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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
716 tasting notes

Ah Buddha’s Blend. Highly acclaimed. And finally yesterday my store had some! They had only a wee bit left but I got there just in time :)

It smells faintly like peaches (not real peaches, but not a completely fake scent either). I’ve smelled that before in Three Wishes. I’m guessing perhaps that’s the jasmine? That’s the ingredient they have in common. So perhaps I shouldn’t say I don’t care for floral teas, just not rose ones.

I did a 30 second steep since it’s a white tea and I’ve been getting great results with that trick. I’m enjoying it. Nice and light. Not overwhelming, but not underwhelming. I could see my fiance really enjoying this one.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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This is an interesting blend. It’s very pretty and colourful dry and steeps a dark red/pink colour. The smell is nice, but there is something I’m not fond of in there – not sure what it is. The taste is much less overwhelming than the smell. I was expecting something akin to Mamma Mia (agh) with such a strong smell. But it seems almost watered down. Not offensive, not awesome. Another one to cross off the list.

Overall a nice blend. I’l finish my 10 g sample, but won’t purchase again.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Well this brews up quite a bit darker than my straight oolongs. Hmm. We will see, we will see. Oh the fiance just walked into the kitchen and commented “that tea smells disgusting, get it out of here”. Oh wonderful.

Hmm. I don’t think I’m too fond of this one. Must be the ginseng. A very strange aftertaste in the back of my mouth/throat.

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drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
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Hibiscus being the first ingredient makes me shudder. But like Splash!, it deserves at least a try. The scent is really not doing it for me dry or steeping – though it was ever so slightly better dry. And by that I just mean not quite as powerful. The cinnamon is coming out the longer it steeps away.

Oh dude. Is that ever a dark colour red/pink. There are an awful lot of ingredients going on here. At the very least it’s caffeine-free (after my 5 cups of black today that’s probably good).

Oh dear. That’s a bizarre flavour. I’m not sure where to start describing it. I knew that many ingredients couldn’t be a good thing!

I did take a second sip, and blech I taste something medicinal. Swing and a miss.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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The look of this one intrigued me. What a wee little leaf! The smell is classic black – perhaps a little bit stronger than most.

Oh yes, this one is stronger than the others. I don’t know that I’ll be keeping this one around after I finish my 10 g sample. Perhaps a shorter steep would make it more drinkable? But today in my black tea experiments I was attempting controlled steeping times to compare across variations.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipping on this one as I organize my notes for school. My fiance pointed out I spend more time organizing my notes than actually studying my notes. How lovely.

Smells great dry, just like the other blacks today. Let’s see what’s hiding in the taste. This one is pretty good. I think between this and Nepal Black is most reminding me of English Breakfast. I’ll have to do some more experimenting. For now I’ll just sit back and enjoy this cuppa.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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Well, my quest today has been to tick off as many straight blacks as I can. Third one of the day. Hopefully I can fit in 2 more (I do have a late night of studying ahead). I chose this one because I wanted to determine if it was the Darjeeling in David’s Organic Breakfast that I wasn’t liking.

It smells great – like a black tea haha.

Oh my. That flavour is very distinct. And unfortunately I don’t think it’s for me. Though I’m also not sure if that’s what was bothering me in David’s Organic Breakfast. Hmm. I’ll have to ponder on that as I finish this cup.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I like the big tea leaves in this one. Not anything like an oolong but in comparison to my English Breakfast.

The taste I’m preferring over David’s Organic Breakfast. It doesn’t have that background syrup taste. Of course I wouldn’t have any milk, so I’ll have to pick some up and try this with a bit of milk and sugar and see how it stands up. Pretty good black though :)

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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Feels like -34 here. I can’t wait to leave this city and finally go home. But hopefully David’s Organic Breakfast will brighten my day.

I picked up a couple different unflavoured blacks yesterday to try against my English Breakfast. This blend is slightly lighter in colour dry. But still smells pretty yummy.

Steeped it smells, hmm, perhaps a little less refined? More raw? There seems to be a syrup-y taste lingering in the background of this tea. Maybe that’s the orange black tea part – Darjeeling? Hm either way, great blend but I still prefer my English Breakfast.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m realizing (well, really I knew, just didn’t want to believe) that mint really only sits well with me when I’m sick. Any other time it just turns me off. However, this tea does smell delicious and I do so love coconut (also everyone raves about it). So I shall give it a whirl.

And there’s a sweetness overriding the mint smell that’s making me think perhaps this one will be alright :)
Well at least you can taste the coconut amidst the mint, but still too minty for an everyday tea for me. Darn! I can see why everyone loves it though, a great mix and smooth taste.

Update February 14/13: I’m trying this one again. Even though the scent of mint wasn’t exactly what I was feeling this morning. Perhaps it will help me finish off this psych assignment before I have to head off to work. I have been procrastinating so much as of late. I always procrastinate but it’s getting ridiculous. And I have an exam tonight. And I can’t seem to turn off Lana Del Rey.

Maybe the mint isn’t so overwhelming. I mean, there’s mint but I let it cool while I ate my cereal so it’s not so bad. The coconut is coming through nicely. Let’s hope this can clear the clutter from my mind so I can focus.

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I really prefer this one cooled. I think the mint is overwhelming when it’s hot, and I don’t get to enjoy any of the creamy coconut flavor. It’s nice, though. Very subtle.

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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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Canada

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