Blue Mountain Twirl

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Maple, Muscatel, Nectar, Oak wood, Sugarcane, White Grapes, Butter, Floral, Zucchini, Baked Bread, Honey, Nutty, Spices, Thick, Vegetal, Roasted Barley, Toast, Chestnut, Sweet, White Wine, Grapes, Malt, Lychee, Black Currant, Fruity, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher
Edit tea info Last updated by DAVIDsTEA
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 16 oz / 465 ml

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  • “On a whim, I got a cup of this while picking up some of my stand-bys. It smelt very… peppery? I had my friend sniff it and they agreed, it smelt strangely of green pepper. Fortunately I didn’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a very interesting tea! I purchased it on market street while in Boston for my birthday. What sold me was the initial aroma of the dry leaves. An essence of dark wood, muscaret and with a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “What an interesting tea! Thanks, Anlina, for the chance to try it. :) The leaves are much darker than I would expect for a green tea, and neatly twisted. The scent as it steeps is very floral, but...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This sample was part of a gift from an anonymous Steepster friend. The leaves are very cool, and just looking at them I can understand why this tea is called “Twirl”. They’re quite thin and dark...” Read full tasting note
    83

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This super fresh, single-leaf tea is so unique, we weren’t quite sure just where to put it on our tea wall. Somewhere between a black and a green, it could technically pass as either type, due to its unique process of slow drying and oxidation. Its signature? Each handpicked leaf is carefully twisted to preserve its fresh flavour and floral aroma. In the cup, this comes through in the sweet, herbal taste, with notes of fruit, flowers and spice. And the estate is just as fabulous as the tea itself. Located in the Nilgiri mountains, the family-owned Glendale tea garden has the ideal climate for growing spectacularly brisk and floral teas – not to mention their commitment to their employees and the environment. Rainforest Alliance certified.

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79 tasting notes

On a whim, I got a cup of this while picking up some of my stand-bys. It smelt very… peppery? I had my friend sniff it and they agreed, it smelt strangely of green pepper. Fortunately I didn’t get much of that in the taste, instead it came across as a bit malty, smokey, and a little sweet. It really didn’t taste like any green tea I’ve ever had before. Initially I didn’t care for it, but as it cooled a little bit, it started growing on me, and I really can’t peg what it is that I was liking about it.

It feels pretty complex compared to other teas I’ve drank, and, as a result, hard to describe. I’d definitely like to pick up a proper sample down the road though.

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This is a very interesting tea! I purchased it on market street while in Boston for my birthday. What sold me was the initial aroma of the dry leaves. An essence of dark wood, muscaret and with a slight tang of sugar! Upon brewing it reminds me of a green Darjeeling, first flush, with its body and astringency. I brewed in my gaiwan, of course, and had some adverse tastes. What began as a flat sweet green taste became much more. By the sixth steep it had more depth and a mouth embodying sweetness. The liquor is a golden citrine. The fibers in the tea refract the light causing a magnificent effect for viewing. Upon unfurling it makes for a heavy brew and with full leaves and buds ratio. This is one of my favorite greens and I will definitely continue carrying it.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Maple, Muscatel, Nectar, Oak wood, Sugarcane, White Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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What an interesting tea! Thanks, Anlina, for the chance to try it. :) The leaves are much darker than I would expect for a green tea, and neatly twisted. The scent as it steeps is very floral, but also a bit vegetal, with maybe a hint of bread? Sipping, it’s also predominanty floral but quite complex. I think I’m getting some zucchini and a slight butteriness, though maybe that’s the creamy mouthfeel. It reminds me a bit of a first flush darjeeling, but less fruity and more floral. Neat! :)

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Zucchini

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This sample was part of a gift from an anonymous Steepster friend. The leaves are very cool, and just looking at them I can understand why this tea is called “Twirl”. They’re quite thin and dark and a bit twisty and twirly. Uh oh, I hope I didn’t ruin this with my steeping parameters, as I steeped it like a black tea while others steeped it like a green…

Well, it doesn’t taste ruined… Huzzah! This is a very interesting one, it reminds me slightly of Darjeeling because it has some floral and spice-like flavors, but it’s definitely something all its own, too. I can taste the green tea part of it, and it’s extremely nutty with just a little bit of vegetal. I also taste creamy baked bread and some honey notes. Surprisingly, it’s not bitter or astringent even though I steeped it hotter than intended. It’s like a Frankentea! A combination of a nutty Long Jing, Darjeeling, and perhaps a lighter Keemun. :P

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Honey, Nutty, Spices, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Tealizzy

Sounds yummy! And I’ve been meh about DT lately.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I’m normally the same way with their flavored teas. This one is tasty, too bad they don’t offer it anymore. :(

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759 tasting notes

This one is pretty good. It almost makes me think of a cross of green tea with a roasted oolong. It’s not floral like a green oolong, and it’s not vegetal like a green tea…but it does have a sort of buttery yet smokey note. So it is kind of like a slightly smokey green and a roasted oolong. Hard to describe. For a green, this tea had a bit of body…it is not a thin tasting one. I kind of get a familiar taste of fasting supreme here…but not quite. I can still taste the green in this.

