2229 Tasting Notes

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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Asked for a sample of this with my last online DT order and they obliged. So happy :) My store had been out of it FOREVER (ok, for a month?), and then it went to online-only/discontinued (it seems we were misled about the online-only teas remaining available online, as they seem to be discontinuing a bunch :().

Anyways.

I don’t know how long I ended up steeping this one for; I kept smelling it and it smelled kind of like hot water, so I just left the tea ball in longer. Perhaps 6-7 minutes? I only have enough for two cups of this, so didn’t want to screw the first time up.

Steeped (and cooled a fair bit, maybe to ~35C?), the scent is of sweet caramelly…. bananas? What? Did I grab the right glass? I do have Banana Oolong right next to it… but nope, right glass, and bananas is what I’m getting. Well, it’s better than hot water!

… Ok, you know what? This one does ACTUALLY taste kind of like alcohol! I admit I doubt I’ve ever had whiskey straight, as I dislike the flavour of alcohol in general, and if I choose to drink it, it’s usually covered up with various sweet flavours, but I’m definitely getting the sense that this might be similar to how whiskey actually tastes. To me, it tastes caramelly but not really sweet, per se, and although I saw the peach pieces with my own eyes, I’m definitely thinking banana as opposed to peach. I may have oversteeped it a tad, which is causing a teeny bit of bitterness to come out, or it’s possible that the blend just tastes like that; it suits the alcohol impression well. The aftertaste is definitely white tea, and wow does it ever work in this tea to create the impression of a relaxing alcoholic beverage!

So glad I tried this one! I don’t think I’d bother picking it up again because I wouldn’t want to accidently fall in love with it and have it completely discontinued, but I am happy to know what it tastes like and not have it remain a mystery!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Do you have any left? Try steeping it for 30 seconds. I kid you not, it is amaaaazing that way :)

Kittenna

I have about a cup’s worth left. I will try to remember to give that a shot! What temperature?

Indigobloom

Temp varies per person. I prefer mine at around 92c or so but to each his own!

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92
drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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I made my first matcha latte this afternoon/evening! Go me! I admit, it was not properly made or whisked, so was kind of chunky, but delicious just the same. I wanted it strong so ended up using four heaping-ish 1/2 teaspoons in my Starbucks cold drink cup (grande size, I think). Heated a bit of regular milk in the microwave, mixed in some matcha, added some more milk (< cup), decided it needed some agave, decided it needed more matcha, and then topped up the rest with Silk Original Almond Milk. NOM NOM NOM. Way better than yesterday. And no icecubes diluting the flavour – I guess it wasn’t technically an iced latte… more like flavoured milk. But that’s how I prefer my lattees anyhow. I’m a moderate temperature girl :)

Anyways, regarding the flavour, I definitely pick up on a strong vegetal flavour (although different from mot green teas I’ve tried), as well as bitterness, but with the agave, it was just delicious. Maybe I’ll post a better, less scattered review when I’m more awake/actually drinking my next latte :)

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Nom nom nom. Fiiiiinaallly bought some more of this and am so stoked. Of course, today is NOT a day for hot tea, so I’m drinking this at room temperature. Which is currently 28 degrees.

The dry tea smells green and leafy, with lots of nutty, caramelly sweetness. Somewhat overpowering, but highly seductive :D

Steeped, it smells a little vegetal and like toasty nutty sweetness. MMMMMMMM.

Yum yum yum. Tastes just like I remember. Some astringency from the sencha base, mixed with sweet nutty goodness. I may have oversteeped it a tad – forgot to time it, and from my previous experiences, this is a tea that oversteeping renders quite astringent and unpleasant. IIRC, three minutes was good, but like I said, not sure how long I steeped it today (although it wasn’t more than maybe five minutes, if that).

I do really think it’s quite similar to Mulberry Magic, plus some astringency, sweetness/caramelliness (yeah it’s a word… .), and caffeine. But I like both enough to have them on hand simultaneously :D

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Azzrian

THIS sounds amazing!

Kittenna

O.o Why didn’t I include this for you! I still have the package though (about half an hour to drop off)…

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Tart. Going to see how fast my office fridge can cool it because it’s way too darn hot in here (29C… IN MY OFFICE.) for hot tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Well, figured I’d try the one new tea I did manage to pick up today!

The dry tea mostly just smells like fresh orange. Not quite the zest, but about halfway there from the juice. Not detecting the pu’erh, but I have so little experience in it that I wouldn’t expect to unless it was quite obvious.

At four minutes of steeping, this one’s a very dark, opaque, reddish brown – but it started off as a murky green reminiscent of Swampwater (pretty much immediately after I put in the tea ball). Wasn’t expecting that, but glad it settled into a more normal colour.

The smell of the steeped liquor is definitely orangey, and before I tried the tea I was worried that it would taste something like Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, which is WAY too tart for me!

Taste-wise I think I’m getting a bit of the pu’erh in that I am reminded of Oh Christmas Treat, although I can’t really place what sort of flavour it is that I’m getting. The orange is not nearly as bright as it was in the smell of the dry tea or liquor, and there is just the barest hint of licorice sweetening the end of the sip. So for licorice haters, its inclusion probably won’t be a big problem.

Overall, not my cup of tea as the orange flavour isn’t pronounced enough and I’m not experienced enough with pu’erhs yet to appreciate them.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Learned a lesson with this one today. Pink Flamingo and Citron Oolong were the teas of the day, and I guzzled my little cup of Pink Flamingo first… and then couldn’t taste this one AT ALL, except for a tiny hint of citrusy oolong at the end. So word of warning, if you’re trying both teas of the day, drink the weaker one first!!!

Preparation
Iced
Azzrian

where are you seeing these Teas of the Day at?

Kittenna

DavidsTea has two teas each day pre-brewed and available as samplers in-store. They post a list of the week’s teas of the day on their Facebook page (although stores sometimes substitute if they don’t have a certain tea in stock).

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this as the TOTD today. I think there’s hope for it yet, as it was pretty good in-store, tasting like what I cold-brewed for myself with lots of yummy tartness and no nasty bitterness. Exciting!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, waiting to go to my local store until today to get the new teas was kind of a bust! First the Earl of Lemon is being temporarily withheld, and then they don’t even HAVE Tangerine Dream or Simply the Zest! Disappointing. However, I did get to stock up on some perfect teas for icing :D

AND I tried an iced Matcha Matsu soy latte! I thought I had asked her to put in sweetener, but there clearly was none in the cup when I tried it, so I wasn’t the biggest fan at first. I was getting a taste of lightly steamed fresh green beans. Not objectionable, but not what I wanted to be drinking as an iced latte right now! I wanted SWEET. So I toughed it out until I got home and added (a ridiculous amount) of agave and it’s much better :D Albeit weaker than I would have liked, but I should have told her to be light on the ice. I hate ice in drinks anyways.

So yes, I’m pretty excited, because I also picked up 14g of matcha matsu powder to give making my own a shot. I have a Starbucks cold drink cup that I think would be perfectly suited to delicious iced lattes. So we’ll see how that goes tomorrow!

I think I’ll hold on the rating until I try it myself, a bit stronger and with carefully added sweetener.

Preparation
Iced

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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
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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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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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