1938 Tasting Notes

30
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
1938 tasting notes

I bought some of this from Janelle and though I am glad I got to try it, I am quite disappointed in the taste. It smelled deliciously cinnamon-y but the taste was closer to a sweet and not-so-great chai. I am definitely not getting any marshmallow despite seeing so many in the blend. I think I will finish what I have but I don’t think I will be missing it when it is gone. Thank you Janelle for sending this my way.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This came to me from Cavocorax and I am really glad it did. I had been reading so many positive things about it lately that I am super happy she sent me some to try. This tea smelled fruity and delicious. Luckily, that translates into the tea. Often times I find that teas with berries tend to be a bit sour/tart but this tea manages to taste like berries while still remaining sweet. I can also see where the idea of sponge cake comes from as there is a nice cake-yness to this tea. Though I am not completely blown away by this tea, I do think it is a very nice cup and am happy I have more of this tea to enjoy in the future. Thank you Cavocorax!

ETA: Resteeped this loses a fair bit of its flavor. It still has a subtle berry taste but it is falling a bit flat. I will finish the cup but I think these leaves are done.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This is the last of the four different flavored matchas that Sil sent me to try. I have put off tasting it until I got milk because I thought a vanilla matcha latte sounded amazing. Thank god I waited. Made in just water, I really only tasted the matcha despite the amazing vanilla scent. Luckily with a bit of milk, the vanilla flavor was able to shine through making for a deliciously smooth and silky vanilla matcha latte. Yum! Thank you Sil!

Sil

nice! glad it was tasty. I think? i prefer french vanilla over this one..but i’m not sure heh

VariaTEA

haha yes it was tasty. I don’t think it was anything special but it hit the spot and that’s all that counts. Thank you again :)

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95
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1938 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for the sample of this tea. I am a fan of Mulberry Magic and so many people say that the two are very similar but Mulberry Magic is better so I never even thought about trying this one. I am very glad you sent me some though because I definitely would have been missing out if I never had a sip. This is definitely similar to Mulberry Magic except it is a bit sweeter (not super sweet like many have led me to believe it would be) and deliciously creamy. On top of all that yumminess, this tea actually tastes like pistachios which is always a nice reminder of my grandparents who used to feed me pistachios when I was younger.

The only downside to this tea is it was so good that it is already gone (Sipdown!) and since it is not a part of the permanent collection there is no more Pistachio Cream for me. Well Cavocorax, I don’t know if I should thank you for sending me the sample of this delectable tea or be mad at you for getting me hooked on something I can’t have. Luckily I still have Mulberry Magic to (sorta) fill the Pistachio Cream void my collection now has. Thank you Cavocorax for introducing me to such a delicious tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I preferred Mulberry Magic because I like the Mulberry more than the Pistachio, but if you want more Pistachio, keep in mind Butiki’s Pistachio Ice Cream.

From her website: [It} has an Organic Mao Jian base with generous amounts of roasted pistachios and a dash of lotus stamens. The sweet roasted pistachio flavor is immediately noticed followed by prominent notes of heavy cream. Light notes of vanilla can also be distinguished. Add some sugar to turn this smooth full-bodied tea into a dessert treat that resembles pistachio ice cream.

VariaTEA

haha I will keep that in mind. Thank you!

Cavocorax

You mentioned this tea again recently and it reminded me – have you seen this: http://www.davidstea.com/pistachio-cream-250g?&TF=27F5948F6518&DEID=

Of course, for that much you better love it!

VariaTEA

OMG CAVO I LOVE YOU!!! But now I am torn because I just bought 200 g and do I really need that much more!?!? Something to ponder… Thank you so much!!

Cavocorax

It probably won’t sell out that quickly – some of those blends have been there for months. :) But just keep an eye on the web specials page as they add/remove teas without warning.

VariaTEA

That’s for sure because after trying the tea I watched it a bunch of times and nothing

Cavocorax

Figures. :( What butts. Maybe it takes them a month or so to put the Fall collection teas up there? They don’t want to do it right away or we might not buy the Winter ones? Who knows.

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80
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1938 tasting notes

Another tea from the wonderful box sent by Cavocorax. This tea smelled amazing! It filled the room with an awesome vanilla smell akin to vanilla frosting candles (but not too sweet). However, the taste falls a bit flat for me. It is sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting or hoping. I imagine a bit of sugar might bring the sweetness out. And something tells me this might make a great latte so I think I will wait to steep the other bag I have until I get some milk. On the plus side, this is velvety smooth which is really nice. Overall, not bad. Thanks for sending this my way Cavocorax, it was definitely worth the try.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Courtney

I wasn’t crazy about this one either, but I know my friend really enjoys it.

