2015 Tasting Notes

drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
2015 tasting notes

Decided to brew this and have it with milk and it is actually really nice. The spices are stronger and really on point with a nice kick of ginger and a great deal of clovey goodness. It’s a comforting and warming tea but I should have warmed the milk as that would have brought this to another level. Still, this is a great way to enjoy this once beloved tea.


Hehehe, ‘sugar and spice is actually really nice’. I lolled.


Haha didn’t even notice that.

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
2015 tasting notes

The chocolate left this cup quite cloudy so I feared that would translate into a thick, oily/scummy mouthfeel but luckily it did not. Instead this tea is creamy and rich and has a tasty dash of nutmeg to make it unique.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
2015 tasting notes

The milk did it again and made this taste like cardboard. I guess the coconut is just too subtle as milk always seems to drown it out. The chocolate remains though so this is like chocolate cardboard which is…disgusting.


Down to my last sachet of this tea – enjoyed it a lot, will hope to reorder some time.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

eww chocolate cardboard, sounds like some of the discount candy you find after haloween

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
2015 tasting notes

I decided to try something new and poured this over milk however after tasting it, I really wish I hadn’t. The banana flavor is still present but rather than mixing with sweet coconut notes, the milk has highlighted the base which is making this taste like banana cardboard. Blech! This got dumped. Sorry tasty tea :(

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MMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm sweet lemon vanilla goodness. This really is amazing and I will be sad when it is gone. Luckily I still have the pack of this I grabbed in my most recent Butiki order (well the order prior to he one I made today) because this cup marked the last of my original sample.


Yes! This is a winner.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this tea. I made this last night in my carry mug and as I sip, I am happy it is still warm but I am finding this to be quite bland. It is slightly orangey and has a hint of nut but any flavor there was may have been drowned out by its long stay in the thermos. Luckily my tea twin shared enough that I will be able to try this again.

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I made this last night but didn’t get around to drinking it this evening. It is cold but still super relaxing and comforting which I definitely need after my day. Essentially I went to get allergy tested and the allergy doctor came to the conclusion that it is probably not an allergy that I have so instead she sent me to get blood work done. Well, the thought of that was bad enough because I have an extreme fear of needles so it only made my day that much worse when I got the technician from hell. Seriously. The woman kept jamming the needle into my arms and then when she missed my veins, she just kept wiggling the needle, fishing around in my arm until she found one. And she took 14 tubes of blood so that was a lot of jamming and fishing and pain. I literally lied on the table and cried, which says a lot because I am not someone who ever cries. So that made for a pretty unpleasant day and now I have the bruises to remind me about it. Luckily, I also have this cup of roasty-toasty deliciousness to distract me. Well that and the awesome meal my mom took me for in order to make me feel better: http://instagram.com/p/u8-IEePJSo/


omg i adore the reeses pieces peanut butter and banana shakes from holy chucks…


Yikes. That sounds awful. Get her name and file a complaint. Because treatment like that sounds like she was utterly incompetent at her job. Not to mention that once they’re able to take one tube of blood, they should just keep swapping it out for empty tubes. There shouldn’t be any continued jamming and wiggling. Ugh. Just typing that makes me shudder. I probly would’ve smacked her and/or demanded someone who knew what they were doing.


Sil, I thought about that one but went with the nutella and peanut butter one instead.

And Shadowfall, when we walked in she was the receptionist. My mom joked that she just got bored and decided to try something new and honestly given the way she drew blood, I would believe it. And she did switch out the tubes once she got one going but there was so much poking and prodding until she got to that point. And then my vein collapsed after 10 tubes so more pricking happened until she got a vein to do the last four tubes. And the icing on top of the cake? When she pulled the needle out, she didn’t apply pressure so I just started bleeding everywhere and it had to get wiped up.


14 tubes….wow.


That is so terrible. I am highly needle-phobic as well, and have trouble with just the couple vials they want for normal blood tests. I would have been crying too.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
2015 tasting notes

So the first time I tried this, it tasted disgustingly like butter. Today, as I have it over milk, I am finding this more drinkable for sure. Creamy mint though with the element of coconut it is bordering on being a touch lotiony. The apple adds a great deal of sweetness. It is alright but not something I personally would keep stocked. I can see why others would like it though.

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I overleafed this cup so my first few sips were rather astringent. However, now that it has cooled a little, the astringency has subsided leaving behind a malty yet fruity tea. It’s really quite nice. Thank you Sil for the share. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the other Norbu teas you have me samples of. 169.

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drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2015 tasting notes

I’m drinking this one poured over milk and it actually is quite nice. The vanilla is definitely the strongest element though the chai spices and present yet balanced in the cup. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a whole lotta licorice and for that reason I won’t be getting anymore after my 10g sample is done. Still, it’s not bad.


Thank you for the licorice warning. I didn’t think to check the ingredients for this one, and probably would have just picked up 10g without thinking.

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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


Thornhill, Ontario

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