69 Tasting Notes

50
drank Sunny C by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

The third of the very so-so in-store samples I tried today. Citrusy and nothing special.

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50
drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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Another red in-store sample.

Meh, whatever. Yet another one that tastes like crappy generic red corner store candies.

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50
drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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In-store sample

You know, it doesn’t seem to matter what the ingredients are in DT’s generic red teas. This is one of them and it tastes like some sort of crappy red gummy candy. Sorry, not impressed.

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Angel was kind enough to include this in the last batch of samples she sent me in Spring 2018. And wow. This is lovely. The dry leaf is bright green curly dry moss. Pretty to watch as it unfurls and tints the added water. The liquor is nutty sweet roast chestnut and green pea. And possibly a bit asparagus. Delicious.

If I might add a suggestion for TeaVivre in terms of packaging of samples. The packaging itself is great. However, the font in the English text is far too small to read for an English speaker and further, the letters all run in and blur together. Add to that, that the names of the teas are in Pinyin and mostly unknown. aside from the names of the most famous teas, this can make for a most frustrating experience.

This tea, for example, with my glasses on, looks like it could be La Shun You Wu or Lo Shan You Wa or Lu Shan Tou Wu and so on and so on. I tried to type this many times in steepster before I gave up and went to search for this tea on TeaVivre’s site and eventually found it. It needn’t be so frustrating. Make the font larger.

Thank you, Angel, for the sample. I really enjoyed it, aside from the challenge with the name of the tea.

TeaVivre

Maybe Lu Shan Yun Wu (Lu Mountain Cloud Mist) will be clear?

evol-ving

Of course, that would be better, but any name will be fine if you can make the writing font a bit larger. The problem is the same with all the different names of teas because English-speakers have difficulty making out the words of all but the most famous teas.

TeaVivre

Thanks so much for your suggestion and I’ve already forwarded this to our department.

We’ll pay more attention to this issue in the future and making it more easier for our tea lovers to read our label.

evol-ving

Thank you, Angel. Very much appreciated.

TeaVivre

Have a great weekend :)

evol-ving

Thank you. You too!

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Starfevre

I just got some of this so that’s too bad. Did you drink it hot or iced?

evol-ving

I had stopped into a DT’s shop for a sample and they were serving it iced. I find that in store samples vary, sometimes greatly, from what happens at home with your own brewing devices, so it might just be a win. Looking forward to hearing what you think. It sounds like it might have potential.

Starfevre

I’ve been putting off making it since I had surgery on Wednesday and not up to doing much but it’s still hot today so today might be the day. I cold brew so maybe that will help?

evol-ving

Hope your recovery is swift and easy. Both ways might just be stellar when made at home.

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drank Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Foggy Coconut by 52teas
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Yes, yes, ’tis moi!

Oh, how I have missed you all and our steepster world!
(I must say, however, that it has been far easier to temporarily not buy more teas without hanging out with all you enablers though. :)

My wifi has been out for 6 weeks or more now . The first three days I was panicking and I was on the phone with my internet provider who then had to push through a ticket to the phone company. Long story. Is it the electricity? Is it the modem/ router? Buy a new over the top expensive one. Same issue. Essentially no signal. But because I don’t buy the telephone company’s wifi service—but my internet provider buzzes my connection through the phone line—the phone company does not care because the land line is fine. Yes, yes, I know no one else on the planet has a landline.

Anyway, the thing is that one needs a sizeable chunk of time to deal with these people —a four hour window or more wait for their phone calls. And then, another day and another four hour window for the phone company to come look see.

Seven phone calls and my health and I ran out of time and out of patience. For now.

For the next few days, I am house and kitty sitting for a friend, so I am hooked up with wifi, anyway. But I am using her computer, hence, a new account. Because passwords, oh hello. (Likely, if and when my wifi at home gets sorted, I’ll be back to my original account.)

Anyway, today I cracked this tea open for the first time and just yay! Vanilla loveliness gliding over the bergamot and frisky black base. The coconut softens all the edges. Beautiful.

This is just the second black tea I am drinking after a long long stretch of green and oolong. Smooth and lovely.

Flavors: Bergamot, Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

We JUST got rid of our landline! We had the same number for 24 years but eventually got almost exclusively spam calls.

evol-ving

I never answer it, or at least rarely. Good to have though—especially when the wifi goes out. I am now considering whether I need wifi at home at all. It’s been so lovely to have my days uncluttered by the urgencies of email and social media. I’ve even read books.

Sil

Glad to hear you’re ok…as you’ll see both Anne and I have been hoping all is well with you.

52Teas

Very good to hear from you! :)

Roswell Strange

Happy to see you back, and hear that you’re alright! Missed you! <3

mrmopar

I still have my landline. Hopefully you can get back running soon!

evol-ving

Thank you, guys. <3

LuckyMe

Welcome back, glad you’re still alive and kicking. 6 weeks without wifi is brutal…hope you get back online soon!

Teatotaler

I was wondering where you were. I missed your posts. It’s really great to have you back with us! :)

evol-ving

Thank you both. It’s great to be back in the groove and see everyone.
And talk about tea and life, of course. <3

Mastress Alita

I still have a landline… and no cellphone! (Yes, I’m going for a Guinness World Record on that one). My landline is Voice-Over-IP through my cable Internet service, though… which I couldn’t live without. 6 weeks!? I’d be going off the deep end after 6 hours! You have amazing grit…

evol-ving

Haahhahaha, after three days, I was fine. I even read complete books. That said, now that I have access as I kittysit, gritwoman hasn’t been offline for a second.

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