630 Tasting Notes

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Tried this tea for a second time from my DAVIDsTEA advent calendar. I still don’t feel that the mint and spice flavours go well together. I am hardly able to detect any green tea taste.

Flavors: Cardamon, Mint, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this tea as a sample in my 2015 DAVIDsTEA advent calendar. I remember having this tea years ago when it was first released. The brew I had today was a bit different than what I remember. The “glitter” used to come in little spheres in the tea that made the tea shimmer when you infused it. I did not have that experience today with the gold stars in the brew. There also seems to be some sugar crystals included which is an interesting addition- I personally prefer my tea without any sugar additive. I guess the extra sweetness adds to the indulgence of this Christmas-themed tea. Still, I am glad that the choice was not made for stevia to be used as an sweetener. This tea has a full savoury aroma that reminds me of smelling a creamy bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. The tea is quite balanced in its flavour profile with both the black tea and cinnamon coming through. I am able to taste the aftertaste of the added sugar trailing at the end of the sip. It is unfortunate that a low quality black tea seems to have been used in this blend. This is not a tea that I would keep at hand but I am glad that I was able to try it!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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The almond flavouring is quite good in this tea- amaretto with sweet nutty tones. The green tea in this blend, unfortunately, seems to be of low quality. There’s an odd artificial aftertaste. I like the sugar cookie sweetness in the background.

Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Sugar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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I am very sensitive to stevia flavouring and I find that it overpowers the mango and fruity flavours with a dull bitter trail to the sip. It may also be the additives to the candied pineapple that makes this brew undrinkable for me. I am only just barely able to taste the white tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Indigobloom

:(
Stevia is funny for me. Sometimes I don’t mind, but others… blech!

Kristal

Sorry to hear that :( This one, for me, was neither here-nor-there.

Fjellrev

Yikes, I’ll definitely stay away from this one. Don’t understand the stevia additions.

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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A bit of pleasant cranberry-tartness (likely from the hibiscus) with somewhat of a dull overall flavour. There’s a bit of a trailing hibicus aftertaste that is overpowering. I am detecting some nutty-savoury tones mixed with creamy apple and cinnamon that reminds me of Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA. This tisane is blended well but has too much hibiscus to it. I am also discouraged by how much “dry leaf” is required to achieve a decent flavour. I’m getting more of a cider flavour as it cools- the apple is coming more to the forefront and balancing out the tartness of the hibiscus.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Kristal

Agreed- didn’t care for this tea and it bothered my acid reflux :(

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drank Newborn Dragon 2012 by Sebz
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I brewed this tea according to the instructions on the bag. However, I’m just noticing right now that online it is recommended to infuse for 4-5 minutes. I will try infusing for that length of time next time I drink it. There are some pretty incredible flavours (smokey, woodsy, fruity) that are peeking out but they just aren’t bold enough in this brew.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Caramel and strawberry notes. Wet autumn leaves. Medium mouthfeel. A hint of mineral taste. Roasted notes.

Thank you to Sil for sharing

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Mineral, Roasted, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Sil

Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
630 tasting notes

Plum and fruity tones- almost like a fruitcake in the background. Note of honey sweetness. Barn-y, almost bitter note near the end of the sip. Make me think of copper when I drink it.

Second infusion at 4 minutes with same temperature. The astringency is softened. Still has nice flavour.

Flavors: Barnyard, Fruity, Honey, Plums

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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