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94 Tasting Notes

83

Yesterday my sweet mom decided to get me a little Valentine’s Day present – the new design Perfect Mug from Davids. :) She also treated me to a small sample of this tea and Cherry Blossom. I just love my mom to death despite everything.

As for this tea…not bad, I don’t mind it. Reminds me of a very sweet and woody After Eight chocolate mint. Unfortunately my stomach isn’t really agreeing with it right now – I feel a little queasy. :(

Gotta run though – longer review to follow with my next tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Awww, what a nice thing to do, your mom is great! What does the new mug look like?

Ana

That’s so awesome of your mom. :D I was thinking of picking up a sample of this and compare it to DTT’s Swiss Mountain Rooibos.

keychange

I’m also curious about how the new mug looks!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, keychange, we both seem to have a vast interest for teaware…

Yvonne

It’s the pink one with the birds! I have the Christmas red one with the birds as well so it’s perfect :)

Amariel

I got the love birds mug yesterday! I love the design….soooo freaking adorable!

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46
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
94 tasting notes

Eh…first off, white tea and green tea don’t usually get along with me. So I took a real big chance trying this – I figured maybe I won’t like it.

The tea is super flowery tasting, and I can definitely taste cherry. It’s not cloying at first but I still find it hard to keep drinking my cup. The entire time I was drinking, I kept feeling the tea just wasn’t for me.

Added to my swap pile.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ana

At least you tried something new. :)

Yvonne

Yup! I’m always up for trying new things :)

Cavocorax

That’s too bad that it didn’t work. Did it tell you to steep it at boiling? I think it might work better at 80C so as not to burn the leaves.

VariaTEA

This tea says to be steeped at 90C for 3 minutes. Your steeping might have thrown off the flavor.

Yvonne

Ah – maybe that’s where I made my error. I’ll retry it.

VariaTEA

It is worth testing out. You should really watch the brewing temperature (especially with whites and greens) because you can burn the leaves and really throw off the flavor. It is best to stick to the steeping parameters (at least when first trying a tea) to get the tastiest cup.

Cavocorax

I hope it works out for you! Maybe you’ll end up liking whites/greens after all!

And I only pointed it out because it’s a common mistake! I had no idea that different teas needed to be steeped differently, and DAVIDsTEA’s labels are so generous with the range that it’s not always so obvious. (i.e, steep 4-7 minutes – there can be a huge difference there!)

Alysia

I don’t know if you still have this for swap, but I missed out on this one and would love to try it :) Check out my cupboard if there’s anything you want in there!

VariaTEA

Alysia, her account has been inactive for about two months now. You might have better luck posting in the swap board: http://steepster.com/discuss/5156-us-and-can-tea-swaps-for-us-and-canadian-folks-north-america?page=1

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100
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
94 tasting notes

This is absolutely PERFECT. PERFECT.
Exactly the vanilla I was craving. To a tee. Down to the very last drop. Oh my god, this was just divine. So smooth, so creamy…

This is a purchase for me in the future. Undoubtedly. But thank you so much, keychange, for giving me the generous sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

I’m so glad this was a hit with you!

Starfevre

This tea reminds me of my turkey poop experience.

Cavocorax

Yes! I love this one too.
I uh… huh. Do I want to know Starfevre?

Yvonne

I can’t thank you enough, keychange. :) You are such a dear!!

Starfevre

If you really want to know, it’s all revealed on my latest tasting note for this tea.

Yvonne

Hahahaha oh my.

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92

Thank you so much Courtney for a sample of this! :)

Hm, this wasn’t bad! I could definitely taste carrot, although the vanilla notes didn’t shine through as much as I’d have liked them to. It was still very sweet but not exactly what I would call “frosted” much like what I got with Della Terra’s Carrot Cake. But this was rather enjoyable regardless and did subtly remind me of a carrot cake.

Props to Butiki for being vegan and using natural flavours – that gets a thumbs up in my book.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
94 tasting notes

You guys are 100% right – the longer you let this steep, the more decadent it becomes.

