514 Tasting Notes

91
drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
514 tasting notes

I did it!
I told you I would do it and I did it!~ mwahaha okay where are my notes.

Dry leaf: the little compact tea balls are a bit smaller than I’ve had with my previous milk oolongs, I’ll see if there’s a difference in leaf size or if they’re just rolled more tight. Smells like heaven, can’t wait!

1st steep! I started at soon as I got to work, so my tastebuds weren’t in full effect and I may have mad some lingering tooth brush taste [/disclaimers].
I did 1.5 tsp in my Perfect Mug, 12 ounces of water. 30 seconds.
Wow. The flavour is full on, even with a ton of water and a mere 30 second steep, we got the buttery condensed milk, nectar of the tea-gods milk oolong aw yea. There’s a tiny hint of astringency but it helps balance out the decadence of the buttery taste. Not a lot of veggie going on just yet.

2nd steep! Only 10 ounces of water for the rest of the steeps. I let it go for one minute, but I think I could have stopped at 45 seconds because it was very full flavoured again. Very smooth and vegetal, less milky and more astringent, but not unpleasantly so. The smell of the liquor is like candy and I have to say, I need to crave a milk oolong to fully enjoy it, and this fulfills the craving 100%. A lot more flavour as the cup cools down as well.

3rd steep! This one was strange. I started 1.5 mins and took a sip – it wasn’t quite enough. I tried 1:45, still nothing, so I did my usual “last steep” and let it go for 5-7 minutes. This time it came out deep golden yellow, very vibrant. Like drinking gold! Still very smooth, but also a bit tart with the bitterness of the leaves – due to my long steep I’m sure. Buttery veggies for sure, but a lot less thick than the previous steeps. The leaf size was about the same as other milk oolongs I’ve tried!

In conclusion: Although I go on with lots of detail and gushing, this isn’t the be-all end-all of milk oolongs – I don’t feel I get as many layers of flavour as I do with David’s M O, but overall it was very consistent and didn’t leave me wanting!
I also think the price point is extremely well priced for this quality, and I would urge anyone to give it a try! (I got an extra 25% off with the Christmas deal, so I’m wishing I got 100g at this price!)

Daddyselephant

Yay! I love the price point on this one. Definitely getting some tomorrow. Thanks for the review!

Indigobloom

For me it tends not to matter so much, since I rarely make it past three or four steeps anyhow. If I had a Gawain, maybe I would though. I can’t wait to try this out!!! and the one from Tao of Tea as well (I think they changed their name, because of the confusion with the other company in the US but I can’t recall to what!)

DaisyChubb

Yeah 3 or 4 steeps is the limit for me usually too, even when I use a little 6ounce or smaller cup. Not enough time in the day to drink all the tea we want to, especially with me eating huge lunches lately and being too full. Bad!
I bet with a gaiwan one could get many more steeps out of this tea anyways – my amount of water probably sucked all the flavour out more quickly. Yay technical terms. !

whee can’t wait for more reviews of this tea :D I’m lookin at you aisling o_o

Daddyselephant

I’m on it! I will definitely be picking some up tomorrow!

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88
drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
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Oops.

So my boyfriend and I were trying to get to sleep at 11pm last night.. and 12 rolls around.. and I guess I made this tea too late in the day because we were on a caffeine high – I mean waaay too much energy for that time of night. So I was cranky and tossed and turned and work was the longest day ever. So!
Just a warning, this tea has kick!

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88
drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
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This is a kind of chai that I’ve been trying to perfect at home. Well, I need a break after all my tea-blend failures, and this one hit it perfectly.

I steeped it stovetop style, but oversteeped it a bit I think (for my liking) or didn’t add enough milk, because I like my chai spicy with spice, not bitter! It was slightly bitter (my fault) but with the addition of milk and a splash of maple syrup – this was just as good as at my favorite Indian Restaurant. I go there for the butter chicken, naan bread and chai. ah glory.

The coconut is subtle but there in the background for sure, creating an extra creamy note. I could use a bit more coconut, but I’ll judge that when I have it sans additions. Another Tealish hit!

nomadinjeopardy

Yum, I’ve been wanting to try this because I love Yogic Chai’s coconut chai. But I still have a lot of that left. But, it’s convinced me that all chai should include coconut for that extra creaminess.

DaisyChubb

Absolutely! I need to pick up more coconut milk for that reason alone

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82
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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Yes this is such a delicious rooibos!! Thank you again Tealish!

The thing I appreciate most about this tea is how real the fruit smells when you stick your nose in. Strawberry kiwi fairy-heaven. The fruit taste is real too – I had a 4 minute steep because I couldn’t wait any longer and it was not light on flavour at all. A great companion tea if you’re a Green and Fruity fan!

It’s gorgeous too, little curls and pretty colours. This would be such a hit with my little niece – I think I will bring it home for Christmas.
Can’t wait to coldbrew this one, all I can say is this was a huge hit with Mike and also this would make amazing popsicles and also… this tea. rocks.

Daddyselephant

I want to marry this tea.

…have you tried the milk oolong yet? I’m dying to know how it is!

DaisyChubb

Not yet! I’m so bad :(
I was super full after lunch today too D: rest assured I can drink caffiene all day tomorrow, it being friday, so I will log it as son as I take my first sip!

Indigobloom

I second that notion! I’ve wanted to know how milk oolong from this place is for ages!!

Daddyselephant

I am holding you to that! ;). We’re heading out there on Sunday, I’m hoping it’s good!

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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A quick coldbrew note!

