701 Tasting Notes

drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
701 tasting notes

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for this one – and so many others I can’t wait to try!

I’m personally not a fan of eggnog, but perhaps I will like eggnog flavoured tea :) It does smell like eggnog. Like spicy eggnog. That must be the cinnamon.

Well it has that bizarre “medicinal” rooibos taste I can’t shake, but the aftertaste is quite nice. It’s reminding me of something I can’t quite put my finger on…

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jessiwrites

I’m still stuck on that ‘medicinal’ taste, too. Sigh. I want to like rooibos, because I need caffeine-free evening teas! And I am also not a fan of eggnog.

Courtney

I know what you mean. I really love my herbals and greens for the evenings. Toasted Walnut, Hot Lips (though I’m wary too much of this one will wear it out for me so I’m careful), Genmaicha, Luscious Watermelon, Mulberry Magic, and Forever Nuts (similar to Hot Lips I’m careful with this one – too much can be a bad thing) – these are all great for the evening – I definitely recommend :)

Courtney

And Lime Gelato! That is one of my all-time favs.

jessiwrites

Excellent! I just ordered Lime Gelato, Hot Lips and Forever Nuts, and I do enjoy Toasted Walnut quite a bit. I also ordered Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, which sounded lovely. Genmaicha is super tempting, I am definitely considering getting some on my next order.

Courtney

Genmaicha wasn’t one I was expecting to like and even after so many cups of it I can’t tell you what it is I like about it haha! Maybe that it’s just a nice simple tea. Good choices for sure :)

jessiwrites

Thanks! The others on my order are Ceylon Star, Merry Cranberry, and Cookie Dough. It just shipped today, and it`s supposed to arrive on the 14th. Happy Valentine`s Day to me!

Courtney

Hahah I enjoyed both Merry Cranberry and Cookie Dough. Enjoy!

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Vanilla Beans for sending me this awesome sample as well :)

This one smells interesting. Not necessarily good or bad. Just interesting. It also brews up a deep red colour, which has never been a great sign for me. Thus far I don’t think anything that’s brewed up this colour I’ve kept or even enjoyed.

Well it isn’t Pineapple Oolong or Aloha Pu’erh bad, but not my favourite. Must be the hibiscus.

Thanks again Vanilla Beans!

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Thanks to Vanilla Beans for this one :) I’ve been wanting to try this for quite some time but because it was an online exclusive and cost an arm and a leg I just couldn’t bring myself to get it.

This one is lovely. I much prefer this blueberry taste over Blueberry Jam. This one seems to be much more “true” blueberry. The combination of blueberries and white tea is excellent. It’s really too bad Davids is getting rid of this one.

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Yes! I received my order from Red Leaf Tea today! Ah my stomach has been upset since I woke up this morning, and milk isn’t going to help that at all but I couldn’t wait to try at least one of my new matchas. Bavarian Cream it is!

Yum! Need I say more? I got the delicate flavour and it’s delicious. I can’t say I’ve tried Bavarian Cream anything before, well that I know of. It’s so nice to have a sweetness added to the matchas. I’m trying it cold-brewed with ice and milk but I’m quite excited to also try this one traditionally brewed.

Update: Finally! A reason to use my bubble teacups from David’s. They’re so cute! I need some more practice with the traditional matcha brew for sure – but still great :)

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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I had to get up and drive the fiance to work this morning at 4:15 am. Yes 4:15. AM. And I’m not a morning person. At all. The only good things that can come of this include the fact that I can fit in 2 cups of tea before my 8:00 am bio lab and I can watch the latest episode of PLL.

This tea smells pretty good. I’ve learned I enjoy cranberry in tea – Cranberry Pear and Prairie Berry. This one has a smell of spiciness as well.

For such a heavy seeming tea this has a nice light flavour. I’m guessing that spice I’m tasting is the star anise but I’m not completely sure. Whatever the spiciness is, it’s making it very holiday-like. Certainly not a tea I could drink all the time. It is delicious though.

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I love the natural smell! Maybe it’s all the teas I’ve been trying out lately with a million different flavours but I’m really appreciating and savouring every sip of straight tea I’ve had the last few days. Black, white, green, guayusa. You name it. Straight and unflavoured has been awesome.

Ahh no medicinal/alcohol taste. YES! There’s a hint of syrupy sweetness to this one that’s quite nice. Well done Davids.

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Kasumi no Chajin

Straight and unflavoured has always been my fav.

Kasumi no Chajin

there are many times I wonder why I drink anything except unflavored and my simple mint blends

Courtney

I’ve been wondering that the last few days as well haha.

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I smell that familiar “alcohol” scent I’ve been finding with the rooibos. Not good. I picked up some Green Rooibos from Davids and have yet to try it. Hopefully I’ll enjoy that one.

Perhaps if I add some honey to these different rooibos I’m trying it would help?

This one would be delicious were it not for that bizarre “alcohol” taste. Does anyone know what that is/had a similar experience? I didn’t find much information when I googled it.

Nicole

Not alcohol per se but to me rooibos always tastes like medicine. I haven’t found a way to disguise the taste yet. Some blends are better than others at masking it.

MissLena

How long do you steep for? I usually do 5 mins for all my rooibos and i haven’t noticed anything like that, I might not pay attention enough to the rooibos smell though :)

Courtney

I have been doing 4 minutes MissLena12 for fear of over-steeping it. Yes perhaps more medicinal Nicole. It’s really bothering me because I can taste the good tastes underneath but that is ruining it for me. The only ones I can handle thus far have been Orange Blossom and Alpine Punch. But one cup is more than enough, after that the scent turns me off.

MissLena

Hmm interesting, well I saw you enjoyed the plain green at least, so maybe it’s a flavoring clash of some sort, happy you liked the plain! It’s very fresh and different but good :D

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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This one smells so deliciously fruity. But nothing like mango. More like citrus. Some of these fruity teas I’m sure are better on ice. This one almost looks like it should be a herbal there’s so much fruit and almost no white tea leaves.

There’s a lovely sweetness at the end of the sip but I’m still not sure I’m getting any mango. The more I drink the more I don’t think this is a tea for me. I’ll have to chill it before I throw in the towel.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Ah summertime. Despite the walnut, which is the only not-so-summer ingredient, I still smell summer. Thank you coconut and pineapple. And on a sidenote I redid the colours on my blog to also reflect the summer sunshine. Yes! And also did a blog post on the awesome Guayusa :)

Ooh this is nutty and I’m enjoying it. Excellent. This may be an upgrade as well. These nut teas keep blowing me away. Never did I think I’d enjoy a nut tea. Yet each and every one I’m loving.

Update: The fiance is on his 3rd cup. I have a feeling this one may be kept around.

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I’ve been looking forward to trying this one in my quest to find an Earl Grey (or variation of) I enjoy. This one seems hopeful.

I’m enjoying the scent (as much as possible with the bergamot). I like that there’s a hint of orange and the bergamot isn’t knock-you-over strong.

I love how light the green teas can be. This one is no exception. It’s so tricky with an Earl Grey smell and a green tea taste. I like it.

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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.

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