2390 Tasting Notes

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Backlog from late yesterday. It wasn’t as good. But I find nothing at work really is. Stupid hard water and crusty kettle :P

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This is again a tea that’s pretty old, but not too old. Only maybe 3 years.

Steeped, this smells a little odd, but definitely like lavender. Lucky, because that’s how I figured out which one it was :D What’s annoying, however, are all the little lavendar flowers floating at the top of my cup. This is supposed to be strained, I guess.

The taste is difficult to place. It’s weird. I think I can taste the white tea… oh yes, it’s definitely in the aftertaste, and I think I’m tasting lavender. Not getting hibiscus at all (this is relieving, actually). Will update this later if I can figure out what I’m tasting.

Probably not a tea I’d pick for myself. I think I like lavender in small doses, but this is a bit much. I’m also not really sold on flowering teas. I care about flavour, not presentation :P (Yes, I know the tea experience is visual as well, but that’s not the biggest part of it for me.)

ETA: Egh, I think I can taste the hibiscus in the second infusion. Also white tea aftertaste, which is good (also prominent in the first infusion, whereas hibiscus wasn’t). The hibiscus doesn’t work here, IMO. So decent marks for the white tea, but minus points for weird hibiscus tart bitterness.

AUGH! Seriously, I keep getting a lavender bud in my mouth and thinking it’s a bug. Ick.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

eating bugs, eeeek!! yah I’d never finish the cup…

Kittenna

It was tough… oh wait… I think I didn’t :P Guess I’ll have something lovely to throw out on Monday morning…

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68
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Feel like I can smell some spice tonight, and getting some chocolate taste, but especially compared to 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai, this is just not worth it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Tasting much more baked-goodsy flavour tonight, and less strawberry. Sad, I wanted strawberry. Sigh. At least I can taste the green tea, and it stood up to my accidental almost-five-minutes of steeping.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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92

Well I guess the crappiness of today has a second bright spot – the arrival of my matcha from Red Leaf Tea!

I’ll write a longer note later, but so far I’m sold. Having it as an agave-sweetened regular almond milk latte. The only concern? I swear it tastes like strawberry, not vanilla. But that could just be something funny that I’m tasting. It’s still delicious, and now I’m dying to try the actual strawberry one! And mango. And French vanilla. And…

ETA: Ok, so this was so much better than I was expecting! The flavouring tasted natural, not fake, and the matcha was obviously not low quality. The flavouring also didn’t overpower the lovely matcha flavour (I’m sure that might be a different story if I went for stronger flavouring options – which by the way is SUCH a good idea!) Another plus is that I didn’t find the matcha as bitter as straight matchas I’ve tried, so when mixed with regular almond milk, which is somewhat sweet, I definitely felt like extra sweetener was unnecessary. However, I needed an energy kick, so threw in a bit of agave syrup as well. The reduced bitterness also makes me feel like this might be a good matcha to try straight – which I haven’t been brave enough to try yet!

One of the best parts? I left about half my latte sitting in my car while I went to practice handbells with my group, and when i got back to my car it smelled SO WONDERFUL inside! And the smell is still lingering. It’s delightful. And definitely smells like vanilla, not strawberry, so who knows what’s up with my tastebuds.

Preparation
Iced
Azzrian

So obviously you figured out how to make matcha! LOL I have not tried again yet – any tips?

Azzrian

WAIT WAHT? You ordered different flavors of MATCHA? OMG trade trade trade incoming LOL hahaha

Kittenna

Hahaha, my matcha is not perfect, and it’s in latte form, which tends to cover up mistakes. Also, although it was a touch clumpy (entirely user error), they were not as bitter as when I make the one I have from DavidsTea. I just use a random amount of powder (2+ tsp) in a tiny amount (1/4 cup?) of hot milk, essentially beat it with a plastic spork thinger, and then top up with agave syrup and cold almond milk (I find heating up the almond milk is icky).

And heck yes, if you want to try this one you’ll find it in your next swap box :D

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93
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Rough day. Good thing I brought this one to work. Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Missy

D’oh! Hope your day goes better.

