2756 Tasting Notes

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drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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95

Today, I learned that it is possible to screw up this tea (although even screwed up, it would still get a 90s rating). I really need to get my water thermometer working again, as I suspect that and a bit of overleafing were my problems. Ah well. Still tasty, just not magical :)

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Unsurprisingly, this is much like Strawberry White. Definitely sweeter and more jam-like though, and along with the tasty white tea flavour I’m almost getting an odd smokiness. Not unpleasant, but quite unexpected! Not really sure where it’s coming from. This is good, though. I’m not sure whether I like the old or new version better; may have to give it a try later today, after I’ve slept…

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think depending on my mood, I could go for either. For a strawberry white, I think the original really does it best, but for a desserty sort of treat, this one’s better. I think I’d prefer to avoid the stevia if I can, though (and since I have a whole tin of the old one…!)

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89
drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
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Sooooo my trusty meat thermometer that I use for measuring water temperature requires a new battery. Sigh. It was only a matter of time. Of course, as I type this, it occurs to me that I have a second thermometer somewhere, that was also working recently… Either way, this one was steeped at some temperature below boiling, but I haven’t the faintest idea what it might have been. Kept the infusion time low to hopefully counteract a possible temperature misjudgment.

I was kind of excited to get this tea in my grab bag, as it’s something I was interested in trying, but wouldn’t have purchased myself. The smell of the dry tea is vaguely fruity, and I think I saw a piece of marshmallow root??

I’m happy to say that I’m experiencing zero bitterness, and zero astringency, so I didn’t mess up the infusion! Initially, I’m not tasting too much beyond the green tea (a bit seaweedy, yum) and a vague fruitiness, but I swear there’s an aftertaste of what seems to initially be peach, then more strongly apricot. Yup, this is confirmed with sip #2. Definitely apricot. In fact, the most strong apricot I have ever tasted in a tea blend! Frank – make another apricot blend, because this flavouring is seriously yummy! I will admit that it’s only in the aftertaste, and not particularly strong, but it tastes like yummy dried apricot (I don’t remember seeing a chunk in my infuser, but there could be one). I will cherish my one delicious apricotty cup, since I know the rest are unlikely to be the same. SIGH.

Also, I used a generous 1.5tsp of tea for an 8oz. cup, as I usually find 1 tsp not to be enough.

Anyways, this kitchen sink thing is a super cool idea. I’d be down for trying a kitchen sink black or white too… Giving this a high rating because a) it’s good (one of the better flavoured greens I’ve tried!), and b) it’s a novel idea!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

I got this is my grab bag too and am looking forward to trying it. It will be really neat to see how every Cup of this tea will be different.

Alphakitty

Ooh, a kitchen sink black with all the dessert-y flavors would be amazing~

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87
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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Finished off my sample of this from Mercuryhime and topped it off with some from Jillian! Thanks, guys!

I love the smell of this one dry. It’s just bang-on chocolate ice cream, with intermittent whiffs of vanilla and strawberry. And the flavour is pretty awesome. I’m not getting the strawberry-vanilla-chocolate flavours quite as separated as last time, but it’s a very tasty honeybush blend that really satisfies a sweet tooth in the evening. I’d buy this if my stash ever decreases to something manageable…

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

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65
drank Flaming Chocolate Mate by 52teas
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So, not only did I order this from 52teas, I also received it in my grab bag, so I’m really hoping to like it since I have 4 whole ounces to finish off.

Dry, it smells much like Malted ChocoMate to me, but with the kick of cayenne which, like it did to Alphakitty, burnt my nostrils when I stupidly sniffed the tea. Which I did despite reading her tasting note. Sigh.

Steeped, it still smells very much like MCM. Clearly the roasted mate, the flavour of which I do enjoy. Unfortunately, it tasted much like plain roasted mate plus some spiciness to me, which resulted in the addition of a bunch of maple syrup (that’s just what I had right there) in order to make it drinkable. The second infusion is pretty similar; although I think I could get through it without sweetener, I’m not sure I will or want to.

I’m not sure whether I’m missing the chocolate here for some reason, or if it’s just blending in too much, but I’m kind of disappointed with this blend. I liked Malted ChocoMate much better, and since I have something like 8 oz. of it, I really can’t see myself picking this one to drink over it. I wouldn’t even be likely to drink this one just for the spicy kick, because Mayan Chocolate Chai is my tea of choice for that situation, because it is utterly amazing. Bleh. I guess sometimes there are just tea misses.

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

As that is too bad. I got this one in my grab bag as well. Now I think that I might not like it either. I am not that big of fan of spicy things :(

Kittenna

Uh oh :(

Fjellrev

Glad I listened to my gut here. Sorry you don’t like it, though.

Dylan Oxford

Hrmmm. I’d be willing to trade some teas to get at least two ounces of that off your hands.

Kittenna

… are you serious?! I would be more than happy to send it to you.

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77
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sipdown! Finishing off the last of this today. I’m really starting to question the consistency of DavidsTea’s blends, especially after hearing about the fiasco with Sandy/Missy/Dylan and Oh Canada! This seems to be another along the same lines, because as I’m pretty sure I said before, I cannot fathom how someone would find what I’m drinking to be so objectionable. Not a favourite? Sure. But absolutely terrible? What can be so bad about a tea that tastes kind of like a bready version of carrot cake, with a low level of spicing? If anything, it’s simply a bit bland. I actually like it though, and am bumping my rating because I’d definitely drink this one again, although if it’s so hit or miss, I don’t want to risk purchasing it again. I’m still getting used to the flavour of dark oolongs, and I think that flavour does feature here, but it fits in so well I’m having a difficult time distinguishing it.

The second infusion (5 min) is predictably less flavourful, but still pretty satisfying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A tasty oolong, for sure. It’s not really coming off as a milky-style oolong to me, but it’s pretty good. The first infusion was floral and fruity, reminiscent of Fong Mong’s Fruity Sijichun oolong, but I’m finding the second infusion to be comparatively better. It’s coming off smoother and less “green”, with a delicious round, fruity flavour. For the money, I’d go for this over the Fruity Sijichun simply because it re-steeps better. Wish I had compared the two side-by-side, but I haven’t been in the mood for that sort of thing lately!

Thanks again for the sample, Fong Mong Tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
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Hot-brewed and chilled this one to use up the last of it. Still not working for me though. It’s not bad, just really meh. It does taste pomegranate-y, but there’s really no white tea at all, and the hibiscus scares me. Another tea I’m not sad to be finished with!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 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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