2229 Tasting Notes

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drank Razzmatazz (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! 785.

I think I preferred this one brewed hot and cooled. I cold-brewed it, and it tastes a little strange, but it could also be because I’m at the bottom of my bag of it. Anyhow, it’s still not nearly as gross as Raspberry Nectar, which I unfortunately still have a small amount of, but it’s not a tea I’d bother picking up again. There are far more deliciously fruity summer tea flavours to pick from.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83

Another cold-brew. Still some bitterness, but it had quite a bit of delicious flavour too. I think I have about a cup’s worth of this left now – the rest will soon be on its way to Sil!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
2229 tasting notes

Unexpected sipdown! 786.

Ended up taking the last of this to my boyfriend’s place yesterday and brewing it up. Hopefully I’ll manage to cold-brew the combination of this cup and my previous and get a bit more flavour out of it. Such a delicious tea.

ETA: Ok – cold-brewing the used leaves really brings out the ginger, in a super-delicious way! (Ok, the bottom of the cup was TOO gingery, but still. Tasty!)

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

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78
drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
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This still doesn’t have as much flavour as I would like, but what it does have is fairly tasty. Woody and sweet. I oversteeped a little though, so hopefully I remember next time that overleafing is preferable to oversteeping!

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96

Should have steeped this a bit less time, but… sooooo tasty. I really want to try this as a cold-brew/iced tea. Good thing I have tons left!

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

I gotta try that one next! :D I love me some Laoshan tea…

Stephanie

Oh nevermind, none is for sale right now :(

Kittenna

I’m certain it will be back – I think it’s a pretty good seller. Probably just haven’t gotten the spring stock yet!

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72
drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I brewed up a bunch of this one to chill in the fridge, and did a second infusion with the leftover leaves to drink now. This is a surprisingly tasty tea – the lemon flavour is very lemon candy, not lemon peel or lemon verbena or lemongrass, and the black base is fairly typical of DT, decent and not particularly astringent. Quite refreshing! I’m excited to try it iced.

ETA: Yum!!! This one is super delicious iced and sweetened. It tastes very much to me like Nestea lemon iced tea. I sweetened it with maple syrup as that’s all that I had at the time, and the boy thought it tasted funny and didn’t like it (I’m trying to find something that he will like… sigh). I think I’ll ice the rest as well and sweeten it with sugar instead… see if he’ll drink that!

ETA: This tea has some serious longevity! Second re-steep, in about 4 oz. water (so 1/4 strength) was quite delicious. I think I’ll try for a fourth infusion. Really hoping I remember to make some up this up (with sugar) for the boy tomorrow…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

How do you brew this one for icing? I have it, and end up mucking around with my parameters every time warm weather approaches. :)

Kittenna

All I did was brew up 3tsp in about 8oz boiling water, left it for only 3 min I think?, then mixed it with cold water and left it in the fridge to chill. I tried it quickly without sweetener, but wanted it with. Worked pretty well for me!

OMGsrsly

Thanks! :)

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90
drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow… yeah, this one’s definitely as delicious as I was remembering. When I make it to DT to pick up the summer collection, I admittedly will probably indulge in a 25g purchase of this one if it’s available. I am dying to try it iced or as a latte, not that it isn’t absolutely delicious warm and without additions. The ginger is a touch more prominent this time, but it still creamy, lemony, coconutty goodness. Definitely one of the best and most unique teas DT has released in recent months.

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

I agree! It’s good and seems to be fairly unique. I was skeptical bug now I want an oz on hand at all times.

Cavocorax

*but
Stupid phone autocorrects!

jessiwrites

It is absolutely fantastic cold.

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84
drank Irish Cream by Shanti Tea
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Oh man. When steeped right, this is just delicious. It’s a touch more astringent than I would like… I should go for 1.5 minutes, but the irish cream flavour is sooooo good. I was intending to add milk and sweeten this, but opted to have a sip straight first, and I’m glad I did, if only to remind myself how tasty it is. There’s enough astringency for me to still add both, though (and I remember it tasting divine when doctored up). This will definitely be on the re-purchase list in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

This was my first Irish Cream and it’s on my restock list too!

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82
drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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Whoops, missed logging this from a few days ago. I brewed it extra-strong hot, diluted it with cold water, and chilled it. It tasted kind of gross lukewarm, but once it was cold, it was great! Could have stood to be a bit stronger, though. It looks like this is another to add to the summer cold-brew pile, which is completely fine given that I’m capable of gulping down quite a lot of cold tea when it’s available. I’ve actually even been finding myself selecting cold tea over juice (aside from breakfast OJ), as the sweetness is a bit much for me. (Of course, then I went and bought 4 2L cartons of refrigerated juice because it was on sale…)

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90

Sipdown! 787.

Sad to see this one go. It was tasty as a summer cold-brew but it’s time to move on to different teas! I wish I had hot-brewed and chilled the last batch, though, only because cold-brewing does seem to bring out some undesirable bitterness for me.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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