1448 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
1448 tasting notes

Not nice, not nice at all! I couldn’t even finish a third of the cup :(
Something in this set off my allergies, but based on the ingredients, I have no idea what. Swallowing even a few sips was difficult, as each one caused me to cringe reflexively. There is definitely orange in here, but I doubt that is it. Mulberries? naw… natural flavours?! *sighs…

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85
drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmmm. Again I am impressed by a tea, only to try it again and find it lacking! I was most unimpressed… I’m not quite sure why :(
That is all. Sorry, really tired, and off to bed!

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Hmmm. Given my love for almonds and hunt for the perfect chai, this seemed promising. At first sip, it seemed to deliver! but by the end of the cup… it was still good… except for the splenda/stevia like flavour coming out. Now, I added milk so perhaps without it would do better? but then it’d be an anti-chai!
The cinnamon and almond work really well together to create a smooth and spicy tisane. However, I can only guess at which ingredient is making me question the unnatural sweetness. Is carob naturally sweet like that? It IS the first ingredient… but I have never seen it in a tea before. or perhaps it is the orange peel. Either way, it’s an interesting bedtime drink that I could foresee-ably drink in the evenings in lieu of a camellia sinensis tea.
and hey, no sugar required here! :)

Eisenherz

Yeah, carob is pretty sweet, and its sweetness comes with a particular flavour that not everyone likes…!

Indigobloom

ahh thanks Eisenherz! good to know, I will keep that in mind :)
I like the carob “chocolate” so maybe I can find a way to like this…

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62
drank Pumpkin Spice by Teaopia
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Eeeeeeyuck!
This was just odd. Pumpkiny and fruity and odd. It reminded me of how a pumpkin jolly rancher candy would taste, if you can imagine that. I could not finish the cup it was so terrible! bleeech.
In fact, it doesn’t deserve any more words than that.

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So I mixed this with mate, and it wasn’t terrible… not great either though. A basic mix of either, except they didn’t mesh, just kinda sat separately.
I love my mate and my chamomile but this is a combo I’ll save for those days when I really require it. I can’t imagine that happening often, and agave will soften it up some :)

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87
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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My internet is running sooo slow today so pardon the hasty review, I haven’t got the patience after wrestling with the browser to just load up the page!
Anyhow, I really enjoyed this despite the jasmine! I think perhaps it is a background note, and that the mere petals are ok for me to injest, it seems to be the oil that bothers me most. I wish I hadn’t asked the girl to add agave, as it hid much of the flavour. What I did get though, was amazing… except I tasted peaches. Peaches n cream! with less sweetener maybe it would be more rosy.
So… high marks for tastiness, but who knows how many more when I try it bare! yummmm

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65
drank Exotic Berries by Teaopia
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what the heck is this?! I wanted an oolong, but got some sort of berry juice that wasn’t like anything I expected, in a bad way. I would not qualify this as an oolong… perhaps a green? it definitely tasted like a green base to me.
There was no natural sweetness, or oolong characteristic in there whatsoever.
Now, I did manage to drink the entire cup but never again… it was flat and rather boring! Worst oolong I’ve ever had, if you don’t count those that were tainted by tea masters.
This is what I imagine a bagged Oolong from Tim Hortons would be like. That’s right, I took it there…
**most of the points are lost here because it does not deliver on expectations. If it had been labeled a green, or anything besides oolong (even white!) I would rate it higher.
It had such potential!!
Sad thing is, I’m almost tempted to rate it higher because it was bergamot free! ah tea sachets, you saved my love for Teaopia!

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84
drank Yogitea by Tea Emporium
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I finally remembered!! to add some mint to this, that is. I daresay, it may have just salvaged this for me :)
It doesn’t taste all that different from my old blend of Chamomile and mint, there is a licorice note that comes out very strongly at first but fades a little, when the mint makes more of a play. Maybe I should just mix in the mint now, so that I don’t forget next time I make it…

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90
drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
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This has easily become one of my favourite teas. I really hope they bring it back, because it won’t be long before it needs replacing! this is a functional tea for me… it tastes amazing, but that is beside the main point! There are days when I really feel low, and with a little bit of milk, a dash of agave… this really does the trick. Funny though, it doesn’t taste ahhhmazing for me unless I truly am in a bad mood, which makes me wonder if there is something in here my body craves during those times? something to do with my messed up thyroid perhaps. shrugs.
G’night y’all!

Uniquity

I hated the smell of this tea, then I bought some anyway and fell in love with it. Then I learned that St. John’s Wort can nullify birth control pills and am now not allowed to drink it. I miss it!

Indigobloom

I didn’t like it at first either! but then I learned how to dress it and voila, a tea that I badly need to replace, but they don’t sell it anymore!! eek :/
I didn’t know that about the pill. I will keep that in mind if I ever need it!!

Uniquity

I posted, then realized it was a wonter tea, and THAT is why it’s gone. D’oh!

MaddHatter

I need this tea, this week as I pack my stuff.

Indigobloom

ahhh packing, yes I can see how you would need this tea MaddHatter!

Yes, tea does that… mysterious huh ;P

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Meh. For a milky oolong anyhow. Not that it was bad, much better than the first time I tried the DT version!! I think it was oversteeped then and in fact may have been scorched this time to boot. The sweetness tasted a tad artificial, almost as if the lactose was infused into the leaves- which I know some tea houses do.
Nonetheless, I will not be purchasing any because I know how much better it can be! once you go high quality, it’s hard to go back! my commitment to loose-leaf in general is proof of that :)
I will concede however, that this is a very good starter Milky Oolong, and pure tea for those who are new. If I hadn’t sampled other versions, this would be it for me!

Jessie

I agree. I loved this stuff when I first had it but tried some better-quality ones (which make me believe this one definitely does have something added before it gets to DT) and this is just sitting on my shelf, neglected.

Indigobloom

Glad I’m not the only one to think so!! I think the worst part for me was that this was not the first MO I tried so when I did it was a big letdown

QuiltGuppy

I also agree with you. It’s not a bad tea, but it pales in comparison to others.

Indigobloom

Yes it really does!! the ATR version is SO good… forever grateful for that one!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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