2938 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2938 tasting notes

Tried this as the TOTD today as well. It wasn’t too bad, but tasted mostly like a basic chai though. Couldn’t taste the licorice in the sample, but I did buy some to try, and I’m sure I’ll notice it there. Ah well, I’d almost rather not like the new teas, because then I’m tempted to buy them and stock up!

Maureen

The big brewers in the stores have standardized steep times, so I find for this one it brews on the light side when it’s TOTD. Steep it a bit longer and that licorice root will shine through no problem! ;)

Kittenna

I dislike licorice, so it looks like I’ll be aiming for shorter, then! :D

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drank Sugar Plum Forest by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow. This tea is terrible. I tried it as TOTD today, and although it starts off tasting possibly okay (sweet but heavy on hibiscus), the next flavours that you taste are sweet peppers/chili. YUCK. It is possibly one of the grossest combinations I’ve tried. I’m getting a bit from VariaTea to try making it myself at home, but I anticipate it will be, as others have put it, a big cup of NOPE. Do not recommend. At all.

VariaTEA

I’m glad you agree with the nopeness of this tea.

MissLena

Lol…I bought 25g of this to try…I haven’t yet…lol, and now I don’t really want to

Cheri

that bad, huh?

Kittenna

Honestly, I didn’t even finish my DT sample. It was not good at all. There is WAY too much going on in here, from hibiscus, to licorice sweetness (I think just combining those two is nasty), and add in the chili/hot pepper, and it’s literally a hot mess. I’m really not sure where plum or forest come in here, though it is sweet…

TeaBrat

sounds barfy!

Fjellrev

Oh, weird. I wouldn’t have expected spiciness in this blend.

Kittenna

Yep, “bruised peppers” and “chili” are near the end of the ingredients list, I believe. Sneaky.

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Sipdown! 986. Finished this off with my boyfriend’s mom last night. A pleasant enough rooibos, though not vanilla/cream-y enough for my liking. However, it is happily free from overwhelming icky rooibos flavour.

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drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
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Trrryyyiiinggg to sip this now down, but I have a fair bit left, and I’m not overly fond of it anymore. It’s pretty good for what it’s supposed to be – gingery, a nice bit of pear, and some floral notes – but that’s apparently not a flavour combination I really feel like most of the time, so I end up randomly making it in a travel mug from time to time. Still a lot left…

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
2938 tasting notes

Pretty decent for a fruity flavoured green, but sencha bases really just don’t appeal to me, and that’s what most tea companies use. Anyhow, the tea was fairly floral/aromatic, sweet, and juicy – probably too floral for me, actually. Base was, for the most part, not overly present. Not bad, and not badly flavoured, but I’m glad I only had 5 teabags from my Happy Bag a couple years ago. (Down to 3 now, and I cut open the two to brew this time. Don’t really care for teabags…)

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88

Sipped this down with Chocolate Pumpkin Pie a couple days ago. Delicious.

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Sipdown! 987. Mixed the last of this with the last of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie, and it was incredibly delicious. It’s good that Della Terra isn’t more accessible, because otherwise I’d have 2 oz. of each restocked. Still probably my favourite travel mug pumpkin teas. Just so perfectly spiced, flavoured, and in the case of this one, chocolatey.

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up a free sample of this on Oct 31st, since I needed a pick-me-up. And OMG… this is amazing. It does smell exactly like apple custard, very strongly custard-vanilla, with fruity apple and a bit of chamomile. Flavour is similar though a bit lighter than I’d like… but at least it does actually taste like it smells! The chamomile fits in quite well (and makes me think that this is the Buttercream alternative for this year). I’m really quite impressed… and have been craving it since I first had it yesterday. This might be a 100g+ purchase for me, but I’ll get another small sample first to be sure. So delicious.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you were able to snag some!

Kittenna

Me too! Except that then I craved it ALL weekend, and the DT in Kitchener/Waterloo is nowhere near as accessible as the one in Guelph.

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Sipdown! …989… (That’s tonight’s final count. Yikes.) Thanks to Sil for a surprise sample of this and some other Adagio fandom blends!

I wasn’t sure what was in this, but it looked like there was some green… so I brewed it accordingly, not wanting to risk it. I still haven’t checked to see if I was correct, but it’s pretty tasty, so at least I didn’t mess it up! To me, this is a smooth, sweet blend – there are raisiny tones coming out post-sip, and there’s something creamy in here – perhaps vanilla? I’m not identifying much else, but I am enjoying this cup of creamy raisiny goodness… while playing Doctor Who Legacy on my phone. Heh.

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

haha only a surprise because you forgot you asked to try them :P

Tabby

Rory!

Kittenna

Still a surprise!! The only teas I knew I was getting were Lupicia and I wasn’t sure if there was one more round of blends club.

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I’ve barely touched most of my Blends club teas… so, based on the rating and aroma of this one (YUM), I figured I’d try it tonight as well!

The aroma of the dry tea is very appealing to me – like with Yabao Snickerdoodle, it’s the right spice combination; if there’s something in here that I don’t typically like, i’m not picking up on it. It mostly smells like gingerbread, to be honest… kind of like the soft ginger cookies I just made last week (cloves, ginger, cinnamon). Delicious. Flavourwise, this literally tastes like liquefied ginger cookies, with a creamy base. Win. Big win. This reminds me a bit of Laoshan Apothecary Green, of which I just purchased a bunch more, since I love the combination. Maybe that means there’s coriander in here too? That would be okay with me… I believe people were complaining about it being in too many teas, but I like it! Now, licorice? That’s another story… but thankfully, none here.

Anyhow, loving this blend. It’s just so comforting and creamy and perfectly spiced. I have no idea why it’s labeled “Earl”, given that I don’t taste any bergamot in here at all, but meh. Happier it tastes as it does. Also, not tasting the citrus. Maybe it died of old age in the bag and I just steeped its skeletons.

ETA: Duhhhh, I brewed this up as a green for some reason. IDEK. So 1.5 tsp to 8 oz. water, for 2 min at 82 C. Curious to try it brewed as a black, now.

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

It says berg oil in the ingredients. Maybe it didn’t spread over to the leaves in your batch when they mixed it? Too bad, it sounds amazing

MissLena

This was SUCH a good tea! I miss it, maybe they will bring it back for the holidays this year! I might send them a FB message requesting it :D

Kittenna

Indigobloom – I read other people’s reviews, and it sounds like it wasn’t all that apparent to begin with. Juuuuust fine by me, though!
MissLena – That would be awesome! Not like I need more, though. But they do have the base teas in stock.

Indigobloom

Ah. Good then! If I ever come across someone having a cuppa I’ll try a sip :P

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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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