30 Tasting Notes

57

Bog standard black tea, a touch of green added. Tastes faintly of jasmine, but the bergamot is undetectable. Not pleased with this one, which is a shame. The concept is thrilling, but the execution lacking.

Flavors: Almond, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 22 OZ / 640 ML

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75
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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While not the highest quality green tea underneath the added flavours, this definitely tastes of lime. It begins on the palate as a burst of vegetal flavours that aren’t exactly pleasant, highly reminiscent of the smell of freshly cut weeds in a garden. After a time, however, and continued sipping, it really begins to taste strongly of freshly squeezed limes and lime rind, especially on the rear of the palate. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, which I suppose invokes the aspect of this being Lime Gelato, rather than just limes.

Not one I’d buy, personally, though I /do/ love citrus. If the tea itself was of higher quality and/or character, this would definitely be standard faire in my household. Being a lime-flavoured run-of-the-mill green, it isn’t quite worth owning in my opinion. Definitely worth a try though.

Flavors: Bamboo, Cut grass, Green Melons, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 15 sec 200 g 19 OZ / 550 ML

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75

While flavoured teas aren’t usually my thing, I’ve always had a soft spot for Earl Greys. In this case we’ve got a bog standard Earl Grey, albeit with vanilla overtones. It tastes very sweet, although there seems to be no added sweetener. If you sip and drink it slowly, it’s like swallowing molten vanilla ice cream. When drank quickly it tastes mostly of quality black tea with a touch of bergamot and vanilla extract.

The quality of the tea underneath these added flavours is quite high, I really do enjoy the tea itself, and the bergamot isn’t too powerful. The vanilla seems a tad over the top to me, but I did enjoy this cuppa nonetheless.

I wouldn’t buy a box of this to keep at home as I don’t see it as a tea I’d come to crave. That said, if I saw it available in a cafe I’d drink it every so often. I’ll probably grab a cup to drink next time I make a journey to DAVIDsTEA to buy some other teas to try.

Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 9 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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89

Black tea with oranges and who knows what else, the can says it’s got a vodka-like aroma and notes of orange and grapefruit, and they’re really not wrong. Described by a family member as the “Screwdriver” of teas, as it smells just like the popular mixed drink.

Once it’s brewed, however, the story changes. I tried it at 6 minutes (two above the encouraged 4 minute steep time) and it’s still a tad weak for my tastes. Tastes like standard black tea at first, but the finish is all oranges all the time. It’s like drinking warm orange juice, but with a tea twist. A great accompaniment to breakfast. I enjoyed this one, but need to let it steep a little longer next time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
30 tasting notes

Tastes the way freshly mown grass smells. No thanks. Glad this was a free sample.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

I can definitely taste the citrus more strongly in this than in its black counterpart. The green tea seems to add a smokiness that was not present in the black version, either. Red fruits are less present, but the caramel is here in force. An enjoyable cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

Almonds, vanilla and spices. Does what it says on the tin, but the tea manages to overpower the added flavours, and also taste somehow weak. It does not evoke a sense or the spirit of Christmas to me, so I think I prefer the French name. I swear I taste rooibos in this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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Love it. While I can’t taste much Sencha (or tea at all, really) in it, it definitely has a strong flavour that borders on sweet without crossing the dessert line. Smells as good as it tastes. I’ll definitely purchase this again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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64

It claims to be “Earl Grey with citrus fruits and flower petals”. It tastes like an oddly spiced soup with lemon. Not at all like tea. I’m almost getting a hint of mushroom… an oddly savoury beverage. Not really my bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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