1085 Tasting Notes

75

I was reluctant to buy this tea because it sounded like it might turn out to be somewhat gross, and then, if they got it right, it could turn out to be fab. In the end, my curiosity won out and I bought enough for three or four good cups: a good place to mention that the dry tea is quite heavy as it resembles broken up peanut butter cups.

The peanut flavour is right there. The chocolate is just a hint, but I’d say the peanut butter cup scent and flavour is quite accurate. I’d like the chocolate to be more present and the cup to be more creamy, but all in all, I’d say that they did a pretty good job with this.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peanut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

That sounds really good! I actually saw this today while I was on their site and thought it sounded interesting. Maybe I’ll add it to my list to try.

Evol Ving Ness

I quite enjoyed it, but it is something I’d like from time to time. It’s worth a try.

Kirkoneill1988

remind me to try this tea someday! :D

Evol Ving Ness

Aha! Someone wonderful suggested that I try this half and half with Chocolate Macaroon. Win!

Now rumours are going around to try this with chocolate milk. Apparently a life-altering experience which I have yet to try.

Shae

Please let us know if you try it!

Kirkoneill1988

i never heard of adding chocolate milk with tea

Evol Ving Ness

Will do, Shae.

The tea world is changing, changing. A few years ago, adding regular milk and/or sugar to oolong or green teas was unheard of.

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100
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1085 tasting notes

YES. Wholeheartedly yes.

This is one of my favourite mild black teas, mild as opposed to the strong assertive black teas in Mighty Leaf fruited teas. It is pretty mellow morning or afternoon tea. I find that this and Buttered Rum by David’s also are in the same craving range for me. Both are my big favourites from David’s selection and I always have both in my cupboard.

This is now my second or third big purchase of this tea.

The tea brews up dark amber. The dry and wet scents are lovely: grounded light caramel. The taste is mellow grounded caramel, light light caramel, with a wee hint of sea salt. It’s a mild tea—I enjoy it black, through two quick steepings. I have had it in store as a latte, but found it not as satisfying as I’d like. The flavour and depth was not strong enough in all that milk for me.

One thing I really like about this tea 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.

I like this combination of flavours a lot. I would like to discover a tea that has a bit more true rich quasi-burnt caramel flavour going on, without tasting false, of course. So, if someone has any ideas, please let me know.

Flavors: Caramel, Salt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

This sounds like something I would love! I actually just placed an order for some of the Buttered Rum so I’ll have to add this one to the list for my next order.

Evol Ving Ness

Ha! I just bought another batch of both today as David’s was running a buy 2 get one free offer. Sounds like it might be a good time for you to pop by a store if you have one handy.

Shae

I saw the buy 2 get one free deal in an email, but we don’t have any stores nearby. It’s definitely on my list for an online order next time though.

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80

Really big BIG pieces of fruit in this tea dry and not much else. The tisane brews up lemon yellow. The flavours are bright—mango, citrus—and a teeny bit of citrus bitterness peeking through. Initially, it seemed like grapefruit peel bitterness, but perhaps that’s not it. Each sip seems to have a different flavour variation as it cools from hot to not all that hot: pleasant though. Fruity, juicy, and pleasant.

I don’t find that the flavours taste unnatural, like others have mentioned, but then, I was quite stingy with the dry tea.

While I enjoy this flavourful cup, I imagine it would be quite expensive to keep on hand given the density and size of the fruit needed for a each cup. I will enjoy what I have, but likely will not restock all that often.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Oh yes, and a bit of pineapple going on here too. Nice.

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90
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1085 tasting notes

I may have tried this initially either in the store or as a sample packet from a purchase. Or not. Or read about it from other reviewers. Whatever.

One day when I was in a David’s store here, I ran into a client who raved and raved about this tea being her favourite. She often doctors it up with organic baby rose buds she buys from a health food store. Between this chat and the intoxicating scent of the dry tea, I ended up buying a good bit to try and formulate my own perspective.

Based on what I don’t know, I had expected this tea to taste false, unlike real things. Nope. I had given the bag a good shake to ensure that I would be getting a bit of everything on my scoop, brewed it quickly with boiling water that I had walked away from for a few minutes to let cool a bit.

This is lovely tea. Lovely. Yellow amber in the glass. Smooth, light, intoxicating flavour. Floral and fruity but mellow and not too much of either. Rose, jasmine, and lychee fluttering about on a delicate white tea base. Apparently, there is green tea as well, but it must be just a suggestion to give a bit more body.

