917 Tasting Notes

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
917 tasting notes

Yes, this is still the best spring tea. Sad they didn’t bring this one back, I love the sweet melon-y flavor, the caffeine punch, and the base in this tea. Delicious and helping me through a busy Thursday. Almost the weekend!! See previous notes on this tea :)

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First tasting note! Oh and a bit sad haha, I had my previous monthly box sent to my friend’s place as I was in the middle of moving when it arrived and didn’t know where I’d be lol, and I still haven’t managed to pick it up from her! (along with some Teavivre samples, some A&D, and a mug haha) so I will hopefully get them this weekend! But in the meantime, this month’s verdant blend box arrived to my new address today so I am trying this one out tonight and hopefully the rooibos!

This blend intrigued me! I am very excited for it :D it reminds me of my beloved Eight treasures Yabao blend with all the flowers but with a different base and some interesting additions of star anise and peppermint. Beautiful dry leaves as well, colorful and huge floral petals and lovely white tea leaves! The dry blend smells not really what I would have expected, the mint is definitely there and a subtle woodiness, that could be the star anise in there, it’s a deep, rich yet fresh scent. Very interesting!

I didn’t really know how to steep this one lol, the sheet says 30 seconds with boiling, but I did about 1.5 minutes with 185 degree water. The resulting liquor is a nice sunny light yellow color and smells very clean lol, not really floral or anything, just a clean, fresh scent. Hard to describe.

I tried a sip of this and hmmm. What to make of this tea haha. It is going to be very hard to describe…it’s very fresh and clean. Pure. Like I would imagine a river flowing through a clean flowery meadow would taste. A brook, if you will. The white tea is possibly the strongest flavor of the very delicate flavors that are here, and something that is reminding me of Eight Treasures, so probably the marigold and rose. There is a slight spiciness in the aftertaste that comes out, adding a golden glow to the bubbling brook haha. As it cools, I think I feel the freshness of the mint in the middle of the sip too. What an interesting tea, I am really at a loss for how to describe it, very subtle. I might also be completlely off base and steeped it wrong or something haha, but this is my perception.

I am excited for others in the blend club to try this tea so I can see if my perceptions are kind of accurate lol. Oh, as it cools, more of the star anise comes out, I definitely taste a sweetness and a spicy aftertaste. No rating yet, I need to form a better opinion of it haha. Beautifully interesting tea! I love this tea club, it never fails to provide some crazily unique teas!!

ETA – as it is almost room temperature now, man oh man there is definitely some star anise flavor going on! What a tea haha this has morphed into a sweet, rich flavor but there is a definitely cottony note to it. Yes, cotton. I think that is the flowers and base tea coming through. It’s satisfying and fresh. Now it reminds me of a fresh breeze with the clothes hanging on the line. The cotton. :D

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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83

Good morning decaf Lady Grey…I had a lot of trouble getting up this morning, the middle of the week is always the worst, especially since I’ve had 2 days of daylight savings messing with my schedule. I also have a couple meetings today so did not want to overcaffeinate and be bouncing off the walls lol..so out comes this tea. Reliable and tasty, a perfect substitute for a full out black tea, with the addition of lavender to keep me calm and collected. I really do enjoy this tea! See previous notes :)

Flavors: Flowers

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83

I haven’t done a review of this tea yet, but have had at least 3 cups since I purchased it last Wednesday. Simply put, I really like it! It reminds me of White Chocolate Frost but with less mint and a much more natural cream flavor from coconut rather than white chocolate. It will hopefully wake me up on this horrendous Monday that happens to have Daylight Savings attached to it. Ugh, up an hour early? Not my thing. Ugh well I will drink tea and work on stuff and hopefully not doze off at my desk. Yummy tea! I will do a more in depth review later, but it’s creamy, tasty, and good. And I could totally restock this one!

Aimee Popovacki

lol i find all their mint teas (minus spearmint, and mint julep) have a similar taste.. and its not a taste i enjoy too much.. :(

MissLena

They do have a similar taste, this one I can also liken to Santa’s Secret lol, but I don’t mind their mint so all good for me! I wasn’t a fan of Mint Julep lol too much going on in it for my taste, or I got a funny batch lol

Aimee Popovacki

yeah, i found mint julep was good sometimes and weird sometimes… i hated cocomint cream and white chocolate frost lol.. i’m good with santa’s secret though so i might like this one.

