drank Sun Moon Black by DAVIDsTEA
761 tasting notes

I really only went to David’s today to get a matcha and look at the new matcha blends, but in the corner of my eye, I spotted this one and remembered there were a few new straight teas, and without looking at the profile, just decided to get 14g. The guy said it was similar to the Nepal Black, which I think I had liked but it’s been a while since I had it, and he said it was smooth that he was fine drinking it straight. I was able to drink it straight after a 2:30 minute steep. Hot, it went down pretty easily, but it was not til it had cooled some that I picked up on the mint notes. I can’t say that it’s exactly like mint, but I did have a sort of cool feeling at the end of the sip, and the cool feeling is probably what is the mint note. I’m on to my second steep. I might add milk to it, and maybe hint of maple…

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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