644 Tasting Notes

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Sigh…I am glad I got only 16g of this. It’s too floral. I am gonna try the last of mine iced, and see if maybe that does the trick, but I pretty much only taste the rose, so I am definitely not getting anymore. I’m debating whether I should just give the rest to my friend, but since there is really only enough for one more cup, I think I will try it iced.

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells AMAZING, but the taste is so much more subdued, considering there’s a whole produce department in this tea. It seems incredibly mild for something with so much in it. I do get cherries and apples and watermelon and sort of a fruit punch vibe, but it is so light and mild, like, you really have to close your eyes, take a sip, try to block out everything else, and really pay attention to what your buds are telling you. And even then, it is like slightly fruit essences hot water. I think I may increase the leafage/fruitage a bit on a later steep, because I am struggling to catch the flavour here. I am wondering how this will be iced. I suspect it will be juicier and possibly more flavourful, though I was hoping this tea would be like Big Apple in that it is equally amazing hot or iced (since I feel some teas are better hot and others are better iced, and some are good either way).

I’m a little disappointed, but I’m gonna have to rate it lower tan I would have liked to…maybe a stronger brew will bring up the rating.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m upping my rating on this since last year…when I had this for the first time last year, I had previously had Saigon Chai in my cupboard, which is rather potent, so this paled in comparison. I admit that I haven’t had any Saigon Chai since last year (I’m not sure why…probably just trying lots of new things and rotating I guess) and upon having this tea this morning, it was quite good. I will still say that it is mild for a chai, and the pumpkin is kind of muted, but it is still rather pleasant and comforting. It does, however, taste stronger than last year, and I’m not sure if the blend has been reformulated, or if my taste buds have been reformulated since I didn’t have the stronger and spicier Saigon Chai prior to this. Now that I have mastered the art of the home latte a la microwave, I am going to try this as a latte again though I might try stove-top chai method too, and steep it straight into the milk. Again, this is one I might get the special tin.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is pretty light in colour and the flavour is mild as well, but with each sip, you can still catch that amazing dry smell as well. It is kinda messy in my steeper so I think I will follow the advice o a fellow Steepsterite and sac it. It wasn’t too bad in the steeper but I can see how it might make it hard to clean in some infusers.

I think that I might get the special tin of this. It’s not amazing, but it is pretty good, and also (and this is important) is a nice comforting and cozy yet caffeine free tea that I can drink later in the evenings without fear of being kept awake potentially. Right now I have amaretto and orange blossom as my hot caffeine free teas, and some tof the herbals that I find are better iced as well…so this really does have a place in that evening comfort hot tea realm.

Wondering what the reusability of the steeped fruits is say in yogurt or oatmeal.

Can’t wait to see more reviews on this and see what people think.

DaisyChubb

ohh this review has intrigued me! I like the idea of using a Tsac and just letting it sit in the cup as you sip. I’ll have to try it ASAP

KeenTeaThyme

For green rooibos, I always let the bag steep for the length of the cup – using a filter bag with loose tea, I mean. I love doing that with chais too, so the last couple sips are spicy city!

Amariel

I think that it is the dates that got a bit mushy. It’s not too hard to clean the steeper, but the bags are easier for this, I think.

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TOTD today…had it iced, never looked at the ingredients, but decided to get my tumbler filled with it, just as my tea shopping companions did. It put Cranberry Pear to shame, to put it mildly. I did taste a bit tart, and in the back of my head I assumed it was the strawberry and rhubarb which are naturally tart, but it was wasn’t punch in the face puckering tart like I usually get with hibiscus. But, low and behold, the second ingredient is hibiscus! How is this possible that I like a tea with hibiscus? They must be clever devils back at DT to get this blend so awesome with hibby that isn’t a bully. It is delightfully refreshing and the taste is so well balanced that I might actually consider buying some.

Interestingly enough, I detected something floral in the mix, and I’m not sure if that’s the hibby talking, or something else. I’m wondering about the yogurt drops, because the floral tendencies tend to also be in the creamier aspects as well.

All in all, an interesting tea!

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this tea before, and it’s a old reliable comfort tea to tea. The mix of black and white teas creates a mild black tea, and the coconut and chamomile give off a chocolate feel, but the whole infusion is light and sweet. I recently got more of this as I do tend to like it as a fall tea…warm and comforting, but not too heavy either (still light enough for a summer hot tea). I usually add milk and sugar and that ups the chocolate and creamy feel to this tea. I opted for this tea today because it is a bit bulky and I’m struggling to make room on my shelf for more tea with the release of the fall collection now…

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I tried this iced since all the teas of the day seem iced for summer, though this one begged to be drunk hot, in my opinion, as a latte. I did get it hot today, but just with milk and agave. It was pretty mild, though the cinnamon flavor was the most present flavor, but not in an overbearing spicy way…the chocolate definitely blends well and is balanced.

I bought 16g to play with at home and see if I can make it a latte now that I have mastered the art of the microwaved frothed milk.

Bottom line, I like it, but I’m not sure I love it just yet. I think it might be a nice fall tea…

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I had this a little earlier today. The leaves are dark and green, and smell vegetal and green. Very fresh, really. Brewed, this is not quite a dark oolong, yet it seems to have more body than a lighter green one. It has nice earthy toasted tones; not too bitter. The leaves are a bit veiny as well, once brewed, and you can see them open up wit multiple infusions…they get bigger and bigger. My third infusion was a little milder, but that is mainly because my water was not as hot. Overall, this is a nice oolong. Very balanced. Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for including this sample in my last batch. I have a few more teas to get through, including one more oolong, a white, and a green.

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Sip down…I used the last bit of my sample to make iced tea with yesterday. I either had too much tea or steeped it too long or the water wars too hot as I found it a bit bitter at first. I sipped enough of it down to add more ice cubes to melt in the hot tea and dilute it some. That helped. It was pretty good for an iced tea…I just have trouble properly brewing green tea in general. Theres always something wrong and it is bitter. Or too weak.

I’m glad I had this last bit iced. It was refreshing and I can’t get over how much like sherbet it actually tastes like. A-mazing!

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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It smells so good but it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. It was neither sweet nor strawberry tasting. I couldn’t get any berry flavour. I had it iced as a tea to go, so I might have been the prep. I prefer Teaopia’s white strawberry offering better.

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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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