513 Tasting Notes

drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
513 tasting notes

I think this tea has a great name. Not because it reminds me of a snow day, but I just love everything about snow days. I love waking up thinking I’m going to have to go to work. Noting that the weather is a swirling billowing white mess outside, and then getting that miraculous, too-good-to-be-true news that work is closed for the day. My god. And even better if it’s a Friday!

Anyway, this tea. I had it in-store as a latte with soy milk, which was not a good way to have it. This afternoon I made it with a bit of cream and sugar, and it was alright. Creamy, powdery peppermint with a hint of chocolate. Honestly, I far prefered white chocolate frost from two years ago. Will not be restocking, I don’t think. Or at least not much. I do want to find one that was like white chocolate frost. Maybe I’ll try 52 tea’s white grasshopper whatever tea. Hmmm.

In other news, I met up with kitenna today for a brief tea exchange/to get my part of the 52 teas order! It was so good to see her!

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OMGsrsly

Snow days are the best. :D

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, and you described them beautifully.

keychange

Let’s hope we all get one this year! but have beautiful weather otherwise.

Kristal

Got this in my 24 days of tea + as a 5g sample in my order. Looking forward to trying it!

keychange

Interested to read your thoughts on it!

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Nearly finished this now, and while it’s been fine, it’s not nearly strong or flavourful enough to warrant a reorder. I can definitely taste hints of all the suggested notes, but would be so much happier if they’d been amplified to about twice their strength, as I typically expect that from my unflavoured blacks. That said, it was certainly worth it, and I’m saving the last little bit for indigobloom for when I next see her, which will hopefully be sooner than later!

Also, I have a most unsightly cold sore and kind of hate being out in public (at work) with it right now. What a dumb problem.

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Fjellrev

I’m kind of relieved to read this isn’t amazing since the bad exchange rate has prevented me from ordering from WP.

Hope that sucker heals up soon! :( I’m so lucky to not get cold sores.

keychange

This is the first one I’ve had in a decade. Cankers, on the other hand, I get all the time. uggh uggh.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Taken to work today in my curve mug. I used two tsp of leaf for about 12 oz of water, and people aren’t kidding when they say this is a heavy tea. I will absolutely be getting more, but it’s just something to keep in mind.

I let it steep for ten minutes, and am terrified to learn of the state of my gravity steeper when i get home. I knew I was in for it when I tipped the steeper over the garbage can to find that the banana sludge just wouldn’t budge. Not having time to sort it out, I tossed it in the sink, filled it with hot water, and left for work.

But this tea is spot on. There is lots of sweet, baked banana up front with the slight dryness of walnuts, and it miraculously does not need additions. That said, i bet it would be a killer latte, or just taste even more baked goody with some milk. I’ll be getting more of this next time i’m at Dt! I’ve been having a hard time with tea in general lately, so it’s really exciting to find a blend I really like.

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Sil

this makes me want to go get some NOW to try…stupid work. lol

keychange

It’s delicious. Silly work!

Kristal

I REALLY want to try it as a latte. One of these days..

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Based on the intense marzipan smell of this, it instantly became the tea in the winter collection I was most excited about. Along with the deep, very sweet marzipan smell of the dry leaf, you do get a hint of that smell you first notice upon entering a place like an outdoor sporting goods store or Canadian Tire. I swear, just sniff it and think of those things-I can’t see how you wouldn’t smell it! haha. But it wasn’t evena little off-putting.

I brewed it for three minutes, and the scent wafting up from the cup was still quite marzipan-esque, although there was an underlying “grassiness” that put my nose on alert. I don’t actually dislike green tea, but if it’s too vegital, I find it kind of distracting. Anyway, I didn’t get enough of the marzipan flavouring, and I kind of wanted to be knocked about by it. I did get an underlying vegital kick from the green tea, which seemed a bit odd, and so I added in a bit of rock sugar hoping that would help. But that just ended up overwhelming everything and I dumped the cup because ain’t nobody got time for bad tea. Maybe a shorter steeping time? i don’t know. It’s just that the taste does not reflect the smell, and that’s just so disappointing.

