443 Tasting Notes

Sipdown! (More or less)

I drank most of this one despite my visit to the store being not so good.
I have to tell you tho. I didn’t care for this tea. I couldn’t get a good taste out of it no matter what I did. It was too strong. I tried with less leaves, shorter steep times you name it. Lots of milk and sugar, no milk and sugar… it just came out not good. I didn’t like it at all.

I had enough for probably two cups worth and I ended up throwing it out. I couldn’t do it.
Life is too short to drink tea you don’t like.

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So, I drive the hour to my nearest Davidstea to get a calendar, but of course, by the time I could get there, they were gone :(

SO! I decided that I must absolutely treat myself to a new colour-changing mug instead! It’s the tree one. So pretty!!

I also got a bit more tea than I had originally planned (oops!)
This one I got 100g. I’m definitely getting the peppermint, but I’m not picking up on the white chocolate that much. I’m not too sure why, but I’m really not tasting it. I am noticing that the peppermint tea is more of a smooooooth peppermint instead of the usual bam that peppermint has, but still… I don’t know…
But no worries! I have a full tin worth to enjoy and get to taste the chocolate. I’m sure I will notice it. Maybe it’s just that I’m in such a happy place with the new mug and the really good drive tonight… either way, I’m happy that I didn’t notice it the same.

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1.5tsp for 12oz water 3min steep.

I feel that the 3min steep was a bit too long. I have the slightest bit of bitterness coming through.
I think a 2 or 2.5min steep would have been enough.
I love the coconut flavour against the black the base. I’d definitely get this one again I think, but I’d wait until I have finished up a few others.
I love having milk/sugar added to it. It makes the tea a smoother, creamier tea. Again, I wish I hadn’t steeped it as long, but it is still good.

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drank Jenna Jubilee by Steeped Tea
443 tasting notes

I’ve had this one twice now, both times was iced. I really love this one. It’s the best iced tea I have ever tried. No lie. I don’t usually like iced teas, but this one is to die for!

It is a nice strong fruit punch-like flavour. I’m totally in love with this one. I got a 50g bag, but I probably should have gotten more. Maybe the next party I go to I’ll get more.
The only thing I would do differently is I wouldn’t put as much sweetener in it. This past time was a bit sweet, but still delicious. I’ll be looking forward to enjoying this one a lot.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
443 tasting notes

I love this one. Another one that I swear I’ve had before but apparently never logged. I am slacking!!

Had this one today at work as I was suddenly craving something sweet and delicious. This one fits. I guess the only thing I don’t care for in this one is the hibiscus again. I don’t like that part of it, but the rest seems to be very good. Love all the fruit flavours in this one. I’ll have to relog and really get the details down.
I’d like to try this one as a nice strong iced tea soon. Maybe this weekend I’ll give that a try. I have a whole tin of this one so I know I’ll be set for a bit.

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drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
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How have I not logged this one before? I have a tiny bit of this one left after a 50g bag! Anyways…

I don’t care for this one either. This is one that I was trying to drink up last week ‘cause I didn’t want to waste it, but i haven’t quite finished it yet. I’ve tried it hot, I’ve tried it cold, but something about the tea seems to just not sit right for me? Maybe it’s the hibiscus. I know how much I don’t like that stuff, and that might be what’s doing it for me. Too bad… I wish I had liked it more.

Anyways, this one is basically a sipdown, so I’ll declare it! Sipdown!

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Sipdown!
I really wanted to like this one. I love black tea, I’m really starting to like green tea, I LOVE green rooibos, and pomegranates are cool, but all of that mixed together for me equals just too much!

I don’t know what it was about this tea that I didn’t like, but I didn’t like it. I’m wondering if it was the combo of just everything and nothing seemed to make sense in my head. Well, either that or, maybe I just don’t like pomegranates in my teas? I think I had one before that was pomegranate and I don’t believe I liked it…

Oh well… this one is gone now too, so I’m kind of happy.

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Sipdown!
Had the last bit of this one this morning… sorta. I don’t care for it. Given though, I definitely made it much too strong. I shouldn’t have had as many tea leaves in it. When it was finished steeping it was so dark it almost looked black. Milk and sugar both added didn’t redeem my blunder.

I had enough for one or two more cups, but I decided to toss it (For shame! I know. But I haven’t been drinking this one and I really don’t think I could have handled another cup of this one again). I guess lemon in black teas isn’t my thing!

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Got this tea from my dad! He was at Home Sense and saw it and thought he’d grab it for me.

I feel like I’ve tried a gunpowder tea before, but I’m honestly not too sure at the moment. So here we go!

This one unfortunately doesn’t have any steeping instructions on it from what I’ve seen, so this will be one of trial and error.

A 12oz cup with 1tsp for 2.5mins. I tried it, but I feel this one needs some sweetener. White sugar it is! I don’t care for the smell of this one at all. I’m not too sure what it is about it, but yeah…
Taste-wise though, I really don’t mind it. I think it’s pretty good! I like the sweetener added for sure. I don’t think I’d drink this one without.
How I ended up steeping this one is perfect.

I don’t think I would get this one again, but it’s not too bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TheKesser

As it cooled I enjoyed it less. This is one that will have to be enjoyed pipping hot!

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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
443 tasting notes

This is a good tea. I like this one.

So, the smell of this one honestly made me think of root beer. I’m drawn in by the smell for sure. I steeped it up this weekend and had it while I was away at my aunt and uncle’s cottage, and I’m having it again now that I’m home. It’s amazing everything tastes different when you’re away and relaxing somewhere else other than home. No cellphones, no internet, no contact with the outside world. It’s just you and nature and family. I can’t wait to go back in the summer.

Anyways, the tea is really good. I love the cranberry flavour. I swear though, that this one has a bit of a root beer flavour to it. I don’t know how that is, but it does to me.
Added nothing to this one today as it really doesn’t need it.
I’m loving that I don’t have to add anything to most teas now. I’ve gotten myself to a place where I actually drink most of my teas straight. Black teas still need some milk, but that’s just a personal preference.

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I’m a 30-something-year-old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon. Currently I’m actively looking for markets and avenues to get published.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m a proud new mom of a sweet little baby boy born Feb. 3/15. He showed up 4.5 weeks early, but thankfully after a week in the hospital he’s great now. :)
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too). White teas are rapidly becoming a favourite too. But, they must be flavoured white teas.

I don’t care for mate, green, oolongs, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs). And greens are kind of growing on me too. I’m starting to realize just how important steeping times/temperatures/amounts of tea make all the difference in the world for them!

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

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