252 Tasting Notes

96
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

Today, boys & girls, we will be making a Pumpkin Chai Latte. You will need:

Hot, frothed milk. Check.
Light brown sugar. Check.
A touch of boiling water*. Uh-huh.
BIG, big mug. Checkedy check.
Ample amounts of Pumpkin Chai. Check, check, check.

Steep loose tea in 1/4 cup boiled water in the bottom of a glass measuring cup for, oh, 1-2 minutes. While waiting prepare your hot, frothy milk using whichever method you see fit (I used the microwave since I have no patience, but the stove works, and if you have a milk steamer then even better!) and stir in desired amount of brown sugar. Pour milk into steeping tea and wait… I waited about 5 minutes… then strain into mug, top with sprinkle of brown sugar, and ENJOY!

Note: I know, I know, one could just skip the whole water bit and steep the tea right into the hot milk, BUT I guarantee that by slightly steeping it beforehand you get so much more pumpkiny goodness. And one can never have enough of that!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

deeeelish!

Faith

Especially as a latte… mmhmm.

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Chai latte ALWAYS rule. A Chai must be enjoyed like that. :)

Faith

So true, the milkier the better.

Amariel

Thanks! I might have to get more of this tea to try this way. By brown sugar, do you mean the brown sugar that is used in baking, or brown sugar as in, table sugar that is raw/unrefined?

Faith

Heather: I mostly use the brown sugar for baking. The raw sugar could work, but the baking brown sugar has so much more flavour to it.

Amariel

Thanks Faith. I do have the raw sugar, but not the baking brown sugar.

Faith

I ran out of brown for awhile and subbed in plain raw sugar, you can barely tell the difference, except the brown makes it slightly more caramelly… that is all.

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95

Ah, Strawberry White, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Okay, so I know that people either love or hate this tea, and I gotta tell ya I’m in the love side. This was the first flavoured white tea that I tried and ever since, it has been the tea I measure all others against. It’s the tea I serve people when they come over to visit and I always get two steeps out of the leaves, which give you a little more bang for your buck. It’s light, crisp, with hints of the strawberry, never heavy or thick, and good hot or cold.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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73
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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As someone previously suggested, this totally smells like those caramel-apple lollipops. Hmmmmm…

First steep: Okay, so the baby was doing fine until I was just about to take a sip, then apparently decided that life was just tragic and worth whining about (8 month olds are like little bi-polar crack addicts, oi!). So, I got busy with her and forgot about this tea until it had been steeping for a good 15 minutes! Eeeee… so now all I really taste is bitter green tea with a hint of apple pie. Sigh.

Second steep: Since I blew the first steep, maybe the second will be tolerable? Mostly just refreshing green tea, with hints of caramelised apples. Not bad, considering. I won’t rate this though, since I completely wrecked the first steep.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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The smell is remarkable, like suntan lotion and those candy necklaces. Let’s hope the taste matches the smell…

Hot: The first thing I taste is the banana, but not fake, medicinal banana—this is the real thing (as it should be, since when I first opened up the pouch there was a HUUGE slice of dried banana on top!). After the banana there is a rush of other flavours, first coconut, then appleraspberryalmondorangecacao. So. Many. Flavours…

Iced: … Mouth ’sploded.

Now to eat the rehydrated mix. Om nom nom.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
DaisyChubb

I made 3 good batches of Iced tea with this stuff! Because it’s all chunks of yummy goodness, I just kept resteeping and it kept giving ^^

Faith

I just know this measly 25g is going to be gone before I know it…. sigh.

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96
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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FINALLY my order arrived on my doorstep, but which tea to start with?? Buttercream sounds like a winner…

Hot: Me-o-my this is lovely. Not so much buttercream as… butterscotch? The little sister of Whisky White: smoother, more personality and no bitterness. Besides Strawberry White, this is my new fave white tea.

Cold: So, I got busy with the baby (needy, needy, needy) and the tea got cold, but FEAR NOT for it tastes just as refreshing! The “butterscotch” comes through a lot more now, mmmmmm. Me likey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Yay I’m glad it finally came!
I’m also waiting on some tea in the mail, come on Friday post!

Faith

I hope yours arrives soon! Getting packages in the mail is so much fun: the anticipation, the arrival, the opening… not to mention the samples! >_<

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79
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Goji Pop (fridge brewed, triple strength) + ice cold gingerale + TALL glass = amazeballs punch.

No. Lies.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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50
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried a sample in-store, so that’s not really enough to go on. The flavour is similar to chewing minty gum then taking a swig of fruity drink, an interesting blend of flavours, but probably not something I would purchase myself…

Preparation
Iced

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30
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

When I purchased this back in February the sales associate assured me that the taste would grow on me… 7 months later and I’m still waiting.

First steep: Very strong flavours and scents, it almost bowls me over everytime, is it the figs or the oolong? I sip it slowly, but the flavours just do not jive in my mouth… there’s no smoothness or creaminess. It’s just strong and brash.

Second steep: A little better than the first, mostly due to the fig flavour weakening. Still having a hard time getting “lost” in the cup. Kabusecha, Milk Oolong, Rooibos, all eventually grew on me, but this… this one just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth everytime. Sigh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
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I am down to the last bag of this… so sad.

In my search for the perfect Earl Grey, I would have to say that this is by far the best. Since the tea is aged with bergamot the flavour is so much more complex than teas that use merely the oil or flavourings. This is the perfect tea for a London Fog and I will even go so far as to bring my own teabag to cafes, order an extra hot vanilla steamer, then make my own London Fog with the Numi teabag. Sneaky? Yes, but worth it for the fullness of the Numi Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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