232 Tasting Notes

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Umm, I just had the last of this pot iced, and added the smallest of agave to see what would happen to the flavours. While the banana stands out more this time, I am not impressed enough to make this tea a part of my permanent collection.

Preparation
Iced

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56

Ummm, I think I will have this as a “take-away” tea before I really decide it to be a “Not for me tea”

That being said the 12g I took home, did not steep well, I can not taste any banana or chocolate, but the red rooibos that I am not a huge fan of unless it is flavoured in some way. Maybe I did not get enough banana or chocolate in my sample size? As such I will keep an open mind and try this tea again some time. I am just not up for racing out to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

Love the name change, if I hadn’t had an interview today I would have gone down for his funeral. The CN tower will be orange tonight in his honor.

MaddHatter

That is beautiful!

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

After making a pitcher of this tea with the kids, there was enough of the 50g bag to make enough iced tea for the staff.

This is the life! Sending staff home on a brutally hot Summer day with iced Bear Trap tea and a splash of fresh squeezed lemonade. Mmmmm!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Jenn

You are so good to those kiddies! They are super lucky to have you and your “wicked sour” brew :)

MaddHatter

LOL, yes, I have a staff who places “wicked” in front of everything to express how super excited she it with whatever it is she is excited about. Now the kids use it.

Jenn

Is she from New England? It’s a very New England(er) term :)

MaddHatter

I don’t know, I should ask.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

So today, I took yesterdays left over Bear Trap tea and added lemonade. And voila, fact that this group of kids enjoy their drinks “wicked sour”

But this 2 litre pitcher of tea lemonade disappeared faster than the tea on it’s own did yesterday!

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
232 tasting notes

I must have thought this was good tea because when I was organizing my tea shelf (ahem, cupboard) I found 5 packets, they are now cold steeping over night and waiting for my commentary tomorrow.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

I have had this tea, I don’t know how many times and yet I still refuse to purchase this?

I must say it is delicious, but still a tea that will only be a take-away tea from the store, I doubt I would ever be able to convince myself to purchase this and I worry the contents would settle and I would get nuts and none of the other items in my t-sac.

Bear With Me

honestly, give the tin a quick shake before you open it, and you’re good to go. I love adding the steeped goodies to smoothies too for an extra little something. But with the release of Banana Nut Bread, I think I’ll be stocking up on BNB instead of Forever Nuts…

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100

Oh, Oh this is “wicked-awesome” (to steal a phrase from a co-worker)

I loved everything about this, from the fact that I was able to steep 1.5 tsp twice and still was strong enough to pour over ice and not loose flavour!

I offered my hubby a sip and without telling him what kind of tea it was he sniffed and said: “I smell cinnamon, something citusy, cardamon? No, but defiantly cinnamon” and I will say that after that sip I was done sharing. I sip, savoured and drunk the entire cup to myself and was excited enough about this one to put it on my MUST buy list!

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

I love, love, love this one. It’s wonderful in their travel press in the winter!

DaisyChubb

I can’t figure out how to do a rooibos in the travel press yet without a bunch of loose bits coming up the sides. Am I crazy?
Anyways – yay to this tea!

Cattibrie

Which travel press? I am looking for a good one.

DaisyChubb

I got the DavidsTea Bodum one for my bday. I can’t find any reviews of people actually using it, so I don’t know if mine is an exception and most travel presses work really well! I just don’t know x_x

aisling of tea

I have this one: http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/david-s-travel-press (in pink!). I used it a lot last winter, and never had any problem with tea leaves escaping. Of course, I’m also afraid to use it on anything but rooibos lol.

DaisyChubb

Ahhh that one! Maybe I should get that one too, I’m temped. I love the green.
This is the one I have: http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/davidstea-by-bodum-travel-press
I can’t do roobois, but I like to watch the leaves unfurl in my black teas etc!

DaisyChubb

p.s. sorry to bombard your rating with comments Erin! lol

Cattibrie

Aisling how does it work? Do you pull the handle? I keep looking at that one. Daisy my mom has the one you have and I had wanted it until she got it. I figured it would press the leaves but there is lots of liquid left in the bottom of the mug so I assume that the tea would continue to steep.