Indigobloom

just think of Sunday!! xx

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Just can’t wait for Monday to be over… (but so excited for Sunday!)

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64
drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Truthfully, only picked this one up because I need to TRYALLTHETEAS. It smells like Three Wishes Tea. I think I’m not as big of a fan of rose petals in tea as I thought I was.

Dry tea is perfumey, like rose petals. That’s about it.

The steeped tea smells perfumey, but bearably so. Likewise, that is how it tastes. I was scant on the leaf to avoid feeling like I drank a bottle of perfume, and I think I succeeded. This isn’t bad. For the third time, can’t taste the green tea.

It’s not bad, but I think this will be going into the swap pile. Not my favourite.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t think this tea was supposed to be out until tomorrow (ok, today), but it was there, so I bought it! I initially thought it would be loaded with juniper and other icky things, but it sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. I have a weird feeling it’s going to be rather tart though…

The dry tea has a very interesting aroma. I honestly can’t place it at all. A bit of berry tart/sweetness, and perhaps I’m smelling the sea lettuce. It’s quite a strong aroma, as well. Also, the girl at DavidsTea was nice enough to load my package with fruit :D Cost more, but oh well!

Steeped, I’m primarily smelling blueberries. Yup. That’s about it.

Ok – definitely not tart like I was expecting! Actually rather refreshing. Tastes sweet and a bit like blueberries. I’m not placing the other flavours, but it’s cool on the palate. Again, no apparent green tea flavour, but I’m sure it’s there.

I think this one might be good cold-steeped. I think the berries need more time to infuse into the brew, personally, particularly the cranberries as there were a bunch in the infuser and I’m not tasting any cranberry (or if I am, I’m attributing it to something else).

Much better than I was expecting! Pleasant surprise :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

Oh I’ll be honest I am jealous. You live in a city with a Davids Tea don’t you? I am glad I only have a bike, as if I had a car I can assure you I would drive to a Davids Tea every second weekend (1.5 hrs). It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a car or live by a DT now that I think about it (being a student and all =\ ).

Kittenna

That I do :) In fact, the DavidsTea is in the same mall as my gym, and the mall is literally a 20-25 minute walk away from my house. I assure you, they now recognize me at my local store. I literally came in daily one week. And the one girl remembers the time I went in to get 10g samples of all the teas they were putting online.

Sadly, I am also a student. But with a car. And a (currently nonfunctional) bike. Easy access means I have ridiculous amounts of DavidsTeas… and am very, very poor.

Indestructible

I am so curious about this one. I mean, a tea inspired by David Suzuki? How cool is that?

Kittenna

I thought it was kind of neat too. And so thrilled that it contained neither juniper nor peppermint (as I had expected)!

tigress_al

That is super cool, honestly, I was expecting some pretty bad reviews of this tea. I wasn’t going to try it, but now I think I will.

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65
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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NEW TEA FRENZY! Can’t believe my local DavidsTea had all three out today when I went to restock some Chocolate Cake! Nice surprise :D

Dry tea smells deliciously fruity, and although I might not have figured it out on my own, it does smell like kiwi. Interesting!

Steeped, it definitely has a different sort of fruity smell than usual. A sort of tropical fruitiness, but not pineapple.

The taste is sweet and light, and the aftertaste is of kiwi. No obvious green tea flavour, but I’m sure it adds body. There’s a small amount of kiwi-like tartness and astringency (definitely from the fruit, not the tea).

Overall quite pleasing! Better than some of the other greens I’ve tried from Davids lately. Not likely a re-stock, but I’ll have an enjoyable few cups of it :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Hmmm I guess I’ll have to try it! when I saw yet another fruity green tea from DT I was a little disappointing… but perhaps this will make the grade!!

Ian

This one sounds SO good because I love kiwi, by unfortunately I’m allergic to it :(

Kittenna

Aww, that sucks. I love kiwis. I feel lucky not to be allergic to any foods.

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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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