2276 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
2276 tasting notes

Argh. I hate that this tea was discontinued. I’m addicted to its deliciousness; it’s pretty much my favourite orange spice/caramel tea. I will be quite sad when it’s all gone (just like Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, sigh).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Indestructible

Sounds awesome – now I wish I had a chance to try!

Kittenna

It is/was :(

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81

Yum. I’m getting really addicted to aged oolongs. Love the nuttiness/bakiness. I chilled the second infusion, and it was pretty tasty that way as well.

One thing I did notice is that I do not like this tea hot, as I can’t taste the flavours properly (though the aftertaste is great). I suppose that’s true for most teas I drink, but I particularly noticed it with this one. (AKA if I want this in a travel mug, I should dilute it with some cold water).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Yum! I think I have a soft spot for dong ding oolongs. The first infusion (travel mugged) was a bit light, but the second could have been that of a milk oolong. I don’t get the floral notes like I do with TGYs (which can be overpowering) – it’s just nuttiness, creaminess, and “oolong” flavour. So smooth and delicious.

Thanks for letting me try this Sil!

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

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94

Hot-brewed a travel mug of this over the weekend, and then cold-brewed the leaves. It was ok in the mug… nothing special, but it certainly made a tasty iced tea. I need to work on finishing up the rest of this… but I have a looooong way to go.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Hot/cold-brewed this one. It’s ok as a tart, berry blend, but not my favourite iced tea. Still better than juice, though, and certainly tons of flavour! My tin will be done soon… woo!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85
drank French Toast by 52teas
2276 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm, another cup of this one. I still think it tastes like Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, which I apparently miss quite a bit. Ah well. Bumping the rating just because the spice combo in here is absolutely delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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72

Tried this brewed hot and chilled… I like it better than a cold brew. I can taste the white tea a lot more, and there’s no astringency. Yum :)

ETA: Hmm. Sadly the leaves have very little flavour after the first infusion, so the second infusion (where I just let them cold brew) was pretty flavourless. Good to note… maybe I should hot/cold brew this one instead (as in, leave the leaves in instead of removing them).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83

Sipdown! 833.

Sad to see this one go… it was pretty good for icing. Tried hot-brewing and chilling this time instead of a cold-brew… I think I like it better this way, not that it matters now! This certainly tastes margarita-like to me right now. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I have a bunch of this one left if you want it. It wasn’t my cup of tea.

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78
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! 834. Another quick hot/cold-brew. A very small one, too. Why I didn’t just finish this off last time, I have no idea.

Anyhow, I do quite enjoy the melon flavour in here, but I think I’m not a big fan of unsweet melon, so it would be better with sweetener for me. I’m also not a huge mate fan, though it’s not really noticeable here.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2276 tasting notes

Sipdown! Would have been 830, but I must concede to adding my teas from Cavocorax… so instead, it’s 835. This is a never-ending battle…

Did my hot/cold-steep with this one, e.g. hot brew in half the water (say, 2 minutes at 90C), then add cold water and chill, with the leaves in. It was pretty delicious. I think, in general, I prefer hot/cold steeps to just cold-brewing. They’re a touch more effort, but the taste is better. Lime Chiffon seems to be an exception to this, though (and I’m sure there are others).

Anyhow, this tea’s pretty awesome. Sad to see it go, but it’s a DT permanent, so I’m not too worried about stocking up.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Cavocorax

I think Kokomo Green is another one that’s better just cold-brewing. Seems like I’m one of the few who made it enjoyable.

Kittenna

That’s one I still have yet to pick up… haha.

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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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