1015 Tasting Notes

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
1015 tasting notes

Yay! Picked up the spring collection except for copabanana and daydreamer, and i got a few other teas as well, such as this one. The smell was soooo good i splurged on 50 g without even trying the tea lol. It smells like lemon meringue pie and coconut cream pie combined to me :D

I’m trying to go easy on caffeine as it’s the day before my midterm (again) so I decided to try this one. The steeped smell is very good, I get a bit of the ginger with the lemony coconut. I steeped for 4 mins at 185 degrees.

Now this is a coconut tea i quite like. Cocomint cream was too heavy and sugared for me, but this is awesome! The citrus and ginger balance the coconut perfectly with tangy and sweet. The blend is not as strong in ginger, but that could be because there weren’t many pieces in the spoonful. I’m not sure where the white tea flavor is, but I think it’s providing a nice base for these flavors. I might try steeping the full 5 minutes next time to bring out the ginger a bit more. This is sweet yet refreshing. I also can’t eat much thai food due to the prevalence of peanuts in it, so this is a nice flavor and it seems like I’m having something thai – related! Yay I like this tea :)

ETA – this tea is a bit heavy once it cools, i think it’s more that I find coconut so sweet and rich that I can’t have it too often. This is still delicious, but I will drink in moderation. Oh, and i bet this is unreal iced. Will definitely have to try it hehe.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sweet Canadian

I love this one too! I like all the new flavors, but this and coconut oolong are my favs I think. Honeydew Mate is amazing iced as well.

MissLena

I’m so excited to try them! Haha I quite enjoy coconut as long as it’s fairly light :) I want it to be summer so it is actually warm enough to make iced tea and not be too cold drinking it lol :D

Shmiracles

this is the only spring tea i’ve bought and i did it cuz i KNEW i’d love it. and i do. love love love. that’s all i can say. love.

MissLena

Haha awesome. Yeah I saw the ingredients and kind of just swooned. Smelled it and was like yep, i’m getting this, lots of this. And now I want another cup haha will have to have one :)

CrowKettle

This one is delicious and way too easy to drink a lot of.

MissLena

Agreed! I’m making a second cup right now, but with new leaves, i had a boring cup in between haha oh dear I will probably have to spring for a tin of this..

Aimee Popovacki

i still have to pick this one up and try it! :)

MissLena

I hope you like it! Hehe now that it’s been built up so much :p

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67
drank Nettle Leaf (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1015 tasting notes

Trying to drink through some of my least favorite teas, as I think I am going to David’s today to finally get the spring collection! Yay! It will have to be fast, I need to study for my midterm tomorrow. This tea is still nothing remarkable, it’s not bad, but it’s nothing special. Just a mildly tart herbal blend, like a light grapefruit herby thing. I don’t mind it, but it’s nothing exciting, so I don’t drink it too often. See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

I’ve been doing the same thing :) drinking through my collection so as to make room for the newer ones.. I bought coconut oolong and the honeydew mate but have yet to get the coco lemon thai and copabanana.. I can’t have pom tango or the other one because i’m deathly allergic to mango… but hopefully I drink through enough of them!

MissLena

Ooh mango allergy would be no fun :( I can’t wait to try the oolong and honeydew mate, i was going to get copabanana but I chickened out, i have a severe peanut allergy so almonds scare me! I wish you luck on your sipdowns :) i now just wanna drink my new teas haha i’ll try to get thru a few more later in the week :)

Aimee Popovacki

lol copabanana is okayyyy… its like a really expensive, good trail mix haha, but its not that exciting! the oolong and the honeydew are fantastic!

MissLena

Yeah I’ll probably pass on it I’d just want a bit and it’s such a heavy blend in the bag I’d have to get more than I wanted, I really like the honeydew one!

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65

Ehhh..I’m still disappointed with this tea. Tried a 4 minute steep – oops saw I did that last time too, my bad, maybe will try 3 next time – and I get the faintest taste of pear/apple, but mostly just rooibos. It’s a very nice smooth rooibos, woody tasting which I don’t mind, but I wish the flavoring was a bit better on this one. Whenever I feel like a super lightly flavored rooibos, I will drink this one, but definitely won’t repurchase. :( and I remember it tasting so much better in the summer! Ah well, it is still tasty, just not flavored enough for me. Dropping rating a bit as well. See previous notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I find some flavoured teas are overpowered by a longer steep. Hopefully that will fix it for you!

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77

Backlog – I had a cup of this last night in hopes of finishing off this bag. Alas, I still have enough left for one more cup. This tea was one of my first DAVIDsTEAs, and it is still rather tasty, but I have found other ginger teas that catch my fancy more often. I like the honeybush in this, it makes it taste unique, and it is very refreshing, but I won’t stock up on this, even though it is a last chance blend now. It was an excellent tea for one of my first ginger ones though, and I’ll gladly sipdown the bag soon :) see previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Another blend of blueberry and french vanilla matcha. I’m almost finished my blueberry matcha, which is probably a good thing, it is getting a bit more bitter every time I have it, just getting a bit old lol I’ve had it since December..but it still is tasty, don’t get me wrong! I made this with hot water as usual, I suppose I could add some sugar, but meh, it still is pretty good, and I don’t feel like moving. 7 hrs of lab = one tired me. This will rejuvenate and help me feel balanced. Gotta love matcha! See previous notes.

