1038 Tasting Notes

80
drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

Banana, yes, and a whiff of chocolate, but the flavour is mild. I liked it, but I did not love it.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

Yum. YUM. Sweet and buttery with a wee bit of salt remaining on the lips. I think I might like to try mixing this with a bit of plain black tea to see what happens. It is delicious straight up and hot. My first cup of it brewed up pale yellow, not pink as stated. Perhaps all the beet pieces fell to the bottom of the dry mix. I think I may miss this tea when it discontinues.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Salty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Was in the mood for a buttery cup of this today. Yes, buttery. Totally has that buttery feeling of carnival buttered popcorn with a bit of salt remaining on the lips and fingers. I am glad that it is not all that sweet. The dry mix contains massive pieces of cinnamon bark, so I am cautious not to oversteep as the cinnamon could begin to take control.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, slightest bit of apple at the end of the taste. An interesting tea, this one. I see it being spectacular coming in from the cold after an hour or so of raking up leaves.

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80
drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

I like this herbal blend. I drink it hot or lukewarm without adding any sugar. It is already sweet enough. For me, the main flavours are pineapple-like, apple, and a bit of tartness, either the rose hip or hibiscus comes through.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Rosehips

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

One of my favourite herbal blends. Floral and a bit fruity, but not false tasting like some of David’s blends. I like it. I drink it black and unsweetened and usually manage two or three steepings.

Flavors: Berry, Lavender

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 12 ML

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82

Juicy fresh fruity flavourful green tea. I taste bright pineapple and smell passionfruit. Lovely. I steeped it somewhat briefly and did not add anything to it. I drank it hot and then lukewarm.

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Pineapple

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Yes! Bright pineapple flavour comes through. Very faint green tea flavour. Vague echoes of the roasted rice which adds a bit of groundedness of flavour in each sip. I steeped very briefly, perhaps 3 or 4 minutes and managed about three steepings.

Flavors: Pineapple, Red Wine, Roasted Barley

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 12 ML

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100
drank Buttered Rum by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

Currently, my favourite black tea which I drink black. Buttery, rich, fragrant goodness. I start my day with this filling up my morning mug and timolino. Each teabag or strainer gets three steepings, four if I am desperate. I bought 25 grams initially, ran out, and was traumatized until I managed to get to the store to pick up another 100 grams.

Edit. One thing I really like about this tea, Salted Caramel, and David’s Buttered Rum is that the black tea base is relatively mild. Any idea of what tea they are using here as the base? Anyway, it is just the thing when you want a gentle flavoured black tea, as opposed to a slap you upside the head on both sides black tea, which has its moments too, of course.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
1038 tasting notes

The appearance and the scent of the dry blend is lovely: true to full ripe peach in summer. The tea brews pale yellow. I drink my tea usually in a glass, so the colour is part of it for me. The first hot sip is true to the scent with peach at the very front of the taste, followed by a bit of tartness, but then, it is followed up by a wee bit of artificialness. The scent is still peach, even a bit honeyed.

I only bought about 10 to 15 grams of this tea and this is my first cup. I think I’d like to have a cup from time to time now that the weather has begun to warm up. Light, scented, and flavourful. I will see how I feel about it after a few more cups.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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