2068 Tasting Notes

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2068 tasting notes

So lately I have been feeling a bit head cold-y (it’s that time of year) and so I decided what better time to try Cold 911 than now. As soon as I opened the bag, the peppermint and eucalyptus started to open up my sinuses. There is a very mild flavor to this tea (unless it is just my tastebuds right now) when compared to the smell of the dry leaf. Brewed that mintyness has gone away a little bit and in this case, I miss it. I am getting an unexpected sweetness and I am not sure where. Nonetheless, even though it is not as strong as I anticipated, it is not a bad cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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18
drank Pear Luna by Teavana
2068 tasting notes

There seems to be some pretty harsh reviews on here. I found this tea to be light and fruity with a hint of pear. There is a slight chemical taste at the very end of the sip but I did not notice until I was looking for it. With that said, this tea is really nothing special but not offensive either. It was free and pleasant enough so no complaints here.

ETA: I let this cool a little bit and found the chemical taste. That was not a nice surprise at all. Perhaps this will be getting thrown into the swap box after all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2068 tasting notes

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. I was trying to hoard it but between trying to get my cupboard sort of under control and craving something sweet and delicious, I just could not resist. This cup is liquid caramel and oh so tasty. Gold Rush, you will be missed but perhaps you will be back in my cupboard soon enough. There is just no other white tea like you :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’ve already packaged up your teas for our most recent swap, but now I’m sorta regretting not tossing in some of the Mulberry White that RiverTea sent me, just as a comparison. This one really is delicious, though <3

jeweledthumb

There goes my massively large Davidstea shopping list… again

VariaTEA

haha it is definitely a tasty cup, especially for a white tea and Roswell Strange, perhaps it is for the best that I don’t find yet another tea company to order from – I don’t know how much more my wallet can take :P

Roswell Strange

Perhaps, especially since their site is up now :P

Cavocorax

I just wish this one was cheaper! It’s so good but so pricey.

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78

Most chais have been huge misses for me because I often find them too overspiced with one spice or another. When I brewed this, the cocoa that was prominent in the bag was definitely being overpowered by the smell of the spices. That made me worried. However, with my first sip, my fear subsided because this is one chocolate-y tea – more a fudgey, baked-good type chocolate than a milky, smooth chocolate bar. Of course, there is also a nice spice to this cup to really round out the flavors. All in all a nice chai.

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

REALLY! dammit….. button click for shopping list…. grumble…. budget…. student…. dammit. ;oP

VariaTEA

haha I am sorry

JustJames

and now with the stupid kidney thing i am even further enabled tea-buying-wise and inversely DISabled financially if i follow through.

JustJames

no, it’s a good thing….. we know why it happened now, it just means i have to drink non stop to clear it up and make sure i keep my ph cranked to prevent it from happening again. yay tea! boo poverty, lol.

VariaTEA

Damn tea being so addictive and so costly at the same time.

JustJames

well, much better for us than coffee…. more culturally steeped than coffee too…. AND it helps dr who to regenerate!! does that mean i’m part time lord?

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This is a light and peachy bloom tea. It might be niced iced. It has a very fresh flavor – like peach infused water. I am not as in awe with it as I first was but I still think it is nice for every now and then. Plus the bloom teas are always pleasant to look at.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
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Tea number 3 in my Hanukkah present from the roomie and so far it is my least favorite. Luckily that is due to the others being so awesome and not this one being bad. In general I don’t usually grab greens or florals and this is both so I was a bit hesitant but it smelled really good so I was excited to try it nonetheless. This tea is light and floral and sweet – a nice tea for the afternoon although nothing particularly special.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

have you been transported back to childhood? were you given 8? =0) i remember being so sad when that changed over, lol.

VariaTEA

haha I was given 4 teas but since she is a student on a budget I was quite happy with the gift. Although it was always exciting ripping into a new present for 8 nights straight. My sister wanted to convert when she heard that there was 12 days of Christmas but when she was told you don’t get a present each day she decided to stick with being Jewish :P

JustJames

LMAO….. that’s awesome! well, depending, on how much you spend there’s a lot more than 12 days of christmas…. some people spend themselves in to many, many months of debt. besides, challah, latkes and brisket trump trditional xmas food….. just one person’s opinion though.

VariaTEA

haha well I second that opinion. Plus, everyone loves matzo ball soup. Even my roommate who is from Hong Kong now makes matzo balls and challah from scratch on occasion.

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30
drank Passion Berry by Teavana
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Like so many other herbals, it smells sweet and fruity but tastes tart. I don’t know why I continue to buy herbals and teas with hibiscus when I know what is in store tastewise. Nonetheless, their sweet smells always sucker me in. This is not as bad as other herbals because the mango/papaya flavors provide a nice contrast but in the end it is just not for me. Perhaps it will serve better in the summertime as an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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Once I was rummaging through my swap package from Dexter3657 for the Pineapple Bacon Rooibos, this caught my eye. It was creamy and delicious smelling and a good contrast to the smokiness of the bacon tea. Tastewise there is a slight tartness from the rhubarb but it is coupled with a deliciously sweet creaminess which I suppose is meant to be the custard. All in all, it is definitely making for a nice treat tonight so thank you Dexter for sharing yet another tea with me.

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61
drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
2068 tasting notes

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So I have now finished up the sample Dexter3657 sent over and though it was an interesting tea to try, I am not too heartbroken that it is gone. This tea is sweet and pineapple-y but ends off with a smoky bacon note. Unique to try but not something I will really crave. Thank you Dexter for sharing with me. It was fun while it lasted :)

JustJames

i saw bacon candy canes at the grocery store tonight. what is it with bacon?? lol.

OMGsrsly

Oh, man. Bacon candy canes. I had a friend who would have loved that. I’ll have to hunt some down and eat them in his honour.

VariaTEA

I have bought bacon soda for a friend before. It’s just a taste that people enjoy so everyone tries to bank on it. It made for an interesting tea.

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Second tea from my Hanukkah present from my roommate and so far she is two for two! This tea smells like a candy and tastes like one too. I can’t quite put my finger on which candy but it is a delicious cherry hard candy. Luckily, it manages to avoid tasting like cough syrup so it is a delightfully sweet hard candy in a cup with some hints of floral to round out the flavors.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °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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