1135 Tasting Notes

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Backlog from yesterday – so my stomach has finally hit the breaking point for caffeine for a while :( so onto rooibos and herbal! Luckily my Della terra order came this week!

Mmmm this tea smells heavenly! I love lemon and cream, not much smell of rooibos either! I steeped for 5 mins, almost boiling water, wet smell was pretty delicious too.

As for taste, the rooibos seemed pretty strong at first to me, maybe because I haven’t had it in a while! But the creamy aftertaste was delectable, and the lemon was also there. I quite liked it! I added a little sugar just for an experiment halfway through, meh, I still prefer my teas plain, but the rooibos did tone down a bit with it.

Overall, a pretty nice rooibos! Made me warm and a bit sleepy, which was perfect for before bed. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Ahh so pleased I nabbed a bit of this before it sold out for the season! Verdant, how have I never heard of you before steepter!!!

This tea. Ahhhh. From the dry, fresh vegetal scent, to the creamy green scent of the wet leaves, to the even creamier and smoother taste, this tea is, simply put, elegant. It’s a fresh spring morning, with the flowers all covered in dew. I can taste a hint of something floral in the aftertaste, maybe a lilac or orchid, and a bit of honey in there too. So refreshing! An excellent treat for today, since it’s miserable, rainy fall weather, and supposed to snow maybe this week, blargh. This tea also made my headache diminish immensely! Ah, I’m ready for a few more infusions!

Overall, a superb tea. Verdant, you have done it again, and I am already thinking once I am out of this that I will have to get some of the autumn pick! Thank you for such a lovely tea on this cold, dreary day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Insence&Tea

You’re right this tea is amazing, I wish I bought more when I had the chance.

mrs.stenhouse12

I lucked out and made my order right on the dot! Well, I imagine the autumn one is just as amazing :)

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My Verdant tea order finally came!!!! ECSTATIC!!! I wasn’t going to have a cup of caffeine tonight, but I couldn’t resist when my order showed up.

This tea is absolutely beautiful. It is so smooth, so light, so lovely. The jasmine is done just perfectly, not overly perfumed as in other varieties I have tried. Getting a sweet aftertaste in the back of my throat which I love!

Overall, I love this. So happy I got an oz of it! For my first verdant tea, I am SOLD! So excited to try the rest!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So I have drank this oolong many, many times, and haven’t yet wrote a review on it!! Well, no time like the present.

The dry leaf smell is very vegetal and fresh smelling. I steeped this for 5 mins, at around 95 degrees C. Wet leaf: mmmmmm, soo good. A toasty veggie smell with creaminess. I love the smell of this tea! The leaves get gigantic, almost overflow my steeping basket (I used 1.5 tsps). Lovely green leaves, pretty good for re-steeping too.

As for the taste, this tea is quite delicious. A very smooth cup, with underlying creaminess and a vegetal flavor. I don’t really get any of the floral that has previously been mentioned. Mostly just smooth, buttery flavor. Slightly reminiscent of DAVIDsTEA’s milk oolong, but not quite as buttery and creamy.

Overall, I quite enjoy this oolong. It’s pretty good for a pure oolong, but I must say, the milk oolong is still my favorite by DAVIDsTEA. But as this one is nicer on the pocketbook, I will definitely drink it again and again.

ETA: Resteeped, just as lovely, a bit more mellow and not as strong but the buttery flavor almost comes out more. Very enjoyable!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
1135 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of my sample of this today because the weather exactly matches an Indian summer – about 23 degrees C! Lovely day :) Anyways, this tea, although I oversteeped it by a few minutes, is still a bit bland to me. Just needs a bit more flavor! See previous note for full review.

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
1135 tasting notes

Ahh, and once again, I am drinking this tea..it’s so strange, I am just growing to love it, and sometimes almost crave it? It must be because of the salty flavor in it, I LOVE salt! Anyways, please see previous tea note about this one. Have had it quite a bit this week! [Also going to up rating due to increased enjoyment of this tea!]

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77

Ahh I have been drinking tea all week, and haven’t logged anything yet! School is keeping me super busy..sigh..and even though I have already logged this tea, I still cannot get over how much I like it.

I accidently oversteeped by a few minutes (homework distracting me) but it still tastes super good! I have been having this tea before bed for the past week, and I love it! Will probably begin having it in the morning as well to take a break from caffeine.

