2012 Tasting Notes

98
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
2012 tasting notes

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
2012 tasting notes

This tea is like 98% shitty Adagio black base and 2% caramel. Perhaps the 5 minute steep in boiling water is to blame?

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha. I am afraid to steep Adagio blacks longer than 2 minutes.

VariaTEA

I was just following their steeping parameters. I won’t be doing that again.

Kittenna

I don’t think I’ve ever ordered from Adagio, so probably have never actually bothered to look at their parameters (and I typically brew all blacks the first time at 2 minutes, since it seems to be the minimum time at which everything is still ok). Hopefully you can make it work with a shorter infusion! I wonder if they actually brew their teas the way they say… (or maybe, they intend for everyone to add copious amounts of milk and sugar).

VariaTEA

Usually I keep blacks to 2.5-3 min steeps but I do try to follow the suggested parameters at least once

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73
drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2012 tasting notes

Ever try Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz? Well, that’s what this tastes like. Coffee? Cream? All there and all good.

Dustin

What?! When was there a Coffee Ice Cream tea?!

Butiki Teas

It’s been out for a week or two but I think we only have a few ounces left.

Dustin

How did I miss that when I was placing my last order? Maybe I was trying to be good and look the other way since I really shouldn’t be buying any tea in the first place. :)

Kittenna

Want. (Soon. Soon.)

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72
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

I was going to get this as one of my free 50g bags but now as I sip, I’m not loving it as much as I did last time. I just seem to be very wishy-washy about this tea and so 50g might be a bit much to have around, even if it is free. Today there is caramel and popcorn but there is also a little more apple than I would like and a touch of a butter flavor that is sorta offputting. o, as I finish this cup, it might be my last for a while and I am okay with that. 170.

Fjellrev

I’ve been thinking about what to get for my free 50g, and this has been a contender too. Think of something else to get instead?

VariaTEA

Not yet but I am sure I’ll come up with something.

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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
2012 tasting notes

A little while back, I stopped in at the Holt Renfrew holiday shop and picked up some beautiful Mariage Freres teas. Unfortunately, the beautiful tins came with a not-so-beautiful price tag of $45 a tin. Plus, I had the added bonus of having the Holts employees basically glued to me as if I came to steal all their precious tea. So, I was not too motivated to splurge on anything. Consequently, I bought two tins: one of Mousse au Chocolat, which I tried before and really enjoyed, and this tea since it is one that I have been eyeing for over a year.

When I smelled this tea, it smelled deliciously rich and fruity. When I brewed it up, I hoped the smell would transfer into the taste and it did to some extent as the tea was quite fruity. However, it had a generic red fruit taste and not much else other than a mediocre base that fought for center stage. With that said, I steeped it for 5 minutes at 200F according to the Mariage Freres instructions and I think that might have thrown things off so I will be trying this again and again until I get it just right. I mean, at $45 a tin, I’m not about to just give up on it :P.

Tea Pet

Gosh, with such a beautiful name, you’d hope that the tea would live up to it. It’s truly unfortunately that it was mediocre.. I have been eyeing that one for a while!

TeaBrat

They are so overpriced for what you are getting…

Dustin

Wow, that much and not even that good?! :(

OMGsrsly

BOO to MF for being so hard to get here! I hope you can get it to work for you.

Fjellrev

Ah, I was just at HR here in Edmonton earlier today and they didn’t have any of the tins. In a way, I’m sort of relieved since that is definitely on the majorly steep side.

Roswell Strange

Pun intended Fjellrev?

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75
drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this as an eggnog latte (we shall call it eggnog squared) and though it was good, it might have been a bit too much eggnog. It really was quite decadent…perhaps too decadent. Hmmm…

Roswell Strange

It still baffles me how much you love Eggnog lattes whe you hate Eggnog…

VariaTEA

Haha I bought two more today. And trust me, I am as confused as you are!

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80
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

Yesterday was inventory day at my store. That meant I had at least a 10 hour shift starting at 1 am and in order to start the shift off on a positive note, I went to DAVIDs and just ordered two eggnog lattes: this one and an Eggnog eggnog latte. I got this because I loved it last time and this was the tea of the day so I figured why not.

Tbh, it wasn’t as good as the first one I had since it was a bit thinner than I recall. Plus, compared to the Cranberry Pear, it was lacking just a touch but still, it was amazing. Also, I ended up drinking most of this cold since I didn’t get a chance to finish it before starting work. Weirdly enough, I think I liked it better that way as it was delicious!!

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55
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
2012 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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85
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
2012 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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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2012 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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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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