298 Tasting Notes

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
298 tasting notes

This tastes so good! And yes, I’m still getting through the Davidsteas that my husband picked up for me in Montreal. It’s warm and spicy with just a hint of a creaminess towards the end of the sip. One of these days, I need to buy myself a milk frother since this seems like it would be amazing as a latte.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I finished the last bit of my initial 2oz purchase today, so technically a sipdown but I recently got another 2oz of it on sale, so not really.

Today has been a really nice relaxed new years day. My husband and I planned out our season ticket to the symphony, watched Zoolander and didn’t do much of anything else. Not sure what 2014 is going to bring, but I hope I’m ready for it!

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I ordered during the recent H&S BF/CM sale. To be honest, given the ornate tins, I was really surprised at how low priced H&S teas are.

Anyway, dry, this smells absolutely amazing. Midway through brewing, I took the lid off the tin just to smell it. I brewed 5 minutes per the instructions, but I think next time I’ll try less.

For those of us that usually drink flavored teas, this is very light. I was surprised that the Ceylon base wasn’t astringent. It was very smooth and not overpowering. The vanilla was barely there, though. I took a few sips without sweetening it and it was drinkable but I have a major sweet tooth so I added some. With sweetener, the vanilla comes out a bit more, but it’s not really at the forefront, it’s more of a background.

I’m going to try messing around with the temperature and steeping times. I like it, but it doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as some of the reviews make it appear.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So yummy!

I had a big mug of this tonight and it’s just as yummy as my first. It’s creamy, nutty with apple and cinnamon. Perfect as a nighttime winter drink. I’m so bad with rating teas as I’m horribly indecisive, but I’m pretty confident in this one!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this for a couple of months, but I was using it for the Secret Pumpkin swaps and didn’t try it myself.

I was a little put off by the smell of this dry, so I didn’t have high hopes. Steeped, it does remind me of candy corn. The bit of sweetness around the entire mouth is weird but so accurate. I’m not sure it’s something that I’ll want very often (similar to candy corn strangely enough), but I’m happy to say that it isn’t bad.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug. I think maybe I overleafed actually. Will try again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Maybe my taste buds are off today, but for some reason, this one doesn’t taste nearly as creamy and delicious as I remembered. Still yummy, but not nearly as dessert like as previous cups. Not sure why that is. I don’t mind it tasting like oolong, since I really like oolong, but last time it tasted like I melted a bunch of caramels in my cup.

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

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
298 tasting notes

I don’t know why I thought this was going to be a kind of fruity sour tea, probably because it steeps up red, but it is far from that! It is such a lovely almond flavor, almost like almond biscotti or a croissant! I used 3 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener. My husband brought back about 25 grams of this from his trip to Montreal and I know it’s technically limited with the holidays, but I could see this being had all year long. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Yeah, I think I’m definitely going to get through this before winter is over. I’ve had 4 cups of it so far today. I use 3 tsp in my steeping mug, let it sit for awhile before I touch it and add a bit of sweetener. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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. :)

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

Tealizzy

Nope, I usually steep it at 205 degrees.

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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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