2854 Tasting Notes

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Bought this at a tea store in the Byward Market in Ottawa, since you could get individual bags. Sadly, we are very disappointed – no juniper flavour at all, just a vague herbally-ness. with a touch of sweetness. Very uninteresting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

What a bummer. It sounds like it would be interesting.

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
2854 tasting notes

Pretty tasty; definitely honeydew, but there’s an artificial-ness to it. I’m happy with my sample and that should be it for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Maddy Barone

Awdarn. I don’t like those artificial flavors. I went ahead and ordered 50 grams of this, hoping it would be nice for iced tea. Now that we’re above freezing I’m jonesing for iced tea. I guess I’ll see how I like it.

Lisa Elizabeth

Is the kiwi flavour strong? I’d like to try this but I really hate kiwi flavour.

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78
drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
2854 tasting notes

Yum, so delicious! Wish I’d bought tins upon tins of this one… :(

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drank Berry Refreshing by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh, not sold on this one. It’s berry-fruity, a bit tangy from the hibiscus, and the lemongrass surprisingly doesn’t really add much of anything. I’m sure it would be quite refreshing as an iced tea, but hot? Not so much.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Blech, I didn’t care for it as a cold brew. Way too artificial.

Kittenna

I can definitely see that.

Fjellrev

Kudos to you for trying these fruit blends hot, especially ones with hibiscus. I stopped bothering a long time ago.

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60

Ahh, yeah, this one is the weird one, not Milk Chocolate. Interesting concept, but the result has a flavour bordering on “going bad”, and I’m not sure why. I’ll finish it up, but glad this is a sipdown!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Yup, still like this tea, thanks JoonSusanna! Nice cranberry flavour, though it’s getting old and really should be used up sooner rather than later (story of half my tea cupboard).

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealux
2854 tasting notes

Yummy desserty, light tea. Enough left for a couple more mugs, I think – so I’ll throw it in the sipdown bin. A nice change from straight tea (though a touch artificial, to be fair).

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100

Reliably delicious. What an excellent blend idea this was.

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drank Milk Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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Just ok, really. I like the concept, but it’s not flavourful enough, and if I recall correctly, it tasted a bit strange, too. The travel mug disguised some of that, though, so it was a pretty tasty cup of tea this week.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
2854 tasting notes

This remains in my “sipdown soon” pile, and here I am making more progress on it (yay!) Had it at work today, and really enjoyed it. It’s too bad I didn’t drink it for so long, thinking I didn’t like it for some reason.

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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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