726 Tasting Notes

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drank Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
726 tasting notes

Sipdown…I had the last of this, and I added milk to it. That seemed to make it go down better, but it is not my favourite. Sad, because I like honeybush, and all the things in this, so in theory, I should really like this…but there is something off tasting, and I am not sure what it is. Is it hidden licorice? Something in the artificial flavouring? I don’t know. I had hoped to find a nice comforting caffeine free blend for the cooler weather, but I don’t think this is it.

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I was in DT tonight, to get a latte before heading home in some light drizzle. This was one of the tins on the counter that was needing to be put away. I smelled it, and was like, this has hibby in it, right? The SA said yes, but it is at the bottom of the list, so it is not too prominent. So, on impulse, I bought it, despite being a hibby hater.

It is a bit tart, which is to be expected when you see cranberry in the name. That said, it is far the most tart hibby laden tea I have had. I dare say this is acceptably tart, but not over tart. The orange and cranberry are the forward most notes I taste, followed by cinnamon and bread/oaty notes in the end.

It’s interesting. Like another reviewer said, the first few sips taste good, and then it becomes a little herbal. Things I could not taste in the initial sips, come out as my mug is nearing halfway empty. Is this bad? Well, yes and no. It doesn’t taste that bad, but the muffin-ness begins to disappear at this point. The tea gets slightly more tart the more I drink it.

So how do I like this blend? I don’t dislike it immensely, or hate it, as I do a lot of blends with hibiscus in them (there are only a few that I do like that have hibby). I like this enough to continue drinking this mug, instead of tossing it out. Having a tea with dandelion in it, that doesn’t taste too much like dirt, might have a place in my cupboard, since dandelion is really good for you. It does have the advantage of being good hot, and caffeine free. I have probably one more serving, so I will reserve judgement to see if I want more than my initial 10g bag. But…I don’t hate this one.

Helena

I love cranberry orange muffins from MacDonald’s so I might go and try this one.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I made an iced latte of this when I got home. I got this and the two other new pumpkin teas today, along with a bunch of samples (10-12g bags) for my sister cousin (my step-brother’s half sister) in Tennessee. She lives nowhere near a DT. I am making her a care package with some DAVIDs and LUSH samples as she was kind enough to drive me around Madison, WI last weekend for her sister’s wedding. I may go back and get another batch to add to the 8 teas I am already sending.

Anyway, I got the blueberry matcha as an iced latte to go, and I made this as an iced latte when I got home. Both were very tasty, however I’m unsure I pick up much of either blueberry or pumpkin pie. I think that perhaps the latte treatment has made the subtle flavours more background than foreground, or even middle ground. Maybe I ought to have tried it before adding the frothed milk and ice, but then it might have been too strong. I dunno. I only got 10g of the teas today, and for the latte, I pretty much used the whole packet, so I don’t have much more I can try now by itself. I think I will look at picking more of it up, maybe with the other flavours and maybe more straight matcha. I have been kinda wanting the matcha maker mug. Been trying to convince myself I need it vs want it.

Anyway…as a matcha, it is tasty, at least as I have made it, but I do want to try it more as a straight matcha without milk.

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drank Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a small sample in store of this today, and I was on the fence, so I got 10g of it to try at home. I like that it is a honeybush instead of rooibos. I’d like to see how this is as a latte, and possibly cold brewed. I’ll have a better note later.

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drank Caramel Popcorn by Tea Guys
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Sipdown…though I could swear I already made a steeping note on this one, but I guess not. I seem to remember from my initial steep of this, that I had added milk, and while it was tasty, the base was quite mild, and the milk masked a bit of the tea’s flavour, so I vowed to go without milk when I made it next. So this brings us on to today’s steep!

I woke up quite cold, and it was chilly in the room, and I was super tired, so I wanted a back tea to wake me up, and something to wrap me in a comforting warm hug, so I pulled this one out. I used the rest of the packet, which was a little more than the suggested serving size, but remembering the weaker base, I was not too worried about over leafing. My mind was in a weird space at work today because I basically had to go in and finish the project I had started yesterday. I got pulled away from doing it for a few hours, though I did what I could when I had the chance. Normally, this project, which is weekly, takes several hours…4-6 and sometimes more, depending on how many distractions and interruptions I get. Anyway, I was in a mood because I had to finish this stuff this morning, and they have rearranged things in the back, and I hate it. I can see some of the benefit of the change, but I also see issues. Anyways, that stuff plus my throat being sore and being tired and moody, I just kinda sucked this down like liquid comfort, and didn’t pay much attention to what I was drinking, other than it was tasty.

