1796 Tasting Notes

drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1796 tasting notes

This just might be the oddest tea ever. Well. That I’ve tried. Cinnamon, rose, jasmine, what?!

So weird.

I don’t know what to think of it, and this is the second time I’ve had it. The cinnamon, although I think it’s actually just cinnamon pieces, is making my tummy do weird things, especially in combination with the jasmine.

But when I sip it, the tea makes sense. It’s medicinal, herby, and very strong on the cinnamon… but it’s actually pretty decent.

Even with a rehydrated spaghetti hiking meal. Yep.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked this up the other day when hearing about the sales sucked me into the DavidsTea store.

Reading *Incendiare*’s note made me think this might be the perfect thing to accompany my sesame chicken http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/08/easy-sesame-chicken/.

This dragonwell isn’t nearly as buttery as the one I’ve had from Butiki. The flavour is quite floral, and it’s a little astringent. Umm. And now I’m thinking that maybe I didn’t clean my steeper well enough after I last used it. I wasn’t expecting this tea to taste like this!

I like this tea (even if I did accidentally contaminate it), especially with the Asian flavours in the food I’m eating. I wouldn’t necessarily keep it stocked, but I think dragonwells are up there in the ranks of green teas that I like.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

As far as the sesame chicken goes, you don’t need to coat the chicken in egg. I think that just seasoning it and sprinkling a little corn starch on it, then frying it hot would work just fine. Once you add the sauce, the crunch goes away a bit…

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I can see this tea going well with something like that rather than just drinking it alone. That sesame chicken recipe looks awesome. And now THAT has me thinking of H&S’s Tokyo. Mmm, green tea and sesame seeds.

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t had this one in a while, but I should drink more of it because I still have about 75g left.

It’s pretty tasty. Definitely does better in a ceramic mug rather than a stainless steel travel mug.

I was supposed to get up early today and hike up to campus, then (shower and) work, then walk home. I ended up with a migraine, so I’m still home. My goal is to drink all the tea, do some yoga, then go to work for a couple hours. Training is put off for yet another day. :/

Amariel

I seem to remember liking this one a bit when I last had some.

OMGsrsly

I tend to prefer in-your-face-strong black teas in the morning, but this is a nice one if I’m at home for the day. :)

OMGsrsly

Pretty much! :D

OMGsrsly

I’ve had so much tea I’m sloshing. Whee!

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This was another sample I got when Cavocorax was kind enough to share shipping costs on an order.

Sniffing the dry leaves, I wasn’t convinced this would be any good. After I added the water, it smelled really sharp, almost acidic, and I wasn’t sure about that, either.

Thankfully, after a 3 minute steep, this is a pretty good smelling white tea. The flavour isn’t very strong, but the tea is sweet and a little fruity. It’s more subtle-yet-complex than the white tea I picked up at Whole Foods, yet I prefer Butiki’s offering to this one.

(1 tbsp, 8 oz)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Anji Bai Cha by Butiki Teas
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A sample in the last Butiki order that I haven’t tried yet!

Hmm. I’m not sure what to say about this. Green teas aren’t my favourite, and this isn’t really something I’d ever buy… but objectively, it’s a lovely tea. It feels almost thick, and tastes sweet and somewhat green.

I think it’s worth a try, but it’s really not for me.

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Sipdown!

I had 1 tbsp left, so I decided to make a GIANT MUG of tea. And then I steeped the tea again, and it was delicious.

I do prefer this one with sugar or honey added, just so the licorice flavours are sweet and even more delicious. This tea does not have the typical licorice root sweetness, but it has all the flavour. I like it a lot, and I’m so glad I ordered 2 oz. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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1) Smells like Tang. Which I should know because I just bought and reportioned some Orange Tang for hiking.

2) With hot water added, it smells like cranberry apple cider packets… which I just bought and reportioned for hiking.

3) Without sweetener, it tastes like apple berry stuff. Kinda like the apple cranberry hot cider, actually, just not sweetened.

4) As it cools, it’s less tart and more apple-berry-y.

Verdict: Pretty good, but I’m not sure I’ll buy more. Gotta try it iced first. :)

Fjellrev

Wow, not expecting that haha.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s odd! Granted, it’s more like seriously diluted Tang (which is what I’ve been drinking… a spoonful of powder in a giant glass of water), but still.

It has a bit of a medicinal taste when drank warm, too, which I don’t expect from the smell.

OMGsrsly

drank, drunk, drinked. IDEK.

Fjellrev

Haha you’d think with the rose hips alone it would be wildly different than that. So strange.

It’s supposed to be drunk, but I’m not an ignorant grammar Nazi, so honestly no judging here. :)

OMGsrsly

English, why are you so hard?! :)

I was expecting a sour mess with the rose hips and hibiscus, but it’s actually not bad. Worth a try, for sure.

OMGsrsly

Actually, I think it’s the vitamin C/citric acid content of the rose hips and other ingredients that’s making it taste like Tang. It’s not oranges, it’s berries with vitamin C. (I just finished my cup cold this morning!)

Fjellrev

That’s still so unexpected! I used to eat rose hip soup in Sweden for the vitamin C to battle colds, and it never reminded me of Tang.

OMGsrsly

Possible the sea buckthorn. I’ve never had it before, but apparently it has even MORE vitamin C in it. :)

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1796 tasting notes

Bought this and a gigantic plain turquoise mug in store today, as they were on sale. Yay sales!

I overleafed this tea, but possibly not enough. Next time, 2 tbsp per 12 oz water (I didn’t fill the mug up all the way), and just honey instead of honey and creamer.

Not bad. Pretty much the only way I’ll ever buy Forever Nuts. I think it was $12 for 200g? Pretty good. :)

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I really really actually like this one. I had a second steeping today, and I did 6 minutes. The tea is wonderful, and I’m enjoying it out of a ceramic travel mug (highly breakable, obviously, so I don’t like to use it much).

I don’t have enough of a brain today to figure out the notes or anything. All I can say is: Yum.

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I had this one last night, and I had it again today. It resteeps quite well, and I actually really like this one.

Not something I’d drink all the time, but really tasty in a ceramic mug. :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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