303 Tasting Notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

This blend freaked me out a bit and I was hesitant to try it, but that’s the point of a traveling tea box, to try things you wouldn’t normally buy yourself.

Honestly, for how scary the liquid looked, it’s not that bad. I’m not a huge mint fan, but this is a pretty dialed down mint and I don’t get a fishy odor or taste, so that’s good. I wouldn’t ever buy this myself, but it was fun to try!

(For the record, I used 1.5 tsp but since steepster only allows whole numbers, it rounded down)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
303 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

For the record, I really hate fruit-flavored coffee (but love coffee).

This is so weird. The taste unsweetened to me was just gross – it was almost coffee mixed with (flavored but not terribly sweetened) cough syrup and then a smokey hint of mate. Sweetened, it loses most of the coffee and mate taste and there’s an edge of the berry that tastes like it shouldn’t be there. Slightly lemony almost raspberry-ish. I can see someone that really likes raspberry or other berry flavored coffee drinks to really like this one, but I’m not a fan.

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

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Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

I’m really enjoying this one. I’m pretty excited about all the banana-based teas in the box since I freaking love banana flavored things. This didn’t taste much like anything unsweetened, but when I sweetened it, it almost has a syrupy mouthfeel (in a pleasant way). It’s like they took Davidstea Banana Nut Bread and added a more substantial base (in this case, the black tea). Tempting to retain the rest of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
303 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

This reminds me quite a bit of Davidstea Banana Bread, just without the nutty element. It’s ok. Like Banana Bread it really benefits from a long steep time and the addition of some sweetener. It’s not especially unique or flavorful and I’m getting a weird sourness to it which is odd since there’s no hibiscus. Happy to try but I think I’ll pass the rest of the bag on.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

Wow, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I really like it! It’s a little like Stormy Night, but it lacks the black tea and coconut-ness of it. It’s a bit weird unsweetened since you definitely taste the slightly vegetal green tea, but once I added a bit of sweetener, it was a nice, spicey mix – definitely lots of yummy cinnamon. I’m not getting much chocolate, maybe a hint of cocoa? I think the rest of this is going to be sticking around in my cupboard (sorry future tea traveler peeps)!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for a sample of this!

So far I’m on my 3rd steep (dare I try a 4th?), and it’s nearly as flavorful as the first, it’s actually bit creamier. I was a bit worried, this being a Pu Erh, but it’s actually really nice! I don’t think it would make me get a brick or plain Pu Erh or anything, but tasty cinnamon tea with all the benefits of Pu Erh? Yes, please.

A lot of the reviews say this is bready and I’m not sure I’m going “bread” but it definitely evokes a cinnamon pastry.

I’ll definitely need to restock this when I’m out.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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Thanks to Dexter3657 for this! Seriously, the swap box that I received from her is amazing and I am having a fantastic time trying all of these teas!

Anyway, the dry leaf of this didn’t really smell like much of anything, BUT then I added hot water and let it brew and the true banana scent that wafted up from the water was amazing. I tested it unsweetened and while it was nice, the banana flavor really pops when I added a bit of sweetener. To my taste buds, this tastes a little like the 52teas Banana Pudding but I’ll have to try some more of that to be sure and see which one I prefer. I don’t really taste chocolate, but that’s totally ok.

I have yet to make a Lupicia order, but I’d certainly add this in if I were to make one in the future. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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oh man… i need a lupicia order..pretty sure this was on my list to try

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Thank you so much to Dexter3657 for sending me a generous sample of this!

This is good, but it reminds me almost spot on to Argo Tea’s Earl Grey Creme which is not limited edition and easier to get a hold of, though the snowflakes are pretty darn cute.

I used about 1.5 teaspoons of leaves in a 12oz mug and added sweetener

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
303 tasting notes

So it looks like every company has a version of this type of tea: Tiesta’s Nutty Almond Cream, Davidstea Forever Nuts. I think most of them have a version. I didn’t buy a bag of this but two of the sachets came in a sample set I bought and I brought the set into work. While loose tea is great, bagged is definitely easier at work. This is a nice apple-based tea with creamy almond notes. I add sweetener because I have a major sweet tooth but I’m sure many would enjoy this plain.

I got the Tiesta version for a ridiculously good price during Black Friday and I hope it lasts till this year’s holiday because I think it’s the cheapest I’ve seen this type of blend. Though if Davidstea had this on sale for any reason, I’d certainly stock up (doubtful given it’s popularity).

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for this sample!

I’ve been on a new medication that makes me nauseated so I’ve been really boring in my tea drinking, but since this is a rooibos, I thought I’d try it out. All the extra bits in it make it really pretty to look at and it reminds me of Davidstea Alpine Punch. There’s a lot of almond flavor and a nice creamy taste at the end of the sip. I added a bit of sweetener to mine even with the sprinkles.

If I decide to make an order from Georgia Tea Company when this tea is available, I’d likely add it to my cart.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 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:

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

Dislikes:
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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