703 Tasting Notes

79
drank Lemon Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
703 tasting notes

I oversteeped this morning (was playing Little Big Planet 2 before work, so sue me! :D ) but it was still delicious. I found the tart lemon rind sort of bitterness came out too strong as a result of my over-steeping but I think a bit of honey would have fixed that nicely…if I’d bothered.

I really like lemon, so I find this a really nice tea, but if you want the balanced pie sort of flavour, definitely make sure to not steep it more than 4 or 5 minutes. My favourite lemon David’s Tea continues to be Three Lemon, with Citron Oolong coming in just behind, but this was a nice aberration from my norm.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a nice amount of this in a travel mug of hot chocolate this afternoon. I love the minty kick, especially when Schnapps isn’t an option. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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Second steep – mint is strong again. Why is the second steep so strong on mint???

Anyway, this might only do cups today, because this isn’t quite as strong as I would like. The mint is taking over, the base is muted, but a nice complement.

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

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84
drank Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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Figured I’d go to this delicious tea for work today – I learned yesterday that I can get three solid steeps, so it’s perfect for no fuss no muss tea that’s still delicious! I’ve interested a couple people in this by the smell alone, though most baulk at the price. Why is coffee allowed to be expensive but not tea? Mmm, I love the mint in this..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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The beau selected this as breakfast tea again today. Still lovely, and as I try more and more rooibos teas, I realize how much of the delicious flavour of this tea is really just the rooibos base.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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
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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
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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
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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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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

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: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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