296 Tasting Notes

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

This tea just doesn’t does it for me. There seemed to be a disconnect between the tea flavour and the fruit flavour, and while neither were off-putting, they just didn’t come together into a delicious, cohesive whole for me. But oh well, it looks like others enjoy it, so all the more for them.

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drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

I… actually like this. The vanilla adds a creaminess, and there’s a liquorice/ginger sweetness that lingers if you sip. Oddly, taking a gulp makes it far less appealing, but in sipping and savouring, a nicer flavour seems to emerge. The vanilla disappears and the liquorice gets stronger with milk and sugar added. To be honest, I actually prefer it without.
I’m not sure how chai-y this tea actually is, but it’s interesting and not bad. Definitely worth the try at least, and I’ll enjoy finishing up the sample I have.

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80
drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

I think that this tea smells more citrusy before you make it than it does to drink. However, that does not mean at all that it’s not lemony. It somewhat reminds me of a creamy earl grey, but gentler than I generally find that flavour (it’s citrus, but not bergamot after all). Overall, not bad. Not going on my MUST HAVE AWEKHTLAWEKJTHAWKTJH list of teas, but is something I’d definitely consider going for if offered.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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At three and a half minutes, it already tastes a little astringent. That said, it’s also malty and full; with milk and sugar it would probably be lovely. On its own, though, not anything too special. The instructions do suggest adding milk and sugar, though, so it it up front at least.

Not bad by any rate, rather malty and full-flavoured, but definitely needing something to balance it out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
296 tasting notes

I’m drinking this straight today. The coconut adds a creaminess to the flavour that goes well with the spices. I can imagine already how some milk would add to it, but it’s not bad at all on its own. Again, coconut is not my favourite flavouring, but especially when mixed with chai, it’s really not that bad.
I wouldn’t mind having another cup of this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Yerba Mate by Zen Tea
296 tasting notes

Straight mate has a lighter flavour, like green tea. (Not that the two are in any way interchangeable, they just have a similar refined lightness.) Thankfully, it doesn’t oversteep as easily, meaning it survives travel mug abuse quite well.
Usually I prefer blends with mate in them, but I was in the mood for it straight today. It’s dry, light, refined. Pairs well both with savoury and sweet foods. I’m happy with this.

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75
drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
296 tasting notes

I’m… not sure how much of a difference that I can taste between various teas that are all 100% the same flower.
Still, I think I slightly prefer the loose leaf versions that I’ve had to this. Huh. Still, not bad, slightly sweet.
It’s chamomile, and approximately what you would expect as such.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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The word gingerbread comes with some real connotations. Some, like the snap of a cookie and the crunchy texture of it and thick frosting are not going to be replicable with tea. The taste however… one can try.
This tea smells and tastes far closer than I expect. While I will admit that I ate a candy cane not long before, and still have the taste of mint in my mouth, the scent of gingerbread is still coming through, and the taste pleasantly hints at the original.
Could it be stronger? Yes. But can I see how it lives up to its name, and be pleased by it? Also yes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai Tea by Tetley
296 tasting notes

Chai is my general go to “I’m working” or “I just came home from work” or “It’s been a long day” type of tea. It does wonders for me, almost no matter what type of chai it is. As such, this can fill the spot. However, among the world of chai, and while serviceable, it’s definitely not high on my list of must-stock chais. It was worth getting, and I’ll certainly finish the canister, but I don’t think this will be a rebuy. It’s serviceable, but even among bagged chai, I know I can do better. (Tim Hortons chai, for example….)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
296 tasting notes

Mint has always been my mom’s favourite flavour of tea, for as long as I can remember. It’s never quite hit me the same way, unless in some sort if blend (chocolate mint is GOOD).
This tea… is okay to me? I feel the tingling of the mint but it’s not overwhelming. The tea doesn’t really whelm me at all to be honest. It’s okay, I can tell that it’s probably not pure mint, but that it’s minty… it doesn’t quite hit me like a minty candy or gum or toothpaste would, and part of me would almost prefer that?
But yeah. Not bad, just not great either. An okay cup, that would probably be enjoyed better by my mint-loving mother.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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