2172 Tasting Notes

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I should not have opened up the DAVIDsTEA site here at work; all the “food” pictures for each tea are making me SO hungry, and I can smell Subway baking fresh bread for the highschool lunch rush. Killer combo.

This was my morning tea yesterday: and it was pretty good. When I watched it steep at home, the oolong leaves in it really unfurled. I mean, like completely. Usually it takes at least two steeps for me to get all the leaves totally unfurled. But, despite that the oolong flavour was still really weak!?

I spent all morning sipping at this in a state of slight aggrivation. Why did this taste so familiar!? I just couldn’t figure it out. Well, it finally hit me at like 10:00PM on the bus ride home: it’s really similar to DT’s Snickerdoodle from the autumn collection! I mean, two totally different bases and no butterscotch in this blend but both are pretty cinnamon heavy with bread and nut notes. This one does have an underlying fruit note in it too though.

Even though it’s not terribly complex or anything, this one is probably my favourite of the Winter/Holiday blends – at least at this point. But even still, don’t think I’d pick more than an extra 10g up of it.

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Cold Brew!

This has a tiny amount of caffeine in it because of the coffee beans, but I thought the strong coffee flavour would maybe have a placebo affect and trick my brain into thinking I was having a ton of caffeine. No such luck though; still felt drained after I had it. It was super coffee flavoured though: the cold brew really, really exaggerated that flavour more than it did any of the others.

Hot is still a bit better, though.

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Thanks again Sil for passing this along to me!

Made it in my timolino, and it was pretty good. I definitely tasted the cocoa and the vanilla notes, but unfortunately the hazelnut was pretty lost to me. The black base was nice though; I was sure I’d oversteeped it, but it didn’t have any noticeable indicators of that.

Definite downside though: for me, I associate Creme Brulee with a Caramel or Brown Sugar flavour, but didn’t pick up on either so there was a feeling something was missing and this wasn’t totally sold as a “Creme Brulee” tea to me.

Now that I’ve had this one and Divine Temptation individually and mixed, I’ve gotta say I agree with Sil’s ranking though: Divine Temptation is the best, then the mixed blend, and then this one.

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Wee hours of the morning “Walk to work” mug of tea! Realistically, my tin of this is pretty well stocked but it feels empty just because I know soon I wont be able to get more to top it up.

This was nice; the orange (4012) was especially prevalent and it did get a touch “peel” like near the end of the mug, but that was likely more from sitting a while than anything else. It was a good balance of sweet dessert tea and fruit tea to start my morning with!

Also, I’m very nearly caught up on notes! What’ll I do during my shifts then? Other than talk to the awesome people on Steepster Chat, obviously.

Lilysmom

I love this tea! It is one of my favorite Butiki teas and I went through my supply very fast. Glad to have another batch ordered! The orange, the creamy marshmallow, the chocolate – so good!

Cameron B.

Ugh, I need to find a good replacement for this tea. Orange and chocolate, so good…

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Cold Brew…

I rated this 64? I must have been in a generous mood, ‘cause I just haven’t really been able to get this one to work for me. I like all of the stuff in it, but together I just can’t make it work. And there’s nothing specific I can pinpoint as bad; it’s just… Not good.

Too much fruit, too much mint, too much licorice-y stuff. Maybe the problem is just that there’s too much going on overall!? Still haven’t done a hot cup (as far as I can remember) so that next…

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Well, I’m almost done this one now. I went to portion myself some for a hot timolino worth, and I could see the bottom of the tin – so it really wont be long now. Not sure if I’ll restock – I like this blend, but I already have a good range of mate/guayusa teas including another chocolate heavy one from DT.

Raspberry was really strong in this one; must have sunk to the bottom of the tin? Also, the little caffeine boost was so greatly needed and appreciated. I’ve been trying different things all week now: those caffeinated chocolate bars, energy drinks, caffeinated tea, lots of matcha…

Doesn’t seem to be doing the trick though because I’ve greeted the same guy browsing my kiosk about three times and given him the same “If you have any questions” spiel each time. I think he’s getting ticked off…

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As a testament to how tired I am, when I was searching this I typed in “The Tea” and for a good five minutes couldn’t figure out why nothing even close was coming up. Ergh.

