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2221 Tasting Notes

90

Excited to try this one! Dry, it smells reminiscent of the crisp topping that my mom would put on apple/rhubarb crisp in the summer. Delicious. I’m getting a juicy fruit smell as well, but wouldn’t place it as strawberry (or rhubarb) on my own. There’s a tartness too, that just makes your mouth water. Mmmmmm!

… ok, this is kind of disappointing. I accidently let the tea cool down to about room temperature, and I’m no longer getting any real smell OR taste from it. I swear it did have flavour though, because I had some when it was warm, I just didn’t have the chance to review it then!

Well, I guess I’ll wait until I brew it again for a rating. I do think it will be one of those teas that is ok/good, but not great, but I’ll try again first :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Yum. This one is more complex and tastier than Creme Caramel Rooibos. Not regretting my 100g purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Although this is a re-steep, I tried this second steep iced, so felt it deserved its own entry.

I’m actually pretty impressed with this one iced! I think I oversteeped it a tad, and the first steeping would probably be better, but it was tasty and a non-tart blueberry flavour, in contrast to Bear Trap. Yum :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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65
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Not much tea drank today because it’s hot (22C+) here and I don’t have much that is appealing to ice! (And no ice cubes, making this even more annoying). So Wednesday’s DavidsTEA trip to buy the new teas will also include good-sized amounts of Bear Trap, Goji Pop, and Lime Gelato. Mmmmmm!

Anyhow! I thought I’d try this one iced today. Brewed it hot and chilled it in the fridge.

I’m not really sure I’m a fan of this one, to be honest. I don’t know if it’s the hibiscus, but although I can definitely taste ginger and strawberry, there’s something weird about this tea that I’m not sure is for me. I’ll try it again hot (have plenty left), but don’t think it will be a re-buy. Too bad.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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78
drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

I wish this one was just a bit sweeter and had more caramel pieces. Then it would be the perfect dessert tea… although would probably have more calories than I’d like. I’m in a mood to sweeten this one tonight, but too lazy to go back downstairs.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

LOL you sound like me. I like my teas that are supposed to be sweet to BE sweet and I am terribly lazy lol.

Kittenna

Haha, yes. Especially given the scent of this one (which is sickeningly sweet), I wish it was sweeter. Alas, laziness won out and I drank it plain.

Azzrian

LOL I just did that too – would have been so delisious with sugar!

Bonnie

Sweetened it …don’t have stairs and keep splenda on my tea tray just in case. ( with all the tea I just couldn’t do agave calories anymore!) …was good!

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88
drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

In the mood for sweet, desserty teas right now, to replace the sweets I don’t have in my house. Mmmmm, and this hits the spot. Delicious hot blueberries. Yum.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Wow this sounds good … really sweet is it? May have to go on my wish list.

Kittenna

It’s not all that sweet actually, but there is a sweetness to it as opposed to a tartness. I imagine it would be wonderful with a bit of sweetener added, but I’m trying to avoid that. It really does taste like the hot blueberry from a blueberry muffin though, and if you like sweet blueberries, this one is great.

Azzrian

Did you say MUFFIN???? OMG I really want this – I went to the site – stuck it in my cart and have been looking at it for the last half hour. SIGH

Azzrian

Wish they had a discount code. lol that may push me over the edge.

Kittenna

Just to clarify, the tea does not have any muffiny flavour, I just feel like it tastes and smells like a hot, i.e. cooked blueberry, and a muffin is what came to mind. I’m not sure if DT ever has discount codes.

TassieTeaGirl

Azzrian – its my first DT love! It goes quite nicely with a bit of agave ( I find thats needed more when iced than hot). I like it as you can still taste the white tea, the other flavours compliment, they don’t overpower. If it helps, its quite a light tea, so you’ll get a bit for your buck when ordering (better than some matés or rooiboses).

Love the review Krystaleyn!

Kittenna

TassieTeaGirl Thanks, although this one’s not much of a review compared to my previous White Tiger one (I think)! And yes – it’s a light enough tea that they had to cram my 50g into my tin when I bought some at DT a couple weeks ago.

Azzrian

Oh thank you Krystaleyn! Good info to have. Im just in a sweet mood lately – in an my face sweet mood – that will only last for about a week though – then back to greens lol

Kittenna

I am in a sweet tea kick too! Which is why I’ve been hitting up the sweeter ones lately. Alpine Punch is really my favourite (so far) dessert tea as I find it to be sweet enough to kick dessert cravings (a bit). White Tiger isn’t quite at that level, but it’s still pretty amazing.

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87

Actually followed the instructions this time! Go me! Well… mostly. I put the tea in my 8oz. steeper before reading the instructions, and used 1 tbsp of tea instead of 1 tsp. But that’s ok; I like my tea with lots of flavour.

Anyhow! Here’s my review of the series of steepings. I should note that the colour of the liquid transitions from a bright greenish yellow to a dark golden yellow by the end. Apologies for the long review; I’m trying to work at properly reviewing the straight teas I drink.

First steep 85C/25s
WOAH! This is a new flavour! I can definitely taste the sharp vegetal almost like freshly boiled peas flavour, but there is a sweetness I’ve never tasted before. Like honey. WOW. So there is something to be said for following a company’s guidelines! This is incredibly enjoyable. I’m reminded, strangely, of the time when I tried to make a sweet asparagus dish where I pretty much stir fried asparagus with soy sauce, garlic, and brown sugar until it was pretty much caramelized. There’s a similar flavour in the two. Yum. This is good.

