213 Tasting Notes

90

FABULOUS straight, black tea. I tried this while in NYC last week, and if it hadn’t been so expensive to buy in a tin, I would have taken some home with me. Again, this only cemented my love for teas from the Darjeeling area.

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80

There are few fruity black tea blends that I truly like, those this is one of them! I love me some passionfruit, which is what initially attracted me to this blend. The taste is maybe a little too subtle to get a higher rating, but I will be sad when my stash of this runs out.

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78
drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I like this one, I have to say, even if it does remind me a little of orange drink mix. I do enjoy a good, orange-flavoured tea, and this certianly fits the bill – along with the peach and apricot flavours I think I can also pick out. That said, there are other orange teas I like better and that are less expensive, so while I’m glad I tried this one, I won’t be in a rush to get a lot more.

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73
drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I’m upping my rating on this one because I tried it iced and I liked it much better! Still not my favourite iced flavour (I’m finding lately that I like my black tea blends better hot), but I didn’t find any weird taste like I did before. The candy strawberry flavour works better as an iced tea, I think, so if I ever drink this again in the future, it will definitely be iced.

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73
drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I wanted to like this one so much more, because I love black tea and I love strawberry, but I found this one to be almost sickly sweet (maybe I shouldn’t’ve added milk?) Sigh. It’s not terrible, but it definitely tastes like candy, and I don’t like my berry teas to wander over into dessert tea category (my liking for sweet, dessert teas has gone significantly downhill). This smells good (though I can smell the artificialness, which surprised me – I guess my nose is becoming in tune to that sort of thing?), and I’m brewing a pot to try iced with the leaves I’ve got left from my sample. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be getting this one again unless someone gives it to me for free, or something.

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75
drank Elderflower Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked up 10g of all the new spring teas (save for Melon Drop, as that has kiwi and I’m allergic), and I decided to give this one a whirl this afternoon. Definitely a pleasant surprise for me… I can taste a mix of jasmine, lavender and some other floral base I can’t quite put my finger on. I don’t think I’ve had elderberry before, so that’s also a different taste. The mix of white and green tea is also nice, and this was a light, refreshing cup – and a much needed palate cleanser from all the Cold Zing and Cold 911 I’ve been drinking since the weekend. One to keep in mind for a flavoured white, though again, pity it’s so expensive.

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75
drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
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This one had a weird flavour profile to me – apple and blackberry? It was good, just… unexpected. But that’s okay, as it’s nice to have a tea once in a while that doesn’t remind me of anything else. I had this one hot first, and I liked it, but I think I’m more excited to try it iced. Crossing fingers!

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77
drank Berry Refreshing by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I had this iced as a to go cup last night (unsweetened), and I must say… quite enjoyable. I think I’m becoming a little overwhelmed by berry teas – I love them, and I don’t want to sick of them, but I realised I have a lot of them in my collection already. Like a lot of my berry heavy teas, I’d be wary of trying this one hot, but I like the iced version – it reminded me of Redberry Tonic and Blue Lagoon, but was distinct enough (at least to me).

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85
drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I do love me a good, solid, straight black tea, and I am happy to say that I quite enjoy this one! Definitely a bold taste – I can certainly taste the Assam influence (which is a good thing), and it takes milk well. Only thing missing is I’d love to see an organic Irish Breakfast somewhere, but I’ll happily take this for this time being. Love that David’s isn’t entirely all about the flavoured stuff these days!

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50

I went in on an order of Steeped Tea with a friend, and we split the free sample of this between us. I was happy to have it, as lime is one of my favourite tea flavours, and this one smelled really good. However, the taste was… not so much. Maybe I steeped it too long or the water was too hot, or something, but my first thought upon sipping was this “it reminds me of salmon”. A fishy taste is NOT what I should get from a green tea. >_> The fishy taste was still around as I made my way through the cup, and I really couldn’t shake it. Sad face. I still have some tea left, so I’ll try and make it again (or maybe iced?), but if I get the same taste, this one is definitely a miss for me.

Kristal

I got this as a free sample as well. I personally did not get a fishy taste but I found the lime overwhelmed the taste of the green tea. I love just plain green tea, so this wasn’t my fav. It is nice iced, though. Just gotta be careful about infusion time.

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Tea flavours/profiles that are my favourite:

-Straight black tea (especially Earl Greys and Darjeelings)
-Fruits (especially strawberry, peach, lemon, and pineapple)
-Cinnamon
-Ginger
-Flavoured green tea

My Tea Rating Scale (just to have a little bit of consistency):

Under 50: Ugh. Terrible.
50-60: Disappointing – I don’t think I’ll be getting any more of this.
61-75: Decent – I’ll finish what I have, and I may consider buying again.
76-89: Very enjoyable – I would definitely consider getting more.
90-100: I LOVE IT – I will do what I can to keep a permanent stash on my shelf.

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