All in all, a very nice balance of flavours and a very nice cup indeed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

And now after having posted my review, I am reading what others have said about this tea. And they say peaches. Yes, peaches. It could be peaches. It could be lychees. It could be both. Whatever. It’s delicious.

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100

Oh God, I have been transported.

Good solid strong black base, which reminds me of the Mighty Leaf black tea base for its fruity teas. Smooth with a teeny wee bit of smoke. And then, rose and spice and citrus. Just divine. Really.

If I began four mornings of my week with this tea, despite my tea obsession and outrageous tea collection, still, all would be right with my world. I steeped three times and would likely be able to steep another full flavoured good one. Each steep held up flavourfully well in my timolinos, despite the delicate flavours.

I received this as part of my monthly subscription for September (or is it part of October’s selection?) with Tea Sparrow. No regrets. Highly recommended.

I am experimenting with tea subscriptions currently. What I really like about Tea Sparrow is that first, they are Canadian, so I don’t feel like I am getting gouged on the exchange and the shipping charges. Second, their selections from various tea blenders are awesome, high quality, and inspired. Third, their taster packages are far more generous than the other subscriptions that I am subscribing to, so you really do get a chance to dig into the teas rather than feeling that it is all just a ruse to nudge you into buying larger quantities. I do buy larger quantities anyway, of course.
Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
reviewed Carry Travel Mug by DAVIDsTEA
1085 tasting notes

About my three 12 ounce Timolinos and my two 16 ounce travel carry mugs from David’s tea.

I. adore. my. three. 12 ounce Timolinos. Adore them and use them daily. They are light, leakproof, and feel ever so good in my hands. They keep my teas hot forever.

And yes, I also have two David’s 16 ounce travel carry mugs. Which I also use regularly. I prefer the look and feel of the Timolinos, but I like the 16 oz size of the carry mugs.

I find that the travel carry mugs retain the scent and flavour of highly flavoured teas, so I am careful to not use them with highly perfumed teas, such as Elderflower Spritz for example. Because of this, I am also careful not to use the carry mugs with delicately flavoured teas as well.

I bought all three on different sales as David’s in discontinuing them due to now having their own design of the same product. However, the quality is such that I would still buy them at regular price without regrets.

I do not use the steeping baskets of either the Timolinos or the carry mugs. I prefer to steep in my Steeper and pour the ready tea into the containers. The openings are too narrow to use with David’s stainless steel steeper baskets.

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t really use travel mugs :(

Evol Ving Ness

Why not? I use them at home, and I use them when I am in motion. I usually steep my teas more than once, so I will steep once for immediate consumption and then will pour the second steeping into thermos to warm up my cup as it cools.

Both types keep tea hot for hours, so it is handy to just have tea ready when you are ready to drink it, whether at home or out and about.

Kirkoneill1988

You are right. I have a gong fu set ;)

keychange

If you like the look and feel of the smaller timolino, you might want to try the new curve mug. I am in love with it at the moment, especially the mesh lid and eep steeping basket for in-mug brewing. And perfect size for my small hands!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, keychange. At present, I am set for travel mugs, timolinos, and thermos cups. However, if the curve mugs go on sale at some point, I may not to able to stop myself.

Addendum to the travel carry mug. It really does retain a good bit of flavouring from teas, which I find quite annoying as you can find yourself expecting a good cup when away from home and when you open it, your fresh tea’s flavour will have been contaminated by flavours from teas gone by.

keychange

I’ve been attempting to steep using the basket that comes with my curve, but am sort of finding that there’s something wrong with all my tea. I can’t tell if it’s the leftover scent of teas gone by in the silicone, or if it’s the smell of “trapped heat” if that makes sense, or if it’s the steeping basket…but I’m going to try steeping in my steeper and pouring it in instead. I do like that the basket that comes with the curve mug is pretty deep (like the carry basket), but the bottom still doesn’t have holes which is a problem.

Evol Ving Ness

I haven’t steeped my teas in any of my timolino or travel mug baskets yet, so I can’t help here. The hinges look too flimsy and the baskets just seem too fussy. I will use them when I travel, but for at home steeping, I just use my steeper and pour in the ready tea. I think I might prefer to use tea bags to put my tea into when I am away from home rather than the baskets. Failing that, I might just throw the tea directly into the cup and use the mesh screen to prevent drinking the teas (although when I do use the screen, the lip is too fat, which makes drinking awkward).

keychange

Oh, see I love drinking through the screen lid. And the good thing about tea bags is that you can put them in and just flip the whole thing over to steep if you want.

