32 Tasting Notes

83

This was undoubtedly curious. Not much comes out of the bag, smell wise, but upon brewing (I did a single 10 second rinse) I was able to delineate many layers of flavor. I was most surprised by the role the fennel played. It was remarkably well balanced and a really nice afternoon cup.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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94

Oh Emilie, you do spoil me! This is a fantastic tea! I am drinking it for breakfast as I type and am overwhelmed by the bursting flavors. The blueberry is strong in this one. This is a very well balanced breakfast black with an amazing depth of creamy flavor. Now this is a tea i would drink each and every morning!

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

Emilie sent me this and I was excited to try it. So when huffing the bag the smell was pleasant, minty almost. Nothing mind blowing. Brewed 3 tsp in 16oz of water in my ingenuiTea. Great cup, no bitterness to speak of, but limited sweetness. Its a black with mellow mint hints, which is good. But after my buttered rum experience, I think I held my expectations too high for this one. Definitely worth drinking again, but not a staple for my cupboard. I love mint teas, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed into submission.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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92

Thanks to Emilie for this awesome tea! This tops my flavored tea list now. Perfect brew of two heaping teaspoons in 16oz of water in my ingenuiTea. No bitterness and the flavors were wonderful! The smell out of the bag was buttery and delicious and it translated perfectly to the cup! Oh yum! Now I need aother DavidsTea order!

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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62

Okay, I think I knee jerked and went with too much leaf. No matter how little I steep it, all I am getting is bitterness and a bad after taste. Less is definitely more. No me gusta.
3 tsp/16 ounces water in my ingenuiTEA.

2 steeps in and no better.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec
Spoonvonstup

Hrmm.. that’s too bad! How long were you steeping? One trick to using more-tea-less-water is to do very short steepings (just 5-10-20 seconds or so). Bottom line, though, if you like it a certain way and it tastes good for you like that, then go for that one!

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86
drank Green Mint by Løv Organic
32 tasting notes

This must be spearmint, and a lot of it. Wonderful minty smell out of the bag. I was super excited to see the leaf of the green was in beautiful shape. I steeped it for 3 minutes in my ingenuiTEA. The smell is wonderful. Was kind of shocked that there was some bitterness. I have to assume the water was too hot. Maybe the second steep will be better. I really hope so because it smells so promising!

Second steep + 3 minutes = REDEMPTION

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Well this was different! …As compared to my previous dragonwell experience. I scored this sample from my Verdant Tea order and immediately gravitated toward it. Full leaves bloom in my ingenuiTEA and i got it to my mug in 3 minutes. It produced this beautiful golden tea with a greenish hint.

First sip was grassy, which is a new sensation to me. This is the first time i get what it means to have a vegital taste. A great smooth finish, almost creamy! Looking forward to a second steep of this!

Second steep: Whoa, got locked in a conversation and steeped this for about 9 minutes! Not bitter at all, and less “grassy” taste. Beautiful gold color was retained. Still delicious!

Third steep: Sheese, forgot this one too. But apparently it is impossible to over steep. Wonderful flavor, matching the second steep. It did not diminish at all. By the way, the leaves are full and beautiful.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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55
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

Wow, this is stronger than most coffees I’ve had. It made three solid infusions. The first was black with a huge coffee flavor. Second was about the same and the third had a tamer coffee profile than the first two. Tried a fourth and the flavor was gone. My coffee drinking friends were really in love. I don’t think I’ll revisit this unless I’m on the end of the third steep. Great tea, glad I tried it. If you love coffee this is your jawn.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Try to do a lighter infusion of this one. You need less leaves for this one, as the leaves are full of flavors. Try it please! :)

Greatlin

Hmm, okay. I left it at a friends house so when I am back and if there is some left, I will definitely do this. The idea of it had such potential so I it would be good not to write it off. Thanks!

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92
drank Rooibos Rhubarb by A C Perch's
32 tasting notes

This is the mother of Rooibos. I will live and die by this blend. Damn you Denmark for being so far! With your creamy creamy tea!

Preparation
6 min, 45 sec
ssajami

A word of warning – be very careful with the A C Perch blends. They are so delightful that one ends up considering moving to Denmark :) {which sadly is the only options as their shipping rates are criminal}

Greatlin

I am super grateful to have a tea exchanging friend there who, little do they know, will need to keep me in constant supply.

Angrboda

For someone who only likes rooibos when it is flavoured, and then tends to gravitate towards sweeter and or fruity flavours, do you think it might be pleasant? Recently with the discovery that flavoured rooibos is not at all as dreadful as regular rooibos, I’m feeling all inspired about getting more of it.

Greatlin

This is an amazing blend. I have drank a lot of rooibos and I have never in my life tasted something so magical. I am not exaggerating. Be inspired, especially with this one. Also i hear Adagio’s vanilla rooibos chai is pretty great, but that is hearsay.

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86
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

Yes sir, may I have another? Holy moley this was a dynamic brew. It brewed two wonderful infusions and I will most likely attempt a third. It is everything it says it is, chocolate, orange and a great base of pu erh. Total win for DavidsTea. I’m anxious at the thought of letting it run out!

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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