1144 Tasting Notes

drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1144 tasting notes

Went to brew this just now, and whatever the artificial flavor is in this tea literally knocked me off my feet. It smells wrong to me. Really, really wrong.

I’ve put it away for later, perhaps as a gift for someone else (even though it’s only 20g), unless someone can convince me it tastes infinitely better than it smells.

JustJames

i am allergic to something in this blend. i read the ingredients and i KNOW my allergies— david’s is NOT good for diligence towards ingredients lists. thus i am cautious.

Amariel

I love this one. It’s one of a few rooibos teas that I actually like.

MissB

Heather, I would love to send this to you, if you’d like it.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay birthday cake, you’re up next in the taste testing evening extraordinaire of decaf teas of (hopeful) deliciousness.

So, I get why people think this smells like maple syrup. Having grown up surrounded by the stuff, I’d say this smells more like pancake syrup with some maple flavor added to it, Aunt Jemimma style. Steeped it smells pretty much the same.

I’m surprised by the taste of this tea. It tastes.. a bit buttery, a tiny bit maple-y at the end of the sip, and that’s really it. I decided to add some Truvia because, well, I thought it would add some complexity. Thankfully, it did. I can taste more of the icing-like flavor now, and the maple tastes real and ripe. It’s still lacking for me though. Zero cake, and zero… I dunno. Depth?

Maybe I steeped it wrong (followed the package instructions) and I know I leafed it perfectly. I’ll try again with the few tsp I have left, however I doubt I’ll ever buy this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

This tea tends to be pretty weak in the flavor department so it is probably not your brewing that caused you to find it lacking. Personally I dont mind this tea in the evening because I think I just really like the smell of it. It’s not a bad latte – that helps bring out the creaminess and some sweetness

OMGsrsly

Definitely pancake syrup, not real maple syrup. :) I might have a cup now, though.

MissB

The more I drink it, the more of the pancake syrup-y smell comes out, and the more I think… overbuttered popcorn? Or maybe even caramel corn. It’s like there’s that same feeling on my lips. I kinda like it considering I’ve gone grain-free in the past few months. I’ll definitely try it as a latte, or maybe a latte smoothie?

MissB

It does smell divine though.. I could easily have my house smell like this all winter.

OMGsrsly

Try a tiny tiny pinch of salt in it, wow. Just a few grains.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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I think this is what I’m drinking. With my huge haul of tea today, I decided I should probably hold off on all of the caffeinated Mariage Freres goodness and dive into all of the smaller size decaf blends from DAVID’s that I grabbed today. This was the first one that grabbed me, because I really need some extra spice right now to continue slaying the chest cold in record time.

Dry, the smell surprised me. Coconut spice chai? Intriguing. For some reason I thought the coco in this was cocoa instead of coconut.

Steeped, it smells the same, if a bit of an odd coconut smell. The flavor seems a bit off too, a bit chemical-y perhaps, or the cardamom is reacting somehow with the coconut. It’s nice, buttery, spicy and pleasant, I’m just.. loving other stuff more. Have @ 1.5tsp left, so this may go into the swap or gift box.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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This definitely smells like ripe blueberries out of the bag, and a bit less so after steeping. I was surprised at the first sip how much this does taste like blueberries, if a bit tartly (kind of like a dry wine). Truvia made it juicier, yet drier at the same time. The raisins are definitely prominent.

I like this, and I can imagine it amazeballs as an iced tea. Yummy, although I’d prefer it a bit more complex. Maybe it’s the cold, so I’ll definitely try this again in a few days.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

ah….. great minds drink alike! aside from my heather mishap i’ve been having a blueberry day as well.

MissB

I wish I could like that comment. :)

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This is a bit of a deceiving tealog, only because I’ve blended this with Throat Coat (same company) and DAVID’s Super Ginger to make a potent potion. So 1L of water, two Cold Formula’s opened and dumped into my Breville, two Throat Coat’s opened and dumped into my Breville, then two rounded tsp of Super Ginger. Steep, and voila!

This is a surprisingly tasty combination, and naturally sweet to boot. It smells like herbally-hay, but tastes like a licorice mint chai with the burn of ginger and peppercorns. I’d drink this while healthy. Tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Ozli

That sounds disturbingly good – feel better!

MissB

Aw, thank you. I think this tea was exactly what I needed.

Fjellrev

Must have been potent indeed! Hope it soothed your throat.

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drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
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I drank the whole mug before I got to writing this, which is a bit of a shame because I tend to forget quite quickly what’s happening with my first impressions of a tea… while there’s a zoo going on around me. You know the drill, a teenager who wants to DO something, a 5-year-old that spilled the liquid chocolate popsicle mix all over the kitchen, a client emergency, and a phlegmy cold. Yep, that’s my Sunday.

