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My favorite Oolong Supreme was not available and so I picked up the Tie Kwan Yin Oolong instead. I don’t like this one as much as the Oolong Supreme but it is good. I find it to be earthier than the Supreme. Also it tastes “roasted” (if that’s even a taste). You can tell this is a decent quality tea.
Flavors: Earth, Roasted
Yum! Full of pumpkin goodness. I definitely taste the pumpkin coming. I wish the black base tea was better though. But I find places like David’s Tea seem to use the same base so there’s no help for it. Some people would say pumpkin is only for the fall and to that I say “nonsense!” Pumpkin should be all year around.
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Sugar
This is a great blend, that I absolutely adore, but I felt like it was so easy to get wrong. The aroma is absolutely amazing and will completely appeal to those who prefer sweet over savoury and anything creamy. However, it smells so good that its all too easy to build up the flavour profile in your mind. Don’t. The taste is similar, but just not as strong, so retain this in mind and you shouldn’t be disappointed. Also, I can’t stress this enough, be so careful with your brewing times and temperatures. It makes such a big difference brewing this at around 70-80 for a shorter time than recommended.
Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Milk, Toasted
im suprised by how much i like this. i found 50g of this tucked in a corner of my tea cupboard (as opposed to my tea drawer, or tea bin) that i hadnt opened yet. alot of cinnamon flavour, and moderate sweetness that at times gives it a taste kind of like what those mini donuts get dusted in. on hindsight maybe not a good idea to type that when im so hungry. also got a bit of a tomato vine background a couple times as well in the second steeping. this is probably one that i will buy some more of when this mystery bag of it is gone. looking forward to putting some of this in the gaiwan.
The first few tried, I had this hot steeped and I really didn’t like it. It was bitter and burnt, without much of a chocolate or orange flavour.
However, adding hot water to the tea an cold steeping it over night, and then diluting the tea with hot water the next day really helped bring out the chocolate flavour. I did have to scoop out the frozen lipids from the chocolate chip.
The new way of drinking this made it tolerable, but I would not re-order.
I was sorely disappointed with this one. I LOVE the combination of orange and chocolate, and I was dying to try this tea. I really couldn’t taste the chocolate or orange beyond the artificial sweetener that was used. Very disappointing – on the market for a different chocolate orange tea!
Flavors: Artificial, Tea
Another tasting from the puerh plus box.
Ive recently developed a taste for Tieguanyin oolongs, so I decided to try this. Well there is a medium roast on this tea, and the tea leaf size is pretty small. Rinsing this tea with 205 water and brewing it in a 120 yixing.
First infusion I get a strong aroma of toast and cinnamon , a little bit of other spices too, maybe allspice or something. Its light and clear, honey color maybe, there might be a slight taste of honey in it as well.
Second infusion was very similar, the flavor is good and mellow and sweet. Though the flavor is mostly spice and toast. This is the first time Ive gotten to try something from davids tea, not bad at all.
Im going to steep this out a few more times. I figure its probably got 10 or so steepings in it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sour, Spices, Sweet, Toast
This tea is AMAZING iced. Perfect for a warm summer day when I’m craving something sweet. I have had it hot, and it’s still pretty good, however I find fruit flavored teas are usually at their best iced. You lose some of that tart, warm berry taste when it’s iced, which I find to be a good thing, unless it’s a flavor like blueberry pie or something that SHOULD have warm, tart berries.
Anyway, flavor wise, I get mostly goji and raspberry, but can taste the orange at the end of the sip. The hibiscus is slight, and definitely comes out to play a bit more when hot. Might be why I prefer it iced, as I’m not a huge hibiscus fan. If you are looking for a sweet tea, this one is it – it’s not cloying, but it isn’t subtle either. Definitely not one I can have more than one cup of at a time, but it’s good for what it is.
Flavors: Fruity, Goji, Hibiscus, Orange, Raspberry, Sweet
The vanilla taste is harsh and jarring and doesn’t taste like real vanilla bean. Other than the vanilla, the bergamot flavouring is pleasant but somewhat weak, overpowered by the vanilla. I will keep this around for variety and guests, but will not likely repurchase.
june 22/17 this is the last tea of a marathon tea day that included an oolong, 2 shengs, a shou, and this. this one kind of grinds my gears a bit because i can see what it could be, but i feel like i have to be gandalf to brew this thing properly. the main flavour here for me is peach, but i am still not able to make this so the bitterness goes away.
My Tuesday sipdown continues!
I had a bad experience with genmaicha once. One of my friends most aptly described it as tasting like old Thai food.
This particular genmaicha? It’s not bad. Definitely better than the last stuff. I think I’d like it if I made it a bit stronger. I went with the 1.25 tsp serving suggestion on the bag.
I added two splenda to it after taking a few sips of it plain. It now reminds me of the bowl of white rice, milk, and sugar my grandma used to make me when I was sick as a kid. Super pleasant.
Flavors: Grass, Toasted Rice
I love matcha, and I was happy to use a ton of built up points on this, since it is such an expensive tea. However, I was disappointed by how clumpy it turns out when steeping, and also that the flavour profile is not quite what i was expecting. If I had tasted it first I would have saved the points for something else.
I have tried it both hot and iced (as a latte), and I have used both traditional whisking and the davidstea matcha maker. I prefer it as a sweetened iced latte, personally, as without sweetener it is overwhelmingly earthy/grassy. Overall it is just lackluster for the price. If it were cheaper I would be much quicker to recommend it.
Also, the flavour is not as creamy as I was hoping for, and has a very unusual (but subtle) sour note to it.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mud, Sour