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Fjellrev

I’m totally going to keep the Canadian Tire bag when I open the bag and try this tomorrow morning haha.

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
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My husband is feeling sick today, and asked me to make him a cup of tea. He wanted something with a lot of cinnamon, so I brewed him up some h and s hot cinnamon spice, and he loved it.

For myself, I chose this one. The dry leaf in-store kind of smells the way I imagine a rich person’s living room at Christmas to smell. Spicy, sweet, and of high class. When I opened up the bag I brought home though, there was more of a candied, bubble-gum type of sweetness that made me do a bit of a double-take. I brewed it up for about six minutes, and found the taste to be heavily spice-dominat, still with the sweet orange taste. The orange in this tea kind of reminds me of the orange smell/flavour in a mid summer night’s dream, so that was kind of distracting, because it felt a bit at odds with the rest of the taste. Also, it felt as though there was a bit too much ginger and cloves, and I think a bit of sugar might have calmed that down some, although by the time I realized that, I was mostly done the cup. Maybe next time. The oolong base, which I was actually curious about and looking forward to, was virtually undetectable, which is too bad. This might as well have been an herbal. All in all, it was alright, although I’m not thinking i’ll need to get more at this point.

Fjellrev

I like your description! The sales associate described it as DAVIDs Sangria, which I could see, but your description sounds better and more accurate. :D

Kristal

I agree with the oolong thing- if you cannot taste the base tea (oolong, green, etc) to me, the tea may as well be herbal.

keychange

I’m glad you liked my description, fgelrev! and crystal, that’s just it. I don’t mind not tasting the base sometimes, but call it what it is.

rosebudmelissa

I agree, especially since I mostly drink herbal teas anyway.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the other sample I tried at dT today, and compared with hot chocolate (the other sample), it was amazing. I was surprised that there wasn’t any added sugar, although the sweetness from the dates was really noticeable. I got more banana than nut, but there was definitely a bit of a nutty taste or feeling that prevented the tea from being too sweet or one-dimensional. It was actually really, really good, in my opinion. Got some more to bring home and am especially glad that you can steep this for pretty much as long as you’d like.

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Kristal

Oooo I wanna try this as a latte!

keychange

I think this would be incredible as a latte.

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so this was one of the samples I was offered as soon as I entered dT today. And I have to say: very underwhelming. I could taste the chocolate, and a bit of the earthiness of the puer, and that’s about it. I couldn’t really detect the black base, although I did get the impression that the whole thing would be next-level awesome with a bit of milk and sugar (because you seriously cannot have watery hot chocolate, you just can’t. I think it’s illegal, even). So I did pick up some to try out at home, but I wasn’t overly sold. I also just think that when it comes to hot chocolate, I’d always just prefer the real thing anyway. it’s like all the milk substitutes that, for me at least, don’t measure up taste-wise.

That said, dT was just such a happy place today. I’ll always like going there.

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Fjellrev

I’m brewing this at this very instant! Guess I won’t expect much going into it. :)

keychange

Hey, you might be pleasantly surprised! I look forward to seeing what you think :)

OMGsrsly

Oh man, I smelled this one today and I have to admit that I really dislike the DavidsTea chocolate flavour. I couldn’t even try it, and I was really looking forward to it!

keychange

Definitely not for everyone. Also: real hot chocolate.

OMGsrsly

mmm, real hot chocolate. Made with milk, and chocolate. :D :D

rosebudmelissa

I’ve only had a few chocolate blends that really satisfied me, and at least half of them include barley as an ingredient. Barley really complements the chocolate flavor and makes it taste much richer and less watery. Although most of them are also even better with milk.

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, DT was positively hopping with people today. I hadn’t even cleared the door before I was offered samples of two teas, which of course I accepted. I’ll talk about those two in a bit, though.

