58 Tasting Notes

90
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

Advent calendar [10/24]

I had purchased this tea long before the advent calendar, so I don’t feel the need to review it again. I find it to be a nicely flavoured plain black tea. This is something that DAVIDs seems to have issues with. Perhaps there’s no market for plain blacks when the main customer base prefers funky teas.

Flavors: Honey, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

I find they do have some great, straight green teas, but yes their customer base tends to be those who like flavoured stuff.

Alyssa

Which are your favourite greens from there? I’m just getting back into greens now that I’ve figured out how to enjoy them best. I’ve discovered I’m really picky about greens and whites because they seem to taste infinitely better when sipped in small cups from a large cast iron teapot.

Kristal

I must admit I’m not personally into matcha, but I otherwise some of their most expensive teas are my favourites. Butterfly Jasmine + dragon Pearls are lovely jasmine blends, Gyokuro Yamishiro is so buttery (but very delicate so carful with steeping!), roasted gyokuro is a little bolder but very nice, Lung Ching was a nice, gentle, limited edition tea, and for cheaper, but still nice, grassy blends their Japanese sencha + dragonwell are both lovely. I’m also going to retry Sencha Ashikubo cause I remember that being very nice.

(you’ll notice that all of the ones I chose are non-flavoured blends other than Jasmine, haha).

Kristal

double checking the website, I actually didn’t mind a few flavoured blends: genmaicha with it’s popcorn flavour, some velvet morning with it’s citrus addition, countess of seville for it’s earl-grey flavour, and it’s been a while but I remember liking cold zing for it’s lemongrass + citrus addition.

Alyssa

Yes! My favourite green of theirs is the dragon pearls. I have not tried butterfly jasmine. I got my mom to buy a 100g tin of it last year. It was a big step because she and my dad dislike nearly any kind of tea. I love genmaicha but I have oodles of bags of it.

Thank you for the suggestions. :)

Kristal

No problem! I seriously recommend butterfly jasmine :) I always use my points for expensive teas so last quarter I got $60 (of butterfly jasmine) for free. It was awesome.

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79

Advent calendar [9/24]

Time to play catch up on my tea log. I’ve been away in my own little world because we’re being reviewed sometime before the end of the year by the higher-ups. It’s a great way to end the year, really.

I’d had the worst sleep ever and woke up to finding this as my advent calendar tea. sigh so I saved it for the end of the day when I could get home and relax with a cup. I’m pretty sure I resteeped some Glitter and Gold instead of taking this in my travel mug.

I really like the scent of the leaf. It’s got great hints of spice, warmth, and Christmas. Too bad it’s 14 C outside.

I took 52Teas suggestion and steeped this around 85 C. It was perfect! I found that even at 7 minutes, the tea was not overleafed. I actually put the strainer basket back in the pot when I found that it needed some more bold spice flavour. I liked the flavour of the cinnamon and the sweetness that lingered right after it.

This tea is not something that I would pick up on my own, but it was a great end-of-night relaxing kind of tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Cherry Blossom by David's Tea
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Advent calendar [8/24]

I moved back into my parents’ house in 2011 and promptly began my addiction to tea. This tea was one of my first purchases during that time period. When I found that today’s tea was Cherry Blossom, I had the most fantastic flashbacks to drinking this tea while at my first job in my field. This tea was one of my favourites from that time period. I can still picture drinking this out of my Bodum travel mug with the pumping lever.

I was so excited to drink this one that I probably steeped it for 30 seconds too long. I dumped out the pot and re-steeped it. While the original infusion would have been better, the second infusion was incredible.

Taste-wise, it’s got lovely hints of grass and sweet cherries with a smooth aftertaste. I really liked holding this one in my mouth in small sips. This tea was best as it breathed and cooled down to 40-50 degrees.

I think this is a tea I’ll have to pick up. I definitely need more of this one.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Floral, Hay, Smooth

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tigress_al

That’s so neat when tea provokes pleasant memories!

Fjellrev

Aww, that’s a nice memory.

Kristal

Nice memories :)

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78

Advent calendar [7/24]

I purposely saved this tea until the end of the day so I could savour it in small cups instead of my travel mug.

Love the scent that comes out of the dry leaves. It’s very sharp and strongly herbal. There are complete cardamom pods in this mix as well.

