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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Ahhhhh, I needed this. Bad migraine and sinus stuff today. I had some Cookie Dough tea earlier this morning, followed by a Chocolate Orange Pu Erh, then a Gingerbread Latte from Stabucks with their 2 for 1…that’s a lot of caffeine for one day (but the caffeine helped with the migraine and sinus congestion pain) so I opted for Alpine Punch for the non-caffeine aspect, hydration and migraine support aspects. Oh, and the fact that I love this tea adds the extra bit of help too.

Details on my previous tasting notes….

TheTeaFairy

tea doesn’t make the pain go away, but is sure puts a balm on it… hope your migraine goes away quicky :-)

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77
drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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Not a horrible tea at all. It is a little tart though there isn’t hibiscus that I know of, so I think it is just the strawberry and apple combined. I can’t really pick out the popcorn, so I think it is pretty useless in the blend except to look pretty. I also get no white tea base either…just a lightly tart and floral taste, with some fruitiness. Maybe the floral is from the white tea? Normally, I’d never spend the $5 for this as a tea to go (it’s a white tea which is a rare tea category tea and the most expensive one) but I got a $20 tip from one of my customers, so I thought I’d splurge on this one since I’d been eyeing it for a while. I’d probably get this again, as a splurge, but I’d honestly probably get something I like as much or better that is cheaper. I doubt I will buy any of this tea to have on hand at home, at least til possibly summer again, as I can tell this will be nice iced.

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, it’s still a bit hot, but it is pretty good so far. It is a little tart from the hibby, but I don’t think as bad as some…I seem to tolerate this as well as I tolerated the hibby in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, though I think this one is slightly more tart. I do absolutely love the smell of this one though, as it is so warming with the nuts and cinnamon, and the pooped rice add a more earthy note, though I do wish there was more of that in the blend. I only got about 10g of this because I was concerned about the hibiscus, but I think this might be one I will keep a small supply around for…or I might just get some Forever Nuts since it is similar, without the hibiscus. Dunno. I’m sort of wondering whether this one would be good as a latte (probably soy)…I’m not sure why.

Anyway, I will drink the rest and then go to bed…

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Hoorah! Didn’t kill this one. I think I actually got the leaf to water temp to steeping time ratio right for once! Only the barest of astringent aftertaste, but the bulk of it is a nutty, earthy, brothy taste. This used to be one of my all time favourite teas and in light of my love affair with DT, it has been pushed to the back of my cupboard. The last few times I have made this it was bitter despite my attempts to not make it bitter.

I decided on this one because I had a Hemp and Matcha soy latte at Jaga Silk earlier and when I got home and wanted tea, I realized I was out of milk, so that ruled out some (well, most) of the teas I have…so I opted for more of a straight tea of the non-black variety. I have boatloads of this so I figured I ought to have some.

I don’t think it is my favourite genmai cha as I have had some that are very forgiving, and this one is not. It’s not bad…it is kinda hard to screw up this kind of tea, I think, but I think I have had better.

Kittenna

I have yet to try DT’s version of genmaicha. I feel, though, that I’d be better off buying a genmaicha from an asian grocery as it would be way cheaper. (However, before my roomie finishes my tin of random asian grocery genmaicha, perhaps I should buy a sample of this one…)

Amariel

It’s actually not that expensive at David’s, thought it might be cheaper at the Asian market.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Today’s brew was not too successful, and I ended up with a lovely smelling but bitter tasting cuppa. SO SAD…because I know this can be awesome. So, I think that I used too much leaf (the tightness of the balls always tricks me into wanting to use more leaf) and I might have let it steep too long as well…I don’t think my water was too hot as I let it sit for a few minutes after it came to the boil.

I know this tasting was not good do to human error, because I know I had it taste awesome the first time I had it.

TheTeaFairy

Grrrr, the oversteep karma! But done properly, I’m sure this one is amazing, I totally dig vanilla paired with oolong and from the reviews, DT seems to have done a good job with it…

Amariel

It is, and I’m totally bummed I screwed it up. I didn’t get much of this to start with, though I know it is staying.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this again last night, after a full meal, when my stomach was getting upset. It was still more minty than anything else, though it was soothing for my tummy. Re-steeped this morning and maybe I can pick up a little coconut or creamy taste, but still not much. I noticed that my bag doesn’t seem to have a lot of coconut in it either.I might get more, if I can ensure a higher ratio of coconut to tea.

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69
drank Joy by Tazo
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Meh. It’s alright. I had it as a latte last night and it was decent. They gave me a bag and I steeped today, just with milk and sugar. Last night I could taste the individual teas, and a peachy undertone, but today, it was more black than anything, which might have been my brewing temp and time of steeping. I might consider getting this in place of the Awake Tea latte that I occasionally get from Starbucks at work (but I tend to get coffee from Starbucks more and tea from Teavana or both from Timmie’s since it is cheaper).

Tabby

I didn’t like this one much, either. I ended up trading it for something else.

Lynne-tea

I found this tea was best luke-warm. Sweet peach notes come out way easier when it’s colder sadly.

Amariel

Yes, I think I noticed the peachy tones more as it cooled.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Had some of this tea before my appointment this morning. On my way, it had cooled enough to sip, and I was like, “This really does taste like cookie dough” and although I had added milk and sugar to it, I immediately began thinking how awesome this would be as a latte…possibly with chocolate drizzle or something.

I still think Buttercream is better, but this is really, really tasty. It smells and tastes like cookie dough…what else can a girl ask for? :P

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Not really getting anything other than mint…might just be the balance of ingredients is off in this steep and it was heavier on the mint.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh my god, I love this tea, and I am so so so happy it is back! I like Amaretto too, but Alpine Punch just has something that I can’t put my finger on that I like better. It’s more like an almond dessert, like marzipan, than the alcoholic drink that Amaretto is. Amaretto is stronger too; Alpine Punch is almond and amaretto, but the fruit in it does something to balance it all out so smoothly. It’s like one of those almond croissants you can get, only if it had spiced apples with it. Dee-licious!

On a side note, to all the Victorian Steepsters…would y’all like a tea date meet up some time? I have talked privately with a few of you…wondered if we could set something up as a group. Comment below if interested. Thanks!

Ceylon Star

as you already know, I’m totally game for a tea meet!

It’s funny that you like Alpine Punch more than Amaretto, I’m the opposite! Amaretto + Lemon Myrtle = Amaretto Sours, by the way ;)

Amariel

I do, I wasn’t sure til now. They do both have their redeeming qualities though, and they soothe certain desires. But I do have a soft spot for anything amaretto. :)

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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, 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.

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.

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.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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