701 Tasting Notes

Thanks jessiwrites!

Gah the deep pink steep colour of hibiscus :|

But it smells so delectable. Like a cross between strawberry rhubarb and warm apple pie. Both of which are delicious.

First sip and I’m actually enjoying it. What?! Enjoying hibiscus? According to David’s website it’s actually hibiscus flowers. There it is.

It’s looking good for this tea. Yum!

The second steep is not as flavourful but still drinkable :)

Update April 17/13: I’m so upset now that I’ve decided I love this one enough to keep around, it’s gone. Bleh. jessiwrites was awesome to send me a few more cups of it, thank goodness.

Shmiracles

i feel the same about this one. i love the white base, i love the warm spice, and i love the bright fruit.

jessiwrites

Gaaaaaaah, I am glad you liked this one! It’s so delicious. I must buy more.

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

I love pears but this tasted nothing like pear to me. It tasted almost like some sort of weak syrup maybe? Bleh.

I put some in the fridge to cold brew so perhaps that will be the saving grace for this tea.

Thanks to jessiwrites for such a generous sample :)

Update: I let this one chill for at least 7 hours in the fridge. It’s definitely an upgrade from before but still not all that amazing. With a name like Perfect Pear I was expecting it to taste just like a pear! Perhaps pear is a hard taste to master. But this is only my first pear tea and often when they don’t work out it just spurs me on to find the perfect one :)

Alphakitty

I had a sample of this in store once and it was SO good, totally pear. Never been able to recreate that at home though sadly.

Courtney

Hm I wonder how they did it. I’m always reluctant to add any type of sweetener.

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Oh yes. There are no words.

Okay maybe I have a few words. So this morning I drove my fiance to work at 6:15a. Now normally I come home and get ready for my class. This morning I was exhausted, which has been a near permanent state for some time. So I decided to lay down, just for 5 minutes. I think we all know how that went.

Two hours later I woke up and yep, I had missed my first class. But there was a silver lining. I went outside to empty the recycling when the mailbox caught my eye. What was in there but two tea swap packages! I have so many new teas on my counter at the moment it’s slightly ridiculous but I’m so excited! Thanks to jessiwrites and Shmiracles for turning my Monday back around :)

And this tea is amazing. I’m quite sure Butiki could make anything taste amazing. This will be a permanent in my collection.

Having my second steep of this to motivate me to study. But it’s making me daydream of summer days at the beach. Oh summer. Beach. Happiness.

The second steep actually turned out well. Still a fair amount of flavour.

jessiwrites

I’m so excited that you finally got to drink this! Maybe now I will have some tonight… hahaha!

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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This is so good cold brewed! How have I already used half of my tin of this in a week!?

Update: Looks like someone else discovered just how amazing cold-brewed Bamboozled is. I went to get a cup and half my jar has disappeared! Still enough for a cup tonight. And I just put together a fresh batch to be ready for tomorrow.

Shmiracles

your appreciation for this tea inspired me to throw some in with my recent order, and it arrived today! looking forward to my first sip later tonight.

Courtney

Yay! That’s awesome. Yes I really love this one both hot and cold. There is some cold brewing in my fridge until 3pm this afternoon and I can’t wait to enjoy it. I hope you like it just as much :)

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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Duuude. This one smells amazing. Like some sort of homemade banana baked good my mom would be baking. Maybe banana chocolate chip loaf. Yum. I can only hope it will taste as it smells. Though I’m pretty sure I could just have the scent waft at me all evening and be perfectly happy.

Oh yes, this one is delicious. I don’t know that it tastes as it smells. But it does taste good. Very good. I imagine it would be good chilled as well but boy am I enjoying it hot. I know what I’ll be drinking for the rest of the evening (perhaps interspersed with Coconut Oolong).

Update: This one is pretty good cold but I think I may prefer it hot. The chocolate comes out a bit more when it’s hot. Yes the flavours are definitely more muted when it’s chilled. And on that note, I’ll steep myself a hot cup of this now.

jessiwrites

I am super excited for this one, too. I have a little bit more of Banana Nut Bread, and I really enjoy it as an evening treat. So this will be a good replacement!

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this one out too (once I finsih my coconut oolong m looking forward to this joining Cocomint Cream on the shelf!

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

This one is nice and light. This one will be easy on my upset stomach.

The flavour is very light, I’m getting a hint of mango but nothing overwhelming. I was hoping for a little more mango flavour to be honest. I may try steeping it a wee bit longer to see if I can get a bit more flavour. I’d say this one’s pretty good but not amazing.

Update: I steeped this one longer this morning to see if I could get some more mango. No dice. I’m getting lots of green tea, but no more mango. Then I tried adding some agave. The agave got me slightly more mango but nothing spectacular.

jessiwrites

Hmmm, if it’s not heavy on the mango, I might not mind this one. I like light green teas!

