79 Tasting Notes

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Checkmate in three moves…Steep, Drink and Enjoy!

I have never been a fan of the strategic game of chess simply because I do not have the time or patience to sit through a good game; however luckily enough this tea steeps in 4 minutes which is about as long as my patience seems to last!

Dry the leaves vary is size, shape and colour it really is a cornucopia of tea leaves in this mix, it does a great job of naturally contrasting itself making it appealing to look at the dry leaves (yes I am a freak). While steeping I didn’t notice and overly powerful aroma coming from my steeper, but alas I was cooking bacon at the same time.

The final brew is a darker colour, not as dark as just a straight black tea but enough to enhance Davids claim this tea is like a glass of cocoa. The claim stated by Davids is reinforced even more when you taste this tea, it really does have a cocoa-ish taste to it which is quite a feat for not having any cocoa in it. I do believe however this flavor comes from the coffee flavoring added to the tea combined with the coconut in the tea.

This tea is great for people who both like black tea and white tea being a cheeky mix of both it hits home well for all tea lovers.

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

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Minty Goodness!

Cocomint was the second herbal infusion I tried from Davids and I most certainly do enjoy it. I enjoy mint tea’s to begin with but the addition of coconut, apple and blackberry just make this one delightful tea.

Dry the leaves a large and a wide variety of colours, it has an evident aroma of mint; however not your typical overpowering spearmint, but a much softer mint aroma, probably the cream aspect of it, think light mint chocolate smell. While steeping the tea not much changes, the aroma is very minty but certainly not overpowering, which is common I find with mint.

The final brew is like a cup full of dessert, I add in a teaspoon of sugar and a dash of milk to this one to really bring out the flavor, good thing it doesn’t carry the calories of a dessert or I could have a problem!

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

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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
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Black Tea, Mate and Guarana Seeds, are you tweaking yet? This tea may actually be considered a controlled substance in some places due to the amount of stimulant in it…ok well it might not be illegal but its potent!

Dry this tea looks like it could be used as a spice or a seasoning on some kind of steak its loaded with a little bit of everything. It has a strong but please aroma on the nose, even the smell is a potent pick me up. Steeping this tea gives off the same aroma, there isn’t too much with the tea leaves themselves to see open up or anything.

The final brew from is a dark and potent one, the aroma doesn’t seem to change much unless adding milk or sweeteners to this tea. I enjoyed it personally with two teaspoons of sugar and no milk. It has a great stimulant kick to it that makes it perfect for those mornings where you are dragging your feet or those nights were you want or have to be up late.

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

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Mate Andale!

This was my first mate and it was out of this world, being loaded with cocoa, chocolate and cinnamon it should appeal to almost anyone. It was compared to a glass of hot chocolate spiked Mexican style with a butt load of cinnamon, this was an accurate description!

Dry this tea looks like a tin of hot chocolate mix, its loaded with cocoa to the point everything has a coating of cocoa on it, then there is tons of chocolate chips to reinforce the chocolate aspect. Now that I think about it I couldn’t even see any mate leaves in there! It has a strong cocoa and cinnamon smell that is prevalent throughout enjoying this beverage.

The final brew for this tea is dark and dirty looking because of all the cocoa, chocolate and cinnamon; however I assure you it will taste delicious. This beverage does not require any sweetener but it does drink a lot better with some milk, that just makes it really seem like a hot chocolate.

TIP: As advised by the girls at Davids I had to try this tea as a mate latte. I did and it was freaking amazing, so I am going to pass that tip along!

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

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100

Orange you glad you bought this tea?

Wow I was at the mall already doing stuff, I had no plans of going in to Davids as I had already done my tea shopping, I was running ahead of schedule so I decided a nice cup of tea would be an awesome treat. As usual I was smelling a bunch of the tea’s killing some time when this guy caught my eye, and nose!

