296 Tasting Notes

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My dad went through a phase where he would almost only drink flavoured green teas. This is one of them, and probably the last of it at that.
It’s a little flowery and a little lemony, the scent, for some reason, reminds me of a ginger snap cookie, though I’m pretty sure that there’s no ginger in sight here. Ah well.
Overall, not bad. Not great, but not bad.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Dark Chocolate Chai by Tetley
296 tasting notes

I HAVE A NEW GIANT MUG.

It’s a Cheshire cat one. It’s big, it’s non-microwavable (which is a shame but a sacrifice that I am willing to make) and it is very smiley. My parents asked me which one I wanted, as a souvenir of their trip to Disney World. They just came home and I have it in hand and I love it.

I wanted a chocolatey tea today, and this is one that I haven’t had lately, so I’m using it to christen. I know that these teas are a little weak sometimes, and this is a GIANT MUG, so I decided to use two teabags. So far, I’m not regretting that decision.

I actually wasn’t expecting it to be as chocolatey as it is — I can actually taste the dark chocolate, which I appreciate. Admittedly, I’m not sure what I think about it as a chai — the dark chocolate taste is accented with spices, but even clear it doesn’t seem… chai-y enough? I don’t know. I seem to remember it being a little muddled with milk last time I tried it, but it’s been a while, so I should probably try it again before really commenting on that. Alone, though, it’s working well enough for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
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I love getting new mugs! so glad you’re loving it.

C-chan

My sister has one just like it, and I keep on stealing it (I use it more than her actually). So I’m very glad to have one of my own now — I’ll only have to borrow hers when mine is in need of a wash now. ;)
New mugs and tea cups are the best though. They always make me smile. I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

Brewing this a little weak, because I’m finishing it off and I don’t quite have a full serving left. But making it in a smaller vessel as well, so hopefully it at least somewhat balances out.

The coconut is what’s coming through clearest for me, with some of the sweetness and spice added to it. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge coconut fan, but I still don’t mind it. I think it would be better, for me, with milk and sugar, but someone who is more into coconut would probably adore this straight.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Premium by Basilur
296 tasting notes

I picked up a tin of this about a month ago, because they had a promotion going on and it looked interesting. Also, I was just about out of my current go-to black tea, so the time and price were both right.

I think another time, if I were having it clear, I’d brew it for just a hint less time — closer to the four minute mark than the five. It’s a little bold, and with a taste that reminds me a bit of honey, though darker and not as sweet — just that bold semi-planty taste.

It actually tastes wonderful with milk and honey though, which is my favourite way to have a black cuppa when not having it clear so. Really I can’t complain at all.

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

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

It’s that kind of day when a little bit of extra caffeine can go a long way. And unfortunately, my tin of this is empty, but I still have a few little reserves of this lying around (a small tin from a sampler, and a sample from one of my last DT online orders).

I love the richness of this tea. The chocolate and raspberry and almond and roasted flavours work together very well, and it’s woodsy and rich and… good. It does oversteep, though, so I’ve learned to be careful about that. It’s also definitely best hot, though I don’t mind it cooled down — it’s just better when it’s hot.

Overall, this is my go-to “get going” tea, and if not for the fact that I’m trying to get rid of things from my too-large collection, I’d probably be running out and buying another large tin of it sometime soon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Well, this tea has had a long steep today, and it holds up quite well. I actually chose it for today for just that purpose — I have a three hour period in which I can’t really get up and take a break, and wanted something to drink during it. And thus, here I am, and here it is — two hours in and still going strong. Even at this point, there isn’t much of a bitter oversteeped taste to it. It would be a bit better with milk now, yes, but it’s still pleasant and fruity.

I really do enjoy the peachy-mango-y flavour to this tea. It’s light and reminds me of spring. I actually prefer this sort of flavour with a green base, but I like it with the black here too.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
296 tasting notes

I wanted a green mug for this tea, and that meant I had to go ginormous. So that may have thinned out the taste a bit, but oh well. It’s worth it.

The tea mainly tastes tea-y on its own, perhaps with a touch of liquorice. Adding milk and sweetening is suggested, so I’ve put milk and honey in after my primary tasting. It seems to be working with the taste of the honey — complementing it. Very smooth and harmonious. Nothing too stand-out, but decent, good, and friendly.

Would I have this again as a morning cuppa? You betcha.

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

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80
drank Joy by Tazo
296 tasting notes

I didn’t realize this was a blend, otherwise I would have altered my steep a little. Nonetheless, I shall judge this as it is, and hopefully not be committing too much of a steeping sin as a result.

I was actually surprised by my first sip, as the waves of flavour seemed to hit me individually. I was expecting the richness of the black tea, but then there was a hit of something else, and then the lingering flavour of the oolong. Overall, it’s a little sweet, much better sipped than gulped, and apparently at its best while hot.

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

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drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
296 tasting notes

My first thought in smelling this tea is that it reminds me a lot of Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA, which is hardly a bad thing — I happen to quite like this one.
I think it’s sweeter, though. I’d like it a little stronger in flavour — I may use more tea than it suggests next time — but I do like it quite a lot. The aftertaste really makes me smile.

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
296 tasting notes

Imagine a hot glass of pink lemonade.
That’s generally the closest I can get to describing this tea. It’s a little herby, but with a nice, citrus base. I love it hot, though it’s probably great cold as well.
My only concern is that I often get cravings for it while sewing, and it’s a bright pinkish red tea. The things we do for our art and tasebuds…..

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