1449 Tasting Notes

drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1449 tasting notes

I was opening a can of coconut milk to make a latte for my wife with Perfect Carlos, so I decided to make a latte as well. When I think latte, I think chai, so I grabbed for this tea and got the double whammy of a sipdown!

So this is…okay. The chai is overpowered by the coconut milk, which is sad. I may have messed this up, but I won’t be buying more to try and figure it out.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this. I will add my voice to the others in saying that the blue of this tea is absolutely gorgeous. Think TARDIS blue.

I always sweeten my teas, and the back of the package says it goes well with honey, so I added honey instead of my usual sugar. I will not be doing this again. The honey makes it…I don’t know, it brings out the tang and the…funkiness of the tea. I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s very vegetal, and the honey makes it taste almost sour. Not lip-puckering sour, but kinda like milk gone off.

It’s not awful, but I need to try this without honey before I rate it.

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Now this is what I call a sipdown. I’m almost sad to see it go, but not quite. I’m more excited to make more room in my cupboard!

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The problem with our cupboard is there are a great many teas that are 4-5 cups away from a sipdown, so we’re drinking tea we don’t care for without the triumph of it being out of our cupboard.

This is one such example. It’s okay. Hot all I could taste was the guayusa, but when it cooled I could taste some other flavors, sweet citrus, mostly, but it still wasn’t stellar. Okay, not great.

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This is a lovely nighttime tea. I enjoy chamomile, but it makes me crazy sleepy. This is mostly chamomile with some apple. I didn’t taste much blueberry until it started to cool…oh there it is.

This is very nice and I won’t have any trouble finishing off the sachets in order to get to the tin .

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Dustin

I wish chamomile made me crazy sleepy! It would nice to have an alternative to a shot of tequila on the nights my brain won’t turn off!

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The girls (our three cats) conferred and decided to let me out of bed to make tea. When I’m sick, all three pile into the bed with (and on) me, despite their personal issues with each other. But now Earlie (full name Earl Jean Grey) is jealously guarding me and the tea, and I’m not sure which one she’s more interested in.

This tea smells so, so good. My mouth started watering as soon as I opened the package. I had been hoping for a sipdown before I remembered we bought two try me packs of this tea…oh well.

The first sip is wonderful. Cinnamon (my favorite), vanilla, sweetness. But every sip after that is more and more of a let down. I taste no oatmeal and no raisins. Sadness. I’m greatly enjoying the cinnamon, but I have cinnamon crackle. I have no need for other cinnamon teas XD. And I feel like The Glow from DavidsTea is a much better oatmeal tea.

So it will be a pleasure to finish up this cup, but I don’t feel the need to replace it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I’ve been sick for days, so there hasn’t been much tea in my world. But my wife made me a cup of this for my morning cup. And it’s a sipdown, YAY.

A big yay because this was not that good. The puerh was very present and did not mix well at all with the artificial raspberry. I enjoy a good puerh, but this was just…blegh.

Also, now I can’t stop singing Prince in my head.

Fjellrev

Hope you’ll feel better! Some much better tea should help. :)

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Cold brewed, just okay. I kinda get a peach flavor, but on the whole it’s unremarkable.

Fjellrev

Ech, on the bright side, cold-brewing eats up more leaf, so it’s easier to polish it off that way!

Lynxiebrat

I’ve yet to meet a peach tea that I like more then Perfect Peach by Bigelow. A few that have come close though.

Daddyselephant

My thoughts exactly, Fjellrev. I like it cold more than I do hot, so this will be cold brew sipdown.

Lynxiebrat you know, Bigelow does some things very, very right. I love their French Vanilla.

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Appropriately enough, the end of my alphabetic journey through Night Vale is The Weather.

I will not make the obvious joke.

This smells like thai green curry. I have such a craving now. Unless this tea is amazing, the rest will be used to make rice, because yum.

The tea is very, very good, but it tastes like green curry. So yes, it will be going into delicious rice…yum.

So that’s all the fandom blends! I feel like I’ve lost my purpose now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cavocorax

You an always go back through them? I’m happy to see you found a few that you liked. Shadowfall and I both grabbed the WTNV sampler, and she hasn’t found much she liked with hers. I still have to try most of mine, but I’m encouraged.

Daddyselephant

There are a few good ones, but overall I prefer the Scott Pilgrim set.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“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!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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