Dry the leaves are small and black, quite similar looking to most black tea leaves. It has an amazing citrus smell, heavy on the orange smell with some slight lemon notes in the mix. While steeping the tea has a definite orange smell that is just utterly delicious smelling, even more so then when the tea is dry.

The final brew of this tea is very dark, even darker then some of my black teas; however when you hold it up to a strong enough light you can see it is actually a very dark red color. It has an amazing orange/citrus taste to it, there is licorice root that may contribute to the citrus taste but it certainly doesn’t give the tea a licorice taste. Overall I am in love with this tea, its horribly addictive and tasty it has certainly won a lifetime spot in my cupboard.

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

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Vanilla Orchid, sure has a pleasing smell to it, almost like a yogurt or something, certainly not the typical french vanilla smell most people are used to, this is REAL vanilla. This was my first try on an Oolong tea and I must say it is a pretty nice tea.

Dry the tea looks like dried up rolled up grass almost, very unique looking tea I must say, it has a soft natural vanilla smell to it. While it is steeping the tea retains it’s light vanilla scent and the leaves just explode open, and I mean this stuff will fill up your infuser, use caution if using a tea ball it might explode from the pressure!

The final brew is a light green colour with the same natural vanilla scent to it, the tea has a lovely soft taste to it, if you like flavored teas or real powerful black teas you may not enjoy this one. Would taste great with some of Davids (or other brands) Vanilla or Raspberry agave.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is truly a perfect dessert tea, I was unsure when I purchased this tea as the banana in it give its a smell that I can only compare to alcohol so I was slightly unsure. But doing with the face I haven’t had a bad tea from Davids I pulled the trigger.

Dry the black tea leaves are contrasted by large banana chunks and chocolate flakes. It has a pungent banana smell that as mentioned could be compared to something alcoholic.

The final brew doesn’t really look like or smell like banana cream pie, but it certainly has a pretty comparable taste. I drink this tea with two tsp. of sugar to really make it feel like a liquid dessert, up side is I could drink it all day and not worry about calorie intake!

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

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89
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Canada! This is my little cup of patriotism.

This Rooibos infusion is heavily spiked with Maple everything, again another infusion for those on the caffeine free kick, doesn’t hurt if you are craving something sweet too.

Dry this tea looks kind of like a bunch of little twigs or something, was my first Rooibos so I am assuming its just the type of plant. Weird looks aside it had a powerful maple smell that I fell in love with. Since I was a kid I was always a sucker for Maple, especially those Maple Cookies.

The final brew is golden brown, maybe even slightly reddish. It has a strong maple aroma to it, one could easily confuse it with maple syrup, heck if it was a bit thicker it would be great on waffles!

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

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Midsummer Night’s Dream was my first venture into the non-caffeinated tea’s and herbal infusions. It is a sweet and citrus blend of magnificence, certainly something worthy of a Shakespearean name.

Dry this infusion looks almost like a potpourri, and the wonderful citrus scent is certainly not helping it! The one thing that will catch your eye for sure is the whole gooseberries, that is if you can stop yourself from smelling it.

Brewed this infusion has a strong citrus scent and a lovely yellow colour. It is perfect by itself, but again one or two tsp. of sugar will really set it off. This tea also makes for an extremely enjoyable iced beverage as well.

If you like citrus herbal infusions or a on the no caffeine kick then this tea should already be sitting in your cupboard!

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

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Brazillionaire, ah what can I say about this tea that isn’t cruel…

First I will start by saying it is a great tea, I have yet to get a bad tea from Davids, but there have been a couple that I am just not a fan of, this was one of them.

Dry this black tea has a very nutty smell to it, this smell really never does go away during the brewing or consuming process which is probably what turned me off from it.

The final brew is golden brown and very clear, it retains the potent nut smell right to the end. It also has a very nutty taste that I really wasn’t jiving on.

This was the first ‘nut-based’ tea that I have sampled and it certainly wasn’t for myself. The tea was great for sure but my own flaws left me not enjoying the taste so much, definitely suited to those who like trail mixes or other high concentration of nuts.

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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