1708 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Earl Grey by Shanti Tea
1708 tasting notes

I’m glad I held off on rating this – I’m enjoying this far more this time around. Actually, with all the berry notes, and the ultra-smoooooth base, this is very comparable to Adagio’s TARDIS Blend! Except maybe smoother. And cheaper to buy/ship.

I love the golden amber liquor. This is a pretty tea, and and it tastes as good as it smells. I could see this becoming a regular.

I wonder if the extra 30s brewing helped subdue the bergamot, or if I was just ‘off’ when I tried it before.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Another sample from ozli, who has done a great job doubling my tea collection with all the samples she has sent me!

I used the entire package to make a 12oz cup but I wish I had held a little back to experiment with. I love the banana chocolate aroma. I really like how it tastes too, but it’s just slightly astringent and I’m not sure if a shorter steep time or a splash of cream is all I need to make this 90+.

Maybe I’ll try it again if they bring it back next winter!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
CrowKettle

I had four perfect cups of this when I only had a sample amount. My tin has been lackluster so far, however. I’m extremely disappointed with the discrepancy. Maybe I had more chocolate and banana in the sample bag..

Ozli

It’s a winter-only one, too?? At least I ordered a tin of Cocomint. :D

Cavocorax

It’s part of the winter collection so they may pull it from stores in the spring, but I think you can still buy those ones online!

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I think this is my first green rooibos. I am surprised at how good this tea is. It’s like eating a warm apple crumble. Or a homemade granola bar.

With each sip, I’m getting tons of nuts that slowly fade away to succulent green apple. It has a pleasant warm nutty mouthfeel; this is a hearty tea! It’s also naturally sweet.

I will probably have to repurchase it when I run out, especially as the rooibos in this is actually quite mild.

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

I keep seeing this one being mentioned, and somehow I forgot to pick it up in all my Try Me packs. Sigh.

Ozli

Does rooibos actually have a flavour? I keep seeing people say “I couldn’t taste the rooibos” or saying it’s mild, or whatever and I’m thinking…….. I have no idea what you’re on about! What does it taste like?!

ALSO, this tea sounds yummm.

Angrboda

It certainly does. Me, I don’t like plain rooibos and to me it tastes like a well chewed pencil. I like it when flavoured, preferably with some kind of berry. Others might say that plain rooibos has a wood-y, kind of fruity and perhaps slightly floral flavour.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1708 tasting notes
No surprises here – it’s tart. Tart and fruity. It’s not bad though. Much better than the samples I’ve had in store, and I think that it would be nice iced.
Ozli

Mine was not tart! IDEK, Goji Pop – I think it just wings it every time.

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Today is a “grumpy, drag myself out of bed in a foul mood with not enough sleep along with an angry tired baby who woke me every hour or so” kinda day.

We’re roleplaying today and I was totally not into it but we ran to Tim Horton’s for an iced cap and timbits and I’m double-fisting it with my lovely kick me in the face Assam tea.

Things are looking up. Also, the baby has been asleep for nearly two hours. Win!

Ozli

That is some shitty day, dude. At least you got tea & timbits out of it!

Cavocorax

Yeah! It got a lot better!

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81

Tardis Sipdown! I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I’d heard that Adagio teas weren’t great, but I’m tempted to buy more!

Shmiracles

haha i actually like the adagio teas generally speaking.
weird and hard to explain, but i think i like them for their ‘normalness’
if that makes any sense.

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So, being a tea snob? Not always that great. I decided that to finish up my pack I should ‘cheat’ and add cream/sugar to this.

WOW. So I guess I should just do this with all my chocolate teas when they taste too thin. Just a dash of cream and this has plumped right up. It actually tastes like a milk chocolate orange. I’ll bump my rating up a little with the caveat that cream is essential.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Becky

Ugh, don’t you just hate that? I prefer my teas naked too, but sometimes wonder if I’m missing out. I guess I should just start trying it now and then to make sure.

Shmiracles

ya, i’m joining you too. i guess my compromise is to drink half the cup straight and then add milk to the second half. but only on weekends. and only with chocolates or pie types. you know the ones. :)

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Another sample from Valerie! Thx!

