8 Tasting Notes

81

This is a great tea. The scent makes it seem like it would be slightly bitter but when I taste it the bitterness is so mild it’s almost unnoticeable. It has a sweet, very grassy, vegetal flavour. The aftertaste is fruity – can’t pinpoint what kind of fruit exactly. Perhaps, grapes, or pomegranates. Actually exactly like pomegranate seeds (the white seeds without the actual fleshy red/pink fruit)
The grassy bitter-sweetness increase as it cools so I’d recommend a small cup. I drink each cup in three sips. Strangely enough the light fruity aftertaste of this tea is more enjoyable than the actual sip. Next time I might use less leaves and try it in 160°F to decrease the bitter-sweetness. Perhaps this will grow on me more but as of now it might be too sweet and too vegetal for frequent drinking.

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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87

I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. The liquor was a dusty red after a 4-5 minute steep. It’s a great caffeine free after dinner tea and very relaxing. The taste is very mild. I believe the malty flavour is one of the things that sets it apart from grassy Japanese greens.

Flavors: Dust, Grass, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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83

This was one of my favourite teas when i first began with Japanese greens. The roasted rice flavour was excessively addictive and I believe i drank atleast 3 teapots worth a day. Perhaps, that is why the taste does not appeal to me as much as it once did. It now has a strange aftertaste which I cannot put my finger on. I will be giving this tea a break for a while to see if it was just this particular batch from DavidsTea or if it’s just DT’s genmaicha itself. I would still recommend because, if I have grown out of it (which, I think, is really the case) that doesn’t necessarily mean the tea is bad.

Flavors: Grass, Rice, Toasted Rice

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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50

This is my first Earl Grey. I expected far worse from some of the reviews here. I don’t mind the bergamot flavour. Unlike some of DavidsTea’s teas that I’ve tried I can actually finish the pot though I probably would not repurchase.

The liquor is a reddish-orange with a strong floral scent. I steeped it for 5 mins which keeps the bergamot taste light and refreshing. There is a slight citrusy bitterness but not the kind of bitterness that can be unpleasant. It does get slightly more bitter once it cools but, in my experience, this is natural for all teas.

I’ll try other Earl Greys first before I decide how good or bad this one is. For a first impression it’s not terrible.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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32

This tastes overwhelmingly smoky. I get a primary grass flavour. More like burnt grass. Definitely smells like south american grass though – there’s no other way to put it.

I haven’t had any matès before. This is my first. So I can’t compare. I plan on trying many more in future and then hopefully I’ll be able to contribute something useful and make decisions about tea quality and authenticity. Until then I have to say I didn’t like the flavours. Whether the problem lies with davidstea’s matè, or just all matès in general, I’ll have to decide at a future date.

Flavors: Grass, Smoke

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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91

I was very very sick today – to the point of barely being able to walk. I dragged myself into making myself a cup. It was an excruciating wait. But.it.was.worth.it. 10 mins after drinking half my cup I felt a thousand times better and more relaxed. The sick feeling was all gone and I was left just feeling tired and infinitely relieved.

I must say I’m beyond surprised. I didn’t have much hope for this blend. My mum used to brew me fresh ginger lemon tea when I was a child and I didn’t think something store bought could give me similar results.

The taste is not super gingery (ironic, I know) but you taste a little ginger. I like my ginger strong but since this actually worked as a cure I’m not complaining. The green rooibos was a great choice to blend it with as there is no caffeine. Caffeine would have been the death of me today. Lastly, the stevia – I was a lot sceptical when I saw it in the ingredient list and I still wish they left this addition out, but thankfully the tea was not as sweet as I expected. Infact, I barely tasted the sweetness and as I hate sweet teas or excessively sweet, well, anything, I would have insta-hated this tea. Well played DavidsTea

Flavors: Ginger, Peppercorn

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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41

