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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Not super impressed, but maybe it needed more time to steep. There’s a bit of berry flavour, a bit of lemongrass, and a sweetness – I’m not entirely sure what it’s from. I imagine this would be a nice juice substitute for the summer; it certainly is rather odd warm.

ETA: Second infusion reminds me of blue raspberry, as well as… Razzleberry?? Some DT with raspberry and lemongrass, anyways. My thoughts on the tea are still the same, but I’ll give it a bit longer for the next cup. (Read: triple the time. Haha.)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

Hmmm, I steeped this for five minutes and got a lot of flavor.

TheKesser

I found I had to steep it like 5-7 at least. I found the longer the better for this one.

Kittenna

I’ll give that a shot next time I brew it up. In retrospect, I don’t know why I gave it such a short infusion – I usually give herbals/rooibos at least 4 minutes.

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53
drank Coconut Macaroon by Compass Teas
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My faith in Compass Teas is sadly fading…. not a big fan of this one. At least I can taste the coconut here, and it’s alright (whew, not rancid!), but it’s a very plain, boring tea, with a very unremarkable base that’s verging on astringency with even just a short 2-minute infusion. It’s not terrible, and if milk/sweetener didn’t cover up the mild coconut flavour, it might actually be good that way, but I’m not keen to have this one again.

Oops – forgot to thank JoonSusanna for passing some of this along :) Always curious to try, even if a tea doesn’t work for me!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I have only tried one of their teas before and was not a fan. I have not sought out anymore since then and it would seem that I am not missing out on anything.

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72
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Woo, free TOTD for St. Patrick’s! I had it sweetened, but don’t really think that it was necessary. The flavour was much the same as when I made it – grapey but not too artificial, and heavy on the grassy base, but no astringency. A tasty cup :) Perhaps not my first choice, but Green & Fruity was my other option, and my memories of that one aren’t terribly fond.

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60
drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Had another cup of this one – love the creaminess, but it’s almost a bit too minty for me. Particularly the re-steep, which had good flavour, but was a bit like drinking a peppermint out of a cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Thanks to Yezi Tea for a sample of this delicious black! Upon opening the sample, I was greeted by a wonderful chocolatey aroma. The tea doesn’t disappoint, and is an excellent example of a lovely, chocolatey, full-bodied black. No astringency, just delicious flavour. Perhaps not the best example of a tea with this flavour profile, but certainly up there. I’d need to compare it with others to really tell.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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A second logging of this because I also had a giant travel mug of it on the weekend (ok, a normal travel mug). It was pretty good that way as well, and I paid attention to my own comment to use less tea, and I ended up with a more pleasant, less astringent flavour. Delish.

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47

Not thrilled by this tea, unfortunately. I was expecting something along the lines of Butiki’s Mi Xian black, but I really wasn’t getting any leafhopper flavour here. IMHO, it wasn’t even a great example of a straight black tea. Just, not much flavour. Very boring. I may have understeeped, at 2 minutes, so I’ll give it another shot later, but for now I’d pass on having it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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Pleasantly surprised by this tea. I found that the base tea was quite prominent, a grassy, slightly marine-y sencha, but didn’t mask the tasty, natural grape flavour. There weren’t any raisins in my tiny pouch, so I don’t know how that might contribute, but I was pretty happy with the flavour I was getting. Grape’s not a favourite flavour for me, nor do I often care for flavoured greens, but I’d happily drink this again. If I make it to DT this afternoon after hitting the gym, I’ll be getting a cup of it as my free TOTD.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I felt like something a bit lighter on Friday? Thursday? so brewed up some of this (also, I was getting incredibly bored with my downstairs tea selection, and went into my 52teas/DavidsTea drawer. SUCH A GOOD IDEA haha.) Anyways, lovely, prominent apricot flavours on a hay-y white base, so it definitely fit the bill for a lighter tea. The cheesecake flavouring really isn’t noticeable until the tea has really cooled (I don’t recall if I noticed it a great deal in this tea previously), but it’s really quite mild. Either way, I like this as an apricot fruit tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Yuummm. Loving the sweet cotton candy/blueberry flavours in this one. I think I overleafed a bit (forgot that gunpowder is rolled, and I should probably stick to 1 tsp/8 oz. instead of my usual 1.5 tsp), but it was still tasty.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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