1236 Tasting Notes

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drank Kombucha by G.T. Kombucha
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As previously stated, I brew my own kombucha now, but it’s with a SCOBY made from this tea here, and when I travel to the States in December, we’ll be picking up enough of this to last us the two weeks. I just see homebrewed kombucha being an issue at the border.

This was lovely, sweet without being too sweet, just a touch of tart, and all around lovely. Though if you are new to kombucha, I recommend trying one of their flavored blends first, as booch can take some getting used to.

Preparation
Iced

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Booch! I started getting into kombucha a few months ago due to the purported health benefits. A quick note, Kombucha Wonder Drink is pasturized, killing all of the good bacteria, so if you’re interested in the probiotic element of kombucha, this is not the one for you. Try to track down some GT, it’s much better.

I make my own booch now, but this was my first foray into the field, since it is the only brand my organic delivery service carries. I did not like it at all. I’ve tried just about all of their flavors and they’re all bad. There’s just an overwhelming bitterness and harshness to them that makes me avoid this brand.

If you’re looking for a starter kombucha to make your own SCOBY, this also sucks. I let my brew for a month and saw no change whatsoever. I set out GT and had a baby SCOBY in less than a week. She’s not brewing strong in my continuous brewer, my baby jellyfish is a momma jellyfish!

I’m also HIGHLY amused at my own changes. When Happy Kombucha from DavidsTea came out, I couldn’t bring myself to drink it because a fermented tea with bacteria in it sounded so gross, and now I have at least 16 ounces a day.

But yes, if you’re going to try kombucha, don’t try this. If you’ve had it in the past, I promise, it doesn’t have to taste like straight up vinegar, it can be so, so yummy. Try GT.

Preparation
Iced

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92
drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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We are catching up on the new Sailor Moon Crystal series (don’t you judge me, it was my childhood) and I am completely distracted, but loving this tea. Cinnamon, blueberries, what’s not to love!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

I haven’t got started on Sailor Moon Crystal yet, but oh my god, I’m excited for it. Nothing to be embarrassed about – Sailor Moon is an amazing story, and it was such an important part of my teenage years.

I tried this tea in store and it was really nice, but I didn’t pick it up. But you’ve got me thinking about it again, and maybe I will grab a small bit of it next time I’m in DAVIDs.

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My goodness, I was obsessed with Sailor Moon as a teenager. My sister in law works in film and she met the voice actor for Tuxedo Mask in the dubs and long story short, I have his autograph and it is the most amazing thing ever.

The blueberry element does taste like blueberry jam, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, I rather like blueberry jam. And the cinnamon is wonderful. I just wish it wasn’t a rooibos, because I’d love to use it to flavor my kombucha, but cold rooibos gives me migraines. I encourage you to pick up some and try it with your own parameters at home. I always find I like teas a lot more at home than in store.

sweetea

I’m always so nervous about blueberry in teas. (Always think I’m going to LOVE IT and hype myself up and then suffer a catastrophic let down.) Might try this one, though, because I can never resist cinnamon.

SMC: Sailor Jupiter. SAILOR JUPITER. SAILORJUPITER!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

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I really, really adore this one and might have to stock up on it. I encourage you to give it a go.

SMC: Sailor Jupiter was ALWAYS my favorite. I even made my mom make me a Sailor Jupiter costume one halloween!

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I live for apple cider in the fall. I drink copious amounts of it, I cook with it, I mull it to make it even better….yum. I even have fake apple cider for my Keurig for when the craving gets too strong in the off season. And like many others, I am on the hunt for a good cider tea to help get me through the off season.

This is not that tea. It smells yummy, and it tastes yummy, but it does not taste like apple cider. Maybe a bit of the spices they used in Yes We Cran would be better suited here. And vanilla….why is there vanilla in an apple cider tea? It’s more like apple pie a la mode than anything. And there’s an artificialness that I just can’t get behind. Like apple and vanilla’s chemically induced offspring. Just a hint of it, though.

