30 Tasting Notes

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Merry Christmas everyone! It is fun to read all the tasting notes – my goodness, I didn’t realize there were so many Christmas teas! I have started the day with “marzipan” from Nikaido. This is a black tea and so I added a little bit of frothed light cream and a couple of rock sugars – probably wouldnt have needed the sugar as it is sweet already.

It tastes like marzipan! – sweet, creamy and a little bit spicy. It helps that I am having it with Christmas stollen, which I love, with a marzipan center! Enjoying it in the giant davids tea red sweater mug – lovely tea to start Christmas Day.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, Stollen and marzipan tea? Awesome! Merry Christmas!

Lilysmom

It was tasty – I recommend the combo!! Merry Christmas to you too!!

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I thought I would love this more – I will have to give it another try. The dry leaf smell is just like peppermint patties, which I love. And the tea is very minty. I don’t get much white chocolate? And it is oily, as others have noted. I think I like a plain strong mint tea, maybe doctored up with extra peppermint syrup or mint stir sticks, better than this. But, only had a quick cup, will have to try it again.

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I like this one more than I thought I would. It does taste like spice cake and gingerbread, both things I love. I bought 30 grams initially, then repurchased 100g (took 50g to work, left 50g at home) and then….just bought another 100 g tin…..it has been my recent “go- to” tea, when I want a pleasant tasting caffeinated black tea. I sometimes do tea swaps at work – I also bought our dietician and ward clerk 25 grams of this each to try ( one liked it, one didnt ).

I made up a liter in the breville, so will be sipping it through the morning….with a bit of rock sugar and frothed milk – yum, spice cake!

It seems so cold out! I feel worn out from the work week, and not very motivated to tackle the very long list of weekend chores. Hopefully, this tea perks me up!!

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I’ve been away from Steepster for a while. Just wasn’t enjoying hot tea much over the summer. And I was buying too much, but when I stopped shopping….well, a big part of the fun is shopping, ordering, trying new teas…..

Anyways, cool weather, and back on tea…..I love anything mint, peppermint, spearmint, I have peppermint candles, peppermint chocolate patties ( in the freezer-extra good!)…..made a big mug of this spearmint tea…..added in frothy cream and a hammonds peppermint stir stick…..yum! I am not sure i can fairly rate this tea,with all the extra mint, sugar and cream I added…..but it’s good like this! Cool, creamy, sweet! I have had it plain, and it is a good pure spearmint…..but quite a treat with all my extra “add ins!”….

I almost bought some harneys peppermint herbal at chapters today…..wish I had…..then I could compare these two mint teas…..well another day tomorrow….

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogging from yesterday, which was a hot one, filled with lots of iced tea.

I made this with about 10-12 tsps of “tea” in the 2 L DT takeya, hot water, then ice, then put the infuser back in the coolish pitcher while it sits for a while in the fridge. Also added in some frozen mango.

Yum!! Wish I didnt like this so much as it is heavy and expensive! But, it was so nice and mango-ey! I had ordered some herbal mango from H&S (still waiting) after trying their sampler and I think this is better than theirs (H&S was abit bitter, but still very tasty, as I ordered a tin).

I am liking many of the Davids’s fruit herbals for iced tea! And, just many iced teas….trying to decide what I need to re-buy from DT…..tropicalia, mango fruit punch, pink passionfruit, and possibly strawberry rhubarb parfait, which is chilling in the fridge for later today….I like them all….luckily, I have lots left, but….finally warm and sunny days, perfect for fruity iced tea…..

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So, I got a “teazer” sampler pack of this, which I think is the only option for purchase at herbal republic other than buying a full tin/big bag (100 gram minimum? Unless you get the teazers, I think.) Not sure, as I only dashed in there on lunch break, not much time to chatter. It was about 5+ tablespoons in the sample teazer pack.

I think I have been using too little tea in my iced blends so I dumped the whole teazer into my takeya, steeped for about ?10 mins in boiling water then added cold water and ice to make about 1.5 – 1.75 litres, then chilled in the fridge. I even tossed in some frozen berries to the mix.

Having a big glass now over ice with a tiny bit of Sonoma simple syrup. It’s good. Very fruity, very berry, very juicey. The more I drink it the more I like it. I think I taste more sweet strawberry, than tart berry, but it is nice. Will definitely go back for a tin ( or bag, however they sell it ) and add this one to my summer iced tea rotation!

OMGsrsly

They will sell my weight if you bring in a tin, as far as I’m aware. Or you can get the bags on the shelf. I need to refill my tin this week. Totally out. I usually use 2 tbsp per litre of finished iced tea, so what you did sounds really good. :)

OMGsrsly

Err. By weight. I don’t think there’s enough tea in the store to sell my weight of it. ;)

Lilysmom

LOLOL….you must LOVe that tea if your buying your weight! ( I am sure you are a fine weight, but it’s still a lot of tea!)……what do you want to bet there is someone who has done that on steepster?….."er, yes….I’d like about 140 lbs of that fruity tea…..yes, I have, 400 tins with me…..what? ….I don’t have a problem, just stocking up!) …..lol….
( Well, if you do buy your weight…..leave a little in the store for me? )

OMGsrsly

Haha! I will try! :)

Lilysmom

Made a full takeya pitcher of this today, iced with some frozen berries added. Yum – so good and refreshing. Kicking my rating up and tempted to make another pitcher right now…..so berry tasty!