Take two, and I am at home, and it is chilly in here, and I decided to resteep the leaves from this morning, for one more cuppa. It’s smooth and sweet with caramel, but I am unsure I am getting much popcorn, other than maybe a light starchy feeling. Admittedly, I am not picking up the flavours that well, as I am having it with my dinner (leftover harissa chicken and veg with quinoa pilaf from when we went out last night with a friend in town). I have a bazillion insane and amazing flavours in my mouth from the food.

I do really like this tea, actually, and I’d love to have more where I could play with using more so that I could milk it up as a latte for more decadent comfort. Thanks for sending this one to me DeleriumsFrog! It was a winner!

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I’m not sure I am qualified to make a proper tasting note on this today, because I have that sour taste in my mouth from the beef pho that I made last night…I had the rest today, since I am still working on rehydration, as I need some blood work done in the next few days, and I need my blood vessels nice and plump instead of being prodded and poked and told to go home and come back later when I was not dehydrated….and I feel like I’ve felt unwell the last few days due to a mild stomach virus and minor dehydration.

Anyway, on to this tea. I made this one today because I woke up with a terrible headache today, and I went back to sleep and only got up when my husband phoned to tell me that he was gifted an Apple Watch by our friend who he is with (and supporting/working with) at the Edmonton Fringe. For some reasons, I like simple and uncomplicated black teas when I have headaches. I was not 100% sure what to expect because I didn’t really read much to the notes on this one, but only that it was DeleriumsFrog’s favourite Harney & Sons Tea (as she noted on the baggie.

Did this do the trick? I think so, but it is hard to get a true feel of this tea because of the lingering sour taste I have in my mouth from the pho from earlier. I’ll have to try this again when I have a clearer head and palate again.

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Backlog from yesterday:

So very glad to have a second chance at this tea! Thanks DeleriumsFrog for including this in the package you sent me. I’ve had this one before, but I used the whole sample, and it was too bitter and strong. I gaged that there were about 4 rounded teaspoons in the bag, so if I had used the full tablespoon as directed, I would, once again, run the risk of having too much for one steep—and not enough for the second. It is possible I may have mis-measured, as I woke up still feeling a bit sick, but I scoured the reviews here and decided to go with 2 tsp for my steep…and I am glad I did!

This time the tea was more mellow, and while the espresso was the dominant note, the cantaloupe was lightly present, in more of a lingering juicy taste. I made two steeps of this hot, and a third cold steeped, but I think I’d steeped all the flavour out by then.

I am grateful for the chance to try this one again. I do like the flavours very much!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lariel of Lórien

How is it with Pink Floyd?

Plunkybug

Uh, no clue? Didn’t listen to it. Ha ha! :P

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Another one from my super sweet package from DeleriumsFrog today…I will say that this may be my fave pumpkin tea from Stacy, and I was shocked to see it was a pu er base. Say what?! There was lovely cream, but it was not the same as the pumpkin milkshake…this was much richer, perhaps from the pu er base…I dunno. I do know that this was a single serving, so I am sure that this was the last of the tea that was sent, and I feel honored that I got to try this. Bittersweet that I only had one serving, but I did get a second steep out of it, so that helps. So thank you, thank you!

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drank Lime Marshmallow by Butiki Teas
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Yessssss!!!!! I love this tea! This is one I was very close to getting, but ended up not getting at the very last minute, so I am super glad that this was one of the teas that Deleriums Frog sent me in our tea swap recently!

I do like lime flavoured items, though not straight lime so much, unless it is lime juice squeezed on a fish taco or something where it enhances the dish. Sweet and creamy desserty lime…sign me up! I like Lime Gelato David’s Tea and Lime Chiffon from Della Terra, so I felt I would like this too.

Right away after the initial steep, I put the filter basket with steeped leaves right into my mason jar mug and initiated a cold steep for later. I knew I wanted to try to get a second steep from the leaves, so I thought cold steep might work. I ’m having the hot steep now, though.

The dominant taste, as others have already noted, is lime. It’s not a super tart or sour lime, but it’s also not a weak lime either. The marshmallow adds a nice sweet and creamy note that is, as some have said already, a bit like candy. I’d also say it is not that far off from those lemon/lime cookies with the powder sugar that melts in your mouth. I can’t taste the base that much, but I can sense it, but I’m actually fine with this, as I like the base stepping aside to let the stronger flavours take the spotlight.

This tea is a win, and I wish I had more. There is enough for another serving, and hopefully 2-3 steeps with that. Once again, I am so happy to try this from the swap with DF.

:)

Flavors: Cream, Lime

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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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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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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