1221 Tasting Notes

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1221 tasting notes

Don’t go past go, or collect $200. Just don’t fucking do it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Veronica

Sorry it’s a bad tea, but your review of it made me laugh. :)

Anlina

If you like dragon fruit, Teavana and Cornelia Bean have ones that are much, much better.

Cheri

I agree with Veronica. I laughed.

MissB

I don’t remember ever having dragon fruit, although it’s in plentiful supply here in Vancouver (in season). I’ll definitely try out other options.. although I’ve been ignoring Teavana now for a while.

MissB

Also, glad y’all laughed! Always worried when I swear on here.

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73
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Staff at DAVIDs convinced me to come home with some of this. Sadly, to her a “sample” size was closer to 50g than 25g.. I don’t get it. ANYWAY.

Severely oversteeped (by an hour!) left this tart, sweet, and kinda prickly/burning – there must be strawberry flavoring in here, as I suspected when I smelled it. I get why the staffer called it “very much like honeydew”, if I’d steeped it probably, it probably would.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Honeydew, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

o_O 50g is not a sample. Particularly when DAVIDs can do as little as 10g, which is the quantity I now get for anything new, because too much tea.

MissB

I actually told her outright – smallest amount possible. I had to get her to put tea back a few times. Just not cool.

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81

Yum! Used three tsp (as per what OMGsrsly wrote right on the sample bag – thank you!) and it was delicious. I got less fluffy orange and more smoked orange though. No, wait. Sage orange. Yes, that’s definitely it. I’d order more of this were I to grab a bunch of things from Cornelia. Must admit I have a soft spot for them.. my first ever Tea & Coffee exchange on RedditGifts gave me a huge Cornelia Bean package of a variety of teas. Gosh, four, five years ago now? Someday, I’ll visit in person. Someday soon.

Flavors: Orange, Sage, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

I think each wee baggie has the recommended amount for a 16 oz cup, or if you like more leaves in your tea use a 12 oz cup. Or, you know, do whatever. :) I really really like this one. It’s like a pillow. :)

Sil

Interesting…

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I love this tea. I love it so much that when I was in San Francisco a while back, I made a special trip to Lupicia. I bought 100g, and it wasn’t nearly enough. Been consistently drinking this since jump62359 graciously sent over my first samples (yes, plural, cuz she rocks) and it’s just as good – although it’s not as good when steeped too long, gets a bit woodsy. Excellent iced!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Thank you for your special trip! I’ve been loving the melon oolong. :)

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72
drank Lime Sage Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
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Smells delicious, sounds even better, but it’s mostly woodsy rooibos with hints of lime. Not getting any sage, even after a ten minute steep.

OMGseriously you rock, as per usual, for sending this along.

Flavors: Lime, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This one really does smell amazing!

Cheri

Too bad about the missing sage.

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75

Finding this tea strangely… not as satisfying as I’d hoped, considering the cost, how much trouble I had getting it back to my place in Canada (from San Francisco’s Chinatown), and then how much the staffer raved about it.

It’s a standard puer, with a bit of a sweet, almost bitterly so aftertaste. It’s smooth and medium-bodied, with that je-ne-sais-quoi that makes it a puer… that earthiness, without being really smack-in-your-face about it.

Do I love it? Nope. Will I reach for it? Maybe. I doubt it. This was REALLY expensive tea, too, so… yeah. Going to try re-steeping it at least a few times to see if I enjoy it more.

Flavors: Earth, Sugarcane

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ubacat

I like doing the 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, & 25s rinses before I even drink a puerh now. Hope you find the right steep for this one.

TeaBrat

hmm, I’ve never had this before but it’s never good when an expensive tea falls flat. Did you try it in the store?

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77
drank Cardamom Tea by Alokozay
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Grabbed this at a Middle Eastern Market in the Mission while I was in San Francisco. I’d say this is really coffee-like with zero coffee in it – although that may be because my son’s grandparents put cardamom in their coffee grounds prior to brewing. (Try it, it’s delicious!) Rich, full, heavy and thick tea, and surprisingly tasty for bagged.

Flavors: Cardamon, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

oh, I love cardamom. do you remember the name of the market or where it was? :)

MissB

I can’t seem to find the name of it. It was right on Mission, along the less, er, nice side of the street, just past the 24th & Mission BART station. So my horrible directions… it’s almost directly across the street from the soda shop on Mission. Oh wait, I think I found it on Yelp. Samiramis Imports, 2990 Mission Street (between 26th and 25th).

TeaBrat

groovy, thanks!

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80
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
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Holy mackerel, is this another amazing tea from DAVIDs this summer. I grabbed 20g and it was gone in a flash… 4 tsp in 12 oz. boiling water, steeped three to five minutes, poured over ice… it’s pure heaven in a glass. Went to go grab a ton more yesterday with my 15% off, and they’re temporarily (yay, it’s coming back!) sold out. Oh, and leave it unsweetened… it’s freakishly sweet as-is.

Flavors: Candied Apple, Thick

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
TeaBrat

guava, sounds delish!

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81
drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
1221 tasting notes

This really is a thick, lovely coffee substitute. Having said that, drinking it as an iced tea? Underleaf it considerably. I’d normally use 4 tsp of tea for my large iced cups, but I used 3 tsp here and it was still too much.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Roasted, Thick

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Sil

Never thought to ice this…

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85
drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold steeped overnight, then made into iced tea this morning. I’ve guzzled it, it’s just so darn good. I do notice more apple than anything though when I make it this way, as a long, cold, second steep.

Flavors: Apple, Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

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 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, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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