2410 Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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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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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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So… I think I overleafed this guy. Definitely not an oversteep, as I was careful about the 2 minutes, but this is potent! I can taste the chai (and I do usually like 52teas’ chai, so the spice mix is great), as well as the lemon, but I’m really not getting “meringue”. Nothing creamy at all, really, but overleafing can mess with that sort of thing. Luckily for me, Cavocorax sent me enough for at least another attempt or two, so I’ll see if I can fix this problem next time! In the meantime, I think I’ll steep the second infusion super-long and doctor it up with milk/sweetener. I think this tea might be great that way. Thanks for sharing, Cavo!

ETA: Second infusion with maple syrup and coconut milk tastes like a chai, with lemon. Haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

OOooh. Sounds like you got it figured out!

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Thanks again to Cavocorax for another awesome tea sample :D

Although I’m pretty sure I’ve found my perfect orange chocolate tea (a Butiki custom blend, Two Friends), I’m still curious to try others. Hence, this tea! I was a bit weirded out at first that it had hibiscus in it, but since I usually go for a pretty short infusion with blacks anyhow, I figured it wouldn’t cause too many problems. I seem to be right, as I can’t taste it at all. What I can taste is some tasty orange, with a background of dark chocolate. The orange is a little… brighter? Than in the Butiki blend… maybe that’s the hibiscus at work? It’s not a bad thing, just different. The chocolate base also isn’t as obvious, but I am definitely enjoying the lack of astringency here (though 2 minute infusions tame even the worst of teas. Not that I think this one couldn’t have handled 3-4 minutes).

Overall, not a bad cup of tea, but it wouldn’t be my first choice to fill any tea desire niche.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
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So. I’ve been working on stats all night, so my “reward” is trying my new teas from Cavocorax. I’m super stoked, because she sent me a bunch of things I’ve been dying to try, and a bonus sample of a tea that had been on my list to pick up from DT for ages! Score! (Not this one, this was a request.)

Anyhow! I think I have maybe only had one straight ceylon tea previously, so all I was expecting here was classic black tea/iced tea flavour. SOOOOOOO wrong. Cavo is totally right – grassy but with crazy honey/caramel. Like, if you sniff it it smells massively like hay, but the flavour is crazy sweet, almost syrupy. I got an initial chocolate aroma from the bag, but am not particularly tasting chocolate at all. It’s really, honestly, malty honey on top of straw. Which sounds worse than it tastes, I’m sure. I’m actually rather enjoying it – I certainly expected something a lot different, and while I still prefer straight blacks with chocolate/raisin notes, the complete lack of astringency here lets all the other flavours out to play, and I’m quite enjoying them.

Thanks so much for letting me try this one, Cavocorax! And for sending a crazy generous sample! I’m going to enjoy it :D

ETA: Oops, oversteeped the second infusion, so it’s kind of astringent. Gone are the sweet honey notes, but the grassiness remains. Even oversteeped, it’s not terrible… but I’d certainly be hesitant to brew this one for 5 minutes in the first place, as recommended!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Glad to hear it!

Amariel

I wish I had gotten the chance to try some of this when it was in, but it sold out sooo fast.

MooKiwi

When I tried this one I think I probably oversteeped it cause it tasted like someone dropped a cigarette in my cup! I think I will give this one another try now after your description of it which sounds rather pleasant!

Cavocorax

MooKiwi – I definitely oversteeped mine the first time – it was awful and I thought I’d wasted my money on limited time only tea, but it IS tasty if you make it milder.

MooKiwi

Thanks Cavocorax- I got it in a to-go cup and forgot to take out the bag (oops!) usually I just leave it in and the tea is fine. This is the first one it has seemed to affect-probably because of the smokey undertones in the sweet flavour. At first it was really sweet and I did taste the honey undertones but it became so bitter and smokey I couldn’t finish it. Does anyone know how long this is out for? As you mentioned, it is limited time only and I would love to give it another go before it’s gone!

Kittenna

AFAIK it sold out very quickly and is now gone, but I think DT is planning to keep releasing these limited edition new teas every so often, so perhaps something similar will eventually come back?

Amariel

Yes, they mentioned that they were going to do “garden to store” direct kinda thing more, but thus far, I have not seen anything.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
2410 tasting notes

Thanks Cavocorax!

Is it just me, or does the spicing of this tea taste an awful lot like Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake?? (It’s not just me.) In fact, I could probably have been convinced that they were the same tea. I don’t have any CPC left to compare, though.

Anyhow, basically, this is a nice spiced blend – a lot more spicy than I usually make my French toast, not that I do it often. I’m not really tasting any eggy/breadiness, just spices. And I do like this spicing. Just a little disappointed that it doesn’t taste more unique.

So, points for deliciousness, but minus points for not being different (or really to me, tasting like French toast). Also – 2 min infusion = no astringency, so if you have problems with that, I’d recommend it.

ETA: I happened to chill the second infusion of this one, and omg, I got major frosting flavours with it. Literally like a frosted cinnamon roll. It was delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i’ll get cavo to send me some of this and do a comparison withe the caramel pumpkin cheesecake..which is coincidentally what i pulled out to put in my travel mug today haha

CheshireEyes

I’d say it’s missing the more buttery maple taste that it needs to make it taste more like french toast.

Cavocorax

Yesss – I’ll set some aside for you Sil!

Tealizzy

Try using 185 degrees and adding a splash of milk…I find the bread flavor pops more. :)

QueenOfTarts

Oh, darn! I bought one of these and have yet to try it. I personally didn’t enjoy caramel pumpkin cheesecake.. a bit too much spice. I will definitely give this one a try iced, though.. you made it sound delicious!

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Thanks for this one, Sil!

Naturally, I didn’t save my sample of this one from the English Tea Store to compare… but they’re totally the same tea. So, I love the caramelly flavours and wish it was a bit lighter on the pu’erh, but would definitely drink this again (but not keep a great deal on hand as I’d prefer a black blend).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
2410 tasting notes

Sipdown, 831. Another tea courtesy of Azzrian :)

Brewed this the same as Wild Watermelon; gave it 2 minutes in boiling water, then chilled it (without leaving the fruit pieces in, since it has hibiscus). Similar result – cardboardy, not great tea. There is a bit of cherry flavour to it, but it’s very minimal. The tartness is quite tolerable, but overall it’s just not great. I much prefer tisanes without hibiscus as a major ingredient.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

831! Do you think you’ll hit 800 by the end of the month?

Kittenna

Sadly probably not. Life got in the way of my original 750 goal… and then 800 too. And I forgot that I’ll be away at the end of the month – camping, not optimal for tea consumption. It’s an uphill battle! I’m actually at 836… haven’t officially added your swap yet…

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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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