I still love this tea. Will have to order more before DAVIDsTEA online exclusive is over! Highly recommend this tea, I keep enjoying it more and more!

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Last tea log for the evening, as this tea is definitely a before-bed tea (the name suits it well). So I have had quite a few cups of this tea and haven’t logged yet as I just found Steepster last week!

This tea smells very sweet and soft, but lots of licorice. Smells quite a bit more lemony after the water has been added, which I prefer. I always steep for the full 7 mins with this one.

Taste— I’d like to note that the blend I got really doesn’t seem to have many flower-like bits in it! Must just vary depending on the blend..anyways, back to the taste. This time around there is a lot more lemon present! I wonder why..I recall previous cups being sweeter..ah well it’s still good!! There is still a fair amount of licorice sweetness & fennel kicking through, in a subtle way. Must have been more lemongrass in this cup! Pretty smooth and relaxing. Oh, and there is quite a bit of chamomile, how could I neglect that, it’s just so soft and familiar. And I’m detecting a distinct sweetness at the end of each sip. So warming.

Overall, a very nice nighttime tea, doesn’t really make me overly sleepy, but the caffeine-free nature of this tea does relax me quite a bit. It’s a bit of a sweeter chamomile, but I still enjoy it. Wish I could taste a bit more of the floral notes, just for some variety. Still, would probably buy it again sometime.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
1135 tasting notes

First of all, a big thank you to DAVIDsTEA for including this as a free sample in my order! Been waiting to try this one, as it’s one of their few fall teas that I am not allergic to [nut allergy, :( ]. Anyways, onto the tea!

The dry smell…wow, I am pleased. A myriad of fruits..mmmm, what do I smell, cherries, watermelon, a bit of the fig or raisin, it actually reminded me a bit of a fruit cake! One of the dark ones my mom makes. I also detected a bit of an earthy smell, not sure what that was, I didn’t really like that note. Once water was poured on it, the smell diminished significantly. Must say, I am disappointed, I liked all those sugary fruits!

Taste- I steeped this tea for the full 7 mins, as I was a bit skimpy on the amount (only have the 5g sample, would like to try to get 2 cups out of it!). I now have to wait for it to cool, so will update in a bit!
Update: Finally tasted it, and must say, I am kind of disappointed. For there being so many fruits and veggies in this tea, I was expecting a bit different experience. The first taste is a bit tart, and I’m getting a mild hint of the cherries and watermelon. The taste kind of builds into a mixture of things, can’t really identify them. Aftertaste I find carrot, not my favorite taste in a tea to be honest. However, it does taste summery, which is very relaxing.

Another update: Tastes very, very similar to my mom’s fruitcake when it has cooled! Weird to taste that in a tea.

Overall, I don’t think I would buy a lot of this, maybe one more sample? I may have used too little leaf, or maybe it needs to steep longer, but it’s not really my thing. I’ll stick with less fruity blends I think. I’ll try one more cup at a later date and maybe change the rating. Not bad, but not epic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I ordered this tea mostly for my boyfriend, as he loves pure green teas, and was a little wary of how it would taste because of the cost. Was hoping it would be absolutely amazing!

The dry smell reminded me a lot of seaweed, reminded me of the ocean. I steeped at approx. 75 deg C. The seaweed scent got a bit milder when water was added. Overall a nice, fresh smell.

As for the taste, hmm…this cup I made seems a bit stronger than the taste I had previously (bf made a cup last week to try it out). It might have been because I steeped it another minute for 3 in tot? Or the water was a bit too warm? Oh well. It still tastes pretty good, a lot of green veggies present. Reminds me of spinach, might be the color of the leaves as well. I love the color of the tea. Beautiful light green.

Update—I swapped cups with my guy, who just made a second steep. I actually can smell a creaminess in this one! The taste is much milder too, and yes, I taste that creamy veggie taste. Mmmmm. Must say, I prefer the second steep on this one, unless I just did something wrong with the first. Rating may change from future cups of this when I figure out how to make it exactly.

Overall, an above average green tea. Was hoping for a wee bit more, but it still is splendid. Definitely one of the better ones I’ve ever had!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

mrs.stenhouse12’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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