590 Tasting Notes

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

This is a fairly complex tea. I got a sample of it the other day, and it was fairly meh, but my friend had it for her tea to go, and she said it was better, so tonight I made that my tea to go. It steeped for quite a long time actually, as we got it as we were leaving the mall, and it is about a 15 minute ride home. I was told that this tea could hold up to a longer brew time. I didn’t actually taste it til I got home, because we had a box of doughnuts from Timmy’s, and a tray with 4 teas (my Gold Rush, my friend’s Pink Flamingo, and her daughters’ Mango Madness and Movie Night) all on my lap on the way home. Plus, those cups are hot for a long time…and I can never sip right away without burning my tongue.

Anyhow, in the store, this tea definitely smells sweet and caramel-y, with a hint of the coconut. It looks lovely with the golden mulberries and coconut shavings. Steeped, and after 15-20 minutes, it is a little bitter. I shouldn’t really be surprised since it is a white base after all, and for this, I can’t fault anyone but myself for letting it steep for so long. I should have taken the bag out before getting into the car, but I didn’t.

But I can’t say that it is overly bitter. It isn’t bad bitter. It’s only a tad bitter. And the taste, as I said before, is pretty complex. I can taste a nutty sweetness from the mulberries and coconut. I think I lost any caramel flavours due to the steeping, but it might be layered in with the overall nutty sweetness. I think that it is interesting to see DAVIDs using white tea and coconut in this blend as they do so in Checkmate. In fact, I sorta feel like this is Checkmate’s younger sister. Both teas are mild, yet somehow complex.

I’m on the fence whether I’ll get this or not. I think I’d like to see how it is when I brew it, but also, as it cools, the sweetness is intensifying, and I think this might make a rockin’ iced tea.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Dang my Shiny Thing Syndrome (STS) as this has caused me to over steep this tea twice now! I love this tea…when it isn’t bitter from improper preparation. I need to start using a timer with my greens…my other teas are a bit more forgiving if I lose track of time.

I do still really like this tea, and it is fantastic as an iced tea. I need more Happy Kombucha or Long Life Oolong to cocktail this with.

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92
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I have waited this long to add this to my stash, err, cupboard, but I am glad I picked some up today(!). It’s just such a nice and cozy feeling/tasty tea! I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate and strawberries? This is just one of those teas I was aware of, but kept getting sidetracked with new and new and new teas.

I will say that I am drinking this the British way, with milk and sugar…it’s pretty much the de facto way here in Victoria. Since moving here, I tend to drink my darker teas this way. Some oolongs I will have just with sugar though. But honestly, I think adding milk and sugar makes this creamier and juicier than if drunk straight.

I only got about $3 worth, but that was still 26g, so not bad. I think I will probably refill this.

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drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t think I got any of the caramel banana bits at all. This pretty much tastes like chamomile to me, and my bag does not smell as sweet as the sample at the store. I might empty the bag into another vessel and see if I have any banana bits at all. As a chamomile tea, it is fine, but as a banana caramel tea, not so much. Adding milk added a creamy note, and the rooibos was strong enough to do so, though I pretty much can’t taste the rooibos either. It’s pretty much chamomile and a little something as an aftertaste that is not too strong or descriptive. I’m rating it higher than I probably should, because as a tea it tastes fine, and I’m not sure I want to dock points because it isn’t carrying the flavour I was expecting/hoping for. I docked some for that, but it is still drinkable and tasty enough. Not sure if I will exchange this one or not.

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drank Fired Up Fennel by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, all I can say is BLECH!

I shouldn’t have even tried this, as I vehemently HATE fennel and anise and anything that tastes remotely like black licorice, but…

It’s really cold out and windy out tonight*, so I walked into my store looking for something to warm me up and make my walk home a bit more tolerable. I didn’t know whether I should go with something spicy or just something comforting. So the SA brought this over and immediately I say to her “I hate fennel” and she states that she does too, but that this tea helped her stay warm over the weekend when it snowed and the store had no heat. Fair enough, I thought, but I sniffed a few others (mostly the other new Ayurvedic teas) as well. I was deliberating between this, Turmeric Snap, and New Delhi Delight. While the New Delhi Delight smelled warm and earthy from the cumin, I wasn’t sure I wanted to drink it, and I probably would have been happiest with the Turmeric Snap with the Ayurvedic blends.

That said, it is quite warming, and as I paid my $2.50 or so, I am drinking it all up…I can’t stand to see it go to waste. I will definitely have to cleanse my palate later, and make a tastier brew.

I’m not rating this, as I don’t think it is fair to, based on my bias toward the ingredients.

*for us wimps out west on Vancouver Island at least…

EDIT: since I rated Turmeric Snap on accident, I am rating this, and not a high one, but it is noted I have a bias towards the main ingredients.

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77
drank Wonderful White by Teaopia
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This was an interesting tea, and interesting circumstances in which it was chosen as my tea to go the other day. I don’t know why, but I was having crazy itching at work, and I didn’t know the cause, but I also didn’t want to be knocked out at work from a Benadryl, so I looked for a tea that might offer relief. I asked the SAs, and they weren’t too sure what might help, but suggestions were either rooibos/honeybush, for hydration, or a white tea, for the anti-oxidants. I opted for this one, as it has ginger and I thought it might have a blood cleansing/warming type of effect. I dunno what I was thinking really, but I did stop itching. It might have been the tea, or it might have been the different atmosphere once I went home, or maybe just time.

The taste was interesting. I wish I could say I could pick up the pistachio or the peppercorns, but I mainly tasted the orange and cinnamon, and a little spice from the ginger. No coconut, none of the other flavours. Perhaps they just married the others well, and made a complex taste, but I think really, they were just understated, or underwhelmed.

All in all, it was not a bad tea. Probably not one I’d buy for myself, though I’d drink it if it was given to me.

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This is a sipdown. It’s the last of the sample from Jenn and while it isn’t my favourite, it is still pretty darn good. But I admit, I can’t really taste the banana bread details. It’s a very tolerable rooibos tea. It does have a sort of warm and earthy flavour to it.

Not something I’d buy on my own, but a nice caffeine free tea, for near midnight while packing for my trip to LA on Wednesday.

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Maybe it’s because I have a bit too much sugar in this brew, but I actually like this. And, it is a rooibos blend to boot! Not sure if it is tolerable because of the awesome fruit, or if it is because of the green rooibos. I could easily drink this more regularly, but especially in the summer iced.

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
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Tea to go with this today…I was in a really bad headspace this morning and come early afternoon, it wasn’t clearing, so I thought chocolate and marshmallow white tea might do the trick.

This was love at first smell! Dry, it smells utterly divine, and it initially picked my spirits up and brought time to a more relevant speed.

Sadly, brewed, this is not as amazing as it smells. But it is still very tasty. Actually, it reminded me quite a bit of Checkmate from DAVIDs. In the end, it was a sort of sweet, cocoa-y, creamy white (I did add milk to add to the creaminess) tea that didn’t scream S’MORES!

With all this said, I am still potentially interested in getting the tin, if only to stuff my nose in every now and again for a little chocolate aromatherapy. :P As a tea, it is good, as a s’mores tea, it is mediocre.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea to go today, and good thing. It smells good, amazing even, but tastes too rooibos-y for my liking. It’s not bad. I even had it unsweetened, with only some milk, and it was sweet enough (barely) for me. If I had to cut out all the caffeine in tea, I might go for this one, but I’d probably reach for Alpine Punch or Amaretto first.

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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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