9 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Mango is really not my thing and this tea did nothing to change that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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35

Coconut and pineapple! I thought this tea would be something I would really enjoy as those are normally a good indicator of great things about to happen. Now, I should say that I normally sweeten my teas following a fairly consistent process, just as I did when I tried Jolly Jellybean. The result was a drink that seemed to be all sweet and very little actual taste, not at all what I expected from a jellybean tea. I am planning to give this one a second chance to see if adjusting the process will make a difference.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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Need to start by stating that I have a strong personal dislike for anything mango. What I noticed about this tea is it was very light with the strong mango taste of any of the teas DavidsTea sells. The official descriptions states the tea was inspired by an iced green tea with mango ice cubes served at a staff party. I can see this being a really popular iced tea in the summer, especially for mango fans, but it is definitely not for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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11

I am not a fan of mates so I was not surprised that this one was not something I enjoyed. The lemon taste though was top notch and reminded me of Lemon Myrtle. If you love lemon and mate this is definitely a tea for you.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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19

When I first saw the description of this one I had really high hopes as the ingredients seemed very similar to The Countess of Seville which is a personal favourite. Sadly, not only was it missing the characteristic bergamont oil flavour of an Earl Grey, I also found the flavour it did have was not something I enjoyed. My impression was that this is a little citrus tea that I am sure many people will enjoy iced when the weather gets a little warmer.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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38
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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This one reminds me of Kanpe as they have similar ingredients. I found that Paradise Found had a more subtle flavour that left me craving the richer experience offered by Kanpe. Also, I normally drink all my black teas with milk however due to the hibiscus I knew it would not be possible with this one. Definitely my favorite of Davids Tea Spring 2012 collection.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec
Kay Kanada

Sad that your favorite of the collection only gets a rating of 38. Definately a disappointing collection this spring.

Cory Boehm

Last year I really enjoyed two of the five spring teas, and Pink Flamingo was not one of them. I am hopeful for the other new teas coming though.

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100
drank Electric Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Lemon and ginger, what is there not to love here. When this came out last year I gave it the nickname Lemon Halls. Been fighting off a cold and the other go to teas were not helping. Tried it today and it worked wonders. Hopefully it will come back at some point…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Tried it last night and really enjoyed it. A comment I have seen making the rounds suggests steeping at 94C for 10 to 20 minutes. I accidentally did this and found it really brought out the flavors. This is likely due to the minimal amount if tea leaves in the blend. Unlike other whites this is a very dense tea meaning the cost per cup is fairly high. Even with that in mind I am planning to purchase more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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78

This tea is dominated by the taste of cinnamon. As someone that loves cinnamon I really enjoyed this tea. I gave it a lower score than other teas for two reasons, the unnecessary spicy kick and that I prefer the pu’erh based Cinnamon Heart, also from Davids Tea.

My memory of the cinnamon hearts candy is that the heat comes purely from the cinnamon candy, not the peppercorns and chilies added to this tea giving it some negative marks.

It is also difficult to not compare this tea directly to Cinnamon Heart from Davids Tea as they are both attempting a similar flavour blend. I prefer the Cinnamon Heart tea as the cloves and orange peel aide the cinnamon in coming out instead of competing with it. Had I not previously had this other tea I would be deeply in love with Hot Lips.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 30 sec
Tina S.

I just can’t bring myself to love Cinnamon Heart. But I totally suspect that it is because I’ve yet to be won over to the pu’erh teas, and that’s such a part of what makes that one great to those who love it. I’m hoping they make this one permanent so we both get our cinnamon fire fixes!

Kay Kanada

Welcome, Cory! I’ve been wondering when you would make the leap from DT’s Facebook page to Steepster… Looking foward to reading your tasting notes!

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Been a life long tea drinker and it is rare to find a black tea I do not like.

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