1030 Tasting Notes

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Ahh I’ve tried 3 other of my new Della Terra teas but didn’t have time to write notes for them! All were very good :) I will get around to writing notes once I have cups of them again! Anyways, I am writing a note for this one haha. I got it in my try me pack because I love rooibos and vanilla.

The dry smell is very vanilla, like, a lot of vanilla. I think there may be some vanilla bean bits in the bag making it very rich, it definitely smells like very strong vanilla bean ice cream. Not bad :) I steeped for somewhere around 4 minutes. The steeped smell initially was very vanilla, but at the end of steeping, I get mostly rooibos. Hmm, where did the vanilla go? Ah! The vanilla returned a bit after the cup had time to cool!

Now for taste…yes, it did not disappoint! At first all I got was rooibos, then the aftertaste hit…yep, lots of vanilla! I can definitely see the likening to cream soda with this one, it has a very sugary aftertaste that is almost spot on to it! You still get a vanilla-beany taste though in the earlier aftertaste.

Overall, I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it turned out to be a rich, vanilla creamy filled dessert rooibos. I shouldn’t have been worried, Della Terra knows what they are doing with rooibos flavoring! This is a nice decadent treat, very nice as a dessert or before bed, or during homework, as I am doing right now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Aww, I hate when a rooibos smells so tantalizing but then it all just disappears.

MissLena

It actually came back a bit after cooling, and the taste is definitely vanilla :D

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Having a few cups of this with a good friend today! I only did one rinse today, so hopefully it’s not too strong, cups are still fairly warm to drink :P see previous notes on this delicious black tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
1030 tasting notes

This is my first mate tea! Unfortunately the first taste is in my travel mug because I don’t want to have this in the afternoon until I see what the caffeine does to me lol. The dry smell is very melony which I quite like, I don’t have any melon teas so it’s nice and fresh. I steeped for 5 minutes with just under boiling water.

The steeped smell is not as pleasant to me, more of a bubblegum smell and i really hate that smell. Thankfully the taste is much better. The honeydew tastes really like a melon! It’s light and fresh, and i can taste the green rooibos in there, it reminds me of green and fruity a bit, which is my favorite green rooibos. Not sure what the mate tastes like, but we’ll see how much of a buzz i get lol. A bit apprehensive as sometimes caffeine completely messes with my stomach, but this blend sounded too good to pass up, and hey, I had to try it lol. So far so good! :)

ETA – so far my stomach is happy! Not feeling much of a buzz yet either, maybe it got more green rooibos in my spoonful this morning. I am enjoying this, it’s very light and refreshing!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TeaTails

I just got this as a sample and was wondering how it might taste… i’ll try it right away!

MissLena

It’s pretty good! I’d wait and try it in the afternoon though, in case the mate keeps you awake all evening! :)

TeaTails

Yeah, maybe that wouldn’t be the best choice for a tea right now… ;) thanks!

MissLena

No problem!

Lindsey

I swear, that smell is identical to Bubblicious watermelon bubble gum! When I opened the packet it was just like I was back in the fourth grade, trying to sneak chewing gum at school!

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79
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1030 tasting notes

I picked up 15 g of this because it smells sooo good. Toasty coconut. It’s not quite as intoxicating as the coco lemon thai to me, but still good. I was going to do a 3 minute steep, but I decided to go closer to 4 minutes, with 190 degree water. The steeped smell, to me, is not quite as pleasant. It’s such a strong coconut smell that it even smells a bit off to me..I’m not sure what it is, it’s just a bit too coconut in scent. Oh, and this brews up the palest of yellows, it almost looks like a white tea!

Luckily, the taste is a lot more on target. It is a nice toasted coconut, very rich and creamy. There’s a small hint of the oolong, but I am looking forward to the second steep to see if that comes out a bit more. Currently it is a very coconut flavored tea, but mostly just coconut. I think the butteriness is due to the oolong base, and I really enjoy it.

Overall, this is very coconutty and very delicious, but definitely a sweet tea. It isn’t very artificial, which is awesome, but it is on the sweet side. I will have to drink this one sparingly haha, it has that rich coconut that I can’t take a lot of at a time. Almost too much coconut, it’s on a fine line. Looking forward to a second steep.

ETA – I didn’t get to a second steep tonight, then first cup was just too rich, i actually didn’t finish it. If you like really coconut blends, this is definitely the tea for you, but im actually finding it a bit much.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I’m all for second steep and up on this tea as well. The first steep is too sweet for me.

MissLena

I didn’t get a chance to try it tonight, the first steep was way too rich for me I couldn’t handle another lol, I’ll have to try it tomorrow, will save the leaves tonight!

Indigobloom

Reminded me of suntan lotion when I sniffed it in the store!

MissLena

Ahh that definitely could have been the steeped smell i got! It was almost oily with coconut haha, the dry smell to me was just toasty and much better

Indigobloom

yep, oily fits lol

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86
drank Berry Good (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1030 tasting notes

Gah so I went to go pick out a tea this afternoon and spilled a bit of my brand new Honeydew Mate all over the floor! Was not impressed..the boyfriend thought it was something serious that I had forgotten, like handing in a major assignment, but no, I just spilled my tea leaves. Sigh haha, steepsters understand this.

Anyways, it’s too late in the day to try my new mate or guayusa, so I decided to brew up a cup of this! Dry, it smells soo tasty, like fresh strawberries and blueberries and mmm just berries. I steeped for 5 minutes with boiling water. Oh, and I should mention, I have only had one other pu’erh from Davidstea, and that was in a blend, the Skinny, which has grown on me and I actually really enjoy :)

The steeped smell is also very strawberry, and I can get a twinge of the hibiscus making a tart scent, which is ok, it adds to the berry smell. It reminds me both dry and steeped of a wildberry juicebox that I really like haha, I drank it quite a lot when I was in grade school.

So this has a very nice berry taste, mostly strawberry, with a tart aftertaste that is not unpleasant, it actually adds to the fresh berry flavor. Hmm, I know there is pu’erh in here, but my untrained palate doesn’t really know what it tastes like haha. This blend is good at least! It actually slightly reminds me of a wildberry teabag I had a while ago, can’t remember who made it, maybe celestial seasonings? But this one has more flavor and less tartness, which is nice. As this cools, I get a hint of earthiness, which I am assuming is the pu’erh poking out. It adds quite nicely to the flavor in my opinion, the earthiness is a bit like a fresh garden strawberry, and it nicely tones down the brightness of the blend, which could easily get overwhelming.

Overall, this is pretty smooth and tasty. I’m not sure if I will pick more up once my sample’s gone, we’ll have to see how much I crave it. But I am pleased with this, and very happy I picked some up to try. My foray into pu’erh continues with success!

ETA- My untrained palate is getting better! I can definitely pick out the pu’erh a bit more as the tea cools. It it mostly present in the aftertaste. I like it so far :)

ETA again – this resteeps not too bad, it’s a bit more muted and a bit more pu’erh tasting maybe, but I am actually quite enjoying this. Maybe it will have to be a reorder, it’s definitely a good flavored pu’erh!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
1030 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
1030 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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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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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
1030 tasting notes

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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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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