40 Tasting Notes

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I tried this was just under a year ago and this was while I worked at the store for the holidays. My store manager forced me to try this because I was coming down with some sort of cold. I remember smelling it initially and it was so strange and not something I’d go for. I think it was steeped was quite strong (too many leaves to water ratio) and I ended up really disliking it. Also I think it was mostly the ginger taste that put me off more than the sea lettuce.

Fast forward to the end of August, I had developed a liking for ginger this summer (thanks to all the fresh green juices I’ve been having) and I was in the store as a customer. This time I looked at Splash and thought to give it a try again. I bought a 30 gram bag.

I steeped it today (Nov 15) and I used one perfect spoon worth of it in a cup
Turns out, I actually REALLY like it! It’s definitely an acquired taste so unless you dislike ginger and sea greens types then I don’t think you will like this.
I love having hot lemon water during the cooler months, so earlier after my second steep I added half of a lemon to the tea and I found it just perfect, a gingery lemon tea.

Ps: I had it on my desk while I was working and completely forgot I had 1/4 bit of it left so it’s completely cold. I tried it and it tastes and smells like ginger ale (without the sugar + bubbles) to me. Bonus!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Ah yes, another tasting note during the end of term exams week. Looks like procrastination at it’s finest!

This one falls on the same scale of Cocomint Cream to me (Cocomint cream changed my world last year, go see my tasting note for it). Although the smell of it is much nicer by dry leaf, I find the taste to be somewhat similar, except this one might be slightly better than cocomint cream as a straight tea. My initial taste/thought of it reminded me of a muted “Cold 911” minus the eucalyptus and citrus notes with a touch of creamy white chocolate. (This was after I remembered about Cocomint Cream existing, I know, how’d I forget?!)

Not sure if I will repurchase from my 30gram bag, maybe I’ll try brewing a thing of cocomint to compare to this one and see if it’s a tin worthy tea. Overall it’s nice, but like others have mentioned, the added stevia, oily film and globs of green are a little weary.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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(I had to get out of the house from all the studying I’ve been doing, thank goodness for my quick trip to the mall)

This tea tastes just as it smells! I find that most rooibos teas have that.. rooibos taste. They’re always the same to me so to my surprise, this one was perfect. It’s quite mild. I had this brewing for a little longer than I wanted to but it turned out, light and sweet with a touch of ginger and molasses?

I got a 30 gram bag of it, and I’m not sure if I’d run out and restock before the holidays are over but we’ll see how it goes for the next couple of weeks.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Not a big fan of licorice. The licorice taste was subtle, you can smell the different spices. the star anise stood out to me the most. I could tell that this could be better iced or served cold. Overall It wasn’t bad but it’s not one I’d restock on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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My DAVIDsTEA friends told me about this one day (they were all ooh-ing about it for some reason, I forgot) when I walked into the store and I decided to buy a little sample of it to take home to try for myself.

It’s been sitting in the back of my cupboard for a month now and I’ve finally remembered to try it. (Was in the mood for oolong)

At first I couldn’t remember why they said I should try it, something about the taste..hmmm..
After the cup was brewed, I took a sip aaaaand nothing. It’s just a nice vegetal oolong.

Then seconds later after the first sip or two I didn’t realize but I inhaled through my nose and noticed this strange sweet after taste in the back of my throat. Like many on here said, it’s kind of artificial? I felt sick at first but it sort of grew on me. It’s a licorice-y (menthol?) kind of sweet. Very strange. I loved that the dry leaves looked like tiny green pebbles.

Don’t know if I’ll restock because it nearly made me upchuck but it’s neat.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Exploring my new found love for tea with mint in it, I knew I had to try this one! You can definitely taste the rooibos base but the mint and chocolate balances it out so it’s not so noticeable (if steeped for less time). I was more so surprised on re-steep to find the mintiness still there. The initial steep wasn’t as strong as I thought it would have been so I assumed it wouldn’t last.

I like it, maybe not to restock but it’s decent for caffeine-free evenings.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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First brew was lovely. A nice vanilla touch to the oolong. On re-steep the vanilla faded and it was just a cup of oolong. It’s still yummy, and I actually think it’s probably one of my favourites from davidstea. (Milk oolong being right above this)

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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So when I first heard of this tea, I was SO excited I had to tell my friend who is a huge coconut fan. COCONUT and MINT?! Weird combo but oh so interesting! When I got to smell the dry leaves at the store, I was actually disappointed. I’m not a mint fan and the mint smell was definitely there, somehow I was hoping it would be more coconutty. Anyways, that was probably 3 months ago when it first came out. On 12/12/12 (woohoo!) I went to a DAVIDsTEA with my friend who was celebrating her birthday and I treated her to a Red Velvet Cake latte (with a candle on top!). I also wanted to get myself a tea to go too. I thought out loud “Which tea would make a good soy latte?” The Tea Guide told me “Cocomint cream!” a little hesitant but also lazy to think of anything, I agreed to it.

IT WAS AMAZING.

So amazing that it convinced me to get myself a 100 gram tin the next time I dropped by a store.

I did brew it on it’s own as a straight tea and yes, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when it was a latte but it’s not bad.
The latte had a bit of agave added to it.

Something about the combination of the milk with the mint made it so creamy. Initial taste was almost similar to sipping into a mint ice cream but with a really pleasant coconut cream aftertaste.

I dislike strong mint teas, but this has sort of opened up some new doors for me.

Cocomint cream? High five to you, cocomint cream. YOU GO COCOMINT CREAM! (and a hi5 to you if you get my lame reference :P)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
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It IS good eh? I really should try it as a latte, especially since I have 100g of it too! (But I always need more caffeine-free options or I’ll be sipping at dessert blacks at 2am,and then… Y U NO sleep?)

juwelly

Funny you say that because I wrote this at 2am sipping on a caffeinated tea haha! and I totally agree with caffeine-free options, I’ve been branching out of my usuals and herbals/rooibos blends have been my bffs for night time cravings.

Cocomint cream happens to be caffeine free so yay for us!

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I used to be a green tea on the daily type of girl until I discovered DAVIDsTEA. Genmaicha and Sencha were my go tos! So after all these fun flavored teas for the past few months, I decided to bring some of this home. Boy, am I ever in love. It’s roasty toasty and is everything I enjoyed about Gemaicha with more!

If you like Genmaicha, I recommend this version as well :) I can see this being part of my daily greens when I am in need of a get away from flavoured tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m still drowsy from meds but here goes:

For the past week I’ve been drinking cup after cup of this because of a stubborn developing cold that is taking forever to get worse. It seems like my immune system is fighting a good fight (darn you sudden cold Vancouver weather!) and I’m at that stage where it feels like I’m beginning to get really sick or I’ve just gotten better from being sick. UGH! I’m not a mint tea fan and this is the only tea I actually enjoy and want more of that has peppermint/mint.
….uhm and..
Yay for cold 911! You will be my go to when I’m sick.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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A tea newbie that typically enjoys plain teas (sencha/genmaicha green tea is a daily must have) and the occasional chai and london fogs but is willing to discover new flavors.

All thanks to DAVIDsTEA, I’ve rediscovered how fun tea consumption can be! So now I’m using Steepster as my own personal tea diary.

I usually try flavored teas straight first and then in a soy/almond latte with a tiny bit of sweetener (agave or honey). If it’s a fruit type tea, then after the initial straight taste test, I’d do it iced with a bit of sweetener.

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