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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

So…. picked some of this up to try, even though I have suspicions that it’s much like “Mango & Friends”, available from many other retailers. Anyhow, brewed up some of it to chill, and it actually wasn’t too bad! Didn’t taste quite the same as M&F that I’ve tried previously, although since the ingredients are so large, it could be a consequence of the proportions of ingredients in each cup.

Unfortunately, however, after trying a bit of it while warm, I decided to stick it in the fridge, fruit pieces and all. And the result? Absolutely terrible. There was a big slice of dried orange in my cup, and I think it may have made the tea disgustingly bitter after sitting for a day. I do not like citrus peel and how it does that. I may end up dumping the cup…. don’t feel like pouring honey into what’s already a sweet drink that’s just now contaminated with bitterness. Lesson learned – not only hibiscus has tea-ruining powers in herbals.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Dinosara

Ugh, I’ve experienced the bittering powers of citrus peel before in a cold brew. It’s quite amazing how bad it can get!

Kittenna

Yeah – I think that’s what may have happened to me in DT’s Pink Flamingo previously. I think it’s actually worse than hibiscus!

Fjellrev

Ouch. There’s something about the description and contents of this one that’s telling me to stay away. Just sounds like a train wreck.

Kittenna

Actually, it tasted great when I first had a sip. My mistake was leaving the fruit, etc. in while I chilled it. It would be great brewed hot for, say, 3-4 minutes and then chilled. Very juice-like and sweet, though.

Fjellrev

I haven’t really had any luck with their mango blends to begin with. I think that’s my problem. They’re always waaay too sweet.

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Well…. this one sure turns dark in your cup if you leave it overnight! Luckily, the flavour is still fine, though. A bit pinappley, with a hint of cilantro and a background of hay-y bai mu dan. I would still label this as light and “refreshing”, which I can rarely do with teas that don’t contain mint – which is great, since I care little for mint (except that DT Mint Julep… daaannnngg….)

ETA: For the second time, the re-steep just isn’t great… it tastes soapy this time, reminiscent of soapy cilantro. Ah well – this just seems to be a tea that needs to be re-steeped immediately instead of sitting, similar to most greens.

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

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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Ohhhhh man. This tea was ridiculously tasty, different than I was expecting in such a good way. The aroma is tantalizingly minty and coconutty, and I can’t place all the other flavours, but they make for an absolutely delicious cup of tea. As this is a seasonal blend, I may have to grab some more of it before it’s gone…. too good to only have 10g.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I need to pick up more of this one too. Thanks for the unintentional reminder! :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This is one of my sister’s favs! I keep having to buy more!

Kittenna

I regret trying this so far into summer, haha! I think I should get 50g of it, perhaps…

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Another tea I brewed up at the boyfriend’s place… and therefore left my leaves on his counter. Sigh. At least it was tasty, going along with my chicken and garlic bread! :D

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

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks for this one, Courtney!

Definitely banana-y, a bit like coconut cream pie, and tasty enough but not a favourite. Why do I keep gravitating towards banana teas?! It’s not my favourite flavour (by a long shot). Perhaps it’s because of Banana Oolong, which was amazing (RIP), but no other banana tea has lived up to that. Oh well…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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On the other hand…. this tea is an exception to the “don’t buy in large quantities” rule. Although I think 2 oz. at a time is sufficient. This tea is so frigging delicious, chocolatey-orangey mouthwateringly good. I wish I hadn’t been so sleepy while at my boyfriend’s place on Sunday… I forgot to bring my infuser home :( So sadly, only got one cup out of it this time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a lovely hot-brewed and chilled version of this yesterday. Quite delicious, although I am definitely tiring of this one. Just more evidence for the future that I should not buy large amounts of any tea, because I inevitably will get sick of it if I try to drink it too often!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Actually drank this one a few days ago on my day of Butiki (which I intend to keep going with at a later date). It was still fairly tasty, but there are other chocolate teas I prefer. That said, raspberry is also not one of my favourite flavours, so it’s hardly surprising!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Butiki selection #4!

I still prefer Cantaloupe & Cream, because I love the creaminess paired with melon, but this tea is certainly good as well, and if you like melon, it’s a must-try. I do think that in general, there’s just a “melon” flavour more than “watermelon”; so more along the lines of honeydew, which is kind of generic melon for me (generic and delicious… it’s probably my favourite!) Anyhow, this is a nice light cup for the morning to go with my breakfast…. pickles. Yes, I have pickles for breakfast. Just what I was craving for whatever reason. (And no, no insinuations here, I happen to love pickles and will eat them anytime!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

I agree, I think this tastes a lot like honeydew sometimes. But it’s still delicious!

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drank Genmaicha by Butiki Teas
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Random-ish Butiki selection #3! This is a fairly standard genmaicha in my books. Toasty rice, a bit of sencha-y flavour, a bit of bitterness because I think I overleafed. Pretty decent, but not terribly special. I made a note last time to add some vanilla… I still have some vanilla bean from Stacy, so perhaps I should dust a bit in…. if I remember to do so, I’ll report back!

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

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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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