687 Tasting Notes

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
687 tasting notes

Cold brew, and in this mason jar I have been using to cold brew teas, the murky green colour shines through…truly swamp water. I have just another few servings of this left, and once it is gone, I can only hope that DT will bring it back on occasion to stock up on more…

I’m not sure if I am allured to this tea by the murky colour, the black cat candies, or the strawberry guava green rooibos blend…but I sure am a fan of it. I’m trying to be gracious when I have this, and get as much out of the serving as possible, as I know one day it will be gone. :(

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
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One of the saddest sip downs ever, though I did get two steeps out of this last serving…one hot that I took to go, and one cold steeped while I was out.

This is truly one of my most favourite teas of all time, and it will be sorely missed, for the rest of my life. I’m eternally grateful that I was able to try this and the predecessor Tamarind Pop! Thanks, Stacy, for such a lovely tea.

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Sinus issues this morning called for a chai, so I brought this one out. I do still like it but I feel like this batch is not as good as my original. I feel like the chocolate is less pronounced. Still, I do like the coconut aspect to the chai, and it is still quite tasty. I’ll have no issues finishing the bag.

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drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I actually had this when it first came out, and I was negligent on writing a tasting note. I had it as an iced latte, and I went back the same day for another one, only iced with milk rather than a latte (which actually was not as good). I had it again recently, enjoyed it, and decided to make it my FS redemption. It’s not the most expensive tea to get my money’s worth, but I feel like I’ll use the 50g and then probably get tired of it by the time the bag is done. That said, I had it as an iced latte again today, at home (via cold steep in mason jar) and using more leaf will mean the bag is finished sooner.

I love the banana and chocolate taste of this one. And, even though it does have a bit of that weird artificial taste, I can handle it in this blend. Almost as good as the banana and chocolate flavour is that it is 1) caffeine free and 2) a green rooibos, which I can totally do! Really looking forward to more steeps with this one. Like I said, I may be sick of it by the time the bag is done, but at least it was a free bag. :)

Flavors: banana, Chocolate

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Backlog: Used the rest of this sample pack for a cold brew. It was light and creamy, and a little sweet. It was refreshing, as the day I had it was quite warm.

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Backlog…had this recently with milk and sugar. It’s a nice one. I needed comfort the day I had it, and I got it. Maybe not as comforting as Creme Brûlée or Divine Temptation from Bayswater, but still pretty comparable.

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drank White Peony by Anteeo Tea
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I first had this tea a few months ago, at a store demo. My little sample cup was poured from a lovely little kettle. It was not until after I had taken my initial sips that I realized that the tea I was drinking had come from a bag! Well, a clear sachet style one. I was impressed! I talked with the person there about tea for a while and learned the company was new, and local to me. What a plus! I was even enjoying the cup gasp UNSWEETENED! So Evan kindly gave me a few samples of each tea they currently offer so I could put a tasting note up, and share with fellow tea loving friends.

Shortly after I got my samples, I made this, and I messed up the steeping so horribly, I felt really bad. This tea that I had loved so much before was not tasting awful because of my failed preparation! In the meantime, indigobloom put up her note on the aged white, and how much she enjoyed it, that I felt I needed to get over myself with my previous bad steep, and try it again…because I had really truly liked the sample at the market.

I’m off work today, and it seemed like a good day to make this. I would not be rushed as I am in the morning. I could take time and try to make this right. So…here I am, drinking this tea…

I decided to try this unsweetened again, as I had in the market. I managed to do a good job with this steep, thankfully! I have a full bodied cup, that is still somewhat light, and a mild drying sensation on my tongue. The flavors are a little earthy and a side sweet, but that could be the lingering taste from my orange flower and cardamom yogurt. I’m not sure if the mild spice is from the yogurt or the tea, but I’d say there is almost a peppery note, so not the yogurt. I have found with the tea cooling, I get more woody notes. The tasting notes I was given say there is a note of almond, and I can get behind that, if I think of the nut almond vs the flavouring marzipan kind of almond. That could be what I’m feeling is woody. It’s slightly bitter and slightly sweet, with a nice balance of each.

If you like straight teas, I would suggest this one. Get over that it is bagged. The sachet is large bough that the tea leaves can fully expand. It’s a nice, single origin tea that was carefully chosen. It’s nice to have on hand.

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HAd this again recently. I tend to grab it when I am on my period and in the week or two after, since it (the red raspberry leaf) is supposed to be good for cramps and toning the uterus. Regardless, it is a tasty herbal that I can have in the evenings.

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Had this tea recently, and it was really nice and comforting. In some ways it was light and creamy and sweet, and in other ways it was just heavy enough to be like a hug, or that blanket on your bed you snuggle with. Was the right tea at the time. :) I had mine with organic cane sugar and milk.

Shae

I love your description of this one. It just sounds so inviting.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So so yummy. I have not had this one in a while. Still a fave. It was a warm day, and this was light and creamy and sweet, and tastes fine cooled down too.

PS This is my new name…if you want the details of why I changed it, message me, but please (for privacy concerns related to the whole reason I changed in the first place) don’t refer to me as my previous name. I have a good reason. If you are not sure who I was, my profile pic is unchanged…but you can message me as well.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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