1116 Tasting Notes

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Wait a minute. As this cools, I can definitely taste the fig. Oh, it’s quite lovely, even decadent. I wish I had more to play around a bit. Hopefully it’ll show up for sale around the same time the DAVID’s store opens down the street next month, and I can grab a small amount to see what’s really what.

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I may be the first to try out this tea; my DAVID’s Tea order came today, and with it three samples from the Winter Collection. So excited!

Then, I saw the sample size, and thought… what do I do with this? It’s so small. Can I even get a cup out of it? I decided to see what came out of the package (literally, 5 chunks of what looked like grey fuzzy coal), and then steep it twice the recommended amount to get at least a hint of the flavors.

Smells like water, looks like a light amber. Steeped twice for 7 minutes each, just trying my best to milk out everything I could, flavor-wise.

The flavor is so vague and faint, it’s hard to tell what this is. Some spice, maybe? A hint of apple. I added some Truvia to see if the flavors come out to play a bit more. I get apple now, most definitely, and plum oddly. Fig is a bit of a stretch (even though I’m pretty sure those chunks I saw were figs).

Dammit. I need more than 5g to tell if this is something I want to purchase. Right now? It’s just faintly flavored water. Note for next time: less water, smaller cup, extra long steeping for these mini-samples.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
M Mack

This tea is so chunky and heavy 5g is no where near enough for a good taste!

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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
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Strong fruity smell upon opening the bag. Grabbed this on one of my Teavana excursions a few weeks back. I love the ingredient list, and thought this would be a nice sip to enjoy.

Is there a ton of mint in it? No. I’m used to a strong mint flavor with my mojito’s, so this is a bit surprising as I drink it to think, “minty freshness with a pop of berry”, like I was expecting. I can taste the mint – right at the front of the sip – yet I still want more. More!

Very fruity, and that’s likely enhanced even more so by the Truvia I added. Darker though, and a touch drying (in a good way). Is there green tea in here? Have yet to taste it at all. Think I might add some extra mint tea to this blend the next time I drink it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Almond Plum Perfection by Teavana
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Number 4 of 4 freebies from Teavana when I bought the Breville tea maker. I’m scared to try this one, as I’ve strongly disliked two of the three, and one was just okay. Upon opening, a strongly artificial plum smell wafted up at me, or perhaps that’s what plum mixed with almonds smells like. All I know is, it made me cringe a bit, especially after my nausea-including afternoon with the oolong.

Steeped, it smells more of almond than anything, and there were a few of what looked like liquefied pieces of almonds floating in the brew when the Breville was done. Strange.

Didn’t even bother with it straight (like I said, I was leery to say the least!) and added Truvia before sipping. The fruits really punch here, and I’m a bit surprised at the juicy taste. The almond complements it nicely, although it’s strong and dries out the palate a bit.

Do I like this? It’s good, if I want tea that tastes like juice. I’ll likely blend it in the future with something else. I think I’ll ice some tomorrow and give it to the kids; I have a feeling they’ll go bonkers for it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Now I remember why this sat in my cupboard for so long, even as much as I love it. Within 20 minutes of my finishing the first cup (which is so big it’s more like two cups), I felt so nauseous, I almost got sick all over my kitchen. Then it came to me in a flash: oolongs (usually) give me a horrible stomachache, especially on an empty stomach. A quick bite to eat helped, however as soon as I started drinking the tea again, the nausea returned in full force.

Dammit. I love this stuff, however it’ll just go to waste in my cupboard now. Quite a bit left – anyone want me to send it to them?

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Found this at the back of my tea cupboard, and am a bit worried it’s been there too long (even though it’s well packaged). Bought this at an amazing tea shoppe in Courtenay, BC, where I had many a discussion with the owners when I lived there about their yearly jaunts to Asia to find the perfect tea. This was one of their highest recommendations, and it’s still (by far) the most I’ve ever paid for tea.

I forgot when steeping that I needed double the amount of tea, so this one’s a bit weak. Still, it’s divine. Smells faintly of hay, jasmine, and a touch of sweetness I’m struggling to place. It’s light and airy yet fully flavored, and while I’ve been on a real flavored kick of late, I forgot what truly exquisite tea tastes like. This, along with their matcha, is what got me into tea initially, and I think I’ll be sipping this pot all day as I re-steep it over and over again.

… I remember getting four steeps out of this one way back when, and it just got better each time. I wonder how many I can get today?

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings
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I’m a bit embarrassed to say I love this tea. I found it about six years ago while house sitting in one of my favorite places in the world (Nelson, BC) and loved the town so much I named my son after it. However, I digress.

My favorite way to make this is when I’m feeling a bit stuffed up or foggy, and then letting it steep overnight. It’s an overly cinnamon-y tea, yet I absolutely love it oversteeped so that it gets thick and syrupy. Zero sweetener needed. I always have a box of this hiding somewhere.

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drank French Spice Quartet by Teavana
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Second steep, and I much prefer this one to the last. It’s bolder somehow, although still missing that punch-in-the-face flavor I love. Definitely a bite to this steep, even though the color is more light caramel to the first steep’s earthy brown. Zero sweetener this time around. Long finish on the ginger, as if to taunt me into drinking more… more… more!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank French Spice Quartet by Teavana
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Freebie #3 from Teavana after purchasing a Breville from them.

Pungent-smelling as I opened the bag, and I assumed there was some form of anise in it from the smell. Nopers, I’m wrong (yep, I checked). Can smell the nutmeg and cloves quite strongly, both steeped and dry. Very chai-like.

There’s a dry smoothness upon tasting, and while pleasant, it’s faint at first sip. I like a more “punch in yer face, I’m gonna smack you with awesomeness” kind of flavor. So, I added a bit of Truvia. Would do well with a bit of cream as well.

The ginger becomes more apparent as you wait… obviously, I’m a bit lacking in the patience department. Surprised that it’s an oolong. If I didn’t read the package, I’d think it was only herbal. Has a nice kick that’s making my nose run, which is always a good thing in my books. I’ll definitely finish this bag, however I’ll probably buy other chai-like oolongs instead in the future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Turmeric Snap (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Ah, Tumeric Snap. If I’d known you were going to be discontinued, I would’ve bought a lot more of you a year ago. This is a favorite tea when sick, congested and/or stuffy. Think spicy, heated, warming with a touch of sweet. You’ve got to love ginger, fennel and turmeric however (as I do) to really appreciate this one. Maybe I’ll try and make a version of my own.

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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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