DaisyChubb

Yeah I think the same thing Cattibrie. Sometimes I do it just right and there’s an air bubble, but most times it appears to keep steeping. I’m sticking to tisanes and forgiving teas like Movie Night until I can figure it out. OR until I get this one that aisling has, please do tell us how it works Aisling :)

aisling of tea

It works like the others, there’s a push-down thingy in the middle of the lid. I’ve never tried anything other than a rooibos in it. What the girls at DT told me was the press pins all the leaves against the bottom of the cup and keeps them from expanding and steeping that way. shrugs…I’m going to test that right now because I’m bored.

DaisyChubb

haha you’re wonderful!
Thanks ^^
I think the problem with the clean one is that it leaves too much room at the bottom something, depending on the tea, so it doesn’t get a chance to smoosh them

MaddHatter

I cheat, (it’s horribly unevironmentally friendly… but) I put the rooibos into a T-sac and then put that into my DAVIDs travel press, or my 8 cup Bodum at work…

DaisyChubb

I’ll have to do that Erin, Thanks! I compost my Tsacs so I don’t feel too bad n_n; I use a lot of them ._.

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95
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Yesterday when I made some of this tea iced to take to the Managers meeting, I had two young lads race up the the counter and ask for a sip. I made too much for my travel mug and rather than put just a little amount into the fridge. I poured the last little bit over and ice cube (one for each lad)

I held my breath…

Lad 1 – “Oh My GOD Erin!! THERE IS CINNAMON IN THIS!”

Lad 2 – “Erin, I know this is from your stuff, an-an’ I know e’pensive, but can we have this for Beach day tomorrow?”

And that is what we did today, Lad 2 helped me set this one up for a sun-steeped tea today, and it turned out really well! Rooibos sun-steeps so well and does not over steep (it would seem)… Not only that, but all 16 kids that showed up tried this tea, of the 16 over half prefer this tea over the “Bear Trap” we made and 2 requested this tea for Christmas Camp!

Verbatum: We could steep this and add hot-chocolate powder!! (Wow, I am creating evil tea genius’!!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more
Jenn

Awww, lads. I love this tea steeped in coconut milk as a chai latté :))

MaddHatter

Sadly that would be tough to do for these kids, because we have no way of effectively heating the coconut milk at my site (no stove, no hot plate)

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95
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

I have had this one iced for the past three days straight. This is just the right kick of spice on these overly hot days. It has been a Summer where I have not been able to handle the heat, I don’t know if it is the weight gain, or the mild depression brought on by panic inducing financial stress… but this tea has a way of making me sip, slow-down, and relax, if only until the pot or cup is finish.

It is a shame this tin will not last me until September.

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

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

I bought this for the kids at work – What an expensive treat this one was! $6.50 just to make a JUG!

We did unintentionally over steep this one, but a little extra kick of apple doesn’t harm. And I was impressed when one of the kids mentioned: “This would taste better with fresh squeezed lemonade instead of the agave.”

On the whole the kids that were willing to try this tea, truly did enjoy it, but if I were to get this tea again for them, I would just add the lemonade and tell them it is “Berry Lemonade” instead – might get me more kids willing to drink it.

I am happy that when I said: “Sell me something that smells like bubble gum” the gal behind the counter gave me this one to smell!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I love to read and what goes better with reading than a hot cup of tea on rainy winter nights and an ice-cold tea on a hot summers day?

I used to drink copious amounts of coffee but that was just a joke, because I never drank enough water to flush out that one cup of coffee (32oz of water to 8oz of coffee?!?) and the variety in tea gives me what I need – it is not often I will drink the same thing twice.

Tea is defiantly more gentle on the waistline… Espcially since when I crave apple pie I can reach for a cup of “Mom’s Apple pie” or if I want caramel corn for my movie night, I just have to brew a cup of “Movie Night”…

I definitely have a preference for Oolongs, flavoured Blacks and a select number of flavoured Rooibos.

I love you tea, this can only get better as the extra weight continues to tapper off!

Oh, did I mention I am a reader, a childcare worker, a teacher, a friend, a sister and so many other things in a day?

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