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drank Superberry (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Ok, this one’s not really one of the teas on my list to drink down, but it is a new sample I bought to try, and I thought a comparison of it against Ever Green could be worthwhile, since they both contain berries…. yeah, I’m trying too hard to justify it, aren’t I?

Anyways, I made this one and now I’m going to drink it. Strangely, the dry tea smells like an alcoholic berry. Like a berry that just got home from the bar and really needs to sleep it off. But seriously, I’m getting a weird smell along with the blueberries; perhaps it’s the juniper?? I don’t like juniper, and it unsurprisingly reminds me of gin, which I also dislike, so maybe that’s what I’m smelling? (Awww… gin reminds me of some of my hometown friends, one of which I will be seeing in a couple weeks, the other of which I may see then as well, unless he has already moved to Europe for his studies… sad times.)

The aroma is much more like blueberries (and pomegranate??) and therefore moreso like DT’s Blueberry Jam once steeped, so perhaps it’s even a flavouring oil/alcohol sort of thing I’m smelling in the dry tea. Although it appears that I have also oversteeped this cup a touch (bah, seriously, I cannot get DT’s blacks steeped correctly! Three minutes is too short for many, then I try four for some and they’re still too weak, then I try four for others and it’s already too long. Sheesh), it reminds me a great deal of berry juice. Maybe a pomegranate-blueberry blend. Something pseudo-healthy. There is acai powder in here, so it’s possible I’m confusing pomegranate and acai, since I don’t actually have a clear idea of the flavour of the latter since I’ve only had it in juice blends before. So actually, aside from the astringency, this reminds me a great deal of juice. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of such juices for whatever reason, so this tea is only ok for me.

Second infusion (can’t recall parameters) was also astringent, and got dumped because my stomach can’t deal with that tonight.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

HUmm I might like this one!

Kittenna

Awww, wish I had sent some to ya!

CHAroma

“Like a berry that just got home from the bar and really needs to sleep it off.” Hahahahaa!!! Great image!

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Azzrian

HUmm I might like this one!

Kittenna

Awww, wish I had sent some to ya!

CHAroma

“Like a berry that just got home from the bar and really needs to sleep it off.” Hahahahaa!!! Great image!

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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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