1759 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to Majesteas for this sample!! It’s quite lovely!
Naked, and piping hot… this tastes just like any other orange rooibos tea I’ve tried. (ex Kalahari from Teaopia)
With sugar and milk though, it’s obviously a bit cooler so I don’t know if that contributed to the flavour change. All I know is that the cocoa did come out a bit and complemented the orange nicely.
Like a milder version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Mmmmm.

Bonnie

Which/what is naked? I know you’ve had a rough day! Hope you get some rest! ;)

Kittenna

Hahahah :P

Indigobloom

Bonnie: it means without any additions like milk/sugar etc
Kristaleyn: Agreed! :P

Bonnie

I knew that …was trying to liven things up!

Indigobloom

oh! lol well I was pretty zonked when I wrote that comment… oi me!

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Majesteas
1759 tasting notes

I got this as a to go cuppa.
No time for adding sugar, so at first, it was really bland. Fruity with a floral hint.
I liked it, but it wasn’t love. But then I got preoccupied and it cooled down. All of a sudden, the Osmanthus came out to play. Oh yum!!
I’ve been looking for a quality, affordable Osmanthus oolong. and here it is!!
I’m not much of an iced tea girl, unless it’s bubble tea (hot tapioca is gross) but for this… I would make an exception.
When I go back, you can bet I’ll be picking some of this up! I’ve had a gap in my tea supply for awhile, with a spot just waiting for this one. too bad I rarely if ever make it out there… :(

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Ugh just got home and I am soooo tired. Sorry all for the hasty and short reviews. I ended up trying a bunch of new ones today by chance so bear with me!
This tasted like regular mate to me. The lime came through a little but not enough to identify it if I didn’t know it was there. Or maybe that was the pistachio? shrugs
Anyhow thank you Kristaleyn for this sample!! I have more than enough for another cup, maybe it will reveal some secrets ;)

Kittenna

I didn’t get much from this one either, sadly.

Indigobloom

ah. Well I do like Mate in general so it’s not so bad! :)

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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This is NOT my cuppa tea. I couldn’t bring myself to finish more than a few sips. Down the drain it went :(
Peach and Jasmine… Very similar to the Buddhas Blend tea. only stronger overall. In fact, they very well might be the same?
Ugh, what a waste of money. I bought this trio pack of teas because I’ve been eying it for a long time and then it was sold out for awhile. I was feeling the need for a pickmeup and this seemed to be my answer.
How sad is it that the only one I liked had no “tea” in it!
I’m disappointed in you David’s. Again. You gotta stop doing that k? :/

Bonnie

Blech…spit it out!

Kittenna

Oh – you bought this recently??? Huh. Although based on your reviews I’m not sure I want to try them myself…

Indigobloom

Bonnie: ptoooey!! lol
Kristaleyn: Yep. the only one I liked was that mulled wine tisane!
Anyone want Apertif and Bubbly? :s

Violet

I’m up for trying it! That was random, sorry, but I was exploring your page because you follow/talk to a lot of the people I do, and I found this post. And now to follow you… :-)

Scatterbrain

Do they have certain blends that are only available in stores and not online? I’ve seen a couple DavidsTea blends on your tealog that I’ve never seen online. Man, I wish they would expand to the US… By the way: hello, I’m Kyle! :)

Bonnie

Violet…in Virginia? 18….Kyle 17 Midwest?

Indigobloom

Violet: which one, or both? IM me! I’m following you now to…

Kwinter: Nice to meet you Kyle! yeah there are a few teas that don’t appear on the wall and can be bought only in tins. Sad but true!

Kittenna

If you happen to have enough to give me a 1-cup sample of those two and pass the rest on to Violet, I’d totally love that (but if not, no worries.) I don’t know what sort of size they came in, and couldn’t even find them on the DT site last night.

