4941 Tasting Notes

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Had a brief but lovely exchange with Lala today in order to swap GCTTB1 and GCTTB2; we met up at the Vintage Tea Room which is a lovely little British style tea house. While sadly she couldn’t stay for tea, I managed to sneak in a pot and some food before I started work at one…

This was definitely what I had been craving all morning; the maltyness that’s typically associated with Irish Breakfast blends in particular sounded like the perfect flavour note to really hit the spot – and it did deliver in that regard. I definitely wish that this particular Irish Breakfast wasn’t CTC though because the tea house put the leaf directly into the pot and then it strains as you pour so it got pretty astringent/bitter quite quickly. It wasn’t anything that a little milk and sugar couldn’t cure but I prefer not to add sugar if I don’t have to.

As far as food goes I got my standard Cranberry Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich, which I highly recommend to anything who gets the chance to visit the tea house in the future. And for dessert I got a slice of Coconut Cream Pie which was definitely decent though not the best dessert I’ve had from them: the Pecan Pie in particular is DIVINE.

I don’t visit the tea room enough, it’s such a convenient walk from work…

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Raisins

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a splendid morning.

Could you please explain how to make italics on steepster?

Roswell Strange

If you want to italicize something you just need to format the word/words like _ this _ (just take out the spaces so that they’re right next to the word). It’ll look like… this.

Evol Ving Ness

Practicing :)

Scheherazade

This is a revelation

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Cold Brew Sipdown (136)!

Finishing off the sample of this that I managed to draw out for such a long time; the brew had strong, semi-tart orange/citrus notes with a little bit of gooseberry sourness and then a finish that was floral and crisp and refreshing from the spearmint. I really enjoyed it, especially since I was quite hungover when I was drinking it.

None the less, I think I’m good on this one for a while. I’m sure at some point I’ll crave it again, but for now I’m definitely satisfied for the near future.

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Sipdown (137)!

Tried doing a ‘flash’ infusion (of sorts) of this to finish off the sample. So, instead of steeping at a lower temperature for a more extended time period I instead used boiling water for a minute. I remember this is a tip I first learned from Stacy/Butiki and it really hasn’t steered me wrong since.

In this case, it really drew out the blueberry flavour without giving the green base as much time to develop/overwhelm the blueberry. So that blueberry note that I found really subtle last cuppa instead became this really brilliant, juicy blueberry top note that made the cup. I also got hints of cinnamon and the roasty toasted rice but the blueberry was DEFINITELY the star.

It made for a very positive way to finish off the sample. So, thanks again Scheherazade!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for passing that tip along, Ms. Strange.

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This is a queued tasting note.

So, this “cocktail” themed line that seems to be a reoccurring mini collection the last few years has definitely been one I’ve usually found some success with: I do quite like Sangria, for example. However, I think this is the most exciting “cocktail” themed tea they’ve released so far: I ADORE pineapple and you know what? I quite like mimosas too. Plus, it’s nice to see that it’s been mostly favourbly reviewed so far.

I cold brewed this, of course. I quite like that the dominant note is candied pineapple but not in an overly sweet/cloying way. Kudos to DAVIDsTEA for not adding any additional sweetener to this blend: anything more than this level of sweetness would be too much. I will admit that I’m missing the typical, semi-tart flavour of pineapple because this is just sweeter pineapple notes without that tang/acidity but at the same time I think that also just slightly sets this apart from other pineapple blends.

As far as other flavours, there’s also a sweet and just a little bit crisp apple undertone accompanying the sweet pineapple, and then a softer almost floral finish. I also get this note that’s almost like unrefined honey. Quite yummy! My first impression is that this would make a pretty delightful tea pop or spritzer, so I definitely think I’m adding that to my list of stuff to try with this blend.

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89

GCTTB V1

So, this is my last tea from the box apart from the three or four things I took out to try at a later date. I had a great time with this box! Even though not everything was a success, I still got to try eighteen different teas. As it stands, I really look forward to swapping the box with Lala for the second one, and continuing the fun exploration!

