2245 Tasting Notes

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drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2245 tasting notes

So definitely have learned that White Tiger is best when not oversteeped, otherwise the blueberry is overwhelmed by the tannins. So forgetting the teaball in the cup for this one is not a good idea…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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65
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
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Was hoping to try this in-store today, but as usual arrived too late. Oh well! Just bought some of it (and all the other new teas) instead… ugggh I didn’t need to spend more money there! (I need to make a space in my budget for ‘tea’ and make sure I don’t exceed that monthly… probably already at nearly $50 and it’s March 7…)

Anyways, onto the tea! First impression smelling the dry tea was ginger. Ginger backed by some fruitiness, and a bit of an odd smell I couldn’t place. Steeped, I’m getting a similar impression. Ginger is definitely the dominant note, at least in this cup. I can smell the strawberry, but would not have picked that out on my own. No strange scent, however, which is good!

Tasting it, I’m having a bit of trouble distinguishing things. It’s not really sweet, and I think there’s ginger, but either it’s too late for me to be drinking tea and my tastebuds are already asleep, or the re-heating (yeah I forgot about it and let it completely cool) did something to it. Unfortunately I am getting a bit of a fakey-strange aftertaste, which I don’t particularly like. Possible that it’s ginger, though.

Anyways, I wasn’t completely dumb and did try the cooled tea before I reheated it, and although I don’t remember specifics, I recall liking it, but was feeling chilly at the time and wanted something warm, not cold. So I will try again, and try it iced, as has been recommended. Perhaps tomorrow will be a good day for iced tea… we’re forecast to hit 12 degrees Celsius, which is ABSURD in my mind, considering that my hometown (Saskatoon) just had a blizzard! I never did end up getting my winter…. huff

Overall I’m pretty sure this will be fairly tasty the next time I drink it, so am looking forward to it! Rating will be reserved until that time, however.

(Side note: this tea smells awful if left to cool and then accidently microwaved to boiling. Like, seriously AWFUL! It goes away once it cools again though.)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

haha yes! I have the same weather in Swift Current right now, I hope this plus 12 stuff sticks around! :)

Kittenna

We ended up hitting something ridiculous like +18!! And today it’s back to hovering around zero. Sad sad :(

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94

Actually tried this properly this time. First steep (1 min)? Fruity and delicious. Second steep (2 min)? Less fruity, but still white tea deliciousness. Third steep (infinite)? Mostly white tea, but still delicious. Yum yum yum. Glad I picked up 50g of this before it left the wall…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I was starting to regret buying a whole 100g of this online. I only bought that much as I was worried it would be discontinued… I do like it, but since I haven’t had it in a few weeks, I was doubting whether I really liked it enough to have spent that much.

Luckily, it’s still good. I think Jessie’s Tea (which is mediocre for me) had replaced it in my head. This one has almondy and other intricate flavours though. And no off-putting overwhelming lavender scent. So while I don’t think I’ll be finishing it off quite as quickly as I had thought, it’s still a tasty caffeine-free treat.

Roomie used the teaball for a second steeping after me, so just one cup for me tonight :)

Preparation
Boiling

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Definitely was craving this one like mad today. Sadly, I either screwed it up (steeped too long) or perhaps it was the sweetened yogurts I devoured around the same time, but it just didn’t have the subtle deliciousness as usual. Still very malty and comforting, though. I’ll blame this one on user error (as I’m pretty sure I’ll be having another cup tomorrow as a reward tea…)

Preparation
Boiling

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34

Not overly enchanted….

The dry leaf smells promising, lemony and tangy; as I like my lemons sour, that’s good! Unfortunately, steeped it just isn’t what I was hoping for, although it is kind of what I expected. I’ve found that lemongrass can be an odd flavour in teas, and I’m getting it here, along with lemon zest and lemon peel which give me more of a lemon-scented cleaner taste as opposed to a lemon juice flavour. It’s a little sweet, and not objectionable, but I can’t see myself brewing this up again for myself. Maybe it would be tasty with some honey and lemon juice, but I suspect those flavours would overwhelm it and defeat the purpose of it tasting lemony in the first place!

Ah well, not too disappointed. A(n expected, for me) miss in the plethora of delicious teas from DT.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Ok, so I tried to actually be diligent about temperature and time this time around.

First steep: ~80C, ~45s Definitely my favourite. It’s light and smooth, deliciously vegetal like a perfectly boiled veggie, and not grassy at all. No astringency, and I love it. This steep is the reason I love this tea.

Second steep: ~83C, ~2min Flavour has definitely changed. It still has the delicious vegetal smell to it, but it’s a stronger flavour and there’s some astringency at the end of the sip. Still good, but not as fresh or smooth as the first steep, and it gives a bit of a dry mouth sensation. Probably should have gone with a shorter steep time, but oh well.

Third steep: ~86C, ~4min I think I’m out of good steepings. This one has mostly lost the appealing scent as well as the delicious vegetal flavour. It’s not bad, but it’s weaker and drying in the mouth, and it just doesn’t have the yumminess I want. So perhaps if I try a series of shorter steepings e.g. 45s, 1min, 1min30, I will get three tasty steepings instead of just two.

I also have to admit that I sampled the tea leaves tonight… tasty :D Reminiscent of the first steep, and quite tender. Would eat again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So……. this is definitely just as amazing as everyone seems to be saying. Smells and tastes like liquid caramel. I probably used more tea than the 1.5 tsp it calls for (I usually do), and it’s been steeping for ages now… so definitely a ‘one-cup wonder’, but still. Mmmmm. I clearly did not get the right tea in my sample the other day – it definitely had icky peppermint in it.

The only thing that annoys me is how this is yet another white tea where I can’t taste any tea, so I’m paying a higher price for…. heavy mulberries. So definitely can’t make this a daily tea, but I’m still probably going to get a 100g tin of it…

ETA: I maybe take back my one-cup-wonder comment… the mulberries were deliciously sweet and full of flavour even after probably nearly 30 min of steeping. Enough to make me think that I could get an additional cup out of them. Probably wouldn’t bother, as they were so tasty, but… yes. Excellent tea :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

I want!

Kittenna

Yes, yes you do!

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88
drank White Tiger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2245 tasting notes

Blueberries! Real blueberries! Yum! I’m very impressed. And after only 1 minute of steeping, too :) Smells like blueberries; tastes like blueberries. Why didn’t I try this and Strawberry White before? They are way better than most fruity teas I’ve been trying lately.

Eeeee :D

ETA: Too lazy to try some fancy-schmancy series of steeps while increasing temperature, and all that, so I went for a 5 minute steep at 82C (that’s just what the water temp was… aiming for 90! Oops.) The tea is a fair bit darker (shocker, eh?), and purplish, reminding me of Bear Trap. You know, I think this tea might actually be what I wanted from Bear Trap – a sweet sort of berry tea, not sour. Anyways, it smells and tastes like warm blueberries. Real blueberries. Like a blueberry I just plucked out of a steaming hot fresh-out-of-the-oven homemade blueberry muffin. I’m not really getting any tea flavour, except maybe at the end, but I’m just super stoked at how delicious this is. My bank account is definitely hoping that the remainder of the teas I try this week are huge misses (and I’m sure some will be, e.g. Carrot Cake), but I suspect I’ll end up liking more…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

You are right, this tea is pure blueberry taste, a rare thing as there are no artificial soapy flavors that can often be found in blueberry teas!

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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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