I was excited for this tea. I got a sample from DavidsTea and made myself a pot this morning. The leaves are white-green (more white) and have little white fur on them. There were no gold flecks in them. After infusion the rolls did not come undone and the leaves only became slightly darker. I used 167 degree water and steeped for 4 mins and 30 secs. The scent was distinctly floral and the liquor was light yellowish white. The aroma was light as was the flavour. It tasted distinctly floral, then grassy and then very sweet (nectarine even). Lastly it had a bittersweet after taste which makes me think the quality of leaves might not be very good. I liked the lightness and delicacy of the initial taste but the excessively sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste was not my cup of tea (hahha forgive the pun). I do not like sweet teas (chai being an exception). I might try a different brand of this tea to see if it was the quality of leaves that made me dislike it or just the type of tea itself but I will never repurchase from DavidsTea.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Grass, Nectar, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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71

This was a present. It’s a pretty decent mug for general teas. I do not like using this for green teas (as the shape is not ideal for good infusion) but for herbal teas it is pretty decent imo. Especially if you’re looking for something quick and convenient.

Today I had a terrible cold and felt generally sick and grumpy. I certainly didn’t want to go through the whole deal of brewing tea in a pot with a proper and careful method. I just wanted to drink my ginger tea and go to bed. So I broke out the cup. It took 5 mins (all of which was steeping time), my tea stayed hot for about a good 15 mins and the ginger-green rooibos blend made me feel a thousand times better.

This teacup’s good to have around for times like this. But if you are looking for great infusion results this is not the cup for you.

looseTman

“(as the shape is not ideal for good infusion)”
Please elaborate. What shape would you prefer? Thanks!

tealover50000000000000001

I’m not a connoisseur by any means so feel free to correct me. I’m going by personal experience and I really do think tall cups are inconvenient for green or oolong teas. Like I said it worked really well with the ginger-rooibos blend. I think it’s something to do with the shape – that because it’s such a big, wide-mouthed mug, it cools down my greens (which I brew at about 70-80°C or 160-180°F) really quickly and not very gradually. I think this really affects the texture of the tea or at least that’s how it tastes to me. I drink mostly green tea but I think this would be a problem for most oolongs, whites and maybe even some blacks. I really do taste a huge difference in small, porcelain cups and I believe every sip is always consistently good in those – consistent in warmth and texture.

looseTman

Reviews written from first-hand experience are what make Steepster so valuable.

A wide-mouthed mug definitely has more surface area and thus will cause the tea to cool faster than one with a smaller diameter. You’re correct that heat-retention is very important to maintain proper brewing temperature. Did you use the lid during brewing?

DAVIDsTEA also offers a “Nordic Mug” with what appears to be a smaller-diameter mouth compared with their “Perfect Tea Mug”. However, the Nordic is 16 oz.: http://www.davidstea.com/citrus-grove-nordic-mug?&TF=69F219E5A1A1&DEID=. Whereas, their “Perfect” model has been offered in both 12 and 16 oz. sizes.

You’re also correct that porcelain is preferred by many tea lovers and is the typical material in Chinese gaiwans for its thermal properties. The DAVIDsTEA description doesn’t mention the material used: http://www.davidstea.com/teal-perfect-mug?&TF=69F219E5A1A1&DEID=. l assume it’s ceramic since that’s what’s used for the similar ForLife mugs: http://www.forlifedesign.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index.php&main_page=product_info&cPath=49_57&products_id=38&do=check&zenid=gfgnnngse2eai03kii62s50jq5.

I agree, it would be great if someone offered a similar covered-mug w/infuser made from porcelain with a narrow mouth.

looseTman

Another option is to use a German-made Finum Brewing Basket in your choice of porcelain mug: http://steepster.com/teaware/finum/29177-brewing-basket.

tealover50000000000000001

Thank you! The brewing basket looks really convenient. My current infuser is not the best and I didn’t know what I could get and this sounds like it’s just what I need.

I do always use the lid on the perfect mug which works decently well on teas with a higher brewing temperature. But it still completely wrecks my green teas.

looseTman

You’re welcome! A Finum BB is very convenient. Now if it only came supplied with a porcelain lid!

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