297 Tasting Notes

drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by DavidsTEA black teas, especially ones that are supposed to be flavored like dessert. I was hesitant to try this one as I very much dislike all things anise. I used the full 5 gram sample for my 16oz steeping mug, steeped for 4 minutes and added sweetener. It’s not something that I would dump out, but I’m not sure I would keep it in my cupboard. It’s ok? It actually seems a little weak as far as flavor is concerned. Did I do something wrong?

I was afraid to steep it longer than 4 minutes due to the black tea base but the packaging recommended 4-7.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

Having this iced again with my dinner. It’s so nice and refreshing and thankfully, un-caffeinated (because if I have anymore today I won’t be able to sleep tonight). So glad I picked this up.

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Thanks to Nicole for this generous sample!

I really like this one. It’s different from The Persimmon Tree Coconut Creme in that it tastes a little like toasted coconut (it kind of reminds me of toasted coconut marshmallows). The oolong makes it creamy. I added sweetener which makes it super sweet and dessert-like.

Delicious!

(Got 3 steeps easily out of 2 tsp of leaves in my 16oz steeping mug – probably could have gone for a 4th too).

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

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Thanks to RogersCK for this sample!

I’m drinking it hot as I overindulged during dinner tonight (we tried out a great Belgium place that is known for their mussels) and my body could use some honeybush and/or rooibos.

With sweetener, it kind of tastes like strawberry jam. I’m getting a tiny bit of lime, no real rum taste but I’m happy about that. I can imagine that this is amazing iced.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

First I hot brewed this at normal strength for about 10 minutes (for 24oz) and then I used the remainder plus 2 fresh teaspoons to make another 24oz cold brewed. This reminds me of coconut water. It is sweet, refreshing and light on the tongue. It’s not super sweet but enough that I don’t need to add sweetener. I ordered more of this and Pink Passionate. I think those are my new favorite juice-type teas that I’ve found this season. A plus, I’m feeling a bit better and tea stays down (sorry TMI).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I’m drinking the last bag of this today. It’s definitely pleasant, nice and light and slightly fruit. Back to decent (even bagged) tea now that I’m out of the hospital. Let’s just say that I didn’t open the bags they supplied there.

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Just like the butterscotch, I’m about to have a lot more of this in my cupboard. I needed some tasty tea after this mornings trial. This is still tasty (whew). I usually brew 5 minutes and then the leaves are good for another brew with a few extra leaves. My second brew of this will easily ""sipdown"" this sample (I’m on my first brew right now). But as with my prior PTT note, 1oz is on its way to me soon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

I ordered more of this one too! Just got the shipping notice! Woohoo!

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@Tealizzy: yay!

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Thanks to RogersCK for this sample!

I love Firefly (and Serenity for that matter) so when I saw this on RogersCK’s swaplist, I knew I had to at least try it. The steeping leaves smelled a little weird. The taste is also a bit weird. I totally get the previous reviews on this mentioning chlorine. Maybe chlorine plus burnt toast? I don’t really taste the chocolate. I’ve been writing this tasting note for longer than I tend to, and I can’t take more than a sip of my mug without making the yuck face. Not a fan. Glad I only got that sample!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Ya, this one still eludes me. So sad, since I have a bunch of it.

RogersCK

Interestingly enough, I enjoyed this tea the first time I tried it (haven’t had another cup since though). I like the toasted, slightly burnt taste of rice so maybe I’m weird like that, lol. My husband on the other hand couldn’t stand it. I will have to try this one again and maybe pay closer attention since I did not get the ‘chlorine’ taste.

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So today was an odd day as I was in the hospital for the majority of it (migraines are so much fun). I came home after a long rush hour drive and just wanted something yummy and warm. This was perfect, and I even finished off the sample sachet from my first order with Persimmon Tree. I suppose you could call this a sipdown, but as 1 ounce is on its way, it’s kinda wrong to claim it.

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Since I have 1oz coming to me that I ordered from the Labor Day sale, I felt it was ‘ok’ to use more of the sample I bought a few weeks ago. It is still delicious which is good since I will have much more of it soon!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 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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