688 Tasting Notes

51

One of the first I chose from Davids Tea several months ago. Very mild, mostly tastes like honeybush. I think it would do nicely mixed with some Three Lemon or with one of their mint teas. Further experimentation required!

Nonetheless, it’s a perfectly nice tea. A little boring, but was great for me as a beginner.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

So yummy. I’m sure I’ve said this before. No new spiel – tasty! Sweet! Citrus sweet!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Oh my goodness, I am on my third steep of the same teabag [Edit – I don’t really mean teabag, I mean looseleaf tea in a t-sac because I’m at work and it’s easy!], and it is really still quite strong. I am quite impressed. Until recently, I wasn’t much of a re-steeper. Right now, I am doing the math on the many lost cups of tea. : (

Anyway, the tea is definitely starting to lose it’s zing – I found the mint to be more mild and the flavours muted, but it’s definitely drinkable. Three steep limit, I guess!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Re-steep. Still delicious. A little more minty this time, which I didn’t expect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

First steep for first work tea of the day. Warm and smooth, with an undeniable sweetness from the rooibos (Can’t miss it!). The mint comes in nicely, and sort of with a vanilla-esque flavour, as opposed to the bold mints I know David’s Tea to use. When I’m feeling like some mint but worried about heartburn (Terrible that my favourite flavour can be so cruel to me) I can turn to this. Delicious iced or hot, with or without rum!

Can’t wait to re-steep when this cup is gone. Yum yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Kyoto Cosmo by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Yummy yummy breafast tea. I love this! I find it can get a little tart if left to steep too long, so I like to stop the infusion at 3 or 4 minutes, and I really enjoy it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

Love this little guy. Sweet honeybush, sweet tangeriney flavour. Nothing tart about this. Like an overripe citrus taste. I imagine it would steep quite nicely if mixed with some lemon!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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15

This isn’t what I wanted to drink, but I only have one left of my preferred tea, so I figured I’d give it a go. I steeped a much shorter time and threw in a bit of raw sugar to try to enhance the apple and minimize the chamomile (which now that I’ve tasted I know I don’t like). Learning experiences!! Anyway, the titch of sugar took the edge off the chamomile. I should bring in my honey from home as I prefer it to sugar, but ah well. Still a lovely tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Wanted a nice warm (but cooling!) mint tea this morning after arriving at work. My breakfast tea (apple) didn’t come out as nice as I’d hoped so I went for ol’ faithful. As always, this tea didn’t disappoint. I wish the water had been hotter but when you sit at reception they don’t let you toddle off to boil water, so I make do with what’s available.

Delish!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Finally re-steeped this, three hours later. I was afraid that after over steeping a bit the first time that it wouldn’t produce a comparable second cup, but the smell and colour of the liquor are superb.

First sip is certainly more mild in lemon flavour than before, but still delicious. I love lemon though, in case I didn’t mention it : )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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