1044 Tasting Notes

90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1044 tasting notes

So I’ve decided, i really like this tea. It’s fresh and light and awesome. I don’t mind the hint of bubble gum scent even, because it’s getting more honeydew like to me. I think my favorite part of this tea is that it is a way to have caffeineated green rooibos. It’s my only blend with it that has caffeine, and it’s a nice change! I think I will have to stock up on some of this. I really like it! See previous notes :)

Oh, and second day of spring, we are in a major winter storm… Highways almost shutting down. And of course I have my grad pics later today, going to try to not get snow in my hair lol

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

Mother nature is being a real &$%#@ to us Canadians right now.
I really want to try this, but I really am not a fan of mate!

OMGsrsly

We were supposed to get snow today, but instead it’s cold sunshine. I’m being a stereotypical Canadian, though, and I’m out in a hoodie. :)

MissLena

The weather is so undecided! 3 days ago – 17, then above 0 and melting yesterday, now snowing and – 10! I wish it would make up its mind lol. Yay for hoodies as coats, although I usually wait a while into spring so I don’t get a cold :)

And I haven’t ever had straight mate, tattooed_tea, but I don’t really taste anything in this blend that could be it, my untrained palate probably lol, but you could always get 10 g and try it out :) it tastes mostly honeydew and green rooibos to me, the mate makes a bit of a buzz :D

Sweet Canadian

I agree with MissLena, It is much more rooibosy tasting than some of Davids other Mate blends, even more so than Honeybee which also has rooibos.

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82

I’ve been drinking tea all night and just haven’t felt like logging them haha, but this one I will before I head off to bed. Creamy, smooth, comforting roobios blend right here! Yes you can taste the rooibos, but it blends very nicely with the cream soda flavor that is in this tea. Perfect for before bed :) see previous notes, night steepster!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
1044 tasting notes

So I was looking through my tea cupboard and wanted some pu’erh, but I don’t want to open a new sample tonight, so I was pondering which one to have. And this one just popped out! I’ve been hoarding my last 2 cups of this ever since it went out of stock, but hey, I might as well drink it! Hoarding it doesn’t do much good, there will be more amazing teas that come out! This is lightly spicy and the sweet aftertaste of the licorice is really nice tonight. The pu’erh tastes delicious here, light yet satisfying. As it’s cooling the spiciness from the ginger is coming out. I steeped this first cup for 1 minute with a 25 second rinse. I’m looking forward to a few more cups tonight, there was a nice big chunk of pu’erh in this cup too, I actually broke it in half and saved the rest for the last cup. Ahh I hope Verdant does more pu’erh blends, this is awesome! See previous notes :)

ETA – forgot to mention, this is another tea that goes good with LOTR. Rich and earthy, with some spice and mystery, perfect for the Two Towers. :D

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

How I love it so!

MissLena

It is soo good!

Terri HarpLady

It is! I’m still hoarding some : )

MissLena

I wish I had ordered more than 7 g of it when I had the chance :( I could totally hoard 2 oz of it hehe it’s just so smooth yet spicy and very drinkable. And ginger! I’m such a ginger fanatic :D

Bonnie

You can add puerh to the Winter blend and Laoshan Black in the meantime. Tastes great.

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93
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Sigh, needed to kick back and chill tonight, getting busy again with school :( so I made a cup of this, one of my favorite decadent teas. I love the sweetness, the vanilla, the fullness of the cup, and especially that fruit aftertaste. Mmm! Saved the sachet for another steep later. See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
1044 tasting notes

This tea is soo tasty! I think I have determined that I prefer green rooibos teas, whether blended with mate or red rooibos, doesn’t matter, for my morning cup. It also does ok in the travel mug, which I probably why I like it. This one is so fresh and springy! I should have ordered a lot more of this and less of the peach apricot one by Della terra (still have to make a note on that one I think). I think I will order more of this anyways, I am loving it, especially the lychee flavor that is somehow present, even though not in the ingredients lol. See previous notes!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I’m finally getting the chance to sit down and review this! I’ve already had a cup last week and gave one to my friend (who loved it btw). So now I need to write about it too!

The dry smell is sooo delicious. The lemon-lime tart is definitely identifiable, with the creaminess and citrus goodness. Steeped for around 4 minutes, although I know it could handle longer. The steeped smell retains the cream tart image, just a bit fainter.

