49 Tasting Notes

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So I just tried this tea.

I think it’s one of my favourite teas from this company. It’s organic, so unlike a lot of other teas from David’s Tea it’s sweet without having the occasional artificial tint.

It has peppermint, black tea, cornflowers and coconut. It’s got this really cool, minty, fresh, creamy sweetness. It feels like quite a well-balanced tea. It smells really strong and sweet – it was almost overwhelming when I had a look at the loose-leaf mixture.

But don’t worry – it has a really lovely flavour. I didn’t put any honey or sugar in it – it was sweet enough, but feel free to experiment. I didn’t put any milk in it because of the mint base, but there’s that option too.

This is a welcome addition to my cupboard, and I was pleasantly surprised by this tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Highland Toffee by Steeps
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I love this tea. It’s probably one of my favourite teas ever.

I had it in a Steeps shop with my wife – she recommended I try it. It was the first Steeps tea I ever had, and I adored it.

It’s quite a strong, black tea which I really like. It’s got a really soft caramel undertone with toffee notes in there. It’s rather rewarding to find a tea that actually tastes like toffee, instead of being reminiscent of toffee.

Steeps tea have really nice quality tea, and this is evident in this blend. I like to have mine with honey, but you could definitely experiment with milk or sugar, or whatever you fancied. It’s also one of their most popular teas, which really helps speak to the calibre of the tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
squidink

This sounds delicious!

Lydia S

It definitely is. Hopefully I can bring some home! c:

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I love Honey Bee maté – my wife sent it to me for Christmas, and it’s easily one of my favourite teas in my cupboard.

It has red and green rooibos, maté, lemon pieces, honeybush, lemon myrtle, calendula flowers and blue cornflowers.

It’s hot, it’s lemon-y, I don’t have to sweeten it, it’s tangy, it’s tart, but it’s not so overpowering that I have to be in the mood to drink it. It smells fantastic and is quickly taking up a place as a staple in my cupboard.

If you feel it necessary, you could add honey or sugar to this tea – I don’t, I don’t think it needs it, but you could certainly adjust this tea to suit your tastes. The only downside is that sometimes this tea can taste a little artificial, as with most David’s Tea – artificial ingredients are a factor.

That said, I still love it and consider it a favourite of mine.

Flavors: Artificial, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Glogg by The Tea Centre
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Someone reviewed this tea and said if mulled wine was a tea, it would be this tea – and I feel like that’s a really apt description.

This tea is quite warm and spicy, with cinnamon, orange peel, almond, ginger, cloves and cardamom. If you like chai teas, this might be a really nice transition to black teas. I love to drink it in winter with milk and honey.

The only problem I have with it is that once it’s brewed, you need to be careful because you can quite easily over-steep it. Some of the flavours in it become really strong and a bit astringent, so that’s a downside.

It’s not my favourite tea, but I would recommend it to others.

Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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My wife sent me this tea from Canada, along with a few others for Christmas.

It was so exciting to receive a wee parcel full of tea on my doorstep this morning.~

This tea smells brilliant in its loose-leaf mixture, large chunks of apple mean that it’s tangy and tart. When it brews, the scent of apple intensifies in a really nice way.

This tea has a green tea and white tea base, and generous pieces of apple. It’s quite sweet and fruity, but also has notes of cream and caramel in the body. The only thing I would suggest is to be careful when you brew it and be cautious with your water temperature because green tea can quickly become bitter if you over-steep it.

So, overall this tea was a pleasant surprise, sweeter than I had anticipated, creamier, but lovely. I’m fairly new to both white and green tea so this was a great suggestion and edition to my cupboard.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 440 ML

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drank Paris London by Mariage Frères
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At first, I was a little apprehensive to try this tea blend.

Black tea, and white tea? With rose, and lavender? To me, it sounded like it would be too floral, too citrusy and have little balance. (I was so glad I was wrong.)

Mariage Freres balance their teas very well – the strong base of the black tea was softened by the subtler white tea base. The floral, citrus lavender flavour wasn’t overpowering and the rose was very sweet and fragrant. I didn’t necessarily taste the white flowers but I felt like they added an overall smoothness to the blend and helped this tea to have a beautiful finish.

My only recommendation would be not to drink this tea in the morning with breakfast. It is an afternoon tea and should probably be kept that way – unless your breakfast is tea cake and madeleines, which I would not be opposed to. The friend I tried this tea with really didn’t like it, so it all comes down to personal taste, but I love this tea and I’m very happy with it.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 440 ML

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drank Paris London by Mariage Frères
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drank Paris London by Mariage Frères
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drank Le Voyageur by Mariage Frères
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I wasn’t completely sold on this tea, but I will try it again.

I tried it in the restaurant, and because I wasn’t allowed to have it with any sweeteners like honey or sugar, it was quite strong and black. It wasn’t bitter because it was brewed very well but it had a very robust flavour.

The blurb gives future tea-tasters no idea as to what’s actually in the tea, but I think from memory it was two types of black teas from India – Assam and something else, perhaps.

In future, I’d like to try this tea with honey and milk, or black with lemon because I have a feeling it’ll be a brilliant tea once I tailor it to my tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m a bit on the fence about this tea.

I tried it today for the first time. I brewed it for three minutes, as per the instructions. It did say to brew to taste, though, so feel free to experiment.

I’m undecided about this tea because it had a very strong, bold peppermint base. And while that’s typical for this herb, I was a little disappointed on the first sip. But by the second cup, I tasted a softer and subtler note.

The nettle was there – but hidden between layers of mint. I had bought this tea because I hoped it would be a little more unusual than your average herbal tea. It didn’t have the brilliant impact I was hoping for. But I think, with a little tweaking and some science, this tea could become a reliable, loyal herbal tea in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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