307 Tasting Notes

71
drank Baked Apple by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Backlogging – I had this tea last night. It smells great in the bag. Once brewed it still smells great but it is a little weak. It tastes like walnuts and granny smith apples. The walnut flavor is strong and the apple flavor is weak. I will try more tea and a longer steep next time and see how it goes. I still liked it even though it was a bit weak.

2 tsp/12 oz for 8 min at boiling.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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90
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Nom. This is exactly what I wanted tonight. It’s one of the best fruity teas I’ve ever had. Lots of fresh raspberry flavor with a slightly sour lemony background flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Daddyselephant

I need to try this again. I love raspberry and one of my very few complaints with DavidsTea is that they don’t really have a raspberry tea, the Raspberry Nectar isn’t nearly raspberry-enough for me. I’m biased against herbals, so when I tried this one, I was already kinda set against not liking it. But it sounds like I definitely need to give it another go, maybe iced!

Uniquity

Lol, I just warned you off raspberry enctar in another post, LadyKittyKat. I don’t really get a strong raspberry flavour from my tin of Bear Trap, but it depends on the scoop, I know. It is quite yummy though!

Kristin

Interesting! I had a lot of raspberry in my cup. I’ll comment if the next cup is different.

Daddyselephant

Now, my wife made french toast with this once and it was beyond delicious…so many herbals do have a purpose XD

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94
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogging – I really like this tea. It is very hard to explain though. It’s coconutty and slightly fruity. I am always worried about any raspberry flavors in tea (never works for me), but I go this one because of all of the awesome reviews. It definitely does not disappoint. One thing I have noticed about DavidsTeas (which I like) is that the flavors are more prominent that the tea base. So if you are looking for a tea with some flavors, then DavidsTea flavors are not for you. If you are looking for flavors with some tea, then this is perfect. I’m really digging DavidsTea… can you tell?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a sample of this in my DavidsTea order that arrived today. I was at work so I grabbed the sample and made a cup of it right before a meeting. After it steeped a couple of minutes I added some agave nectar to it so I could just remove the bag and give it a stir in my meeting. Good to go, right. Right, unless I forgot to bring a spoon and forgot about the agave. I drank half of it unsweetened and then realized it and swirled the sweetener into the other half for a very sweet second half of the cup.

I like this tea. I’m not sure I would order it, but I enjoyed it. It is lemony and tastes like some sort of berry that I cannot identify; probably because I’ve never had a Goji berry before. It’s fruity, in a real fruit kind of way and has no medicinal qualities. Nom!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Daddyselephant

Yay!!! I’m glad you got to try it!

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53
drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
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I apologize for not remembering who sent me this sample!

The unsteeped dry leaves of this tea look old, dusty, and broken. I brewed it for 3 min at boiling. It’s just ok. It’s hard to judge it without comparing it to Harney’s Vanilla Comoro, which I seem to be drinking non-stop lately. This tea is clearly inferior to the Vanilla Comoro. The vanilla flavor in this tea is more like vanilla milkshake and has a slightly chocolately flavor, as if the milkshake was made with soy milk (not a bad flavor, just not what I want in vanilla tea). The oolong is completely lost in the flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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80
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I loved this when I had a sample of it. Now that I have a whole tin, I feel very meh about it. Maybe the sample was from a batch that was better? It’s still good, I’m just not doing any cartwheels about it and there is no driving force to make this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

That sounds a terrible situation to be in! I “advise” (:D) shoving it in the back of the cupboard and forgetting about it for a month or two so you can re-discover it. Sometimes that works wonders! : )

Kristin

Thanks for the advice! I was thinking of trying to trade my co-worker for 1/2 of it for some more of that coffee almond.

Uniquity

Also a good plan, as long as you end up with tea that you like!

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drank Oriental Beauty by Ten Ren
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This is a really nice tea but I think I brewed it too weak so I am not going to rate it. I used 3g to about 9 oz water at 185 F for 2 1/2 min and I gave the leaves a quick wash before really steeping. It is the color of gold and is really pretty in my glass Bodum insulated mug. The taste is very light for me (probably used too much water for the tea). I am getting mostly floral notes in both the taste and the smell.

Thanks Lizbet for the sample!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
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This is the other tea I got in the mail today. I am completely incapable of leaving a bag of tea unopened in my tea drawer. It is totally Frank’s fault that I ordered this one. When he told me that I could order the Chai with Chocolate without the milk chocolate chips, he slyly also told me that I could order this one without the milk chocolate chips. Since malt might be one of my favorite flavors in this world, I couldn’t resist. So, this batch that I am drinking is also completely vegan.

I love this. It’s like the American Tea Room Choco*Late, but mellower… without the woodsy bite of the rooibos. The honeybush is perfect for this. I don’t know why there aren’t more honeybush teas out there (instead of rooibos). This also reminds me of the Neapolitan Honeybush, which I also liked, but without the strawberry mingled in. I’m definitely enjoying this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Chai With Chocolate by 52teas
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Hooray, my 52teas order has arrived! I’ve been missing this one ever since I finished off my sample. So glad to have more of it. This is from a non-chocolate-chip batch (which Frank says you can ask for with this tea) so it’s completely vegan. Off to read a book on my last day of vacation.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
307 tasting notes

Lizbet sent me a sample of this one. I’ve tried it before in Starbucks and I think it’s a little better brewed at home (maybe less water per sachet). I really don’t know why they call this vanilla. It’s more like cinnamon apple with a slightly odd taste of… wax lips.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

Haha! I am finding that I don’t like it so much either. I’ve been adding vanilla to it to try to get it to actually taste like vanilla. It’s not bad as a tea latte at starbucks (with vanilla soy milk, of course), but meh.

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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