311 Tasting Notes

80
drank Pure Chai (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

When you open up the tea canister (or bag), the fragrant spices jump at you. The flavors really come out when you brew it as well. It’s not a black tea with mind flavoring, the cinnamon and nutmeg really come out.
I’d recommend a fine mesh infuser or tea bags, because there are small bits of spice that can sneak out.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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50

Is it just me or does this tea taste nothing like raspberries? I am so disappointed. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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59

Now that it’s starting to get cooler, I’ve been drinking a lot of this tea. It smells like a campfire. Which brings back good memories and adds a lot of unique flavor to this tea.
Speaking of flavor, because of the strong smoky flavor, you either love it or hate it.

Edit: Looking back on this tea, it’s not one of my favourite LS.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

My husband really liked how the canister of this smelled, so we bought a bag. I’m not really crazy about any teas with sugar already added. If the tea needs sugar, I’d rather just add it in later.
We mostly drink this iced. When you brew it hot it’s more like hot cider with added fruity flavor. I can’t say that the flavor is bad, it’s just not something I go crazy for. It’s not an awful tea, but I’m not impressed enough to buy another bag.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Haha sounds good, but I dunno if I could drink it cuz of the name lol.

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64
drank Bourbon Vanilla by Teaopia
311 tasting notes

Lately this has been my favorite (flavored) black tea to drink. The smell isn’t overpowering, and neither is the flavor once you brew it.
It goes down really smooth, none of the flavors will knock your socks off. The vanilla and bourbon work really well together, even though the bourbon flavoring is pretty subtle.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The flavor is light and delicate. Making it prefect to drink multiple cups during the day (yay re-steeping!)
Also works well as an iced tea, but I prefer it hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Black Currant by The Tea Emporium
311 tasting notes

This has a very strong flavor. If you’re unsure you like black currants, I highly recommend that you smell this tea in the store.
I usually “brew” it as iced tea. The fruity flavor comes out much better that way (IMO).

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80
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

I can never get enough of this “tea”. My husband, who is not normally a fan of sweet drinks, also loves it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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55

Mixed in some Lapsang Souchong with the Golden Pu-erh today. The result was delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Now that’s a blend I’ve never heard of…

Dorothy

I think the smokiness of the Lapsang Souchong compliments it very well.

Cofftea

Well I don’t like either, but yes I’m sure smoke and dirt pair well:)

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55

First time trying this and really enjoying it. Very nice earthy flavor, but it does not overwhelm my senses.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 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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