At first I steeped it for 6 minutes – the colour was an extremely light tint of brown, with very little cacao flavouring. It was there, but it was extremely underwhelming and left a weird chalky feeling in the back of my throat. Then I decided to put the steeper back in and let it sit for another 10 minutes…and it turned HEAVENLY. Deliciously rich and cacaoy with zero chalk. It was like drinking hot chocolate without additives.

Truly a delectable treat and something I’ll be ordering in the future.
Thank you so much Courtney for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
mewakeling

Glad you also had success with the longer steep!

Indigobloom

I found this loses more flavour over time. I just use a little more leaf! :)

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
94 tasting notes

All I can really say about this tea is “eh”.
I wanted more chocolate and less gritty nutty taste. :( It didn’t really taste like much of anything but grainy almonds, which I don’t mind, but it’s not what I was expecting. Almost grassy. I don’t want to be drinking grass. I detected no chocolate or even coffee for that matter.

Disappointing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

The name of this one always makes me think there should be bananas. Banana, coffee, chocolate, and almonds sounds like a great idea to me…

Yvonne

I totally see what you mean! It would be 10x better with some bananas or some sort of fruit…it needs a natural sweetness of some sort to it.

Nxtdoor

Yah, I totally expected banana in this one because I kept thinking of chunky monkey from Ben and Jerry’s (ice cream, not tea). Anyway… It was a no go for me

Kamyria

Ha ha ha… I immediately thought of chunky monkey too! When you call something monkey it better got bananas in it… lol

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71

This one comes to me from the wonderful Missb! Thank you :D

This tastes wonderfully malty and grainy, almost, with a dark dark chocolate undertone. Almost reminds me of licorice – and in a way, the maltyness comes out in a way in the aftertaste that reminds me of eating rice.

I have a feeling I may have underleafed this however – so tired this afternoon. :P So a rereview is coming in the future, definitely!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Mmm, this one sounds great. Shopping list!

Sil

this one resteeps well too, i think :) just go for a bit longer, with a bit cooler water

Yvonne

Does it? Oooh, thanks :D Glad I kept my leaves!

caile

I agree, it re-steeps great!

Sil

anything from verdant tends to resteep well for a second steep..often you can get more than the second one as well, depending on how strong a brew the others are.

Cavocorax

I was just talking about this yesterday and the sound of it got me excited.

Did it not taste like a Crunch chocolate bar? Because that’s what I want and if it doesn’t I’ll be very disappointed.

Cavocorax

Also, good luck with the re-steeps! Verdant tea is awesome for that. It’s expensive stuff but you can really make it last.

Yvonne

It did taste SLIGHTLY of a Crunch, now that you mention it, but without most of the sweetness of a Crunch. Like a dark chocolate Crunch. :P Very weak though…I’m pretty sure I underleafed. :(
Thank you for the good luck wishes! :)

Amariel

This is one I have been craving to taste. I have seen so many people review this one. I love genmai cha, and with the chocolate, how can it be bad? It’s on my shopping list. I need to sit down one day and see what I want to get from Verdant…or maybe I’ll do a co-op order with local tea friends so we can make a large order and share.

JustJames

i like the sneaky under tongue honey flavour.

Cavocorax

I added it to my list, only to realize that they’re out of stock! Well, I can wait a few more months for the next harvest. I guess. Gives me more time to earn points!

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91
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
94 tasting notes

Wow, this is lovely! Beautiful orange taste, super citrusy with the right amount of vanilla in the background to balance it out. Reminds me a lot of Orange Dolce from Mighty Leaf, which was stronger in taste but I also adored.

Maybe I have a soft spot for orange teas…hmm, I should get more of them!

Thank you to the ever so lovely keychange for this tea! ♥♥♥ You are absolutely wonderful!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
keychange

I’m glad you liked it!!

