1569 Tasting Notes

52Teas Gingerbread Smoke + Tea Desire Caramel Puerh.

Made as a latte. Yes, the crazy DavidsTea style. 3 tsp each tea.

I used unsweetened almond milk today because 1) I am sick and 2) there was no unsweetened soy milk on sale, and even though I don’t really love soy it generally tastes a bit better for “milk” heavy applications. (And also it sets Jello puddings, but almond milk doesn’t…)

It’s not bad. I’m glad the Gingerbread Smoke is gone. It’s actually lost a LOT of flavour, even though it’s been in a tin. I was expecting the smoke to dominate this blend, but it really isn’t. I’m getting mostly caramel and ginger. (I did end up adding extra ginger to the sample I kept…) And it’s pretty good!

I like this method for using up teas, but it still feels really wasteful. I might do another steeping of this blend tonight, just so I can get as much as possible out of the huge amount of leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is definitely a comfort tea, to steep all day and drink when I’m out hiking or when I’m not feeling well.

Sadly, today I’m not out hiking. Instead, I have cold #2 for the month.

It’s been steeping about 8 hours, and I love it. Super sweet, cinnamon, a bit of mint, a tiny hint of other spices. Yum.

(1 tea bag for 12 oz)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Yum! This is the tea that got me into drinking tea more than coffee. You’re right.. super sweet, heavy cinnamon, spices, .. Yum! Easy to through in my purse for that emergency tea need too. :)

OMGsrsly

I was introduced to it on a winter hike – one of the people pulled out a thermos and it smelled SO GOOD. :)

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IDK if this is the same as the Hattialli Golden Paw Assam that’s currently on their website and I have in my cupboard…

So… I like it. A lot. I’d like it more if I wasn’t sick. It’s very similar (might even be the same!) to the tippy Hattialli I steal from my mom when I visit.

Yum yum yum. Malty, etc, good with additives, good without.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I love this one too. I hope you’ll feel better soon! It seems like you were just sick not that long ago?

OMGsrsly

I KNOW. Second cold in a month. I don’t know who to blame… maybe some rando on Transit?

Fjellrev

Damn, that’s brutal. :(

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
1569 tasting notes

So DavidsTea posted a recipe for their tea lattes.

10 tsp tea. (I KNOW RIGHT?!)
hot water to the top of the logo in their steeper (6 or 7 oz I think)
steep.

Take 8 oz milk, shake it up real well in a microwave safe container, take the lid off and microwave for 45 seconds. Your milk should be warm, if not, shake some more and microwave it a bit more.

Put tea in mug, add milk (holding back the foam) and top with foam. Drink.

I added 1/3 tsp sugar to the milk before I shook it up.

It’s… really good. Super milky, which I guess I should expect seeing as it’s a latte, but lots of flavour. I only had 6 tsp of this tea left, so that’s what I used.

If you have a tea that goes well with milk, I’d recommend trying this. Maybe just double the amount of tea you’d usually use for 16 oz, instead of using 10 tsp though. Unless you’re REALLY trying to use something up. :)

Ooh, I’m going to have to make a tea latte with O’Connor’s Cream and some whisky. Hmm…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Kittenna

Yummmmmm. Now ALL I WANT is a strawberry black latte.

Anlina

Wow, that’s a lot of tea! Getting a latte at DAVIDs might be more economical than making it at home.

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, it was good ! :)

Anlina, that’s exactly why I was thinking. Buying a tea latte, especially of heavier or more expensive teas, would be way cheaper than it is at home.

Suziqzer

Wowser.. that’s a lot of tea! Hope it was scrumptious!

OMGsrsly

I haven’t used 10 tsp yet in one latte. I tweeted them though and their response was that it’s decadent. Yeah. Decadent and costly.

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Yum. Another favourite. Good thing the bag is never ending, because the minimum $100 order means I’m unlikely to ever get more of this one!

Lovely orangey sagey nettley tea. It’s super good with honey, but I’m not having honey tonight.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Wrong…just means you get me to add to my order when I do it eventually…some day…

Kittenna

What makes it “greek”? I looked at the ingredient list and was half-expecting to see oregano, haha. (Is it a traditional flavour combo?)

