291 Tasting Notes

95
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

Oh. My. Goodness.

The scent of this this tea is amazing. Strong, rich, the almond and fruity notes melding to create something reminiscent of cherry.

This comes through in the taste, though it was more subtle than I’d have liked it. I definitely want a longer steep and/or more tea in next time, and see how that changes the flavour. Still, especially with the scent, which blew me away both in the can and in the cup, and the lovely almondy notes, I can’t find much fault with this tea at all.

Not putting preparation details down because I was literally handed a full cup of this when I went into DAVIDsTEA today — an extra had been brewed and I was offered the results. I was down at in the dumps at the time, so this was the best pick-me-up I could’ve possibly ask for. While it didn’t affect the flavour at all, it certainly made the cup much more cheerful than I ever could have expected.

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On the 11th day of tea-mas, DT gave to me….

This tea seems to me to have a very mild flavour. Somewhat grassy, but light.

I just finished my third steep, and it still was quite lovely. I might steep it for a bit longer next time I make the tea, I think my first brew might have been a little shorter than optimal, but I’ve been having bad luck with green tea lately, so I decided to go short rather than risk it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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On the tenth day of tea-mas DAVIDsTEA gave to me….

I ended up using my entire Advent calendar sample in my small pot, and have brewed it twice so far.

The original tea is bright red, like Pink Flamingo, but has a much fruitier flavour. I was surprised at how dry the tea seemed — and how rich the flavour was (perhaps my putting the entire sample in was a bit much for the pot). Still, it was quite good — one thing I love about herbal tea is that it seems quite hard to go disasterously wrong with it.

The second brew was much lighter in colour and taste, but certianly still enjoyable.

Definitely thinking of purchasing some more of this, since my sample’s now all gone.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The smoky flavour was strong and intriguing, so I decided to try a cup of this today.

Honestly, when brewing, the smoky scent reminded me of bacon. …I never thought I’d find a tea that reminded me of bacon….

It is certainly a unique tea. I find the flavour a little better with milk, but it’s not a favourite of mine. I can imagine someone else really loving it, but smoky teas apparently aren’t [quite literally] my cup of tea.

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67
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

Had a cup of Sencha Ashibuko this evening.

The scent was wonderful. Musky. The “grassy” scent came through as well, but in a pleasant way.

I found the taste to be less appealing, however. I didn’t think I steeped it for too long, but it was already becoming a little bitter. I suppose an even shorter brewing time would be best. Although I finished the cup, I found myself becoming bored of it halfway through. Not a bad tea at all, but not one of my favourites to date.

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90
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

This tea has a wonderful musky taste to it. Rich, with a bit of a creamy feel (as the name suggests), it reminds me of my uncle’s home: leathers, wood, and a mixture of the old and art neveau.

I was told that the second brew is best, but I found the strength of the first much more preferable. Still nice the second time around, mind.

Preparation
8 min or more

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83
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

On the sixth day of Tea-mas DAVIDsTEA gave to me….

It’s the lemongrass that really hits me with this tea, which is good — I happen to love lemongrass. It’s relaxing, and a nice, “natural”-tasting flavour. I look forward to having it again when I need the detox, to see how it makes me feel then. But today? It was just a nice breath of fresh air, and a relaxing match for my daily reading.

Oh, and it didn’t seem to oversteep when I left it alone for a long while, which is ALWAYS a plus.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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90
drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

Refined, adult, and delicate. A short steep time, because it oversteeps easily. But it still tastes so… refined. I feel more adult just drinking this.

There’s a bit of a metalic aftertaste, which I associate with green tea in general (though nowhere near as strong as when I oversteep…), but it is wonderfully subtle here. Definitely the best green tea I’ve had to date.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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On the fourth day of Christmas DAVIDsTEA gave to me….

This is the first day on the advent calendar that was a tea I’ve drank before. My opinion hasn’t changed much. It’s musky, and chocolate-raspberry-y. The almonds give a nutty depth that matches with the chocolate and raspberry quite nicely. Mate has an interesting flavour to it, and although it doesn’t have quite the same comfort as camellia sinensis, but delicious nonetheless. Still can’t quite feel the promised energy boost, but I’m fine enough with a good-tasting tea.

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79
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

Honestly, I found this smelled and tasted like apples and cinnimon oatmeal. I certianly could find the cinnamon in the tea, though the mint from which it acquired its name appeared more lost, with only hints appearing. I would like this to take a more prominent place to suit the name.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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A Canadian girl interested in the arts, books, geeky things, and tea. Especially the tea part.

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

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