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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Yet another tea joins the coveted ranks of my favourites (haha). Wow. I’m so impressed! This tea was far better than I expected, as I was thinking it would be comparable to Mom’s Apple Pie, but really, they’re entirely different teas.

So onto the review. The dry tea smells exactly like caramel popcorn. Heavenly. I LOVE caramel popcorn. The popped popcorn in it is an amusing touch; I thought I’d try one and it tasted like a piece of stale popcorn… ah well. They’re not for eating, they’re for steeping.

I initially thought 94C was awfully high to steep a green tea… until I realized that there was virtually no green tea in my bag. Like, seriously. I don’t think there was ANY. Anyways, I decided to lower the temp a bit (90C) anyways, but ended up steeping well past the 4 minutes I initially decided on.

The tea definitely retains the lovely caramel popcorn flavour upon steeping, and I hoped the taste would correlate to the smell… AND IT DOES! YAY! Sweet and buttery and caramelly and oh so good. I keep reading that there’s maple in this tea… I don’t really think I’m tasting it specifically, but my goodness is this ever delicious!

The tea as I prepared it isn’t too weak, but then again I DID steep it for quite a while. Consequently, I’m probably not getting a second steep out of this guy, but I’m ok with that.

ETA: Tried a second steep anyways. I think it would have been pretty good except I left the teaball in for AGES and now there’s a bit of a strange, almost metallic flavour. A little bitter, maybe like apple peel? Still drinkable, but I won’t let it steep indefinitely a second time!

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

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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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