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2221 Tasting Notes

drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Figured I’d try this one today since apparently Cherry Potion & Mango Madness are being discontinued (and Strawberry White is not?) Hmmm, rumours, rumours.

Anyways, this one smells sooooooo tart steeped. I’m a metre from my cup and my mouth is watering at the tart cherry smell. Yum. This might have potential as an iced tea (if I get to try that).

Flavour-wise it’s fruity and tart, but definitely not as much as it smells, which is kind of relieving. It’s actually a fair bit more pleasant than I was expecting. I think I brewed it a tad weak puts tea ball back in, but I kind of like it as a light fruity tea. Yum.

I admit I can’t exactly pinpoint what the fruity flavour is…. oh well. My taste bud-to-brain connections will hopefully improve eventually.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I wasn’t a big fan of it hot.. but try it iced! Holy is it good =)

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Likewise, this one’s delicious as always….

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

I think this is a yummy tea too!

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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I really wish there was a way to log teas without leaving a repetitive tasting note… (or is there and I just don’t know how?)

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
aisling of tea

When you click “Add Tasting Note” down at the bottom where it says “save this post”? There’s also a link that says “write something later” Voila! No note!


:D How does that show up to other people? Hopefully not irritating…

aisling of tea

It doesn’t show up unless they look at their “recent activity” which shows everything.


Appreciated, thank you!

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Given that this tea has peppermint in it, I wasn’t expecting to be a fan…. so no surprise when I tried it today as a TOTD and wasn’t a fan! Ginger was the predominant flavour I was getting, with a pepperminty background, which I hate. Drinkable, but yech. Not a tea for me. But now I can say I tried it!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Evening caffeine-free tea. Nothing super special; not getting the creaminess today that I did previously. Oh well, won’t be a re-buy but that’s ok. Too bad I just got a sample of it in my DT order! :(

Boiling 8 min or more

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Exhausted, so a short note. Brewed some at work today, forgot to set a timer, left it for six + minutes, and it just wasn’t the same. Probably would still have garnered a 90s rating as it was good, but it wasn’t that subtly delicious taste I usually get – the oolong was a bit overpowering. My fault though. Left the leaves in the teaball for another steep tomorrow if I get the chance (and am not craving Check Mate first).

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Cold brewed this in the fridge in a waterbottle overnight, and I much prefer it as an iced tea. Also used 1 tbsp for… 10 or 12 oz water. Tastes like sour berriness still, but I found it refreshing. Roommate thought it could use a bit of sweetener; she’s probably right. Upping the rating, but only for the iced version.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Yet another tea joins the coveted ranks of my favourites (haha). Wow. I’m so impressed! This tea was far better than I expected, as I was thinking it would be comparable to Mom’s Apple Pie, but really, they’re entirely different teas.

So onto the review. The dry tea smells exactly like caramel popcorn. Heavenly. I LOVE caramel popcorn. The popped popcorn in it is an amusing touch; I thought I’d try one and it tasted like a piece of stale popcorn… ah well. They’re not for eating, they’re for steeping.

I initially thought 94C was awfully high to steep a green tea… until I realized that there was virtually no green tea in my bag. Like, seriously. I don’t think there was ANY. Anyways, I decided to lower the temp a bit (90C) anyways, but ended up steeping well past the 4 minutes I initially decided on.

The tea definitely retains the lovely caramel popcorn flavour upon steeping, and I hoped the taste would correlate to the smell… AND IT DOES! YAY! Sweet and buttery and caramelly and oh so good. I keep reading that there’s maple in this tea… I don’t really think I’m tasting it specifically, but my goodness is this ever delicious!

The tea as I prepared it isn’t too weak, but then again I DID steep it for quite a while. Consequently, I’m probably not getting a second steep out of this guy, but I’m ok with that.

ETA: Tried a second steep anyways. I think it would have been pretty good except I left the teaball in for AGES and now there’s a bit of a strange, almost metallic flavour. A little bitter, maybe like apple peel? Still drinkable, but I won’t let it steep indefinitely a second time!

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Fired Up Fennel by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

Not a tea I’d choose for myself, but my roommate brought some back with her after trying it at her local DT during Reading Week. So what the heck, may as well try it!

Both steeped and dry, the tea smells licoricey (anise), and is weaker in the hot tea. The taste is quite mild to begin with, and ends very sweetly, which is a bit surprising and odd. Reminds me of… . an icky experience I shouldn’t mention. Just the sweet aftertaste, I mean. I’m not tasting any heat though, which is contrary to what other people have noticed. There was only one chili in our pot though, so maybe that’s the reason.

Anyways, as I don’t care for licorice, this is definitely not a tea for me, but I imagine that if black licorice is your thing, you’d be all over this one.

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I’ve been trying to gather the courage for a sample of this one… but everyone seems to hate it so much, I’m not sure if it’s worth the “torture”!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of the smell of the dry tea (it’s sickly apple-sweet), but experience tells me not to put much stock into that (Cranberry Pear, anyone?)

Steeped, this smells exactly like a cup of hot apple cider. Delicious, cinnamony apple cider. Depending on how it tastes, I may have to waive my no-sweetener rule so that I can make it into the apple cider I’m used to…

Ok, not bad. It tastes like weak, unsweetened apple cider – I can taste green apple at the end. I think I need to try the sugar route. Definitely drinkable without, but now I’m craving sweet apple cider :D I can’t really taste green tea at this stage, but perhaps a second steeping will highlight it a bit more.

ETA: Some agave made this a sweet cidery bedtime treat. Yum. I don’t like it enough to stock up on or anything, but I’m excited to have some pseudo-cider around!

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 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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