602 Tasting Notes

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This is one of those teas that is getting quite a lot of positive reviews, so despite my dislike for cardamom (generally speaking), I did want to give this one a go. I have a feeling that the cardamom will be tolerable in this blend because it’s mixed with something sweet. The scent of this tea is delicious! Bready, sweet and a tiny bit of that playful cardamom in the background. I have high hopes!

Sipping… oh this is very nice. This tea has such a great combination of cinnamon, cardamom and sugar. I also taste a little bit of the lemon peel which adds just the lightest tang. The black tea doesn’t really shine at all, though, and prefers to stay hidden behind everything else. I really like this tea and believe it’s the closest I’ve been to tasting french toast in a tea. The aftertaste is a bit weird… I am thinking it might have to do with the lemon and the spices mixing. It’s not really artificial, but is just an odd flavor combination. I would have liked for there to be a stronger custardy, eggy flavor to further enhance the french toast, but it’s pretty darn good without.

If you’re interested in a sugary sweet and lightly spiced holiday tea, I would pop this into your shopping cart. It’s very unique, drinkable and delicious! Yum!

Fjellrev

Yay! Glad it won you over despite the cardamom.

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This was another blend that I was excited to try from the 2015 Winter Collection. I love hot chocolate and I love tea. There are times, though, when I would like to have the flavor of hot chocolate, but not the added fat or calories of a true cup.

The scent of this blend reminds me of a powdered hot chocolate mix… really! I can detect the sugar and the chocolate… and I’m so surprised that this scent is coming from a tea. I’m not sure how they did it. Giving this cup a sip, I am already enjoying this one quite a bit. I taste the earthy quality of the pu-erh, but also the chocolate that actually seems lighter than expected. I think that drinking this tea a bit quicker than usual instead of sipping, brings out more of the straight hot chocolate flavor. One thing I should mention is that the flavor I’m getting doesn’t reflect a hot chocolate made from chocolate shavings, but more of a powder mix.

There is an unfortunate element of this tea that I just can’t seem to ignore: the stevia. I am someone who can tolerate stevia in many things and actually add it to my coffee once in a while. Its presence in this cup really ruins everything, though. I would recommend this blend if you aren’t sensitive to stevia and if you enjoy hot chocolate.. but otherwise, this might be one to skip.

Fjellrev

The stevia was so awful in this. I don’t get it.

Dustin

I have really been enjoying Tikal’s tisane when I’m looking for a hot chocolate like experience.

QueenOfTarts

Dustin, I’ll look into Tikal’s! I hadn’t heard of it before.. thanks!

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drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
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I’m really excited to be trying this tea as Tea Ave mentions that this is the tea that inspired them to open up their own shop! That has to count for something, right? I know that this type of oolong is loved by many for its incredible flavor. I personally have liked other oolongs a bit more, but I’m always willing to try others.

The scent of this tea is sugary sweet and incredibly floral. It really does remind me of a buttercream icing with the essence of flowers. Lovely! Sipping… I wasn’t expecting such a thick mouthfeel, but it does feel rather heavy on the tongue. It isn’t buttery so much… but luxuriously weighty. I mainly taste flowers with a bit of a mineral background. The flavor brings to mind lacy petals and leaves – it’s delicate, but strong enough to take center stage. I do catch a bit of sweet butter and sugar towards the end of the sip, but it’s really all about the flowers. There is also something that reminds me of apricot or peach, but it’s very faint and doesn’t last long. It’s strange, because while this tea feels thick and bold, the aftertaste is light and ethereal, leaving just a memory of what was a strong flavor.

I think this is a very special tea and would be ideal for someone looking for a well-balanced oolong. It seems to have a bit of everything.. a bit like a tea that can’t make up its mind, but in a good way. Balanced, tender yet bold.

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I am really eager to try this blend as I’ve never had a tea blend with caraway included. It sounds like such an interesting combination – assam tea, caraway, cacao.. so unique! Plus, I love the idea of this tea bringing to mind a library and old books.

Sipping… hm, the first thing that I taste is the smooth black tea base and the cacao. It reminds me of other chocolate and black tea blends I’ve had in the past. There is a tiny bit of astringency as well. A strange thing happens after I’ve sipped.. a bit of a buttery flavor blossoms on the tongue. It reminds me of caramel squares and buttered toast. I also pick up on hazelnuts and very lightly, cherries in syrup. The finish is very drying, but it’s still drinkable despite being slightly unpleasant. I can’t seem to pick up on the caraway flavor… but then again, I’ve never had caraway in a tea.. so I could be tasting it, but just not know it.

