1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
1349 tasting notes

Really had to search for this one through the entire DAVIDs catalog on here because it wouldn’t show up in search. Sigh. It’s just… okay. I can drink it easily, but it’s far from a favorite like, say, Hot Tropic.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sil

the way davids teas don’t really sort of kinda show up but not really in the search drives me nuts. not surprising there are a bunch of duplicates in the non capitalised versions.

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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I used to drink Shirley Temples when I was a kid like little else – it was my “treat” whenever I visited my mom at work. So, even though it’s been a while since I’ve had one (I occasionally still order one), this isn’t at all what I love about a Shirley Temple. Nope, nope, nope. There’s waaaaayy too much hibiscus, not enough cherry realness, and just… nope. Fizzy tis might work better for me (as a tea pop), but… nope. Did it iced, and, nope.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85
drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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Iced, and, well, old.. this is nowhere near as amazing as when it was in it’s heyday, but it’s the first 52 Teas from the former company that still tastes palatable. Creamy and chocolaty even, although not a lot of nut going on other than some dryness. Still, a lovely iced tea treat!

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Drying

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Dustin

Have you been going through your older bags of 52 and finding them stale? I just dumped the rest of my tiramisu oolong because it had gone stale and flavorless. Guess I better check the others. :(

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86
drank Chilli Kiss by T2
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I think I prefer this tea iced! The chili really comes through in the cold brew, almost (not quite) as much as Kapha from TeaGschenwnder. I’ll always remember JustJames’ “the burn! the burn!” from that one, and this is… similar. Hot steeped I didn’t get nearly enough spicey chili from this, but this cold steep? Divine. Perfect. Exactly what I wanted.

Flavors: Creamy, Peppercorn, Spicy, Thick

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87
drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
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Um… so… not sure why I tried this, but it sounded like a good idea at the time. Made it iced, I knew it’s an old, old batch (likely two years old), I’ve had issues with all of the older 52 Teas tasting like cardboard. Sadly… this also tasted like cardboard. Root beer flavored cardboard, alas, not for me.

So hard to find this tea on here (didn’t think of spelling it this way).

Flavors: Cardboard, Cream, Root Beer

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Dustin

That is about what I got from the butterbeer. :/

MissB

Yep, I’m about ready to pitch the whole lot of it, and that’s a LOT of tea. :(

Sil

can’t wait to try the new improved blends from liberteas!

Liquid Proust

This sounds like a tea my brother would love

silvermage2000

What a nice review. This sounds really good.

TeaNTees

I had this today and mine was bereft of any root beer flavour whatsoever. :(

MissB

I think hot most of them have lost their flavoring, but cold it’s still coming through (thankfully). Still, cardboard. :( Sil, I agree!

Dustin

The 52teas Tiramisu tea that I loved so much has lost all it’s delicious flavor. :( I’ll have to try it cold brewed and see if it is salvageable that way.

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drank Pina Colada by Tetley
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Another one that I’ve had iced now, and I enjoy it considerably less than the Bellini from Tetley. (Iced: threw tea bags in a pitcher of purified water and left it overnight).

There’s something oily about this one, and I can’t put my finger on it. Coconut, perhaps? No idea, but I can see it in the brew, as well as feel it when I drink it. Almost like the consistency of peach juice, or castor oil… which I’m sadly quite familiar with and not terribly fond of.

Not getting a ton of pina colada out of this either… maybe a tropical type fruit, with some coconut oily in here. Sure, I’ll drink it, it’s definitely not going to waste, but it’s something I won’t stock up on again.

Flavors: Coconut, Olive Oil, Thick, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 16 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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79
drank Bellini by Tetley
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Gosh I love this stuff. Made up a huge batch iced (just threw in teabags into purified water and left it in my fridge overnight), and with a touch of sweetener, I guzzled it down like it was candy from the Universe. Truly, yum! Upping the rating, just because it’s more of a junk food tea than anything soul-infusing, yet still, I’ve reached for this often the past few days.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 16 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML
Marzipan

Huh, I don’t think I have ever seen this here.

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84

Oooh, this is tasty. Not quite spicy (heat), more like spicy (flavorful and smooth), with a hint of chocolate and a tiny bit of kick from the … cinnamon? Yes, I like this tea very, very much. Even more so that it came straight from Galway, for less shipping than I ever thought possible.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

Grabbed this while in San Fran last year, just now getting around to trying it. It’s one of those whites that brews up like a black (thick, chocolatey, full-bodied brew) yet is still light and refreshing. Likely my favorite kind of white tea, other than maybe something fruity that’s brewed up cold.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i love those sorts of whites…really interesting

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
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Hm. I like this tea – it reminds me of the amazeballs Kashmir chai in Edmonton, but that one is SOOOOO much better – yet it’s got a weird flavor to it that I’m just not digging. I think it’s partially one of the spices (too strong – and that’s saying a lot for me, I love me my spices) plus the floral/rose is a bit too heavy for my liking. Really, the French should teach EVERY TEA BLENDER IN THE WORLD how to use flowers in tea. For the most part, they’re the only ones where I can even tolerate flowers.

Having said all that – I do like that there’s a bit of kick and spice to this, some minor heat. It’s actually burning my tongue a bit (again, I love this) but it’s just too much, uh, flavor. Like, dial down the nutmeg or something, maybe cloves. It’s just too much.

Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Rose, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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