485 Tasting Notes

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drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

Apparently this is Drink All The Teas You Drank Last March week. Zing Me was one of our favourite teas when we first became Disciples of DAVID, the zippy blend of apricot and peach the perfect fruit blend for me, who doesn’t like it too sweet, and my girlie, who is from the South. After all this time, I still love it. I am once again saddened that it is discontinued, and I know it will go back to its treasured place on the shelf because we can’t bring ourselves to drink it down.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I still have about 150 grams of it to love and to cherish. It’s hard to believe it was discontinued!

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92
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I cheated on this one this morning. Made a cup for my wife and didn’t use enough, and when I made it for myself I just added more leaves to the already-used infuser. Anyway.

This tea is such a sweet, mellow, smooth mouthful. I don’t want to gulp and yet I find that I can’t help it. There is a delicateness about the flavour that I usually wouldn’t ascribe to creamy blends – that I wouldn’t ascribe to blends at all, in fact. It’s a very naturally teased out taste.

y u no cheaper, Gold Rush?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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My first time trying this since the rebranding as Chocolate Orange. I will review it in a moment, but first, gather ’round, people of Steepster, for storytime!

So DT’s new spring collection came out yesterday and, unsurprisingly, we went to sample them all. Yes, all. We are completionists that way. A usual busy day at our local, and they were having some computer troubles. Long story short, my debit card was double-charged, which I didn’t figure out until later when I tried to buy some delicious baked goods at the local bakery. Boo. I called the store and let them know what had happened, they told me to come in whenever, no problem.

Today, I amble up to the store and one of the girls (we call her Not Hipster Girl – they need to wear nametags!) is standing out front with a tray of samples. She gives me a big ol’ grin and says “Hey! Here to get that refund?” “. . . yes. Hi!”

Up to the counter I go, where Manager and Non-Asian Guy (who had been the one to help me yesterday) are standing. “Hey! So sorry about yesterday, totally my fault.” “Oh no, no, that’s okay, I don’t mind -” “Here, we want you to have 50g of one of the new spring teas, whatever you want. Let’s process that refund. Do you want anything to go?” Yes, 50g of tea and two free cups of tea because of a computer glitch. I cannot say how much I absolutely love DAVIDsTEA’s customer service. It’s just phenomenal, above and beyond any other retail experience I’ve had, tea-related or otherwise.

Anyway. Tea. This is the cup I got to go (the other being an iced Orange Blossom for my wife), my usual hot and black. I steeped it longer than I usually do pu’erhs and I’m actually glad that I did. It had such a rich warmth to it, I was actually kinda stunned for a moment. Just this amazingly complex chocolately taste, with all the shades of mustiness that pu’erhs hold. And then the zip of the orange citrus . . . I need to bump up the rating on this, and bring the small amount in our stash back to the forefront.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

lucky girl, these mixups never happen to me… I want an opp to see the awesome customer service to :P

TeaBrat

good customer service always makes me happy…

Cattibrie

I love the customer service at David’s.

DaisyChubb

Great story!!!
I admit, I’m a little sick of hearing excuses from other customers of other company’s poor customer service. I don’t really complain, but any time I’ve had a bad experience with another company, so many people jump to attack me saying that this is what customer service should be.

Oh no, Davids truly shows what customer service is all about. Thanks for sharing De :)

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34
drank Baked Apple by The Tea Emporium
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This was . . . odd? I don’t know. It was tasty, but utterly unlike apples, baked or otherwise. I tasted a mild black tea with a distinct floral note from the rose petals, but not much else. Very strange.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tina S.

Dang, you really didn’t like it! hugs I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get apple from it!

De

I don’t even know if I didn’t like it or not! I was left that befuddled by it.

Tina S.

I know the feeling, it is such a confusing tea!

Indigobloom

I definitely got apple. but it was so boring… definitely one to blend with another tea. Maybe a mate.

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67
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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This was a decent cup of tea. Sweet, the sencha wasn’t too overwhelming, tasted mango-y. A bit too mango-y, actually. Getting into that artificial flavouring taste, especially for such a short steep time. I didn’t bother going back to finish off my cup when I set it down for a few minutes. Very unremarkable.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Mmmmmmmmmm. The last of our sample, so I tried to do it justice.

Dry, this tea is . . . not dry! It’s sticky from the honey, which is awesome. But it is a dark green, with a hint of muskiness from the tea covered by the predominance of the real honey. Steeped Western-style, about two or three teaspoons of tea in one of the BrewT-type steepers from DT.

First steep: Oversteeped! Three and a half minutes, because I got distracted while it was brewing up. Still! Delicious. Tea turned out a rich golden colour, with a darkly vegetal flavour. The honey toned down to a hint of sweetness throughout the cup, that sweetened without turning it floral.

Second steep: Successful steep time! Minute fifteen. Not as much of the honey flavour – I was tempted to add some myself. A lighter gold colour, and the cup was much smoother in taste, not quite as herby.

Third steep: Just under two minutes, maintained the smooth deliciousness of the second steep, but less honey.

Four steep: Two minutes. No honey taste, sadness. But the oolong is still going strong.

Fifth steep: Two minutes. Would have been delicious, but I forgot about it on the windowsill when I went to bed and didn’t drink any of it.

Sixth steep: Two minutes. Leaves have actually been sitting in the steeper overnight, so I’m hoping I’m not going to give myself an allergic reaction to it. Was actually more of a trial to see if it could be done – I never want to give up on this tea. More of a bitter vegetal flavour, but surprisingly drinkable. Don’t think I’ll try for another steep.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Last time I drank this was almost exactly a year ago – spooky.

Anyway. Whenever I go into DT and they ask me what I’d like for a cuppa, I get completely overwhelmed. I stare blankly at the wall as the clock ticks. I just don’t know what I want. So I usually end up ordering this, or the Three Lemon Green. (Why lemon? I don’t know. I like lemon.)

Invariably, I get a very tasty cup, if usually a little bitter from oversteeping. The black tea base isn’t given short-shrift by the lemon flavour, which itself is sweeter than it is tart or sour. All in all, this is a good tea – I just don’t feel the need to add it to the collection at home. Yet, anyway. Maybe if we get the stash under control a little first.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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I obviously don’t log this as often as I drink it; according to Steepster I last drank it at the end of January, but I make a cup every other day, maybe even more frequently. It’s my go-to tea for sluggish mornings, or any time I need a bit of sparkle in my life.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
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I was more than half-asleep when I made my morning cuppa. I brewed this at the same temperature I did for greens, and then forgot about it for ten minutes. I was sure that I had ruined it, but it was surprisingly not bitter! A little cold.

What else can I say? It was pleasant but forgettable, a nice little caffeine boost in a tasty package, but I didn’t linger over it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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90
drank White Chocolate Moon by SpecialTeas
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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

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