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100
reviewed Timolino (16 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
1085 tasting notes

I. adore. my. three. 12 ounce Timolinos. Adore them and use them daily. They are light, leakproof, and feel ever so good in my hands. They keep my teas hot forever.

And yes, I also have two David’s 16 ounce carry mugs. Which I also use regularly. I prefer the look and feel of the Timolinos, but I like the 16 oz of the carry mugs.

I bought all three on different sales as David’s in discontinuing them due to now having their own design of the same product. However, the quality is such that I would still buy them at regular price without regrets.

I do not use the steeping baskets of either the Timolinos or the carry mugs. I prefer to steep in my Steeper and pour the ready tea into the containers. The openings are too narrow to use with David’s stainless steel steeper baskets.

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80

I had a little mini-panic attack when I checked David’s website and wasn’t able to find this tea. I thought it had disappeared before I was able to renew my stash.

I adore genmaicha. I don’t know whether this blend falls into the category of genmaicha proper, but for me, it has that sort of toasty rice and green tea thing going on.

Initially, I had rated this tea at 82, but now I am hoisting it to 90 because I would like to have this tea around. Often.

The toasty rice and rooibos provides a bit of groundedness to this bright bright pineapple flavour. It even has that post- sip acidic pineapple kick you get from real pineapple.

I used my usual approach to green tea steeping. Boil water and walk away for a few minutes, four or five minutes to let the boiling water rest before steeping the tea for a minute or two. I steeped the tea twice and both times the flavour of the tea was just lovely.

No additions, as usual.

Flavors: Pineapple, Toasted Rice

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I like it. Pinky red liquor. Hibiscus tart. The strawberry flavour shines through. Maybe a bit of pineapple kick.

I like to have this one handy for the moments that I am in the mood for something just like this.

Not quite sure in which ways it is different from Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait by David’s. Perhaps I’ll need to do a side by side taste test.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Pineapple, Strawberry

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kirkoneill1988

you sure like Davids tea :) i’ve never tried anything from them yet

Evol Ving Ness

David’s tea is what got me started with my tea obsession. Specifically, I bought a few of their sampler boxes, which is a good way to try many of their teas to see what you like. Their marketing/outreach is amazing.
Several of their shops are on my various daily routes, so it is easy enough to stop in to try a sample or purchase teas to try. In person, I can buy just enough for two or three cups of tea while ordering online, you need to commit to 50 grams or more. Also, their shipping fees are reasonable. It is easy enough to spend the minimum to receive free shipping. Also, their reward program is a nice perk. So, while their teas vary in quality, there is a lot that is quite enticing about their brand. Take a look at their website and see what they offer.

Lately, I’ve been ordering from other companies too, so I will be getting around to posting my comments on other teas. But then, I also have quite a bit of David’s tea that I still haven’t written about yet.

Kirkoneill1988

Hmm I usually order from these 3 companies.

-yunnan sourcing
- teavivre
-uptons tea imports

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I have had my eye on the first two and plan on making an order from them. The last one is new to me. I will have a look.

Kirkoneill1988

yeah, the teas i listed for you to check out comes from the first company

Kirkoneill1988

the com not us site

Kirkoneill1988

o shoot i listed some teas to look at to a different person, sorry :(

Evol Ving Ness

So. What teas were they?

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I like that puerh improves with age.

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90

Lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of Mighty Leaf’s flavoured black teas in the morning, which are quite assertive and dynamic bold Chinese blacks. Or David’s Buttered Rum, my favourite way to start the day: sweet, buttery, bathed in coconut.

After last night’s disappointment from David’s fall collection, I needed an uplifting change.

And how lovely a change this is.

Artichoke or young green bean green scent and flavour. Light. Tasty. A bit grassy.

Pale yellow green in my clear glass cup.

I do not have a way to measure the temperature of the water, so my approach to steeping green teas, without scorching them, is this: I boil the water and then walk away for a few minutes. Maybe four or five minutes. Then I come back and steep the tea briefly briefly. Two minutes perhaps.

Not an exact science, but it works.

I like this tea a lot. Clean and unmuddied. Several dimensions of taste and depth. Perfect for moments such as these.

Flavors: Artichoke, Grass, Green Beans, Vegetal

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 g 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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