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drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2613 tasting notes

Cold-brew experiment time continues! Although, it would really be better if I was experimenting with teas I was actually close to finishing… however, this one’s been around for a while, so it’s a worthy candidate.

Used… 5? heaping but loose tsp in a few oz. of water. Poured boiling water into cup, let sit for about 10s (to cool to about 90C), and then dumped in leaves and swirled around. I left it for a few minutes (didn’t keep track), then made it up to 16 oz. with cool/cold water and stuck it in the fridge.

The result is pretty decent. Only a hint of astringency, that would easily go away if I was to add a touch of sweetener, and there’s lots of fresh, delicious blueberry flavour. When I first bought this tea, I was amazed by the delicious authentic blueberry flavour (which is why I stocked up on 100g of it!), and I still like it, though not 100g worth. Luckily, it seems like icing this one will be an effective way to chew through my stash of it a bit more quickly, though this is one that I actually also would enjoy warm (unlike Blazing Strawberries and Tropicalia, which are not good warm/hot).

Anyhow, pretty happy with this one! Perhaps I’ll travel mug some of it tomorrow as well… sounds like a tasty tea to enjoy while watching a soccer game. In the rain. :(

Preparation
Iced 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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