299 Tasting Notes


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!

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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My father-in-law heard me talking about my love for white tea, so while he was out food shopping, he brought back a box of this (can you tell my in-laws are awesome yet?!). I had it unsweetened as I had it during dinner (I feel it’s a waste to add sweetener when I’m eating something mildly sweet since you can’t really taste the sweetness that way – my sandwich had a juicy tomato on it)! I only steeped for just under 2 minutes and I waited till my water had cooled down to 175.

It’s mild, very smooth and with very little astringency. Pretty nice, but I’ve gotten awfully spoiled by the loose white teas in my collection. There’s just something about them! Not too bad though for tea on the fly.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Rooibos by Numi Organic Tea
299 tasting notes

My husband told his mom that I was into tea, so she bought whatever she could find from her local grocery store for our visit. This was one of them. It’s actually really nice! It’s still got that earthy quality but it’s very lightly flavored with vanilla. I’ve enjoyed my two cups so far!


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I received a couple of the sample packets from a recent Davidstea order. It has been hotter than normal in the DC area (well at least this summer – usually it’s much worse) so I hot-brewed 2 of the 5 gram sample packets and then stuck it all in the fridge to cold brew for about 24 hours. It’s tastes like watered down juice (which is how I prefer it – I’m a weirdo, I know). It doesn’t need sweetener which is awesome and it’s so refreshing!

I basically drank through 32oz of it in 20 minutes. I think I need more of this, stat!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

I haven’t had much luck with dessert teas that mix chocolate and mint because the mint almost always overpowers the chocolate. This is a much lighter mint and you can actually taste the chocolate, though I taste vanilla a bit more.

It kind of reminds me of the McDonalds St. Patty’s Day shake, which is oh so delicious but so horrible for you. I picked up some of bags to keep at work which was convenient today as I accidentally left my steeping mug in the dishwasher at home! Woe is me! I can get 2 steepings easily out of the bag which has a hearty portion and I add a touch of milk and a touch of sweetener.

(I may have also ordered the loose for home use, but don’t tell my husband)

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
299 tasting notes

Thanks to RogersCK for this sample!

From the bag this smells exactly like fruit snacks/fruit punch. It was so fruity that I couldn’t even smell anything relating to green tea. Brewed, it’s a deep pink hue. I added sweetener as it was a bit bland without. It’s hovering right around the “am I drinking cough syrup?” and “mmm cherry”. The thing that saves it is the other flavors.

I bet this would be good iced!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I agree on the borderline ‘cough syrup’ taste. I do like it better iced.

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

I’m still not quite sure how I feel about this tea. I made it hot, but used a lower water temperature than the one recommended on the packaging, with 2 teaspoons and managed to scoop out one whole cherry. I can’t really place the fruit, there’s a lot of different ones in here, but thankfully, it doesn’t taste like sour lemon, although I did add sweetener. Think I prefer this one iced.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

I cold steeped this for over 24 hours. I don’t think I used enough leaf since it is very light. Right out of the fridge, it is a refreshing drink and a plus, it doesn’t need sweetener. I wouldn’t say it’s especially unique, but sometimes you need a departure from exciting teas for something simple and safe.

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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:

Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

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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