403 Tasting Notes

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drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Mmm. I used more tea and brewed longer this time. Definitely an improvement. The flavor up front is spicy – black pepper and clove. The flavor on the back end is all honey and cinnamon. But the middle of the sip is somehow just watery. I still can’t find a good way to articulate it. There’s simultaneously an abundance of flavor and lack of depth. I’ve only got enough of this stuff left for one more cup… I swear, next time I’ll remember to make this with apple cider!

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drank Navajo Tea by Yanabah Tea
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Steepster, I’ve missed you! The past few months have been pretty busy with travel and starting a new job, but it’s good to be back.

I needed a good, uncaffeinated tea for my return. After 20 minutes of ransacking my stash to find this tea, it mostly tastes like victory! A bittersweet victory, though, since this is a sipdown and I won’t be getting more any time soon. It’s still one of my favorite bedtime teas, grassy and soothing. I’m sad to see it go.

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This is another one of those evening teas that I take a while to actually write up. Don’t hold that against the tea though – this one is fantastic. I got it as a sample with my Extra Sleepy Bear and I actually like it better. This definitely deserves a spot in the regular rotation.

10 minutes is a long time to wait for such a yummy smelling tea! It’s like inhaling manuka honey. And you know what? It tastes like honey too! There’s a nice thick mouthfeel and it tastes like hot honey water with a hint of citrusy tartness. A touch of mintiness rounds out the sip and lingers on the tongue. This tea usually leaves a comforting touch of warmth in my chest, though that’s perhaps less comforting in the summer heat.

There is stevia in this, which I’m always wary of, but it’s deployed really well in this blend to support the other flavors without being overwhelming or cloying. I will say that it’s a bit too strong in the aftertaste, but the mintiness keeps it from being awful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmm. Smells like spiced apple cider. Flavor is apple-cinnamony, with a hint of ginger. Creamy almond on the back end. I’m not picking up on the coconut per se, but I think the coconut is adding the creaminess. I really like the apple/cream combination. Another DavidsTea I like!

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Balade a Shanghai by Nina's Paris
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Sample sipdown! This sample courtesy of Laurent at Nina’s Paris.

The dry leaves are so small they look like fannings. Some time in hot water, though, and the leaves unfurl, showing themselves to be a lovely green leaf. The tea has a delicate minty scent. There is a nice dry mouthfeel to this. As for the flavor, the mint is present but not overwhelming. Actually, it’s a bit light for my taste. I like this better cold – the coolness lends some oomph to the mint.

Overall, glad to have tried it but I wouldn’t buy it myself. It’s a good tea but there are other mint teas I like more.

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample sipdown! Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample.

The dry leaves smell just like dried strawberries. They make up a pretty strawberry-colored brew with a lovely natural strawberry smell. It tastes just like a strawberry too! Looks like I’ve found a DavidsTea I like! I’m especially surprised because I usually don’t like stevia in a tea blend. The aftertaste is all hibiscus, but I don’t mind that.

Chilled, it’s still sweet and juicy, but the stevia flavor really comes out and I really don’t like stevia. So the iced strawberry tea idea was a bust.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
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Had this again as a wake-up tea today. It’s just consistently good and my hands-down favorite mint tea. Very well balanced, very refreshing. I hate when stores make you buy a minimum of two ounces, but honestly I’m glad to have this much of it on hand. It’s likely to be a tea cabinet staple.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample sipdown!

This smells just like real cookie dough… chocolate chip maybe? Brewed, it smells more like sugar cookies fresh from the oven. This is a lovely amber color. The flavor is dead-on for cookie dough, but… it turns out I don’t want to drink cookie dough. It’s just weird and off-putting. I’m starting to think that David’s dessert teas just aren’t for me. Many thanks to whatshesaid for the sample, but I’m glad this one’s a sipdown.

No rating, since it’s as advertised but not to my personal liking.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Sample sipdown! Thanks to Stacy at Butiki Teas for including this with my last order.

This is a really lovely tea. Another home run for Stacy (and props to Sil too!). The dry leaves smell beautifully of strawberries, though a little fake. There are some nice big chunks of strawberry in the blend though! First sip – tastes just like real strawberries. Sweet, juicy, tangy. There’s a touch of graham cracker flavor too, which rounds out the sip nicely. The tea gets juicier as it cools, inspiring me to try this iced. Putting the rest of the mug in the freezer to see how it tastes cold.

So tasty cold! Very strawberry. Not as sweet as the DavidsTea Sweet Strawberry, but nice and tangy. Very juicy too. The graham cracker flavor is gone, though, so this tastes more like a straight strawberry tea. This is definitely better as an iced tea than the Davids. I’m reluctant to decide which one I like better hot, since the Butiki isn’t actually a straight strawberry tea. The Butiki is definitely more complex and interesting though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

:) and has bear cookies broken up in it!

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Many thanks to whatshesaid for the sample.

I thought I’d be clever and have this with some actual popcorn while watching the new Arrested Development. Maybe that’s the reason this didn’t actually taste like popcorn. The dry leaves smell of apples and cinnamon. The brewed tea pretty much smells and tastes the same. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good apple/cinnamon combo in just about any form, but I was hoping for something more popcorn-y. The actual popcorn I’m eating might just be obscuring the popcorn flavor of the tea. No ranking until I try it alone.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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