1918 Tasting Notes

5
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1918 tasting notes

The smell of this brewed is rather cloying and very hard to get passed. The taste of caramel is there but weak and the aftertaste is salty. I am definitely not a fan. This cup is going down the drain and the rest of the 10 g I have is going into the swap box which seems to be growing rather quickly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Yikes. I have some of this too to try out.

VariaTEA

Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did. Tbh salted caramel teas just have not been my thing. I was not a fan of this and I didn’t really enjoy Teavana’s CocoCaramel Sea Salt.

MissB

I was okay with CocoCaramel Sea Salt, although I only had it in a blend with some honeybush and something else… blanking out now.. that the staff member told me was her “personal blend” to make it into Red Velvet Cake. While I got a different flavor feel from it, it was still a nice combo.

VariaTEA

I preferred CocoCaramel Sea Salt to this but neither of them were really for me

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50
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1918 tasting notes

When drinking this tea, I taste coconut and rooibos. The pepper sneaks through at the end of the sip. I can’t quite put my finger on why but I don’t think I am much of a fan. I will try this again to be sure but I just don’t think it is for me. However, thank you Aimee Popovacki for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Pepper and coconut sounds like an odd combination.

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50
drank Almond Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
1918 tasting notes

I am just going to start this by saying I think I should invest in a thermometer because right now my method for testing if the water is the right temperature to brew my tea is to stick my finger in it. It really is not the best method.

Anyways, on to the tea. I bought this because in the container the dry leaf smells very strongly of marzipan. When brewed, the marzipan is still there but there is also hints of a more green/vegetal scent. The taste is close to marzipan or perhaps an almond cookie which would be great if it didn’t finish off with a dry and almost chemical note that seems to plague many of Kusmi’s teas. Luckily the chemical not for this is not nearly as bad as it was for Kusmi’s Passion Fruit White Tea so I think I will be able to get through this cup and then some but I doubt I will be able to finish the 75g of it I had to buy. If anyone is interested in trying some, feel free to message me.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

A thermometer or variable temp kettle is VERY helpful! :)

VariaTEA

Yeah I would tend to think so because my finger method is not a very good measure. I just always forget to pick on up when I am at the store. I am too focused on the tea itself.

Sil

if you have meat thermometer in the house..it’s a substitute until you get a kettle or tea thermometer haha

yyz

I know i’ve seen a better description but I mostly use the bubble method to guess water temp.

http://blog.teavana.com/post/2013/08/07/Turn-Up-The-Heat-Methods-For-Boiling-Water.aspx

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61
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
1918 tasting notes

I am on the fence with this tea. The chocolate really only came through in smell. The hot tea, for me, was a bit too floral due to the rose petals (I find floral teas can easily turn perfume-y which has a artificial and chemical taste to it that just is not pleasant). However, there was some subtle hints of the sweet strawberry that I liked. Also, I tried this as a latte and thought the milk brought out the berry notes quite nicely and got rid of the perfume-y issue I was having. Overall, this is not a bad cup but not something I would reach for so I am glad I only bought 10 g of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Agreed about floral teas. I’m very picky about them!

Fjellrev

I agree that the chocolate pales in this tea, and there’s some weird artificial stuff going on too.

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75

Thanks Sil for this sample! I think this tea is great. Going by smell, I thought it would be sweet and cakey but when I tasted it I got just the right amount of mint to compliment the sweetness and vanilla. I really like this tea so this was an amazing surprise to receive in my package. Also I just saw your tasting note about how you had it in latte form and that sounds amazing! I think I might be heading upstairs to froth some milk and test that out.

ETA: This makes an awesome latte! The milk brings out the creaminess of the vanilla while simultaneously highlighting the mint. Once again, thank you Sil so much for this sample!

Also this resteeps quite well. I steeped it for 3 minutes the second time and the flavors are still deliciously present.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

nice! glad you liked it :)

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60

This smells like Tetley Orange Pekoe but severely lacks in flavor. I was hoping for far more maple but what I am getting is a not so great black tea. This went down the drain and the other 2 sachets I have are going into the swap box.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1918 tasting notes

Well Roswell Strange, I am not sure what I am doing wrong but despite shortening my steeping time, this just tastes like black tea to me. I have one more cup to get it right so hopefully I am finely successful at having the marshmallow-y, graham cracker-y, chocolate-y cup of tea I have been hoping for

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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5

I decided to try this as a latte because I really liked DAVIDs White Chocolate Frost as a latte so I figured this was necessary to get a good comparison between the two. I also hoped that making this as a latte would cut down the excess of oils. However, when I started to drink it, it lacked the mint and it seemed like I was just drinking butter. This went down the drain and the rest of it went into the swap box so anyone interested in trying some (even after my rave reviews) feel free to message me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Heh. I think both are a wash for me. It’s too bad this didn’t work out – I had high hopes for it for you!

VariaTEA

I tried this when my Teavana order arrived about a week ago and I was so excited for it but it is just not good. In fact most of the teas I got in that order went straight into my swap box because they were too oily and overly sweet. I have 3 other teas from that order that I have put off trying so far because I am afraid I will be just as disappointed as I have been by this and some of the other ones I got.

MissB

I find there are few Teavana blends I really enjoy, and I have to be prudent when ordering from them. Kona Pop! is still a favorite when I want a juicy iced tea, and I’m loving the White Ayurvdic Chai. The rest… actually when they blend an iced matcha for me, they’re pretty good too.

MissB

… and that sucks about ordering and having so little that you liked. It sounds like though you’ve had a few good swaps, which is great!

VariaTEA

Yeah I have decided I am not ordering any more Teavana because they always disappoint. There are very few I actually like too. I gave the Blueberry Kona Pop which is nice and I like Weight To Go! among a couple others

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60

I really don’t know where I sit with this tea. I think it is pleasant enough but it is not something I would crave for. I taste the citrus but only subtly get the mint and I definitely am not tasting any of the vanilla notes that other people mention (although I am not sure why there would be vanilla notes as there is no vanilla in this tea. Luckily I have a whole timolino filled to decide how I really feel.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1918 tasting notes

I was not expecting this to be quite as tart as it is given that it smells like a sweet tea both dry and brewed. However when I read the ingredients I did realize there were ingredients that would cause tartness (i.e. hibiscus) so I guess I should have paid a little more attention. I am not really sure where I stand with this tea. I think it might be good with a little bit of sweetner but something tells me I won’t be buying more of this one after I finish the 10 g I have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 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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