1691 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
1691 tasting notes

Stopped by DT while I was out and about, and in an effort to curtail mindless tea shopping, I picked up one of these to-go (instead of buying new tea). Now I will sample ALL the teas and won’t buy any unless I know its good…

Cuz that’s what responsible adult types do, amirite?

I did buy two of the 2/$5 sampler sizes too bc they’re cheaper that way, and even though it breaks my abovementioned rule, seems like a great way to try tea. (About the same price as taking a cup home for each tea).

So… Vanilla Oolong. It’s good. I don’t even think she put anything in it but the vanilla adds enough sweetness to the mix. I still don’t really know what oolong tastes like on its own, but I am getting a delicate floral taste mixed with a light tea. It’s a cup full of whimsy.

Haha. I shouldn’t use metaphors.

I resteeped it and it was just as good. This would probably be a good one to get, eventually. I am enjoying every sip. It coats my mouth very nicely, but it’s not as good warm/cool so I don’t want to brew it if I think I’ll get distracted (I.e, the baby is awake).

Ozli

You should ALWAYS use metaphors. I love your reviews. Mine will just be “haha, this tea was OK; i liked it.” :P

Cavocorax

Haha. It’s hard sometimes! But I want to remember what I liked and didn’t like about everything.

Looking forward to your reviews,even the 3-4 word ones. :)

canadianadia

Metaphors? Oooh yes please, I ❤ metaphors.

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Maybe my stomach is jittery due to all the caffeine I’ve been drinking?

I’m off for a walk, so I’ve loaded my Timolino with this Rooibos to see if that makes a difference. I love the sweet earthy smell of this blend. It’s surprisingly good. I figure it will nicely counter the brisk fall air.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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74
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Ugh. I’ve just been feeling gross the past few days – can’t really quantify it but my stomach is ‘nervous.’. Soooooooo…. time to break out this tea! I’ve been brewing it for less than I did before and am not so overpowered by the ginger. The orange is vibrant and sorta takes charge – helping my stomach behave. I don’t know if oolong and pu’er are actually that effective for ‘digestive issues’ as the blurb suggests, but the placebo effect at the very least is enough to make me more appreciative of the tin on my counter.

Kittenna

I’m skeptical of the claims about oolong…. but have heard quite a lot about pu’erh being good for digestion, etc. (Although in my case, it seems to be the opposite, but I’m not super fond of pu’erh quite yet).

Cavocorax

I agree. I don’t really know enough about it, so I’m skeptical. So that’s why I have “magic tea” for digestion stuff, sore throats and getting me to fall asleep – it probably doesn’t actually work but I doubt it hurts.

I don’t really know what pu’erh or oolong really taste like because I’ve only had it in strong blends, but I hope to find out soon. :)

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Oh YUM! First few sips tasted completely familiar… What is it? Yep – Werther’s candy! Weeeeird but also amazing.

The next few sips are more like what I expected – I’m getting notes of cocounut, butter, and vanilla. I can’t wait to try this with rum!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ozli

O____O werthers and coconut…. SOLD.

Cavocorax

Some people say it tastes like butterscotch lifesavers – also good!

canadianadia

Everytime I try to buy this at my location of Davids Tea they’re sold out. By your description I can understand why – it sounds delicious

Cavocorax

Really? That’s crazy. I’m lucky I have a friend who gave me a sample.

Cavocorax

Hmmm I wonder if we have the same local DT. I’m over at Brentwood weekly.

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72

Mmmmmm. I tried this with cream instead of just drinking it black and wow… It’s pretty luxurious. Even though I accidentally steeped it for 6 minutes it doesn’t taste astringent or anything. I’ll have to keep this tea around for when I want a basic black.

Update: This does NOT taste good once it goes cold though. :| I need to learn to drink things quick, or use my tumbler.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This was the first time I added a tea to the database. Figures I had a typo in the title with my tablet, and now I can’t correct it! Can someone please fix it for me?

So this was my first loose-leaf Rooibos. I tried drinking some bagged Rooibos when I was pregnant because I wanted caffeine free drinks, but it was awful. I wasn’t too sure if this would be much better, but it was great. Now I’m excited to try more.

The vanilla and almond mix together quite pleasantly and the smell and is soooo good. I can’t wait to try more Rooibos teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Saryn

Fixed!

canadianadia

How did you do that strike-through text?

Cavocorax

You put a “-” before and after the text you want to strike through. I found instructions for it in the FAQ (because I was trying to figure out how to bold text).
http://steepster.com/discuss/2768-steepster-faq

canadianadia

oooh! that’s handy, thanks for sharing :)

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70
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought 50g of this today on impulse, even though I sorta promised myself to stop doing that in case I end up with more duds. I was shopping with sgoertz and I got caught up in all the excitement about all the new teas. (My original plan was to buy a shiny red tin full of Red Velvet Cake, which I did… but then I bought this and a sample of Pink Flamingo too! Guess I better stay away for at least a few weeks).

But today is not that day where I regret my impulse purchases. This is SO GOOD, and is totally worth the price DT charges for white teas. It smells like fresh baked goods coming out of the oven. It tastes…. mmmm…. it tastes like butter and chocolate and sugar wrapped up in warm caramel and melt in your mouth goodness. It leaves a bit of an odd aftertaste on your tongue – but it’s not unpleasant.

When I looked at the dry tea, I noticed there were a few walnuts in there. I mashed them up into little bits because I wanted the walnuts to be mixed more thoroughly in the blend. The leaves are pretty – all sorts of sizes and shapes! This is the second time I’ve had white tea (the first being Persian Apple) and I’ve been satisfied. Both blends have been heavily mixed with other things though, so I can’t say that I really know what a white tea tastes like.

