183 Tasting Notes

83
drank Japanese Thin Mint by Tealux
183 tasting notes

I took a thermos of this to work today. Ended up drinking it lukewarm throughout the afternoon. Really good. The peppermint complements the roasted green tea
perfectly.

This one is going on the re-order list. I hope Butiki’s Peppermint Patty is as good (or better), as I’d like to drink a non-caffeinated version before bed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

Well, it seems the third, fourth, and fifth times are the charm. I’ve gone from pretty much detesting this tea to quite enjoying its light, nutty taste.

I have about one serving of crushed leaves left at the bottom of my bag, and then I get to decide if it’s worth re-stocking.

Upped my rating quite a bit.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Yay!I want about 20g more of this.

infused1

That amt sounds about right.

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83
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

I’ve had a lot of coconut oolongs lately, so decided to switch to vanilla today. Maybe my tastebuds have changed, but I think I enjoyed it a lot more than I did the first time I had it. Enough that when I finish off the small sample I bought (I have 1 cup’s worth left), I’ll likely replenish.

I preferred the first steep to the second this time. It was creamier, and the vanilla was more apparent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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The more I drink this, the more I like it. Only the first steep, though. It’s pretty weak the second time around.

It makes me feel like I’m drinking dessert, and what could be wrong about that?

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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I just placed a Zen Tea order (taking advantage of their summer sale), so figured I should drink some of this before my new stash arrives. It’s a nice, light cup of tea. It tastes sweet but not artificial to me, but that could be because I have a habit of steeping at a lower temp than recommended, so the flavour might be less intense.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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23
drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not a fan of fruity teas, but I thought I’d give this one a shot as it has a green tea base and smelled fabulous.

I made a mistake and followed the steeping instructions on the bag. Usually I ignore them and do green teas as low temps, but I did the 93 degrees and 5 min steep. Yuck. It was bitter with a weird fruity taste, followed by more bitterness. I couldn’t even drink the cup.

I have enough for a few more cups, so I will try again with a lower temp and shorter steep time. It can’t get any worse.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Word to the wise – do NOT forget about this tea and let it steep for 1.5 hrs and then attempt to drink it. Wow. I love ginger, but that’s too much ginger for me. It was spiiiicy.

Not rating, of course, because that wouldn’t be fair. I’ll try again when my tastebuds have recovered.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

I tried this last night and really enjoyed it. I’ll admit that I tend to err on the side of caution with white and green teas, and always steep them at a low temp, even when the directions specify a higher one. It didn’t seem to hurt this tea, as there was a lot of flavour when I drank it. There was a sweet taste to it, which I tend to prefer, as it just feels wrong to me to add sugar to tea, and I would never remember to, anyway.

Another coconut tea to add to my collection. I still need to try them all side by side someday and find my favourite.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
183 tasting notes

I finally tried this one again, as I’m trying to work my way through some of my suddenly immense tea collection. I was not impressed by this at all last time. I actually don’t mind it tonight. It has a light, nutty flavour that’s alright. It reminds me of some nutty white teas I’ve had.

I’m not sure if my tastes have changed over the last few months, or if my tastebuds were off before for some reason, but tonight I’ll enjoy my cup of this. I’m bumping my rating a bit, but not too much until I try it a third time. That’ll be the tie breaker.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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I’m afraid I don’t “get” this tea. I see the big pieces of apple, carrot, and bamboo in the mix, but all I taste is the lemongrass. As my cup cooled off, I thought I got a hint of apple, but honestly I think it may have been my imagination, as I was trying to pick out flavours other than the lemongrass.

I like lemongrass, so the tea tasted fine to me, but I think I was expecting a bit more from it. I see that others have prepared this as an iced tea. It’s not how I usually drink tea, but I’ll try to remember to do this one iced next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 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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