487 Tasting Notes

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drank Reike by The Whistling Kettle
487 tasting notes

Yes so I am so behind on my tea reviews (unsurprising) and this was from a few days ago. My wife made a big jug of this and we split it, and she’s sitting on the other end of the couch making faces and shuddering, and I’m groaning in delight. Now, our tastes are usually fairly dissimilar, but not to that degree. So we switched cups – and yep, hers was gross. Same tea, same brew time, same jug, wildly different taste. Mine was sweet and lemony and honey-like. Surprisingly delicious when cold brewed and full of agave for what’s supposed to be a relaxing medicinal tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
487 tasting notes

Another cold brew adventure. We are starting to narrow in on the fact that I only seem to like fruit blends and herbal teas when cold brewed. I’m drinking this one right now, it’s my second big timolino of it, so I think we may have a winner. I think I might need a little less sugar in it, though. It’s sweet to the point of being tart, but it leaves an almost spicy, cinnamon aftertaste on the tongue.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Cattibrie

This one to me was an ok substitue for Pink Flamingo before it came back. I did find myself drinking a tea the other day and wondering where the cinnamon flavour I remembered was. I must have been thinking of this one but drinking something else.

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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I keep hitting the ‘notify me’ button instead of ‘review this tea’. They should really make the review button bigger.

ANYWAY.

My wife discovered that I actually do enjoy some cold-brewed teas, so we have set out on a quest to discover exactly which ones, and how much agave is too much agave. I’ve had so many in the last few days that I haven’t reviewed that I’m just going to do them all at once and out of order SO we’ll start with Lemon Meringue – which in and of itself is one of the few rooibos teas that I enjoy (I find rooibos just too naturally sweet – it sticks in my throat).

Unfortunately, I did not like it cold-brewed. I’m leaving my rating where it is, because hot this is delicious, but it turned bitter and pungent on cold brewing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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I agree with previous estimates – this does taste more like an oolong. Like an oolong soaked in grape kool-aid. In the best possible way, it’s really good. I drank about half the cup hot, and it was more oolong-y. The grape became much more prominent as it cooled.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Had to wait like two hours to drink this after getting it in-store because I had them make it in a Timolino. Over all, it was pretty tasty, but reminded me of Chocolate Cake. Had a bit of a cinnamony sparkle to it, but nothing special.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Toronto Nights by RiverTea
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Toronto niiiiights, like Toronto daaaaays, more often then not, are colder than balls, in a lot of good waaaays.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

This was . . . good. Interesting. I’m glad I tried it but I don’t think I’d restock. The overwhelming flavour of it tastes nearly exactly like Lucky Charms.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

I stashed a box of this at work for when I just really, really need some comfort tea. Which was today. Brewed it up in the Timolino and left it uncovered so I could drink it some time today because that sucker keeps everything NUCLEAR HOT. It’s bagged tea, but it’s damn good. I don’t expect much of my bags and this delivers. Creamy, mint, soothing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tealuver03

I love this tea so much and I love to drink it around christmas time instead of hot chocolate! I would say this is my FAVORITE winter tea

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93

SHARK WEEK BEGINS. And I feel like total shit on a stick. THIS CALLS FOR PEPPERMINT. Magic magic peppermint. Whenever I’m not feeling good I reach for a cup of peppermint, whatever I can managed to get my hands on, but David’s is hands down the best straight peppermint I’ve ever had.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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My wife had a craving so we had a pot. I have a fondness for lemon oolongs, so I did not argue. The oolong here hides underneath the lemongrass and the zest, but it also cuts the tartness and the sweetness and keeps it from just tasting like an herbal. A very nice balanced cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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