3065 Tasting Notes

75
drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Used my whole sample up to make a pot of this to share with my boyfriend’s mom. This time I actually have something to write about! The aroma is deliciously berries + cream, and I’m happy to report that the flavour follows (although I think I underleafed a bit, and it would have been better with a bit higher leaf:water ratio). I think I’ll be picking up a bit more of this to have around, especially since my boyfriend’s mom seemed to enjoy it as well. I’m such a sucker for cream teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
3065 tasting notes

Backlog.

Tried this in-store while chatting with an employee about various things (he answered my questions satisfactorily – I was impressed) so didn’t have a great recollection of how it tasted, other than “good”. Really useful tasting note, hey?

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100

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Running out of this tea irritatingly quickly. Bad Kittenna. But anyways, it was really delicious at work. May need to get more.

[I have purchased more since writing this tasting note.]

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90
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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So sad that this tea is going away! I’m torn about whether to purchase a whole bunch of it or not… I’m really concerned that the coconut will go bad before I manage to drink it, and then I’ll be really unhappy :( I did pick up 100g the other day, and that may be all I end up getting (I was really annoyed though – the girl measuring out my tea was shoving and crunching it into the bag :/)Thankfully, it’s not heavy on the tea part, I just love the coconut/lemon flavour. Anyhow, drank some of my old bag of it at work on Monday, and it was predictably delicious. This is one tea, though, that I have to remember not to overleaf, because it’s actually much tastier when the flavour is a bit less potent. (This is the opposite for almost all other teas).

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CrowKettle picked up 200g of this when they had their special the other weekend, and I got some of hers. I do like this one, and am also sad it’s going. I may have to go get more than the amount I grabbed from her. I think I will….if there is still some left. It’s super tasty, and I love it in the warmer weather.

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56
drank Blackcurrant by Harrods
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Another teabag sample from MissB – thanks! I’ve tended to like blackcurrant teas in the past, however I’ve mostly had versions that also have cream flavouring, which this one did not. Sadly, I noticed that and therefore wasn’t a huge fan – although the flavour was definitely strongly blackcurrant, I found it too medicinal (it’s not the flavouring, per se, it’s that blackcurrants taste medicinal). If you enjoy the flavour, however, this is probably a pretty good bagged version, and I would certainly drink it again if I had the opportunity (but I think I’d add some milk and sugar to see how that worked out).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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Backlog time! Sorry everyone, posting a lot fairly quickly. Taking advantage of downtime while visiting Ottawa (it’s too cold to walk around, so we’re lounging and relaxing instead).

Thanks to MissB for these teabags – they’ve been a lifesaver at work lately, since I haven’t had much time to brew tea at home, and all my infusers are still full (and a big hassle to bring to work). Bonus – I have some time to write notes and email them to myself, although I admit I’m in a rather distracting environment, so the quality of the notes may not be all that wonderful.

I drank this tea completely blind, meaning that I have no idea at all what it was, other than a black tea. As it turns out – a fairly pleasant black tea! I still have no real idea what it was (I’m writing this tasting note without regular internet access), but I had a sip plain, and it tasted like a reasonably high-quality bagged black. I drank the rest with a splash of 2% milk and some sugar, and it was really quite tasty. A very good example of a bagged black. I’m curious to see which teas it’s a blend of (if that info is available).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Sooooo grapey! I let my friend smell my travel mug before I washed it, and she loved it, so perhaps I’ll give her the rest. Not that I dislike it, just that it’s a bit too much for me.

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100

I’m going through this tea way too quickly….. but I did just buy another 4 oz…

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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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86

I think this tea has, sadly, lost flavour. Don’t recall if I could taste much the last time I drank it (but, it was also in a travel mug so maybe that was just a poor decision). Anyways, still some left to finish off.

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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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