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2221 Tasting Notes

84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Um… cold-brewed Tropicalia? Seriously the best iced tea ever! This is AMAZING! It’s sweet, a little creamy, oh so fruity/pineappley, and there are no strange flavours whatsoever. Between this, Luscious Watermelon, Blazing Strawberries, and hopefully Mahamosa Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit, I should be set for the summer! (Also Lime Gelato, Bear Trap, Goji Pop…. yeah I have plenty of choices now!)

Gotta say, DavidsTea would be foolish not to keep this one available permanently, year-round…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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92
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Backlog (& sipdown) from last night. I think I brewed it a touch too strong though, which is disappointing. Still good though, and I drank two infusions of it. Adding to the list for an online order…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Cold-steeped this one last night as well. It’s pretty tasty and refreshing as well; honeydew and watermelon with a side of cucumber, perhaps. I think it could be better, but it will be good for cold-steeping this summer, so I think I’ll end up with a tin of it :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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88
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I’m so glad this one’s on the website now! The last (first, only) time I drank it, I liked it enough that the next time I went into the store, I was going to buy 50g of it….. but they had sold out that morning (and since it was seasonal, that was the end). This was in about February, so it had already been around for a while.

Anyhow, now I get to try this one iced and all sorts of ways! I cold-steeped a huge amount of tea in not much water last night, as it’s quite light, or so I’m told. Something like 7tsp?? in a couple cups of water.

Ok, totally worth it. Light strawberry flavour with a refreshing bamboo leaf base. Not getting the spicy notes; perhaps they need warm water to emerge? And in spite of the huge amount of leaf, it’s definitely very light, but tasty and refreshing. Pretty sure it’s going on the list to buy off the website, along with Dulce & Banana. Yum.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Azzrian

Bamboo leaf taste? That sounds yum! Don’t you hate it when you love something and POOF it is gone! Glad this one came back for you!

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80
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

The last iced tea for today that finishes off a package.

Although pear-y, this one was too tart and strange hot. Not a big fan. Unfortunately, it still misses the mark iced. I did use an appropriate amount of tea:water, so the flavour’s strong, I’m just finding something a touch off with the flavour. The aftertaste is creamy, vanilla-y, pear-y and lovely, and I can even handle the tartness (although it throws me a bit), but they just don’t combine well for me. That said, it’s way better iced, and is growing on me as I get through the cup, but I won’t be purchasing anymore of this one. If the tartness could only be reduced somewhat, I think it would be lovely as the aftertaste is just perfect…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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80
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

This is another one now gone from the cupboard. A little sad, a little not. I do still have nearly 50g of Cherry Blossom left (probably about 43g), so that will have to curb my cherry cravings. Again, it was ok hot, but nothing special, and the white tea price is/was a big negative.

The liquor is a lovely amber colour. Hoping it’s not too weak like the last one; it was the same water:leaf ratio (250mL, ~1.5tsp). It smells a bit like sour acerola cherry, which is tasty.

Ok, this one’s definitely tastier iced. Loving the cherry tartness – I would so much rather have sour cherries in blends instead of hibiscus! Again, it could stand to be stronger, but that’s my fault. Like with the Mango Madness, there’s a touch of bitterness that I’m not fond of. I’m sure a bit of sugar would cut it nicely, but I really don’t want to be doing that. I’m going to attribute it to the white tea, and therefore continue the search for a herbal cherry tea to ice (well, if Mahamosa Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit becomes available, that will be the one, I think! Darn, should have iced the remnants of my sample last night alongside.)

If this one’s on the tea wall still (can’t recall) and I don’t locate another sufficiently cherry-flavoured tea to ice, I might pick up some more, but only because that flavour is really fabulous for iced tea IMO. Upping the rating based on the iced version :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lynne-tea

So glad you like it iced!! =)

momo

I just realized nobody has gotten back to me about that cherry kiwi tea. I’ll call again tomorrow !

Kittenna

Haha, no prob! I’m glad you commented on here though – as soon as I wrote about it I meant to send you a message, but was heading off to walk to the gym and completely forgot!

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75
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

So I’m quite pleased with myself for cold-steeping five different teas last night. Not only do I now have a bunch of delicious iced tea, but I finished off three different packages! Hooray!

This is the first. I don’t think I was particularly fond of it hot. If nothing else, the fact that it was sold as a white tea was irritating given the utter lack thereof.

This cold-steeps up to a bright yellow-ish liquor with a nice mangoey aroma.

Other than being a bit weak (consequence of just using whatever tea I had left), it’s not bad at all. Kind of sweet, kind of mangoey. Almost a touch of bitterness for whatever reason. I do wish it was stronger and am kicking myself a bit for that (I thought I had used little enough water but apparently not; in retrospect 250mL water to the ~1.5tsp I had left really wasn’t enough). There’s a nice lingering mangoey-white tea flavour.

I think had this been a straight herbal, I might have bought it again for icing, but the high price for it being a white means this is likely the last I’ll ever see of it. Oh well! Knocking it up just a couple points, but that’s all.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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This is for the first harvest of 2012 Spring Tieguanyin. I’m attempting a bit of gong-fu style steeping here with my new pot. Infusions are about 10 seconds long, from the time the water touches the leaves to the time most of the water has been poured out (apparently oolongs are drippy… who knew?!) Water is approximately boiling, but I did the first four infusions in succession, followed by another four, so the water probably cooled over each set somewhat. 5g of leaf in my more-than-4-5-oz pot.

