223 Tasting Notes

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

This was one of my first DavidsTea teas. I had it in store, iced last summer quite a few times and enjoyed the berry flavours (but mostly the iced part, I have to admit – it was hot last August in Toronto!). Like others, I have found this one can be a bit tart, so I add agave/honey generously to bring out the berry sweetness.

I’ve tried it hot too, but it wasn’t as special hot. If you’re wondering what its like hot and want to try, don’t bother!

I do like this, and will order a bit more later in the year for summer again. Its a good iced tea standard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This one has come highly recommended by Winter Salo, so lets see how its goes.

Did this one up this morning in my TImolino before leaving for work. Gave it about 6 mins in boiling water, added a touch of agave. It went quite pink while steeping.

Ok, just opened the Timolino. Smells really good, not sure what of though. Can smeel sweetness, and some tart. First sip – initial thought was “this is a bit like DavidsTea’s Bear trap”. There’s a similar tart flavour to Bear Trap, but less prominent. This one is more sweet.
Still getting the Bear Trap after a few more sips, hmm, very tasty! Getting a sweet after-taste now, a nice hit in the back of the mouth.

I’m going to hold off on a proper rating for this one, because I’m already sensing its going to come alive iced.

A note on RHTB teas – I’m finding that these teas tend to have a more subtle flavour to them, a more authentic taste which I’m quite enjoying. I can certainly appreciate the lack of artificial flavouring, unlike some other brands I’ve tried, it really makes a difference. Good job guys!

ashmanra

I also found their teas to be very natural yet full of flavor! I have only had a few, but they were quite good.

TassieTeaGirl

I haven’t had many either, I got a small parcel of samples and this is the third one I’ve tried, but I’m really impressed with the quality thus far.

The Rabbit Hole

Thanks for your comments everyone and i’m glad the more subtle flavours are hitting the spot. I love the Ruby Zing iced @tassieteagirl with a splash of fresh watermelon juice!!!

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This was part of my order that arrived yesterday. I steeped this to have with breakfast, but was running late so I both ran out of time to drink it and make sure I was steeping it properly. I put it in mydouble walled aladdin plastic tumbler, but the chilly apparent 1oC outside cooled it right down by the time I got to work to room temperature.

First thoughts: smelled berry like, but I think it was the acaici that gives it a bit of tartness. Hot, I think I’d oversteeped it because my one mouthful tasted a bit bitter. Cold, the bitterness is gone and there’s a soft berry taste.

Going to give this a proper go later, and an icing and see what happens.

Alphakitty

For some reason I read “give this an icing” as “put in some icing.” XD Now I want berry buttercream tea…

TassieTeaGirl

I did a similar thing to a friends’s fb status, she said “if you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? I’m planning on winning lotto this weekend”, I read “if you could go anywhere in space and time”. Damn you, Doctor Who withdrawals…

Didn’t get any buttercream last year, is it worth getting if it returns later in the year?

Alphakitty

I didn’t get a chance to try the buttercream, I hope it does come back just to mix it with other things. Caramel buttercream, blueberry buttercream, my mind is aflutter with possibilities.

TassieTeaGirl

Oh yes, with blueberry jam, my imagination thinks that would be perfect!

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Had a bad weekend, medically, spent most of it on the couch under a blanket going through series 6&7 of one tree hill. This one was made for me by the other half when he got home from work.

Dry: you can smell all the flavours quite strongly, but the raspberry is the most prominent. Very genuine scents too, clearly no additional flavours here.

Steeped: wow. In case your weren’t sure, there are raspberries in this tea! But not just any raspberries, freshly picked raspberries, with that strong, sweet smell. Holey moley.

Taste: more raspberries! Also getting the sweet. Creaminess of the chocolate and coconut is definitely there too, and there is a hint of the white tea base. The aftertaste has a punch of the fresh raspberries I can smell. Wow. This is a wonderful tea! A great pick for yesterday afternoon, definitely changed my mood!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec
TassieTeaGirl

I resteeped this after my first cup. A little lighter in flavour, but still very enjoyable. The slightly less powerful raspberry flavour allows the white tea and chocolate to come through. Just amazing.