Fjellrev

Aww, gotta love school. I need to get on my matcha consumption too so they won’t get bitter. There’s only so much one can drink in a day, though!

MissLena

Haha I know what you mean, to both matcha and school. I would love to drink like 3 matchas a day, but I did the first day my order came in and I had like a caffeine hangover the next day, it was weird! I love my matchas though, I will definitely drink them quite regularly :)

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83
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking this as I have been working on my lab all day. Ugh wanted to go get the spring collection from davidstea tonight, looking unlikely. This tea is still tasty, wish I had more of it today lol. See previous notes.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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So after reading about the new genmaicha made with this, I just couldn’t resist..I needed to have a cup. I got 1 oz of this in my last order, I am planning on using some of it to mix with my Chai Spice (which I still haven’t tried) but I definitely will drink about half of it just plain. Mmmm pure chocolatey goodness, breadiness, cake. Totally tasting like a brownie today, yess. I did a 10 second steep and probably won’t get in many more this evening (going out with friends) so it may have to wait until tomorrow for the resteeps. I love the short steep time with this though! So much flavor! See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

If you have the winter ginger blend mix laoshan black with that too…and honey (you’ve probably done this already…but I love it!)

MissLena

I actually haven’t! I definitely will have to, thank you for the suggestion i’m sure it will be delicious :D especially with the home grown honey! My parents have bees :)

Bonnie

Yum, my daughter is getting bees,goats,turkeys and more chickens and baking bread for the Summer market. I get freebies!

Fjellrev

I’m still stalling on trying my Chai Spice too. It’s simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking. What if I make up a ratio full of fail and ruin a perfectly good brew?

Bonnie

I think verdant has ratios for adding tea for chai. You can always start with a little bit in a brew basket as a test.

MissLena

Ooh fresh eggs and turkeys are awesome, and of course fresh honey is about the best you can get! I’m probably going to try my chai spice straight up first then play with the ratios, I also think verdant has some guidelines, I have yet to check them out though, I am sure it will be amazing I’ve just not been in a chai mood lately lol it’s not been cold enough I think haha

Fjellrev

Yeah, just that it’s been a long journey trying to find a decent chai to make at home (compared to the most perfect house brew at a cafe in my home city), so if Verdant fails me, I just may need to give up.

MissLena

I hope it works out for you! And hey, there’s always new teas coming out so I wouldn’t quit looking entirely! :)

yappychappy

Hope you had a great night and enjoyed your first steep!

MissLena

It was a good evening, short so I had time for a few more steeps when I got home :)

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90
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1015 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’ve done quite a few of those this week :D anyways, I thought I could sip this one away because today it has been reblended, so if I get a strong desire for it, I can order more before it sells out! This is usually my tea for bad days, and today wasn’t actually that bad, I’m just burnt out from school and I need a pick me up. I could have made matcha, but eh maybe later, this feels like the tea for today because it’s bright and sunny out and warm, just like this tea!

Ohhh this is soo creamy, bright, delicious. I might just have to reorder more of this in my next Verdant order…and some of that Laoshan Black Genmaicha too of course! I will try to wait until April at least…lol

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Haha I will be lucky if I make it to the end of the weekend before I order some of this and the Laoshan Black Genmaicha!

MissLena

I am going to try haha I signed up for the TOTM so I’m hoping one of these comes in it :D, I also just got my last Verdant order last weekend and still have to try a bunch of new ones from it!

Lala

Just ordered some today. Can’t wait for it to come!

MissLena

Awesome! Hope you like it :)

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93
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

Resteep of the bag from yesterday this morning. I didn’t want to take it in my travel mug cuz I thought it’d be too light, so I am actually having a cup of tea before going to class! I rarely do this lol, maybe I will have to start haha. Anyways, tasty as always, a bit muted as it’s the second steep and the bag sat out all day yesterday. But a nice start to the day, I am returning my signed job offer today!! I had been waiting for one more company to get back to me and they did yesterday saying they didn’t have time for a second interview before I had to reply to my other job offer. So now I can accept that one and I have my first full-time job in my familiar city and my boyfriend is here for the summer too!! I’m so happy :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lala

CONGRATULATIONS!

Sil

WOOT! so exciting!

Marcel Duchamp

That’s great news _

MissLena

Thanks! I’m so excited, really happy I got one in my city, I wouldn’t have minded going to the one 4 hrs south but this is nice for my first job,everything familiar:) now I don’t have to stress about interviews! ;D

OMGsrsly

Yay, congratulations! :)

MissLena

Thank you :)

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97

Oof, too much caffeine this afternoon lol, so time for my tried and true tummy tamer! Hehe, I added honey as this tea is THE BEST with honey, and hoping it will settle my churning stomach. Still love this tea so much! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Yes,best with honey!

MissLena

So good, and it’s slowly helping my stomach too :)

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (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 was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

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 have 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.

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