I found that the longer I steeped this tea, the stronger the cardamom taste shone. I may have overleafed it by a few seconds, because this tea was spicy when I pulled the basket out.

I would love this tea as a cold remedy despite the fact that I likely won’t be purchasing this one. I am going to savour the sample while it lasts.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Hay, Herbs, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

Also been using this tea for when I feel crappy. Also not something I would purchase either since I usually have at leave one spice tea, one mint tea, and one green tea always on hand. I can just make my own blend ;)

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64
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

Advent calendar [5/24]

I don’t seem to be able to do my teas in order, so here goes my backlog.

This tea happened on the Saturday when I had a first aid course all day. I’m not sure it was a great choice for me to start with. In fact, this day would have been better off with a mate, like a jumpy monkey type.

The first time I steeped it, I did it for 5 minutes in a t-bag with boiling water. It was weak and I had to re-steep it for a bit. When I drank it, it tasted like weak syrupy banana flavoured water.

I wasn’t ready to give up because so many people on here have raved about this tea as a latte. I unfortunately used too much milk in my infusion and wasn’t terribly impressed with myself. This was entirely my fault.

I ran out of my sample and I likely won’t try again. It’s too bad because the loose leaf smelled decadent and tasted wonderful by itself.

Flavors: Artificial, banana, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

Sorry to hear you didn’t care for it! If it makes you feel any better, the leaf is so heavy in this one that’ll be expensive to purchase it anyways.

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70
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Advent calendar [6/24]

I’ve had a less-than-perfect weekend.

Yesterday was taken up by a first aid training course, and today had me visiting friends for several hours in the afternoon. Is it really Sunday night? What happened to my time to relax? I had time to come home this evening and do laundry, clean a little, and that’s pretty much it.

One glimmer (heh) this morning was a cup of this lovely brew. My boyfriend agreed that this would also taste like flat coke if milk and sugar were added. It must be a thing with cinnamon black teas. This tea didn’t need either of those; it’s very sweet on its own.

I still think I’m more of a fan of Steeped Tea’s Cinnamon Vanilla because it seems more balanced. I don’t think their version has artificial flavouring like this one does.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Let’s hope next weekend will be better for you!

Alyssa

Thanks, Fjellrev!

Kristal

This is a pretty weak black tea as well.

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79

Advent calendar [3/24]

This tea reminded me of fresher version of Tetley’s orange pekoe, or anything you’d get at a restaurant or while traveling. It was certainly less astringent and seemed to have less tannin than most other teas of the tea-bag style variety.

All in all, it was a good brew. There’s nothing offensive or overpowering about this one. If I was just getting into loose leaf teas, I’d probably think I’d struck gold. It’s like a better version of the cheap stuff.

Would I buy this tea again? Maybe. It seems like such a middle of the road tea that I don’t know if I’d ever strongly desire it.

Also, is anyone noticing that David’s seems to suggest really long steep times and high temperatures? I used to follow their times and temperatures exactly, but now I think I have better results by steeping for less time at a lower temperature all across the board.

Flavors: Mineral, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fay

I almost never follow the times; if I do it’s on the low end. I also tend to do greens and whites at about 5 degrees less, and herbals and blacks at about 5 degrees more (boiling). If I find a specific tea needs more or less time I’ll adjust from there, but I’d rather weak to bitter.

Alyssa

Oh for sure! Me too. I think I prefer greens and whites in the 70s.

Kristal

I think a lot of their greens are recommended for 3-4 min but I 95% of the time do 2 min. As for the temperatures for greens, I think I’m usually a few degrees cooler (but the temps on their labels are usually just Celcius and my variable temp kettle is farenheit so I’m not 100% sure).

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92
drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Advent calendar [4/24]

Alright, I was a little scared that this one was going to taste like the Amaretto tea that David’s had several years ago.

Don’t get me wrong— I like almond flavoured things. I like almond flavoured things that have a balance of flavours, and don’t taste sickeningly like strong alcohol. I think David’s got this blend pretty well right when they paired it off with walnut.

I remember standing in the kitchen this morning after I’d brewed this tea for just over a minute. I poured a little into a pyrex bowl that I reserve for “tea-checking” and making sure I don’t pour an oversteeped or understeeped batch into my travel mug for work. It was so smooth and almost creamy somehow. I was surprised that it was nothing like Amaretto.

