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174 Tasting Notes

80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

Yet another tea David’s Tea that I’ve reviewed and liked, but David’s Tea seems to have discontinued. crabby face Not a huge like mind you, it’s kind of bordering on the ‘Good, but not good enough to keep in my cupboard.’ But it’s occurred to me that I don’t have a lot of black teas….well, I’m supposed to be on hiatus (with exception of tea stash sales and giveaways of course!) So buying more black teas will mostly have to wait, probably till after I move. Well actually that should say, buying more teas in general will have to wait.

The taste: I do taste the anise, which I generally like…but I don’t taste much else….though I think I might be tasting bare hint of the white chocolate. You know, I’m just remembering that when it comes to every other chocolate tea I’ve pretty much had the same reaction…like it’s an ok cup…kind of borderline of whether I would get it again but ultimately decide not to because I don’t love it, and a bit of a pain in the butt to get. (I still prefer buying my teas in person, which in some ways does help with the hiatus.) So, the end result is that even though it’s borderline, if it were still offered, I would seriously consider getting a full bag of it, just to see if maybe I would grow to like it more.

Final Note: this tea would probably make a good Latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
TeaJunkie1985

It hasn’t been discontinued, they are probably low on stock so their putting it on special.

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90
drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

When I got up, I was hankering for a tea that I hadn’t tried yet, but when I went to look among my samples, nothing really jumped out, so with a sigh I reached for the small box of David’s Tea and was going to make ’Mom’s Apple Pie’ because I hadn’t had it in a while and wanted to see if maybe I liked it a bit more, but then a sample packet jumped out of the box as I took it down.

It was this tea. I have tried a few flowery teas, most of them I liked both smell and taste.

At 1st…I wasn’t sure about the taste. smell wise I thought it smelled divine, but taste…was just blah. But I wanted to at the very least finish it as I didn’t have the time to make another tea before work, so headed back to the kitchen to put more sugar in. I did put some sugar in before I brewed the tea, but I have been trying to reduce the amount of sugar that I use, (Without much luck.) and plus I’ve noticed that DT’s teas don’t seem to need as much sugar (Maybe due to the stevia that I hear is in many of their teas?)

Well putting more sugar in definitely woke this tea up. I could taste the sweet rose along with the green, up until now, most of the teas that I’ve had with rose in it has been a black tea base.

I would even go so far as to say that I would be inclined to order a bag of this, but it looks like David’s Tea has discontinued it. (Or possibly a seasonal.) so might be inclined to look for similar green teas with rose in it.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Mercuryhime

I really enjoy this one most as a cold brew. It doesn’t take long either. Maybe 4 hours. :)

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70
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

An interesting cup so far. I am not terribly impressed with it, yet. I do taste the pineapple and peach, a sweet with just an edge of peachy tartness. I don’t really taste the odd after taste that some people have mentioned, maybe it’ll show up when it cools down.
Despite my not being impressed with this tea, I am not opposed to getting more. As I need more teas that strictly herbal/non rooibos blends for times when rooibos doesn’t appeal to me.
With the change of the website, I’ve decided to go back to rating my teas, I stopped before because it was set up kind of weird and was hard to adjust.

The temp I used was 190, though the average temp used by users on this site was 195, that is not a option on my kettle and I hate trying to guess when the best time is to pour, so I went with 190. My tea thermometer/timer is broke…(The day I got it, it accidently landed in a pan full of water. It worked…more or less after that quite a few times, but then I got out of the habit of using it. So I guess it just fizzled. Ahh well. Not sure if I’ll get another one, if I do it won’t be from Teavana.

Update:I just took a huge swallow of this tea, there was a distinctly metallic taste…so lowered the score even lower. (Was an 80, which is the ‘Interesting’ catergory. Now it’s 70 which is the ‘Not cupboard worthy’

While I might change my mind…I highly doubt it. Bah!

Flavors: Metallic

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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51
drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
174 tasting notes

Truthfully…it’s just as well this tea was a brief offering. Overall it’s a nice sweet cup, but there is a weird rough aftertaste that almost makes me want to pour the rest of this cup down the drain. I still might do just that.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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58
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

Well blast.

I took one sip of this and it just sucked. However, it is kind of my fault that it sucked, because I didn’t look at the directions before hand. I had assumed that it was a black tea, so boiling water on. And let it steep for to long. Total noob move there, lynxie. So will have to remember for next time.