FIVE SECOND RINSE
- Strong, sweet aroma
- Overwhelmingly fruity: apricots!
>5 SECOND INFUSION
- Smells very stonefruit-y w. smoky notes
- Light, soft sweet stonefruit notes (apricot)
- Fragrant and green
- A hint of mustyness on the finish
- Very smooth
FIVE SECOND INFUSION
- Has a sort of “dank” sweet/apricot aroma
- Liquor is a yellow-y green; darked than infusion one
- Little bit of a green/“under ripe” sourness?
- Still quite fruity and sweet
- Honeysuckle notes
SEVEN SECOND INFUSION
- Bit more of a vegetal/brothy flavour
- Some mineral like notes
- A mix of peachy and apricot notes
- Coats the mouth
SEVEN SECOND INFUSION:
- Leaf has a “fruit leather”/dried fruit aroma
- Definitely more “body”
- Coats my mouth, specifically the sides of my tongue
- Very strong stonefruit notes
- Peachy finish and strong vegetal aftertaste
- Still kind of vegetal/green
- Liquor has settled into a clear, golden yellow
TEN SECOND INFUSION:
- Rich, sweet stonefruit
- Like an apricot/peach puree
- Thicker mouthfeel
- LONG lasting aftertaste
TWELVE SECOND INFUSION:
- Definitely a strong stonefruit flavour
- Almost has a bit of a “from concentrate” vibe
- So sweet, it almost gives off a “sticky sweetness”
- Robust top notes
- A vegetal undertone
FIFTEEN SECOND INFUSION:
- Definitely flavour deterioration
- A more muted fruit (apricot) flavour
- And a shifted focus on vegetal notes
TWENTY SECOND INFUSION:
- Definitely a weaker/more watery flavour
- Still fruity/vegetal
- Sadly this ends the session because it’s four and I have plans…

I feel like it’s worth pointing out that this is a Sheng Pu’erh which is definitely NOT my typically preferred when it comes to Sheng and Shou. However, this session was really, REALLY delightful! I don’t actually own a full cake of anything currently because I’m definitely still in the “exploring my tastes” phase of Pu exploration but this is I think maybe the first Sheng I’ve tried where I’ve actually felt like I’d drink a full cake worth of it. It was a really phenomenal way to end of the tea box with as well!

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Sipdown (134)!

Had a short and very casual Gong Fu session with this one spaced out over two days. All in all only like six steeps; I could probably have gotten more but I’m not big on drawing out green tea sessions since I’m not really big on green tea either. I mostly just wanted to have a taste of the tea since CS was nice enough to send me a free sample of it, and now I’m happy to add the rest of the sample into the GCTTB.

Didn’t pay super close attention to this one if I’m being honest; but I remember that the mouthfeel was thicker and almost more creamy than your typical green tea and the flavour was quite grassy with a bit of nuttiness in the first day’s infusions. Day two I don’t really remember observing that quality so strongly.

The description says it tastes like fiddleheads and I definitely thought that was interesting ‘cause I’ve never tried fiddleheads, but then I wound up not tasting anything different or “out of the ordinary” that I could describe as possibly having the flavour of what I’m told fiddleheads are supposed to taste like. I mean, of course it’s hard trying to identify a flavour you’ve never experienced based on a concept but I still was kind of hoping there’d be something “extra” here.

Fjellrev

Had to look up fiddleheads since I’ve never tried them before either.

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GCTTB V1

Once again, thanks Jillian for including this one! It sounds really incredible apart from the fact it has a green base…

Obviously I’ve cold brewed this: it’s pretty tasty but also a little underwhelming. I really get a clear taste of the strawberry and it’s sweet and juicy but has a bit of a “frozen” strawberry flavour in so far as it’s not the most ‘fresh’ tasting strawberry despite tasting pretty natural. As far as the basil and green tea go, I can’t say I really taste much of either? Probably more basil than green tea – but even still it’s just like a sort of mild, herbaceous undertone/aftertaste and it actually feels a little bit like adding it to the tea was an afterthought.

I’ll enjoy finishing off the pitcher because of the nice strawberry flavour, but this is another tea from RoT’s collection that I’m perfectly content with not buying or drinking again.

Jillian

Really? I hot-brewed mine and had like the opposite problem, the basil was all I could taste.

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So this was my commute to work tea today because I had some killer cravings for it, but it was so hot out that there was no way I could take a mug of hot tea with me on the bus. I’d die! So, I tried my hand at making an iced latte for the first(ish) time.