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

This one is fascinating.

The description is pretty bang on – a cross between your favourite breakfast tea and fruit juice – perhaps not my favourite breakfast tea, but certainly a black breakfast tea. Yes, the more I drink it, that’s exactly what it tastes like. Fruit juice mixed with black tea. The mango really comes through at the end.

Update March 29/13: I’m giving this one another go because I really didn’t care for it hot and I couldn’t manage more than two sips cold. It’s slightly better this time but I’m still getting a bit too much of a fake taste? Although everything seems well balanced, I’ll give it that. Maybe my taste buds are off because everyone else seems to love this tea!

Alphakitty

I’m really excited to try this one, pomegranate and mango are my 2 favorite fruits!

Courtney

Mango is one of my favourites too and pomegranate’s pretty high up there as well. The aftertaste is the best haha – so fruity :)

Alphakitty

I kind of like teas that taste like fruit punch so I have high hopes for this blend haha

Courtney

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :)

Sil

Their warehouse is out of stock until mid April or so the girl said today.

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one. But I do so love melon, any kind of melon, so I couldn’t resist picking some up.

The scent is definitely melon. The taste is actually quite nice – not too heavy. There’s an initial taste of melon with an aftertaste of mate. I’m not a mate fan unfortunately but I’m still able to enjoy this cup. I can imagine this would be amazing iced. Perhaps I’ll pop the remainder of this mug in the fridge.

Update: Tried this one chilled and the mate comes through much more so this one will be a pass for me. The melon flavour would great in a green or white tea I imagine.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

OMG I’m so excited! I could hardly wait to go to David’s. I ever so impatiently, sat through my lab, watching every minute tick by on the clock agonizingly slowly, until finally I was free! Then I raced to my car and drove across the city to David’s to pick up all the new teas and my awesome new purple elephant mug. I don’t know what it is about the mugs with creatures on the inside but I love it. Hence why I couldn’t resist picking this little treasure up and why my other Perfect Mug has blue birds, clearly with birds on the inside as well.

This one smells heavenly. They all smell amazing actually. But I could hardly keep it together driving from the David’s to my house. It’s only a short drive but my mind was whirling with steeping times and temperatures and calculations for just how soon I could be tasting all my new teas. Gah!

This one brews up a nice pale yellow, typically oolong colour. I can smell both the coconut and oolong evenly. Ah yes. Now if it would just cool down enough to drink!

This one is balanced perfectly. Sometimes I wonder how they do it. It’s just right. I imagine people who aren’t too fond of coconut may actually enjoy this one as well. It’s not in-your-face. It’s smooth. Very smooth. It’s a keeper.

Also this is my 150 tasting note :)

Shmiracles

i’m so excited for you! i wanna go home and drink oolongs now too!

whatshesaid

I’m going to drink this after supper!! I didn’t get the mug :( but now I regret it because it was damn cute. I spent $30 on tea instead. Wahhhh.

Courtney

Shmiracles – I love oolongs!

whatshesaid – Oh yes, I was bad and bought both the mug and tea. But only $20 worth of tea as a compromise haha :)

Cavocorax

I ADORE zen tea’s coconut oolong so I grabbed 20g of this to compare. I think it’s slightly cheaper than I’m already paying, and… I can get free tins! :O Glad you liked it!

I wanted the purple elephant mug, but I’m going to hold off a little bit. Possible cross-country move and all that means I should probably hold off on buying ‘stuff’. :|

Courtney

Oh yes, I understand. We’re doing that next year. Well cross-country or one province over, dependant on schools and jobs. But this one was so good! I usually only buy 10g to try then go back for more but I picked up 40g and broke all the rules haha!

whatshesaid

Me too!! 40g because 50 didn’t fit in the bag, weird! I knew immediately upon smelling it that i had to have it

jessiwrites

GAH. I can’t wait to try this one.

Courtney

I’ll be dropping them in the post for you tomorrow :) I would tonight but I have too much homework and it’s snowing haha.

CrowKettle

Congratulations! I love the new purple elephant mug but I can’t justify picking up anymore cups.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
701 tasting notes

Making this for the drive to school. Always a lovely cuppa.

But the spring collection is online now! If I didn’t have a biology lab this morning I’d be at David’s picking up all the new teas and a purple elephant mug! But I shall be there this afternoon. I’m so excited for the new teas. Especially Coconut Oolong. And some purple elephants to match my blue birds.

whatshesaid

That’s totally why I’m going at lunch! Elephant mug and coconut oolong :)

Sil

haha saaaame here. well on the elephant mug :)

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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