1760 Tasting Notes

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drank Honey, I Dew by DAVIDsTEA
1760 tasting notes

My life has been unexpectedly crazy this past week so right now I’m posting all the tea reviews I have backlogged.

I turned this into iced tea though as I didn’t have quite enough I added some Spa Day as well. The sweet fruity-and-coconut flavours really improved the Honey, I Dew and alleviated that strange bitter, artificial quality the blend gets when it’s cold. Still this isn’t a tea I would repurchase and I’m sad that DT got rid of Melon Drop (which was far superior IMO) and kept this one.

Preparation
Iced

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75
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I used what I had left to make up a pitcher of iced tea. The goji berry flavour is definitely more noticeable than when I tried it hot. It’s a still a bit heavy on the hibiscus for my tastes though its tart tanginess is more bearable cold and sweetened. I’d buy this tea again, though only for use as iced tea

Preparation
Iced

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74

This blend is very similar to the regular spicy chai with the addition of some cocoa flavouring. I’m not getting as much marshmallow flavour as I’d like, though it’s a bit more detectable when the tea is taken with milk. It’s a nice chai but I was hoping for something a bit more distinctive.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

I love the smell of this tea, it’s so sweet and fragrant. I grow both lemon balm and lemon verbena from time to time and both of them make excellent teas all on their own. They lend a lemon flavour to this blend but one that’s tangy-sweet rather than the sourness you’d get from pure citrus. The houjicha is a good base for this tea with its distinct toasted flavour. However I do wish that there was more cheesecake flavour as I can barely taste it in this cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Guava Melon by Shaktea
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ShakTea is a great little shop/tearoom located on south Main St. in Vancouver that I discovered on my most recent visit. They have nice munchies too (sweet and savory) if you’re looking for a light snack, though it’s a bit pricey.

Now this is a nice melon-flavoured tea – it’s sweet without being cloying or artificial-tasting (I’m looking at you Davids Tea). Using an oolong base instead of a more neutral white tea is an interesting twist and the one they use appears to be some sort of green oolong that has a pleasent smoothness combined with a lightly roasted flavour. Possibly one of the best melon teas I’ve tried yet.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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10
drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I poured off about two cup’s worth and diluted the rest with water and that improved things somewhat but I’m still getting that distinctly medicinal aftertaste. I think it might have something to do with the licorice possibly(???). The boyfriend felt the same way about so unfortunately this is probably going to end up going down the drain as it’s not really salvageable.

Preparation
Iced

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10
drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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Argh, did I steep this wrong? Because it tastes like a particularly revolting brand of cough syrup. Bleh!!! I’m going to have to pour some out and then dilute it because it literally isn’t drinkable as is.

I made this up as an iced tea using the same method as usual (30 g of tea) in 1 liter boiling water steeped 5:30 min and then I filled the pitcher up the rest of the way with ice to make 2 liters. What about you – those of you who enjoyed it?

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 30 sec
Christina

I used the same method as you, though I don’t think I used 30g. Wasn’t weighing it out. Boiling water for about 4-5 minutes, then a top-up with cold water and a sit overnight in the fridge.

I don’t get the cough syrup flavour that you do, but I agree that there’s definitely something off in the background. A pity, because the tea smells great.

Jillian

30g is about the same as the 8 tsp they recommend. It could be that I oversteeped it, though given that the time range was 4-7 minutes I didn’t think 5.5 min was that bad.

Sil

didn’t like it…same boat as you heh

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74
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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Gah the heat just won’t let up here and I’m going through what feels like a pitcher of iced tea every day.

The colour of the tea is a vivid pink, not unlike some types of guava, though the ones that you can get in the grocery store around here are all the white-fleshed kind (and pretty bland). I’ve actually eaten fresh, ripe guavas when I was in Belize so I know what they’re supposed to taste like and this is actually a fair approximation, though it’s tarter than it should be and leans a bit more towards green apple notes. I could have done with less hibiscus but other than that it’s good.

Preparation
Iced

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80
drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
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I used up what I had left of this tea to make a pitcher of iced tea and man was it yummy – even the boyfriend, who normally hates green tea, really enjoyed it. I’m going to re-stock online before it all sells out.

Preparation
Iced

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69
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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I decided to get a little bit more of this as apparently DT is discontinuing this blend. My original assessment of this tea – that the goji berry flavour is really lacking – still stands. Instead the dominant flavour is nutty almond, which I suppose isn’t bad but it’s not what I ordered so to speak. So yeah, I can sort of see why this blend is getting the shaft.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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