311 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

I didn’t expect this tea to taste so “heavy.” The chocolate really weighs it down. I can best describe this as being a comfort drink, and not something meant to refresh you.

Snacking on some blueberries made this taste a lot better. If you’re serving this drink to others, supplying some sweet fruit would be a welcome addition.

Not sure if I am going to drink a lot of this during December. I’m around so much sweets and junk food as it is. Also, I am not a big fan of chocolate so I didn’t enjoy this as much as others might. For me, this is a special occasion tea. Tasty, but not something I can drink more than once a week.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I smelled this tea in the store, and was blown away by the strange scents.

Tasting notes: it’s incredibly creamy and has an unusual flavor layered on top of the usual oolong. My husband and I really like this oolong, so it might soon become one of our favorites.
This is definitely worth trying once, because it is such a unique tea. It smells really good before and after brewing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dorothy

I just wanted to make an additional note. This tea does NOT contain any milk or dairy products.
The taste is due to a drop in temperature when the tea is picked.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sounds beautiful.

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70

I’d still be able to have a cup of this. However one of my cats (I don’t know which, and they won’t admit to it), RIPPED the bag apart. I guess they really liked that tea too.

I said to my husband “my cats ripped apart my sweet dreams!”

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

Tried some of this iced tonight. It’s still pretty good but I prefer it hot.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

This smells like a mild apple cider. It tastes of apple, spices, and a hint of almond.
I think it tastes a lot better than an average spiced cider, and it has a lovely deep pink color when you brew it.
It’s very light, and has a warmth to it that is enjoyable during the colder seasons.

Personally, I enjoy having this all the time. Because it is so sweet and not full of caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

It’s starting to cool down quite a bit. So I’m more interested than ever to stock up on some chai blends.

The spices add a special ‘warmth" to my day. Tea leaves before and after brewing, have a strong scent. I think that the ginger really comes out in this blend. It’s not overpowering, just enough to please your senses. As a chai blend, I usually prefer more caffeine but because it tastes really good I’m willing to overlook it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Is this red or green rooibos?

Dorothy

Pretty sure its red

Meghann M

Does the coconut come through much in this one?

Dorothy

There is definitely some coconut flavor in this. But the ginger really steals the show though.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oooh, did you say ginger? I’ve been hesitating to try this one because of the coconut.

Dorothy

Well you can taste coconut in the tea. But the ginger, which to me is always a really strong flavor (like lemon grass). Definitely is the first thing you’ll taste. It’s not a heavy coconut flavor like, coconut cream pie. It’s a hint of flavor and it smooths out brew. If you really really don’t like coconut you still might not like this tea anyways though. Alternatively you can pick out the coconut shavings LOL

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

Small note:
Had some of this with a bit of Peppermint Amour thrown in (2:1). It’s weird, but I kinda like it. I’ll have to put in less peppermint next time, it’s really strong.

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drank Lavender Zen by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

For some reason, my husband said that this smells like funnel cake when it’s brewed. I guess it smells good for a dessert tea.

It tastes just like you would expect it to. The green tea is very mellow, and the lavender is pretty noticeable too. My husband thinks it’s rather “creamy.” I’m not a big fan of lavender, but this tea is still pretty enjoyable. Overall it is a light tea, not heavy on any strong flavors.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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After my husband and I had David’s Champagne tea, we decided to get a “regular” white tea. At their store, we smelled a bunch of tins and decided on this one. It smelled really good and I liked how they were all rolled up.

Now onto drinking this stuff. The liquor is a very light yellow color. It smells slightly vegetal and buttery. The taste reminds me a lot of an oolong I tried: Tie Kwan Yin. Except this one has a slight astringent taste to it. After a few sips, I can almost taste something floral in it too. Overall, it has a very light flavor. When I resteeped, it was slightly more creamy.

I have not really tasted a lot of white teas, so I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Usually I prefer strong tasting teas. I like it enough to keep drinking it, but I don’t know if I’ll refill it when I’m done.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Marsala by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

First off, on the information for brewing this tea it says 4-6 minutes. When I tried this for the first time, at their event. This stuff was SO bitter. I asked one of the tea ladies to brew some hotter samples. Thinking that the tea had cooled too much and perhaps the real flavor wasn’t shining through. Nah, it was still really really bitter. :( I don’t blame her though, 4-6 minutes is the suggested time.
Determined to “get it right”, I tried this at about 3 minutes. It tastes a lot better.

This reminds me a lot of their Pure Chai tea. The cinnamon and cloves in Marsala really express themselves. Black tea leaves and the “Marsala flavoring” are there too. The bitterness is still present, but it can be lessened with a shorter steep time (3 mins worked for me). Overall, it has a strong and delightful flavor. I loved their Pure Chai, so this was an enjoyable cuppa.

I’m not a wine drinker, so I can’t compare this to the real wine equivalent. Seriously though, if you like the Pure Chai blend this is a good pick. If you want wine, get yourself a bottle of the real stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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