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85

I finally picked up my Epicure order from my cousin at a surprise birthday party for him last night! Been looking forward to trying the 3 teas I ordered back in January :D this is actually the second one I’m trying, I tried Soothing earlier today but was not at my best to review it (bad headache) and I think I oversteeped it. Hopefully will review that one later tonight!

Anyways, this tea! I actually tried a sample of this at the Epicure party and quite liked it, so I ordered about 80g of it or something. It came in a little bag in a nice tin, so I dumped it into the tin immediately. The dry leaves are a colorful blend of flowers, so pretty! It smells minty and a bit floral.

I steeped it for around 5 to 6 minutes with boiling water, it’s recommended to brew for 5-7 minutes by the company. The liquor turns a nice light pink color from the hibiscus, and it smells again like mint and a variety of flowers again.

As for the flavor, this is quite a nice mild tea. The mint is present but not overpowering, and I taste some chamomile and yes, it’s a bit tart from the hibiscus. This actually reminds me a lot of Mother’s Little Helper, but not as much mint and more flowers and no valerian. It’s relaxing and summery and perfect for this ridiculously warm day we are having FINALLY! It actually feels like spring! Only sad part is that it will probably snow and be -30 again in a few weeks :( oh well, that’s AB! A tasty tea and I think I will have no trouble getting through this tin!

Fjellrev

What? -30? My mom just said it was +8 yesterday. That’s insane.

MissLena

No in a few weeks it probably will be haha, yesterday it was around 10 :D I’m just referring to Alberta weather, I am hoping it stays warm (5 to +10 is lovely) but it probably won’t at some point :(

Fjellrev

Yeah I know what you meant. You’d think that if it warmed up to +8 it would stay somewhere around there, or at least not dip down any colder than -10 or something, not plummet back to -30 in late March. My mom is in the Edmonton area so that’s why I’m shocked.

MissLena

I sure hope it doesn’t go back!! Haha weird my last comment underlined randomly? I only know how to bold on here haha sorry about that!

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75
drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried Peaches & Cream this morning at work, but am going to write a detailed note on it later once I pay more attention to the cup lol. This review will be fast as well since I’ m at work.

The dry smell reminded me of something so familiar..I finally figured it out, Stormy Night! Yes, that cinnamon-coconut smell was in this one as well, I think it’s DT’s cinnamon that makes it unique and easy to pick out. I steeped for around 4 or 5 mins with 185 degree water (variable temp kettle at work :D ) and the steeped scent is also very cinnamony.

As for the flavor, there is quite a mix of things going on in here lol. Oh and to me, it brews up far too light to taste so darn spicy lol. This is a cinnamon heavy blend, I get the peppercorns in the aftertaste, and a bit of the pineapple in there as well. I think the ginger adds some heat to the peppercorns, but I’d like more ginger and less cinnamon lol. The coconut lends a slight creaminess overall and adds to it even tasting a bit like Stormy night lol, there must be a similar spice combo in that one.

Overall, this might be a bit too cinnamony for me to really like this chai, but it is still very drinkable and it is refreshing. I also like that it’s a lighter chai option without a black tea base, so if I need a spicy, warming tea fix, this one will do. I am going to let my mom try this one, I bet she will LOVE it haha. Happy to have tried, but currently I don’t think it’s in the restock list.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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78
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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First of the new teas I bought today! In total, 7 new ones (3 new spring teas + Chai on Life + The Spice is Right + Mint to be, I haven’t been to DT yet this year haha so I had to try all the new ones since January haha) and I splurged on 2 new mugs for the boyfriend haha, I couldn’t decide so I got the glass octopus and the color changing lobster. Whichever one he likes less I will probably use occasionally, I want to get the shell teapot and bubble cups for myself, but not today haha maybe this weekend :D

Anyways, onto the new tea!! This one really intrigued me, I don’t think I’ve had a really grape like tea, I missed the champagne ones around new years, so this one really seemed interesting. The description on DT website also made me want to try this one first haha.