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80
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

This is a sample from Janelle

Like others have mentioned…the taste of this has a strong resemblance to Pink Passionfruit, but without as much tart. I think I may have oversugared it, which truthfully is a bad habit, but I am leaning towards getting a bag of this soon, and trying more of…definitely iced! If nothing else I’ll have it around for when I’ve run out of Pink Passionfruit.

Guava-To my memory, never had it, so no idea how close to guava this tastes like. But…I think I saw guava at my fruit market…(I love my local fruit market, they always have some very interesting fruits and veggies!) and since I’m going up there on Friday/Saturday to pick up some peaches…(Yay! Peaches are back!lol.) Mind as well get a guava.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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LOL…Steepster….you acting a little strange….(Took over a minute for the tasting note window to pop up. though of course it could be my computer making the trouble.)

On to the tasting note!

Ok received this sample from Janelle.

I admit I was a bit surprised to see such a low temp suggestion on DTT’s website, but I am adaptable:) 1st sip out of the gate was…sweet marshmallowy clouds. Another…hmm this has some depth. I don’t really taste any pineapple though. I do taste kind of a almost bitter but not in a bad way. I am leaning towards getting a sample of this later on so I have more to decide whether or not I like it…

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
174 tasting notes

Sighs Been so long since I’ve done a tasting note that I wanted a really stellar tea to review.

This ain’t it.

Granted, there are many factors that could be standing in my way, such as being exhausted from snow shoveling all day to not preparing this tea correctly. (The bag said 2 min steep, the description on this site said 1 min. steep.)

At any rate, I have to agree with the assessments of the majority in that this tastes like candy or cough syrup, (Though thankfully not the heaviness of cough syrup.)In principle I am not against artificial flavors in tea, though with cherry…ehh. My favorite artificial cherry flavor is Luden’s throat drops, which this tea tastes alittle bit like…but I don’t like the taste in tea.
Probably doesn’t help that I am not a huge fan of cherries in general, (I do eat them when they are in season and I like many recipes that use cherries, like chicken salad.) But they are not my favorite fruit.

Anywho….I will try and remember to review this again and try for a 1 min steep time. Maybe that will improve it. If nothing else I can either save it for iced tea season or give it to my Dad, who is the cherry nut in the family. LOL.

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78
drank Passion Berry by Teavana
174 tasting notes

LOL….

I caved. I had planned on not hitting Teavana’s till the Heavenly sale, but then I caught the email about the sale on certain teas…and of course 2 of the teas on sale were favorites of mine (Opus Rouge and Spiced Mandarin Oolong.) And of course I decided that since I was buying that mind as well buy more Cranberry Singapore Sling (Tastes great with the Spiced Mandarin.)
And Citrus Lavender Sage (Tastes good with many of their teas, though I got it to have with Opus Rouge.) Also got more Dragonfruit Devotion because I was almost out.

Then, because I was informed that I was just a few ounces away of getting the LBS discount, I figured “What the hell.” So got this one.

At first, I was thinking it smelled and tasted alot like Dragon fruit Devotion, and was feeling kind of grumpy about that. But, as I continue to drink it, I am thinking there might be some subtle differences. And, I used significantly less then I usually do with teas, so that maybe a factor as well.

I will have to do a side by side comparison, if they are similar tasting, then I will probably get whichever is cheaper.

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Pouts I’m beginning to think that due to my allergies acting up with the weather change (slightly.) that it’s affecting my taste sense. I had thought that a few days ago, but I had hoped tonight I was more or less over it because my sinuses aren’t hurting, I just have a slight cough and chest congestion. But…I don’t know….the taste seemed a bit off with the last tea I had tonight, Pomegranate Oolong but I thought that maybe it was just that tea. Hmm. Maybe I should have a cup of tea that I know pretty well and see how that tastes.

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Queer, genderfluid, bookworm,various ‘alternative lifestyles and communities’ (You’ll have to ask in a message by what I mean, I don’t want to weird anyone out, though most people here seem to be fairly accepting or at least tolerant.)

Currently in my late 30’s.

Rating Guide that I use:
100-Excellent
90-99 Good
80-89 Interesting
70-79 Not cupboard worthy (Means that while I kind of like it, not enough to keep.)
60-69 Uninspiring
50-59 Terrible

Current favorite teas: Victorian Earl Grey, Pink Passionfruit, Dragonfruit Devotion, Mandarin Silk,Citrus Pile Driver,Constant Comment (If I could get that in loose leaf or find a direct equivalent…I think I would be inspired to buy a pound. OMG I forgot how much I loooooove that tea!)

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Metro Detroit, Michigan

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