4943 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Lily by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 68)

This is pretty delicious. I recently bought 50g of it though, and it wasn’t as good. Different harvests, I suppose. This is for a 10g bag purchased March 7 2020 – my last trip to a DT store. It’s a really nice, fresh, naturally creamy green oolong. I quite like it.

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I’m assuming this is what I drank… it was in my last shipment and the other tasting notes seem to match up timeline-wise.

This is a pretty tasty tea, and much like my memory of the original – blueberry cotton candy sweetness on a solid, somewhat smoky(?) green tea base. Satisfying.

Not so satisfying? The background noise of a screaming toddler while I write this note.

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This is delicious! The roasty tea and maple is just fantastic. I don’t know if I tasted much plum, but I’m just in love with the base + maple combo.

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Note for the recent reblend. It’s a nice light white tea, hay notes, some berry flavour. But it’s missing that light cotton candy sweetness of the original blend.

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(DavidsTea 67)

Seems I like this more the second time. Less hibiscus, more cranberry. Didn’t really taste the rooibos or cinnamon, and no idea about dandelion root. I did enjoy that cranberry flavour though. Upping rating a bit.

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drank Moment of Zen by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 66)

This is actually quite nice with blackberries and jasmine. Light flavour. A better green base would make this fantastic, but as is, it’s just good (age could be a factor, but I have nothing fresher to compare against). I’ll enjoy the last of this.

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(DavidsTea 65)

Cannot keep these straight. I think I have all 4(?) differently named versions of 2 similar teas. This is a review for a recent bag of Chocolate Earl Grey.

Anyhow, it’s very chocolatey and bergamotty and delicious. Sometimes too sweet (stevia) but it doesn’t bother me here for the most part. One day, I’ll try it as a latte…

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drank Sunny C by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 24/365!
(DavidsTea 64)

It looks like I bought a sample of this once, and drank it during the Great Unlogged Period(s) – but found the bag and thought it smelled good. Haha. Well, thanks to the sub box, I got the perfect amount to ice in a pitcher! So I did. And truly, the orange smell is quite delightful. Bright, fresh orange, no pithy bitterness at all. The flavour is equally bright and citrussy, kind of like fresh orange juice. It’s pretty good, although an orange tea is not my first choice for iced tea. However, I’d pick up more if I ever encountered it on sale, because it’s a nice change.

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drank Frozen Raspberry by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 23/365!
(DavidsTea already recorded)

I mean, this is a bit of a cheater sipdown, because I have a large number of 27g pitcher packs. But I suppose I make the rules, and so these count (my sipdowns are based primarily off of whether I get to discard packaging or not).

Anyways, it’s good as usual. I hope this one sticks around; definitely one of my faves to ice.

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Entry #3 for National Fragrance Day, although honestly, this cup was a bit of a disappointment, not as much flavour as usual, and the aroma was a bit bland. This tea is quite hit or miss for me, and I’m not sure why. Still alright today, but not that magical buttery aroma I was hoping for!


I have a similar experience with this one. When it’s good, it’s really good!


Yes! But it’s so hit or miss. I have to assume there’s some particular element to brewing that I only achieve about half the time.

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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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