1351 Tasting Notes

90
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

I keep thinking I don’t like Sleigh Ride, and I am always wrong! I really enjoy this blend of cinnamony Christmas goodness. It warms me up and just brings a smile to my face. I think I might need to stock up on this one.

Also, I am crashing hardcore. An hour ago I wanted to clean the entire house. Now I can barely keep my eyes open. It’s weird.

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

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95
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Seeing as how this is my 6th cup of tea today and I have been cleaning the house like a madman, I’ve switched to herbals.

I don’t know that I’ve ever had Goji Pop hot, and if I have, it was just a sample in store. But it called out to me, so why not? I did put the used “leaves” with a scoop of fresh in a mason jar to coldbrew overnight because I know I’ll be craving it tomorrow.

I love the way this one smells, and I pray that the hibiscus doesn’t take over. And it doesn’t! It’s very tasty, but I think I prefer it cold.

Man alive, I am wired, which is a welcome change from the last three weeks where I could barely get out of bed. If this is a side effect of the pu-erh, I might need to learn to like it.

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

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95
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

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When I was sharing this with my sister in law last week, my wifey was talking about Opposites Attract, telling her mom that it had been discontinued just after we got into tea, but I managed to find 200 g so she wouldn’t run out of her favorite tea any time soon. My sister in law doesn’t pay attention, though, and thought De was talking about Blueberry Jam being discontinued and she nearly had a heart attack at the thought.

So keep that in mind, DAVIDsTEA. If you discontinue this blend, my sister in law may very well die.

This is the perfect palate cleanser after the terrible Strawberry Shortcake. We’re running low and will replace it as soon as the tin is empty…it’s just too good to not have around.

sweetea

This is probably the only berry-tea I like. It’s delicious!

Cameron B.

I wish they would remove the stevia in this blend, then I would love it. :(

Kittenna

^^ Agreed. If you get a cup that’s lighter on the stevia, it’s great, but that’s pretty rare it seems.

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91

No.

Oh no.

This was supposed to be a treat for trying the lapsang, but it was a punishment. I don’t know if it’s gotten funky or if I screwed it up, but it was bitter and harsh and the flavor did nothing for me. Into the tea sale pile it goes!!

Not adjusting the rating, as it could have been user error.

Lynxiebrat

Maybe the Lapsang Sounchong affected your tastebuds temporarily?

Kittenna

I seem to recall that this was one of the DTs that was very picky with the base, so I gave it only 2 minutes. (Others are fine at the 4-7 they recommend, but not this.)

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Lynxie, maybe, but the experience was awful enough that I’m not willing to give it another try. Life’s too short for bad tea.

Kittenna – yeah, I give all my black teas 2 minutes at just under boiling.

Kittenna

Ah well!

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It’s okay, it’s being passed on to a sister in law who loved it, so it won’t be going to waste and I won’t feel like I have to drink it. Thank goodness for relatives we can foist tea onto!

Kittenna

I think I need to acquire more of those! :P

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XD It’s very easy. Simply ask “Do you like tea?” If they say yes, great! If they say no, respond with “You do now!”, hand them several bags of loose leaf and an infuser and walk away quickly so they cannot hand it back. That is how I converted most of my family! Heck, my mom (a great believer in Celestial Seasonings) requested that I bring more Lapsang when we go to visit over Christmas! Just steadily peck away at them and eventually they will relent XD

Kittenna

The problem might be more that I don’t see most of my relatives, therefore foisting is more difficult! I do have a stash that I’m taking to my mom, but she tends to drink tea fairly slowly (she resteeps the crap out of teas), and I can foist off rooibos/honeybush blends and some other herbals on my boyfriend’s mom, but that’s about it. I am working the friend angle though, with moderate success!

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I feel you there, my mom is in Tennessee and I’m here in Toronto! My inlaws are close, though, Mississauga. But oh my gosh my mother in law. Big believer in Red Rose. For four years we’ve been trying to get her to try loose leaf. She’s always very polite, but never really goes for it. She ran out of Red Rose and a friend of hers gave her some orange pekoe from Davids and she loves it. “Oh, it really goes a long way, doesn’t it? And it’s so tasty!”

headdesk Yes. That is what we have been telling you for years. >.

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81

So I go through 100 g of this every three months or so, but I’ve never actually had a cup, I just cook with it a lot. But when we got the Adagio Scott Pilgrim sampler, one of the tins was Lucas Lee, which had lapsang in it, and I loved it. Lucas and I were bros. So I thought I might enjoy straight lapsang.

It’s…okay. I can see how it is delicious in blends and I love cooking with it, but I don’t see me drinking another straight cup any time soon. Especially since the smoky flavor is making me miss cigarettes and that’s a big no no for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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This was my reward for being brave and trying the pu-erh, go me!

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I am not a pu-erh drinker, let me say that right out. I have one or two I like, but overall I don’t reach for it. So read this review with a grain of salt, because I really don’t know what I’m doing.

The directions on the sample said to brew for 3-10 minutes in 17 ounces of water. So I got out my 16 ounce nordic mug and brewed it for 2 minutes, but first I let it brew for 30 seconds and threw that out as a rinse.

The smell of the brewed tea is very earthy. Reminds me of when I’ve just opened up Pao’s cage and the smell of the wet soil hits me. Not a bad thing, just different. I smell hay too.

Now, don’t shoot me. I added two teaspoons of sugar because that is how I take every tea I drink. Without the sugar, I am guaranteed not to like it, so I’d rather add sugar for a tasting note so I’m not just sipping it, thinking “this needs sugar, I don’t like it”.

I don’t really know how to describe what I’m tasting. It’s earthy and nutty and sweet. I…I’m enjoying, but I’ve not become a convert by any means. It’s alright, but not something I could ever see myself reaching for. I’m not rating it because it’s not fair for me to negatively rate something I knew I wouldn’t enjoy.

Thank you, TeaVivre, for letting me try this tea, you are extremely generous!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 12 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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96

I was playing with our tortoise, who is named after this type of tea, and talking on the phone to my mom about my brother, who lives near The Whistling Kettle, so it seemed like fate. Pao also discovered that the face of my phone is shiny and kept burrowing under my chin to play with her reflection and tap her beak against the speaker…mom loved that XD.

Anyway, I deeply love this blend. When we named Pao, neither of us had actually tried the tea, but we’ve since become big fans. It’s roasty, toasty goodness. We have three different brands, maybe we should try them all next to each other. The dry leaf on this is gorgeous, twisty and long and unbroken. I couldn’t bring myself to use a tea spoon out of fear of breaking the leaves, so I just picked a few out of the bag.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

This has been coldbrewing in the fridge for the few days. It’s the leaves leftover from the day of great burning when I got too cocky with my hot and sour soup and made a dish that made me see through time! It was so freakin’ hot.

Anyhoo, this wasn’t hurt at all by the extended steep. It’s fruity, burny goodness.

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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!

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 four 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), 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 sugar 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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