658 Tasting Notes

75
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I also tried this as a second and third steeping with the same leaves, the verdict being that the second time it’s still very good, but I should have stopped there. It doesn’t hold up to a third steeping.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74

Watching Sherlock and trying this for the first time. My initial impression is that it’s a very nicely balanced blend – I hate it when the bergamot is too strong – but it’s not as impressive as some of the other David’s teas I’ve tried. I’m still looking for my go-to Earl Grey, because while I don’t think it will ever be my favorite tea, I like to keep a little in the house for something different now and then.

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

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75
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

My first David’s Tea order came in today and I am so excited! I used to go to their store in Boston, and while that was a pleasant experience, there was something so nice about getting all these colorful packages of tea wrapped up in tissue paper (and with free samples thrown in too!). Anyway, it was a hard choice, but I settled on trying the Vanilla Orchid oolong first. It does not disappoint. When I opened the package it smelled like a really good vanilla yogurt; the taste turns out to be a lot more delicate. At first I had a hard time distinguishing it, but just a little raw sugar (3/4 tsp) made the flavor bloom. This is also one of those teas that is fun to watch in the steeping, as the tightly rolled balls unfurl into massive leaves. I think I’m in love with this tea already.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60

A decent tea for the money, but as Jason noted, the astringency and bitterness can be very strong. Being careful with the steeping time helps, but really, I never managed to make this tea without it turning out at least a bit bitter. Some days I didn’t mind this at all, but other times it really bothered me. Overall I’d say it’s a tea to use sparingly, and not recommended for delicate palettes or stomachs. On the other hand, I haven’t had that many gunpowder teas, so I’m not sure whether this strong, one-note sort of flavor is typical for this kind of tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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51

Drinking this because my David’s order was delayed (weather-related, I’m sure) and there’s nothing else in the house. Oh sad day.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking the very last of my guayasa sample tin :( After reading over some of the other tasting notes I’m sad it never occurred to me to mix it with anything, I bet it would have been good that way. As it is, this cup is smooth and mild, sweet and grassy. This is the first guayasa I’ve ever had, so I’m not sure how it compares to others and I’m still a little unclear on what guayasa is. I’ve read several comments to the effect that it is highly caffeinated, but I get a lot more buzz from a black tea than I have from this.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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68

Just as David’s claims, this is a very smooth tea, with a nice balance between the lemon and black tea flavors. But honestly — and I hope I’m not violating the sacred code of tea drinkers by saying this — I didn’t think it was that much better than a grocery store lemon tea, such as Bigelow’s Lemon Lift. The La La Lemon is slightly more balanced, (and the aroma is heavenly) but to me there’s not enough difference to justify the higher price.

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

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65

This is a delicious tea, and very appropriately named: there are strong notes of coconut and a sort of fermented vanilla flavor. The aroma is also wonderful. But I do feel that you have to double up on David’s recommended serving (1.5 tsp per cup) if you want the full coconut experience. A touch of raw sugar also helps to enhance the flavor.

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

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