235 Tasting Notes

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

Backstory to this tea: I had been waiting for a while for it to come back in stock online after first finding it on their website… then I made the mistake of reading all of your reviews (which made me want it even more). I was so excited to finally get my hands on some!

Dry: Holy strong scent! Whoa.. I mean maybe too strong. It lingered in the back of my throat/nose for a good minute after smelling it was so overpowering. I guess that teaches me to huff unknown teas. But really… I wonder what the liquor will be like if this is how strong the leaves smell?! Pretty chunks of pear and cranberry. How delightful. Oh yes.. and the smell.. (from afar this time).. cranberry and pear but more luscious and deep-bodied. Very nice.
Liquor: a nice medium amber color. Smell is much more subdued (which is nice). Hot: rather bland. What happened to the punch in the face scent I just got knocked out with earlier? Where the heck did all my flavour go to?.. Oh. There it is. Very mild and mellow. The aftertaste is creamy cranberry (raspberry) with a hind note of juicy pear. I can almost feel the crunch of stone cells as if I were eating a pear. Wow. I guess I was a little impatient there. Forgive me tea. As the tea cools it becomes thicker and more full mouthed. Caramel pear.. with a hint of bubblegum or something. Surprising and delicious.

This tea is fantastic. I was impatient for flavours off the get go (how could you not be with such a strongly scented tea?) I expected a very in-your-face-flavoured tea, but instead, I found an interesting and complex tea which takes time to get to know. The first few mouthfuls, for me anyway, were a warm up to something exquisite (I was just too impatient to realize it). Oh tea.. you amaze me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Yeah, this one is potent dry, hey? I love it though….. from a distance.

I find that this one is tastiest when I steep the heck out of it, and all the delicious fruit flavours come out. The black tea, at least for me, doesn’t seem to get astringent. It can get quite sweet and delicious and fruity. And that’s how I like it :D

Lynne-tea

It is absolutely delicious. I have no idea how long I steeped it for but it was perfect! It just took a while to recognize individual flavours as they all jumbled in my mouth at once – causing me to think there was only one flavour. Mistake obviously. I just needed to be patient as my taste buds figured out what the delicious flavours were! =) I may have gotten the astringency from too much steeping.. though.. it wasn’t very prominent and I didn’t mind it.

katgolik

I so want to try this!

Scott B

I made a cranberry-pear pie several years ago-was delicious.This is going on my shopping list.

Lynne-tea

Yes you must! It is delicious… just do not sniff the bag as readily as I did.. waft from afar =)

Scott B

Maybe I will brew the tea while wearing a hazmat suit.

Lynne-tea

hahah =) possibly a little extreme. Though to each their own.

Kittenna

The scent is definitely muted while brewing :D The dry tea is just quite a bit more potent than you might expect. Kind of like DT’s Birthday Cake tea (which I love to sniff repeatedly but from a distance, I’ll admit).

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

Mmm peachy. Peachy creamy peach. This stuff doesn’t smell like a cup of peaches’n’cream when you first smell the bag.. but ohh man the liquor is amazing. I am so happy my order came in today! Stuck studying on a beautifully sunny day is tortuous. This way I can have a study tea party instead!
Dry: Mildly smelling of peach (though maybe my nose was broken due to the intensity of the Cranberry Pear tea I smelled prior to smelling this one). Its pretty with speckled yogurt drops and peach pieces.
Liquor: It smells like… a peachy liquor of some sort. Nice deep, thick color. I don’t have a problem with the top scum- but I am also drinking it in very small cups from a constantly heated ceramic teapot, which probably helps to keep the drops fully dissolved. It has a very distinctive smoky flavour to me. There is peachy taste in the back of my mouth and a slight drying. It’s good. I thought it might be sweeter then it is and I am glad it’s not. Man the after taste is very peach yogurt! Delicious. Not my absolute favourite yogurt flavour usually, as most brands sweeten the dickens out of it and have gross soggy fruit chunks.. except this tastes like a less sweetened luscious peach chunk version made with a delicious thick greek yogurt. YUM!
As it cools in my baby cup, I can really start to smell the peach flavour. It also gets a little creamier.

I steeped the heck out of this accidentally when I got wrapped up in a bunch of organic chemistry reactions. Grrr I need a Davids Tea timer and thermometer! Has anyone tried it? It’s been sold out for ages!

