812 Tasting Notes

81
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
812 tasting notes

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
812 tasting notes

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
812 tasting notes

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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80
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
812 tasting notes

The dry leaf and the brewed tea smells very vegetal. Not really floral like I expected from a white tea. The leaves are really cute looking, curly and bright green when steeped.

First steep, 20seconds. I am getting boiled spinach with slightly salted butter. No hint of floral, but it is creamy.

Second steep for 25seconds. Maybe a little bit sweeter with a little bit less vegetal taste. More creamy in a way.

Third steeping for 25seconds. The aroma and taste of snap peas with a silky smooth finish enters my senses at this point.

Fourth steeping for 35seconds. This is probably my favourite steeping, it is lightly vegetal with creamy notes. I am not sure if I am getting soymilk, almond, or vanilla but there are maybe hints of each one.

Fifth steeping for 35seconds. Much the same as the fourth

To be honest, this is a lot more vegetal than I was expecting for a white tea. However, it is a tea of exceptional quality and flavour.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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86
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
812 tasting notes

I tried this cold brewed. It doesn’t work as well that way because the little candies don’t dissolve. It isn’t as sweet as when it is hot. There is still some strawberry flavour there though. Next time, I will hot brew it then put it in the fridge to chill I think

Sandy Stith

Weird, isn’t it?

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90
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
812 tasting notes

Thank you to Nicole and Batrachoid for these samples!

This seems like a fall tea with cranberry and almonds. And since it is almost fall, time to try this!

Upon first sip, I get a bit of tart cranberry with almond and the black tea base coming through. The cranberry isn’t too tart though, just enough for it to be like real cranberries. I feel like I would want the almond to be just a little bit more prevalant here.

This is a great blend!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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92

Thank you to Will Work For Tea for this sample!

First, I taste the black base which is a smooth black with good almond flavour. Then the cinnamon at the end of the sip. It is a little bit astrigent but not overwhelmingly.

I brewed this according to Butiki’s website at boiling for 4 minutes. Now that I am writing this note, I noticed the steepster description says to steep for 2 minutes. Maybe that is why it is a bit astringent. And by my previous Butiki experience with tea, they are not usually astingent. So……next time I will only brew for 2 minutes.

I would rate it at maybe 84 right now but I will not rate it for now because I will try again later on and review.

Butiki Teas

Will Work For Tea-4 minutes is correct. 2 minutes is for our old blend. If you are finding it to be too astringent, I would recommend either using less tea (maybe a teaspoon) or steeping for a little less, maybe a minute less.

tigress_al

I will try that! Thanks Stacy

Butiki Teas

doh!, I meant tigress_al. Sorry about that.

Helena

hmmm.. I do four and didn’t notice anything wrong. In fact it’s in my favourite comfort tea category :D

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89

Sipdown: I cold brewed the rest of my package of this.

This is a nice light blueberry white tea. Nice and refreshing. I don’t see any blueberries in here so that is a little disappointing. This is good, but I think DT’s White Tiger is similar but superior to this blend. I am lowering the rating a bit.

Preparation
Iced
Fjellrev

I agree. After trying DT’s White Tiger, this is kind of eh.

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98

Quick rinse

Wow, the fresh smell of the dried leaves is just dreamy. They look so beautiful, green and rolled. They look and taste of supreme quality.

5 seconds
Steepings 1-4: Creamy, sweet, floral. So smooth with a slight vegetal note. This takes me back to when I was a kid, drinking hot milk when I couldn’t sleep. This tea (same as the hot milk) gives you the feeling of comfort and safety.

5 seconds
Steepings 5-8: Less vegetal with a creamy, buttery, vanilla sweetness. I do notice some tingling on the tongue as well. For sure, my favourite group of steepings.

8 seconds
Steepings 9-12: Still sweet, but less buttery and creamy. I am picking up some fruity notes now.

The leaves are now almost filling my entire gongfu pot. They are so pretty. This tea could probably handle more steepings but I have some errands to run , then I want to try the Laoshan White.

Preparation
Boiling

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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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