First infusion: I didn’t do a rinse; this probably should have been it. Light in flavour, a bit creamy and floral. Regardless, I like it, because I love these tieguanyins.
2: Liquor’s a bit darker, expecting a richer flavour…. yup. This time there’s… something different there. The same basic floral/creaminess, but there’s something almost rich and woody in there. Also, it’s a little bit vegetal. Green bean was the flavour that my mind is conjuring up, but given that I read reviews of the Laoshan greens today, it’s hard to know whether that was just already in my head or whether I actually tasted it.
3: I definitely feel like there’s a greener taste to this one. The floralness is disappearing already… I miss it. Still great though. The aftertaste lingers more on these second two infusions, no surprise.
4: Rather similar to the third. I feel like there’s something different at the end of the sip. Maybe a bit of fruitiness? I feel like I’m losing flavour though; going with 15 second infusions from now on. (Also I’m feeling rather full suddenly from sipping from four cups back and forth in succession… boo.)
5: Ok, 15 seconds ended up being 20 for each of these. It happens. Although it’s still creamy, I definitely feel like we’re moving into the woody, more vegetal phase here. Oolong aftertaste is intense here, just how I like it.
6: Similar to 5, even less floral.
7: Likewise.
8: Oh, starting to get something different here. Reminds me more of the Wuyi Mountain oolong I had last night. It’s good too, but I think I prefer earlier infusions.

At this point my tiny little teapot is completely full of opened leaves. I might see what I can do with it tomorrow but seriously, my tummy is DONE for the night! I really need to figure out what size the little pot is; I think the tea tasted a bit dilute because 5g of tea was meant for a 4-5oz. pot, and I think it’s at least 8oz.? It was good, I just could have done with more flavour. Still need to compare this to the autumn version sometime soon! But perhaps not until I have the mental ability to describe things as more than just “wow, it’s different now!” Haha.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

TIme to cross another tea off the neverending list to try! (Although I’m thrilled – I just put 5 teas in the fridge to cold steep, which used up the last of three of them, none of which I’m likely to restock! Progress!)

Dry, the tea smells peachy and a bit floral. Steeped, much the same but to a lesser degree.

Ack! This tastes oversteeped and somewhat bitter. I can taste the peachy flavour (tastes like fuzzy peaches), something floral (jasmine? rose petals?), an oolong creaminess, but it’s just not doing it for me. Too floral, too in-your-face. To be honest, I’m making a face as I drink this too. Bleh. I guess we’ll try a shorter infusion next time, but I suspect this won’t be a favourite. The aftertaste is nice though, lingering floral and oolong notes, I think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
revlisx

If you like fuzzy peaches, you’ll like Three Wishes for sure.

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76
drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Dry, it’s sweet, caramelly, and nutty-smelling. A bit of strawberry, but it’s not too prominent. Steeped, the aroma is sweet and caramelly, with a distinct strawberry note. Well, more like a strawberry song. Delicious.

I was a bit wary of a 5-minute infusion, but have realized that DavidsTea’s blacks tend not to steep up quite as harshly as others, so my standard three minutes isn’t long enough. Turns out 5 minutes was not bad (although perhaps 4 would have eliminated the astringency I’m getting). The base is malty and somewhat astringent, with a lovely caramelly flavour. The strawberry isn’t as prominent as I would have expected. It’s funny though – this combination does actually make me think Strawberry Shortcake! Not my favourite dessert though, but it reminds me of Thinking Day celebrations in Girl Guides.

I’ll have to try again with a bit of a reduced infusion time, as astringency is not my friend, but this one’s pretty decent. Not likely something I’d pick up again, but a perfectly good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

yayyyyy!!! congrats on the scholarship =D

TeaBrat

Congratulations!

Bonnie

O K what is Thinking Day!?! And Congratulations!!!!

Kittenna

Thanks :D

And Bonnie, Thinking Day is February 22, the day that the founder of Girl Guides (& Girl Scouts) and his wife were born. Lord & Lady Baden-Powell. There’s usually a celebration of sorts in the Guiding community centred around this day; in Saskatoon we would have a family celebration that involved games, bake sales, cake walks, and of course, strawberry shortcake. This particular celebration is no more though; I guess it was outdated, so they do other things now. But it’s firmly implanted in my memory as that was what we did through my years as a girl member!

Bonnie

Ah I was a Girl Scout but maybe we called the day by a different name.Thank you!

Bonnie

Oh It wasn’t called World Thinking Day Till 1999 maybe it was hit or miss before that time I remember the penny drive part.

Kittenna

Probably also differences between Canada and the US :) IIRC it has been Thinking Day in Canada since I was a Brownie, which would have been in 1992-ish?

Missy

Congratulations on your scholarship!

ScottTeaMan

CONGRATULATIONS! :))

Barb

Congratulations!

Lynne-tea

Yay! Congratulations!

Mélissa

‘’with a distinct strawberry note. Well, more like a strawberry song.’’ Very poetic. I had to stop and comment. (That’s why I love to read reviews)

Kittenna

A bit belated, but thanks everyone :) Need to talk to the supervisor and hopefully it does translate into a bit more money for me than I would have received otherwise, but it’s another line on my CV regardless :)

Kittenna

And thanks Mélissa :)

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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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