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2221 Tasting Notes

drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2221 tasting notes

One of the three teas in the “chai” pack that my boyfriend’s mom bought me for Christmas :D This was one of very few DTs I hadn’t yet tried, so I wasn’t too unhappy to get some of it, haha (tryalltheteas!)

The aroma was pretty good, and from what I could tell, the flavour was ok as well, with the “correct” chai flavouring for me – big on cardamom, light on cinnamon. Unfortunately, though, I ended up over sweetening it with honey – not only was it just too sweet, but I forgot that honey is a pretty distinctive flavour. Hence, it tasted more like honey-milk with a hint of chai. I’ll go for maple syrup next time, which fits with chais better, IMO. Still perfectly enjoyable and drinkable though!

Hello.Kiki

I have never thought to try maple syrup in a chai tea before! This is why I love Steepster- oh the possibilities! Lol

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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The other TOTD that I tried today. Possibly better than Cool Cucumber in my opinion… I love teas with creaminess, and this didn’t disappoint. The peachy flavour was also quite glorious, and the creaminess was what saved it from tasting like delicious peach juice, and instead made it taste like… peaches and cream. Shocking…

Anyhow, it’s always great to get a herbal that doesn’t contain 1) hibiscus, 2) mint, 3) chamomile, 4) licorice, so I was pretty stoked. Another one I’ll have to try iced/chilled at some point.

keychange

yay! Glad you liked this too! You should try it as a latte-that’s how I had it in-store and it was excellent.

Sami Kelsh

Agreed with keychange – haven’t had this as a latte, but BOY does that sound like it would be gorgeous!

Fjellrev

Damn, and I passed on this one because I thought it may be ultra sugary.

Kittenna

Oooh! Latte sounds divine, and I never would have thought of that!

Amariel

“Anyhow, it’s always great to get a herbal that doesn’t contain 1) hibiscus, 2) mint, 3) chamomile, 4) licorice”

Hear hear! Though I’m ok with chamomile, usually. And mint, to a degree…I’m super picky with mint and usually dislike, but do like it in a small number of blends.

I think this one has potential. I only picked up a small amount, but I think I’ll get a bit more nest time, like maybe 25?

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up samples from DT today post-gym… bad me. Although I did get a sample of this, it was also one of the TOTD, so I tried it in-store. I was pretty impressed – had been expecting the mint to be overpowering, but it is present in such a small amount that it just adds a lovely freshness. I’m a big fan of the fact that they included honeydew in here as well, as it adds a fresh sweetness that you don’t get with, say, cucumber water (I had a terrible experience with carbonated cucumber water a few years back. It was one of the most terrible beverages I’ve ever tried.) Of course, the dominant flavour in this tea is cucumber, but it was that perfect sort of sweet cucumber (not bitter), which I’m sure is in part related to the honeydew. It’s also fine with the black base, which I honestly didn’t taste at all. I’ll have to see what it’s like when I brew it up myself. Also dying to try it chilled, because I think it could be amazing (and for those of such an inclination, it might be great for a tea cocktail as well).

__Morgana__

The only cucumber tea I think I ever had was a Tazo and it tasted more like pickles to me. I wasn’t a fan. But this sounds much better.

Kittenna

Gross. I wasn’t a fan of the Tazo one either.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Tasty, but not as good as the plain Strawberry Pie HB. Flavours and spicing is more muted, though it does still taste like a delicious bakery treat.

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drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! No caramel bits, so not as good as I remember , but still a decent rooibos.

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Free tea from DT! Much better than the times I made it myself, although admittedly both agave and milk were involved. Also, a shout-out to the barista (er?) who looks like Orlando Bloom at the Guelph DT who let me have the tea without the coupon, since I brilliantly locked myself out of my Facebook-linked email.

__Morgana__

Definite plus on the Orlando Bloom look alike. LOL

OMGsrsly

Free tea??

Amariel

They had an offer Thur/Fri on their page for a free TOTD from 1-6pm. I got it but didn’t care for any of the TOTD offerings (though I do like this one…it was not what I was wanting) for I never used it. I got some Berry Good instead.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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I left the remainder of my bag of this with my friend in New Zealand… And gave in yesterday and picked up some more while I was getting my free tea. Bad. Anyways, delicious! Love this lemony-coco nutty blend.

Amariel

I love this one and it will be back in rotation for spring and summer soon.

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drank Velvety Vanilla by Tea Desire
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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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