1549 Tasting Notes

81
drank Nutty by Nature by DAVIDsTEA
1549 tasting notes

Well fancy that, I’m easy to please today. Especially for tea types that I have qualms with. First an apple tea, and now a mate! I tip my hat to you David’s.
Makes me feel kinda speshal cuz in both my chosen teas today there was some hate on from other tea lovers around here, and yet I like’em!
I really enjoy the dry nuttiness here. It makes me happy. And you can’t really taste much mate which is great as a slow reintroduction for me haha.
Can’t say I noticed any apricot. No sugar added so maybe that would have made a difference?
Other than the smooth nutlike flavour with some mate influence I really don’t notice anything else. Oh well.

Plunkybug

I can’t get much nut, but I get more syrupy apricot.

Indigobloom

really?! odd. Maybe they didn’t mix it well in blending

Plunkybug

Maybe? I have seen others say the same, that the apricot is dominant.

Indigobloom

I suppose its possible I’m confusing the flavour notes. Or maybe they’re blended together

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78
drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Apple flavoured candy is one of me faves. I’d say in the top three, after orange and cherry. Ok so top four, I think I do adore grape a little more. (sorry for the impromptu rhyming)
I know that sounds farish down the list but it really isn’t!
Anyhow this definitely tastes like sour apple candy with just a hint of apple peel thrown in. Heyyyyyy I bet it’d make an amazing cocktail!!! Yummm.
All of that said, there is an element of fakeness, which in this case I don’t mind so much.
Oh and minus points for barely being able to taste the tea! (83 down to 78)

Kristal

" minus points for barely being able to taste the tea!" Agreed. They should have done this as a herbal in my opinion. If you cannot taste the green tea why make it a green tea :/

Indigobloom

Exactly!! I was so disappointed to see that 40% of the fall blends are herbals. And with this one being so light on the tea part, well it might as well be 60%?! (80% since mate is technically a caffeinated herbal but I’m not concerned about that haha)

keychange

I have a shit-ton of this that I won’t drink. Want it?

Indigobloom

Keychange – Sure, that’d be amazing!!!

Indigobloom

Thank you! totally just made my day :D

Kristal

Totally agree, Indigobloom. I really only drink Greens and Herbals (and I’m pickier with greens) so I totally would have been okay with more herbals. Although, the tea of the month for October (Ginger Beer) I loved so that makes up for my lack of interest in the fall collection :)

Indigobloom

Ah see I drink a lot of types but mostly black. So I was really disappointed to see only one this season, and their pumpkin flavour is really off for me so I was uber sad!

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74

AGH!!! I just wrote my review and now its gone. Not sure what happened. Sighs.

Here we go again. I found this to be a standard sencha only with less of a grassy note and more lingering sweetness followed by menthol. At first I wasn’t sure but then saw someone else mention it in their note so I knew I wasn’t going crazy!
Also, there was a time way back when that sencha used to make me a bit queasy. Recently I found that not to be the case, but here I feel just a bit of it. Not enough to complain or anything, just something to notice!

keychange

Hmmm, there are some teas that make me queasy as well. I just smell them and my stomach turns. Weird how that is.

Indigobloom

Yeah I never understood how that works! Why does it affect some people and not others, and why is it a different tea for everyone?

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77

Yep. Agreed with all the other notes here, this is a standard Assam, albeit a nice one.
Smooth, fruity, and a hint of malty yum. There’s also a lingering dry pucker in the back of my mouth at times. I don’t often find this type of astringency in tea!
Not every sip mind you, and the other ones are rather wet and a tad sour.

On a more personal note… I’ve had some rather strange dreams the last few days. I don’t often remember them and yet these ones have yet to fade. Not sure what to think about that!

CharlotteZero

I’ve had a similar experience recently. I can’t even tell you when the last time I remembered my dreams was (6 months, at least), and now suddenly I’m remembering a lot of my dreams.

keychange

Yes, I’ve had this happen as well. Also, I love personal tasting notes!

Indigobloom

CharlotteZero, it is quite odd! I’ve been getting headaches too though I think that is the season change.

Indigobloom

Keychange, me too! reading about people and what goes on in their lives is half the fun of reading notes

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84
drank La Belle Epoque by Lupicia
1549 tasting notes

I can see the Darjeeling in this but it blends in so well with the other teas that it really doesn’t take on Darj elements in the traditional muscatel/astringent way.
I must have left it longer than I realized, though I only stepped out of the room for a second! When I came back my cup was bitter. So I added some milk and it toned everything down, bringing out a lovely malt and stone fruit note alongside the refreshing Darj. I quite enjoyed the cuppa. The perfect blend of mellow vs crisp. Quite a character, I’d say!

keychange

Love how milk can save the day!

Indigobloom

I know right?! One day I’ll likely be lactose intolerant, really not looking forward to that in terms of my teas!!

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90

posted initially under the wrong listing

Caramel. Ooolong. Heaven.
The pairing of flavours leaves a lovely fresh mineral note and something akin to apples, but more like a spritz of apple than a mouthful. The caramel aftertaste is lovely, I am in serious lust!!!
Thank you MissB for sharing!