Overall, I enjoyed this tea and I appreciate that it had many different flavors to discover. I’m not sure that I really experienced the library comparison just by taste… perhaps the description is slightly far-fetched, but it was certainly interesting. I’m excited to see how my next cup will be when I add a bit of milk!

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73

Trying to catch up a little bit here… I know I’ve had this one before, but it’s been a while so I’m interested to see if my tastes have changed. This tea smells of sweet banana.. it reminds me a little bit of David’s banana oolong only without the oolong base.. but the banana softness is the same. Sipping… well, I think I should have added more than the recommended amount of “leaf” as it’s a little bit on the weak side. For me, it’s a very weak banana flavor with a mixture of other things in the background that I can’t really pull apart. There isn’t anything gross in this blend, it’s just uneventful. I also wish that there would be less of that oil slick character, but I suppose that can’t really be avoided given the ingredients.

Day 5 of 2015 Advent Calendar

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I’m a bit behind on my advent calendar days.. I should be able to start catching up more on Thursday. I was a little hesitant to try this one as I’m not wild about almond flavor… Or at least I have to be in the mood for it. The scent of this tea reminds me of an almond cookie.. Really spot on! It smells quite sweet in the cup.. almost like almond frosting. Sipping… I like this more than I thought I would. The almond flavor is just as you’d expect.. Just like a cookie but without that crunchy, starchy character. It’s a little weird with the green tea as a base as the green tea adds a mild grass flavor. I would think that it would’ve worked better with a different tea, but I’ll finish this cup as I’m liking the almond flavor for tonight.

Day 4 of 2015 Advent Calendar

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65

I’m excited to see an unflavored tea for today’s tea.. After the last two being too artificial, I’m ready for something a bit more.. plain.

Sipping… well, plain is definitely what I’m getting with this cup. I think I almost get a little bit of raisin at the beginning, but it quickly fades. The rest of the cup is very… basic and reminds me of a generic black tea bag. I almost get a bit of cardboard, though it’s not as bad as other teas with this quality. I think this tea would be yummy with the addition of milk or sugar. It reminds me of a tea that should be used as a base for other flavors since it’s so plain and nothing shines.

Day 3 of 2015 Advent Calendar

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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I was pleased to see yet another tea I haven’t tried before in this calendar. I do like mango, but haven’t really found a tea version that I love… to be honest, I like the actual fruit much more than mango flavored things. I’m actually smelling more citrus than mango once the tea has steeped and it’s on the verge of being medicinal, too. Eh.

Sipping… hm, I was expecting this to be much more bitter, but it’s surprisingly smooth and thick on the tongue. I taste a bit of the white tea base… plain, slightly like hay and maybe a tiny bit fruity. I also taste orange and mango, but it is on the artificial side and it reminds me a lot of liquid Motrin. I’m disappointed because the mouthfeel is quite nice.. but it’s just too artificial and strange for me.

Day 2 of 2015 Advent Calendar

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea never really interested me when I saw it on the DAVIDsTEA website.. I just had a feeling I knew what this would taste like and unfortunately, I was right. This cup brewed up a dark pink, reminding me a lot of Forever Nuts. I couldn’t really taste anything that significant.. maybe a little bit of apple and hibiscus.. maybe a tiny bit of almond? For me, this was just a hot cup of fruitiness with nothing that makes it particularly special or wintery. Darn.

Day 1 of 2015 Advent Calendar

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I’ve had quite a few cups of this tea and I found the first few to be very confusing.. but now I feel like I’ve developed a reasonably solid opinion to write a review.

The first times I had this tea, I was expecting there to be a lovely french toast flavor just bursting with each sip. The first thing that I noticed, though, is the rather prominent floral note. It’s a vague and soft background for what should be french toast and I can see how this tea would be a nice base for flavoring in general.

Behind the flowers, I honestly just taste a smooth chocolate and vanilla combination. Both are so light, though, and I just want something stronger to push it over the edge.. to make it really delicious.

I do like this tea and enjoy having it in my collection since I don’t have anything else like it. Despite having experimented with this tea at higher and lower water temperatures, I just can’t get any french toast flavor or really anything that resembles it… disappointing.

Liquid Proust

Just wanted to check up and see if this still has the floral notes for you. It confuses me, but you and one other person said it so I must investigate!

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Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

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90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

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