OMGsrsly

I’m drinking this one right now too, and I’m also researching how much “other stuff” I need to put into it in order to get my Zoku pop maker to release the finished product. :)

Lilysmom

Now I want a Nana’s Berry Garden zoku Popsicle too….

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I kind of like this….I used 3+ teaspoons in my steeper for about 5 mins ( the time doesn’t really matter with herbals?) then flash froze it over a big cup of ice…..maybe too much ice, I think I might of liked it a bit stronger….

Without sweetener it is tarty, but I like that…..I would re-buy this. Wonder if it is out of stock? It’s good, no strange after taste. Much better than DT’s pink lemonade….I will try a little stronger and with sweetener next time…..

OMGsrsly

I really like this one. In fact, I got a tin! A little honey or sugar is tasty in it. I usually use 1.5-2 tbsp, 1.5 cups water, and half a large ice cube tray. It makes between 750ml and 1L. :)

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Bought this awhile ago, initially loved it, then was put off abit by the strong smell.
Made a big one liter pot in the breville this morning. Added in a bit of extra leaf.

Well, the kitchen smells like blueberries- that is fine! Had the tea with steamed frothed skim milk – it is fine! I think I would like even MORE blueberry flavour…..maybe I will sweeten the next cup and see what I think…..or try an iced latte with some frozen blueberries……yes, that might be tasty…..

JustJames

this is one of my comfort teas after a long day…. i’ve been debating getting a tin and trying it iced, but i am trying so hard to behave with my budget, lol. maybe if it comes on sale… and then depending on shipping costs…

Lilysmom

I’ve had it as an iced latte….pretty yummy…..it was all I could do to not go into Davids today…..wanted to stock up on for iced tea and try the new tea of the month…..resisted, but not sure how long I can hold out……

JustJames

LOL. i caved yesterday and ordered cinnamon swirl bread puerh and a whack of samples from steap shoppe. the shipping was BRUTAL!

Lilysmom

Had never heard of steap shoppe! Now another place I want to order from – the cinnamon swirl bread sounds de-lish!

JustJames

that tea is brilliant but i have been warned that their customer service is rather lacking. so i will be checking my order once it arrives! and be assertive if it is erroneus! LOL

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. The tea of the month looks like it might be amazing iced. Or as a slush. Or a popsicle.

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So got this one at Williams Sonoma for some crazy inflated price, but have gone Harney & Sons crazy, so what could I do?

Smell is….cinnamon! Wow, very strong. The sachets it comes in are so lovely. First cup plain with nothing added – I like it! It is very very cinnamon-y!! It feels almost like a light cinnamon syrup, and is it sweet. I think this will be a tea I drink on its own, but will try it with milk…..definitely doesn’t need sugar. So many of the davids teas I have seem to have such faint flavours, you are guessing, what sort of tea was this supposed to be? Not this one – you know it’s cinnamon!

First day of one week vacation/ staycation for me!
Yay – going for massage therapy and out shopping for new iced tea to celebrate! Another cup of this hot cinnamon tea will get me going…..

Lilysmom

Drinking this as my first morning tea each day and I love it. No milk, no sugar, ( no calories). Kicking up my rating to 100. Can’t wait for my Harney order to arrive so I can place another one, and stock up on this. Also want to try the decaf version for night time.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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OMG I hate this. Busy Sunday, and so I ran into DT without checking steepster ratings. I thought, pink lemonade, wouldn’t that be nice? I “flash froze” a cup….at least, I think that’s what it’s called…..I steeped about 3 tsp in my steeper and then let it empty into a big glass of ice…..first time to do the flash freeze

Is it the stevia? ….the metallic aftertaste is awful….it smells like…..lawn? ….like I am drinking yard grass? ….. I have a 50 gram pouch…..can I return it? I will never drink this…..I think the SA overcharged me on stuff anyway…..where is my bill? …. Yikes, my stomach is churning…….dumping this……..worst tea ever! ( did I say I didn’t like it)……blech……

OMGsrsly

Yikes! I think you can return teas, but I’m not 100% sure…

Lilysmom

I think I was thinking of pink passionfruit, which I had tried and liked…..not the same tea…..silly me…..

Cavocorax

Oh no! That’s awful! Maybe if you tried cold-brewing it or making it differently it might not taste so bad? Or, if you can’t return it, maybe you can swap it for something else on the discussion boards?

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Vancouver born, and love the city. Fairly new to tea, I found Davids Tea in early 2013 and that is where everything started. So far, my favourites are flavoured black teas, I am on a serious hunt for the perfect black caramel. I also like fruit herbals and tisanes. So far, I have mixed and limited experience with white tea and oolongs – the jury is still out. I don’t like green tea; maybe that will change.

I have tried most of the Vancouver area shops, David’s, Murchies, Granville Island Tea, UTM, and more. Just starting to branch out and order on-line. My initial experiences with Harney&Sons have been great, and I look forward to trying out many other tea brands.

I work as a research nurse, with cancer patients. Sometimes stressful but rewarding work and tea is a nice break for me. I love my cat ( that’s Lily) shopping, candles, lush baths, reading, cooking, home reno stuff and going for a relaxing massage. I like checking out new tea shops and learning more about tea. I try to go to the gym and swim when not working or drinking tea.

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