150 Tasting Notes

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drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
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A cupful of green, green, green. A nutty flavor with a vegetal kick that makes this green tea lover very happy. I don’t really get any sweetness about this tea, but it’s warm and has good texture.

Be careful not to oversteep this one – if you don’t like the bitterness of green tea, you won’t enjoy the bite to this one at all!

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

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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A coconut and lemongrass combo that miraculously doesn’t taste like soap to me! This is actually pretty smooth and really does remind me of thai soups, with their savory creamy coconut flavors. Even with all these tasty flavors, I still found this a relaxing drink – maybe it’s all the delicious memories of food, haha.

Definitely drink this hot. As it cooled, I think the lemongrass overwhelms and begins to develop that overly perfume-y flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
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I cold brewed this one overnight, and it was good the next day – a hint of lemon, but it wasn’t until the day after when I was finishing it off that this really was delicious. At that point it was almost like the lemonade and sweet “pink” flavor had settled in. So far I really like this SBT and the Mango Peach one.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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A surprisingly nutty herbal tea. The leaves are all curled and then expand hugely in hot water. This made a vaguely sweet, macadamia flavor underlain with a hint of fruit. I think I would pick up more of this, as it’s such a change from my “normal” herbal blends or rooibos that I drink at night.

I also like the nut flavor here a lot better than in Forever Nuts or Sleigh Ride, which is interesting. Maybe it’s the absence of apple?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This chai blend is pretty evenly balanced. No super aggressive cloves (adagio’s masala chai) or weird licorice. It’s a light-tasting tea in general, but I could taste the cinnamon and ginger notes without any trouble. I didn’t try it with milk or sweetener, and honestly am not sure if the spices would hold up under milk. Maybe if you made it extra strong to start with. Experiments for another time!

I still love Coco Chai Rooibos better, but so far this one’s the black tea winner at Davids. We’ll see if that lasts when I go back later to try Pumpkin Chai.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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So far I’ve liked all of their oolongs, and this is no exception. I first tried this in the store, iced to go, and it was amazing then. I’m not sure what magic they performed to make it taste so good, because it certainly didn’t taste the same when I tried to make it iced at home, haha.

But it still tasted good! The lemon myrtle really gives it that authentic citrus kick, and I enjoyed this hot and cold. The resteep was a bit less lemony, but tasty as well. As for the flavor of the oolong itself, it’s not aggressive, but I can definitely taste it here, unlike Long Life Oolong.

I liked Earl Grey Oolong better than this one, so of course I go to DavidsTea today and find out it’s been discontinued. Oh well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Dreams by 52teas
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A nice twist on regular chamomile, and better than Sleepytime Peach, for sure. The lemon flavor isn’t too in your face, but it blends nicely with the chamomile. A hint of honey is lovely with this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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A fruity white/green reminiscent of peach, with floral notes. Sometimes this had an odd bitter tang to it, which may have been the green tea, but overall this was a light, fruity tea, with not a lot of “tea” flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey Chocolat by Lupicia
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Since I really enjoyed their Earl Grey, I decided to try this one, even though I’d been burned by other chocolate teas. And I’m really glad I did.

This is a truly decadent tea. Sometimes I felt like I was eating one of those chocolate covered fruit jellies, it was that good. The bergamot and cocoa are evenly balanced, and the one time I put sugar in it was amazing. It’s plenty good without, though. I almost felt guilty drinking this in the morning! Another Earl Grey win from Lupicia.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m honestly surprised to realize this doesn’t have any peach in it. It might be the mangosteen mixing with the green sencha, but this tastes to me like a fuzzy peach, skin and all. The fruit is sweet, but not cloying against the sencha. This flavor is closer to what I expected from other mango/green teas, so I’m pretty happy with it. It’s not a perfect tea, but it was good for these hot afternoons.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve just recently discovered the world of loose tea and am really enjoying myself. I’m still in SAMPLE EVERYTHING mode, and likely always will be.

I love green teas, chai, and citrus flavors. I don’t mind hibiscus. I will drink a bitter green tea, but won’t drink bitter black tea. I’m working on figuring out which black teas work for me.

I tend to drink my tea without milk or sugar.

I’m using Steepster’s Cupboard function to actually reflect my current tea stock, otherwise I’d never be able to remember what I already have.

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