1604 Tasting Notes

drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
1604 tasting notes

This tea has been holding my interest for quite awhile – I love mango and other tropical fruit flavours even if kombucha and I haven’t always gotten along very well. To be honest I’m not getting any kombucha at all in the flavour as the tea mostly tastes like a tropical fruit salad with emphasis on the mango – and the dark oolong base. It doesn’t seems to re-steep very well unfortunately as it looses most of the fruit flavouring and is rather watery as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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The last kiwi-flavoured tea I had was…rather unfortunate to say the least (it tasted like Buckley’s cough syrup). Thankfully this one is far and away a better blend. There’s loads of kiwi and apple bits – so much so that I ended up using a bigger scoop than normal because I wanted to make sure I had enough actually green tea in there.

The flavour of the tea is quite light but fruity with a distinct kiwi flavour that I can pick out easily – there’a also a slight hint of citrus from the lemongrass but it’s subdued by comparison. There’s a very fresh green tone to this tea that makes me think it could make a good summer iced tea. Now that winter has finally left us I’m thinking of experimenting more with that sort of thing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Razzleberry Genmaicha by 52teas
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This tea smells like a bowl of ripe berries and looking at the dry tea to my joy there’s tons of raspberries and blackberries mixed in with the genmaicha base. I wasn’t sure how well the flavours would work together as I’ve never really though of fruit flavours as something that would go well with the maltiness of the genmaicha but the tartness of the berries is what really makes this work. However, I think I might have over-steeped this cup slightly as the grassy flavour of the green tea is quite pronounced. I’ll reduce the steeping length next time to see.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Adding milk to this tea improves it significantly as it tones down the astringency and lets a bit of sweetness come out. However in my opinion citrus is still the dominant flavour rather than caramel. I think I’ll keep it but use it as my early morning wake up tea – I’m rarely picky about those so long as it’s black and contains caffeine – and I’m usually so zombified that the flavours doesn’t really register anyway.

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

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I made this tea I’d just sat down on the couch with it beside me but before I’d even had one sip I accidentally clipped my mug with a careless elbow spilling my tea all over the couch and myself. I think that may have put me off drinking it again for quite awhile. *side-eyes the tea *

Thankfully all went well this time – the smell of the tea is very candy-like, like butterscotch or something close to it. I’m not a big fan of rooibos but thankfully the rooibos flavours are pretty subdued in this blend. It has a nice sweet toffee-like flavour but with an undertone of coconut and something that might be rum. A great dessert tea.

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

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drank Rhubarb Green by Adagio Teas
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This tea tastes very…green, there’s really no other way to describe it. It’s the greenest green tea that ever greened. I’m not getting much of the creamy fruit flavours other people have talked about – maybe there’s a bit of tartness but nothing that screams rhubarb to me. I’ll maybe try it with a longer steep next time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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It took a great deal of fiddling and several cups dumped down the drain before I could get this tea to taste like something that wasn’t a variation of ‘hideously bitter’. I don’t know what it is about this particular tea as I haven’t had any trouble with other Darjeeling First Flushes before, but it seems very sensitive, particularly to water temperature.

The flavour is a still a bit astringent but more along the lines of what I’d expect out of a Darjeeling tea. The flavour is light (definitely NO MILK with this one) and rather crisp but it also has a distinctly sweet, almost honey-like finish that lingers in the mouth. Overall a very finicky tea but it’ll reward you when it’s done right.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kombucha Lime by The Tea Emporium
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I haven’t had a very good track record with kombucha teas but this blend sounded intriguing enough that I purchased it when I saw it on the 50% off rack at Chapters bookstore. The tea has a slightly yeasty, fermented scent which made me a bit trepidacious, but it doesn’t seem to have translated over to the flavour. The tea tastes slightly sour, from the lime I assume, with an odd sort of lightly herbal undertone. It’s…not my fav though I’m going to play with the steeping time to see if I can’t improve it any.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I made a up a big pitcher of iced tea with what was left of my sample – I didn’t have quite enough for the quantity I wanted to make so I added a couple scoops of Davids Tea Luscious Watermelon to make up the difference. Sweetened with a bit of honey it was soooooo good.

Preparation
Iced
__Morgana__

I’m trying to imagine watermelon and grapefruit together. And surprisingly, I can!

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea from my sample pack. I figured that the evening after a big meal was the perfect time to try out a pu’erh like this. Its smell definitely lives up to its name – it’s almost identical to those spicy cinnamon heart candies the stores sell for Valentine’s Day. The flavour starts of well – sweet, cinammon-y and rather candy-like. But then it just fades off into nothing leaving a sort of weak, dirt-like aftertaste. I’m not really getting any of the earthy richness that generally characterizes a good pu-erh. It’s rather disappointing.

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

Too bad: I would think the cinnamon/pu combination would fit nicely.

Jillian

Yeah, I was really keen on trying this one. I think the problem is with the pu-erh base that Davids Tea uses as I’ve been less than thrilled with some of their other flavoured pu-erhs as well.

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