341 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
341 tasting notes

I could swear I already reviewed this tea, but I just looked through all of my tasting notes, and I can’t find it! Weird! Anyway, this is a sipdown and was originally received from 20monkies.

This is very similar to The Persimmon Tree’s Mandarin Silk/Creme. It’s a creamy, non-artificial or cupcake vanilla. It’s soft on the palate, yet very pleasant. I definitely don’t need both in the house at once but I was able to get through an ounce of this pretty easily. I would definitely keep one or the other in the house at all times, though I will say, this is something you have to be in the mood for since it lasts a few steeps.

I add sweetener to mine.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not a long review, as I just worked my 3rd 12 hour day in a row, but I took the “leaves” from last night and added a teaspoon of Adagio Vanilla Rooibos which I really dislike on its own. Together, the blend is really nice, in fact, better than I was expecting. Really speaks to this blend’s mixing capabilities.

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They should have really called this Lucky Charms, but I suppose that would have breached some sort of trademark because that is exactly how this smells!

I stupidly got an ounce of this for a Starbucks Reward when it was on sale so it probably would have been more cost effective to just get myself a pricey Starbucks drink; I’ve since learned my lesson and have my sights on some of the more ridiculous priced Teavana teas in the future.

Anyway, what surprised me was how deep of a red this brewed up as. I added sweetener just in case it turned out sour, but you could probably do without. This is super creamy and marshmallow-y so I can see it being a good mixer. I’m actually enjoying my mug of it since it’s a hot beverage and I just drove home in the snow of all things (in April)!

Either way, I’d certainly pick some more of this up in the future. Just not for the moment since I am absolutely swimming in teas!

2 “perfect teaspoons” (more like 3tsp)

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I was going to do the same with my Starbucks Reward, but decided to use the Reward for another sample of the Jasmine Silver Needle and just buy this one myself. Definitely a bigger bang for my buck! I haven’t tried it yet, but I am very much looking forward to it!

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Hooray for having some more Lemon Chiffon in the house due to the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box!

I’ve had 2 big mugs of this so far tonight. I’m battling a sinus headache and this was one of the only things that seemed appealing, plus the hot steam will hopefully open up my sinus passages (already used the neti pot with only semi-success). I love the idea of spring, but my body reacts like it is allergic to everything so it’s not very fun for me.

Anyway, this is lemony and creamy. I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and add sweetener. I’ve had the Lime Chiffon in stock plus a bunch of dupes, and still there’s something about having this again. I don’t think it’s necessarily better, but it’s definitely good!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m pretty sure this came from KallieBoo!.

This a nice pretty unoffensive dessert rooibos. I’m getting a bit of almond, a bit of cream and vanilla. Thankfully, the flowers aren’t giving a significant aroma or taste since I’m usually not a fan of overly floral teas (or anything else for that matter). I’d consider it in a future Adagio order.

2 tsp + sweetener

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So I went to Wegmans today again for soup supplies, and couldn’t resist going down the tea aisle (also, have I mentioned that they sell Republic of Tea cheaper than World Market AND their own online shop – most of the cans are $7.99 or $8.99 – awesome). Sorry, side note.

This is basically Davidstea Forever Nuts which is pretty awesome. BUT it’s only marginally cheaper than the Davidstea version. Davidstea FN is $3.835/ounce for lower quantities and then $3.451/ounce for the larger quantities (plus you get the free tin) and the Wegmans version is $3.125/ounce. Still cheaper, but not as significant as some of their whites or green teas, for example.

Either way, I heard this was seasonal, but the tin at my store didn’t have the seasonal label so that makes me think it’s going to be part of the regular collection which is awesome, and it won’t make me feel guilty about drinking my Tiesta Tea version (and also won’t be nearly as frustrating if they don’t have that sale again this year, though I hope they do!).

Anyway, rambling aside (nm there’s more). I’m about to have 3 free Starbucks rewards and I want to pick expensive good Teavana tea for my rewards. Any recommendations?

Oh right, 3tsp+ sweetener

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

I “stole” this out of the traveling tea box without trying it first since I figured I would like it. I was right. It’s a lovely creamy dessert rooibos. Is it eggnog? It’s close because of how creamy it is, but it’s not quite there for me, but close enough for zero calories.


Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

I’ve been so busy with work, that I haven’t been able to try as many teas out of this traveling box. This reminds me of the many iterations of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon except I found this one slightly less lemony and more creamy. Good, but I think I prefer a bit more lemon flavor.

2 tsp + sweetener

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I am a fan of citrus flavors in tea, particularly lemon. Creamy and lemony together just sounds heavenly.

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

I had this yesterday and I remember it tasting like hazelnut, which is weird, since there’s no hazelnut to speak of in the blend, but I quite enjoyed it. It was a bit figgy and nutty and pretty tasty with the additional of some sweetener. Think I might keep this one.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

So I enjoyed the first few sips of it but then it got increasingly bitter, even with my added sweetener. This will be continuing on in the traveling tea journey.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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:

Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

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



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