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240 Tasting Notes

I ordered some of the sample sachets of this with my BF Teavivre order. On the package, they recommend boiling water, but I used 195. The oolong is almost creamy in a way and the strawberry flavor is light and pleasant. I probably could have done without it, but I added a bit of sweetener. Currently going on my 2nd steep.

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

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This tea is such a disappointment to me since it smells soo strong and delicious and the actual taste is quite weakly flavored. I used 3 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug and I added sweetener. It tastes like light cinnamon but otherwise, it just doesn’t have the oomph you’d expect from the scent. Sad. Though it makes me glad I only picked up the 1oz sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Try it at 5 min with milk and sugar. Pretty good that way. :)

jeweledthumb

@Tealizzy: Do you recommend adjusting the temperature at all?

Tealizzy

Nope, I usually steep it at 205 degrees.

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This basically tastes like raspberry jolly ranchers, which is kinda awesome. Even though it looks like mostly apple pieces, you do get the raspberry flavor, though the pineapple is very light. I know Teavana isn’t very popular on here and people say it’s really expensive, but honestly $10 for 2oz of tea is not that bad (Davidstea is pricier), even if it more of a tisane than anything else.

3tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

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

i don’t mind teavana… i’ve just mostly grown beyond them =0). david’s i personally mind because they aren’t careful about ingredients =0(

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I bought this when World Market was doing their BOGO sale on The Republic of Tea teas. I don’t know why I only pulled it out recently, but the cute little tin was hiding in the back of my cupboard. In any case, I think this is long gone as I can’t find it on the website and it’s been missing from my local World Market for months now (sorry!). This is a nice caffeine free alternative for the holiday season.

It’s sweet on its own, but I always add sweetener and that’s when the flavors really pop. It’s got just enough cinnamon and vanilla added to keep the ginger from being overwhelming. It’s a lovely cup and I’d repurchase with a sale. Otherwise, I find this brand on the pricey side, since one bag only yields 6oz of tea. I double bagged in a 12oz mug.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
240 tasting notes

Hmm… this is another one my husband brought back from Montreal. This is very similar to Read My Lips, except there’s a hint of creaminess that doesn’t really come out as much in RML, although I might try steeping that one at a lower temperature as well and see if that makes a difference. Not bad, but I have a hefty serving of RML to work through so not sure I’d stock this one in addition to that one, though the little candy canes are adorable.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

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

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This is surprisingly good! I was a bit nervous as the smell in the bag is way too strong and almost chemical, but the brewed tea has a much lighter aroma. I mostly taste chocolate and coconut, but there is also a creaminess to it I really enjoy. I managed to get this for a nice price during one of their sales (about $5 for the 2oz) but I’m not sure I’d pay the nearly $11 per 2oz retail price.

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

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Yum! Cinnamon!

Ok, apparently, I’m too tired tonight to make a sensible review. I think my last note on this has more details. I’m nearly done with this sample, so I’ll say that I’ve enjoyed this one.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This smells almost exactly like peach gummy rings!

The taste is less artificial than drinking a peach gummy ring, but the idea is the same. This came in my 8 days of Chanukah gift set and my husband had also picked me up a small bag to try on his recent trip. I’m enjoying the cup, but I’ve strayed a little from fruity teas with the colder weather. It reminds me that I need to break out my fruity whites and oolongs again!

2.5 teaspoons in 16oz steeping mug plus sweetener

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

I never had an interest in this one and then I read someone saying how it was like Fuzzy Peaches and that peaked my interest. Now you have a similar sentiment so I think I will have to try some of this.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
240 tasting notes

I was so scared to try this tea, I had putting it off for months really. But given my not negative reaction to Davidstea Sleigh Ride, I figured I’d give it a shot. To me, this tastes like some sort of warm cherry juice with a underlying faint taste of banana (it tastes a bit better than my description for the record). I bet this would delicious iced.

I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dexter3657

LOL I LOVE Kanpe. To each their own, but yes it is good iced. I like it with a Chinese green base (two tsp green and two tsp Kanpe – 3 cups water) either hot or iced…

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
240 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Yup, it was that fast, though I didn’t post a couple tasting notes of this tea/tisane. It lasted less than a week. See previous note for my thoughts.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
Assam Black

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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