Second steep 86C/27s
This one tastes more like the tea I’m used to, with mostly just the vegetal flavour. It’s good; a bit mouth drying, but definitely delicious. There’s maybe a bit of honey flavour, but nothing like the richness from the first sip that blew me away.

Third steep 87C/30s
This sip takes the tea into a more average range, for me. There isn’t as much flavour, and the vegetal flavour is mostly gone. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s just dry and boring, especially after the first two. I’m a bit disappointed – I was hoping the delicious flavours from the first two sips would continue at least one cup further! I think it was perhaps after this steeping that the leaves started to lose their boiled veggie smell and developed something a bit funky. We’ll see if that carries over into the flavour.

Fourth steep 88C/35s
Darn, same deal with this cup, but even less flavour.

Fifth steep 90C/45s
Likewise.

Looks like this is a 3-steep tea for me. Not really all that disappointed, since it’s hard to drink 5 cups of tea in a night anyways!

I am absolutely blown away by the first cup though. That intense, rich honey flavour was so unexpected and delightful! Upping the rating even more :D

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Apres Ski (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Another tea that my memory tells me I wasn’t fond of the first time I tried it, although I did pick up an additional 10g when I heard it would only be available online, just so I could give it a fair shot.

I find it interesting that people are getting an “outhouse” smell to this tea. I’ll admit, the dry tea does smell a bit off, but I don’t really think it’s that bad. I think it must be an odd ingredient combination – I don’t recall Forbidden Fruit (with figs) having quite the same odd aroma, some perhaps it’s the burdock root? Anyhow, it doesn’t smell weird enough to turn me off. Peppermint teas, on the other hand…

Steeped, I’m no longer getting any off-putting smells. It smells sweet-ish and a rich sort of fruity. I wouldn’t have pegged it as fig had I not known the tea ingredients.

It tastes rich and a bit sweet and fruity, with a bit of a woody astringency in the finish which is not really to my liking. I can tell that there are some more complex flavours going on here, but I’m not good enough at this yet to be able to pick them out. I have to say that I actually like the smell of the steeped tea better than the flavour – if I tasted a bit more sweetness and fruitiness without the astringency I think I might like this, but still not enough to pick it up again.

ETA: Taking a quick look at the ingredients, I see orange peel and cinnamon. Another sip confirms that I’m tasting a hint (but barely) of orange peel, but I’m really not getting any cinnamon whatsoever. Perhaps it’s because I just drank the cinnamon-laden Forever Nuts, but I doubt it… Anyways, the next cup of this I have will be from my new 10g sample bag instead of from an online-purchase sample pack that I first opened in late December and probably improperly stored until now, so maybe I’ll pick up on some more flavour then.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Azzrian

I hope it is more satisfying in the new pack!

Kittenna

Me too, but I doubt it’s going to improve enough to make me actually like it.

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60
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

The first time my roommate and I tasted this, we HATED it. I think she actually poured her cup out, while I felt forced to sweeten mine to make it palatable to drink. All I remember is that we thought it tasted like dry nuts with no redeeming qualities.

But, since there’s still some left (and I received a sample in my last online order), I get the chance to give it a second shot!

The dry tea smells like dry almonds. That’s the only smell I’m getting from it, despite the other ingredients. It doesn’t smell objectionable, but not terribly interesting either.

Steeped, I am still mostly smelling dry nuts, just in a weaker form. Hmm, this seems like it may turn out the same as last time. There’s a bit of a sweetness overtone that counteracts the dry aroma a bit.

Drinking it, I can taste the nuts, and I think I’m getting a hint of chocolatey flavour and sweetness from the cocoa nibs. I’m not sure if there was a goji berry in my teaball, but I’m not tasting anything that leads me to believe there was one in there. I’m also not tasting any licorice whatsoever (fine by me!) nor the white tea, even though there was some present. Perhaps I should have steeped this longer? I’m also feeling like it’s rather weak.

Either way, I don’t think this is a tea for me. I’m not sure why we were so put off by it the first time, but it’s not terrible, it’s just nothing special. If I want a nutty tea, Mulberry Magic is the winner for me.

ETA: After a bit of thought, I am wondering why this tea wasn’t called Forever Nuts instead of the nutty cider that Forever Nuts actually is? Secret Weapon is far nuttier…

ETA again: Second steep for who knows how long results in a similarly nutty brew. Really nothing special. And I checked – there were two goji berries in the tea ball. Not much anticipation for future steepings.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Time to review some teas I tried pre-Steepster!

Can’t recall exactly what the dry tisane smelled like – probably somewhat nutty/cinnamony/appley – and since this batch finished it off, I’ll have to wait until I pick some more up to note that.

The liquor is a pleasing pink tone (yay!) and the aroma is mostly that of cinnamon, with a bit of apple and nuttiness thrown in there. Flavour-wise I can definitely pick up on some nuttiness, but it is mostly a warm appley-cinnamony flavour that I’m tasting. Like a bit of a nutty apple cider, but unlike Mom’s Apple Pie, which I also found to be cider-like, it has natural sweetness. I’ll have to compare the two someday, but I definitely think I prefer this tea – which is ok since Mom’s Apple Pie isn’t permanent and this one is!

Anyhow, I’m really enjoying this cup. A great dessert tea. I had forgotten that I actually liked it quite a bit. Definitely a re-buy!

ETA: Second steep is quite good and flavourful as well! Left the teaball in the cup this time though, so won’t be going for a third. So impressed :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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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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