310 Tasting Notes
This is my first DavidsTea hate. I hate it. Somehow the melon flavors are tasting like roses to me. There is nothing that I hate more than rose petals in my tea. I know they aren’t there, but that is what I am getting. It’s almost like a pot-pourri. Bleah. Also, I cannot tell that this is an oolong. I cannot taste the base at all (which is incidentally what I love about the flavored black teas, but somehow with an oolong I want to taste it).
Brewed this time at a lower temp, just below boiling (which for me was around 190 as my boiling temp is 198) and it’s a little better. I still get mostly black tea flavor in the sip, but the after-sip is intensified a little. I was initially a little disappointed because I wanted it to have a big pow of pancake flavor and it’s really more subtle. I remembered, however, that the last maple tea I had (Fava Tea Maple Black) was overwhelming in its maple flavor and despite maple being one of my favorite flavors on earth, I never finished the 1 oz pouch of that tea… so maybe the subtleness of this tea is actually impressive. If it had more pancake/maple flavor, it might be too much. This tea is nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. If you are looking for a big maple punch though, this is not for you.
This is a nice tea. I’m not sure that I am tasting everything that everyone else is tasting. I get a black tea flavor followed by a little tiny bit of pancake flavor in the after-sip. I wanted more. But, like some others have said, I am witholding my rating until I can try it again and adjust how I brewed it. Suggestions welcome.
~1.7 tsp/12 oz/boiling/3 min/sweetened with a little agave nectar.
I don’t usually like my oolongs on the lighter greener side, rather preferring them to be the roasty dark chinese restaurant type variety, but I like this one. I went out to lunch today and ordered the oolong tea. It came in a super cute cast iron teapot (now I want one of those and I want this tea). The tea was very light in color and had a floral jasmine like flavor to it. I think I drank 3 cups of it. Very nice tea.
Note – I’m not entirely sure it was from The Tao of Tea. It was about this color (in the pic) and it the description sounds right. The name of the tea is definitely Bamboo Mountain so odds are I’ve made a correct guess about the company.
My office was rather warm today and I kind of wanted tea, but the thought of hot tea wasn’t doing it for me. So I steeped this up really strong, 3 tsp/10 oz/4 min, added some agave nectar, and then poured it over ice. It was so freakin’ yummy! This makes a great iced tea.
Why oh why does it have to taste so good? Darn it. Every Davids Tea I try is awesome and yet soooo far away and hard to get. Ladykittykat did me a huge favor and sent me several teas that i didn’t include in my last order. And of course, I only got a sample of this one and I love it. Oh well. I need to drink the tea I have and then I can think of another mondo order.
2 heaping tsp/12 oz/8 min.
I really didn’t expect to like this. I got this as a sample in my last order and it’s been sitting in my desk drawer ever since. I smelled it a couple of times and I got lots of grapefruit scent… and I’d throw it back in the drawer. But today, I finally committed to it. And wow… I actually love this. I might have added a fair amount of agave nectar to it, but I am getting super sweet ruby red grapefruit and it’s tasty. This might be awesome as an iced tea in the summer.
Backlogging – Ok, I’ve found the sweet spot and it’s amazingly good. This tea is making a quick disappearing act in my tea drawer… sad. Here is how to make this tea great:
2 heaping tsp to 12 oz mug
Add a little agave nectar to sweeten (or sugar).