488 Tasting Notes

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons for 275 ml of water.

The longer infusion time does not produce any bitterness. I would chance infusing this tea for a longer period of time to see if the flavour profile can be enhaced further.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons for 375 ml of water.

The longer infusion really brings out the flavour. I am reminded of the taste of baked goods or cookies.

I am still not a fan of the apple-mint combination. I feel that it results in an overall bitter taste and reminds me of when I eat fruit too soon after brushing my teeth.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The brewed tea has a definite alcohol quality to the aroma. I am smelling a mixture of peach and pineapple which is reminiscent of champagne.

On the sip, I am detecting a very mild green tea flavour on the forefront which blossoms into a peach/pineapple taste. I am getting a bit of a fizzy mouth-feel which I think is sourced from the tangy-ness of the pineapple. Sugary sweetness in the background is strong in the aftertaste. Mild toasted astringency coming from the green tea close to the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

I would like to try to infuse this for a shorter amount of time (maybe only 2 minutes 1 minute) in the future.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sweet Canadian

Yes Raritea my friend that works at Davids says to flash steep it (they suggest 1 min actually) and that will allow it to have the best flavour. I trust them because all they do is experiment with this :)

Raritea

I still have at least one serving left in the sample that I got- I’ll use that to experiment with the 1 minute infusion time. Thanks for the suggestion, I can’t wait to try it out!

momo

I just got 1 1/2 ounces of this so that’s good to know. I was worried with the poor reviews it had but I will have to try that too!

Sweet Canadian

Np! I hope you like it, me and my friend are kinda in love with drinking it iced right now.

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

No overwhelming astringency even when prepared at a higher temperature of closer to 80 degrees Celcius.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Roasted and buttery flavour. Rice flavour is also present.

Pairs well with pizza.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

No tartness, but a bit of tang is present which compliments the flavour profile. The flavour, however is quite faint with and only 4 minute infusion. Very authentic berry tasting. Possibly just a hint of artificial taste near the end of the sip.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This is one I’ve been debating about getting. I love the name, but I’m not sure about all the flavors. Is it hibiscus-y at all?

Raritea

I would say that it does taste like it has hibiscus in it; hibiscus that isn’t very well balanced with the other flavours. I’m thinking that it’s the ‘lemon verbena’ ingredient that is making it tart. This tisane was undrinkable for me when infused for the maximum recommended time of 7 minutes. If I get a chance to try this tisane in the future I’ll probably play around with the infusion parameters a bit more.

KeenTeaThyme

Hmm. Thanks for letting me know. Doesn’t sound like one I would like – but I do still love the name! :)

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I used 1.75 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Cakey apricot flavour on the aftertaste.

Thanks to Kitenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
488 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water. Infused for 8 minutes.

Very mild tasting. Coconut and pineapple flavours really come out in the aftertaste. The honeybush imparts a mild sweet-smokey flavour to the aftertaste. I am reminded of the extruded ‘Rockets’ candy by the scent and the flavour.

The diluted flavour is really driving down the rating for me. I maybe let the dry leaf sit too long in the bag before trying it. I’ll hold off giving an official rating for now.

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

Creamy flavour I can detect the coconut and vanilla. There is something that reminds of hard liquor smell and what I imagine it would taste like (but milder and much more manageable). There is a definite corn flavour. This tea could probably use 0.25 tablespoons more leaf.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Kiaharii

Advent calendar?

Kittenna

Hahaha, I thought the exact same thing, Kiaharii!

Raritea

Sadly, I don’t have the David’s Tea Advent Calendar. I was inspired by others who did and wanted to feel like I was participating by having the December 1st tea :) I can’t wait to see what people are opening today!!

Kiaharii

Aw, I do have buttered rum but I’m not a huge fan. I decided to pass on the Advent Calendar, I have enough teas I should just make my own!

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I used 1.4 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The aroma of the tea reminds me primarily of packaged berry oatmeal. I can detect the oolong as well as a sweetness which it likely sourced from the maple syrup.

Very sweet on the sip. The taste of this tea also reminds me of mixed berry oatmeal. I do appreciate the presence of oolong flavour (the oolong seems like a quality oolong that I would enjoy drinking on its own) and delightful astringency and toasted-ness imparted to the cup, however, I am not sure if it is best paired with a berry-type profile. I am detecting a sweetness and hint of saltiness near the end of the sip. The berry taste is a bit more on the artificial side. I can almost pull out the flavour of maple syrup from the mix but it is either very well blended or too faint for good taste detection.

As the tea cools, I’m getting hints of peppery notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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