Basically, I brewed up a really strong infusion in half the normal amount of water I’d use, then I tossed in like five icecubes to instantly cool it down and then finally I topped off the mug with some milk. It worked pretty smoothly. The taste was wonderful too: just this really decadent, creamy sugary confectionery flavour. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, sponge cake kind of flavours and then just a bit of a fruity, “glaze” sort of background flavour. Just so yummy!

…And sadly I only have one more cup worth of this! Which is just soul crushing.

Unrelated: Has anyone on Steepster tried Soylent? I’m so incredibly fascinated by it and I’m heavily considering doing a Soylent and tea only diet for a week or two weeks. Honestly, I’m not trying to ‘lose weight’ or anything – I’ve just kind of always wanted to try a weird, crazy diet just to check it off my bucket list and this seems like a pretty safe and convenient one. I also think it would be interesting to challenge myself by doing it since one of the biggest criticisms of Soylent is actually how dull/plain/joyless it is and not the actual health benefits of the product itself. I think if I pair it with good tea (and maybe mix matcha into the Soylent itself) I could handle it though…

Thoughts definitely welcome, and I’d REALLY like to hear from anyone who’s tried it.

Sil

i know someone who drinks that stuff all the time. never tried the stuff myself.

Daylon R Thomas

It’s not that good: think pastier soy milk.

Super Starling!

One of my friends tried Soylent and got super-sick. He told me his kidneys hurt and he was horrified at the idea of drinking more. He quit after 2-3 days. But other people seem to survive on it, no problem. I think he’s an isolated case — but it still stands to reason that you should only buy a few days’ worth, in case you have a reaction.

Tamarindel

Someone actually willingly named their product after Soylent Green?

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Anna Marie’s Teas has a pineapple upside down cake that I’m pretty sure is the same source as DT. annateashop.com

Lala

If you get cable TV, the channel VICE has a short documentary coming up called Vice Essentials: Life after Food. The documentarian tries soylent for a month. I am interested to watch it.

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GCTTB V1

So this isn’t awful but it isn’t great either. I mean, I’m well aware of the fact I’m not a huge fan of milk oolong but continued experimentation doesn’t really hurt. You never know if your tastes are gonna change.

The dry leaf smell is so strong, and it reminds me exactly of buttered toast. I definitely was hoping that wouldn’t translate so clearly in the flavour: honestly butter is like the ONE typical toast topping that I hate. However, this does indeed taste like liquefied buttery toast. The vegetal/floral flavour of the oolong is fine, but that’s just too much butter flavour. Ick.

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GCTTB V1

So, this is the company that everyone had a lot of issues with around Black Friday right? Orders placed, none delivered – a trail of emails between consumers and the owners about them “already shipping things” and supposed “refunds” with only some people actually getting refunds. I have to say, I was curious to see what their tea was actually like given the fuss.

Of course, their website isn’t up anymore and their FB hasn’t been updated since November, so when I made the Steepster entry for this tea there was literally no information for me to add. So, the ingredients/added flavours and any actual information for this tea is sort of anyone’s guess…

Dry this smelled floral and sweet with maybe a little bit of fruity notes; but mostly quite candy like. Now that my cup has steeped, the aroma is fragrant and perfumey with sweet floral notes but also a little bit of a warming spice kind of note? It also smells really familiar but I’m struggling to place why or where from. Taste time…

Definitely sweet; has a very “candied rose” sort of vibe to it with creamy, fruity undertones. I want to say something like cherry or figs with some vanilla notes. It’s hard to say, honestly. The finish is kind of spicy in a very “sweet Chai” way. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe even clove? It’s playfully astringent. I’m actually really perplexed by what the flavours are supposed to be because the ones I’m experiencing are such a weird assortment of flavours.

It’s frustrating though because I’m actually really enjoying the cup! Which is very bittersweet knowing what I know about this company. It’s like a strange version of Tea Drinking blue balls. Argh. Oh well; at least I got to sample it.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Cinnamon, Clove, Fig, Floral, Nutmeg, Rose, Sweet

Ubacat

I bought from them on the Black Friday in 2014 and back then there were no issues. I found most their tea to be excellent. I still have one cup left of the Anji Bai Cha and it has held up better than some teas that were younger.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually four(ish) years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My Goal for The New Year (2017) is to make time for at least one long, proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this resolution.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additive. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

I also have a mild allergy to mushrooms! You wouldn’t think that’d be an issue when it comes to tea – but you’d be surprised.

Currently exploring/looking to try: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket

If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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