251 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

A sample of this came with my last order. As soon as he smelled it, my husband was excited about this one. Unfortunately the blend is so heavy with fruit that the 5g sample was only about 1-1/2 tsp – only enough to make half one of my normal mugs!

It tasted like hot pineapple juice, with only a hint of other elements, but Jake liked it so much that I think we’d be ordering it if it wasn’t so expensive.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I tried making this three times before both the sample and my patience had been exhausted. This peeps instead of pops, and each time I was left craving something richer and more powerful. Adding milk was the only way to salvage some enjoyment from it, but even then it just wasn’t for me.

You can see pictures and additional notes here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-grey-heaven-by-persimmon-tree.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My experience with this tea doesn’t seem to coincide with the other reviews on here. This has been a summer full of Earl Greys, and this tea is one of the most disappointing. After all the promise in its description I was expecting something better than the burnt black tea aroma and flavor.

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-grey-by-tao-of-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
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If I’d been paying more attention I might have done something a little better for my 100th tasting note!

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I just received my order today, but I couldn’t resist trying just one more of the samples before bed! At first sip I felt a bit of déjà vu. I recently reviewed Aries by Nina’s Paris, and they taste nearly identical, despite the fact that one is rooibos and berries and the other is rooibos and cherry. Yes, I looked it up – cherry is a fruit!

There’s a surprisingly big difference between the dry smell, which is kind of woodsy, and the taste, which dives straight into cream and something fruity and ambiguous. With rooibos I always seem to taste a slight hint of caramel flavoring, but I think that’s just because I’m a little weird!

Overall, this was enjoyable. Like its sister tea, I’m not going to go out of my way for it, but it is a nice change of pace.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I had a great time reviewing this sample, and it is one of the best Earl Grey creams I’ve come across during this project. The cream is the most prominent note in its flavor, but it still manages not to drown the traditional Earl Grey flavor profile like so many others do.

It’s blend is very smooth and avoids nearly any of the usual dry mouth sensation that seems to go hand-in-hand with Earl Grey. Overall this was a very enjoyable tea, and I look forward to sharing the rest of the sample at work!

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/creamy-earl-grey-by-simpson-vail.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was so excited to see my order of samples arrive today! I do wish they had included preparation notes, but I think I’ll just spend some time marking up a notecard to keep with them.

I used 3 tsp in my 16oz infuser mug and added half the little package of rock sugar that came with the sample set. The website said to use 1-2 tsp (I assume per 8oz), so I split the difference because it was so inexact… and because I needed to break the sample in half because my husband wanted a mug too!

I can definitely taste the peach and strawberry, but the hint of straw in the aroma keeps throwing me off, despite the nice peach aftertaste. It wasn’t until I caved and dropped in some raw sugar that I actually started to enjoy it. I’m still not picking up on the citrus, but I am getting a hint of creaminess that plays well with it.

I think I’ll leave the sugar crystals out of the next sample I make! While I’m glad I was able to try this one, I don’t think it will be something I reorder.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Wow… this is just… odd. Fruity and minty and… well, it’s making me too sleepy to pin it down too much. Diabolical drink! Yeah, this one is a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Thank you, QueenOfTarts, for giving me the opportunity to try this tea! It completely lives up to the name, and the dry smell is wonderfully pervasive. There was a little more cream and a little less of the traditional Earl Grey flavor profile than I usually like, but it was still fun to try!

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/cream-earl-grey-by-new-mexico-tea-co.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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No rating, because that just wouldn’t be fair ;)

I am proud of myself – I finally made it through my first cup of pu-erh! I’m trying to build up a taste for it, but right now it still tastes like a fish tank smells. My husband assures me that this is much better than the tin he got at the Asian market, and it was fun to pull out the new gaiwan, but I’m not quite up to enjoying it yet. Someday!

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drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

My tasting note was just eaten :(

I’m not rating this tea, because I had a very strange experience with it. I made it up in our small teapot, and with the first cup I was in love. It was balanced and smooth and wonderful.

I wasn’t expecting its evil twin for a second cup. I had removed the infuser basket on time, but something must have continued to happen, because the second cup was bitter and bracing and just plain horrible.

While I finish up the rest of the 50g package (the smallest they sell on their website) I’m going to try to only make single-serving batches which will be enjoyed hot and quickly… hopefully I’ll only see the nice side of this tea, and not the nasty!

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-grey-by-davidstea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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