I’m glad I tried it, but I will not be buying any more of this, sadly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea made me laugh at myself. The first sip was great. “Ohh, yum, cinnamon and sugar my favor-” and the the bottom dropped out of the flavor and maple slapped me across the face, taking an already delicious cup to a whole other level. It made the flavor deeper, more complex, and I love it. It’s a good thing my wife doesn’t like maple, because she will not be getting any of the sample she brought home last night.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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I live! Fall teas brought me back to life ;)

The wifey and I are going to visit my folks in the US for Christmas, and my brother is a huge DT fan, so I sent a note out to everyone saying that if they want any of the fall teas, to let me know and I’ll grab some before it’s gone. Within minutes, my Dad replied, asking for 50 g of Yes We Cran. Candosville, Daddy-o! I was amused at the one he picked, considering this was the same man who once told me that voting for Obama and then moving to Canada was the same as farting in a car and rolling the windows up XD. The wifey just picked up the new fall teas last night, so I thought I better taste test this one soon and report back!

I’m having it hot with two spoons of sugar and the smell of the dry leaves had me drooling. It smells like a really good mulled wine…or cider. I can’t decide. Mulled something. Which I love. The scent carries over to the steeped tea as well, the smell of it filled my kitchen. Awesome. I’m a little scared of the hibiscus.

Surprisingly, the hibiscus mixes well with the cranberry, enhancing the tartness, rather than taking over like hibby tends to. It is a perfect fall drink, in my opinion. Makes me think of fresh cider and orange leaves and all sorts of deliciousness. I could have used less sugar, honestly.

And in the middle of the sip, your tastebuds freak the heck out. Because pumpkin. In a cranberry tea. I don’t get it, I just don’t get it, and if the pumpkin wasn’t there, my rating would be higher, but ugh pumpkin. When I drank coffee, I lived for pumpkin lattes, and I always have to get at least one pumpkin muffin from Tim’s during the season, but that’s about it. I don’t understand the need to shove pumpkin into EVERYTHING once fall hits. Davids already has pumpkin chai, why do they need pumpkin in this too? And did I read something about two more pumpkin teas? Why?

I want a good eggnog tea, dang it.

Regardless, this is a yummy, yummy tea that I think my Dad will love (hi Dad!).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Coldbrewed overnight…and overnight…and overnight.

This was another casualty of my food poisoning, left to coldbrew for three days. Whoops.

But it didn’t really hurt it that much, if at all. I really do love this tea, it’s light and…and fluffy. Yes, fluffy. I almost tastes like cotton candy.

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69
drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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So on Monday I undercooked some fiddleheads and gave myself intense food poisoning. As in, I’m still sick today, three days later. So that means this has been coldbrewing in the fridge for three days. But I’m feeling up to some tea, so I’m working through the cold brews I’ve abused so I can stave off dehydration.

The mint is actually really helping, but the melon…ugh.

I am not sorry to see this go.

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50
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Overnight coldbrew

Can someone explain to me how this is different from Peaches and Cream? Or why Davids felt the need to come out with another peach herbal?

It tastes like the peach drink from Tim Horton’s. I’m just…not impressed. Same false peach flavor, different tea. I will say that this has less of the metallic flavor Peaches and Cream gives me, but it’s still there.

Although, I did just get an amazing idea. I bought a tin of peaches and cream and I regret it, but I think I’m going to use it to make Fuzzy Peaches martinis.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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Overnight Coldbrew

And the verdict is in! This is not a tea I need to have in my cupboard.

It is hot in my condo, and I do mean hot. They haven’t turned the AC on yet and while I love the huge windows in every room, I’m essentially living in a green house. Curtains are no help at all.

So I’m sprawled out in front of two fans and I’m chugging my iced teas to try and beat the heat. Even the cats, who don’t always get alone, have called a truce to all be sprawled out in the coolest room in the house with me.

So a cooling, refreshing tea is just the ticket, right? Wrong, This is just not the tea for me. It tastes like a melony toothpaste and it’s not a sensation that I enjoy. When I’m hot, I get nauseous, and this tea is only making things worse. It’s not cooling me down at all and the taste is off-putting.

I put the rest of my sample in the fridge to coldbrew for tomorrow, and then that will be the end of it.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more 10 g 25 OZ / 739 ML
Cavocorax

Right? It’s so hot. I was almost sweating just waiting for the bus at 8 am. And it’s May. Ontario is all extremes, isn’t it?

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It is ridiculous. I would say I’m going back home, but that’s Tennessee and it’s 40ish there today.

Amariel

I agree. I tried it in the store and was not a fan.

Amariel

I was in Tennessee a few years ago and it was 108F. I had to do a double take that it was the temp on the dash, not the time.

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

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

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!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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