818 Tasting Notes

90

Thanks to Stacy for this sample!

These leaves are long and beautiful. They open up completely and are huge! It smells really sweet in the mug.

It is nice and smooth, a little malty. I am definitely getting a sweet fruity note here. Stacy describes this as raisin and it is fairly close. In the middle of the sip, I begin to pick up a slight cinnamon note that isn’t too strong, just mildly present. As for the cloves in the description, I am not sure that I am getting that. But maybe it is mixed in with the cinnamon and I can not distinguish the two.

No additions are needed to enjoy this cuppa.

Out of curiosity sake, I brewed up the Organic Assam to compare. The leaves are about half the size. The smell in the bag is much stronger than this premium assam. The premium assam is sweeter and smoother. They are both malty. The Premium Assam can be enjoyed without additions, but I feel that I have to add milk to the Organic Assam to bring out its best qualities. In conclusion, they are both good teas, but the premium is better IMO (I guess that is why she called it premium hey!).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Nice comparison! I still haven’t tried my sample of this one…I must remedy that quickly!

tigress_al

If you liked the organic assam, you will certainly like this one!

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85

I have drunk a lot of tea today! Can anyone say tea drunk…..lol

Apples are delicious in tea. This one is no exception to that rule. The pistachio adds a nice flavour, a sweet nuttiness (haha, nutty like me!). But then wait for it……rose?……hmmm, don’t like that as much. I think this would be better without roses but I guess it might also be not quite as sweet.

Anyway, this isn’t my fav apple tea but it is still very tasty. I don’t know if I would get more when my 20g sample is finished or not. I will have to see when I sipdown.

I put some in the fridge to chill, and it does redeem itself a little there. Because it is very refreshing.

And it resteeps fairly well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

What ARE your favorite apple teas? I’ve been looking for a good one!

ashmanra

You are tempting me to order the apple tea that Emeric Harney designed for Harney and Sons….

tigress_al

Unfortunatly my favourite apple tea was seasonal and no longer available, it was Baked Apple from DAVIDsTEA. My other favourite is from my local tea shop. Coincidently, it is Apple Pistachio Rooibos (but there is no rose).

DT does have a “Big Apple” blend that is slightly tart, but I enjoy it as an iced tea.

There isn’t really that many apple blends available that I have tried, but the holiday season is coming up.

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100

Teavivre black teas gongfu experiment day!

I drank 3 black teas from Teavivre today. I was curious how the gongfu method would impact the notes in the teas.

I did 5 steeps: rinse, 30s, 50s, 70s, 1.5min, 2min

The colour of the brew is very interesting. I poured all these in quick succession and have each steep lined up in front of me. It starts off a light yellow/amber and shifts to a deep autumn amber.

It takes longer for the malty, sweet, chocolate flavour to develop with short steepings. It doesn’t show up until about the 3rd steep. This is still sweet, malty, with those wonderful dark cocoa notes.

Surprisingly, I think I prefer the Western brewing method in the case of this tea. It really gives the sweet and cocoa notes more time to develop.

I am increasing the rating because this tea is even better than I remember!

And that concludes my Teavivre black teas gongfu experiment for now…..thank goodness I don’t have more of their black teas at the moment! (but there are more on their way ;0)

Preparation
Boiling

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93

Since I was re-visiting the Bailin black, I figured I might as well try this one out again using the gongfu method. Teavivre black teas gongfu experiment day!

I did four steepings: rinse,15,25,40, and 60 seconds.

The gongfu method really brings out the sweetness in the tea. I am getting more caramel notes than I did with the western method. I am still getting that slight sweet potatoe note as well. Or maybe my tastes have developed more and my palate is becoming more refined. Either way, I am increasing my rating a bit!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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92

I wanted to steep this tea with my gongfu pot to see if I could bring out a little more of the chocolate notes and less of the grainy feeling to the tea.

Using my little gongfu pot. One note here: the leaves don’t get very large so make sure you use a straining device or else there will be leaves in your cup.

Quick rinse

I did four steepings at 30seconds, 40seconds, 60seconds, and 75seconds

I found with the gongfu steeping, there was a milder grainy aspect, which I enjoyed. It still wasn’t as sweet as I was hoping it would be. However, the chocolate did seem to come out a little more. I am pleased with this method and will continue to steep using this method with this tea.

Or if I continue to western brew this tea, I will take the first steeping as a rinse because I enjoyed the second and third steepings much more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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96

So, I was supposed to go with my friend on a DT date. I was waiting for that to go and get the fall teas. But, with all the reviews up on here, I couldn’t wait any longer. I finally got my fall teas yesterday! Fall teas are probably my favourite flavours and it is my fav season as well. I am rambling….