The tin for this tea was ingenious, and offered a little cardboard hello as I opened it, basically saying it’s packaged this way to retain the flavors. Neat! I had to slide the top off sideways, then lift a sealed jewelbox -like door to get to the tea, which was filled to the brim. The scent of raspberries wafted up to me, and a touch of… cake?

Steeped, this still smells mostly of raspberries with something else a bit floral in the background. My first taste threw me off, as there was little raspberry. More of a… cakey, minty floral something or other. Intrigued, I drank more, and it evolved. Raspberries did come into the mix, and much more so once sweetened with Truvia. I can taste the rose in there, and the aftertaste is definitely dry raspberries, with maybe, mint? Cooling, dry.

I like this a lot, even though I’m struggling to describe it well. Surprised me, as I was expecting more of a birthday cake kind of tea, like DAVID`s maybe, and this is so much more complex and intriguing.

Felt like this was a long time to steep a black, so I may try for 3-4 minutes next time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Ooooh, that sounds so good!

MissB

Would you believe I found this at Winners? I’ll gladly send you some if you like to try it; I’m definitely going back for more ASAP.

MissB

… if you would… Jeepers. :$

Cavocorax

Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll try to run out to Winners and see what I can find! I’ve got one fairly close. :)

MissB

Oh, awesome! Let me know what you find.

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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Holy moly. Just as I thought this tea was perfect as-is, I added Truvia to it.

The first few sips of the second mug (that sat a while), are more orange, less chocolate. About halfway through the cup it got back to the dry 100% cocoa-y vibe, and so I decided, “Why not? I’ll add some sweetener and see how it tastes.”

Well now, it’s like candy. I’m a greedy gal who wants to gulp it down in one sip. That’s right, like rich, decadent, very dark, orange chocolate, minus any cream, although it is quite buttery. The orange is most prominent now, with the dry cocoa following. Oh, wait. Do I dare add cream?

Maybe next time. This is just plain awesomesauce, and I want to cup to last forever.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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Opening this tin makes me think of oranges. Pure, freshly squeezed oranges. It’s divine and lovely, and I inhaled quite a bit before putting 1 tsp. per 8 oz of water into my Breville.

Amazingly, this actually smells like those chocolate oranges I find everywhere in Canada over the holidays. They look like an orange, and you whack them against a table or something for them to “break” into slices… and then you take off the foil and eat the orange-flavored chocolate yumminess. As Fauchon specializes in baked delicacies, this is what I imagine what their chocolate orange would smell like. Heaven.

The first sip really surprised me. I took another few to confirm. This tastes EXACTLY like caocao nibs – the unsweetened globs of goodness I usually put in my cereal for depth and crunch. The mouthfeel is the same (dry and cocoa-y), the texture is similar (thick) and it’s quite shocking to me how similar it is. The orange follows almost as if it’s a child lollygagging behind; it’s there, but only if you’re paying attention.

This is my first 100 rating on Steepster, and now my favorite tea. Next cup, I’ll try it with some Truvia to see how it changes. Right now, I’m just going to inhale and enjoy this dry, almost tart, caocao orange flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this review makes me happy…. happy enough to brave winner’s tomorrow. lol. (very rare)

MissB

Awesome! The more I drink this, the more complex it gets, and the more I like it. The second mug was more orangey, less chocolate for the first few sips, and now it’s got that dry, 100% chocolate feel again. I found it inexpensive, too; $12.99 for the tin, and it was filled to almost full.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by Earth Teaze
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Okay. It’s cooled down now to room temperature, and there’s a bit more bite to it in this second mug. I added sweetener in the hopes of remedying this sip, and… well I guess it’s okay. I taste orange for some reason now, and still the dry bite at the back of my throat. I’m okay with that dry bite, just as long as there’s a flavor in there, and it’s only a whiff of cardamom. It easily could be in my dream-like sicko phlegmy state.

I’ve upped my rating a bit, because it is a bit better than before. Next time I try this, it’ll have to be with a longer steep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by Earth Teaze
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I soooo wanted to love this, even though the whole tin was only $4.99, and that this company is almost non-existent on Steepster. A coco chai that will kick my butt as well as the viral bacterial into oblivion. Yep, a tall order.

Unfortunately, the smell of this out of the pouch (it was vacuum sealed in a pouch, inside the tin), was just meh. Some chai-like spices, but mostly rooibos. There were huge pieces of almonds and peppercorns though, so I had hope still. Steeped, just rooibos with a hint of cardamom.

My first sip, I was taken aback. Am I drinking a chai? This tastes like just plain rooibos. Still did for a few minutes, and now half the mug finished, it’s only now getting a bit of a spicey, peppery-like quality. Very drying, and a bit tickling to the throat.

The instructions were a bit odd; boiling water, 3-4 minutes, which seemed low for a rooibos, so maybe I’ll try a longer steep next time to see if perhaps things change.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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