79 Tasting Notes

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

When you wish upon a star…

For me this tea was a completely new venture, I have not had a Ceylon nor have I had anything with Star Anise in it so I was really venturing into the unknown here, and I am quite glad I did.

Dry this tea has an overpowering raw coconut smell mixed with something that is familiar to my nose but for the life of me I can’t describe what exactly it is. The smell is powerful almost to the point it put me off the tea I was concerned it would turn out very strong…WRONG!

There are big tea black tea leaves contrasted by even larger white coconut shavings and the Star Anise adds the final touch making it an impressive tea to look at. Steeping produces the same powerful aroma as the tea has dry and let me tell you it lingers, I cooked with garlic and I could still smell the tea as if it was steeping long after I had cleaned my steeper out.

The final brew is golden brown and it really loses the pungent aroma in exchange for a softer and sweeter smell. It has a nice soft coconut taste with an exotic spice note added by the Star Anise. Overall this is certainly not a tea you can judge by the smell, as it tastes completely different in comparison to the dry smell. I made a trip to DT today specifically for this tea, and it was certainly worth it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I didn’t get lucky after consuming that tea does that qualify as false advertising?! What I did get though was a nice cup of floral chocolatey tea.

Dry you have you typical black tea leaves, contrasting the darkness of the tea leaves are rose petals and dried strawberry pieces. It has a fragrant rose and chocolate aroma that is quite pleasing. Steeping the tea gives off the same chocolatey floral aroma.

The final brew is a dark rose amber color, it has the distinct smell of roses with a subtle hint of chocolate. One sip and the flavor explodes on your tongue first is a sweet chocolate taste, the following after tasting is a slightly tart floral taste that lingers for a while.

I wasn’t sure about this tea at first, not only the name but having rose petals in the tea was something I have not had before. I am glad I went out on a whim with this one because frankly its delicious. It has both the perfect combination of sweet and tart to keep you wanting more, they did a great job on this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Strawberry and Cream!

Dry this tea is a cornucopia of colors and bits and pieces of this and that, this seems to be the case with a majority of Davids herbal infusions. It has a powerful aroma of strawberries and cream that will almost make you want to eat the tea instead of steeping it!

The final brew is a light pink color and has a creamy strawberry smell to it that is just begging to be drank. The taste of this tea is amazing, not so much rhubarb flavor if any, but it certainly does remind me of strawberries and cream. Definitely worth a try for those with a knack for sweet herbals, I will certainly keep some on hand.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I am not going to sing about it, but its a pretty decent tasting tea I was actually surprised a bit. The lavender really sets it off, as most I was worried about this in my tea, but wow I would try another.

Dry this tea is full of color and fragrance it is not only pleasing to look at but to smell. The rooibos adds the contrast against the colorful bits of lavender and cornflower, which provide the amazing aroma. Steeping the tea will fill the air with a noticeable lavender smell that is far from overpowering.

The final brew is a reddish gold color and retains the lavender fragrance from the start, it is quite clear and amazingly there wasn’t many particles coming through my infuser, sometimes this can be an issue with the small pieces in a rooibos tea not just this specific tea. I actually enjoyed the taste of the tea, its not one I would find myself drinking on a regular basis but it certainly is a nice change between my black teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Sinfully Delicious!

Well I found another ‘dessert’ tea that I will be hoarding and consuming as if it were a necessity of life! Even more so since it doesn’t contain the calories of the real deal.

Dry this tea is colorful to the eyes and smells great under the nose, the most powerful smell I could pick out was the chocolate and sprinkles, you know its a good tea when it has sprinkles! Brewing the tea does have a slight baked goods aroma to it, was very pleasing and made it hard to control myself from drinking it before it was ready.

The final brew is quite red from all the sprinkles, it has a cake like smell to it, but at this point the tea has settled into the aroma. The flavor is great, not a dead on accurate RVC flavor but it sure hits the mark pretty good for a tea. Highly recommend this one to any of the ‘dessert’ tea lovers, just wash your items out promptly after this tea the chocolate and sprinkles leave a lot of residue.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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The Pineapple is strong with this one!

I had this tea over the weekend, and I must say it has a strong and long lasting pineapple aroma to it, and not a displeasing one at all. The flavored was similar to the aroma, leading to a pretty nice cup of tea.