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90

Wrong listing, reposted under the correct one!

Caramel. Ooolong. Heaven.
The pairing of flavours leaves a lovely fresh mineral note and something akin to apples, but more like a spritz of apple than a mouthful. The caramel aftertaste is lovely, I am in serious lust!!!
Thank you MissB for sharing.

Indigobloom

Oh! haha I should have thought about the French translation…

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86
drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
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Feeling gross today. Happens every time I eat well cooked eggs for breakfast, and maybe even with sunny side up if I don’t have much besides that. Today, they were scrambled. Delish, but holy queasy :/
I’m the only one I’ve ever known with this issue. Anyone else out there?

So I didn’t really care about which tea I had. Figured anything would be good, I guess I was in that kinda mood. So when I made this, I didn’t expect it to be fab. Last time, I found it somewhat weak. But today? It was great! All semi sweet yet slightly tart and creamy strawberries with a lovely green base. Wonders never cease.

Uniquity

Eggs on their own make me queasy. I HAVE to have something with them – like toast and boiled eggs. Actually, I almost always pair toast with eggs, seems to help.

Indigobloom

Uniquity, same here!! If I have them on their own, the queasiness is unbearable, especially if I travel anywhere in a car. Toast or some other food helps a little, cutting it down by maybe half. After it sets in, apples seem cut through it and eliminate almost all of my discomfort.

Uniquity

Apples are EXTREMELY helpful! I totally forgot! I actually find that apples settle my tummy really well, and not just for egg related issues. My husband claims that I don’t digest eggs, I compost them (sorry!). I find if I have some toast and/or sliced apple as well, my body handles them way better. Which is good, because sometimes I really like eggs!

Kristal

Unfortunately, I have an egg intolerance (as does my oldest brother). When we eat eggs our insides just HURT and I have to lay down for a few hours until it goes away. I can still eat things made with eggs (i.e. cookies) but if I eat eggs straight up- not good.

Indigobloom

Uniquity, glad to know I’m not the only one! Eggs are so yummy, I’m thankful apples are around to save the day :D

Indigobloom

Kristal, oh no that sounds awful!! Have you ever eaten them by accident?

Fjellrev

I’m fortunate that I don’t have this problem with eggs. However, coffee on an empty or near-empty stomach makes me sick.

Indigobloom

It makes me jittery!! Fine once I’ve had food. I never got the people who have a coffee for breakfast… how do they function?!

Kristal

Indigobloom, nope! As mentioned, I’m okay eating things that have a bit of egg in it (i.e. Cookies) and if I go out to eat I just make sure I don’t eat anything with eggs in it (I.e. Fried rice dishes).

Indigobloom

That’s good! be careful and always have an apple on hand just in case (kidding lol)

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Totally agreed with Kittenna on this, no cherry but lots of cakiness! Noms. and yeah the sparkles dazzle. I did add a touch of sugar to see if any fruit notes would emerge but instead was rewarded with cake! I was really looking forward to cherry, as I loooooove cherries. But cake works too.
Thank you Keychange for sharing!

keychange

I wanted this to be like a cherry cake! so much disappointment. Oh well, glad you guys found something to like about it haha.

Indigobloom

I know me too!! was a little disappointed to see no cherry-ness. Well, onwards with the search for a cherry tea :)

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72
drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
1549 tasting notes

Ok before I get into the review, I find it odd that the official tasting note mentions “artificial” and yet on their website, it lists nothing of the sort in ingredients.
That said there is something a little fake tasting in the tea, but it didn’t put me off much.
I didn’t find anything especially memorable, and I did buy my cuppa iced and found it super easy to drink. It was gone in ten minutes. There was certainly a lime/fruit element, though any white tea flavour was entirely overshadowed. Also I found it a bit sweet, almost as if sugar had been added to my cup, but I never asked them to do that so maybe it was just the fruity component. Also, I noticed a particular spicy note that I find in a lot of citrus herbal type blends. No idea if I’m the only one who feels this way but its almost a little musty in a way, but with a citrus tang to it.
So while I didn’t mind my cup, and I’d have it again, I’ll definitely be sampling a few more options before coming back round to this!

Lately I’ve been craving iced teas when I’m on the go on my own in the city and I’ve learned the hard way that bringing tea with me when I have bags and whatnot to carry is a terrible idea. If I’m with someone who drives then fine, but otherwise I’m stuck buying beverages or just bringing water. I never leave my waterbottle behind… somehow its only the tea related ones that get lost!! shrugs
Bah.

keychange

I also find that asking people to make your tea iced makes it less prone to being screwed up, which makes my life easier because few people make tea the way you make it for yourself, ya know? or am I the only one who thinks like that?

Indigobloom

Yep I know what you mean Keychange! I’m kinda picky though. A lot of teas in iced form just fall flat for me, even though I’ve been craving them lately. Leads to a few disappointing cuppas heh

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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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