4943 Tasting Notes

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drank Peachy Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 75)

I was confusing this with DT’s other lychee tea, the name of which is escaping me right now. On the plus side, this is much fresher (still from 2017 though), but on the downside, this is sweet due to candied pineapple and sweet blackberry leaf. I do taste peach, not as much lychee, but the extra sweetness is not working for me.

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77
drank Oat Milk Latte by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 74)

I think I bought this for the appealing name alone. The ingredient list is quite a mishmash, with mate, rooibos, black tea, fennel, coriander, coffee leaves, carob, chicory… plus our constant foe stevia, which I hadn’t realized. No real idea how it would taste (to be honest, I don’t actually like oat milk, but I like the idea of oat milk, haha).

It turned out to be a fairly complex, rich, sweet blend (I chose to drink it plain but presumably it would be best as a latte). The flavours are familiar, though I don’t know what in particular is causing that sense. I’m not too bothered by the stevia, and in a latte, it would likely be even less noticeable, especially if sweetened.

I’ll have to try this again to really know how I feel about it – initial thoughts are that while I am enjoying it, it probably wouldn’t be a favourite?

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74
drank Jasmine Ginger Twist by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 73)

Made another order, which just arrived today, and included 4 new-to-me teas, including this one! I really don’t know why I picked this up in 50g size, but… here we are. I plan to send the remainder to my mother, who I suspect will enjoy this more than me.

This is really quite what you’d expect – green base with ginger and jasmine. I didn’t even know it contained matcha until I read Roswell Strange’s tasting note – so let’s just say it’s not a dominant flavour. I enjoyed that the ginger and jasmine seemed fairly well-balanced, which is probably going to be a product of infusion time more than anything.

Overall, a pleasant green tea blend, but not overly special.

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77
drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 26/365!
(DavidsTea 72)

This doesn’t have much flavour at this point, mostly greasiness from the white chocolate chips. I have much better eggnoggy teas in my stash. It doesn’t taste bad, though, just boring, and no real resemblance to eggnog aside from, perhaps, the thick mouthfeel.

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81
drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Ok, found one of the errant bags of this. Unfortunately, this one does not smell great in the bag. It’s only from 2017, and there aren’t any ingredients in it that typically go off, so I’m wondering if either it was partially unsealed at some point, or, if this is from the time that I remember the fresh DT silver bags having an odd aroma that transferred to the tea. Hard to know.

It looks like I likely drank this 2 years ago and remarked at the time that it had lost some flavour. So who knows.

Anyhow, if I’m being honest, it’s borderline drinkable right now. All of the delight I had drinking the fresh package is totally absent, it’s just a mildly lemon, kind of stale-tasting, cup of a not-great oolong. There is one cup left, maybe I’ll drink it. Maybe it’s better hot; maybe it’s better not after ultra-sweet Berry Poppins?

Autistic Goblin

I always prefer this one hot personally.

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75
drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 25/365!
(DavidsTea 71)

Hmm, I thought I had liked this more than my rating suggests. My recollection was of a berries + cream type tea that I should have stocked up on a bit, but perhaps I’m confusing it with something else (although it does contain cream flavouring?)

I should have listened to my gut when I poured the last of the dust into my infuser – yes, it was sweet blackberry leaf dust and wow, is this ever sweet. Surprisingly, though, I’m not finding it offputting, and am actually enjoying it, because the rest of the flavour I’m getting here is a strong, delicious, berry medley. Which… doesn’t totally match up with the ingredient list, unless I’m pretty much just drinking blackberry leaf + blackberry flavouring (which I’m not, there were some other ingredients there, but perhaps these two are just overwhelming everything else).

A better, albeit very sweet, sendoff to this tea than I had anticipated.

ETA: Got some distinct hibby in the last couple sips – but totally acceptable tartness level.

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79
drank Valerian Nights by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 70)

Just spent an hour dealing with my tantrumming son; need a nice calming tea. I’d made this before he woke up crying, and now I get to have it cold. Oh well.

It’s really quite a pleasant sleepytime tea, as they go. I don’t mind the chamomile or valerian, and the coconut is fairly strong, which likely covers some less pleasant flavours.

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Ok so, this is better with milk, and I think the rotten overpowering banana flavour has dissipated, but still not a fan of the licorice. However, sweetener masks some of that detestable flavour and turns this into a banana cream pie sort of flavour (so, bananas and custard), which is ok. However, I’m not really keen on having teas that require milk to be palatable, so although this is probably how I’ll use up the rest, it would definitely not be a repurchase.

tea-sipper

Oh I will have to try this with milk! I also don’t love it for the licorice…

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55
drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 69)

This tea tastes quite stale; it is from 2014. I brewed hot and chilled a small amount of it and will probably try and get rid of the rest quickly. I’d like to try it fresh; the last note I wrote, the tea was also already kind of old.

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea already recorded)

Needed another cup of this. It was delicious.

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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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