488 Tasting Notes


Ok, so I lowered my rating of this tea just a little because the sweetener in the tea leaves a bit of a sticky sugary aftertaste in my mouth (like after you’ve had some really sweet chocolate). This being said, it really hit the spot. I tried yet another milk tea/boba place in Boston that disappointed, so I had to remedy the situation today with this stand-in. Some people may think it’s too sweet, but my sweet tooth really enjoyed it on this cold, windy day.

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Backlogging from yesterday. Had this in the evening because it has less caffeine.. I still think it affected my sleeping a bit though. Anyway, I am stuck on moving on to other samples from Den’s Tea because I love this one so much. I especially really like drinking it while eating spicy Korean food. The roasted, clean taste nicely complements the spicy, savory food. I doubled up on the tea leaves because it seemed a little weak to me last time, and it was perfect. After I sample everything else from the sampler, I’m definitely putting in an order for more of this tea!

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Brought this in my travel tumbler to class today. There was a weird smell after the initial vanilla smell that translated to a funky taste. Odd because I didn’t taste/smell that at all the last time I drank this. My amateur guess would be that maybe the oils or something in the tea went bad? Or it might have to do with my tumbler. In either case, I had to dump a lot of it out :( I’ll be sure to get to the bottom of this when I get back home.

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I woke up unusually early today, so I actually had time for a proper breakfast, hooray! Afterward, though, I felt overly stuffed, so I opted to take a light, fruity tea to class in my tumbler. I’m kind of in denial that the weather is getting cold and the seasons are changing, and this tea helped me deal with that with the contrast between it’s peppy lychee flavor and the solid black tea base. That being said, I should probably move on to some fall tea samples that I bought recently…

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I love the tea typically served at Japanese restaurants and wanted to get some for my own. So a while back, I asked the waitress “What kind of tea is this?” and she stared at me for a second and replied “Green tea” in a “duh” kind of way. Well… thanks for that. Ever since, I haven’t asked anyone else. Anyway, long story short, I have finally have it with this tea!

This is the second sample that I’ve tried from the Den’s Tea sampler, and I’m really liking it. As much as I’ve grown to love loose leaf, sometimes it’s faster to just dunk a tea bag in some water in a mug. The tea bag immediately released some powdery stuff, which I’m assuming is some kind of matcha or powdered sencha. The tea was a foggy green with a sort of thick/milky texture (that sounds kinda gross, but it wasn’t!). The tea also has a bit of a seaweed-y taste to me. But I may just be remembering eating it with sushi so many times before. Overall, very tasty but a little weak for me. Maybe I’ll like the loose leaf version better. So far, Den’s Tea sampler 2 for 2!

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This is the first tea that I’m trying from the Den’s Tea sampler and the first time I’m having houjicha to boot! When I first opened the packet, I was greeted by a fishy smell, kinda like dried anchovies, which scared me a little. However, after steeping (only 30 seconds, how strange!), the fishy smell went away almost completely and it now smells more like genmaicha to me. The taste is a nice roasted, savory-type tea, which is just what I needed now that the weather is getting cold. I can also detect a bit of fishy taste. I was afraid from the dry leaf smell that that would be weird, but it somehow incorporates nicely with the rest of it all.

If the rest of this sampler turns out to be as delicious as this one, my bank account is gonna take a hit. A wonderfully delicious hit.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Yay for herbal tea experimentation! When I smelled this in store, I was immediately drooling. Smells like baked goods with a warm, cinnamon-y, nutty smell. Apple is also in there somewhere. I kinda wanted to just eat some right then and there (it looks like trail mix!), but I resisted and waited to get home to brew it up “properly”.

Anyway, the tea smells the same but almost stronger. After the initial 5-6ish minutes of steeping, the color definitely was pink as the description promised. However, the taste was not as strong as the smell and I found it to be watery tasting. I still loved it, so I let it steep while I worked on stuff. Steeping longer definitely helped with the watery-ness, but then my tea had cooled off! Maybe next time I’ll double up and see what happens. I think this may be my new favorite herbal (although I find myself saying this constantly these days..)

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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!


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


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’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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