Dry the leaves are green and there are tons of pieces of candied pineapple to offset the darkish color of the leaves, the pineapple smell will hit your nose the minute you open the tin. Steeping the tea takes on a gentle green color and a powerful pineapple aroma that will fill the room.

The final brew is a light green hue with the aforementioned pineapple aroma the flavor is bold and fruity, similar to that of champagne, of course missing the carbonation, surprising really. I have had cheap champagnes that miss the mark in flavor compared to this tea. Certainly wont be a winner for everyone, especially those who do not like a floral fruity taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Deck the halls with balls of…what the heck is this stuff? Are you sure I am not supposed to eat this with milk for breakfast in the morning? This is pretty much how I felt after smelling and looking at this tea, honestly it looks like granola, but smells better.

Dry this tea has a complex smell its hard to really pinpoint each one but I know my nose picks up the apple and popped rice pretty strongly; however as I said earlier the best way I can explain the smell is like granola or something you would eat for breakfast. Steeped the tea has an aroma that reminds me of christmas

The final brew is a reddish gold color and has a nice cinnamon aroma to it with fruity undertones. When I actually drank the tea I knew in the first sip I was not going to enjoy this tea and unfortunately I was right. I was slightly afraid it would be the case, but unfortunately for me it has a slight tart taste and the fruits simply didn’t appeal to me.

This is certainly a tea you will need to try to find out if it is for you, its too hard to determine just by the smell of it. Good concept by Davids unfortunately just not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Pass the Kombucha, man!

This tea for the longest time had me slightly concerned, and it really wasn’t the tea’s fault it was mine for knowing what Kombucha is. If you don’t know Kombucha is a culutre that grows on tea of all things, it is comparable to a mushroom like fungus, thus my worry when I read Kombucha in the title, but man was I ever wrong!

Dry this tea has a nice citrus aroma to it, the mango really had a presence to my nose, it was very appealing. The tea has a few nice bits of color mixed in with the oolong leaves. Steeping the citrus aroma becomes stronger and more pleasing, at this point the tea had me slightly salivating, a good citrus (or chocolate) tea is a weakness of mine.

The final brew is a nice golden color and has a great citrus aroma, the flavor is light but very tasty, one sip and all my concerns of Kombucha were dissolved. It’s the second oolong I have had, the other being Vanilla Orchid, I personally like this one a bit more. This is a must try for citrus and oolong fans.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

I don’t really have any of my smart arse comments to start off with for this tea, so this will probably be one of the shortest if not the shortest review I do on a tea.

Dry this tea looks almost like confetti or something, the black tea leaves are contrasted by colorful pieces from I am assuming the cornflower and bergamot, it has a very pleasing smell on the nose, typical Earl Grey but with a aroma of cream suggesting this tea is smooth. I didn’t really notice much change in aroma while steeping it, nor did it appear as if the leaves did any fancy blooming or anything.

The final brew was out right awesome, we all grew up at some point probably drinking cup after cup of Earl Grey from Twinning’s or something like that, well this guy is like the bigger brother, it honestly took my opinion of Earl Grey back where it should be. I drank so much of the aforementioned Twinning’s Earl Grey that I almost hated Earl Grey.

Everyone should have an Earl Grey in their cupboard, most people who are not well versed with tea will generally ask for Earl Grey or Orange Pekoe so why not treat them well and really mess them up when they go back to the cheap bagged stuff, by brewing a nice loose leaf tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Simply The Zest wasn’t quite the best!

This was my second mate tea, and having only Cocoa Canela to compare it to it was hard for Simply The Zest to come out on top, I mean not only do I have a sweet tooth but I am addicted to chocolate! Now this doesn’t mean Simply The Zest is a bad tea, it’s acutally a really delicious tea, even more so if you like lemon.

Dry the tea leaves are a vast rainbow of colours and sizes and on the nose it smells like lemon for sure, I hear people talking about the scent of the Mate coming through, but this is something I can’t distinguish I hate to admit it but I do not know what plain old Mate smells like. While steeping the tea has an aroma that strangely reminds of neo-citron, glad it certainly doesn’t have a similar taste!

The final beverage is a nice light golden tea, with a delightful lemon scent to it, for me it required two teaspoons of sugars, as I like citrus but I am not a fan the overly tartness of heavy citrus, especially lemon. Once it got the green light from my taste buds I thoroughly enjoy this tea, perfect morning pick me up for those that do not indulge in coffee. Stay far AWAY if overly citrus drinks are not up your alley as this one will be too much for you.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?

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