1663 Tasting Notes

69
drank Berry Good (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1663 tasting notes

Well I tried the longer steeping time but the flavour that creeps in isn’t fruit or berries – it’s quite distinctly hibiscus. Ick.

I may have to lower this tea’s score because – while on the rare occasion hibiscus can work for me in a cold tea – I invariably hate the taste of it when it’s hot. This is no exception.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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Sipdown. I’m kind of sad to see this tea go as it was a decent tea and given that Teaopia is now defunct I won’t be getting more. But tea isn’t something that will keep indefinitely and this blend is noticeably showing its age at this point.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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This probably ranks as my favourite tea from this season’s Winter Collection. It has a nice fruity-apple flavour combined with sweet, creamy vanilla. Add some honey or other sweetener and then the flavours really pop. An excellent dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This was even good as a latte.

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70
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
1663 tasting notes

Today seems to be review Davids Teas day. This one is a sample I got from my last order, though it’s actually been on my wishlist for some time. The dry tea smells very much like lime-flavoured hard candies. The flavour is more like lemongrass to me with a sweeter, fruity undertone. I can’t really taste much of the pineapple or apple that’s supposedly in there – of course I went with a reduced steeping temperature and time compared to what the packet recommended, so that might have something to do with it.

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

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76
drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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Another one of my Christmas teas, this is probably the most intriguing blend from the winter collection. I LOVE baklava, though it’s hard to find outside of Greek restaurants here.

The smell of the tea is heavenly, maybe not exactly like baklava but it certainly has that European bakery vibe. With the oolong base I actually expected the tea to be a bit sweeter than it turned out to be. But it’s got a bakey note with lots of cinnamon – maybe a bit too much in this case. Unfortunately the honey part of the baklava is noticeably missing so the end result isn’t quite like the dessert but more like a spice cake of some sort. I don’t see spicy or dessert flavour used very often with an oolong base so it’s good to see DT changing it up a little bit.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77
drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
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It’s the Snowpocalypse! Here in British-Columbia we got got plus of 40 cm (that’s 16 inches, for you Americans) yesterday and now we’re sort of floundering around trying to dig ourselves out. The schools and university were shut down for the first time I can ever recall. I’m just lucky I live on a major thoroughfare that the snowplow got to pretty quickly, but with some of the backstreets it’ll probably two or three days before they’re cleared.

I got this tea as part of one of those grab-bag deals though I had been eyeing it beforehand. A couple years back Frank made another apple tea called Apple Pie a la Mode which I really enjoyed. This one isn’t quite apple pie to me although it makes a game attempt, there’s a nice apple flavour and just the right amount of cinnamon (IMO – though I know this is subjective thing) . I’m not quite getting the pastry flavour of the crust anywhere, though the base is a good match for the flavours.

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

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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I know the recommendation was to add sugar, but I like to try most of my teas plain first to get a good baseline – don’t worry, I’m not going to rate it yet.

As it stands I’m definitely not getting anything like birthday cake from it, though the tea has a mildly sweet, slightly buttery flavour that is quite nice. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly ‘herbal’ flavour than accompanies many tisanes and it goes down quite smoothly without drying out my mouth. I bet this blend would be great with my homemade orange/vanilla simple syrup, I’ll have to test that theory soon.

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

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75

First sipdown of 2015!

I don’t think I would buy this tea again just due to its finicky nature – I wasted a lot of tea in my attempts to figure out how to make it taste good, even if it did reward me in the end.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

I got a small tin of this tea as part of a DT gift box with a neat customizable travel mug. It’s a pretty standard minty-flavoured herbal tea – I’ve drank many like it. It’s pleasant though with the mint and lemongrass covering the flavour of the valerian. It definitely has sedative properties so I’d advise drinking this one before going to bed.

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

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68
drank White Tea Citrus by Tea of Life
1663 tasting notes

After trying the guava-flavoured tea from the same sampler I was more than a bit wary about the other teas, but this one has helped to allay my fears. It’s a nice, refreshing citrus flavour that pairs well with the white tea base. It’s not exactly remarkable, but it’s certainly good for a bagged tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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