I drank all of it before even getting halfway through my commute. Then I got to work and actually felt sad that I’d left the rest of the sample at home. I really wanted to have more than the small cup I’d made.

Now I’m drinking some gyokuro genmaicha to pass the time, but it’s not the same. It doesn’t have the smooth creaminess that this tea had.

Forgot to add: Very happy that this tea has such simple ingredients. Green tea, almonds, marigold flowers, cornflower petals. With natural almond flavouring*

  • Pretty sure natural almond flavouring could mean bugger all in terms of being from anything remotely close to a real almond, but still, at least a +1 for no Stevia.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Creamy, Walnut

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Glad this ended up working out for you and didn’t taste like Amaretto!

Alyssa

Absolutely! There definitely wasn’t that overpowering almond flavour. I’m kind of glad they didn’t bring that one back this year.

Kristal

I was skeptical of this tea as well! Glad we both enjoyed it :). I also remember that amaretto tea- I liked it at first but got sick of it quick.

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68
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

Advent calendar [2/24]

When I was in college six years ago, I bought a tea called white mangosteen by Lipton. I got tired of it really quickly. When I saw that today’s tea is a mango flavoured tea, I had flashbacks of drinking that tea in college.

The first sip was lovely. I poured myself a tablespoon to test for steeped doneness. Sadly, the flavour didn’t transpire in my travel mug (does it ever?). I got to work and poured it into a mug. The tea was a little better.

On a side note: I really wish David’s would stop again with the stevia. The taste of the sweetener is quite strong in this one.

Overall an okay tea, but I wouldn’t ask for more. I’m going to finish the sample and move on.

Flavors: Artificial, Grass, Hay, Mango, Sweet

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Does DT ever read the feedback to stop with the stevia and most of the imitation flavours? At the very least, I wish they would tone it down.

Fay

It’s funny, I’ve never noticed stevia in this before, but it was in full force today.

Kristal

Some people couldn’t even drink this tea because of the stevia :(

For me, I’m just annoyed on the false advertising of “mango” when the main fruits are apple + pineapple

Fjellrev

Also makes me wonder if they bother reading any feedback. The vast majority clearly do not appreciate them throwing stevia around like confetti.

Evol Ving Ness

^ Throwing stevia around like confetti. I may have to adopt that phrase if I can remember it. :)

Alyssa

Love the phrase!

The more I see their artificial flavouring, the more I want to explore teas that are natural and without flavourings. It’s too bad DT is so close and has such fun marketing.

Evol Ving Ness

And is conveniently located on almost all of my routes.

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72
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

Happy first day of twenty four days of tea, everyone!

I got a colour changing mug for our anniversary on Friday, and I had to hold off on using it until I could christen it with the joy that is the advent calendar. The best part of today is that it’s my obligatory day off due to training on Saturday. I spent the day cleaning, blogging, baking, drinking tea, and listening to acoustic versions of 80s and 90s songs on Spotify.

I was so excited about my mug that I had to take a video. Sadly, my preparation of the tea was less enthralling than the mug itself. The tea tasted weak and tart with no lingering sweetness. When I found a small amount of it on the mug’s coaster an hour or two later and took a sip, I was in heaven. It had the right balance of tartness, sweetness, and cinnamon.

I finished the last of the sample a few minutes ago, using the last two teaspoons for a cup. It was much more pleasant this way.

Would I buy it again? Possibly. The boyfriend seems to really like it. I want to see how it compares to mulled wine.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Popcorn, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My foray into steeping happened with tin of Oreo cookie and salted chocolate caramel tea, back in college in 2009. I probably bought them for the novelty more than the taste— which sounds like a reason for many of my college-era purchases. The lovely little tea store was bought out by David’s Tea soon after I finished college. While I do enjoy getting tea from places other than malls, it’s difficult to find quality without going online. Most of my stash ends up being from there due to convenience.

I’m an early childhood educator. Tea is a big part of my daily life. I’ve yet to find anything as soothing and as energizing as it.

I’m on a big kick of blacks and herbals, especially straight ones.

90-100: Must get more of this. One sample isn’t enough.
80-89: Great! Would drink it again sometime
60-79: Decent, but probably won’t go back for more
40-59: Glad I tried, but one cup is enough
~40: No thanks. Never again!

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