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drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

I didn’t think this tea was supposed to be out until tomorrow (ok, today), but it was there, so I bought it! I initially thought it would be loaded with juniper and other icky things, but it sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. I have a weird feeling it’s going to be rather tart though…

The dry tea has a very interesting aroma. I honestly can’t place it at all. A bit of berry tart/sweetness, and perhaps I’m smelling the sea lettuce. It’s quite a strong aroma, as well. Also, the girl at DavidsTea was nice enough to load my package with fruit :D Cost more, but oh well!

Steeped, I’m primarily smelling blueberries. Yup. That’s about it.

Ok – definitely not tart like I was expecting! Actually rather refreshing. Tastes sweet and a bit like blueberries. I’m not placing the other flavours, but it’s cool on the palate. Again, no apparent green tea flavour, but I’m sure it’s there.

I think this one might be good cold-steeped. I think the berries need more time to infuse into the brew, personally, particularly the cranberries as there were a bunch in the infuser and I’m not tasting any cranberry (or if I am, I’m attributing it to something else).

Much better than I was expecting! Pleasant surprise :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

Oh I’ll be honest I am jealous. You live in a city with a Davids Tea don’t you? I am glad I only have a bike, as if I had a car I can assure you I would drive to a Davids Tea every second weekend (1.5 hrs). It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a car or live by a DT now that I think about it (being a student and all =\ ).

Kittenna

That I do :) In fact, the DavidsTea is in the same mall as my gym, and the mall is literally a 20-25 minute walk away from my house. I assure you, they now recognize me at my local store. I literally came in daily one week. And the one girl remembers the time I went in to get 10g samples of all the teas they were putting online.

Sadly, I am also a student. But with a car. And a (currently nonfunctional) bike. Easy access means I have ridiculous amounts of DavidsTeas… and am very, very poor.

Indestructible

I am so curious about this one. I mean, a tea inspired by David Suzuki? How cool is that?

Kittenna

I thought it was kind of neat too. And so thrilled that it contained neither juniper nor peppermint (as I had expected)!

tigress_al

That is super cool, honestly, I was expecting some pretty bad reviews of this tea. I wasn’t going to try it, but now I think I will.

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Lynne-tea

Oh I’ll be honest I am jealous. You live in a city with a Davids Tea don’t you? I am glad I only have a bike, as if I had a car I can assure you I would drive to a Davids Tea every second weekend (1.5 hrs). It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a car or live by a DT now that I think about it (being a student and all =\ ).

Kittenna

That I do :) In fact, the DavidsTea is in the same mall as my gym, and the mall is literally a 20-25 minute walk away from my house. I assure you, they now recognize me at my local store. I literally came in daily one week. And the one girl remembers the time I went in to get 10g samples of all the teas they were putting online.

Sadly, I am also a student. But with a car. And a (currently nonfunctional) bike. Easy access means I have ridiculous amounts of DavidsTeas… and am very, very poor.

Indestructible

I am so curious about this one. I mean, a tea inspired by David Suzuki? How cool is that?

Kittenna

I thought it was kind of neat too. And so thrilled that it contained neither juniper nor peppermint (as I had expected)!

tigress_al

That is super cool, honestly, I was expecting some pretty bad reviews of this tea. I wasn’t going to try it, but now I think I will.

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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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