And finally, an earl grey blend that doesn’t overwhelm me with perfumy bergamot notes. Not sure what that was about but I’m happy it passed.

Smell: I know it’s blackberry, but the smell reminds me of plump juicy blueberries. It makes me want blueberry pancakes so bad.

Taste: Pretty good! Slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so, followed by vanilla/bergamot notes, and finishing with a nice berry taste. I would probably enjoy it more with a touch of cream or sugar.

I used to think Adagio was pretty expensive, but $9 for 3oz (or 4 oz) isn’t bad at all. I just don’t want to pay $24 for a pretty fandom tin, and yet…. I do. Damn you Adagio. But a 6 oz tin? Would that be double the size of a DavidsTea tin?

Valerie

Yay, glad you liked!

Here’s what I’ve found:

a 3oz pouch of Adagio will fit comfortably in a DavidsTea tin with room to spare. Since TARDIS was actually 4oz, it filled up right to the very top (I had to leave a bit in the bag or the lid wouldn’t fit). I cut the label off the bag and taped it onto the tin so I could keep the artwork. :D

Cavocorax

Cool! I would probably do the same because I would be buying it partly (mostly) for the pretty artwork!

I like that you can earn free teas if you make a blend and it sells. Or if you tweet what you’re drinking.

Valerie

I know, that was a happy accident when I mentioned them in a tweet and got a response. :O

Isaila

Wait, Adagio does that? that’s so cool!

Shmiracles

i just received this in the mail today! along with like 5 other awesome teas I’m so fucking excited I might barf. just sayin.

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79
drank Mu by Great Wall Tea Company
1708 tasting notes

I pulled this one out of my decaf/rooibos tin without checking what it is. Ohai, Licorice!

This is a nice soft licorice blend. Maybe the orange is smoothing it over? It gives me that nice cooling mouthfeel that is present in most licorice teas (and which is why I swear by them when I have a sore throat), but without the added kick that DavidsTea Licorice Twist has. It also has 1/3 the ingredients,and I’m okay with that. I think I prefer this one! I used to love Stash’s Licorice Tea, and this is a pleasant upgrade.

Thanks ozli!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Oh cool, glad you liked it!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Amazing! I’ve had such bad luck with teas the last day or so (with earl grey’s and variations of) that this was a relief. I love this one!!!

It had better be available in-store all year…

I drank a whole pot of this and enjoyed it with oranges, chocolate orange slices and cookies!!!

CrowKettle

I think this one is turning out to be my favourite from DT in the last little while. The tea name and description make it look like it could be year long too.

Shmiracles

i seriously love it also! (mint chocolate rooibos isn’t bad either.) i will keep this one in stock i’m sure. love love

Shmiracles

your snack time is also a twinsies snack of mine. hah

Ozli

Oh man, that sounds so good! CC is my fave tea, I can’t resist it. It’s really good as after-dinner tea…

BTW, got ZT order in yesterday so moar tea coming to yr house soon! (Mostly black/green!)

Cavocorax

I’ll have to try mint chocolate rooibos (although maybe just 10-20g because I am often disappointed with chocolate in tea – I don’t like watered down cocoa.)

And that’s awesome Ozli! :D When I get my new orders in I’ll let you know what you can pick from.

Cavocorax

And CrowKettle – I hope you’re right that this will be around! I think it’s part of the Winter Collection so I didn’t want to assume it was permanent, but… it seems like it would be amazing year round. And maybe iced?

Cavocorax

Guys!!! DavidsTea on twitter just told me that it’s only here for the winter collection:https://mobile.twitter.com/DAVIDsTEA/status/286913475899453440

Guess I better run to the mall!

CrowKettle

Booo!!!!! Buying two tins, I guess.

Shmiracles

oh no, me too!! or in my case place another order online before the seasons up.
but no. i won’t. no more orders. i’m already embarrassed by how much money i spent on tea in 2012.

Shmiracles

(squeeks is seriously a great handle name.)

Cavocorax

It might be available online all year? Isn’t that how they do it?

And thanks. I used to play Glitch, which was a super cute MMO, and I needed a cute name to match.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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