2005 Tasting Notes

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

So I fell asleep prior to writing this last night but this is the eggnog latte “my mother” ordered aka this is the latte I instructed her to order so I could drink two simultaneously without being judged by the DAVIDs employees. Honestly, this was really nice, though I did prefer the Cranberry Pear. Nonetheless, the eggy quality of eggnog suited this tea beautifully as it really brought out the custardy notes while still allowing the sweet sugar to shine as well.

Roswell Strange

You had my two favourite DT blends :P

aisling of tea

I just love that you made your mom order one to avoid shame. I would so do that to my poor wifey.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

Well my eggnog latte obsession has reached new heights because today, rather than getting one at the start of my shopping trip and another at the end, I sort of just convinced my mom to pretend like she was getting one and then I simultaneously drank both of them. This is the one “I” ordered and it was amazing. The tea already has a creaminess to it that really lends itself nicely to a latte preparation style. As I sipped, there was a familiar taste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At first I thought the fruity sweetness and the thick mouthfeel was reminiscent of a milkshake but that wasn’t quite right so as I continued to ponder, it hit me…BUBBLEGUM ICE CREAM! That’s what this tasted like! Amazing :)

Inkling

I tried a sample of this one yesterday just brewed normally and it was quite tasty that way as well!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

After the maple sugar disappointment, I decided to end my shopping adventures with this brewed as an eggnog latte. It was good, though not my favourite (that honor goes to Santa’s Secret…so far). I thought the creaminess of the eggnog would lend itself well to the vanilla pudding flavor of this tea and though I got some of that with each sip, I got a lot more orchid than usual and that sorta took away from the experience as a whole. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as “WOW” as I hoped.

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

The first time I got an eggnog latte, one of the recommendations was Maple Sugar and I passed because I wasn’t a fan of the tea when I initially had it. However, the smell stayed with me and I couldn’t quite help but think it would make a tasty eggnog latte. So, when I got to the second mall we were shopping at this weekend, I immediately went and ordered this. Tbh, I regretted it. The maple flavor did shine much more prepped this way but that was it and it wasn’t enough to leave a lasting impression. Also, this DAVIDs had the option to use skim milk so I did and as much as I enjoy a skim milk latte, it really watered down the cup so in future, I’ll be sure to stick to the 2%. Oh and for those ordering one, make sure to ask for the cinnamon and cocoa powder sprinkled on top. For some reason, most employees haven’t offered it except for the first one I spoke to so for my subsequent lattes, I have had to request it.

Also, my friend got a salted caramel eggnog latte and it would seem that even this delicious prep method could not redeem that tea for me because I found it to just be bad. It was all base and just a touch of sweet but it just didn’t work. My one sip was more than enough and she didn’t like it either and she loves EVERYTHING salted caramel.

Kittenna

Many sads :( I am debating trying an eggnog latte, but I feel like I would need to request a sample of their eggnog first, because if it’s gross eggnog, it’s gonna be a gross latte.

VariaTEA

I don’t like eggnog but I obviously like the lattes so it must not be that bad. Not to mention that the eggnog is combined with milk

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

So I got my first eggnog latte at the start of my shopping trip and by the end of the shopping (aka a couple hours later), I decided I wanted another and I convinced a friend to get one too. I went with this because I thought the cinnamon and vanilla would pair nicely with the eggnog/milk deliciousness. After my first sip, I felt I made the right decision because the tea was really nice. However, it was also very sweet. Sweeter than I remember this tea ever being. Consequently, as much as I enjoyed this, it’s not something I would get very often. Still, from what I remember, it made for a fun holiday treat that I would recommend for sure.

Oh and my friend who got one got an Eggnog eggnog latte and honestly, that was delicious. It had a nice spice from the nutmeg of the tea but the white chocolate and eggnog really combined perfectly to make for a decadent dessert.

Ost

Oh How I wish I lived by A DavidsTea!!

Sara

I was going to buy Glitter & Gold the last time I went to DavidsTea, but they had run out. Have you tried the tea by itself? Is it sweet that way, too?

VariaTEA

I have tried it on its own and I really like it though usually it is a little less sweet than it was in the latte.

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80
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
2005 tasting notes

Alright guys, I think I have a problem and that problem is an addiction to DAVIDs Eggnog Lattes. Seriously. I have had 4 in the past two days. They are starting to judge me. “They” being friends, family, the DAVIDs employees, my dogs…you get the picture. And the weirdest part? I hate eggnog. I’ve had it once and found it disgusting so I’m not sure what inspired me to order it but I did and now I’m hooked.

This was actually the first one I tried and it was because I asked the employee what she recommended. Weirdly, EVERYONE recommends Chocolate Macaroon but I found that cloyingly sweet so I asked what else she liked and she said this was her favourite. So, I told her I would go with this and asked her to make it how she liked it best which resulted in me getting it made with 2% milk (since they only had the choice of soy and 2% at this location) and getting a healthy sprinkling of cocoa powder and cinnamon. It was delicious! The milk and eggnog gave it a richness that certainly made this both festive and desserty while the peppermint helped keep this from becoming too dense/over-the-top. The vanilla contributed a nice smoothness as well. Honestly, at this point I am rambling because I had this a few days back and don’t thoroughly remember it but what I do remember is it was awesome and I highly recommend it!!

Oh and this is my 2000th tasting note!

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 2000! Also, Eggnog is the bomb. You should try one of the sweeter Chais next time you get an eggnog latte (I’m sure there’ll be a next time). They’re good!

Jennkay

Wow, congrats! That’s a whole lotta tea :)

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100
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
2005 tasting notes

Birthday cake over milk tastes like…birthday cake…plus milk. Nothing special. No magic new tea experience. Just the same birthday cake taste, not that I’m complaining.

Suziqzer

I got this one on my “emergency get some Butiki before it’s gone” order. It sounded great, but one cup into it, I’m not sure about it yet. It’s got a similar thick cakey flavor that C.Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride that I’m not fond of. I’ll have to give it another try to be sure.. crossing my fingers I like it better next time.

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I was so full after dinner that I didn’t think I could have anything heavy or rich yet I still wanted something flavorful so I went with this tasty tea. The base is simultaneously full-bodied and light and I know that doesn’t make much sense but it’s true. The flavors are also decadent but in a subtle manner, as opposed to beating you over the head to get across their tastes.

Kittenna

Argh, keep reading notes and thinking, “yum! I should brew some of that tea up!” and then looking guiltily at my full mugs of not-that-tea, which I really need to drink first… sigh.

VariaTEA

Haha well I am really trying to hoard this one but last night I moved the 2 oz I got in my last order into a tin so it would stay fresh and the smell made me crave it

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
2005 tasting notes

Poured this over vanilla almond milk and my first few sips were really creamy and rich. They had a nice spice to the tea and the nuttiness from the milk came through almost chocolatey. However, this cooled fast leaving a vegetal, milky mess.

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76
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
2005 tasting notes

Goodbye tea. I loved you once but now I am kinda meh. Luckily I found that milk brought out the cinnamon roll while toning down the honeybush so at least I got to really enjoy my last couple of cups.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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