1924 Tasting Notes

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
1924 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
1924 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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5

Thank you for the sample Roswell Strange but this one is most definitely not for me. I had high hopes but this was way too sweet for my liking. Even as a latte I found it cloying for my tastes. I am glad I tried it though!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

Oh no! I’m sorry you really didn’t like any of the teas I sent you. This is a favourite of mine, but because it’s so sweet. If we do a swap again I’ll have to try really super hard to find something you’ll love.

VariaTEA

I had such high hopes but this one was too much for me – which I never thought I would say tbh. I am very happy I tried this though because I would have bought it otherwise and then been unhappy. Also I think the s’mores might have been my fault because I steeped it for a while and I think that caused the black tea to drown out the flavors.

Roswell Strange

Well I’m glad I could save you some money then – it sucks buying something and then not enjoying it (and since this is so heavy 50g buys so little – so I think you need to know if you love it for it to be worth it). Do you have any of the S’mores I sent you left? I’d definitely try it with a shorter steep time. I’m trying to remember what you wrote in your tasting note – but if it tasted like “burnt marshmallows” or that sort of taste to you, then it was probably steeped too long.

VariaTEA

You sent me enough that I can make at least one more cup of each tea so I will give them a second try and perhaps they will grow on me.

Roswell Strange

Oh man. Way back at the beginning XD Before we were sending each other 20+ teas at a time.

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78

Roswell Strange sent some of this my way and I am glad I got to try it. Personally, this is not something I think I would want to buy again. I think it smells great and it tastes fine but there are just so many other cinnamon-y teas out there that I prefer. I will definitely enjoy the rest of the sample I have but I don’t think I will miss it too much while its gone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m sorry this wasn’t as much to your taste. Hopefully tea number three will be a winner despite its tendency to be a little oily (again part of why I’m recommending it as a latte).

VariaTEA

I will probably try that next. And no need to be sorry. I didn’t think this tea was not enjoyable, I just think it is similar to a couple of other teas I have (i.e. DAVIDs Sugar and Spice) that I prefer. I do really appreciate the sample though.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never tried Sugar and Spice, but I’ve noted in the past that I imagine it would taste quite like this without the icing part in this blend. To me, Monkey Bread tastes more like Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting than Cinnamon Buns (what it was recently renamed). So I can see how they’d be similar.

VariaTEA

Well if you ever want to try Sugar and Spice I recently picked up 250 g in addition to the 100 g I already had so I can probably spare a sample for you.

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61
drank Sweet Cherry by The TeaCupany
1924 tasting notes

Dexter3657 sent me a little bit of this tea to sample and to be honest I am not really a fan. It is called “Sweet Cherry” but it is actually rather tart. This is definitely not the sweet tea I was hoping for so I think this sample will be the only bit I have of this tea. I won’t be ordering this in the future but at least now I know it is not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
1924 tasting notes

This tea is very interesting. It smells amazing – like a warm vanilla cookie. The taste is a nice combination of vanilla and oolong that I think really works. Unfortunately the end note is floral to the point that it can at times be a little perfume-y. I think I will definitely enjoy a cup of this every now and then but I doubt it will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °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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