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180 Tasting Notes

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
180 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve had a cup of this, but since DavidsTea is now selling it in a cute little tin for just $10 for 100g, I decided to add it in with my last order. Plus, I feel like chocolate & mint is a perfect combo for all these cold days we’ve been having lately!

It’s much more minty – and less chocolatey – than I remember. Perhaps it’s just been a while since I’ve had peppermint (I usually prefer spearmint tea), but it seems to overwhelm the rest of the blend. That said, it’s still a yummy, sweet treat without needing any extra sugar or other additives.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t remember if I’ve reviewed this before, but anyways, it’s a good cup for a cold morning.

The combo of the green tea and spiciness both warms you up & wakes you up. It’s a good blend, but I’m not sure if I’ll be ordering more when my pouch runs out. I like it for winter, but I doubt it’s something I’ll reach for once spring rolls around.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a good tea for an afternoon treat. Not something I’d have first thing in the AM, since it’s a little sweet (in a good way though, I promise), but very, very tasty.

I haven’t tried making it as a true chai – mostly because I’m too lazy for the stovetop – but it’s still a treat when simply steeped with hot water from the electric kettle and taken with a splash of milk.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t have time for a real tasting note (thanks a lot, work), but I just had to quickly log this to raise my rating. This is the first time I brewed it myself (had previously tried it in-store), and it tastes like liquid candy; just perfect.

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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On about my third resteep of this, and it’s loosing some of the more subtle notes. Right now it just tastes like green tea and apples. Very crisp apples, at that. It’s still tasty, just different from the first cup.

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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The resteep tasted more strongly of orange than the first cup. Still very “meh” in terms of my enjoyment of it, but it certainly had a different flavor.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Gah, so many fall teas to try!

The dry leaf smells amazing. Seriously, I could make an air freshener out of this. Hang a little bag of it from my rearview mirror, toss a little sachet into the sock drawer… the possibilities are endless! (Ok, not really. Tea is too expensive to waste it like that.)

Smells great while steeping, too. Like liquid autumn. But on to the tasting! Ooohh, pumpkin. Not “pumpkin spice” (whatever that may be), but real, actual pumpkin. And I’m tasting a little something, which if I concentrate on, reminds me of roasted veggies with cinnamon & other warm spices. (If you haven’t tried roasted root vegetables with cinnamon, you are seriously missing out.) *Checks ingredients: I guess that would be the squash! Score!

Added a little bit of milk to the end of the cup, just to try it. It’s super yummy, but I think I like it just as much plain. Seriously, this tea is great.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a pot of this at my girlfriend’s house (she somehow still had some of the Spring Collection left in her cupboard!), and it’s important to note that she’s terrible about water temp and measuring leaves. At least I was able to keep an eye on the steep time.

Somehow, even with boiling water (on an oolong!) and too many leaves, it tasted awesome. Buttery and toasty coconut goodness. I have to say, even though it’s designated as a warmer season tea, it hit the spot on a chilly fall night. Raising my rating now that I know how durable it is. :-)

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. I’m not typically a fan of mate (for some reason, it always tastes bubblegummy to me), so I wasn’t really surprised. If it hadn’t been a part of the Fall Collection set, I wouldn’t have tried it. There’s a lot going on here – all of the extra “bits” made the water really scummy – but I still got that weird, lingering mate taste.

That said, it’s nice to keep on hand for those mornings that require a little extra something to wake me up, I guess.

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I haven’t been sleeping AT ALL lately, so I steeped-up a cup of this last night. (Sadly, it didn’t really help with the sleep issue – not sure what’s up there.) Not sure if maybe my sense of taste is off because I’m getting over a cold or what, but it tasted much more medicinal than I remember. Hmm, I’ll have to try again and see.

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A tea fanatic who works in the tech sector, I purchase most of my tea online. The numerical ratings are to help me remember which teas I should re-order. 85+ means it’s worth a re-purchase. (If I ever get through all of the new ones I want to try!)

It’s pretty obvious from my tealog, but I have special place in my heart for flavored blacks and good rooibos. I also love oolongs, but apparently have expensive taste in that area, so I don’t purchase them too often. Learning to appreciate green tea, but not a fan of overly vegetal ones. Whites make a great iced tea.

I love to try new teas and will sample most anything once. Although I’ll usually pass on Earl Grey or super floral blends.

I drink my tea with no additions, unless otherwise noted in the review.

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