Kittenna

Oh, that sounds good! I hadn’t expected the flavours you talked about given the name.

TassieTeaGirl

Have a lok at the pic (perhaps on the website, a bit clearer) – you can see the raspberries, coconut and chocolate quite clearly.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

So I ordered some of this last spring (always 6 months behind/ahead down under…) and waited to really get into it until April when it started cooling down here.

I find its a fine black tea. I don’t really get a strong pumpkin flavour, and despite being an Aussie, I have a good Pumpkin Pie reference – I did fall semester of uni in Ottawa 5 years ago, so got to have a proper Thanksgiving. The chai component is nice, but not as spice-y as I would’ve liked.

So nice, but I won’t re-order this one later in the year. Leave the supplies for everyone who can’t seem to live without it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Memily

How do you get your DAVIDsTEA down to Australia? Their website is so beautiful and I want to try at least a dozen of their teas. _

TassieTeaGirl

I get it posted to me. I was in Canada for a holiday this time last year, first encountering a shop in Whistler and then hunting them down across the rest of the country. I now can’t go without my fix, and pay for shipping! They’ll do international shipping, you just have to email them instead of doing a normal order on the website. PM me if you have any questions!

Memily

You are awesome! I’m moving to Tassie soon, maybe we can share shipping costs ;D

TassieTeaGirl

Sounds good!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

I can’t believe I haven’t rated this one before!

My fist cup was in September last year, from the tin I got in the Sweet indulgence set, and I got another sample tin in the Advent Calendar. I quite enjoy this one. Its not what I would call overly nutty, to me it tastes like apple crumble, which is one of my favourite winter dessert. I find it really tasty, and satisfies a cold weather, comfort food, snuggly tea craving. I quite like the bright pink colour, adds a bit of intrigue!

Today I’m having it as a Friday afternoon treat.

Yet to have a iced cup, will re-review later in the year when I’m on an iced tea kick.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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And tonight it was – went to my local independent theatre to see The Dark Night Rises. Was going to properly brew this one before leaving work, but time got away from me, so ended up leaving the tea in the timolino basket after madly rushing out the door from work. I’m finding the tea steeped for around 4 hours (! Oops…) tastes mostly of green apples. Not detecting any caramel at all, but the appleness is very tasty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Timolino
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Just LOVE my timolino. Is great at keeping tea hot and cold. I’d agree with the post below that liquid stays at the original temp for around 5-6 hours, but my hot Southern Belle from this morning (brewed 7 hours ago) is still quite warm, and the lid has been off for about 2 hours.

My timolino goes everywhere: to work, to my yoga fusion class, smuggled into the movies, to the hospital, on inter-state trips, and hopefully in the next month or two, camping (along with my timer and thermometer so I can make perfect green tea tent-side). I’m also a bit clumsy and have dropped mine on numerous occasions on hard surfaces like cement, and nary a scratch in its 11.5 month life.

I got my other half a tea thermos by another company, and he finds his isn’t as insulating, and is still eyeing mine off. Damn you, international shipping…

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Been kept warm in my Timolino (seriously don’t know what my life would be like if I hadn’t picked you up at the Mont Royal Plateau location last August, you sexy blue thing!) all day until I started sipping this afternoon. Hmmmm…. comforting and sweet and tasty, warding off the briskness in the air outside.

I drank so much of this over summer as an iced tea. Hit the spot every time, and looks great in my double walled tea glasses.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I remember getting my first cup of tea at about the age of 8. Just a standard run of the mill black, with some sugar and milk to make it palatable to an 8year old. But a love was born and I’ve never looked back!

I’ve always appreciated the quality of loose leaf, and thanks to the discovery of the fanatastic gadgets at DavidsTea while on holiday, the tea obsession has grown! Is it weird to be ordering tea and having it sent half way around the world?

I’d love to do some tea swaps with people to try new teas. I have a bit of a DavidsTea range for any Australians interested in trying some DT goodness minus international postage fees!

Ive just started working at The Art of Tea , a small Tasmanian company. They dont currently ship overseas, but im more than happy to arrange swaps with people. their full product listing can be found here: http://www.artoftea.com.au/. (December 2012).

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