I have learned that chocolate teas work wonderfully for cold brews. The taste was intense – chocolate and mint with a smooth tea base, no sweetener needed. The lips turned this tea a lovely red. Another iced tea for royalty!

My usual coldbrew – 1.5 teaspoons for one 12 ounce container, steeped over night in the fridge.

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82
drank Oh Christmas Tea by Tealish
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Yum! Absolutely Christmas in a cup.

This is a wonderful spiced black. The taste that stands out the most to me is the “sweet orange”, like a wee Christmas orange :D But a close second is the spiciness – peppercorn and cinnamon in a delish bakey sensation. Amazing tea for Christmas morning (or Wednesday morning, as I had it)

The next day I tried a cold brew. Er.. today! Wow it was great. Like a spiced orange iced tea, gourmet!

I say orange a lot, but orange does not overwhelm this tea at all. It’s really just a part of the larger whole. A delicious tea whole.

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Perfect cold steep!

I like this much better than steeping then pouring over ice, because my ice tends to have a slight freezer taste, no matter how fresh they might be.
Cold steep it is!

Used one perfect teaspoon for a 12 oz container.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Faith

Loooooove this tea, should probably buy more.

nomadinjeopardy

Ugh, freezer taste! I know exactly what you mean and prefer cold brewing for the same reason.

DaisyChubb

Freezer taste ruins everything ; 3; popcicles.. hamburger soup.. grandma’s cabbage rolls.

But green and fruity makes everything better ^^

revlisx

I really loved this iced, so I will definitely try cold brewing

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78
drank Toasty Almond by Tealish
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I think like how Grumpy Girl Cosmetics does a mirror version of Lush products, Forever Nuts is like a sister to this! haha Thanks Jessie!! :D

Instead of pink, the beetroot turns the liquid a deep, yet bright red! Think Hibiscus red, with no hibiscus! My brain kept warning me not to drink it, but happily there was no tart horrors to be had haha.

It doesn’t taste as much like minidonuts like Forever Nuts, this one is a nice change as it has a different balance of flavours. It’s quite nice, I love these kind of teas. Light on spice, but not light on flavour (although don’t skimp on the amount, as it becomes too watery. I’ve already learned my lesson!)

nomadinjeopardy

I actually think this one came first! They also have a Walnut Ave. blend that looks and smells identical to Toasted Walnut (haven’t tried it yet), but I think Tealish’s was first. Rather interesting.

DaisyChubb

Thanks Jessie! Good to know, I editted my review a little as the more I drank the more they seemed like sister teas instead of mirror teas.

That is very interesting! I think I prefer this one as a bedtime treat. :)

nomadinjeopardy

Cool! I still need to try this one. I kept adding it and then removing it from my shopping basket since I still have a little bag of a recent purchase of Forever Nuts unopened. There need to be more hours in the day so I can drink more tea!

DaisyChubb

Agreed! I think they are different enough to warrant a different taste, but similar enough to finish your Forever Nuts first… if that makes sense :D

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68
drank Dreidels & Donuts by Tealish
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Oh my gooosh! My TeaLish order came today!
If you get a chance to try this company, I’m in love. Super fast shipping time, free shipping for Canadians over $50, an amazing winter sale and so many unique blends… yes!

This was my first one to try. Mm it was simple but satisfying. The strawberry held it’s own against the chocolate, and I got a bakey smell and taste! The boy thought it was just so-so, but I think this is a nice treat that doesn’t overwhelm the tastebuds.

Thanks Tealish, for amazing customer service!! (They even handwrote a little think you note ^^ ee!)

Daddyselephant

Oooooh, what else did you get?

DaisyChubb

Oh it’s quite the list, I am so happy ee ^^ Toasty Walnut, milk oolong, patisserie, oh christmas tea, caramel oolong (which based on the reviews I may regret haha) um.. oo fairy dust! a few flowering teas, coconut cream chai and earl grey cream! phew! All under 50 bucks! I’m a happy camper :D

Plunkybug

Wow, good selection! Can’t wait to read more of the tastings.

nomadinjeopardy

I’m looking forward to the reviews, too! I’m liking the Tealish love. They have some great teas.

Daddyselephant

Yay you got Fairy Dust! Everyone should try Fairy Dust nods I’ve not tried their milk oolong, I might have to pick some up on Sunday…

DaisyChubb

I was going to try it today and resteep all afternoon.. instead I ate a huge lunch and was so full I didn’t drink anything! Silly me, should have tried my Detox tea from Davids.. tomorrow!

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Not going to rate this, because I think what happened was my fault…

The recommended steep time is 5-7 minutes… I may have let it steep for 10 when I meant to steep it for 3 or 4. It was disgusting. Bitter and hibbi all the way. Evil hibbi. I couldn’t finish the cup it was so gross.

So now I have a feeling… even if I steep it right I will taste how I made it the first time. I just can’t handle any hibiscus.

The dry smell was so tempting though… but I think I’ll stick with Forever Nuts.

Jenn

Hibbiness will ruin the best of teas :/

DaisyChubb

Truthiness!

AliPants

This tea is just swimming in hibiscus. I tried this both at home and in-store, and trying it in store was actually worse than over steeping it. It wasn’t sure what it wanted to taste like – too many sweet, fruity ingredients, and too much hibiscus. I didn’t finish my cup either. Hell, I didn’t even finish my little mini SAMPLE cup.

DaisyChubb

haha same Ali!
When smelling the dry stuff, I thought I would be resteeping it all day… le sigh

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.

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