420 Tasting Notes

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drank Precious White Peach by Teavana
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This is my traveler tea of the day. I think I may have gotten some extra candied pineapple in my scoop because there is a very candy-like sweetness to the tea. The peach taste is a little subtler than before, but definitely still noticeable. It also is a bit bitter, even though I tried to be careful not to oversteep. It’s a bit finicky in that way. May or may not repurchase because of that when I run out.

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I made my very first trip to a DAVIDsTEA store today, hooray! Anyway, I’m on a perpetual hunt for good herbal/low caffeine teas because I’m very sensitive to caffeine. When I smelled this one in the store, I immediately fell in love. I love pistachios and got a nice big whiff of it. There’s also another smell that’s hard to identify, so maybe it’s mulberry? I’ve never actually had mulberry before.

The tea does not taste quite as strong as the smell, but the pistachio definitely comes through. There’s also that mystery taste/smell again, which I’m guessing is the mulberry. It’s creamy, but not as creamy as I expected it to be. There’s an overall nice, natural sweetness to it, which is perfect because I don’t like to add sweeteners to my tea (but I also don’t like bitter teas). So far, it’s one of my favorite herbals that I’ve tasted! I’m going to have to go back to buy more before fall is over!

Courtney

Mulberry Magic is also delightful – the mulberry leaf with macadamia nuts. Yum!

Jennkay

Ooh I looked it up and it sounds delicious! I had limited time in store but I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m there :)

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I find straight black teas to be a little harsh sometimes, so I like to drink teas like this in the morning instead. The passion fruit and jasmine lend a sweet note to the tea without completely taking over the flavor like some other flavored teas might.

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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I’ve been so excited to try out these samples from Yezi Tea, so here goes another one! It’s the first time I’ve made oolong on my own, so bear with me. Forgot to smell the dry leaves cause it was so cold I just wanted tea right away!

First steep: Steeped for 45 seconds as recommended. Smells floral (maybe orchid like the description says, but I’m not good with identifying beyond “floral”) and a little buttery perhaps? Tastes sweet, smooth/buttery, and nutty to me. And one of the most important things to me, no bitterness through to the end of the cup!

Second steep: Not sure that my water was hot enough, but steeped for about 20 more seconds. Color is a lot brighter & greener compared to the yellow from before. A lot of the smooth/buttery taste and texture have gone away, but the other flavors seem similar to before. Oh, and there is a bit of bitterness that wasn’t there before, but not much.

Third/fourth steeps: Steeped 20 more seconds each. Pretty much same taste as second steep.

Overall, very tasty! I’m sad that the sample is gone, and I’m definitely considering repurchasing in the future.

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My friends know that it’s no secret that I love myself milk tea/boba. When I moved from an area where I could find at least 3 places to get boba within one block to an area where I can barely find good boba in the city, I was crushed. One of my generous friends sent me a little milk tea/boba care package that included this tea to satisfy my cravings. And I gotta say, I love this tea! Definitely very sweet and creamy, not bitter at all. I love it hot, I love it cold. It’s not as strong as other milk teas that I’ve had, but I’m pretty happy with it!

PS I posted the pic for this tea and it somehow came out sideways.. Sorry about that, not sure how to fix it.

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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My mom had a bunch of Lupicia samples just lying around, so I rescued them and brought them with me to Boston! I’m not going to give this a number rating quite yet because I have no idea how old the sample is, but I’m loving it! I have a grapefruit scented shampoo that I absolutely love and always am tempted to taste a little even though I know it will be bad. This tea is kind of how I imagined the shampoo would taste, haha. Anyway, the grapefruit flavor does not taste very artificial, but also not as sour as eating just a straight-up grapefruit, which I like. The green tea is not as prominent in this one as other flavored green teas except maybe a little at the end. Definitely adding this tea to my shopping list for later purchase!

Edit: Just wanted to add that it did start getting quite bitter toward the end of my cup, but I’m still liking it!

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I’ve been looking for non-caffeinated teas, so I bought on impulse at the grocery today. When I opened the box, I could smell a strong whiff of cinnamon, which kinda scared me. The tea definitely has a strong cinnamon taste, but I think it suits the cold weather today. The apple aftertaste is nice to round it out, too. It’s like a mix of cinnamon candies/gum, cider, and baked goods. I’m actually pleasantly pleased by this herbal tea, and I’m sure I’ll be reaching for it more often as the weather grows colder.

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drank Barley Tea by Dong Suh
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Finally bought a pitcher for my new place, which means barley tea time! Woohoo. I’ve missed drinking barley tea with my meals. Plain old water just isn’t as delicious.

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So I received some samples from Yezi Tea through their free sample deal, and this one was accidentally sent to me instead of White Peony Master Grade Bai Mu Dan. For whatever reason, I decided to try this one first! The dry leaves almost remind me of dried anchovies for some reason. The tea itself, though, smells and tastes very grassy. I’m not really picking up any of the “peach and plum” as the description of the tea says, but it does seem slightly sweet. Anyway, I’m liking the nice clean taste. I accidentally let half the cup go cold, but I actually think I prefer it cold than hot. Interesting.

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drank Starbucks Black Iced Tea by Tazo
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Backlogging from yesterday. So the power in my apartment went out yesterday, so I sought refuge and internet at the nearest place I could – Starbucks. The black tea is not exactly superb, but it’ll do in a pinch. Especially when it makes me feel less guilty for taking up a seat for more than an hour.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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