VariaTEA

I can see the appeal but it just fell short of my expectations.

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78
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
1938 tasting notes

I find this tea very interesting because I think it is successful in its goal of tasting like Banana Nut Bread but I am not sure how good that is. This tea is definitely banana-y, nutty, and sweet but perhaps it a bit too sweet? I can see where the idea of banana bread comes from because if I think about it, I can imagine this tasting like a banana bread with a bit too much sugar. It is not a bad cup, just not the best I have tried. For now this is pleasant enough and I am sure I will enjoy what Janelle sent me every now and then when I decide to have it but I doubt I will miss this very much once it is gone. Thank you Janelle for sending this my way.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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80

This tea is amazing! I could just sit and breathe in the smell of the steeped tea all day because it is that intoxicating. This tea in general is just comforting, cozy, warm, and delicious. It is sweet, but not cloying, and flavored but not too in-your-face. The caramel is ooey-gooey and the vanilla is natural and both make for a sweet treat. The assam is also noticable but not in a way that it overpowers the flavors, rather it compliments them and provides depth to the cup. An amazing treat. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

it is exceptional…

Cavocorax

This one re-steeps well too! I’m happy you enjoyed it! I’m planning to order more on Friday as I’m getting low.

VariaTEA

I actually figured that out already because I was not quite ready to stop drinking after the first steep.

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70
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1938 tasting notes

This tea came to me in a lovely little swap with Cavocorax and as someone who loves the combination of chocolate and hazelnut (nutella anyone??)I could not wait to try it. Unfortunately this is just not doing it for me. Perhaps I brewed it wrong but I am mostly tasting black tea and not much else. At least it is good black tea :) Thank you Cavocorax!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I totally agree with you! I was hoping for more Nutella but alas, it’s a little on the plain side, so I use this as a mixer.

Dexter

Really? – another example of how everyone experiences tea different. I love Florence – in my top 5 fav chocolate teas….

VariaTEA

I steeped it in boiling water and I am wondering if that was maybe my problem because all I can taste is black tea.

Fjellrev

I’ve tinkered with the steeping parameters something fierce and it just doesn’t do anything for me.

VariaTEA

Oh no. Then perhaps I will follow in your lead and use this as a mixer as well. I think I will give it another try or two before I completely give up on it.

Dexter

I think some teas just don’t work for some people. If it helps I would guess that I would do 1.5 tsp 95C 4-5 minutes. Something like that. Good luck, but if not I’m sure you will find something to mix with it. :))

TeaBrat

It is better when steeped for 5 minutes I think

Cavocorax

I think with these H&S teas it’s better to risk overleafing too. I bought all of those in July and noticed lately that they seemed a little flat, and I think it’s because I’ve been using a 16 oz mug instead of my regular 12 and have been underleafing.

ifjuly

Florence is a really weird tea to me. The first time I had it, I was completely, utterly blown away by how over the top Nutella tasting and smelling it was. Just shocked. I had it again a few weeks later (same parameters; I write them in chalk pen on my tins) and it was just the way confused disappointed Florence sippers describe it—watery, like super thin black tea. It has since fluctuated with no rhyme or reason for me; I never know which cup I’m going to get and there’s no in between, it’s either blow my skull off fantastic or really really meh. So strange.

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50
drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
1938 tasting notes

Whiskey Buzz sent me some of this in a swap and I am really happy she did! This tea is quite nice. The dry leaf smells fruity and sweet. I got worried because after rinsing the leaves in boiling water, the tea had a very strong fermented smell. Luckily, that is not reflected in the taste. This tea is sweet while still remaining earthy. I can taste both pu’erh and the fruit but neither is overwhelming. I don’t really pick up on the white chocolate but there is a creaminess to this tea that could be resulting from it. All in all, it is definitely a nice cup of tea. Thank you Whiskey Buzz for sharing your stash :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
1938 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for your generous swap package! Inside said package, I found a sample of this tea and I am really glad I did. This is not a tea I would have picked out on my own and I realize now I would be missing out. This is quite a delicious cup of tea. It is smooth and fruity while not tasting artificial or over-the-top. Thanks MissB! I can’t wait to try the other teas you sent :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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