1329 Tasting Notes

I remember really liking this when it first came out some time ago. It was retired and now it is back.

DTs sent me a pick up your free cup of FS tea or lose that cup email yesterday. The catch—and any FS transaction has a catch now— is that the free cup has to be the tea of the day which obliterates your choices pretty much. All the teas of the day lately have been very forgettable flavours. This one, however, is a cup that I can live with.

Sadly, it was not all that. I drank it straight up with no additions. Perhaps it had been steeping or sitting for a while. It was a bit harsh and perfumey. Not as bad as others, but still.

I think I’ll be picking up a small amount of leaf to make at home to see what I think after a fair trial.

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I was reminded this week that coconut needs to be sipped down before other teas, so I hauled this out to my focus pile.

The chocolate here is mild, but it and the coconut mellow the spice. Nice blend. Travels well in a carry mug too.

Lexie Aleah

I can’t remember if any of my teas have coconut in them besides one. Even unopened teas as well?

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, any form of coconut although I imagine that unopened teas would keep longer. Or I am hoping, hehe.

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drank Mango Boost by DAVIDsTEA
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The flavour is nice and then the gawdawful stevia takes over your tastebuds. Ugh. Why do they do this to people?

In store sample which I could barely finish.

Roswell Strange

There isn’t stevia in this one though?

Evol Ving Ness

I asked the servers in the store what it was sweetened with and they told me stevia. And most certainly there was that stevia bitterness catch in the after sip.

Evol Ving Ness

Of course, you are right regarding the ingredients, so I am wondering what that flavour resulted from. The combination of matcha, sugar, and citric acid, perhaps? (Also, it is rare at DTs for the servers to be so oblivious and uninformed and uninterested in finding something out if they don’t quite know.)

Evol Ving Ness

Or are samples ever sweetened with extra stevia beyond that, if any, in the leaf?


I hate stevia in tea =/

Roswell Strange

I suppose that whichever store you got it from could have sweetened it with stevia, but they would have had to go out and actually independently purchase their own to do so – which is very much against policy. We’re only supposed to sweeten our teas with the in house agave or rock sugar (and should always clearly indicate when we’ve done so as well, for the sake of transparency). Maybe they were thinking of Matcha Ice Cream? That blend DEFINITELY has Stevia in it, and is also something that all stores are sampling this week.

My guess, though, as to why it tasted bitter/like stevia would be a combination of the candied ginger and the candied fruits? Or possibly the apple pomace as I find that is sometimes sort of artificial/weird tasting when used in large qualities, even though it is a natural ingredient.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Ms. Strange!

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Finished off my sample of this before embarking on a difficult day. All sweet potato and bittersweet chocolate. Beautiful Fujian tea. I’d be delighted to have this around on a regular basis.

Thanks, Teavivre.


Have you tried Golden Fleece (Verdant)? Does it compare to that?

Evol Ving Ness

I haven’t tried that one yet, so I can’t say. Sorry.

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An aged but well-preserved blend. All the bits are more or less intact—raspberries, a hint of glaze. Needs more cream. A couple of cups left. Almost there.

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Gosh, this flu continues to morph. Today, it is killing fatigue and that hot headachy body achy chill with itchy nose and scratchy throat.

I don’t seem to have much tolerance for caffeine when I am ill, so after my few cups of caffeinated, I reached for this to soothe my throat and my spirit.

As a caffeine-free option, this works for me. Superior blending here. There’s a time and a place for camomile, and this is it, for me anyway. Although I am not a huge fan of it, here with its blend of honey and florals, it’s perfect. All of it perfectly perches on the rooibos which somehow plants the combination. This blend gives me the impression of a sunny country garden and that already lifts me up.

One day, I’d like to see what a similar blend that goes more heavily on the strawberries is like. Here they are barely perceptible.


Aww feel better


Oh no! Are you still going on the same flu? sending healing vibes <3

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I’d like to think that most of my tastebuds are working now despite this flu thing.

This cup delivers a rich tart cranberry supported by the depth of the beautiful base. There is the slightest bit of bitter harshness, or I don’t even know how to describe it, something like green leaves gone wrong, but not enough to spoil my mood. In the perfect world, I would like the vanilla bean to announce itself more clearly here.

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Still feeling poorly here. Exactly the time to baby myself with this lovely soothing tea. Honeyed camomile grounded by the rooibos. Delightful.


Babying yourself seems like the right thing to be doing. Feel better.


So sorry to hear you’re not feeling well, but glad that you have some tea to comfort you.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you both. Ayup, thank goodness for tea.

I could be drinking sick teas, but nope, not doing it. I am drinking exactly what I am craving. Some of my tastebuds are working and I don’t want to torment them in addition to everything else that is suffering.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Poked about in my stash this weekend and came across this. Just after Ms. Strange had mentioned it, I thought to myself, “ooooh, I have some of that—somewhere.” And then, suddenly, there it was, tucked away securely in a tin.

Still sick with the flu here. Thankfully, yesterday’s migraine has dispersed and the burning in my chest is a bit lighter today. My throat is still scratchy and unhappy. My tastebuds may or may not be functioning all that well.

Age doesn’t appear to have affected this tea much. Such deep cranberry and vanilla deliciousness in this cup. There may be pear, but it is not apparent to me. There are also a few hints of imitation flavour.

This is a blend that I think DTs should bring back and keep as a staple. It’s one of their better ones.


Hope you feel better soon.

Evol Ving Ness

thank you. tea helps :)


Hate that flu! Get better soon!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, mrmopar! Working on it. Thank goodness for tea. A lot of it.

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A monk sips morning tea

A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.

- Basho


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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