52 Tasting Notes

80
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

Pancakes with Maple syrup. YUM. Not an everyday tea, but a yummy dessert tea. It’s like a big cup of comfort. Haven’t tried re-steeping this one, but when I do, I will come back and update this note.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I love this kettle. It is worth the price. Controls are simple. It heats quickly, a full kettle goes from zero to boil in about 5 minutes. Not the quietest thing on the market, but it’s not obnoxious. It beeps when ready, and the keep warm feature will maintain the temperature of your water for 30 minutes.

Settings for:
160/delicate…175/green…185/white…190/oolong…200/french press…boil/black

Highly recommend.

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60
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

I am normally a fan of David’s Tea. This might be the worst tea I have tried since being introduced to loose tea. Right out of the bag the pungent smell made me gag, but some of the reviews seemed positive, so I decided to give it a shot anyway.

Bad Idea. Add flowery teas to the list of flavors I can’t handle. That being said, if a flower-flavored mango tea sounds appealing to you, then THIS is your tea. Look no further. I would happily send this as a swap.

As for me and my tastebuds? No thank-you.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

It’s weird to drink a tea that tastes like coffee. It’s confusing, and not entirely comfortable.

That being said…once you get used to the coffee/tea hybrid (coffea?) it’s not too bad. The second steep was better than the first, but I find that is the case with most chocolate teas I try. I didn’t have it in me to try a third.

I went and got a proper cup of coffee instead.

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

I love Stash; definitely my favourite bagged tea brand. Have you tried the Red Velvet Cake herbal yet?

221tea

I loved all of the other Stash teas, but not this poor little guy…

I haven’t tried the red velvet, but I love red velvet as a flavor…do you recommend?

Roswell Strange

I definitely recommend it! It’s the chocolate aspect of Red Velvet and the cream cheese icing; many Red Velvet flavoured things neglect the icing and that’s such an important flavour aspect of Red Velvet to me. I also really like the Decaf Vanilla Chai; it has an insanely good and comforting aroma.

221tea

I’ll have to check it out. I agree, the icing is very important! I am still filling up my cupboard, I only have about 20% entered because I am trying to review as I go, but if you would like to swap let me know :)

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80

This is an amazing Irish Breakfast. Very smooth. Great with a bit of milk and sugar. I was looking for a solid breakfast tea, and this definitely fits the bill.

I got three solid re-steeps out of it before I decided to switch it up for the day.

Highly recommend this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I LOVE THIS TEA. I hope Stash eventually offers it loose.

It tastes exactly like peach cobbler. The name is not a lie.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
52 tasting notes

SUPER sweet. I thought this was going to be a favorite, but after 4 cups, I am done. It is absolutely yummy, but not an everyday tea. I still have 3oz. left so if anyone would like to trade, let me know.

It’s basically like drinking a marshmallow. I am going to “recommend” it, but use caution. A small sample is more than enough.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
lolainred

I’ve heard that a lot. Probably going to pick it up anyway and give it a try, but we shall see. Definitely going to get a small amount when I do.

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90

Ok. Confession time. This is the tea that got me hooked. I was casually strolling through the mall, minding my own business when out of nowhere, a sweet little old lady asked “Try some iced-tea?”

WHO DOESN’T LOVE ICED TEA? And in my defense, she was a very nice lady. So I took her little cup and gave it a swig. I was shocked at how much I loved it. So shocked, I immediately wandered into the store to see what this tea nonsense was all about.

$70 later I walked out with 8oz. of Blueberry Kona Pop, some rock sugar, a tea mug/infuser combo, a citrus tin for the tea, and an over-whelming sense of “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?”

All that said…this is a delightful tea. One of the only ones I will actually buy from Teavana. It is great iced or hot. With sugar or without. I don’t think it tastes overly artificial. I think it is a refreshing blend of pineapple and blueberry. I highly recommend this decaf gem.

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

I laughed so hard reading this because I had basically the same first teavana experience right down to walking out with a large tin of this exact tea. It really is absolutely lovely iced.

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90
drank Perfectea Rock Sugar by Teavana
52 tasting notes

Ok look…here’s the thing…I know “Teavana” is a dirty word to some. I get it. It’s a sold-out, mass-marketed franchise. But do yourself a favor, put on sunglasses and a disguise, go to your local mall, and sell a tiny piece of your soul to Teavana for this sugar. I promise it’s worth it.

I have tried three different rock sugars, one from a local shop and one from Adagio. This is the third and this rock sugar is by far, leaps and bounds ahead of the others in subtle sweetness. It sweetens without over-powering or changing the flavor of the tea. Depending on the existing sweetness of the tea, I normally use 1 tsp per cup.

If anyone has found a better sugar, I am all ears. :)

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80

The hubs says this “tastes like Key West” I think that’s a bit harsh…Duval Street can be a bit nasty depending on the time of day…haha.

But I agree with the sentiment. It does remind me of the tropics. The leaves have a light and fruity aroma which carries over to the brew. I find this one relaxing, and very enjoyable before bed or snuggled up with a good fic.

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

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I just started drinking loose tea this year…and by “drinking” I mean, “completely obsessed” with no hope or want of redemption.

One experience with some rooibos and an infuser to show me just how easy it was, and that was all she wrote.

The only tea I ever had before this year was bagged Earl Grey, that one bad experience was enough to put me off tea for life. Turns out, after some trial and error, I discovered I just don’t like bergamot.

All other tea is fair game. I am enjoying expanding my horizons, and I would love to do a swap if anyone is willing to give a newbie a shot! Check out my cupboard and let me know if you are interested in anything!

Tea Ratings:
100-90 – DRINK ALL THE TEA!!! Always in my cupboard. I would cry if discontinued.
80-89 – Very good tea. I probably stock this year round in small quantities.
70-79 – Good tea, but not a “WOW” tea
60-69 – I can appreciate that this is good tea…just not a tea I enjoy
59 or below – No thank you.

As far as life outside of tea goes…I am a fangirl at heart.

I love BBC Sherlock and all things Johnlock.

I also love Doctor Who. 3, 9 & 10 are my favorites…I have high hopes for 12. My favorite companions are River Song, Donna Noble and Mickey the Idiot.

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