1072 Tasting Notes

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So my friend came over tonight and I made her her favorite cup, Strawberries & Cream by Della Terra, and I asked her what I should have. She said matcha! Haha so I took out my matcha stash and told her to pick which ones, and told her I can also mix them. She originally wanted me to mix almond, black cherry AND french vanilla, but I am hoarding my almond haha, so I just mixed black cherry and vanilla. And yum it was delicious as usual. Made just with hot water, no sugar added, lovely! See previous notes on these matchas and this combo!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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75
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog from earlier today – made this for my travel mug as the weather is finally smartening up and getting warmer out! It felt like spring, so I made a spring tea :) this was nice and juicy and refreshing, very good to help me get through the day, it was a long one, trying to debug code for our final project and it was not working at all. Sigh, anyways, this tea got me through missing lunch and having a later dinner. Thank you tea! See previous notes :)

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90

So I had lots of tea today, a few epic ones, but I just am tired and didn’t log..maybe tomorrow haha. Anyways this is my bedtime cuppa, as I continue to do my homework lol, hopefully it will make me sleepy afterwards. See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

This oolong is still ridiculously awesome. On my oolong kick, so I decided to gongfu some of this tonight. Yes, it’s a bit late for caffeine, but I realized I haven’t drank this in ages and it’s already about 6 months old :( and I’ve also been crazy tired today even with caffeine so I doubt I’ll have trouble falling asleep. This tea is perfection. Tonight its silky smooth, cream, delicious, soothing. It’s helping my headache a bit too, and im currently lounging in the recliner with a pillow surrounding me and my tea and my boyfriend watching my bf work diligently on our lab. Night steepster! Oh, and see previous notes on this perfect tea. :)

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79
drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmm I haven’t had a cup of this in ages! I think I’m getting on an oolong kick, I seem to be craving rich, fresh flavors that oolongs are pretty good at, also that buttery yuminess. This one still smells and tastes heavenly, except for that odd sweet aftertaste. But today I’m not minding it. In fact, today it is adding nicely to the cup. Hmm, must have just been in the mood for this :) see previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s a Monday, and lots to do, and i didn’t want to get out of bed. I nearly tried my guayusa, but this one is just so good. Hope it does the job! In my travel mug again, see previous notes on this delicious tea :)

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79

So I am on the hunt for the perfect pear tea, and when I saw that Della Terra had this one in their spring collection, I had to get some. I only got an oz to see what it was like before ordering more.

The dry smell is very pear-like! I do get a bit of a floral scent as others have mentioned, but it is predominantly pear, which I quite like :) oh, and the dry mix is so pretty, little sparkly balls and white pear bits contrasting with the black leaves. Quite beautiful in my opinion! I steeped between 2 and 3 minutes. The steeped aroma is a bit less pear, but it is still there!

As for the flavor, this one is the best pear tea I have had, but I have only had one other one haha. It is very juicy and nice, I would like a bit more punch to it maybe, but it is not bad at all! In this cup, the black tea is also present, making for a warmer taste than just crispiness. I am curious as to how this would be cold brewed, but my one large vessel I use for cold brewing (a giant tea mug) is already in the fridge with Sunshine in it, so it will have to wait until another day.

Overall, this is a nice little tea, it is the closest to pear flavor yet, just a bit perfumed and not quite as sharp of a flavor as I would like. But I will gladly finish off this bag, and maybe even order another! Oh, and the other day, I was going to try this with pear vodka…that may be on the agenda again haha just to see what it tastes like! Happy to have a bag of this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Sweet Canadian

Have you had perfect pear from Davids? How does it compare?

MissLena

I unfortunately missed out on that one :( the only other pear tea I’ve had is a rooibos and it definitely wasn’t anything special lol, mostly rooibos not much pear, I’m hoping DAVIDsTEA has another pear tea this summer for me to try!

Sweet Canadian

Yeah my friend and I loved perfect pear, and they got rid of it before we could order more :( Which was sad because they didn’t give any notice. I also hope so, maybe they will bring it back!

MissLena

Yeah they got rid of way too many too suddenly :( but at least most of the new ones have been tasty!

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81
drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
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Woot first one to review! I received this tea in my Try Me Sampler and it’s now a sunny day and I feel like having it! The dry smell is very tropical and sunshine-y, with a lot of flower petals around the top of the bag. And the little sample pouch is certainly stuffed full of tea! I like full samples :D I steeped this for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.

The tea is a pale golden yellow color, and man, the petals really expanded and they are full petals! I took out a sunflower petal and showed it to my boyfriend, who though it was pretty weird that I was drinking a tea with THAT in it haha. I will have to steep this in my glass gravity infuser next time to watch it unfurl! The smell is again very tropical, with mango and peach at the forefront.

The taste is pretty darn good! Very light, fresh, and fruity. The main flavor is mango, with some peach in there and something a bit more tropical, I again want to say lychee, but I don’t think it’s that. Anyways, this makes me think of Mexico and hot weather, so it is definitely doing the job! And it is very aptly named!

Overall, this is a delicious green tea! I am very pleased with the fruitiness, and it’s all a very natural fruit flavor to me as well. I am definitely going to put the leaves in the fridge for some cold brewing, and I can see myself ordering more of this for summer, it seems like a perfect iced tea candidate. I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Sunday Sipdown! A lot of bits in the bottom of the bag, but this was quite a tasty cup. A very good vanilla oolong, but I don’t think I will restock just because there are a lot of other teas out there to try! It was very creamy and yummy while it lasted though. Oh actually, I might get a little bit more because this is a favorite of lots of my friends. See previous notes!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Squeezed in a sipdown tonight! I accidentally made this with boiling water, my bad, hoping it doesn’t destroy the flavor too much. It smells amazing at least! I will miss this blend, but now I can stock up on the summer blend, which I liked a little bit better. This is still awesome though! See previous notes :)

ETA – It still tastes ok even with steeping with a higher temperature, it’s maybe not as flavorful but still quite tasty, maybe a bit more tart for some reason lol.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Nosyam

I find Ya Boa is thankfully forgiving when it comes to temperature!

MissLena

Yess it can take a lot of heat! I think the tartness was maybe from the berries in it, was still very tasty though :) i really like Yabao, need to place an order for some soon.

Nosyam

I still haven’t had Verdants Yabao but I recently purchased a lot of Norbu Teas http://www.norbutea.com/YaBao_2013?category_id=0 and I haven’t been disappointed!

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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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