2 Tasting Notes

drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This tea smells great – lovely peach fragrance with a very slight hint of jasmine, so I bought it on impulse when I was at the store. I had high hopes for this tea. Unfortunately the brewed liquor was anemic and a little bitter. I think I may have oversteeped it at 4 min and will try 2 minutes next. I confess the package suggests 82 degrees, and I usually use a hotter temperature (boil water then leave it for 5 min to cool down slightly). I just found it so weak and boring, and after a few sips the peach flavor tasted very artificial.

I will try again and hope it tastes better!

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This is my first milk oolong :)

On first opening the package, the scent is intoxicating. I loved the milk scent, not quite milky but more like sweetened condensed milk. The leaves are tightly rolled and dark green.

The milky scent stayed throughout the four steepings, so I’m inclined to believe that it is natural and not from added flavoring. The brew was as smooth as I’m used to (I’m an oolong-lover) and had low to no astringency.

I found it very pricey at $18/50g, but with multiple steepings the cost becomes more manageable. Note: this tea is from China and not from Taiwan. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this tea and will move on to Ten Ren’s High Mountain Jin Xuan milk oolong after this. It is from Taiwan, and is a more affordable $38/150g.

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I grew up in a tea-obsessed family although it was the bagged orange pekoe type. A few years ago I switched to loose-leaf tea and can’t go back to teabags! My daily cups are usually oolongs, although I do drink lots of black tea as well. Almost always straight-up, with no milk or sugar. Lately I’ve been making iced teas which are fun. I’m also trying to get into herbal teas and the rooibos and mate’s.

Me: geeky, bookworm, work in software, fashion-obsessed, thirty-something, travel a lot, and of course enjoy a good cup of tea.


Toronto, ON

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