OMGsrsly

No idea! Most other ‘Greek mountain’ teas have some herb in them that grows in Greece.

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It’s not that I don’t like it, but I just don’t drink it. I’ve managed to give most of it away as samples. It smells like an herb store. One that operates out from the roots of a tree. All earthy and spicy and weird. Not something I crave often, if ever. Interesting, and drinkable, but not something I look for, flavour-wise.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

I was pretty disappointed with the blends club… They were all basically “herb store” teas. :(

OMGsrsly

:D Yes. I opted out months ago, and considered re-joining for “vanilla”. I’m really glad I didn’t, though.

Sil

Do not even talk to me about the vanilla failure…. Bah

Kittenna

I missed this vanilla thing – directions to where I can sate my curiosity? (Since you, probably understandably, don’t want to discuss it.)

Cameron B.

It was a supposed “vanilla-themed” box and that’s what they gave us. Ick.

Kittenna

:/ I see. That sucks. A vanilla-themed box could have been so amazing. Think, vanilla Laoshan Black. Or orange creamsicle .

OMGsrsly

Yep! (Thanks Cameron!)

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I got this at Georgie’s Tea Emporium in Victoria.

It’s really nice. Yes, it’s the basic hibiscus-and-rosehip fruit tea base, but something about the orange and vanilla means it’s not too sour for me. It’s sweet and creamy, and reminds me of an Orange Julius.

This would be really good cold brewed, as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Sounds like a good combo if the hibiscus isn’t taking over! (I am genuinely surprised every time a tea with hibiscus isn’t awful, hahaha.)

OMGsrsly

I wasn’t a huge fan of hibiscus before I started taking everything without sugar. It’s still not my favourite, but I don’t necessarily mind it in most fruity teas. (Some are still awful, though.)

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
1569 tasting notes

This just tastes like green rooibos with white chocolate chips.

That’s it.

Not terribly impressed, because it’s not eggnog, but it’s not bad for a white chocolate rooibos.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

But the smell! Could you smell the eggnog?! That’s what got me.

OMGsrsly

Not really? IDK. It’s in the bag that’s going to Sil’s, so you can have it if you like.

Kittenna

Well, I have noticed inconsistency between batches from DT. Maybe yours was less deliciously spiced to begin with. I do agree that the flavour isn’t as good, though.

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This tea doesn’t pack quite the punch of the Cardamom tea by Alokozay. The cardamom flavour is really mild and is almost clovey. And the tea itself isn’t anywhere near as strong and thick and rich.

So while I can appreciate this, I prefer the other companies version.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
teataku

There’s also a Cardamom Black carried by The Metropolitan Tea Company that is quite a kick in the mouth with cardamom flavor. My husband loves it, and while I’m not much of a fan, I appreciate that the flavor is authentic.

OMGsrsly

Haha. :) While I’m sure there are stores around here that carry it, most stores don’t admit which teas come from which suppliers. The closest one that does is across the waters in Victoria…

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drank Cardamom Tea by Alokozay
1569 tasting notes

A sample from MissB! Thank you. :)

This is really really good. It’s exactly what it says it is – a cardamom black tea. Nice and strong, very spicy, amazing with a splash of milk.

I really like it, and if I was in the market for a cardamom tea I’d totally hunt this down and buy some. As it is, I have Too Many Teas. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

join the club :D

yyz

When/if you decide to look for it. It can be found lately at bulk barn, Metro ( or whatever subsidiary is around you), among others. It hasn’t been to hard to find lately. The strawberry one is pretty good too!

OMGsrsly

High fives, TeaBrat! It’s an interesting club to be sure.

yyz, I was just going to say we don’t have a bulk barn here, but apparently we do! Just in a pain-in-the-butt location to bus to. :)

Kittenna

Would mixing green cardamom pods (or ground cardamom) with black tea have a similar result?

TeaBrat

@Kittena, I have used dessicated cardamom with good results, not sure about the pods. The powder is super fine and might just make a mess in your tea.

yyz

I just crack the green pods and added them to good result. It’s not quite the same flavour as this tea though.

OMGsrsly

I’ve done cardamom powder in coffee before so I’m sure it would work.

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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.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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