286 Tasting Notes

drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
286 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.

Preparation
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
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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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dexter

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
286 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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This came from a swap with KallieBoo!

I put off trying this for awhile as I have noticed that the Adagio black tea base isn’t my favorite. For this reason, I made sure I steeped for a short amount of time. This has a orange creamsicle scent and taste but it’s very light. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would but I don’t think it warrants a purchase.

I managed to get two steeps worth of the leaves so I have another couple of teaspoons for another cup. I used 2 in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

This is another tea my husband brought home for me. Wow, this is heavy and wow they recommend 2 tsp per cup (I used 3 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug)?! I steeped for a full 7 minutes and I added sweetener.

This reminds me a lot of Tiesta Teas Nutty Almond Cream, except this isn’t as almond and creamy and it has a hint of tartness from the hibiscus. It actually smells nearly identical too which is interesting. I prefer the Tiesta Teas for taste and price too (Sleigh Ride is $7.50 for 1.76oz and Nutty Almond Cream is $10.99 for 4oz – though thanks to BF I paid $5.50).

I’ll certainly use up the 26gram bag but unless they put this on major clearance after the holidays are over, I won’t be repurchasing.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
petitecanuck

It is quite expensive when you consider how much is actually needed!

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It says to prepare this in boiling water but I erred on the side of caution and used 195 which is still a bit high compared to other oolong instructions. This is pleasant. It isn’t super flavored, but it’s a dark oolong with a bit of vanilla flavoring. I added sweetener which helped. It’s neither amazing nor awful but I’m glad I only got a sample. I have a bit more to experiment with the temperature and steeping time.

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

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drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
286 tasting notes

I am a huge fan of bananas (fresh, artificial – a favorite is banana laffy taffy mmmm) so when I saw that Tiesta had a banana flavored tea, I quickly snatched it up during their Black Friday promotion.

In the bag it smells wonderful. I wish I could say it blew my socks off steeped, but there is so much rooibos in this blend, that that’s pretty much all you can smell after it’s done brewing, and that usually isn’t a good sign before tasting it. After it cools, the banana flavor is more evident, but it’s still rather weak (and I added sweetener).

I’m thankful that I only ordered the (ok not so small) pouch. It’s not bad by any means, but I was expecting more. I think it’d be better without the rooibos (and something tells me it was used as an inexpensive filler but I hope I’m wrong?).

It must be noted that I just ate lunch. I will try again when I haven’t eaten flavorful things just to be sure my tongue wasn’t playing tricks on me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 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
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

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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