1157 Tasting Notes

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Hm. Interesting, complex tea. There’s a creaminess along with a hint of thyme and oregano, plus an added sweetness. Having a hard time pinpointing this one. I want to say it’s like a rosee sauce (cream, oregano, tomato) minus the tomato? Perhaps like a curry with thyme and oregano, saffron? I don’t get it. I like it? I think. Just because it’s so unusual, and quite, well, yes, tasty.

Flavors: Cream, Saffron, Thyme

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh… what? I kinda sorta get chai, zero pumpkin, and a really weird aftertaste… more cardboard? Seriously? And it smells like red hot candies. I don’t get it. Least fav of the DAVIDs pumpkin teas. Now all I want is more of the pumpkin cheesecake…

Flavors: Cardboard, Cinnamon, Creamy

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

Seems like a cardboard kind of night for you. :/

MissB

Yea, makes me think I need to clean out my tea baskets – but these were the only cardboard ones – even since.

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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The SSTTB got this into my hands, and while the concept was lovely? It tasted kinda, sorta like creamy cardboard. Not that I know what that actually tastes like…

Flavors: Cardboard, Cream

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

It’s better as a latte, but you’re right, it’s not the best.

Mikumofu

LOL, “Cardboard” is the first flavor listed on the page for this tea now!

Fjellrev

Blech, duly noted.

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
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Hm. This is creamier than Pumpkin Cheesecake, and it’s… thickness?… lingers in my mouth. I don’t like it as much, it’s a bit cloying for me, without nearly enough spice to help me get through. I do love the garam masala addition – what a great idea! – I just wish it was more prominent in this cup. It is very, very creamy though. Shockingly so. I think a short steep and lower temperature is the best way to get a great cup from this, with some sweetener (6 drops of stevia, in my case).

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

Try steeping it longer, I think I did mine for 5 minutes and the garam masala is VERY strong :)

MissB

I’m so scared to steep blacks that long – my body hates me after. I do however steep the rooibos version of this really long. Amazing!

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Whatever I did tonight, I did this one wrong. I think it’s better oversteeped. Normally? I luuuuuuuurve it.

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

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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I truly love this tea, and it’s surprised me. Out of the handful of new DAVIDs Teas that I’ve tried today, this is by far my favorite. I want to say it tastes like a pumpkin pie baked over an open flame, like a campfire, but not in a traditionally tea-smoky way. It’s the nutmeg, I’m sure…. plus I had it with a healthy dollop of cream (as the staffer suggested) and now it’s just plain decadent.

Flavors: Cream, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Smoke

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

hmm. I wish I had gotten this instead of the pumpkin patch now!

Anlina

I passed on this one too, and got Pumpkin Patch, but maybe I need to go back and get it.

OMGsrsly

Huh. I should check this one out!

MissB

Definitely check it out. The longer steep really seemed to help, and it needs some sort of sweetener to make it pop. I just can’t brew the black version long enough to make it palatable.

DeliriumsFrogs

Longer steep! I must try this! (and I already thought it was great at just 5 minutes…). I completely agree with you about it needed some sort of sweetner (that makes it SOO good…), and the cream! I wasn’t too big on it until I added milk (I think I’ll do cream next time…).

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1157 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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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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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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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1157 tasting notes

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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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 Ireland) 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 either running, swinging kettlebells, or 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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