drank Lung Ching by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

I am the first one to review this tea?! What an honor :)!

As soon as a saw on steepster that DAVID’s was coming out with a new straight green tea I got so excited, because it’s been a long time since that happened. When I saw that it’s a super fresh tea and very limited edition, I acted fast: my local DAVIDs shop got their shipment in last night and I got this tea less than an hour ago.

When I smelled the dry leaves, they were grassy, buttery, and fresh. The leaves are beautifully long and a nice medium green and look so good and fresh. Lovely. I steeped it in my steeper to let the leaves really soak and expand in to the water, and the smell of the leaves soaking was the same as the dry leaves.

The taste of the tea is grassy, a bit sweet and a bit buttery. It’s really fresh, light, and without bitterness. The first cup I made was using 175 degree F water (my standard temp for green tea) but my second steeping I used 185 F water, which is actually what’s recommended for this tea. Using the hotter water, the colour of the tea was noticeably a bit stronger, and there was more of a grassy-mineral taste. No bitterness, but I think I prefer the first cup made with the lower temp.

Overall this is a lovely tea and I’m glad I picked it up before it went away.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Mineral, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I used to drink coffee, but it started to hurt my stomach so I switched to tea. A friend of mine introduced me to DAVID’s TEA and I couldn’t stop after that! I’ve now been expanding my scope beyond DAVIDs away from “candy-like teas” into more natural teas or flavourings. Current favourite stores include International House of Tea (iHOT) and Verdant Tea.

When it comes to tea ratings, I usually only ever rate them once. I know a lot of people on steepster do many tasting notes for the same teas depending on their mood, but I prefer to rate once and if my opinion changes, I will delete the old note and rate again. How I rate teas goes as following:

1-49: Teas I won’t buy again. Either the taste is disgusting to me, or it’s too bland, etc. I’m most likely not even going to finish the tin/bag.

50-59: Teas I wouldn’t buy again; I have to force myself to drink the whole cup to not waste it.

60-69: I’ll finish the cup and even the bag/tin, but I wouldn’t buy these teas again. Teas of this rating are “lacking something”.

70-79:Teas that are pretty good and ones I might buy again. Usually these teas are ones I have to be “in the mood for” and drink occasionally.

80-89: Great teas! Ones I will drink several times a week and often have in my stash :).

90-100: Favourite must-have teas!

My favourite types of tea are green tea and different types of “natural” herbal tea (different herbs, natural flavourings, etc). I cannot drink black or oolong teas due a sensitive stomach. I don’t really go for white tea due to its cost and the fact that it has just a little caffeine (if I want caffeine I’ll just go for a green tea and if I don’t I’ll go for a herbal-no sense on just having a little caffeine). I also like to do iced teas in the summer time, and then I’ll gravitate towards herbal fruit blends that are bagged to cut costs and convenience (it’s easier to throw out bags than clean a filter). Flavours I don’t care for include anything too tart, bitter, artificial, overly spicy or overly sweet.
Also, when I have time (usually when I’m not working much) I like to make tea lattes out of different rooibos blends.

My everyday green tea is Gunpowder since it is strong and not sensitive to temperatures or steeping time which is something I cannot be bothered with when I’m getting ready for work. Other greens I enjoy are dragonwell, sencha, and different Chinese greens. I’m not the biggest fan of yunnan greens since they are so finicky (although I do like gyokuro)

On a day to day basis I usually have 2-3 cups of green tea and several more cups of different herbal blends.

Besides tea I also work at a couple libraries (I am finishing my library tech diploma),am in my early 20s and got married in Oct 2014.


Northwestern Ontario

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