749 Tasting Notes
According to my spreadsheet, this marks my 75th tea from DavidsTea. Hard to believe I’ve got approximately half of them down.
I love the earthy smell of this one, like most unflavoured teas. Almost like a mix between an oolong and genmaicha. Don’t get me wrong – I love to huff some Lime Gelato or Luscious Watermelon haha, but there’s something naturally calming with these straight teas that I love.
Ooh the leaves expand like an oolong. Excellent. Well it’s a bit stronger than an oolong, but of a similar taste, even though technically it’s a green tea. Though unfortunately it’s a bit too bitter for my liking. It’s leaving a bitter taste in the back of me mouth after each sip. Perhaps the water I used was too hot, though I don’t have a thermometer so I can’t really tell. Darn!
Hello maple. I can smell you there, even if I don’t see you in the ingredients.
Red Velvet Cake is reminding me of Birthday Cake, at least the smell. We shall see momentarily how the taste pans out. Birthday Cake was too much for me. Though in all fairness it could have been the rooibos base, since I have yet to discover a rooibos I enjoy.
I’m enjoying this one! Despite my dislike of chocolate I think this one may be kept around in my cupboard in small doses. The overwhelming sweet smell doesn’t do the tea justice. It’s a nice smooth, cup of tea. Yes sweet, but not sickeningly so.
This one looks similar to Bear Trap and smells very berry. Surprise right? This is actually my first ever pu’erh. I’m a little nervous.
Steeping it smells exactly like the Triple Berry flavour of Oatmeal Crisp cereal. That I do like.
Fascinating – I was expecting a deep red/pink colour with all the berries but it’s the colour of coffee. I’m tasting the strawberries, yes. Good start to exploring pu’erhs.
Ah Buddha’s Blend. Highly acclaimed. And finally yesterday my store had some! They had only a wee bit left but I got there just in time :)
It smells faintly like peaches (not real peaches, but not a completely fake scent either). I’ve smelled that before in Three Wishes. I’m guessing perhaps that’s the jasmine? That’s the ingredient they have in common. So perhaps I shouldn’t say I don’t care for floral teas, just not rose ones.
I did a 30 second steep since it’s a white tea and I’ve been getting great results with that trick. I’m enjoying it. Nice and light. Not overwhelming, but not underwhelming.
This is an interesting blend. It’s very pretty and colourful dry and steeps a dark red/pink colour. The smell is nice, but there is something I’m not fond of in there – not sure what it is. The taste is much less overwhelming than the smell. I was expecting something akin to Mamma Mia (agh) with such a strong smell. But it seems almost watered down. Not offensive, not awesome. Another one to cross off the list.
Overall a nice blend. I’l finish my 10 g sample, but won’t purchase again.
Hibiscus being the first ingredient makes me shudder. But like Splash!, it deserves at least a try. The scent is really not doing it for me dry or steeping – though it was ever so slightly better dry. And by that I just mean not quite as powerful. The cinnamon is coming out the longer it steeps away.
Oh dude. Is that ever a dark colour red/pink. There are an awful lot of ingredients going on here. At the very least it’s caffeine-free (after my 5 cups of black today that’s probably good).
Oh dear. That’s a bizarre flavour. I’m not sure where to start describing it. I knew that many ingredients couldn’t be a good thing!
I did take a second sip, and blech I taste something medicinal. Swing and a miss.
The look of this one intrigued me. What a wee little leaf! The smell is classic black – perhaps a little bit stronger than most.
Oh yes, this one is stronger than the others. I don’t know that I’ll be keeping this one around after I finish my 10 g sample. Perhaps a shorter steep would make it more drinkable? But today in my black tea experiments I was attempting controlled steeping times to compare across variations.
Sipping on this one as I organize my notes for school.
Smells great dry, just like the other blacks today. Let’s see what’s hiding in the taste. This one is pretty good. I think between this and Nepal Black is most reminding me of English Breakfast. I’ll have to do some more experimenting. For now I’ll just sit back and enjoy this cuppa.
Well, my quest today has been to tick off as many straight blacks as I can. Third one of the day. Hopefully I can fit in 2 more (I do have a late night of studying ahead). I chose this one because I wanted to determine if it was the Darjeeling in David’s Organic Breakfast that I wasn’t liking.
It smells great – like a black tea haha.
Oh my. That flavour is very distinct. And unfortunately I don’t think it’s for me. Though I’m also not sure if that’s what was bothering me in David’s Organic Breakfast. Hmm. I’ll have to ponder on that as I finish this cup.