2931 Tasting Notes

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I had high hopes for this one, because CACAO SHELLS! And while it is definitely pretty chocolatey (kind of artificial, yes), I didn’t realize the chocolate was spiced. Now, that’s not actually a big problem, just not what I was expecting. Can’t taste blueberry anywhere here, though.

One big plus to this tea? It’s not sweetened, I don’t think. Not beyond the chocolate pieces. No licorice sweetness. I am pretty sure this would be best as a latte, so I’ll probably take the rest to work. The milk supplied there makes lattes easy for me (too easy…)

All in all, though, probably nothing I’d get again. Straight cacao shells produce a better chocolate flavour if that’s what I’m craving.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
2931 tasting notes

Jeepers, this one’s hibiscusy. Definitely strawberry/coconut as well, but there’s a strong hibiscus presence. Thankfully, though sour, it’s bearable. Would be best sweetened and iced, for sure. I’m drinking it cold.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Hey, I’m actually logging another couple teas as I drink them! Novel. I do have a backlog from this week and last to get through (plus a very long backlog from previously, but it’s in bits and pieces and who knows how that will go…)

Anyhow, this tea. It smelled so familiar in-store, but i couldn’t place it until I was pouring it out… yep. This is the same, or extremely similar, to Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit, sold by many a vendor. I first came across it sold by Mahamosa, and actually have 2 oz. of it sealed away somewhere, that I need to drink this summer, because: this tea is an amazing cold-brew. No hibiscus but lots of flavour. Fruity sour cherry goodness, plus sweetness. Highly recommended, even if it is, as usual, not DT’s own creation.

Also, this tea is best steeped for a LOOONGGG time, and overleafed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I really wish this was a black tea :/

Kittenna

I’m sure you could add some without issue!

Indigobloom

Hmmm excellent point :P

Amariel

I had mixed feelings with this one…I’m trying to figure out what to write when I make my note.

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57

Sipdown!

An Amoda box repeat from last year that I wasn’t overly thrilled about. Used it all up today to make some minty iced tea. Not terrible, but I don’t need to have this again.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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97

Super sad story about this tea today – I brewed up a nice cup at my boyfriend’s mom’s place… and about ten minutes later, she’s all “soooo I just realized I washed your infuser that had the tea you probably wanted to resteep in it…”. Heart. Broken. Anyways, at least I got one lovely cup, but considering how limited in quantity this tea is, I guess I’ll have to be more careful :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I’ll admit that I almost never resteep teas anyway… :/

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83

I… rather like this tea. I’m trying to figure out if I accidentally switched this and Nuit a Versailles, but even just sniffing the bag’s contents, I’m quite certain I didn’t, though. This one is quite lovely, actually – sweet and fruity, with a bit of a mariney green base. I don’t think I would have guessed goji berries at all though, if I had to guess, as this is pretty sweet.

Anyhow, enjoyable, and I’ll probably enjoy it the next time too. Thanks for sharing, Miss B.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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44

More from MissB – thanks!! :) Oddly, I’m not really tasting any bergamot here, just a bit of a mariney green and a bit of fruitiness/floral notes. Given that I don’t believe I’ve had contamination/loss of flavour issues with any of the other teas, I’m not sure why I’m tasting something so different from everyone else, but the tea certainly looks like that in the picture. Not one I really care for.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
2931 tasting notes

Another gem from MissB! I’m skeptical of all these French teas, probably because going into it I haven’t a clue what’s in them… but so far, everything’s been tasting pretty great. With this tea, I correctly identified it as a rose/chocolate black, which tastes fairly good – add some bergamot and you’d have DT’s The Earl’s Valentine! (Not quite). Anyhow, I’m not overly fond of floral notes, but I’d happily drink it again. Which I will, because I only drank half my sample today.

ETA: Ok, I also taste the coconut, and I can be convinced that there’s marzipan flavouring in here, though it’s not overly strong (otherwise I’d find it very cloying). Pistachio though? Not so much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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81

Thanks MissB! Wow, this tea is interesting. Very tropical-fruit-y, but in a way that I haven’t previously tasted. There’s an interesting depth to the flavour, and I can’t pick out the exact fruits. Looking at the description, it makes sense – definitely tasting guava, though not really picking up lime, and the cacao must be the depth in the background. Surprisingly, I kind of like this tea. I’m not sure I’d want it more than a couple times, but it’s really interesting. And completely not related to Christmas. At all. Glad to have tried this though, simply because of its uniqueness!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
2931 tasting notes

Thanks for passing this along MissB! I recently saw OMGsrsly mention this tea, and curiosity made me pull it out of my sample bags tonight. I’m trying valiantly to make progress again (without buying too much more).

Anyhow, this tea is interesting. Definitely grapefruit, and something floral here. I’m having trouble discerning what, but perhaps rose? Only because I recently drank DavidsTea’s Vanilla Rose tea, which the flavour reminds me of. It’s not entirely my thing, as I prefer a more tart version of grapefruit than this floral melange, but it’s not at all what I was expecting based on the name (I was assuming a straight floral or berry tea).

Preparation
Boiling 2 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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