like to make lattes. I am not sure if I have had this one as a latte before or not, so I went for it today. It was kind of like a London Fog but not quite because this earl has a caramel note in it. And I don’t have vanilla syrup. Anyway, I added a tiny smudge of brown sugar just for the heck of it. This was delicious.

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

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90

I was so happy today to go to my local tea shop, because I hadn’t been there in so long. I ended up getting a lot more tea than I intended (of course). The owner is always so nice and helpful. As an added bonus, I got a free tea today from my reward points!! Yay free tea!

This tea was woodsy from the rooibos and almond. The vanilla is more in the background, adding a tad bit of sweetness. I wish the vanilla was just a bit stronger but overall I like this cuppa. I would definitely buy this again to have in the evening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
978 tasting notes

This tea is over a year old so I am not sure if it is fair to rate it, but I’m going to anyway. This one really falls short for me, it almost tastes dull (which is probably due to the age of it). The Apple is there for sure, and I do get a little bit of “custard” but it certainly isn’t as creamy as I was hoping. It’s decent but not great.

It does fare a little better cold brewed. It isn’t really creamy, but the apple comes out a little more.

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94
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
978 tasting notes

This was very good this morning. It was sweet and smooth with coconut being the prominent note. The banana wasn’t there, except maybe to add a little sweetness. I didn’t really mind though, because I am not a fan of banana in tea. The base is slightly sweet and toffee like.

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100

A clear cup and infuser is what I chose to brew this in today (western style) so I could watch the leaves expand. A tea as special as this deserves my time and awareness to truly appreciate the brewing experience. The liquor tastes of cocoa and malt. The appearance is a nice Amber/brown.

I am impatient and the first sips are too hot. After allowing the tea to cool slightly, I finally get to taste the tea. The cocoa and malt are prevalent right away followed by a slightly sweet caramel note. The mouthfeel is full and feels thick to some degree. This was wonderful.

I needed more, so I resteeped this tea at boiling for 4 minutes. This steep was pretty similar to the first I found, with only slightly muted flavours.

I did not have time for a second resteep, so the leaves are cold brewing in the fridge for tomorrow.
Edit: the cold brew of the second steeping leaves was basically muted flavours of that second steep. It wasn’t as magical as the first steep of this tea, but still very delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp

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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.

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