150 Tasting Notes
I got this tea for my very first Frequent Steeper reward since it’s too cost-prohibitive for me to actually buy, but I love jasmine green tea. So there ya go. $19.50 worth of tea for free.
My thoughts: this is OK. I certainly wasn’t overwhelmed with orgasmic jasmine green tea goodness like I thought I would be. It’s certainly not BAD, better than the jasmine green I have in tea bags in a box on my desk, but I should sure hope that’s the case. It was fun watching this tea unfurl during steeping the first time, but I don’t quite think that justifies the price. I’d rather they just toss the dried leaves in the bag and charge $5 less for 50g for it.
The tea itself tastes OK. Not knock-your-socks-off, not terrible. Had a bit of bitterness to the first steep, but that’s my fault for over-steeping not the fault of the tea. The aroma of the steeped tea is just as flowery and yummy as the dried tea leaves; the flavour falls a bit short though. I actually liked the flavour of the second steeping much more than the first. Had more of the jasmine, flowery taste and less of the “green tea” taste. Exactly what I was expecting with the first steep (granted, I actually remembered to take the steeping basket out of my cup in the proper amount of time the second time…). I’ll have to pay closer attention next time for the first steep to see if I can get them tasting the same.
I guess I should come full-disclosure here and say that I’m still trying to find a jasmine green tea that comes anywhere close to as good as the one I bought when I was in Japan. I found this little tea vendor in a hole-in-the-wall shop right outside a temple, walked in and said “good tea”. The lady handed me a 50g bag of rolled-up green stuff, wrote out how much it cost, and I paid. It ended up being about $25/50g, but I figured I might only even stumble into this shop once in my life and so why the hell not. Glad I did…best tea I’ve ever had in my life. I marked down on a map where the shop was (constant stream of people in and out, so hopefully they’re still in business if I ever manage to make it back) should I ever get the opportunity to re-purchase. Still have the bag and everything, too. But since “good tea” managed to work last time, I might try that trick again…
Verdict: I would get this again as a free 50g tea with the Frequent Steeper program, but I wouldn’t ever pay the premium for it. Not as good as I expected, but certainly not bad. If paying this much for tea isn’t something you’re concerned about, I would recommend it.
I had this as an iced tea of the day on Monday. When I tried the sample in-store, it tasted like down-south brewed iced tea but with a twist. When I got it in my cup, it was like that…sort of.
It didn’t take long for the novelty of trying a new iced tea to wear off and me be reminded that I don’t like papaya. Why on earth would I get a whole cup of tea where the flavours are “green stuff” and “PAPAYA”!?!?!?! Because I’m an idiot, that’s why. I did end up finishing the cup, it’s not like it was disgusting or anything, but I definitely would not buy it. Again, not because it’s disgusting but because…it’s a purely papaya tea. And I don’t like papaya.
Verdict: will not buy, not putting in a yes or no for recommending because I’m not exactly an unbiased judge. Definitely not for me.
Sipdown: achieved! But I still have a whole tin of this at home, so can’t be removed from the cupboard. Oh, darn ;)
This is still one of my favourite teas of all time. I LOVE the chocolate flavour in it, without it actually being chocolate chips or chocolate shavings. None of that weird greasy film on the top that you get with chocolate. Good to double as lip gloss, though…so now I’m torn. lol. Also a fresh raspberry taste, a nice subtle almond undertone, and the WHA-BAM of mate. Om nom nom. Ug lug lug? Whatever. Point is, is that it’s good. Very good.
Verdict: will be refilling my tin with more Chocolate Rocket!
Steepster IS eating my reviews and cupboard stash!!!! I KNEW IT!!!! I know for a fact I’ve reviewed this before, I know for a fact it was in my cupboard. I know for a fact I rated it at 98. SO THERE, SANITY. You can remain firmly implanted in my brain.
I loved this tea when I first got it, and still love it. It’s a little tart, grassy, and bitter all at the same time on its own, exactly like guayusa should be. I like mixing it with an equally tart herbal tea for flavour, usually Pink Passionfruit (which I bought 250 g of online a while ago), which is one of my favourite mid-morning blends. Yum! Fruity, stimulating, and no caffeine crash a few hours later. Yum yum yum. So now that I have an empty tin of it, my drawer at work is feeling sad…no more guayusa. :( Simple solution: buy more!
Verdict: will buy more on my next trip into David’s, providing it’s still sold in-store.
I can’t believe there’s no rating from me for this tea. Is Steepster eating my ratings? I could have sworn I rated this tea not once, but twice already. And I have it in my cupboard in two different places (home and office). So…weird. Was positive I did. Am I going crazy? Have I already gone crazy so I don’t realize I’m already there?! IS THE SKY REALLY PURPLE?!?!?!
