102 Tasting Notes

Taking a break from reading The Walking Dead to post a review!

The dry leaf smells divine; chocolate and almond-y goodness. Steeped, it smells like amaretto – nice and sweet. I added quite a bit of agave (reg and hazelnut) to this pot but it isn’t coming through. I only steeped it for 3 minutes and it’s a little astringent. That’s what I like about Della Terra Teas though, lots of flavour with only a short steep.

I don’t like it as much as the other teas of theirs I’ve tried, but this would make an excellent morning brew when I’m tired and need a kick in the pants. Holding off on rating it until I fiddle with the steep time and additives.

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I’m the biggest sucker for banana and genmaicha so I simply had to order this, and I’m glad I did! I was one of one weird kids who loved that banana flavoured penicillin and my mother never had to fight me to make me take it. The smell of this tea reminded me of those days. For those who worry about the tea tasting like penicillin, it’s more of a banana flavoured candy kind of taste and the genmaicha softens it out perfectly. I’m not a cheesecake lover (again, I’m weird) but the creaminess in this tea is great.

Steep time: 2 mins. Added agave to bring out the creaminess.
Rating: 90 (banana and genmaicha? Yeah this is the tea of my dreams. Definitely rationing this one!)


I liked the banana-flavoured penicillin as well!

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I’ll have to play around with the steeping time because all I’m getting is a bit of chocolate and a lot of rooibos. Not my thing.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
102 tasting notes

I bought this awhile ago, tried it and didn’t really care for it. I love banana flavouring when it’s super strong and I must have understeeped it because the flavour was too weak for me.

This tea was calling my name today and I figured I’d give it another shot. I was very surprised at how much I liked this. I added a bit of agave to give it an extra kick and I’m thinking that next time I’ll try adding hazelnut agave.

The banana flavour is very authentic and the nuttiness fills it out nicely. As much as I like it, I don’t think I’ll buy it again because it’s expensive (darn heaviness!) and I doubt that I can get more than one decent steep out of it. That aside, it is delicious!

Edited to add: Okay, the resteep was pretty decent. Sigh, why do I ever doubt you, DavidsTea?

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I was afraid that I had underleafed this but luckily I did not! The last experience I had with a new-to-me tea company’s idea of strawberry left me with a glass of something that reminded me of cheap strawberry hard candies. Not fun. This, on the other hand, is a delight. It’s sweetness is counterbalanced nicely with spicy cinnamon. This is the perfect thing to drink while I read comics and listen to my cat slowly try to “help” take Christmas decorations down in the living room during this snowstorm.

Rating: 85. Gonna keep this one around!

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My first day back to work is tomorrow and I’ve just had a nice big break full of family, friends and overindulgence in sweets. I need something that isn’t sugary and I need it quick. I’m on my second pot and nowhere near sick of this.

This is one of my favourite teas and was my first introduction to oolong. I’m not a big fan of orange in my teas but I’m crazy for teas that have orange peel, hence my love (and 100 rating) for this.

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Still trying to figure this one out, so I’m not rating it, but currently my review is:

oh dear god why.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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This tea was in my first 52teas order ever and it’s still my fullest pouch. Needless to say, I’ve had a hard time getting into it. I find peppermint usually dominates the blend it’s in. I didn’t taste anything but the mint in the first steep (2 minute steep, nothing added) but the second steep (about 5 or 6 minutes, a small touch of agave) was different. Now I really get when people say things like “Oh, the second steep is the best,” about a tea.

The second steep of this made it live up to its namesake. A foggy blend of mint and marshmallow at first until a malty vanilla creeps up from out of nowhere. Spooky and refreshing.

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Sipdown! I have to say that I’m quite smitten with this tea. I’m glad I have another bag of it on its way to me. Drinking this with just a dab of agave to cover up the bitterness (which is barely there). I think this one will have to be a staple because I love how I barely have to add anything to it. Once I get the steep time down, I won’t even have to add the agave.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
102 tasting notes

Second steep. Wow, delicious. Sweet black tea taste with peppermint in the aftertaste. Definitely getting a tin of this.

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I’m a queer lady in my late twenties who loves cats, comic books, travel, and photography. I fell in love with tea in late 2011. My “tea corner” is now threatening to overthrow the kitchen! I’m the worst at writing so I’m sorry about the babbling messes my reviews will most likely be.

DAVIDsTEA was my first introduction to loose leaf tea and I’ve remained pretty loyal to them (especially since they’re a Canadian company so their shipping price isn’t ridiculous and delivery is speedy!) I’ve recently ventured into teas by 52teas, Della Terra Teas and the Metropolitan Tea Company.

The first teas I really enjoyed were dessert ones (and I still overloaded them with sugar, blech!). I still like them but now I’m trying to get into less-sugary teas. I loooooove me a good genmaicha and have a weakness for most oolongs.


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