336 Tasting Notes

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I polished off the last of this tonight. As I think I mentioned in my initial review, it’s a pretty nondescript sweet taste and doesn’t really taste like “red velvet” cake. I’ve enjoyed it after work but I don’t think it’s special enough to stock it.

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This is super heavy on the chamomile and the little flowers were stuffed at the top of the sample baggy and I had to decant into something where I could actually get some of the blend.

This isn’t horrible, but I don’t really get banana or coconut from this. Mostly chamomile, maybe a mild sweetness but I added sweetener. I’m not the biggest fan of chamomile since there was an incident a year or so ago when I had the stomach bug, enough said. This I can manage to get down without reliving that awful experience but it’s not something I’ll be drinking again AND the remains of the packet are now living in my swap box.

2 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I decided to be temporarily distracted from all the secret pumpkin and Davidstea new teas I have swimming around and try one of the Persimmon Tree Tea Company sample baggies that I was ignoring at work.

For a only partially (not crazily sprinkled candy) flavored tea, this is really tasty! The vanilla is not overwhelming and I’ve noticed that I really like Assam as a black tea, especially as a base for flavored ones. I’d pick up a tin of this for sure!

2 tsp in 16oz steeping mug + sweetener

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
336 tasting notes

My husband recently went on a business trip to Montreal and bought me 8 different bags of 25grams of tea. The majority of the holiday collection and some other bits recommended by the sales associate (he spoils me!). I was really excited about this one but also a bit nervous.

The first steep, I did 4 minutes and added sweetener. There was a slightly bitter taste to it but still enjoyable.

The second steep, I prefer. I did 5 minutes and once again added sweetener. It’s not the big punch of flavor from the first steep but is kind of like liquified toffifay, though obviously a much lighter flavor and not the yummy candy mouthful that you get with the real thing.

I’m going to attempt a third steep in a bit but I quite like this! I wonder if any of the holiday collection will make its way into the permanent line… one can hope.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I picked some of this up for the Secret Pumpkin and when I was portioning it out, each time I got a whiff of it, I thought “I’ve got to try that” but due to the Secret Pumpkin, I also managed to receive quite a bit more samples than I’m used to having at any one time (no complaints) and never got around to trying it. Till tonight that is…

Well, unlike the Davidstea Pumpkin Chai, this doesn’t taste nearly as flavorful as it smells, but it’s a similar taste profile and pretty yummy. I used 2.5 teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener. I think next time I’ll try steeping for a few less minutes (I did the full 5 and I think the black tea has drowned out the flavor a little). Otherwise, tasty, just wish it tasted the way it smells!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is one of those teas that makes me want to order a milk frother immediately. It tastes great with and without milk, BUT the spice mix reminds me of the chai latte that I used to get at a coffee shop where I want to school and it was so delicious and I want to remake it ASAP.

It’s possible that it tastes even better because of the amazing price I paid at HomeGoods but it is a nice chai tea nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Why did I only pick up 35grams of this?! This is so delicious. It is creamy and almost rich in a way. It has just enough spice but it doesn’t overpower the pumpkin taste. I’m disappointed in myself that I tried this after it was already gone from the website! Must…get…more

Both steeps are delicious, but the 2nd is a little spicier and a bit less creamy.
2 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown-ed the last of this yesterday evening. I did a resteep with the leaves as well. Cinnamon-y goodness.

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(blah blah Della Terra sale – yup I get sucked in a lot)

Ever since the weather got colder, I have been really into cinnamon. Maybe it was the little push from my Secret Pumpkin with a whole bunch of cinnamon teas but something about it has been extra comforting. Every night I come home, I make at least a mug of tea. Tonight I started out with Della Terra Red Velvet Delight Rooibos (it’s ok) and then I decided to open this one. It smells very similar to Cinnamon Crackle though with a rooibos base.

As far as tasting is concerned, it’s slightly less fiery than the Cinnamon Crackle, BUT, it does pack a bit of a punch. I can feel it on the roof of my mouth. It tastes, similarly to CC like big red gum or sweet red hots. Again, I don’t know why I’m addicted to all things spicy at the moment but this sure is hitting the spot.

2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug + sweetener

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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