Sorry about the ramble. I am just so excited about my new tea arrival (and I like being distracted)

Preparation
Boiling

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Such a great memory – the first time I was ever introduced to DT, I purchased Honeybee and Chocolate Rocket (it was a successful mate trip). I decided to try this tea to go and as soon as we drove away I instantly regretted not buying some of this. Which brought me to their website as I sadly don’t live in a city with a DT. Oh heavens am I glad (maybe not my wallet) that I found this tea!

Dry: Cute little red lips, chocolate chips, peppermint and black leaves. It smells like a peppermint patty! So delicious. This is another tea I often huff (I don’t have a problem I swear)
Liquor: Dark brownish with a reddish hue. I can see melted chocolate. Ooooh melted chocolate in tea is just fine with me! It also smells like a heavenly cup of peppermint hot chocolate (someone even asked if I was drinking peppermint hot chocolate because of the smell that filled the entire room!) The taste is just as great. I can drink this for hours at a time and not get sick of it. The leaves/flavour also stand up exceptionally well for two steeps (so I have found).. the third definitely does not have as much oomph as the previous steeps, but it still tastes like delicious pepperminty chocolate (peppermint becoming a more prominent flavour instead of the chocolate goodness). Usually I add one more tsp for my 3.5 cup cast iron tea pot if I want to get another good steep out of the leaves (currently, I am on my 5th steep – a lot more mellow in all flavours. Still drinkable, but it’s not a punch in the face chocolate peppermint anymore)

I love this tea. It loves me back by giving me delicious liquid peppermint patties. Thanks Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

I received this tea as a sample on two occasions.. and tonight it was time to try a batch. I’m not typically loving many tropical fruit teas for some reason. It just is what it is.
Dry: Not very large pieces of fruit chunks.. possibly because it’s a sample. I wonder what a bag of this would look like. Smells fruity. Peachy something.
Liquor: Lush peachy amber. Reminds me of a fuzzy peach. It has a very funny taste for the initial taste.. maybe I will let it cool and taste it again. I can definitely note a fuzzy peach taste to it (did others find it?..) It’s delicious. Except for the initial note. I think that might be the green rooibos. I am not sure though, as I am not familiar with green rooibos. Maybe it will be a lot better iced. Its still good.. just odd.

EDIT: I tried this cold. I regret trying this cold. It was disgusting. The odd flavour took center stage and I really couldn’t find any of the tropical fruit flavours. Really not my cup of tea in any way.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I initially thought I really liked this one (had it in the advent calendar), until I tried a to-go cup from David’s on free tea day, and it was NOT good. Even sweetened it was not tasty. I’ve picked up a small sample to just confirm my lack of enthusiasm for this one (and compare it to some other fruity teas), but suspect it’s not a winner for me…

Lynne-tea

Yes this is absolutely not my tea. I am glad as it is one tea I can definitely say I will not be ordering. We definitely seem to have similar tea tastes it seems!

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I picked this tea up over a year ago when I lived in Vancouver. I loved this tea shop. So much. I wish I could still go there!
Dry: Classic black tea with pieces of nut? It smells like creme brulee! Milky carmel deliciousness. It fits its name to a T (all pun intended)
Liquor: Dark and delicious. No if ands or buts this is amazing. Its naturally sweet and a toasted carmel flavour comes out. Creamy on the tongue a bit when it cools.. slight refreshing astringency. Very subtle though.

I want more!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
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Well.. my heater is broken downstairs and so it is now constantly over 25C at all times. I figured I might as well try some iced tea, since hot tea is out of the question. I tried this tea previously hot and it was less than appealing, but reading the reviews I decided not to fully decide what I thought until I tried it iced…
Ohhh boy is it good. It tastes like cherries. Not artificial cherries (YUCK)… but delicious cherries. And it’s naturally sweet. It reminds me of juice, except this stuff is healthy! It also has a buttery flavour at the very end of a sip. I really enjoy it. I am going to have to buy more and make this a regular drink for summer (when it finally arrives..)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Kittenna

I saw your comment on my other post – I will definitely have to try it iced! I hope I have enough left for that. (Might be icing half a cup, haha.)

Lynne-tea

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Kittenna

Me too!

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84
drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
235 tasting notes

It’s been a terrible day consisting of a bee sting in my room (on my bed?!?! whattheeph… and first one EVER.), and a massive exam scheduling conflict which could cost me my grades. =(
So.. to fix this… Happy berryblossomwhite-heaven-tea day to me.
I know many people think this tastes artificial.. and I can see that. But I still get weak in the knees for this in a tea latte with vanilla. Its honestly AMAZING. For some reason it is everything I want sometimes and more. Creamy berry deliciousness.
I am so very happy I have a milk frother at home, as Sbucks doesn’t carry this Tazo anymore. Thats okay – I’m too wise to pay 10 bucks for this anyways! Home brewin’ and latte making it is =) If life could only be so easy for everything..

