1237 Tasting Notes

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
1237 tasting notes

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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75

Overnight coldbrew

The smell of this made my mouth water and I couldn’t wait to try it. My wife took one sip and gave me the rest of hers, but I was so excited that I was happy to have the whole pitcher to myself.

You definitely get a starfruit flavor, and the white does come out to play…it reminded me of a fruitier Buddha’s Blend. At first, I was all for using my rewards to get a free 50 g of this in July. But as the pitcher wore on (all 64 ounces of it), I grew less and less impressed. Luckily, I pawned some off on my sister in law, and she put it best. “I like it, but it’s not my favorite.”

The day ended with me chugging the last 24 ounces right before bed and then eating a good two cups of watermelon >.t ask me ;).

So…meh. It was alright, but the price definitely affect my rating in this case.

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

an ew from one wife
can equal a full pitcher
for another wife

…this has been today’s tea haiku.

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snaps snaps snaps I dig it.

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100

I love this pitcher. I love it. I want to use it for everything. I love that the infuser is average size (my issue with the Mason Jar infusers is that they’re so long that it’s hard to clean the bottom of them), and I love that it reaches to the bottom of the pitcher, so if I only want to make half a pitcher, it’s entirely possible. The chill core is amazing, this is definitely a pitcher I’ll be using to take sangria to my in-laws, who live about an hour away, and I can trust that it will still be cold when I get there.

And it holds so much! Even just filled to the fill line, which is just over half of the pitcher, it makes enough for me to fill my Carry Travel Mug four times. It’s great for helping my wife and I decide if we want to purchase more of a tea, because if we’re not sick of it by the end of the pitcher, it’s a winner!

Finally, I love that it is plastic. Glass and I are not friends, my wife doesn’t like me to even have it in the house because I have a terrible habit of dropping glass things and then instinctually trying to catch them just as they shatter. D’oh.

I love this pitcher.

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90
drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
1237 tasting notes

When we came home with the summer teas (minus the mango fruit punch, which we remembered from last year), De wanted to try this one first. So I put it in my new 3 in 1 pitcher (I love that thing!!) and set it to cold steep overnight.

I didn’t think she’d like it due to the licorice root, but we both really enjoyed it. It tasted like the Señorial Sangria soft drink I drank like a FIEND when I was younger. That alone is enough to make me want more of it. And my in-laws love me for my sangria in the summer, so I feel this might be an excellent addition to that.

All in all, it is a great summer drink that I think we need to get more of. My only complaint is that it’s a touch cloying in the sweetness area, likely due to the licorice root, but that is work-aroundable.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 80 OZ / 2365 ML

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69
drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
1237 tasting notes

I liiiiive! So much has happened in the last few weeks, but the biggest is that my wife, De, quit her job with the abusive boss and found a new one with better benefits and pay within two weeks! Go De!!

And we got a tortoise, a redfoot, named Da Hong Pao, aka Big Red Robe because most of our pets have tea-themed names (an orange cat named Pekoe and a grey cat named Earlie). We call her Pao for short .

Anyway, onto the tea! We finally got to get our hands on the summer collection (it came out THE DAY AFTER De quit her job, so money was not to be spent of frivolity) and this is the tea I just had to try to go. So good. So weird. It tastes like that juicy fruit (I think) gum that was mint on the outside, but the middle was liquid watermelon. Weird. But incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. I’m just not sure if it’s something I need to keep around. I got 20 grams to try coldbrewed at home, we’ll see what the verdict is!

Christina

Congratulations to De on the new job! That’s great that she was able to find such a good job so soon. (Maybe I should get her to rub my head for luck?)

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I will pass it on! I was extremely impressed with her, he treated the job search like a job. She’d start at 9 and apply to jobs until 5, with a few breaks here and there. Actually, what we did is set up alarms on my phone every hour on the hour, and when it went off, we would get up and clean or just chill for a few minutes, etc etc. Do anything other than jobhunt. And then at a quarter after, she’d go back to work. And at 5, she was done, no more jobhunting for the day, we’re going to focus on something else now.

Within two weeks, she set up six interviews and two call-backs from the first round of interviews.

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94

This is still a tasty, tasty tea, but I’m starting to notice a pattern. When I cold brew rooibos, it seems to trigger a migraine of epic proportions. Sometimes bad enough to send me to a dark room with an icepack. So I’m going to give all my rooibos that I only have cold to my sister in law and in a few days I’m going to try some hot to see if it triggers the same result.

Christina

Yikes. I hope that the hot rooibos doesn’t give you migraines.

Memily

Whoa, that’s awful!

lolainred

Yikes! That’s awful. I hope they work out better hot.

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90

Coldbrewed, this lost even more of the bergamot flavor, which is fine by me! It’s a light mango green, which is very good and will keep me company if summer ever comes!

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90

I coldbrewed two teabags in a 25 ounce mason jar overnight and it is heaven. The overwhelming hibiscus has faded to a much more tolerable level. I will be drinking the rest of my package iced, because this is wonderful. Bumping up the rating to reflect this.

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95

This is the last of the samples given to me by Whittard of Chelsea and it is wonderful!

The hibiscus is not overwhelming in this blend, thank goodness, it is just pure, blueberry deliciousness. I coldbrewed it overnight and split it with the wife and we both love it.

I don’t know what else to say, but this is a delicious brew. Oooh, I should try this in some pancakes…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

Part of the incredibly generous sample pack sent to me by Whittard of Chelsea!

I had to try this one coldbrewed. I just had to. And I wanted to see if it was as good as Goji Pop. I took a sip of this before I added my sweetener and holy hibiscus, Batman! Tart as sin and not half as fun. But the sugar calmed it down a bit, thank goodness.

I first discovered the flavor of acai through Red Leaf Tea’s Brazilian Acai Matcha, which I adored. To me, acai tastes like the bastard son of blueberry and raspberry. I really like it. It’s rounded out and juicy like blueberry, but it has an edge, like raspberry.

This coldbrew captures that perfectly. And with the goji, it is out of this world. It’s incredibly refreshing on this hungover day, and I’d even pick it over Goji Pop! The only reason I might keep Goji Pop stocked instead of this is because DavidsTea is much more accessible for me. Still, I’ve got enough of both to give me a yummy summer.

I didn’t like that the package wasn’t resealable in any way, in fact, you had to cut it open. Luckily I have a few empty tins kicking about. Also, again, so much hibiscus. Though it is making me start to wonder, is 45% hibiscus normal for an herbal, or is it a high percentage? I almost wish the percentage of each ingredient wasn’t listed, because without that, I wouldn’t have been so focused on the amount of hibiscus when I first tried it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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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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