Sil

hmm i’ve never tried orange dolce…keep meaning to. heh

Cavocorax

The marketing for this was a big part of why I liked it! http://www.davidstea.com/orange-blossom
It’s unicorn tea! (so silly)

Yvonne

@keychange: It couldn’t have been possible without you! :)
@Sil: Give it a try – it’s delicious! If you like citrus tea, you won’t be disappointed.
@Cavo: I just simply adore that picture – it’s partly the reason why I wanted to try the tea haha :P

Amariel

I love this one, especially for evenings when I don’t want caffeine. It’s rare I find a rooibos tea I like, but this is one. I try to have some on hand all the time for when the mood strikes.

Amariel

And I love that pic too!

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81
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
94 tasting notes

I’ve heard of this being compared to Sugar and Spice before, and I’d say that’s pretty much dead on but without the zest of the cinnamon. All I could really taste was sweet, to be honest – but the glittery effect was quite pretty.

Overall, not a bad tea and something I’d definitely drink again if I were in the mood for a more toned down Sugar and Spice. Really nothing special about it though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AlexaK.

Aww, I was really looking forward to this one. I love Fairy Sparkle tea.

caile

Yeah, this one sounds like it would be pretty!

Yvonne

It’s pretty, but taste wise it’s not anything special or ground breaking. Pretty much just sweet.

caile

Not worth it then if it just looks pretty! : )

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98

This is actually extremely flavourful! The chocolate is very deeply flavoured, with dark undertones and a little tiny bit of spice from the chai. It feels almost creamy without any cream. Super rich!

This tastes better and richer than a lot of the loose leaf higher grade quality chocolate teas I’ve had – I’m pleasantly surprised. Extremely surprised, actually.

Thank you Missb for sending me an almost entire box of this! Yaaay!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Ok, I am surprised by this! Great find yvonne :-)

Yvonne

This tea was really, really good! Seriously! You guys need to get some…I’m craving it again right now actually! Might have to stock up on this.

Yvonne

It’s just so intensely, richly chocolatey…it rivals even Davids or DTT in the chocolate department. Almost felt like I was drinking a thick hot chocolate.

MissB

My daughter’s Dad loves this stuff, and so I bought some to stock the house for him. He’s had other things though the past few times he’s visited, so I thought it was time to pass it along. So glad you enjoyed it! It’s really inexpensive stuff, too.

Yvonne

Thank you so much for passing it along to me! I just absolutely adore it and it looks like it might become my new staple teabag :D I can see why he likes it so much, hehe

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My name is Yvonne. I’m 20 and live in a snowy Canadian wasteland known as Manitoba.

I’m relatively new to the loose tea world, although I used to drink generic Red Rose tea constantly. A friend introduced me to a Teavana tea one chilly winter and I got myself slightly intrigued. Went to purchase it myself, used shoddy equipment to prepare it, and was discouraged.

Christmas 2013 rolled around, and despite having an awful holiday for other reasons, I received some of Teavana’s Cha Yen Thai as a gift after asking for chai tea. I went out and bought a proper infuser cup and was instantly hooked. Now my tea collection is steadily growing! I’m obsessed!

I like:
Dessert teas, black teas, oolong, rooibos, pu’erh, mate, chai, chamomile, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, pineapple, tropical mixes, nutty, sweet, complex flavours, indulgent flavours

I do NOT like:
Green teas, herbal teas, white teas, teas too overbearing with fruit, pure tisane, cloyingly sweet teas, hibiscus, peanuts, burning my mouth

I am lactose intolerant (pretty severely, actually – I do not consume any dairy product) but I find that the miniscule amounts of dairy found in some teas don’t bother me for the most part.

100 – My absolute favourite teas. Without them, I will cry salty tears of despair.

99 – 95 – Cream of the crop, although missing SOMETHING to make them a perfect favourite. Not something I couldn’t possibly live without, but pretty darn close. Lots of teas in this category tend to reach 100 eventually.

95 – 75 – Yummy, but if it disappeared tomorrow I’d quietly mourn it for about 15 minutes and move on to a favourite. Leaves something to be desired.

75 – 50 – Passable, but not by much. Something I’d really have to be in the mood for to drink.

50 and lower – Nope nope nope. Not for me. Probably couldn’t or had a hard time finishing the cuppa. Doooown the sink.

Location

Canada

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