1239 Tasting Notes

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I am so saddened by what I did to this tea. I accidentally cold steeped it for 2 and a half days and as a result, the tea tastes, well, off. This is one of my favorites, but I don’t taste anything except for a very strong, bitter white tea.

Damn.

Dustin

I didn’t think you could over steep when cold steeping! No change when you add water to it?

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I imagine the strength might go away but the bitterness would remain. I didn’t think it was possible either, but I’ve only done it twice, both with white blends, so that may be the issue.

Dustin

I’ll have to be careful with cold steeping whites then!

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100
drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this for a tea party with the sister in law. We poured it into my new Disney Princess Q-tea tea set and added a shot of blueberry pancake liquor. The set has two teapots, so one was this blend and the other was Tropicalia and coconut rum. This was the clear favorite.

A classy, grown-up time was had by all XD.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. That sounds awesome!

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It was very, very awesome. This morning? Not so awesome XD.

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95
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this, mixed it with coconut rum.

Meh. Didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped. Still adore this tea.

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35

Underwhelming hot, underwhelming cold. Underwhelming in the pot, nine days old!

…please ignore my childhood flashback.

This tea is forgettable and not worth my time. I’ll finish up the packet and then move on.

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28

Coldbrew world of hell no.

I will never, ever coldbrew this again. It’s got orange peel, alright – that’s all I can taste. Doctored this with a metric ton of agave, at least I’ll get some energy out of it.

shudder

VariaTEA

Oh no. You have soo much tea, you should have just dumped it and moved on to something more drinkable. That is what I would have done. You are clearly committed :P

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I have so many issues with dumping tea, I just can’t bring myself to do it unless it is physically making me ill. At the very least I’ll get hydration out of it.

VariaTEA

Right now I am stressing about hydration which means balancing each caffeinated cup with a non-caffeinated one (whether it is tea or water) in addition to the 6-8 cups of water you need daily. So as much as I don’t like wasting tea, I won’t force myself to drink a caffeinated cup I don’t really like because I would rather brew up a different cup that I would enjoy instead.

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lol yeah, see, I drink so much tea in a day that I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about it.

VariaTEA

Haha, I didn’t worry either for a while and it was fine but then my weight loss slowed and I think that may have had something to do with it. It is nbd though because now instead of making 2 cups at once, I make 3

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94

I am greatly enjoying this coldbrewed tea and I want to just cuddle it. Unfortunately, one of our cats is having a “cling to momma” day and she is currently asleep with her nose pressed up against the mesh screen of my carry travel mug, so I guess I don’t get any more until she wakes up. Cutie Patootie.

This tea has been a favorite of ours for years, but it’s getting old and developing an odd aftertaste. So sadly I’m putting this in the sipdown pile. If you have any left and you sweeten your teas, do yourself a favor and use a touch of brown sugar. It really brings out the crumble part. Maybe I’ll add brown sugar to Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and see if I can get a crumble from it.

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drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
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Cold brew sipdown!! (378/360)

So this was in a little DavidsTea bag simply labelled “Queen West”. It’s from when the Toronto Tea Party still existed and we bought a 50g bag of this to split.

I don’t hate it! It’s rather good, but…underwhelming. Just kind of meh. Basic fruit with basic cirtus. I can’t really pick out any specific flavors. It’s a nice cold brew, but not worth restocking.

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94

Coldbrew! It’s soooooo good and smoky and delicious. I’m kind of really in love. My wife, not so much. She took a drink without knowing what it was and immediately her face scrunched up in disgust. “Why did I just drink a campfire?”

Soooooo, I guess it’s not for everyone. But it is lovely, smoky with a hint of sweetness. It really fills your whole mouth with a smoky flavor and I see her point. If I close my eyes, I’m at summer camp, sitting at a campfire.

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90

Coldbrew sipdown (379/361)

This is one of those painfully old teas, and yet I remember quite clearly that this is the one that literally made my bestie ill for an entire night :( So based on that alone, this isn’t one I’d ever restock, but since I had no issues with it, it’s no trouble to finish the bag.

This is another example of why we don’t keep teas around forever. I will say that all of my Davids blends have held up to the test of time, at least the ones I’ve tried so far have.

It tastes like peach and burns like ginger, but it’s not at all as juicy as it should be.

Not adjusting the rating because, well, it’s my own fault for hoarding this tea for too long.

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Coldbrew sipdown (380/362)

And not a moment too soon. Sugar is better than agave in this, but it’s still not something I’d ever reach for.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

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