1962 Tasting Notes

85
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

I wanted something sweet and creamy and that is exactly what this tea is. Delicious fruity sweetness and a thick creamy vanilla. The flavors have dulled a bit with age which has led to the base being more present (and more drying) than I remember. Still it is still a tasty cup.

Kittenna

Still one of my faves. I found the same thing – a more drying base with age. Luckily, I seemed to have a VERY fruit-heavy bag, which mostly disguised the base anyhow.

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83
drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

So when I drink this, I can’t help but compare it to Fauchon’s L’Hiver and Butiki’s Lemon French Macaroon. Of the three, I think the addition of rose in this one makes it my least favorite as at times it can verge on being a touch too floral. However in the cup, the floral element, though strong, does work and the base provides the perfect stage for the flavors to shine. It has a really fresh and bright flavor from the lemon and a nice creamy vanilla to round it out. One aspect I enjoy is that this is a much bolder cup in terms of flavor than the other two which tend to be far more subtle. So at times when I want a lemon dessert tea that is much more noticeable, this is the one I would reach for. With that said, typically when I crave these flavors, I crave the more subtle/gentle take on it as well.

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drank Cavalla French Roast by Crio Bru
1962 tasting notes

This stuff is good – rich and creamy. However, when I steeped this I think I was in the mood for a sweet hot chocolate type treat and this is a bit more grown up and dark chocolate-esque.

QueenOfTarts

Mmm. This sounds tasty!

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drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

Caramel and carrot with a rich black base. It definitely is a Fall tea and it is pleasant enough but nothing mindblowing. Plus, it has a similar thickness to the Pumpkin Chai less all the spices. I wish the garam masala was more present as it would make it stand out from other teas I have had but it still makes a nice cup of hot tea in the morning.

donkeytiara

could you add garam masala?

VariaTEA

I suppose so but when it is supposed to be mixed into the blend already, you hope to taste it without needing to add more.

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90
drank Irish Cream by Red Leaf Tea
1962 tasting notes

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66
drank Turkish Apple by T2
1962 tasting notes

A sweet apple tea to celebrate the Jewish New Year :). Shana tova to those celebrating!! And thank you Memily for the tea!

boychik

Shana Tova!

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69
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1962 tasting notes

I brewed this hot and when I took my first sip, I found it rather astringent so I added milk. That actually helped quite a bit. This went from a bitter mess to a creamy marshmallow-esque tea. Definitely an improvement. However, it is still not really “s’mores” to me because it lacks the chocolate and graham cracker flavors. Plus, if I need milk to bring out the marshmallow than it is not something I need to keep stocked. If a tea can’t stand on its own, most of the time, it is just not worth keeping around.

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79
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

I work with a friend of mine and since she has a car and I don’t, she often drives me to/from work when we have the same (or at least similar) shifts. Oftentimes I like to make her tea or do something nice for her to show my appreciation. The other day, I made her a cold brew of this because (a) she loves Birthday Cake as a cold brew so I thought it would be fun for her to try something similar but different and (b) she introduced me to cotton candy grapes so I know she likes the flavor of cotton candy. Well, this was quite a success because all day she kept telling me she liked the tea. Consequently, while in DAVIDs, I tried to pick her up some of this but they were all sold out. That got my mind stressing that I might never have this tea again (despite having about 50g at home) and so this afternoon I was on the website planning to order another 100-250g. Then I thought, maybe I should actually drink the tea again before I do that instead of just romanticizing the idea of it because I think I am losing it. So here we are…

Tonight I made it hot and the sugar overload smell got my mouth watering because I was in the mood for sweet. However, though good, the flavor wasn’t as strong as I hoped. I did, however, add milk to try it a bit different and that helped the flavors pop which is making for a really good creamy dessert type tea. The flavors together are reminding me of ice cream and I love ice cream so I am quite pleased tonight. Yum :)

Roswell Strange

Ok I’ve gotta ask; what are cotton candy grapes?

VariaTEA

Cotton candy grapes are these new grapes that they recently introduced that taste like cotton candy. They are quite delicious.

Dustin

Those grapes are freakin delicious! They are in season right now and I picked some up yesterday.

Lariel of Lórien

Where do you get those grapes?

Fjellrev

I need to track down some of those grapes. :)

VariaTEA

Hahaha they are quite good. I got mine at Loblaws but my friend for hers at a different grocery store do I guess check your local supermarket for these: http://www.grapery.biz/index.php/grapes/cotton-candy

Dustin

I got mine in Texas at Central Market which is a local chain’s (HEB) response to Whole Foods.

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63
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of Della Terra’s Carrot Cake….a lot. However, it is also very subtly flavored. Perhaps I underleafed or perhaps it is the green rooibos but I am finding the flavor in this far more muted than I expected. At the end of the day though, it is still a nice cup of tea but nothing I need to keep around.

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85
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1962 tasting notes

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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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