480 Tasting Notes

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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
480 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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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
480 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 400 ml of water.

The black tea is too prominent with the addition of the extra leaf (over 1 tablespoon per 375 ml) and drowns out the other flavours. More astringency comes through and borders on being bitter. Toasted flavour coming through. Bitterness comes through as the tea cools.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
480 tasting notes

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

The aroma of the brewed tea is very maple syrup-y. I can smell a mellow sweetness and creaminess of the chocolate and possibly a hint of black tea.

On the sip, there is a sweetness all the way though which increases into the aftertaste. I am detecting an earthiness that is likely sourced from the beetroot powder. Creamy-tasting. The dark chocolate flavour mixes well with the black tea and earthy taste. Drinking this tea reminds me of biting into a dense, moist chocolate cake.

This tea pairs well with brie and raspberry jam on crackers.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
crazy4u

this tea sounds so good Im going to try it next! I tryed to like it but i can :(

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
480 tasting notes

Used 1.75 tablespoons for ~375ml of water.

The primary scent in the brewed leaf is that of honeybush which gives a warm feeling to the aroma. I’m getting that burnt-out beeswax candle smell that I seem to be associating with other honeybush teas from 52teas. I can also detect the tanginess of the kiwi in the smell. There is something in there that reminds me of cucumber-scented hand-cream, otherwise I have never really been able to find a smell from a fresh cucumber. I’m also smelling something that reminds me of citrus.

On the sip, I’m detecting mostly a melon flavour which evolves into something that tastes like the scent of cucumber-scented hand-cream. There is only a hint of kiwi flavour in this one. I’m also tasting the burnt-out beeswax candle smell.

Overall, this tisane has a very mild flavour.

As the tisane cooled to room temperature it took on a refreshing flavour profile and reminded me of the taste of cucumber-infused water. I’m also being reminded of mint taste.

Many thanks to Ellyn for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Interesting. I don’t think your review makes me want to buy it… but I still want to try it! I just remember hating the cucumber water I’ve tried, and was wary of it tasting like that…

Indigobloom

I’ve never been a fan of cucumber scented or flavoured stuff. I remember one cucumber tea I tried, just wasn’t for me

Raritea

I actually really enjoy my fresh cucumber-infused water so I was pretty excited for this tisane. I’ll still be on the lookout for one that will capture that flavour just the way that I like it.

Indigobloom

Good luck! it will happen sooner or later lol

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
480 tasting notes

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

Far too bitter. This tea likely has to infuse for a shorter amount of time and could maybe use less leaf.

Withholding my rating for now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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

The brewed tea smells like berry candy. There is a strong sweetness to the aroma but the berry smells artificial. There is something in this aroma that just makes my mouth water; I can’t really describe it but it is heightening my excitement to try this tea.

On the sip, the white tea and berry flavours are well balanced. There is a pleasant sugary quality to the aftertaste. The berry flavour really comes out close to the middle of the sip and follows through to the aftertaste. I am detecting the slightest bit of tang which makes the berry-tasting experience more authentic. There is a buttery quality from the taste as well closer to the end of the sip leading to the aftertaste.

I’m getting more of a juicy berry taste as the tea cools.

Second infusion is very mild. This tea will not likely do well past the first infusion.

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
480 tasting notes

I used 2g of dry leaf (2 tablespoons) for 375 ml of water.

Aroma of the brewed tea is swampy with hints of sweetness. I’m detecting peppery notes and possibly even hints of cinnamon. There is a strong floral tone.

Mild tasting. Light floral flavour thoughout. Slight saltiness is detected. Sweetness closer to end of sip which carries through into aftertaste. I’m detecting hints of pepper and vegetal in the aftertaste.

Lingering aftertaste develops into a corn-like flavour.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
480 tasting notes

I used one tablespoon for ~375 ml of water.

Light floral taste balanced with black tea in background. Very smooth tasting. Sweetness especially near the end of the sip leading into the aftertaste. Pleasant astringency present on swallow and in aftertaste.
The flavour came through more as the tea cooled.

Mild-tasting, this tea may benefit from the addition of more dry leaf.

Thank to to Ellyn for sharing this with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
480 tasting notes

Used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 400 ml of water.

Brewed tea has a primarily black tea aroma with a hint of creamy coconut smell. Detecting a definite sweetness in the scent.

On the sip I’m getting an apricot flavour with trailing black tea flavour. Mild coconut in the after-taste. Maybe this tea was sitting too closely to the Brandied Apricot Upside Down Honeybush blend. Overall, the flavour seems to be that of a plain black tea but it was a quality black tea so I still was able to enjoy this infusion!

I’ll hold off from giving a rating for now.

Thank you Kittenna for sharing this with me!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Uh oh! There should be a second cup’s worth in the bag, I think, so yeah, maybe leave it apart from the others for a bit? This one definitely should taste like a coconut black (if not with the cream pie aspects), and no apricot!

Kittenna

Also – 1.5 tsp to 400mL of water might be too low of a ratio. I usually use more along the lines of 1.5 tsp to 8oz./approx 250mL. That’s the ratio I use for all of Frank’s blends (and most other teas as well).

Raritea

Thanks for the suggestions!! I will definitely keep an open mind for this one if I encounter it in the future- seems to have quite a good reputation on here :) I would imagine that this tea should taste more like how it smells.

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