223 Tasting Notes

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I’ve now finished the 25g of Collection bag I had. I came back to this one each time I had a cold/flu or even a hint of it over the last two months, and it never failed me. With a dollop of honey, this tea was a great pick-me-up. Glad I got some!

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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So I got this as part of the spring collection and I had an iced cup some time in late March, when it was still quite warm here in south eastern Australia. But the experience was so traumatic its taken me this long to log it.

So I got home one day, filled the steeper with water and tea, grabbed a glass with ice and took it all into the lounge. Unfortunately I placed the steeper half on, half off a coaster, and didn’t notice until too late that all my lovely tea had spilled out of the bottom of the steeper, down onto the coffee table, through the shelf and drawers, and had started to dribble onto the carpet. Major brewing fail. I madly rushed to the kitchen to find paper towel, a cloth and grab the re-boiled kettle and steeper tray to re-do the tea. (why waste the third of the steeper full of tea that was left??).

So a few minutes later when the steeper contents was nicely pink, I poured it over my ice. Finally! Fruity, tasty and a hint of tart (hibiscus I presumed, and i don’t mind it unlike other reviewers). A nice iced tea, pity about the trouble getting it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

Oh nooo – you know what? I always place my steeper on a towel to dry, and THREE times I’ve filled the steeper while it’s still on the towel! aka all the tea is now soaked into the towel and everywhere else haha. So annoying!

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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So this one is a note on behalf of my partner. He had a sip of mine on Friday evening and was intrigued, then made his own thermos to take on our hike today. He loved it! Didn’t get ,uh specific,just a few “my god this is yummy” blurts between mouthfuls. The whole thermos went down his throat in about 2 mins. He’d probably rate it a 94.

His dad came over a while ago before they headed to see Prometheus and had a cup, and he also approved.

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I got this one initially as a sample 9 months ago as part of an online order. Yes, I got this as a sample! Loved the first cups (2 steeps) I had. Creamy, delicate, lovely companion on a short hike. So I had to get more, but the cost meant I had to wait until after last Christmas ( the advent calendar and christmas teas were must buys!) and until I got my we job. So glad I got more! On my third steep of my first teaspoon of leaves. Still delicate and creamy, even my third steep still has that lovely golden colour. Love this one, a real treat.

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally got my full stash of secret weapon instead of working from two sample tins. Had a TIMOLINO of this one while on the go yesterday. Still so yummy, and was nice on my dry throat. Oh, the wonders of winter at 42o South.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

My order arrived yesterday! I say my order, but in all honesty I’ve been sharing the DT love with others that 7 over people went in on it with me. Pretty impressive stuff from the other side of the planet.

But on to checkmate! I got is one based on the description and people’s reviews, it sounded pretty tasty. I had my first cup last night, steeped for around 5 minutes at 90oC. Was really quite yummy, I could taste a prominent malt flavour, with a slight aftertaste of chocolate. I can also still identify the white and black teas, both of which are very nice to drink. Was an enjoyable first cup.

Resteeped the leaves this morning at boiling for around the same time. The coconut is more prominent on the nose at the higher temperature. The flavours are actually more subtle at the higher temp.

I quite like this one. Not a mind blowing experience, but still very tasty. Will enjoy finishing my 50g bag.

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And now, for the hot rating. I had this one at 100oC, Steeped for around5 minutes in a DT perfect mug to keep all the goodness in. A small dollop of honey was added. I’ve upped the rating for the hot tea.

So yesterday was the coldest day of the year thus far in SE Australia. Combined with my currently woefully insulated house, I spent the entire day blowing my nose. As in literally the entire day, I could get about a one minute break before needing another tissue. Not the way I’d intended spending Easter Monday. By about dinner time, I’d gotten so sick of the nose blowing I ended up taking some cold and flu tablets to stop the dribbling. By 10 pm I was actually able the get to sleep, which was a huge improvement (though I had that drug induced blocked dry nose. At least waking up very few hours for more water was better than not being able to sleep due to the runny nose). Anywho, by the time I woke up this morning the congestion had left my sinuses and move to my chest. Ick.

But then, my newly cleared head remembered the previously cold steeped Strawberry Ginger on my teashelf! Perhaps the ginger with a hit of strawberry and honey would be beneficial.

1st steep: the scent of the hot brew is fantastic! The tea smelled less tart than when iced, the strawberry and ginger were more prominent. The colour, just as when iced, is a deep magenta. The taste is much more a strawberry ginger blend rather than the tarter tea I tasted when iced. The strawberry and ginger are both easily identified, and are a tasty combination. The bit of honey I added made the tea extra tasty. I can feel the ginger doing lovely things to my throat. Very enjoyable.

2nd steep: a paler pink, and the ginger is more prominent in the smell and taste. Still very tasty.

Overall: I think I’ve enjoyed this one more hot than iced, and have upped the rating accordingly. Definitely worth a try hot for anyone wondering, and quite good on my sniffles!

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I got more of this in my last DT order, just so good! Had it blended the other day with a smidge of Raspberry Vanilla Rooibos, very yummy! Definitely a keeper.

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I had this one yesterday after returning from the weekend market in my city. It had unexpectedly warmed up (oh March/April in Tasmania, so unpredictable!), so the boyfriend and I decided iced tea was the way to go. I did his Pink Flamingo in the steeper, so I made mine in a cocktail shaker (so easy, the best lazy iced tea option – just chuck everything in, water, ice tea sweetner etc, shake to mix and leave to steep for the required time then pour!). It was pretty warm yesterday, so I ended up having almost three different steeps in one brew!

I poured my first one after 5 minutes. The flavour in the first steep was a bit mild, almost like a gentle green. I could taste the tartness, as well as a bit of sweetness (not sure if it was the strawberry or the agave I added…). The colour was a mild pink, almost a salmon pink. I topped up the glass at 8 and 12 minutes with the remainder of the shaker contents. The colour and flavour became increasingly strong, the tartness and sweetness were more pronounced and the tea became tastier. I enjoyed all the flavour levels, but think the stronger one was best.

Overall opinion? Tasty as an iced tea (will have to try hot), especially when left (or forgotten!) to steep. Not as good as Pink Flamingo, and while I enjoyed it I don’t think I’d order some (not worth the international shipping), though I’d probably grab a cup or two if I lived closer to a DT!

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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