1108 Tasting Notes

drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
1108 tasting notes

Tried this as an in-store sample, in two different stores. Enjoyed both. Sadly, I am certain that if I bought some, I’d likely get all the liquorice mess in the blend and it would then be rendered undrinkable.

Dexter

Ewwww – why would there be licorice in carrot cupcake? (I hate when licorice shows up in strange places)

Roswell Strange

Not 100% sure, but I think the sweetness is meant to sort of help replicate the icing you’d get on a cupcake?

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This is not an actual tasting note—aside from reminding you all that this tea is indeed delicious— but rather a caution for tea peeps.

I haven’t stopped thinking about this tea, and its something like twelve steeps, since I had it the other day as my birthday cup. Deliciousness.

The flavouring managed to invade the workings of my timolino and when I used it to harbour one of the later steeps of a different oolong, it flavoured it and turned it into a sticky rice oolong as well and this came as a most welcome surprise.

Delicious but radically overpriced. The 40% off brings you to more or less the same price as the similar What-Cha oolong which doesn’t contain the scenting leaf.

Anyway, this tea is a limited edition. If you are interested in nabbing some, act now. A couple of stores in the city still have a kilo of it while others are sold out and will not be getting more.

To take a page from Ms. Strange’s book, here is the song pairing for this moment should it escape you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGqrvn3q1oo

Dexter

Happy belated birthday

Roswell Strange

I love the pairing! :)

mrmopar

Happy Belated Birthday!

Evol Ving Ness

hahahahaha, Ms. Strange :)

Thank you, guys. Not belated, really, as I will be celebrating for the next month or so. :)

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So, I woke up today thinking oolong.

I am just starting with the first steep and I have honeyed malt—a bit like honey black— against a floral backdrop. Interesting. Unusual. Nice.

Now, as much as I’d like to continue lounging around in my flannel pjs drinking tea on this massively foggy day, I am revving myself up to go participate in some movement. Part of my inspiration is that yesterday I left one of my travel mugs in my locker at the gym and I need it for my multiple steepings in the coming days. So I may as well go have a workout. You guys can be my witnesses as I get into motion. Getting up now….

Thank you, Crowkettle. A lovely entry into the selection you so generously shared with me.

The steeps will continue. Stay tuned.

Well, I drank this until the steeps gave up almost nothing. So, yay! Deliciousness!

And it’s a sip down! I’d happily order this one the next time What-Cha hears from me.

Fjellrev

That’s an interesting way to motivate oneself to go to the gym more, actually. Leave something you need there so you have to go back haha.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, because crazy tea lady who carries four travel canisters of hot tea wherever she goes.

Evol Ving Ness

Of course, some remain hotter than others.

CrowKettle

Woo-ho, workout inspiration (whatever works)! Looking forward to getting back into exercise things this month too! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray, yay! I find that it is all far less painful when I build it into my day and regularity makes it even more pleasant because then you get to know people there and the hellos and light banter make things even that much nicer. Also, it blows my mind when I am able to retain some sort of a routine. Though some days, of course, I do need that something something to propel myself out the door.

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drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
1108 tasting notes

Stopped in to a DTs shop to try samples today and was handed this. The flavour was not bad and then, boom, the stevia kicked in. Ouf! Nasty.

Chey

I don’t know why they do that, honestly. People can add their own sugar, no??? Ugh.

CrowKettle

Surprise stevia ruins everything.

VariaTEA

Blech! I honestly don’t know anyone who is pro stevia so why DAVIDs continues to use it is beyond me

Indigobloom

The ingredients list is so promising… until you get to the stevia :/

Maddy Barone

I’m with Chey. If I want my tea sweet I’ll add something myself. grump

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. This could have been a very nice tea.

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85

Afternoon/evening tea. These cups taste a bit dusty.

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90

This is loveliness.

Another forgotten one, but this one was nicely and properly squirrelled away, so it has retained all aspects of its flavourful beauty.

What messes me up is American measurements. If it had clicked with me that .5 of an ounce—the size that this limited edition tea is sold in— is equal to under 15 grams, I probably would have purchased a few. Ideally, there should be 50 gram bag options too—but then, I am projecting. Truly, I need to have more than three cups of this in my world. But alas, gone, gone, gone. Gone.

As you see, I struggle with attachment.

Fjellrev

Those sizes are such a double-edged sword, and of course brutal if you get a limited edition tea that you end up loving. Maybe she’d bring it back if you requested it?

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drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
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Yesterday, I had an in-store sample of this and it was just overstepped green tea nastiness.
I have previously tried this repeatedly, in-store only, with a different result every single time, ranging from love this to how dare they serve this to people. So, yeah. I imagine the experience at home may be a completely different one.

Fjellrev

Oh weird, part of me wants to try this then.

Evol Ving Ness

Might be worth a shot. When it was lovely, it was really lovely.

Fjellrev

That’s so odd how it’s so inconsistent. I wonder why exactly.

Evol Ving Ness

Leaf inconsistencies, perhaps. Lack of control when steeping in such quantities in store? Steeping time?

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I continue to find A Quarter to Tea teas that I’ve squirrelled away and am just getting to now.

This tea is about a year old and possibly not having been kept in the best of conditions, so I won’t rate.

The leaf is scrolled loveliness.

I don’t know how this tea would have tasted in its early days, but today, I am getting malt and a slight bready sweetness and the slightest bit of eggnog or eggy custard. The scent of the tea is somehow beyond description, something between candied yams and custard tarts just out of the oven.

An enjoyable cup but nothing even remotely resembling its name.

Edit—this is a longtime all day tea. I am currently appreciating steep six or seven and it continues to be pleasant. Oddly enough, ginger notes come up in later steeps.

Sil

you “finding” teas… i don’t even understand that

Evol Ving Ness

My tea chaos has its advantages and disadvantages, clearly. :)

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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