170 Tasting Notes
Yummm! While today was a sunny and happy spring day, I surprisingly decided to go with a comforting winter tea. I have just a little of it left, and I think it isn’t being sold anymore, so I’m trying to spare it, but every cup reminds me why I had gathered a provision of it! The chai taste is totally there (by that, I mean the Indian spices; cardamom, ginger, etc. For some reason, DAVIDsTEA has a bunch of “chai” teas that have none of these spices, which I always found curious), but add to that a sweet fruity taste (there are some huge blueberries in there!). For even more depth, the peppercorn can be most tasted in the aftertaste, when a little spicy hint comes at your tongue, not too strongly. I am a fan of chai in general, and this one is no exception. While it doesn’t have any actual tea in it, it actually opens the possibility of adding your own and creating some awesome chai blends. But it’s great just like that too. No milk, no sugar!
The first time I drank this tea, I oversteeped it and found the lavender taste to be really overwhelming, to the point where it wasn’t nice (though I generally like lavender). So this time around, I steeped it just the right amount of time (thank you, Breville!), and the result is a lot more satisfying. Actually, there’s two distinct movements to drinking that tea for me: first, when I take a sip, the blend of lavender and green tea is mellow, smoothing, definitely well harmonized – a true pleasure that tastes really different from the more standard teas. Then, the aftertaste comes, in which the lavender taste isn’t delicate anymore, but just all over the place, and leaves this not-too-pleasant taste in my throat. The upside is that facing this not-too-pleasant taste, I quickly reach for my cup to take another sip and enjoy the awesome taste I get at the start.
So all in all, it’s really hard to give a rating to the tea. I’d give 94 for the first taste, and 35 for the aftertaste. I guess I’ll go with something in between (closer to the 90s than 30s though because really, it does taste really good as you take a sip).
This has become my standard Oolong.
Whenever I feel like having a good cup of rich, floral Oolong, delicate yet full, the Quangzhou Milk Oolong never disappoints. I tried a few Milk Oolongs from different stores, and I honestly couldn’t see a big difference; each of them was just as good. This one is no exception. Certainly a classic I’ll keep coming back to for my whole life.
The balance of all the ingredients is just perfect. The first thing that comes to mind when tasting is melon, but surrounded by a rich taste of…. hmmm… other tasty stuff! It’s a little tart, which is a big plus for me. There is also a natural sweetness to it, maybe because of the apple chunks, though the sweetness is also perfectly balanced. The best about it might be the aftertaste. After swallowing a sip, the flavour left in my mouth seems to change every minute, revealing a new dimension of its yumminness. Then, if I wait too long before the next sip, I can feel my taste buds screaming “More! More! More!”. I don’t know how many cups of this I could drink in a row, but probably many. Many many.
I hope DAVIDsTEA plans on keeping this one in stores for the summer, because it will be absolutely perfect for iced tea!
The other day, as I made myself some Passion tea (by Tazo – the teas of Starbucks), I started wondering why DAVIDsTEA hadn’t yet created a similar but better tea, seeing how popular it is. Well, David might have heard my thoughts, because Pink Flamingo is exactly that! It is slightly less acid (but just slightly) and the actual citrus taste is probably a bit bolder. Both list hibiscus as a main ingredient, and both are pink when infused, so I guess that makes sense. Anyway, I’m sure the mentioning of Starbucks and bagged teas will scare away some people, but I’m a big fan of the Passion tea, so to me this is all very positive ;)
Though I steeped it for very long (I always do), I didn’t taste it getting any bitter like some other reviewers did. I actually loved the fact it tasted very strong and lemony… I think this is by far the most lemony tea by DAVIDsTEA I have ever tried, and I did try the Lemon Oolong, the Lemon Cream Pie, the Electric Lemon, and the one from the 2009 winter collection that smelled like lemon sorbet (forget the name…).
Oh, and seeing how good Passion is as an iced tea, I’m sure this will be an instant winner in the summertime, a perfect alternative to the classic pink lemonade… maybe mixed with a bit of black tea, for the kick!