270 Tasting Notes

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

The official description of this tea mentions that “this is the kind of tea you spontaneously want to cozy up to on a cold winter afternoon.” Well, it’s somewhere around -30 right now, or so I hear, and the wind is howling. Plus, I was in the mood for a cup of green tea. Thus, this one sounded perfect.

I actually really like this tea. It’s sweet and nutty, calming and understated. Everything comes together very harmoniously, and it is, indeed, a nice relaxing tea for a cold day. Good job, DAVIDsTEA. Good job.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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When I make a cup of chai, my ideal experience is a wave of creamy spicy sweet. The tea, of course, is manly responsible for the spicy part, but it needs to serve as a vehicle for the creamy and sweet too. This tea, however, I found too mild. The taste is pleasant, and I will not say otherwise, but it falls short of giving me the wow factor, the wave of pleasure that I’m looking for. Still not bad, and I have a feeling that my mother, the plain chai enthusiast would enjoy it. I’d just like a bit more depth of flavour, myself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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75
drank Vanilla Heaven by Zen Tea
270 tasting notes

I smelled this tea and went “yes I want a pot of this tonight.”

It’s interesting, though. I think the thing I like least about this tea is the immediate taste. There just doesn’t seem to be much to it at first, just a hint of creaminess. However, the vanilla taste lingers, just as you can smell it at first. And that, I must admit, is lovely.

So, I wish it were stronger, but find it nice and relaxing just the way it is.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Okay. This is where I should start off by admitting I was up far too late last night, and although I was able to fall asleep quickly, it was not the most sound of sleeps. (Pleasant enough, just not solid.) As a result, I am tired, and consequentially in the mood for a high caffeine pick me up.

I will also admit that, as I’m finishing up a package of this tea, I used a bit (1/2 tsp?) of plain mate to boost it up to a full tbsp for my little tea pot, so this may colour my experience a bit. The lemon, however, came through very well despite that. My issue is more that although the lemon is pleasant, mate may be better suited for a bolder flavour than lemon.

I have a feeling that, according to the song the title may be rated on, the tea is meant to be better than all the rest. (Either that, or I just think too much in song. Both are equally likely, in all honesty.) I’m not sure if I quite agree with that, but it’s not bad for what it is, either.

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I bought this tea because I saw 100g for the ridiculously cheap price of $2 and went YES PLEASE. As it turns out, it was quite a good purchase. It’s really not a bad brew at all, and so I consider it a good investment of a toonie. ;)

I certainly like this tea a lot better than the last cup of straight back I had. It has a nice, robust flavour, still with a bit of a flowery note, but balanced out by a deeper taste as well. Admittedly I got sidetracked while making it, meaning that it steeped longer than I intended by a few minutes for the first steep, but wasn’t too oversteeped tasting despite that. Also, it holds up well with a bit of milk, as I prefer, and even is agreeable with my habit of microwaving cooled down tea well after the fact.

Yes, a decent cup indeed, especially for the price!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Darjeeling by Higgins & Burke
270 tasting notes

Forget delicate, this tea has incredibly strong floral notes, more than I was expecting from a straight black tea. I’m almost surprised that there isn’t some jasmine in there or something of the sort. I tried adding milk and honey and found that I didn’t mind it, but I think that overall I prefer more of a malty than a flowery cup of black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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In my opinion, nothing pairs better with ice cream than a good fruit tea.

While hot, there’s a sweetness and a bit of flavour, but I can taste it more once it’s cooled down a bit. It’s actually best while still moderately warm but not hot — the temperature matches well with the tart, sweet, creamy taste.

Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
270 tasting notes

I normally have this tea with milk, and it ends up somewhat muddled. On a whim, I’m trying it without this time. It turns out, that’s making all the difference. Without milk, it’s reminding me very much of the apple cinnamon oatmeal that I used to have as a child, and in all the good ways. There’s a hint of apple along with the spices, creating an overall flavour that… somehow seems broad rather than sharp. It smells deliciously apply too, especially as I go to take a sip. (Actually, breathing in the scent may be the best part of drinking this tea.) Definitely just what I needed right now. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

It looks like today is shaping up to be a four or five tea day. I have no complaints. All the more deliciousness to go around. :)

My cousin gave me a lovely little novelty steeper, and I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave too much space for letting tea leaves expand, so I came to the conclusion that it’s probably best suited for a tisane, since their contents don’t usually have much expanding to do anyway.

Even without milk, there’s a nice, sweet, creaminess to this tea. I wonder if milk would add to this or not, but I don’t want to chance it right now. It’s too nice on its own. I often find that a lot of the DAVIDsTEA dessert teas tend toward maple notes. This one, somehow, this one manages to be syrupy to me without being too mapley.

In all, not a bad cuppa, and definitely a good choice for christening my new little steeper.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Currently engaged in a tea drinking challenge of epic proportions. (1001 teas, 1001 days. December 1st, 2013 – August 28, 2016)

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