drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

When you wish upon a star…

For me this tea was a completely new venture, I have not had a Ceylon nor have I had anything with Star Anise in it so I was really venturing into the unknown here, and I am quite glad I did.

Dry this tea has an overpowering raw coconut smell mixed with something that is familiar to my nose but for the life of me I can’t describe what exactly it is. The smell is powerful almost to the point it put me off the tea I was concerned it would turn out very strong…WRONG!

There are big tea black tea leaves contrasted by even larger white coconut shavings and the Star Anise adds the final touch making it an impressive tea to look at. Steeping produces the same powerful aroma as the tea has dry and let me tell you it lingers, I cooked with garlic and I could still smell the tea as if it was steeping long after I had cleaned my steeper out.

The final brew is golden brown and it really loses the pungent aroma in exchange for a softer and sweeter smell. It has a nice soft coconut taste with an exotic spice note added by the Star Anise. Overall this is certainly not a tea you can judge by the smell, as it tastes completely different in comparison to the dry smell. I made a trip to DT today specifically for this tea, and it was certainly worth it.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?


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