348 Tasting Notes

77
drank Handcrafted Oolong by JusTea
348 tasting notes

I’m not an expert in oolong, but this is a pleasant and enjoyable tea, good for at least 3 infusions. It has a slightly buttery mouthfeel, and hints of floral and sweetness. Clearly I have an inexperienced palate compared to some reviewers, lol. I like the long, twisty leaves and I like the fact that I’m supporting tea farmers in Kenya by buying from this company.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
348 tasting notes

Not sure how I feel about this… it’s nice enough, but I don’t love it so much that I want to buy more. It’s fruity – I can definitely taste peach and papaya. I like the chunks of candied fruit; I don’t like the “artificial flavour”. I liked the mix of red and green rooibos as a base, though it was pretty overshadowed by the fruitiness of it all. Meh, decent as fruity rooibos blends go, but nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blood Orange Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
348 tasting notes

All I taste when I drink this is the hibiscus. So, I guess if you like hibiscus but want some caffeine in your tea, maybe it would be a good option? It’s very tart and refreshing, but I was disappointed by how little I could taste of the pu’erh.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
348 tasting notes

This is a lovely tea blend, with lots of creamy caramel flavours. I was surprised to read that it’s a cream earl grey blend, because I can barely taste the bergamot at all. The caramel and rooibos flavours are much stronger for me. I liked it a lot plain, and it was also delicious and dessert-y with a bit of sugar and milk. Yum.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Nutty, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I said I’d recommend this tea because I, personally, liked it. Obviously it’s something that not everybody would enjoy! It is VERY smoky. If you’re intrigued, get a small sample and give it a try!

The smell of the dry tea is just like a campfire and honestly, a bit off-putting. Brewing it definitely calms the smoke a bit, and the underlying black tea flavour is actually quite smooth. I’ve enjoyed it straight, but for some reason I always find myself wanting to blend this with other teas. I’ve mixed this with black and oolong tea to make a Russian Caravan type blend, which I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a more subtle smokiness. Today I’m drinking it mixed with the Cinnamon Rooibos Chai from David’s Tea, and I really like it. Something about the combination of spicy/smoky seems just right for a rainy fall afternoon. :)

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I love ginger, and I liked this tea. I don’t get the “fishy” quality that other people have described. I mostly find the pu’erh tea to be kind of earthy? And the ginger sort of adds to that earthiness, plus bringing a bit of brightness and zip to it. I don’t taste the orange at all, but I wonder if it just adds a hint of something to the ginger. Overall I found it smooth and pleasant to drink without adding anything.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is a very green-tasting tea, so I guess it’s well named. :) I’m working through my Mate Factor Variety Pack, and this is just the plain green mate with no other stuff. I like it! I just put a bag in a normal 8oz mug, added boiling water, steeped for 5min but left the bag in while drinking it. Very low-tech, lol. I’ve done two steepings, and the second is still pretty flavourful.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

The primary flavour I get from this is the peppermint, with an underlying fresh/green flavour that I assume is the yerba mate. The carob is there, but quite mild. I like this tea plain, but I like it even more with a bit of sugar. I tried adding a bit of milk as well, but I’m not really a fan of that.

Flavors: Cacao, Peppermint, Plants

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)

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