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477 Tasting Notes

85
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

This tea keeps drifting in and out of our stash – we get some, we give it away, we get some more, we give some more away. I thought we were all out, until we started cleaning the living room and found a stash of a dozen or so teas. And lo, there was Southern Belle! This is another of those blends that bowls me over with the scent but doesn’t quite deliver. Even so, it’s a very pleasant sweet peachy tea that’s not too over the top in any way. I think I’ll keep it around this time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Continuing my new habit of caffeine-free after seven. Had a tea party to unwind from work, and what is better for a tea party than pink tea? I do enjoy this blend, and I always forget how much. I just wish it wasn’t so heavy!

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

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Just so flat-out tasty. I wish I had realised how good it is earlier. It’s even good when brewed in-store.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea always smells amazing, all spicy and mysterious. I just wish that it delivered. I have tried different steep times, from my usual two minutes up to a very bitter base, but the flavouring just never steps up. The florals – which I don’t usually like – are almost non-existent. It wasn’t a bad cup, just . . . disappointing.

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

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Having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, and now that it’s getting cooler in the evenings we’re trying tea to help. I agree with what others say – this really knocks you right out.

We’ve been drinking this blended with the now-discontinued Vata Ayurvedic, but we picked some more up to try just straight, and it’s a much more mellow blend than we anticipated. The flavour isn’t overwhelming, but it’s perfect for a nighttime tea. There’s also a sweet lemony flavour that gets lost in the bold spices of the ayurvedic when they’re blended. On its own, it wasn’t nearly as medicinal as I was expecting, though towards the bottom of the pot it was a bit more tart and acrid.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Krista Ramala

You can still get the Ayurvedic Vata online from David’s T.

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96
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Steeped this with a touch of brown sugar last night, it was amazing. Trying not to have any caffeine after seven or so, and didn’t end up getting home until nine, but this was exactly what I was craving. I’m always a little thrown off when I reach for this one, because it looks like it would be very floral and the cinnamon scent is quite strong, but brewed up it all evens out into this delicious oatmeal crisp type flavour, very warming. Did the first steep at about four minutes, second one just over five, I think five would be better.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Yum! Is this the new blend of Glow or the old one? I seem to recall they changed the blend about 6 months ago, but maybe I’m crazy!

De

I think this is the new blend, because I bought it after they reblended it and my store restocked. I haven’t noticed a significant difference between the two if this is the new one.

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This knocked me right the frak out last night. I think next time I’ll skip the Vata addition, because it added a spicy note that was a little disconcerting when my primary objective was sweet sweet unconsciousness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
477 tasting notes

My first cuppa after a long hot summer, this was perfect. Rich and chocolately without being chalky or powdery. Yummmmm. Only note: needs a longer steep time.

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

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95
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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God, this was just gorgeous. Such a flavourful straight black tea, it’s amazing that it doesn’t have anything added. I was savouring each mouthful (brewed a small pot, Western style), but I would definitely make this for an everyday cuppa as well. Very mellow and with a hint of natural sweetness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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34
drank Raspberry Pu'erh by The Green Teahouse
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Snagged a sample of this from Tina S. ages ago and finally dug it out of our sample boxes. Definitely more of a green than a pu’erh; in fact, very little ‘tea’ flavour at all, even for a mellow green. None of the usual earthiness of a pu’erh. As for the raspberry, it was more of a generic fruitiness, but almost sickly sweet. Left a feeling in my mouth like I was drinking perfume. Sorry, darling Tina, love you but do not love this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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