308 Tasting Notes

86
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
308 tasting notes

Had a cup of this one today. It’s so nice on a winter’s day curled up with a book.

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97

I am a big maple freak and I love this tea. When I opened the bag it smelled like those maple leaf shaped cookies. I was worried it was going to be too much. But, it’s awesome. Once brewed the maple is just a nice compliment to the oolong. The ooling tea is still fully present in the cup and the two flavors go together very nicely.

I also would like to see this one in the permanent collection because when I run out of this one I might cry.

TeaBrat

I liked it too!

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96

I blended this tea when Ovation tea offered some of us a chance to blend our own with their ‘create your own’ blend tool for free.
http://www.ovationteas.com/custom-tea-blend/create-your-own-tea-blend.html

I actually ordered the honeybush but was accidentally sent the black tea. They are super nice and are going to send me a corrected batch. So, look for another review of this same blend but made with honeybush soon.

This tea is sooo good. It smells great in the bag and brews up just as nice and tasty. The black tea seems to be of a high quality with little astringency. I was working and didn’t even pay attention to how many minutes I steeped it and it still came out great. The predominant flavors in this are brown sugar and cinnamon with a touch of apple flavor. The apple doesn’t overwhelm it like a lot of apple flavored teas. It really does taste like an apple pie. Last winter I was trying really hard to lose weight and all I wanted was apple pie. I could never find a tea to fill that craving and I would have killed for this one. I love it. Can you tell? I did good, if I do say so myself. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Uniquity

I’m curious which apple teas you’ve tried that came out too appley (I have the opposite problem…I want a good cider style apple tea, but I end up with ones with a hint of apple and loads of cinnamon or other artificial taste). Glad this worked out for you though, sounds delish!!

Kristin

This one was definitely not cider-like. :) Pie. :)
I’ll have to look though my list to see which apple ones I liked and didn’t.

Uniquity

I’m okay with pie too, luckily. : ) Really just anything with good and authentic apple taste. : )

SimplyJenW

I would love to know what you did for this blend! It sounds lovely!

SimplyJenW

Never mind…..I see you put it in the description.

TeaEqualsBliss

MISS YOU!!!!

Kristin

Sorry. I’ll be back soon. It was so hot this summer and had no AC. Then I was travelling for work, and then I moved this last weekend. So… I’ll be back any day now. I ordered that maple cheesecake oolong from 52 teas which will hopefully be here today.

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95
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
308 tasting notes

This tea is great Frank! Cinnamon can so easily overwhelm but it’s just right in this tea. And it does taste like a cinnamon roll. Its mellow and has a touch of yeasty bread flavor with a nice warmth from the cinnamon. I added a little agave nectar to bring out the sweetness of a cinnamon roll.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Jenn

I can’t wait for my order to arrive!

nomadinjeopardy

Same here! I’m really looking forward to this one.

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85

I picked this up at the local Chinese Grocery store today. It was $2.10 for almost 2 oz. How could I pass that up? This is actually pretty good. I gave it a quick wash in hot water and then steeped it for a couple of minutes. It’s floral, a little complex, and has some of that toasty chinese restaurant oolong flavor that I like. There is also some fruity background flavor I haven’t identified yet. For $2, I’m pretty impressed.

Oh, and the container is gorgeous too.
http://img.chinaa2z.com/uploadpic/AboutChina/20070921/200709210828597052/200651816483652284.jpg

Update – getting a little grassy flavor as it cools.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Ok, NOW I am tasting it. I accidentally added too much sweetener (agave) to this and the pancake and maple flavor really popped out. Of course it is sugary sweet now, but I suppose that is how pancakes are supposed to be. Bumping up my rating.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Ti Kwan Yin by Tea Licious
308 tasting notes

Tealicious Teas sent this free sample. Ti Kuan Yin is not my favorite variety of oolong; it’s usually a little too green and grassy. But I like this one. It’s growing on me as I drink it. It’s a smidge grassy, but not too much, and it has some nice floral notes.

I gave this a quick wash and then brewed it in my ceramic tea pot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

I got this free sample from ChineseTea-shop.com. They sent it all the way from Singapore! Can you believe that? Anyway, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I chose the Jasmine tea for my sample as I don’t really like Jasmine teas. So, read this review with that in mind. For a Jasmine tea, this is really pretty good. I’m not sure whether it is a green, oolong, or a white, or whether Jasmine tea can be a tea without a base?? I used 3 g of tea in my tiny infuser cup (I think its somewhere between 4 and 6 oz). I may have used too muh tea for the size cup. It’s a little bitter, but I kind of like the bitter against the strong jasmine flavor. The tea leaves are beautiful curled uo leaves when unsteeped. If you like jasmine tea, you’ll love this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Payton

The tea base is probably green; although oolongs are also used, they don’t look like that. If you still have any (or if you encounter anything similar), I’d suggest trying 45 seconds to 1 minute at 80 degrees. That will likely bring out the jasmine and any sweetness in the green without drawing on any bitterness.

Kristin

I think I do still have some of this left in my tea drawer. Do you mean 180 F?

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30
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
308 tasting notes

This is my first DavidsTea hate. I hate it. Somehow the melon flavors are tasting like roses to me. There is nothing that I hate more than rose petals in my tea. I know they aren’t there, but that is what I am getting. It’s almost like a pot-pourri. Bleah. Also, I cannot tell that this is an oolong. I cannot taste the base at all (which is incidentally what I love about the flavored black teas, but somehow with an oolong I want to taste it).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Daddyselephant

Awww, sad. This is one of our favorites, we were sad to see it discontinued. But hey! At least you didn’t fall for a discontinued tea, am I right?"

Kristin

True. Although I am falling for all of the spring teas. That’s gonna come back to bite me.

Uniquity

Stock up : )

Kristin

Unfortunately I’ll have to drink some of what I have before I can order more. Tea drawer is maxed out. Husband’s head will explode if I buy more tea. :)

Uniquity

Ah, that’s when you get hubby addicted and turn tea drawer into tea shelves. : )

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98

Enjoying a nice snowy day at home, cooking, drinking tea, and reading books. This is a perfect tea for book reading.

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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