4943 Tasting Notes

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L is for… Lavender Coconut Macaron!

Um, oops. I totally forgot that I had already used this tea for “D” day. Ahahaha. Oh well, I picked it because I had instant lavender cravings when I saw it. I am just so stupidly into this tea. And one of the best parts? I get whiffs of the lavender from the infuser all the time in the kitchen. It’s just so good.

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76

L is for… Lemongrass Milk Pudding!

This isn’t my favourite tea, but I am a big fan of the coconut/lemongrass combination in general, and this one works fairly well for me. Don’t really taste anything beyond creamy lemongrass, but that’s fine with me. This tea, however, does not resteep well at all (not that many greens do, but this one is particularly bad).

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L is for… Lime Pear Fluff!

Forgot to note that I lost another day (just drank resteeps yesterday) so am now 3 days behind where I should be. Oh well.

Anyways, I’m a little shorter on “L” teas than I thought, but happened to locate this tea when I was pawing through my AQ2T stash the other day, and set it aside about a week early so I could have it today. Definitely hit the spot – creamy, fluffy lime, not really any pear but that was never really an issue.

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drank Lemon Cayenne Cleanse by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 123)

L is for… Lemon Cayenne Cleanse!

Ehh, this is a very lemony-flavoured tea, a little bit on the bitter side, and not too much else. I didn’t taste any cayenne and am ok with that. I’m not too interested in “cleanse” type teas anyhow, so would prefer a different type of lemon tea, ideally with creaminess.

Evol Ving Ness

To me, this one always tastes like cleaner. Something like lemony Vim.

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74
drank Kamairicha "Gokase" by Lupicia
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K is for… Kamairicha “Gokase”!

A decent green tea, too bad I didn’t review it sooner as it has been in a non-airtight package (I hate Lupicia’s bags) for quite a while. Probably wouldn’t have been a favourite.

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drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
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K is for… Kuuipo!

Not bad, but tasted a bit more “generically-fruity” to me than I would have preferred from a guava tea.

Cameron B.

I’ve felt that way about all of the Hawaii teas so far… :\

Kittenna

Booo :( I really liked Hoku, but this one is medicore. Hoku, of course, is also a flavoured oolong which they just somehow excel at.

Cameron B.

The two that I’ve tried are Lanikai and Hua Ki, both tropical fruit flavored black teas.

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75
drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 122)

K is for… Kashmiri Chai!

A nice enough version of chai; very cardamom-heavy which is what I prefer, and heavy on the spicing instead of the tea, since it’s a green tea base (which wasn’t particularly noticeable). A nice chai for drinking without additions.

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drank Jasmine Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 121)

J is for… Jasmine Peony!

Yay, a straight tea (in my estimation, anyhow)! One that, once I found it, was really appealing today for whatever reason. And it satisfied – a nice, light jasmine infusion with some pleasant hay-y notes. I believe I like Verdant’s jasmine white better (was it jasmine silver needle?) but that could have been because of the base. However, this was pretty good.

Daylon R Thomas

It is a silver needle.

Kittenna

My memory didn’t fail me!

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 120)

J is for… Jolly Jellybean!

Unintentional that I picked two “Jolly” teas for today. This tea was mild and pleasant today, vaguely fruity and creamy but nothing in particular. I’d had a recollection that it was supposed to taste like strawberry, but the flavour notes suggest I’m wrong (my tastebuds were no help in validating my memory). There was only one jellybean left in the bag; I left it for the last cup (to brew or as a snack, who knows).

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J is for… Jolly Jammy Linzer!

A little short on “J” teas too, and didn’t want to go digging, so I grabbed this one. Unfortunately, I recall absolutely nothing about it today. I know my first attempt was too heavy on the yucky medicinal rooibos flavours, but if those were present this time, they weren’t as apparent. All I can really say is that it was drinkable, and I drank it. Lots left, better review to come later.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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