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98 Tasting Notes

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I had a Chem test this morning, so I steeped some of this up with some leftover Azteca Fire leaves, and man, this tea is delicious. Sweet, almondy, strong, and not even a whisper of bitterness. The Azteca Fire rounds it out and gives it a chocolatey note. Was equally good as a second steeping. I’m so glad I stocked up on this before it got discontinued.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve seen this quite a bit, since I go to St. Olaf, where choir occupies a good portion of many of my friends’ lives. I tried the lemon echinacea last year and don’t really remember what it was like, but when I stumbled into Health Services with a nasty cold and a persistent sore throat, the nurse gave me a bag to try. And try I did. I steeped it for 10 minutes and had some before a midday nap; it felt so good on my scratchy throat…when I woke up it felt much better! I liked the taste too…yes it’s a bit mediciney but I like that. It’s reminiscent of my “Aveda” comforting tea (which I make myself now, heehee) but with more of an anise taste. Mmmm. This is just what I needed.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

This is…strange. Maybe it’s because I have a cold, but the choice of flavors that are mixed in this seem odd to me. This is just my personal taste, but I feel like mango, chamomile, buttery-ness, and mint shouldn’t be mixed together. I drank it all, though, because any kind of tea helps when you’re sick. Not sure if I’ll have the rest of the sample pack.

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

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

So…good…this is the coziest, yummiest thing in the world.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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This tastes just like an herbal version of Harney & Sons’ Hot Cinnamon Spice (which they actually do make). Tasty, spicy, cinnamon-y, and a bit of citrus, with no pesky caffeine to get in the way. I didn’t realize this had citrus in it until it had shipped here and I smelled it—I was looking for something without citrus, and I was a little concerned I wouldn’t like it because I didn’t like the smell of the leaves. However, it’s quite yummy! Not what I’d call a chai, but maybe that’s because I haven’t tried it chai-style yet. I need to give it the chance. This is good!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

Oh. My. Sweet. Freaking. Awesome. This is fantastic, and you need to get some now. (DAVIDsTEA just made shipping to the US cheaper, so all the more reason to do so.) The wee maple leaf candies are a visua treat as you open up the bag and survey the terrain of deliciousness. The sweet, cozy aroma of maple and toasted marshmallow swirled around me as soon as I had torn the heat seal on the bag…then POW. Yum. It was very, very difficult to wait until this cooled off to drink, but it’s good practice to delay gratification. And the taste: smooth, nice earthy rooibos, and then a big soft mapley-toasted marshmallowy finish that caresses your whole mouth and throat. It quite literally makes me want to sing. My favorite teas have finishes that last for long stretches between sips, like Teavana’s Honeybush Vanilla and Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls. And you know what? This is my new favorite tea. Man, if this isn’t the tastiest rooibos I’ve ever had…and I love rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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My first time trying jasmine pearls…I smelled them at the shop and was in love. I used 20 pearls in about 12 oz(ish) of 165 degree water, and it was fun to watch them sink to the bottom of my basket and unfurl. It’s still cooling off now, but I’ve had a few sips, and it’s light, yummy, and pleasantly, sweetly floral…oh sweet merciful yum. This is my new favorite tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hulu Green by TeaSource
98 tasting notes

really, really good blended with re-steeped Azteca Fire. Yum.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.

Location

Northfield, MN

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