1693 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

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
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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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(SORRY FOR THE DOUBLE POST)

I realised I was getting low on my DavidsTea Cream of Earl Grey. If I want to compare it to Murchie’s Earl Grey Cream, I’d better do it soon!

Dry: Visually the DT Earl Grey looks nicer as there are a lot of pretty blue cornflowers sprinkled throughout. It smells really pleasant with the bergamot and vanilla. Alternatively, M’s Earl Grey has yellowish cornflowers mixed with the tea leaves. It smells really good as well – perhaps it has a bit more bergamot? DT’s smells “creamier” but judging by smell alone I don’t know that I could pick one over the other.

Steeped for 3 ½ minutes: I… really shouldn’t have done this the day AFTER I really burned my tongue. But, here we go!
The M’s has a nice cream flavour with lots of bergamot, but it still tastes bitter. I really like Murchie’s black/green blends, but for some reason I keep finding their blacks too strong for my taste – it just gives me a bitter aftertaste. Did I get a bad batch? It’s too strong to drink without cream at least. The DT’s blend doesn’t have that problem. It tastes creamier and milder. If the Murchie’s blend didn’t have that bitter aftertaste, it might even have more flavour than DT’s, but as it is I have to go with DT’s.

With Cream: Murchie’s taste far less bitter without the cream in it. I even notice a bit of sweetness. No complaints here! With DT’s, it’s almost like the cream has washed out some of the flavours – it’s not nearly as good with the cream. I’ve had it with milk before and that was very good though.

Verdict: If I’m drinking it black, or with 2% milk, DavidsTea wins. If I’m adding cream, or making a latte, then Murchies all the way!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
CrowKettle

That’s a nice way to do a comparative review. Much easier than trying to make loose references to other notes like a did. I’ve never had Murchie’s Earl Grey but bitter and cream sounds great right now :)

Cavocorax

Well I also have a bad memory so it just made sense to brew both and try them to find out for sure which I prefer.

Kittenna

FYI, I also think that’s a good way of doing the comparison. The double post only matters in the dashboard, and it’s really not a bother! :)

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I realised I was getting low on my DavidsTea Cream of Earl Grey. If I want to compare it to Murchie’s Earl Grey Cream, I’d better do it soon!

Dry: Visually the DT Earl Grey looks nicer as there are a lot of pretty blue cornflowers sprinkled throughout. It smells really pleasant with the bergamot and vanilla. Alternatively, M’s Earl Grey has yellowish cornflowers mixed with the tea leaves. It smells really good as well – perhaps it has a bit more bergamot? DT’s smells “creamier” but judging by smell alone I don’t know that I could pick one over the other.

Steeped for 3 ½ minutes: I… really shouldn’t have done this the day AFTER I really burned my tongue. But, here we go!
The M’s has a nice cream flavour with lots of bergamot, but it still tastes bitter. I really like Murchie’s black/green blends, but for some reason I keep finding their blacks too strong for my taste – it just gives me a bitter aftertaste. Did I get a bad batch? It’s too strong to drink without cream at least. The DT’s blend doesn’t have that problem. It tastes creamier and milder. If the Murchie’s blend didn’t have that bitter aftertaste, it might even have more flavour than DT’s, but as it is I have to go with DT’s.

With Cream: Murchie’s taste far less bitter without the cream in it. I even notice a bit of sweetness. No complaints here! With DT’s, it’s almost like the cream has washed out some of the flavours – it’s not nearly as good with the cream. I’ve had it with milk before and that was very good though.

Verdict: If I’m drinking it black, or with 2% milk, DavidsTea wins. If I’m adding cream, or making a latte, then Murchies all the way!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Ok – goodbye White chocolate Mousse Cafe! I hardly knew you. :P

As I said before this is a decent blend with some strong coffee and chocolate flavours, but considering I paid as much for this as I could have for Pumpkin Chai or Stormy Night at DavidsTea, I won’t be getting any more.

I drank half an oz of it, and enjoyed it, but am happily trading it away to someone who I hope will appreciate it more! :)

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74
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Whoops. This is one of teas I bought when I first started shopping at DavidsTea and I bought 100g or nothing.

I like this one. The ginger is quite strong but the orange helps mellow it out. This isn’t one I would drink every day though. It’s good if I’m in the mood, or I want to settle my stomach, but really: when will I ever finish this tea up?

(Maybe I can drink enough of it that I can stuff it in a little foil bag, then fill the tin with…. Cookies dough?)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Good luck with 100g! I did a bit of that too, sadly…

CrowKettle

I still have tins full of tea from when I first started out! I’ve been slowly handing portions off to unsuspecting friends and family. Hope you hit the bottom of your tin in the near future :)

Cavocorax

Well at least I’m not the only one who went a bit crazy with tea! Handing portions out seems like a great strategy.

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Mmmmm… The coffee smells pretty good in this. And I can taste the chocolately flavours in it. It’s rich but not as good as my Pumpkin Chai or Stormy Night dessert teas.

It’s really nice with the cream in it; this makes for a good alternative to coffee.

I’m happy I tried it, but don’t feel that I’ll need to replace it once I run out. It’s not as luxurious as I had imagined.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Time for another comparison! I wanted to brew Murchie’s Best Ceylon, and then I realised I had some Tetley’s Orange Pekoe in the cupboard as well.

Let the comparison begin!

I brewed both for 3.5 minutes as I was worried about oversteeping/bitterness.

Tetley’s Orange Pekoe smells like burnt earth, with a lot of smoke infused. The liquor is dark brown, almost like coffee. It tastes pretty much like it smells. I can see why I would normally add a ton of sugar and cream to this before consuming vast quantities of it. It’s funny because this is a tea I grew up with, but coming back to it after a year of drinking loose leaf teas, it seems like a completely different thing.

Murchie’s smells richer and clearer, with just a touch of smoke. Tetley’s is a dirty forest fire compared to this campfire. This one is a clear amber colour, more like I would expect from a black tea. It tastes nice too. I could drink this without anything, but I think it would benefit from cream. Murchie’s Ceylon is very nice, although still not my favourite black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
runreadtea

haha nice wording.

Cavocorax

Thanks! :D

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I was going to reward myself with Pumpkin Chai (with brown sugar and cream), but thought I’d give this one another shot. With chocolate, coconut, cinnamon etc I just feel that this SHOULD be an awesome tea. Yet, it disappoints again.

It’s still good. It’s almost like a hot chocolate with cinnamon in it. With the cream in it, it’s not as weak as I remember, but it’s just not amaaaaaazing. And not something I need to repurchase. The good news is that my tin is down to the “D” – I’m getting that much closer to filling it up with Cookie Dough or something else!

EDIT: As I sip away at it further I find I’m liking this one more and more. SO CONFUSING. But I’ll keep the lower rating b/c it’s not one that I"m consistently wowed by. :P

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Thought I’d try some more of this to make sure it was as good as I thought. I brewed a whole pitcher of ice tea (7 minutes), and then used the same leaves to make another pot that was hot (which I’ve been drinking all afternoon). I accidently left the leaves too long for the second batch (about 14 minutes?) but it still tastes pretty good.

Verdict: Yes. Very good stuff! And now I’ve got some ready in the fridge whenever I want it! I’ve had too much for the moment so I better switch for a cup of Pumpkin Chai – haven’t had black tea for over 24 hours. DUN DUN DUHHHHHN.

Preparation
7 min, 0 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.

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