2931 Tasting Notes

64
drank Razzmatazz (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2931 tasting notes

Yum, lemony raspberry. Neither the hibiscus nor stevia cause problems here, it’s just a true raspberry flavour with lemony tanginess. Certainly much better than DT’s previous incarnation of a raspberry rooibos blend.

ETA: Also makes a yummy second infusion. Even infused for like two hours, ahahaha.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

To this day I still feel guilty for gifting someone a tin of Raspberry Nectar. I can only hope they enjoyed it…

Kittenna

Well, some people liked it! Oh well, live and learn!

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Interesting. I first tried this tea 8 months ago, apparently, and wrote that I thought that jasmine was the dominant flavour. Odd! I’m really not picking up on that now, I’m getting a light fruitiness (I can be convinced that it’s pomegranate) on a nice green base, that unfortunately is kind of astringent. I wonder if I thought jasmine because the green base does taste like the jasmine green from a Chinese restaurant? Hrm.

Anyhow, this is rather tasty, but clearly a bit finicky as well, as I thought I was pretty careful with the infusion time. Perhaps 2.5 minutes would give a better result (and also perhaps using a thermometer for water temp, but I was lazy and my thermometer was still packed from my holiday).

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
Amariel

I’m having this now, and I can see where you might have gotten jasmine, tbh. There is a little bit of floral, from the pomegranate likely.

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90
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
2931 tasting notes

Yesssss, a sipdown! Let’s see how many days in a row I can manage to have at least one of these…

Anyhow, in spite of the lack of mulberries in this cup, this tea is delicious. I’m still confused as to how I thought that it was pretty much the same as Glitter & Gold, because it definitely isn’t. It’s all caramel and orange, and very little spice. I often am not a fan of citrus in teas, but it’s absolutely perfect here. This is a tea I would love to pick up as a morning thermos tea, but I really can’t justify that. At all. Sigh! At least, as long as DT doesn’t discontinue it or something…

ETA: Second infusion, less caramel, a lot more cinnamon and orange! Tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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76
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Decided to paw through my DavidsTea stash tonight in hopes of sipping down some things. Sadly this is not a sipdown, but I now only have a cup’s worth left (which really, is ok because I like this tea!)

Same as last time, this tastes very, very much like raw chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate chips (although every now and then I do get chocolate hints). Such a bang on flavour! It also tastes much to me like some sort of alcohol I’ve had, but unfortunately as I don’t drink much, I can’t recall what it is. Maybe butterscotch schnapps, or something like that? It’s actually a bit like taking a whiff of vanilla extract, too.

Anyhow, in spite of not paying attention to the infusion time, this is delicious. One seasonal tea that DT definitely got right!

ETA: Second infusion, half the water, delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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88
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
2931 tasting notes

12 Days of Tea #11!

Ok yeah, I’m super late in drinking/posting this. I guess I didn’t want this tea when I opened it on Christmas Eve! So, I’m drinking it now :) I recently drank/reviewed Simpson & Vail’s Root Beer black, and I have to say that I believe it to have a more authentic root beer pop flavour… which isn’t really all that surprising given that this tea is butterbeer, not root beer! The big difference is in the caramelliness present in this tea, which really makes it quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, today I either oversteeped this, or let it cool too much, because it’s astringent and while I’m enjoying the flavour, I’m not enjoying the astringency.

Ah well. I guess I just have one tea left from the 12 Teas to post a tasting note about (and tbh I’m dreading that one the most, as it is Graveyard Mist! Sigh.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
2931 tasting notes

This one was also generously sent to me by JoonSusanna!

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with a delicious cranberry aroma! Cranberry and citrus; reminds me of the cranberry sauce my mom makes for Christmas. The brewed tea smells much the same (which is promising), and…. oh man, the tea tastes pretty fabulous as well! A great fruity black, with cranberry dominating and citrus adding an additional dimension of flavour. I’m tasting a bit of spice as well, which is really quite tasty.

Not a tea I’d purchase, but only due to having too much other tea on hand; I would certainly not refuse a cup of this! Thanks so much JoonSusanna – this tea is going to be perfect to add to my morning lineup of thermos-tolerant teas!

ETA: Interesting! Second infusion (in half the water) has a distinctly smoky flavour mixed with fruity cranberry. I was not expecting this! Quite tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JoonSusanna

Yay! Glad you liked it!

Kittenna

Yes – I am super excited for a fruity black in the mornings! I am realizing that to get the best flavour in a travel mug, black tea is the way to go, and I don’t have too much that isn’t astringent/doesn’t get astringent after sitting, but I’m pretty sure this one is perfect :D

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Thanks to JoonSusanna I get to try this tea (that’s been on my list for quite a while now!)

When I opened the packet, the first aroma I caught was a play-doughy scent. Not good. I seem to have noticed that bai mu dan teas, when they get old, seem to develop that sort of aroma/flavour, which I fins quite unpleasant. I’ve smelled it with multiple teas, but it doesn’t always carry through to the flavour, so I’m hoping it doesn’t here!

Clearly I’m out of tea-steeping practice, because it just occurred to me that I steeped this in boiling water. Oops! Anyhow, once brewed, the aroma of the tea thankfully is no longer like play dough and a bit like alcoholic/cherries.

The flavour is definitely a fruity bai mu dan, with some astringency (I imagine that’s my fault though). It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I suspect that this has lost some flavour due to its age, but it’s not reading as Cherries Jubilee to me (although I was just hoping for a non-floral cherry white). I’ll have to try a re-steep on this though, as there’s a huge cherry in the infuser that probably needs to be sliced open or something beforehand.

Anyways, thanks for this one, JoonSusanna! I always love trying new teas :D No rating as there’s too much likelihood of age being a factor here!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JoonSusanna

Yeah, I was worried that this one might have been too old…I’m glad you were able to try it, but sorry I didn’t think to send it for swaps earlier!

Kittenna

That’s ok – some blends hold up, some don’t! I have some stuff that I really have got to put up for swap asap, otherwise I’m going to have the same problem.

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81

Steeped the last of my share of this one (from the 12 Days of Tea) for a nice long time, and ended up with a tasty cup. Definitely smells like citrusy bubblegum to me, but in a pleasant way, not overwhelming. I can taste the banana as well. A pretty tasty honeybush blend!

ETA: Second infusion (half the water) is more citrusy. Still pretty tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81

Hmm, I think I wasn’t in a proper tea mood on Thursday, or I brewed this incorrectly that day, as it was definitely not as tasty as I remembered. I actually dumped half my mug out. It just wasn’t sitting right with me for whatever reason.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

Sigh. This one’s nearly gone now! I predict it to be my first 52teas full-packet sipdown. Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha I’m trying to save a bit more. Anyways, travel mugged some of this on Thursday to take to the boy’s second soccer game. Definitely needed the tea, what with getting an hour of sleep before my flight and a three hour nap before heading to his first game. It was good as always, although I let it cool down waaayyy too much before putting it in my mug, so it was very lukewarm.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Donna A

I love this one-wish it would become permanent.

Helena

this and butterbeer should be permanent in my humble opinion :D

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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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