I have to say that I like it!

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338 tasting notes

I’m not usually a lover of straight up green tea, but I had to purchase some of this purely on the fact that it comes from India – not the place one tends to think of when they think green tea. It actually tastes pretty good for a green, and I found I don’t need as many leaves to get to the flavour profile that I want. This is also tea #1 for my 2014 tea advent calendar (I made my own this year, whoo!), and so I must say that the month is off to a good start. :)

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I haven’t had David’s Tea non-flavored tea before. This was good. I’ll get a cup now and then when they have it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Roasted Barley, Toast

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Major reading comprehension fail caused me to miss my flight back home from Toronto (seriously, I can’t even count how many times I looked at my itinerary and read 8:10 as 8:30.) So I’ve been up since 5:30am for pretty much no reason at all. I’m running on about four hours of sleep and I have more than an hour to wait for my rebooked flight. And here I am, sitting in Pearson, sipping a take out cup from DAVIDs.

I knew I was wanting a straight tea this morning and I figured that I should give this one a try. And I’m quite impressed.

The nose is very fruity. The liquor a warm, reddish brown and very clear. On the palate, there are lovely notes of sweet, fermented grapes and something that might be chestnuts. No bitterness, but a drying sensation that builds quite intensely toward the bottom of the cup. A hint of vegetal on the finish, giving it a bit of a tangy quality. This reminds me a lot of a Darjeeling black actually.

This is a pretty delicious and unique green tea. A very short steep is probably called for. I can’t imagine steeping this for the recommended 3-4 min.

Edit: Second steep was even better – some malt in addition to the previous flavours, and very smooth. almost no astringency.

Flavors: Astringent, Chestnut, Sweet, White Grapes, White Wine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Daddyselephant

Oh no! At least Pearsons has a Davids. Hope you can get home soon!

Kittenna

Yikes, not cool! I’ve almost missed flights due to unexpected gate changes, but never actually failed to make it, thankfully. Also, lucky you’re in the terminal with the DT – the Westjet terminal (3) is the most boring ever to have to wait in.

Anlina

Made it home! I’ve had bad luck with missing flights with trips to Toronto. Years back we missed one and we were on a tiny airline that didn’t have another flight for three days! Also we were both near broke and didn’t have a cell phone, laptop or contact info for anyone in Toronto. We got incredibly lucky and a friend happened to just walk by while we were sitting in the airport and gave us a place to crash till the next flight.

Last year I missed my flight going to Toronto, because the airport had changed the cut off time for checking in, which wasn’t announced anywhere. I was so stressed out I very nearly just went home, which would have been bad, since I was meeting friends there, and presenting at a conference.

I thought I was doing really great today, but alas, no.

Lindsay

Glad you made it home! Is it snowing in Winnipeg? It has been snowing all day here. :(

Anlina

It’s bright and sunny today but we have snow on the ground that’s going to stick around. -12C and windy today, so walking outdoors was no fun.

Seriously, every single winter I ask myself why I live here.

Lindsay

Ugh, me too! At least this time around I have lots of tea… :)

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1765 tasting notes

Sipdown. This was weird cold brewed, like a random weed from the garden. Slightly medicinal with a slightly dirty undertone.

M

I have a lot of tea from David’s, but I’ve never even heard of this one. Is it from an older collection?

Fjellrev

They came out with this and another straight tea a few months ago. I guess they were LE? Either way, it wasn’t terribly impressive, at least to me.

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Quite tasty! A sweet, minerally green with tons of flavour. A bit of an autumn leaf aspect to it as well. Survived a 4-minute infusion, which is nice. This definitely does not have the same qualities as greens I usually drink (i.e. it’s not particularly vegetal, beany, rock sugary), but it’s pretty tasty, and a nice change. Looking forward to drinking it with filtered water in the future (just tap water today as I’m not at home).

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I might need to pick up 10g of this to try!

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