183 Tasting Notes

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

I like the fact that even though I steeped it for quite a while, the rooibos didn’t turn woody-tasting. I tried a few sips unadulterated, and while ok, it didn’t knock my socks off. I added 1 tsp of cane sugar, and it helped bring out a few of the flavours and some sweetness. Verdict – very drinkable, but not something I would go out of my way to drink.

I had some left over that I drank cold a few hours later. What a difference. I much prefer this one cold (ironic, as they market it as a tea to help you stay warm) as it had a nice, clean taste to it. Very refreshing and not marzipan tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

I’ve been drinking this one cold, and I like it just as much as when it was hot. Very refreshing.

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67

I’m not sure where I stand with this one. It’s definitely drinkable, but the raspberry taste seems very artificial to me. This is my first honeybush-based tea, so I’m not sure if it’s the honeybush making the tea naturally sweet, or if it’s the flavouring that’s added.

I’ll have to try it iced and see if it’s better that way.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

This is a very soothing tea. I love the light taste, and it’s very smooth going down. I like licorice and peppermint in tea, but it’s a very light licorice taste here, and I don’t even notice the peppermint, which is strange, as mint can so easily take over a tea. I didn’t think I was a fan of chamomile, but it really works well in this blend, and I think it’s the dominant flavour.

This is a tea that I may not crave, but I could easily drink anytime.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

I bought Hot Lips purely because of the dry leaf smell. I love cinnamon and most spices. I fully admit that at 7 min, I totally oversteeped this one during the first infusion (I’ve been spoiled by herbals which are hard to ruin). The tea had a real kick to it that hit me in the back of the throat. It was still drinkable, and I got a good taste of the cinnamon and chili, though not as much chili as with Fired up Fennel, where I couldn’t handle it.

I was careful to stop the second infusion at 4 min. It was much milder. I barely get a taste of cinnamon at all. I’m not sure if this is because of the shorter steep, or because it’s the second time around. I’ll have to try this one again, but reverse the steeping times.

It’s ok, but not one I’ll feel compelled to restock.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Licorice & Cinnamon by Pukka
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This is my favourite Pukka tea. The rich taste of licorice and cinnamon is great for a chilly evening. I wasn’t a tea drinker until I tried Pukka’s teas. I’ve since branched out into loose leaf teas, but this bagged tea still has a place in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my favourite tea from Steeped and Infused. I only got the 10g sample size during their sale a week ago, as I honestly didn’t expect to like it. Boy was I wrong. It has a nice, very delicate pear taste to it, and it smells great. In fact, I love to just smell it. I went back to the store and now have a bag of it in my cupboard. Who knew lapacho and calendula would taste so good together?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

I had this tea for the first time last week and rushed back to the store to buy a bag before they closed (as of Dec 24th they’re online only until they find a new retail location). Very similar to David’s Tea’s Forever Nuts, but without any artificial flavouring added. I have no problem with beetroot being added to the mix. Better than hibiscus for colour, in my opinion.

I really enjoyed the taste, although I wouldn’t call it overly almond tasting. It smells great, too. I gave it a long steep.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

didn’t realise this was similar to forever nuts. don’t drink a lot of david’s tea but good to know. Can’t wait for them to open their retail location again.

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87

I enjoy chocolate and mint, so was predisposed to like this tea. The dry smell is fabulous. I tried it first with a 4 min steep. The taste was quite light, with a very watery minty chocolate taste. I continued to steep it for an additional 3 min, and it really improved, without getting a woody rooibos taste to it. A touch of agave, and it was good.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

Definitely not my favourite. It has a very tart and flowery taste. I was hoping that the coconut and almond would balance out the hibiscus, but I was wrong. If I try this again, I’ll only steep it for a couple of minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I’m a vegan, board-game playing, avid reader who likes to run and/or lift weights depending on my mood (and current injuries).

I’m fairly new to tea, but my collection seems to be growing at an exponential rate. Herbals, greens, whites, and now oolongs are my teas of choice at the moment. I haven’t developed a taste for black yet (if it’s something you can develop a taste for).

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