Indigobloom

I think there should be enough!! I’ll see what I can do, but no promises… can’t remember what was left in the tiny tin LOL (exhaustion is a memory thief. Sooooo tired)

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drank Zen by Tazo
1759 tasting notes

Thanks to Kristaleyn for this sample!!
I’m not a huge fan of green teas in general, but this one wasn’t so bad. I guess cuz my standards are generally low, the mix of flavours kinda brought up my level of appreciation.
I couldn’t really taste much of the “green” tea, which in my case… is good! Still, I’d have liked a bit more of a “tea” aspect.
It reminds me of Teavana’s Lemon lime kampai actually, only with a bit more depth.
and I did get three infusions out of it. Aided mightily by some agave of course (rather flat without it, sadly)
Anyhow, would I buy this to replace my stash? perhaps.
Odd, I seem to like this more than most people here :)

Kittenna

Although I haven’t written a tasting note for it, I at least used to really like this one. Brewed it in boiling water, of course. I haven’t tried it in quite a while though, but really should (and should try a lower temperature!)

Indigobloom

I tried it at around 85c (and then 90 and 95 or so), I’m almost tempted to try it at boiling! lol

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh wow does this ever remind me of coffee! wheeeeew!
Sadly though, for some reason… the maltiness that I love so much was missing. Maybe because it was only a 10g sample that I’ve had in my cupboard for almost a year now!
Oh well. I did enjoy the cup! but I feel obliged to lower the rating a few points. Between this and their Assam, I think the Assam wins hands down.

Daniel Scott

I’ve actually really been liking the Assam myself! I refilled on that rather than this one recently, although I do like this too.

Indigobloom

Yeah I flip flop between malty black teas it seems. You might like Ponmundi as well, from Tea Haus (in London Ontario)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample! what a deeelish tea :)
I have to agree, the black tea part comes out a little weak, and that was with a 5 min steep. It was about to get bitter so I had to take out the tea basket.
That said, the coconut part is great!! just love it!
With some milk n sugar, I do get a cream pie sortof texture. Yumm!!
I’d consider buying this, if I could figure out how to make the base stronger.

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drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1759 tasting notes

Meh. I dunno, this one was ok… but not great.
Rather bubble-gummy actually, and in my world, that is like the “friend zone” of teas. Once you fall in, there is NO getting out.
I couldn’t really identify the apple or any other notes. It was just… candy like and that was it. shrugs
I don’t see how it tastes anything like Ice-wine. It’s drinkable… nothing wrong with it. but it reminds me of so many other boring teas that I likely wouldn’t know the difference if someone swapped out my mug.
SO, the rating for this is so low, because it has such potential! but fails on so many levels!!!! and now I’m tempted to go back and find every “bubblegum” review I’ve written and change those scores to.
Ugh, I am not in the best mood. Don’t you mess with me tea. Not today :/
Oh wow I just noticed. This review is #555. I don’t know why but that strikes me as odd! in a good way, I think?

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Ehhhhh. I so badly want to like this one. but the smell… it’s so cloying and ugh!
The taste? well it’s ok. Freshly hot, it was full of vanilla, which is so not my thing… and then as it cools, I get alot more hibiscus. I’m not sure which one is worse?!? That said, it is a little creamy which I find odd for a juice tea, and the only enjoyable part.
Anyhow, DaisyChubb is right… rocket candies, berry flavoured ones all the way (once it cools a bit).
It didn’t help that little bits of berry snuck out of the pyramid bag.
What am I going to do with the rest of these pouches?! Maybe they’ll be better iced, and walloped with a spoonful or five of agave.
Overall, a thoroughly unimpressive tisane. I don’t know why but I expected more :(

Bonnie

Ah,too bad!

Indigobloom

Oh well! can’t have em all :)

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I accidentally oversteeped this. Eeeeeeek!!!
No fair. I was so looking forward to a full round of cups. Hmph.
Oh well, that’s what I get for trying this at work. and the cup was still very drinkable, just rather heavy is all.
I did get three steeps out of it. The second one was the best, very lemony and sweet.
There is enough there in my sample for another cup so I will be extra careful with that one!
Thanks SO much for sharing Kristaleyn!
Wait, I saw that Azzrian has sent some of this out as well. I hope I didn’t mix them up!! I know it wasn’t you Bonnie, because yours had tape on them. Hmmm.
My head…

Kittenna

I definitely sent you some :)

Indigobloom

ok good!! thanks for the sample again. I really like this one!

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-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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