802 Tasting Notes

97

Summer is almost over :( I am almost done my tin of tropicalia and I wanted to compare it to 52teas Pina Colada Honeybush before I decide which one to stock up on. So here it goes:

Tropicalia
Colour: yellow
Smell: sweet, tropical
Price/50g: $6.75
Taste like a pina colada? Not really
Artifical flavour: Yes
Prominent flavour: Pineapple
Rating: 94

Pina Colada Honeybush
Colour: orange
Smell: pina colada
Price/50g: $8.99 +shipping
Taste like a pina colada? pretty close
Artifical flavour: Not that I know of
Prominent flavour: Coconut
Rating: 97

These teas are similar and I really like them both but I would have to say Pina Colada Honeybush wins. Even though it is a little more expensive, I like the sweetness that the honeybush brings out. It tastes more natural. And I like that it is more coconutty!

Has anyone else done a comparison on these 2 teas? What are your opinions?

Will Work For Tea

I like that you did this comparison as I have both of these in my cupboard too. Have yet to try the Pina Colada (for some reason) – it’s been waiting very patiently!

momo

I’m going to have to try it, I wasn’t impressed with this one when I first had a cup but I got 2 oz of it in my grab bag.

tigress_al

I love pina coladas, and especially coconut teas, but you definitely have to like coconut to like this one. I find it is the best cold brewed. Give it a try ladies!

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96

I am using my new little gongfu pot and small glass cups for an extended gongfu tea experience.

2 rinses. Each steep was around 4 seconds but it probably ended up being longer than that because my little gongfu pot pours out quite slowly.
Mostly I am getting a woodsy citrus aroma from the dry and steeped leaf

Steepings 1-4: Woodsy, sweet buttery oolong with some citrus notes in the end of the sip and in the aftertaste

Steepings 5-7: Less buttery and citrus. Now, smooth and nutty qualities are coming through

Steepings 8-10: Fruity notes are starting to come out—citrus is still there, along with a little hint of berry (maybe the elderberry they mention on the website), and a hint of apple

11-14 Getting some muted buttery flavours, and some tanginess (where did that come from?)

15-18: I increased the steep time to 10seconds, now I am getting mellow peppery notes like the website mentioned

I preferred the first 9 steepings of this tea. However, as I mentioned before, my “4 second steepings” were maybe too long so perhaps I didn’t get as many steepings in as I should have.

This was a very interesting experience of brewing tea for me, this gongfu technique. I liked experiencing the tea in small quantities, tasting the subtle differences of a tea’s character as I went along.

Preparation
Boiling

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90

Mmm this smells delicious.
Taste is slightly earthy from the mate. Chocolate-y but not fake or overly sweet.
The cinnamon gives in a nice smooth finish but adds a nice kick. There is maybe a tad bit too much cinnamon for my liking, but it is still really good.

I think my go-to chocolate mate is still Chocolate Rocket

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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100

My first Verdant order!!! So excited for this one!

I got a gong fu pot and small double walled tea cups today. So my first gong fu experience! The first 3 steeps at around 5 seconds each. Then 8, 10, and 15 seconds respectively.

My first notes are light sweet jasmine. The second steep is stonger in jasmine flavour. Later on, I am getting more of the citrus/woodsy, but none of the cinnamon notes that the website mentioned. The freshness of the silver needle also peeks out a little more.

Very good and an interesting tea. I like the different notes that the gong fu steeping brings out. I still want to steep it western style for interest sake.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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98

I was in DAVIDsTEA today and bought myself the little gong fu teapot and some clear double walled tea cups for my birthday tomorrow. And the new mate teas.

I told the girl working that it was a birthday present for myself. I am not sure if she was just in a good mood or it was because I had spent so much already, but she gave me a free tea for my birthday tomorrow! What a great day! And the parking meter still had an hour on it so I didn’t have to pay for parking either.

So I decided to go with this as my free tea. I probably steeped it about 10 or 15 minutes, I wasn’t really watching. Sweet, coconutty, and caramel. Too bad this tea is so expensive. I have to increase the rating because it is sooo good!

EDIT: I also cold brewed some for today. It is awesome! Just as good cold as hot!

Azzrian

Yay happy birthday and congrats on the purchases!

Fjellrev

Happy birthday! And excellent choice. I looooove this one.

Alphakitty

Happy birthday! ^^

ashmanra

Wow, sounds like your birthday started today! Happy birthday! :)

Bonnie

Happy Birthday Early!!!

gmathis

Free tea…there’s a celebration waiting to happen! Happy birthday.

tigress_al

Thanks everyone, my day in lieu of my birthday was spectacular!

Angrboda

Happy birthday

TassieTeaGirl

Happy birthday! I got a free TOTM for my birthday last year too. Either it’s a policy, or we just found some nice people!

TheTeaFairy

Happy birthday late! Also love this one iced!

tigress_al

Ya, I was suprised when she said I could have a free tea!
Thanks everyone!

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97
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
802 tasting notes

It’s my birthday tomorrow, but I am celebrating today on my day off instead! I am just going to go shopping and buy myself a bday present! haha. And enjoy tea!

I started out this morning with a pumpkin chai latte. Steamed milk and a little bit of brown sugar…..sigh….yummy. It is like fall in a cup. And it will be fall before I know it.

softrevolution

Happy (early) birthday! Hope your day today is lovely, buy yourself something good :P

Amanda

This tea is so yummy amd just screams fall :)

Missy

Happy birthday!!

Mercuryhime

Happy almost birthday!

Indigobloom

happy happy birthday!!

tigress_al

Thanks everyone!

DaisyChubb

Yay Happy Birthday!!!

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85

After a weekend of camping, eating junk food, and not drinking any good teas, I look forward to drinking good tea again! I thought mint would be a good choice to settle my junk food stomach.

This tea dry really reminds me of mouthwash. Steeped, it isn’t as much as toothpaste or mouthwash, but still a little bit. Otherwise, it is sweet, minty goodness. I really like mint as a flavour, so for me, this is a great bedtime tea.

Maybe try mixing with peppermint.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Organic Assam by Butiki Teas
802 tasting notes

Backlogging from Friday before we went camping for the weekend. I didn’t really have any good tea on the weekend, other than this one.

This is a lighter assam, not as bold as other assams I have tried. It is also less astringent than others, which is a plus. Sometimes it is nice to have a breakfast tea that doesn’t kick you in the face! It is malty and smooth.

I added a splash of milk halfway into the cup because I feel any Assam or English Breakfast really needs that milk to taste really good. The milk brought out the malty flavours to this tea even more.

I am glad that I picked this up while it was on sale. Less than $3 for an ounce!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

just love a good Assam, one if my favorite breakfast tea!

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83

Thank you Nicole for this sample!

Earl grey wafting in the air….sniff….smells delightful. This is a nice and light EG with nice bergamot flavouring. A little more lemon than most EGs probably. I actually like that this is decaf because I love black tea but don’t always need that caffeine kick.

I also think this would be great as an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Thanks so much Stacy for this sample!

Tangerine isn’t my favourite fruit, but this tea has been getting such good reviews, I wanted to sample it.

It is really good, citrusy tangerine that doesn’t taste fake. Sweet and smooth. And it really gave me the kick that I needed because I stayed up untill after 1 am last night finishing book 3 of Game of Thrones! Oy, why do I do that to myself? Haha

I resteeped this and put it in the fridge to chill. It was weaker, but still good!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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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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