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This is a fairly tasty tea with a lot of sweet flavors going on. I can definitely taste the raspberry and other fruit flavors. Not sure if I taste the mate. It is pretty good.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 4 minutes.
Lovely tea. Tastes like something in-between Sencha Ashikubo and japanese sencha. Not as rich and buttery as Sencha Ashikubo and not as grassy and vegetal as Japanese sencha. Overall a lovely tea and should you chose to purchase this tea then do so quickly since it is limited edition.
Flavors: Bitter, Bok Choy, Broth, Butter, Grass, Green Beans, Honey, Nutty, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal, Wood
This tea is reasonably good with notes of malt that are very mild. It’s also got a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste to it, not sure however if that’s the tea or my taste buds. I did just finish breakfast.
I steeped this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
Flavors: Metallic, Nutty, Oats, Wheat
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Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet
So, I finished the second part of my three part Sommlier finals first thing this morning, and I fucking NAILED it. Now I just have to wait until later this afternoon to do the last part. I’ve already put in a ton of time studying, so at this point I’m really just trying to have an enjoyable morning and relax. I mean, apart from it being finals day this IS my day off too, after all.
So first tea of the day is DT’s Swampwater ‘cause it’s Halloween-y and seasonal. Of course I’m drinking it out of this year’s Halloween themed nordic mug and rather than pairing it with some music today I’m enjoying this while watching some of the Halloween themed Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes. One week left to Halloween people, time to get cracking on this spooky/themed shit!
I still REALLY get a “Strawberries & Cream” flavour from this blend and I think I actually enjoy it better hot than cold as well. Something about that cream element of the blend is just a lot smoother prepared this way. It’s hard though ‘cause I want to say it’s natural tasting but then I look down at the puke green liquor with the slight oily film on top and think to myself “how in your right mind could you possibly call this natural!?”. At least the oily looking appearance only serves to further the illusion of swamp water and doesn’t actually affect the mouthfeel of the tea.
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So, this has come back around Halloween a few times since I’ve been into tea and each time I’ve wanted to try it but have been a fingertips length away from getting my grubby hands on a sample. Not this time though! I finally got some in the Back From The Dead collection.
So, I cold brewed this one ‘cause when I smelled the dry leaf I got a really nice “Strawberries and Cream” aroma and I thought that would translate well to cold preparation. Man does it look ugly though! Very much a puke-ish looking green, but I guess that’s definitely the intention with the name “Swampwater”. That orange and black sprinkle mix really does the trick with executing the name/inspiration of this tea.
The flavour was nice, though a little lighter than I expected given the strength of the dry aroma. It’s very simple, and to me reads as muted/light Strawberries & Cream. I have to say, the juxtaposition between liquor appearance and flavour is a bit jarring and mismatched. But I liked it overall even if it was a little plain and simple.
I’ve been putting off trying my sample pack of this, because I’m trying to sipdown so many other teas I have. This tea is definitely sweet. Wasn’t sure what to expect on this one. The smell reminded me of Mocha Latte, but it doesn’t taste like it. I can taste chocolate, and sort of caramel… But mostly the cocoa beans and husk. Obviously the sprinkles make it sweeter than normal. I’m also not really a fan of rooibos, so this isn’t one that I would buy again.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Sweet
I bought a small amount to sample this tea since its been discontinued this year. I don’t mind straight oolongs sometimes. This one reminds me of Quangzhou Milk Oolong, also from DT. It has a nice creamy note to it, and I can also taste the oolong of it. I always like how the leaves unfurl when they steep. It’s also a little bit floral. It’s a lovely straight oolong – although I wouldn’t stock up on it. Just glad I got to try it.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral
This is a good tea if you like lemon. It’s also a different type I’ve never heard of called ‘Yaupon’, so that’s interesting. It has a nice lemon flavour and its good with a little sugar or even honey. This tea is also good iced as well. I think its the only one I really enjoyed from the feel good collection.
This is very tasty, sweet and nutty. I can’t really say how sweet because I added the vanilla agave nectar I bought from David’s Tea today. This is a very nice cup for when I cannot have caffeine.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for seven minutes.
I didn’t especially love or hate this tea but I only got .5oz early in the summer and just finished it off today. It’s got notes of apple and (I think) lychee, but I’m honestly not sure what quince tastes like. If I had the opportunity to get more of this, I might, but I’m not upset that it’s gone.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lychee
I found that DT has made a lot of desserty teas this year, but I tend to try most of them, and this one is pretty good. When I first tried it I didn’t know what to think. I have tried it as a latte, hot, and iced, and I finally decided I liked it when I had it iced with some sweetener. But now I like it hot as well. It’s really grown on me, so I stocked up before it left.
I definitely get a ‘cake’ flavour in this tea. I think it lives up to its name. I enjoy the lemon flavour too, and I’m getting a kind of creamy taste with this. It’s sweet, but its balanced with the lemon zest. Overall it’s a good tea.
Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Lemon, Lemon Zest
This is a good tea if you like chocolate in your tea. I tend to have this more around October/Halloween time. It tastes strongly of chocolate with a hint of cinnamon-y goodness, and I barely notice the coconut, which is great. This tea is lovely hot, or as a latte. Sweet and chocolatey. It’s all in how you steep the tea, though. Sometimes I get a weird aftertaste with this tea – and sometimes I don’t. I don’t know why.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Creamy
Another straight tea to sipdown today. This one I don’t mind at all. It’s a good quality tea. So I got 50g when it came out, so I could try it. It reminds me of regular orange pekoe tea, but has a sweetness to it that I like. I presume I could steep this a second time as well. I think it would be good with a touch of milk as well, but its just as good without. Very smooth. It’s not a favourite, but I do enjoy it.
BACKLOG – This tea I first tried iced and it was pretty good, so I bought 50g of it when it was the tea of the month last year. But soon I found that it bothered my tongue after a while of drinking it… I’m pretty sure its the citric acid in the ingredients that does this. I have a very sensitive tongue when it comes to things like acidic foods or in this case, drinks. It’s just sad because I really do like this tea. I’m just taking a long time to finish what I have of it.
I found a loophole though, I mixed it with Pink Lemonade and it wasn’t so bad on my tongue. So that’s good. Overall though, this is a refreshing summer iced tea. (If you like lemonade)
Flavors: Lemon Zest, Tangy
I try to avoid having this tea because it’s such a pain to prepare just right. But unfortunately I got stuck with a little tin of 22g to finish, and not to mention a few samples that were stuck in some of my DT orders. Sooo. I’m trying to slowly sipdown whats left of this tea. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s more like a love/hate relationship. It very easily oversteeps or burns and then it tastes HORRIBLE. But I’ve figured out that you only need to steep it for 1 minute or even less. Especially if you don’t have a temperature variable kettle.
Anyway, this tea is very floral tasting, and also can taste the jasmine flavours in it. I’m not a huge fan of jasmine, but it’s okay in this tea I guess. It’s drinkable, but I wouldn’t buy it.
Hopefully I can sipdown what’s left of it in my cupboard…
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Sweet