I plan to re-steep this one over and over – at $10/50g I’m going to need to make this last!

SIDE NOTE: For those of you who shop at DavidsTea all the time, have you bought many of those $3 sample bags? The lady said that those are actually cheaper to buy than if we buy it from the shelf. Maybe it’s old stock? I grabbed the Pink Flamingo from there and I’m looking forward to trying it – 25g is perfect for sampling. I’ll have to keep an eye on how often they add teas to that section.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec
katgolik

OMG want to try this so badly!

katgolik

I HATE pink flamingo but A LOT of people love it so I hope it gives you a positive experience!

katgolik

I LOVE that section..but I’ve tried most of the teas they put there unfortunately.

Cavocorax

:) I know a lot of people really hate hibiscus but I could always use a few more herbal blends and this sounded ok. Guess we’ll see!

And I imagine that someday I’ll be at that point where I’ve tried them all, but I’ve only really been buying teas since July – I’ve got so much to explore still!

Kittenna

Whaaaa, $3 sample bags? I saw the sample bags but assumed they were regular price…. darn it. As if I really need MORE tea though (and I have undoubtedly tried them all anyhow).

canadianadia

I’ve bought a few of those sample bags in the past. My DT usually has them on for $3 for one or $5 for two. The ones I’ve seen/bought are usually from the previous collection. So now that the Winter collection is out, most of the choices that were at my DT were from the Fall collection. They usually are cheaper to buy this way, especially with the “two for” deal.

Cavocorax

Oh that’s fantastic! Sounds like a great way to go back and collect teas that sounded good but you never got a chance to try…

Teavangelical

i just wanted to draw all of your attention to this again, because the spring collection comes out next wednesday. so, y’know…

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95
reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Timolino
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I decided to splurge on this a few months back with some birthday money – otherwise I don’t know that I would have dropped $30 on a tumbler! For me the biggest selling point was the sleek narrow design – it’ll actually fit in the cup-holder on my stroller! The other one I have barely fits, and if you go over any kind of bump it’ll fall out, so…. not practical.

I bought the green one – my favourite colour – and I’ve been impressed with it! It is amazing at keeping the heat in, and I haven’t had any issues with it leaking. It’s really sturdy and stylish too. I like simple designs.

The only downside: it’s amazing at keeping the heat in. I brew my tea and then it takes FOREVER to cool so that I can actually drink it. I’ve started to brew it in a mug and then pour it in the Timolino instead.

Oh, there’s also a little storage compartment in the lid. I imagine this would be useful once I’m off maternity leave, and I stash extra leaves for my afternoon tea break.

Babble

My boyfriend has a Teavana mug and I have the SAME problem with liquid staying too hot too long :(

Ozli

Same with my Starbucks mug. I just leave the lid off for a bit. (Don’t do that in the stroller, haaaa.)

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77
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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We went into DavidsTea today to check out the new advent calendars and other goodies; it was crazy! Guess everyone else had the same idea. They ended up giving us a free cup to-go for being so patient, which was great because I was excited anyways and the staff was already extra courteous. I figured I’d go for the Chocolate Chili Chai.

If my bf wasn’t sitting there waiting patiently I would have been tempted to buy more than I did. :O Those perfect tea mugs look great – I know I’m late to the game, but I really like the large fall one they put out with all the trees on it (http://www.davidstea.com/giant-perfect-tea-mug-forest?&TF=69F219E5A1A1&DEID=). I LOVE the giant sized cups, and have been a bit out of sorts ever since I dropped my favourite mug on the floor 7 months ago. The Christmas ones are lovely, but are too specific to the season for me to want to use them all year round… I’m hoping I can suggest it as a Christmas gift! :P But then if the bf is paying attention at all he can just get me a gift card for DavidsTea and let me snag all the goodies myself – that’s part of the fun after all! #spoiledROTTEN

(Oooh – does anyone know if DT does anything for Boxing Week? :P)

Anyways… on to the tea!

The first few sips were really good. The chocolate was smooth and it didn’t taste weak. The chili was a nice balance too. I love the smell too – I walked into the living room and the whole room smelled delightful!

Unfortunately, I had to let it sit for an hour or so and there must have been a few loose leaves in it or something because it tastes a little murky now. Or maybe that’s just what happens when it cools. I had originally originally planned on rating it in the 80’s or so. Now I’m not sure where to put it. Guess I’ll have to try it again. :)

Ozli

Those advent calendars are super tempting……

Cavocorax

Did you end up doing it? Still tempted but will pass this year.

Ozli

I also passed but I got 2 of the samplers (winter tea & sweet indulgence) >__>

Cavocorax

Oooh both of those sound good, although I’m leaning towards the Sweet Indulgence. There’s a few in there that I was curious about.

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78
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1691 tasting notes

Wow!!!

I can’t believe how amazing this is. I had a super rough day today and had planned to drink this in the evening as a reward. Am I ever happy that it tastes as good as it smells.

Both dry and brewed, it smells sweet and creamy – very reminiscent of fresh cake from the oven! I haven’t actually had Red Velvet Cake (that I know of), which is why I was hesitant about trying it, but I’ll have to rectify that as well!

I could sip away at this all evening! It’s already sweet enough that I don’t have to add anything to it, although a bit of milk or cream might be satisfying. What does it actually taste like? Well, like chocolate and icing and warmth and warms hugs on a cold night, cats purring as they snuggle up to you, insert metaphor here.

I will HAVE to get some of this. Maybe even 100g in a pretty red tin? As a dessert tea, I like this even more than my pumpkin chai!

Thanks to sgoertz for sending me a sample in exchange for my Murchie’s White Chocolate Mousse Cafe!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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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.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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