2689 Tasting Notes

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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This tea is so very consistent (with the exception of the mysterious lemon note that pops up now and then) as I am having it cold brewed and it has the same soft vanilla cake flavor that the hot cup has. I will definitely miss this when its gone but luckily that shouldn’t be for a while as I stocked up on this deliciousness.

carol who

I love this one both hot and cold, too.

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91

This is making for one awesome iced latte tonight. Rich chocolate flavor while still remaining creamy and light. Omnomnom.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Sundae by TeaTaxi
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I cold brewed this for at least 15 hours overnight and the end result tastes just like a strawberry milkshake…if a bit of grass fell into the blender. The forefront of the sip is all creamy strawberry sweetness but then a vegetal flavor creeps up from beneath the dessert-y element of the drink. I’m thinking this may do better steeped for a shorter period or perhaps iced. Luckily I have more leaf to experiment with since this definitely has potential.

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this and I don’t know why but I was worried about drinking it. Nonetheless, today I decided to make it iced to take with me when I drove to my sister’s place in Mimico. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. I am getting a nice top layer of passionfruit, sweet not tart, with notes of sweet mango popping up throughout and in the aftertaste. I’m detecting candied pineapple at the end of the sip while the whole flavor is sitting on a solid black tea foundation, which has body to it to make the drink feel full without imparting flavor (I hope that makes sense to people other than me). All in all, I am enjoying this tea quite a deal more than I thought. I will try experimenting in the future to see if my enjoyment is real or simply excitement over trying a new tea but for now I’m pleased.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 15 sec

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90

Hello smoke. Hello Apple. This cold brew is just not that great.

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This tastes like something but I can’t recall what. Oh well. It does have a nice banana flavor with notes of chocolate and luckily the mate base is not coming through all the ice and milk. However, as it was brewing it got the strong earthy rainforest scent associated with that base so though I am enjoying this, I probably won’t restock this once I finish my sample. Damn DAVIDs new coloring system make me think I was buying rooibos tea. Nvm, the more I drink, the more earthy this gets.

Evol Ving Ness

I’m not a fan of the new colour coding either. Now forced to read everything and even then…

ColumbiaKate

I wonder if the color coding thing is catching on because of Teavanna. Not something I would like seeing copied. Having recently visited the store for the first time, I could see their color coding system first hand. It was not appealing to me.

VariaTEA

DAVIDs has always been color coded but they changed their colors a while ago and the new system is different from the old, which I am used to, which is why I do silly things like confuse a mate tea for a rooibos

ColumbiaKate

Ah, that’s good to know. I have never visited David’s. Having been in my own tea place 24/7 I have not had to opportunity to see what other’s are doing. It looked like a trend.

Evol Ving Ness

I was referring to the change of colours that DTs made too. It was all well and good with the previous colour coding which I had internalized. The new colours don’t make sense to me.

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drank Jolly Litchi by TeaTaxi
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One of the packages I got is just 1-2 cup sample sizes and they come in these adorable tiny tins. However, I was surprised how jam packed these tins really are seeing as I was able to make an iced tea and still have some leftover.

As for the tea, I know litchi (lychee?) is meant to be floral but I think the Jasmine is just too much for my tastes. It has a nice strawberry rose flavor at the front of the sip, similar slightly to my beloved des roses et des bonbons (though not as good as that), but then the Jasmine comes in with an almost drying floral quality that I’m just not loving. On the plus side, their green tea base seems really mellow which means no vegetalness in this cup. Hopefully that stays consistent with the other greens because I have their Strawberry Sundae green tea cold brewing and it would be a shame if the base overshadowed the amazing smelling flavors.

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77
drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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Since my leaf is aged and not as flavorful, I am using this tea to mellow out others. Today I had it cold brewed with DAVIDs Coco Colada. My review can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/337949

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a sweet tea so when I cold brewed it last night I decided to mellow it out with some Tea Desire’s Buddha bamboo. It actually turned out quite nicely. I’m getting candied pineapple flavor with some coconut creaminess minus the overwhelming sweetness. The freshness of this bamboo is just making the whole drink taste cleaner and more bright. Definitely a good choice to mix the two.

Evol Ving Ness

And it sounds like a win.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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I had the frothed milk from my attempt at a Birthday Cake iced latte but no birthday cake tea to mix it with. So, I wanted to come up with a tea that was older and I wanted to sip down (iced lattes use a lot of leaf after all) but one that would also blend nicely with milk. I debated cinnaberry but that has hibiscus so I went with this instead.

The result is okay. Definitely not as good as the cotton candy latte I had last night (I may just make one of those for a while until I finish my excessive amount of leaf) but nice. The iced latte brings out the caramel and adds sweetness while not being too much. However, I find that this tea can have a weird taste at times and this prep method didn’t really tame that. Though, at the end of the day that’s why I want to finish this up and this helped use up leaf so mission accomplished.

Jillian

How do you do your iced lattes?

VariaTEA

I use 4 perfect teaspoons (from DAVIDs) and fill the water to just under the DAVIDs logo on the steeper. Then I brew it for as long as suggested and pour it over a 16 oz glass, 2/3 of the way full with ice. Then I top it off with about 8 oz of cold milk (I have a breville frother so I run it on the cold stir mode to get froth but you can just pour plain milk on top).

Kristal

To me, this creme brulee tea just tasted like rooibos :( Love Birthday cake lattes though!

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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!

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, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

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.

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