Sipdown: achieved for one of my stash of this tea. I ordered this first online during the discontinuing sale they had a loooong time ago. Loved it. Couldn’t believe it was being discontinued. Tasted EXACTLY like apple pie. So good. And then they brought it back! OMG, they brought it back!! So I went into the store and got a tin of it because OMG SO GOOD. And guess what? Recipe: changed. Now has a wicked-awesome plastic aftertaste, and a weird film on top of the water after steeping. Picture “pollution in the Niagara River near the falls foamy grossness” and that’s exactly what’s on the surface of my tea. Yuck. I dunno what’s different about this, since the ingredients are all the same, but bleh. Because it was part of a special collection it’s already been discontinued again, but I will not be re-buying. If it’s ever introduced again I’ll give it a try by getting a cup of it in-store, but my hopes will be rock-bottom. Wrecked it once, I’m sure it’s possible to wreck it again.
Verdict: refilling with one of the carnival collection teas. Cotton candy, maybe?
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I must say…I think I’ve fallen out of love with this tea a bit. I now don’t find it as awesomely amazing as I used to, and don’t even actually feel the need to refill the tin. I know by the time the winter rolls around I might feel differently (for some reason this tea screams “winter” to me), but for now? I think Cherry Snowcone is going to find its way into my tin.
And if my kettle would ACTUALLY BOIL WATER, I might be able to drink this last cup. This $10 water-boiler has served its purpose for the last 2.5 years…but I think it’s time it was replaced. Sorry, kettle. It’s been nice knowing you.
Verdict: not refilling for now, but likely will in the winter months. It’s not a bad tea, but downgrading my rating for now (still a pretty high rating, though!)
Tea #4 (last one) from my “two trips in two days to David’s to try all the carnival collection teas” outings.
Preface: I love root beer. I love ice cream. I love root beer floats. I loved version #1 of David’s Root Beer Float tea. I’ve been begging for this one back on Twitter for almost 6 months. I AM SO HAPPY IT’S BACK. But…it’s not really. The ingredients are different. Aaaaaawwwwwww, shit. Last time they did this with Mom’s Apple Pie I was so disappointed with my re-purchase that it took me nearly 12 months to finish the tin. If they screwed up Root Beer Float, I’m going to be angry. VERY ANGRY.
And…it’s better. IT’S BETTER. HOW CAN IT BE BETTER THAN BEFORE?! It tastes exactly like a root beer float. It even makes my mouth feel a bit fizzy. Now I have two things to try in-store: an iced root beer float latte (recommended by the Tea Guide in-store as tha bomb-diggity and he’s never been wrong before so I hold his opinion in high regard), and a root beer float tea pop. Oh, and a root beer float iced tea with vodka. I mean…alcohol in tea? Never done it. Not this girl. *cough
Verdict: will buy a kilogram of it before it’s gone. You will not take this away from me again!!!
Tea #3 of my “go to David’s twice in two days to try all of the new carnival teas” outings.
Cherry snowcone. Not my favourite flavour of snowcone. My favourite flavour of anything slushie-like is (obviously) “blue”. What that flavour exactly is I don’t think anyone knows. Sure, you can tell me it’s blue raspberry, but it’s not raspberry flavoured. Because I hate raspberry flavoured everything, except actual raspberries (yes, even raspberry pie…yuck. The seeds!!). Raspberry and lemonade, I think? Anyway, whatever it is, it’s good. But I digress.
If I had to choose favourite flavour #2, it would be cherry. So I wanted this to be good. I really did. Really, really did.
And it was! It was so good! In fact, it reminded me a lot of Indian Summer, that white tea with cherries and a bunch of other fall fruits (pumpkin, carrot, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t remember) in it. That tea was so good…I was sad when it was discontinued. But now I have this! And this is better. I don’t know how good it would be hot. It is called cherry SNOWCONE after all. Snow. Snow is cold. But I’m willing to try everything once. This tea is cherry, sour, pink, and sweet all at the same time. A big success.
Verdict: will buy at least once.
Part of my “go to David’s twice in two days to taste all the new teas” outings.
Preface: I am obsessed with caramel corn. I buy it from Kernel’s about once a month. If someone comes between me and caramel corn, they’re going down. Safe to say I had high expectations for this tea.
Expectations: not met. I think the reason why is because of the coconut in it. Don’t get me wrong, this tea isn’t BAD. I just don’t…love it. Like I wanted to. It’s kinda caramel-y. It’s kinda buttery. It’s kinda popcorn-y. It’s just…not like caramel corn. I don’t even know if I dislike it enough not to buy it. I’m still on the fence.
Verdict: may or may not buy. Not one of my favourites, but not terrible…I’ll have to try it again before writing it off.