Some people might remember that I loved white chocolate frost so much, although they probably don’t remember that at all because to my chagrin, everyone’s world doesn’t revolve around me LOL. But I loved it a lot, and was kind of excited when dT said they were bringing in a similar blend htis year. I’m happy to report that there’s nothing glaringly abnormal about it, i.e. they didn’t decide to add in a hint of carrot or something equally disruptive. I was disappointed, however, to learn that they used milk chocolate instead of white chocolate, because I think the mint-chocolate pearing, while delicious, is a bit overdone. But it still smelled divine and so I got it as a latte to go.

even as a latte, the first thing you will notice upfront is the creamy peppermint. The chocolate isn’t all that apparent, which is actually fine by me. There were hints of it to finish off the sip, but the dominant flavour was that of peppermint cream. And, this may have been due to the fact that I had it as a latte, but the very tail-end of the sip had a tiny, tiny hint of “oversteeped peppermint tea” which like I said, I mostly attributed to it potentially being oversteeped. But it serves as a warning for future steeps: don’t let this sit endlessly. Also, I had it with soy milk, which is kind of nutty and probably wasn’t the best choice of milk, but I have a lactose issue and they don’t have lactose-free milk in-store. I got about 15 more g of this (along with a bunch of the other ones) to play with some more. I think I’ll really end up liking it, but we’ll see.

And holy mother of god, they have a white curve travel mug. I went weak in the knees. It’s so perfect, and I think I’ll be fantasizing about it for a long, long time. Or until I get it. But for the life of me I do not need another travel mug.

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MissLena

Happy to see a review on this one! I am considering picking up a sample at some point :)

Fjellrev

I didn’t get this one since it seemed like it would be weak but that’s cool you tried it as a latte.

keychange

You know, I think this one’ll actually end up doing quite well. But we’ll see!

Kristal

Another one I want to try!

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drank Peanut Butter Cup by DAVIDsTEA
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I attended the wedding of a very dear friend last night, and she served about 30 tyeps of Davids tea there, which was such an awesome touch.

Given that I’d never tried this, I thought I’d give it a go. Aside from how long I let it steep, and even that was an approximation at best, I didn’t have much control over the brewing parameters, so there’s that. I added a bit of milk to it, as I thought that any tea of this kind would do well with some milk. And the taste was true to that of a peanut butter cup, but there was a hint of “freshness” that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, which didn’t make it bad so much as it made it interesting (I imagine that’s the apple). Anyway, I think it’s incredibly clever of dt to make this blend without any peanuts, and it tasted fine, although I’m not sad I didn’t get any for myself. The only way I enjoy the taste of peanut butter is on toast or in an o-Henry bar.

Oh hungry? Oh Henry!!

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OMGsrsly

Mmmmm, Oh Henry! I should get a bag of snack size ones when I’m out today. 50% off chocolates day!! :D

keychange

Of course!! thanks for the reminder!

CelticBrew

I really like this one. Ordered 250 grams of it recently so I’m covered for awhile on my peanut butter fix.

keychange

Good call!!

Fjellrev

Haha earlier today, I saw a lady walking out Shoppers with a grocery bag full of mini Oh Henry bars.

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Just here to confirm that I think this tea is quite delicious, and distinct enough from other blacks that it deserves recognition. Had it with my croissant this morning and it was a lovely pairing. I kind of like not having too too many teas in my cupboard at once—it really forces me to drink down what I do have, and to enjoy it while it’s still fresh. I have some more tea on the way through a friend who’s visiting her boyfriend in the states, and I think I’ll be done at least some of my stash by then.

That said, I am fantasizing so, so deeply about when next I’ll be able to enjoy WP’s TGY. This afternoon, maybe? and also all day Sunday?

Yaaah it’s Friday!

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Kristal

mmmm…croissants :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I second Kristal’s comment…and, mmmmmm…lilacs :-)

OMGsrsly

Yeah friday!!! :D

keychange

Croissants and lilacs…omg, I can’t focus at work when I think of drinking lilacs.

keychange

So glad that there are still companies who are committed to helping us drink flowers!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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