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269 Tasting Notes

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Let’s not kid ourselves. Christmas is very much a time of teas with orange and spices. I think I have at least two or three teas that claim to be Christmas and include this particular blend, and this is one of them. In fact, I can think of only two teas in my collection have some variation on this popular combination of flavours that is not a Christmas tea, and one of them is Constant Comment.

Having said all that (and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a bit of a mouthful), this tea is quite a good combination of the above. It’s rather musky without being too strong — even rather oversteeped as my second cup happens to be, it’s more musky than bitter, and not at all unpleasently such. Instead, it’s rather rich and spiced, with just a hint of bitterness, which actually blends well with the citrus. I chose not to sweeten it, but I do think it might go well with some sugar or honey as well — I might experiment with this another time.

All in all, a good take on a holiday classic.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Coconut Chai Latte by Tea Forte
269 tasting notes

Wow. You can really smell the coconut right off from the moment you open the packet. The coconut actually gives a rather creamy flavour that goes well with the spices making it chai. As it cools, the toasted quality comes out more.
I was somewhat surprised that the directions didn’t mention milk and sugar, as this is specifically entitled as a latte, but decided to make it and try it without anyway. I don’t regret it, but I do wonder what it would be like when doctored up as I normally would with chai, or made with hot milk rather than the water that the packet directs, as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

I love the aroma this tea gives off. The mix of chocolate and cinnamon is somehow woodsy, and reminds me of a warm, crackling fire.

The taste… quite honestly my enjoyment somewhat depends on how much chocolate I manage to get in a particular steep. The more chocolatey it is, the better. The cinnamon and nutmeg actually make the tea taste rather dry, though it’s got a nice bit of creaminess and sweetness to it from the chocolate and vanilla.

I suppose I’d just like a bit more chocolate, is all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

Forever nuts… I wanna be forever nuts….

This tea keeps growing on me. From the lovely pink colour to the nutty and apply taste… I like it best brewed strong and long. Admittedly, I brewed it a little weaker than I should have this time, but I’m rating it as it is at its best (which is slightly more tea than the directions recommend and a longer brew). It goes down to a B+ to A- when as directed — a little too weak. However, the sweet, fruity taste is wonderful, and it’s a wonderful herbal cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

This tea’s scent will never fail to remind me of cough syrup. Thankfully, it doesn’t taste as much like it. Still a few hints (I blame the ginger and the slight sweetness) but… much better in taste than cough syrup.
It gave me the same feeling as it did in the past, but I found that while I liked it, I didn’t love it at all, thus the lower score.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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75

It says to steep this tea for 1-3 minutes. Usually, I find it can take a significantly longer steep. That being said, ten minutes may have been a bit too much — there were slight hints of bitterness suggesting an oversteep, though not enough to make it unpleasant. That being said, it gave time for the spices to come through very well, creating a pleasantly pungent wave of taste.
It’s nice on its own, but I think I may add a bit of sugar another time — I think a bit of sweetness would be an ideal complement to the tea’s original taste.

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

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75
drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

Hot, it reminded me of white chocolate candy cane bark. Creamy, sweet, and minty with white chocolate notes. I’d like to experiment a bit with the steeping time, but it was quite nice.
The last bit cooled before I drank it, and it wasn’t as nice, I thought. So definitely one best enjoyed while still warm. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my sample of this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

I probably should start off by admitting that I am NOT a big iced tea drinker. As far as I’m concerned, the way to drink tea is hot. I’m literally the kind of person who will brew a nice steaming cup in 30-something degree weather (Celsius!) and thoroughly enjoy it.

So, if this tastes best as an iced tea… I’m probably missing out.

According to my estimation, I made the tea a little stronger than it’s supposed to be, and the flavours still came out being rather delicate — a little too much for my liking. It was certainly pleasant — I enjoyed two steeps of it in my two-cup teapot, but I just found it… not strong enough for the flavour to come through.

I had it both plain and with milk. I think I liked how the flavour worked a little better with the milk added personally, but it did work well both ways.

If you like light-flavoured teas, you might really enjoy this. Personally, however, I like my tea with a little more oomph with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

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87
drank Love Elixir for Her by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

Bought a cup of this in store today. The liquorice and chocolate work well together, along with the strawberry to create an interesting flavour that hits over a few waves. The liquorice comes first, with a very strong and elixiry aftertaste that sits thick in the back of your mouth. An interesting and intoxicating cuppa for sure!

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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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