506 Tasting Notes

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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I remember when I first ordered this tea and I couldn’t drink enough of it. Now that I am used to its place in my cupboard I am not that desperate to have it ALL THE TIME, but I still brew a cup pretty regularly. I love the apple and cinnamon combined with the toasty notes from the popped rice. It is festive and wintery, but also just plain delicious. I adore this blend and I think it will continue to be one of my favourites!

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Took this to work for a sugar hit today. I do love this tea for its pure caramelly sweetness. It is not fussy, it take boiling water, a bit of sugar, and a normal steep time and turns it into something that tastes like it should have a whole lot more calories than it does. It was the decadent tasting tea I needed this morning!

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I think I might have bought this tea, put it away, and forgot to try it. That’s embarrassing… Oops. Oh well, I found it this evening and brewed up a cup. I think I picked this up based on my love of Pink Passionfruit and Guava Cadabra, this is neither. Nor is it a perfect fusion of the two. It is, however, an alright tea on its own.

Like most Teavana blends, I get very little white tea, but the fruit flavours are nicely blended and the overall flavour is mellow and reminiscent of tropical fruits. I would drink this again, but it is no replacement for my Pink Passionfruit love. Nor do I think it would cold steep particularly well actually… But it is a nice cup on its own, and worth a steep once in a while.

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drank Berry Basil Blast by Teavana
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I continue to enjoy the contrast between the fruit notes and the basil in this tea. It is still a fruit tea, but it just a bit on the savoury side due to the basil. I am not a big fan of basil in cooking, but I do enjoy it in this blend!

VariaTEA

This one has always sounded interesting. Alas it is Teavana so I am immediately bias against it :P

mewakeling

I know, I fight my teavana bias all the time. I order them online and generally only when they go on sale, thus avoiding the pushy sales people and giving the company less dollars for their tea. I have not had great experiences in store, but they have some really interesting blends!

VariaTEA

I only ever order online but even then I find their tea outrageously outpriced and never good enough that I would want 2 oz of it.

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea surprised me, it was actually really good. I am not a huge mate fan, but this one was more than okay, it was delightful. I tried it cold steeped from the fridge. What I liked most about this tea was the subtlety of the mate. The dominant flavour, to me, was definitely the melon, the mate just served to enhance the melon notes. I was really impressed with this tea, I am going to have to give it a shot brewed hot as well.

Yvonne

I’d absolutely love to try this one – this sounds wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it :)

mewakeling

It was a very different mate than others I have had!

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I am really falling in love with this tea, and green tea in general. It is not really a strong mango tea, but there are definite hints of mango throughout the tea. I think that they really got the idea right with a green tea with just the suggestion of mango. I find it responds best for me with a lower temp and a short steep time. I am enjoying my cup this evening for sure!

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I took this to work with me today and it was very enjoyable. Fruity, but still with a hearty black base, and no bitterness whatsoever. I was really impressed with this tea today, it was exactly what I was looking for this morning!

Yvonne

This one is pretty good! Glad you enjoyed it :)

mewakeling

I am really liking it. I tend to associate black teas with spice or chocolate based flavours, it is nice to see a strictly fruit based one that also really works.

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I gave this a try today after the less than stellar experience I had with Lime Chiffon. What a difference a bit of sugar and a short steep time did for this tea! I can taste that the flavour is similar to Lime Chiffon and I got stronger notes of lemon and cream in this tea. The rooibos base was there, but it was not unpleasant. Overall, it was a really nice cup of tea!

Sil

glad you figured out your sweet spot :)

mewakeling

I am too, I hate when it is obvious that a tea has potential, but you can’t really get it to shine. I am glad that got the flavours in this one to really shine.

VariaTEA

I am glad the shorter steep worked for you!

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I liked this tea, but I did find the rooibos base to be a little strong for my tastes. I have such a love hate with rooibos, I like it, but it needs to have a good strong flavour other than the rooibos base. I think next time I am going to try this with a pinch of sugar and see if that coaxes out the lime a little more.

VariaTEA

How long did you steep this for? I find if you stay closer to 2 min, the rooibos is more toned down.

Fjellrev

I’m the same way with rooibos, and recently discovered with a honeybush blend that half and half covers a lot of the base up and brings the flavours out more.

mewakeling

Thanks guys, I will definitely give a short steep time a shot. I let this one steep for ages this morning, but I have a few more rooibos’ to play with this afternoon and I will try them on a short steep. Do you keep the water at a full boil or brew at a lower temp? I have issues with dairy, but I may try tossing in a bit of soy and see if that gets me somewhere! :)

Fjellrev

I usually let it cool for a minute or so before pouring the water but not sure if it makes a difference. Also, it sounds bizarre, but I’ve heard/read plenty of Steepsterites suggest the opposite, steeping rooibos for a really long time to get the flavours out more,but yet it apparently somehow the base is harnessed and doesn’t get any stronger at a certain point? I’ve tried it a couples times, like leaving it for 10 minutes or so, but I really don’t seem to notice the difference.

MissB

Yep, longer steep on this one = strong rooibos flavor that I also find offputting. Under five minutes and a bit of a lower temperature, and it’s delicious. Well, with a touch of sweetener too. For me, anyway.

mewakeling

Thanks for the advice, I tossed in some Lemon Chiffon with a bit of sweetener and watched the steep time carefully, and it was so much better! Now I can understand why people love these blends, the rooibos was nowhere near as dominant and overpowering.

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