This is what I have been waiting for!! Sweet and a little spicy. Cute little marshmallows that dissolve quickly. They do make the brew a little bit cloudy though.

As for “toasted marshmallow,” I would agree with DaisyChubb that it is probably closer to eggnog. Either way, it is delicious.

Oh, and did someone say latte?…….this would be amazing as one…..be right back!

I had 1/4 of my cup left, but then I warmed up 1/4 cup of milk in the microwave and poured my remaining tea into it……….WHAT? Who put that eggnog in my cup? This is honestly delicious! What a sinful treat (but not as sinful as eggnog….lol).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
momo

They posted a recipe for using this to make s’mores cocoa. I didn’t want this until I saw that and now I won’t be able to resist.

tigress_al

Oh man, I didn’t see that before but now I will HAVE to make it!

Sil

I totally wanted to try that recipe. Let us know if you do

Lynne-tea

Ooooh I can’t wait until mine arrives! You’ve inspired me to make a latte with it asap!

canadianadia

I just bought this tea (along with a few others…well…does 14 qualify as “a few”? hahaha!) I put this one at the back of my cupboard because I wasn’t as excited about trying it as some others but after reading your tasting note, I will have to move it further to the front of the line.

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81
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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I steeped this for 10 minutes based on other reviews here. I did test it at 5 minutes and it was fairly weak.

The brew is a nice light yellow. I noticed that there is some oil on the surface that I am guessing is from the oil in the nuts (or I hope so anyway). That is kinda weird.

So, anyway, I don’t usually go nuts for a banana flavoured tea. There have only been 2 that I liked so far. This ok, but it does taste a little artificial.

Not sure if I will stock this once my 20g sample is gone or not.

EDIT: I can also see why some people have said to use a t-sac for this one. It does leave a pretty gross mess in the infuser.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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I went to get the fall teas FINALLY today! This one sounds kinda weird. So the SA whipped me up a small sample to try.

I must say, it is better than I thought it would be. Kinda like fruit punch. But there is just too much going on here. I am mostly getting the cherry flavour but everything else makes it a mish-mash (haha). The hibiscus makes it too tart as well.

Too bad, because me and white tea are really good buddies :(

Fjellrev

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one too, but it’s definitely better than I had imagined.

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92
drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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Whoohoo, 300 notes!

I figured I had better make my 300th note something a little special. I am loving jasmine teas more and more. And this one is super expensive and it is rolled into pretty butterflies. I used my little gongfu pot just so that I could watch them uncurl. I steeped western brewing though.

This is silky, smooth, and sweet. Not bitter or overwhelming. Better than their Silk Dragon Jasmine. But…..not as good as Teavivre’s Jamsine pearls, and it is nearly 4 times the price.

I will save this tea when I have time to watch it uncurl. And when I need a special treat!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Look at you! Making colored text and all! Congrats! Most of what I have learned to do on my iPad, I learned on this site! I haven’t managed color text, though!

momo

Congrats on 300!!!

tigress_al

Thanks ladies!
ashmanra— colour text is fairly easy, %{color:____} (insert words) %

Indigobloom

Congrats to you on 300 notes!! time flies when your drinking tea!

ashmanra

I have tried, but it doesn’t seem to work on iPad. See?

ashmanra

OH MY GOSH! IT WORKED! IT WORKED! YOUR TASTING NOTE MUST HAVE HAD MAGIC IN IT!! LOL!

ashmanra

Okay, so I just tried it in email and iMessage and it still doesn’t work there, but at least it worked here!

tigress_al

lol, well at least it worked here

Bonnie

Happy 300th Review!

Ninavampi

Congrats! 300!!! Wow! Keep it up! :)

Fjellrev

w00t congratulations!

Lynne-tea

Congratulations! =)

tigress_al

Thanks everyone!

Missy

Yay for 300!

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92

Thanks to Batrachoid for this sample.

This is really good. It is similar to DAVIDsTEA mint chocolate rooibos. But, this one has white chocolate with a honeybush base. It is nice and smooth with sweet chocolate. The mint isn’t overpowering.

I think I might even like this one better than the DT version. The rooibos base gives it more of an earthy base, whereas the honeybush in this blend makes is sweeter and smoother.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
tattooed_tea

This sounds so good.

Amanda

it does sound good :( they need to bring some flavors back for the newbie tea drinkers.

tigress_al

I noticed that they reblended a few recently, but Frank should continue on that trend!

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Hello,
I am a nurse, I love to do so many things: reading, card making, scrapbooking, photography, playing with my nieces, shopping, and of course TEA!

I only started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I had a DavidsTea for the first time and have been obsessed ever since! My favourite is probably white but I have black every morning to wake me up! I enjoy most flavours out there! My favourite flavours are nutty, fruity, chocolate, jasmine, tropical.

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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