The dry smell is strongly grape, like that grape juice you have at least once when you are a kid haha, purple and sweet. To be honest, I am not the hugest fan of grapes/grape juice, but I really like wine, so I had to try this tea haha. I steeped with 175 degree water for around 3 minutes, and the liquor is a pale yellow and a bit fizzy right after steeping which I’ve found happens with flavored green teas. The smell has morphed into a tea smell from the grape juice, but it’s a grassy scent with lots of grape still, more as it cools down. I like the smell so far :)

As for the flavor, hmm this is interesting, it is much lighter than I expected, but the grape flavor is deep and rich still. The inital taste is green tea, then this dark, definitely purpley grape taste comes out and lasts into the aftertaste. It’s fresh and natural. It’s weird, but I find this a kind of cozy cup warm, although grape doesn’t seem like a good flavor for hot tea really, you picture it more iced. Ah well, I am enjoying this cup, we will have to see if I continue to enjoy the flavor longterm or if it’s a novelty that I tire of quickly. I also haven’t tried DT’s plain sencha, so I can’t comment on the quality of the base that much, but green was a nice choice for this tea in my opinion, not overpowering.

Overall, a tasty and refreshing first cup of the spring collection this year! Man what even was in the spring collection last year lol, all I remember is coconut oolong and how I didn’t really like it..I will have to look back haha. A good start to spring with this nice springlike cup! Oh, and I bet this would be tasty with grape vodka and ice haha…maybe a cocktail for when the weather warms up? :)

Flavors: Grapes, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, first of all, I MUST GET TO DAVIDSTEA!! I have been pining over the entire new teaware collection all morning and babbling about it at work haha (I’m sure everyone could care less lol, but I’m excited) and I am so excited to try the new teas as well! I am so happy there are two herbals and no nuts in them!!! :D :D :D

Anyways, onto the tea, I realized today that this one won’t be available anymore haha, so I thought I’d have a cup in my timolino this morning at work. It’s still tasty, but tastes much better when it’s not in a travel mug. Happy I stocked up on a bit before it was gone.

Now, let’s make these final 4 hours of work fly by so I can go get some mugs! And tea! And see previous notes on this one lol.

keychange

Oh god don’t I know! I can’t focus on anything at work right now because I go to David’s tea in…an hour and 47 minutes!!

MissLena

Haha the internet’s been bad today at work too so I had to first look at them all on my phone, so excited! I will try to stay under $100 when I go in the store haha, I didn’t buy tea all of February so I am justified for at least $50 hehe, and some will be gifts! Ugh go faster clock!

keychange

I know!! faster faster! aside from tea, do you know what you want yet?!?!?

Fjellrev

Oh man, their teaware is insane this season!

keychange

Out of this world!…well under it, I guess. But yeah omg omg.

MissLena

@keychange – I am for sure getting the glass octopus mug for my boyfriend, octopuses are his favorite animal :D and I might also get him the color changing lobster mug, I love it!! For myself I think I will splurge on the shell teapot and bubble cups, as I don’t have a teapot for serving multiple people! And I would eventually like a whale mug and the white starfish mug, but I will start with the others haha :D what about you??

@Fjellrev – I know! It’s wonderful!!

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a ridiculously amazing cup of this last night before bed haha. I haven’t had it in ages, and it perfectly hit the spot while watching curling. Yes, I’m turning into a curling geek the past few years :D. Anyways, spicy, cozy, and it was almost caramelly. Perfect sendoff to sleep, which I wish I was back doing right now..it’s blizzarding here and I got up nice and early to shovel the sidewalk and by the time I finished it was covered in snow again :( and the roads are becoming horrendous. I’m actually the 3rd person at work today probably due to driving delays, I feel so early! Hence my early back log of this tea haha. I hope this comes back this fall! See previous notes :)

Fjellrev

Yeah curling!

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Final tea of the evening I think. Another loaded with good things, pu’erh, ginger and orange. My sense of taste is definitely returning, which is quite nice. Warm and fresh tonight, liking the orange in this. Haha, I still find it amusing that I used to dislike this tea so much, and recently (few months ago) restocked this to always have on hand in my cupboard lol. My palate definitely developed from when I started drinking tea! See previous notes on this one.

__Morgana__

Yay for returning sense of taste!

MissLena

Agreed! This cold is finally almost gone :)

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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