305 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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
305 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!

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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.

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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

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
305 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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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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