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
235 tasting notes

Yum.
I switched to this from a long bout of oolong fever, and I have to say – this is delicious! It is something my taste buds obviously needed.
Dry: Green cardamom pods, lots of toasty(?) looking coconut slices, and other delicious things I can’t remember right now (but those two were the major heart stealers). Smells like sweet fruit punch.
Liquor: Very beautiful amberish color. All I am smelling is fruit punch. Pure and simple. It’s delicious don’t get me wrong. Just surprising. I wish I tasted more amaretto. Pretending I am drinking would be so much more pleasing to me at this moment, instead of feeling like I’m drinking fruit punch.

Either way. Highly flavourful. I recommend. Maybe it will taste like amaretto for you.. not fruit punch, though a pleasing fruit punch…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think you and I have similar tastes! I love this one too :)

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99

What is going on here!?
– the newest batch of Gold Rush from Davids Tea I received tastes like peppermint! Not just subtly – there is a strong peppermint flavour. Every time I try a cup from the new bag (which I placed in their tin) tastes like peppermint. I don’t have peppermint anywhere near this tea. Hmmmph. I bought 100g of this too. I hope the other bag isn’t like this. This bums me out because the first bag I got was soooo soo so good. But now I’m not so sure as I don’t want a cup of pepperminty caramel tea. I want my delicious golden cakey coconutty vanilla heaven back =(
What to do?

Kittenna

I haven’t re-purchased it myself, but something tells me that I’ve had a similar experience recently, where something tasted minty and shouldn’t have (and contamination was unlikely). I would suggest mentioning this to them if your second cup and/or second bag are the same way.

Lynne-tea

That bums me out a little bit. Especially since it is a more expensive tea. I will have to call them when finals stop taking over my life

Kittenna

Good luck with the finals!! :D

Angrboda

I take it it’s not supposed to contain anything minty? How sure are you that thre hasn’t been a mixup in purchase and they’ve accidentally given you a different blend? Is that a possibility?

Lynne-tea

Thank you Krystaleyn!
Angrboda – it looks like the same tea.. Though this time the mulberries seem coated in a whiteish wash of sorts. Also when I make the tea, instead of being beautifully golden hued and clear, it is murkier… All this on top of tasting now like mint instead of cake :(

Lynne-tea

Yay! I wrote them regarding this issue and a nice woman responded. They are sending me some to try. I am so very thankful, as this was my favourite tea and I was bummed as I have a bunch left and it was moderately expensive for the amount you get (silly mulberries tasting so good). Davids Tea has the best customer service!

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I am giving this another taste using different brewing methods (thanks for the suggestions Krystaleyn!)
I have used about 4-5 oz of water and used a large basket that perfectly fits in the cup. This allows the leaves full room to move around, and the ability to remove them easily when the steep time is up. I also drastically changed steep times from Davids tea’s suggested times. So far I have gotten 5 very deliciously sweet and creamy banana oolong steeps from 2 tsp of tea. It is definitely still going strong. My steeping times were as follows: 30s, 30s, 45s, 50s, 60s…

Due to school demands I am unable to write an individual steeping analysis, but let me tell you – ITS ALL AMAZING! Honestly, if you like the taste of sweet creamy banana things, I suggest you try this. As well, the oolong flavours become more prominent as the steepings progress. It is making me crave Ti Kuan Yin.

More beginners like myself need to be very forewarned about some of the terrible steeping suggestions on the Davids Tea packages… I now realize what I was missing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Yeah, this one’s good… I’m not actually sure I’ve tried it with super short infusions yet, but it seems to take to nearly anything I try with it. So good.

Lynne-tea

Your milk oolong comment made me think of trying to find a different steeping method that would be better, as my steeping times were too long.. after some research I decided to try short steeping times to see what that was like (.. if I didn’t like it, it was easy enough to steep longer!). It worked. This is my new approach to oolongs.

Kittenna

Awesome, I’m glad it helped you! :D Sometimes I’m lazy with my oolongs and give them 3 minutes, but other times I want to experience them more and go with shorter infusions. Oolongs are delicious.

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

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60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

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