296 Tasting Notes

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While still quite hot, I still get a bit of the cherry, a sweet-tart flavour. As it cools, I thought that perhaps it would get a bit more depth, but… despite being able to taste more, it’s still very much pure cherry, which is interesting with the amount of different ingredients in here.
So, this tea is pretty much what it says on the label. Not bad!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Today has not been a good day as far as my appetite goes, and I’m only just now having my first cup of tea for the day. It’s a day for comfort food, and being fairly late in the day, not a good time for caffeine. As such, this tea called to me.

Constant Comment is one of the first teas that I fell in love with as a child. While that was the original, caffeinated version, I find there’s very little difference between the two in taste. (Still, I’ll be doing a review of the other some time in the future. Both are definitely staples in my tea stock.)

Drinking this tea is like coming home. It needs a fair amount of sugar to find its perfect spot, but it’s wonderful when it’s there. The orange rind and spices are in one of my favourite blends in this tea (I like it much more than most of the Christmas teas with similar combinations), and…. well, as I said, this is really my comfort food version of tea.

Thank goodness for Constant Comment. Thank goodness for its decaffeinated cousin. Sometimes… sometimes it’s just the perfect thing when I need a cup of comfort and relaxation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank To Life by Teavana
296 tasting notes

A close family friend passed away today. My father got to the hospital fifteen minutes after he died, but had already been to visit yesterday, so he’d already seen him and said his goodbyes. My mom was home with me when we got the news. Tea is… a comfort to both of us, and so I suggested making a cup and immediately thought of this. Especially with the name, it seems… fitting for today.

It’s mild, and an interesting mix of flowery and fruity. The overall combination actually reminds me a little of grapes, though there’s none in there. There’s a lot in it, and yet I don’t find it busy — it actually comes forth simple but layered, and completely different than what I’d think with the independent ingredients.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Lilysmom

Sorry to hear of the loss of your family friend.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
296 tasting notes

After my first tiny sip, there was already a lovely floral taste left in my mouth. The immediate flavour, however, made me wonder if I had oversteeped it, although I had followed the directions fairly closely (3-5 minutes, boiling water is recommended).

After drinking a bit more, I’m pretty sure that it isn’t overstepped after all, but that the rose petals just give too strong of a first impression on the tongue. The scent and lingering taste that the rose petals are lovely, but that first flavour still leaves something to be desired.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

If you brew this tea right, it is nothing short of wondrous.

The peachy fruitiness balances wonderfully with the green tea. Neither are particularly stronger than the other, so much as complementing each other as they hit together. Not too mild, not too strong, just harmoniously balanced. I tend to find this blend quite relaxing and definitely one that I want to resteep and restock.

Yum.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

Sometimes there are no words. Just a nice cup of tea, that just defines what tea is to you, and it feels like coming home to an old friend.

Mmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
296 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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drank Vanilla Heaven by Zen Tea
296 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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Currently engaged in a tea drinking challenge of epic proportions. (1001 teas, 1001 days. December 1st, 2013 – August 28, 2016)

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