Boy, is this ever good! I seem to recall my first cup having a bit more of that bitter lime peel tartness, but this one is very very smooth and creamy, a lot more vanilla and more lemon. In fact, this cup is predominantly lemony, hmm it’s like a more tangy Lemon Chiffon, the lime is still there a bit in the flavor too though, that key lime pie from Lime Chiffon is here too!

Overall, this is a really good combination of the lemon and lime chiffons. The extra vanilla really adds to the creamy aftertaste, and I think it might also be the honeybush that makes for a more cake-like addition, as I just checked out all three rooibos’ ingredients and this one and lemon have honeybush, while the lime has only rooibos. Anyways, I’m getting too technical, this is delicious. Still don’t know my favorite, darn it, but since this one combines the two other favorites, it might take the first place spot. Ah, they’re all good. Thank you Della Terra for another delicious caffeine free tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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So I was watching LOTR tonight..and wanted a rich, creamy tea to go with it, with a nice golden sun color..yeah, this tea fit the bill to go with the movie lol. It was enjoyable and so smooth as usual, I have enough left for about 2 cups :( ah well, I’ll enjoy it while I can! Oooh and the bf was feeling really gross tonight with regards to his stomach, I chopped up a bunch of fresh ginger and added honey and boiling water straight to it as I usually do, and also decided to add .5 tsp of lemon juice to fight if he’s getting sick. And just leave the ginger in the cup until the cup is finished. He really liked it, and requested another cup, and his tummy is feeling a bit better, as long as he doesn’t move :) sadly, I didn’t try any of my concoction, as if he’s getting sick, I don’t want to get it (it will be inevitable, anyways). But yeah, that might have to be my new cold remedy! But back to this yummy oolong haha, see previous notes :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Shmiracles

quangzhou milk and LOTR! that’s my kind of party! (minus sick bf)
the concoction you made him sounds really nice though! i have to try to remember that for when i’m in a tonic kind of mood.

MissLena

Yess haha milk oolong is perfect for lotr :D and I’m happy I wrote down the amount of lemon juice i put in the ginger mixture i probably wouldn’t remember! It smelled sooo good, definitely going to try it when my stomach is upset.

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1044 tasting notes

I needed a little kick this morning, so into the mug this went! I’m still too scared to try my guayusa lol so I’ll try this a few more times to make sure the caffeine is acceptable. And man, this is so tasty. Fresh melon, love it! I might even end up getting 50 g of this hehe, and i am noticing my focus increasing as I drink it. Excellent for a Monday, and it’s making me wish it was a dewy spring morning instead of still snowing. I’ve had to uncover my car from mass snow twice in the past week already! D:

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79
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is much better this time around! I may have steeped 30 s less or something, but this is not nearly as overpowering as the first time I had it. It still packs a wallop of coconut and has that weird, oily, sunscreen smell, but the taste I can handle much better tonight and I am enjoying this cup. Maybe I was just in the mood for coconut! :) anyways, this has improved for me, so I will up the rating a bit. Definitely prefer this as it cools off, has an enjoyable flavor! I might even try a re-steep tonight, I’m not coconutted out yet :D

ETA – the second steep was very good, much nicer, more oolong and not as much coconut :) so if I can get by the first steep, it’s a fairly delicious tea! Lol

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

I haven’t even had another mug since I bought the tea! Totally coconutted out.

tattooed_tea

I bought fresh coconut this weekend & although I love coconut & fresh is way better than anything else, my stomach turned as I read the review. No more coconut for me for a while.

Sil

down with coconut! down with coconut! lol

MissLena

Awe sorry tattooed_tea! Lol it wasn’t that bad really, just had to be in the mood for it :) i do like coconut lol but not in overpowering quantities :p I would definitely not turn down a fresh coconut!

And OMGsrsly, I’d try the second steep, even if the first is too strong, save the leaves, it got a lot better and fresher the second time around! :)

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85

Mmmm yes, my St. Patrick’s day tea. It would be kind of nice if this became a permanent in the DT collection, even if the shamrock sprinkles have to go. I really like the creaminess of this tea, and this cup has a bit more mint that the first one I had, I think. I much prefer this over Swiss Mountain, the vanilla just adds the perfect touch to the flavor! See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I have an order of this on it’s way, just can’t resist a mint novelty! Nice to see most reviewers seem to really like it :-)

MissLena

Yeah this is a pretty good one! I love the sprinkles, hope you like it 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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