So, I think I my tea line up might be incorporating more Lapsang blends in it, not particularly because I like Lapsang (although this one is always nice; has a perfect balance of smoke and sweet) but more because I made this in a timolino for work and holy shit did it slap me awake.

I guess that means that I can probably justify getting a little of Butiki’s Taiwanese Lapsang Souchong which I foolishly really want to buy despite not liking Lapsang…

Sil

i could just send you a sample. it’s strong in smell in my opinion but not overly smokey

Roswell Strange

If you wouldn’t mind?

The Cookie Lady

Umm….I sort of feel this way about EVERY Butiki tea…I put so many in my cart and then look at them going, “Why do I even want that? I don’t like any of the flavors in the profile!….Whatever, I’ll try it anyway.”

Sil

Just remind me in december…I’ll have forgotten by the time i’m back lol

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
2172 tasting notes

Ok, take two writing this note ’cause I lost the first one…

Morning Steepster!

This is a tea I was really excited about, especially with a green rooibos base! And in store, it just smelled so good. Very rich, and creamy and thick so I was easily talked into my 10g sample purchase. 10g ended up being enough for two hot cups, and the first of which was in a timolino for work.

Sadly, I agree with other’s reviews that despite a rich taste this does come off pretty thin. But, it’s pretty hard to really capture the thickness or richness of Eggnog to begin with, so that considered they did a decent enough job. Rooibos haters; the base was definitely present, although it’s the much more tolerable green variety so there’s that. Just, be cautious? And even though there was some “film” sorta feeling ‘cause of the chocolate, it wasn’t as bad as anticipated and DEFINITELY not as bad as last years White Chocolate Frost was – and the white chocolate it the culprit for both of those teas. So I was a little let down, but probably only because my expectations were pretty damn high. It was actually an ok tea overall.

Anlina

Cornelia Bean’s Scarlet Runner Green tea gets renamed Eggnog for the holidays, and it actually really tastes like eggnog. It’s not rich or thick but it doesn’t come off as watery or thin either.

I’d love to see an eggnog tea with a milk oolong base.

aisling of tea

Anlina, I second that milk oolong request so hard it hurts. Hmmm, I have some toasted marshmallow left, maybe I can mix that with milk oolong…anyway, if you ever come across on, please, please let me know!

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Sipdown (107)!

This’ll be my last tasting note probably for the day, but for at least a good 10 hours because I’m done at job #1 in about twenty minutes and then have to head to job #2.

Thank you Marzipan for the sample! This looked really interesting, but also conflicting because any kind of milk and lemon makes me cringe a little internally. bad curdled milk experiences…

Prepped in a timolino, it was pretty good though! Lemon was definitely present, and it was thicker in mouthfeel with a creaminess to it, but the black base had a slight astringency to it that detracted a bit for me. Don’t think I’d purchase it for myself, but would drink it again, and if another sample made it to me I wouldn’t complain; I can think of a few ways to play with this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Lemon, Pastries

Marzipan

How long did you steep it? Tea Gsch has 2 minutes on most of their blacks, at least the ones I have.

Roswell Strange

Three minutes, I believe.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
2172 tasting notes

Sipdown, but I don’t get to deduct anything from my number since I apparently never entered this into my cupboard. Shame on me.

Anyway, this was a cold brew. A really gross cold brew. This was my first time trying this one, and I have to say that if this is what this blend has always tasted like, I’m shocked that DT brought it back – it’s so weird and funky, and I really disliked it.

Like, coconut (4261) and mint are one thing, but when you add the apple into there. Ew. What is that supposed to add or contribute!? Because for me it just made this tasted somewhat sour and funky because it clashed heavily with both kinds of mint in the blend. I didn’t finish it. I tried, but couldn’t do it.

This is a HUGE flop for me, and honestly I think it was a waste of a spot for the Winter teas. Someone please explain to me why it’s so popular…

Cameron B.

Uh oh… I’m scared. XD

Kittenna

Very weird that you got sourness. I’d point at bad coconut but I’m guessing you picked this up yourself, this year, from a DT… so it should be fresh. Admittedly, I haven’t cold-brewed this though. I think it’s the creamy-mint-herbal aspect of this that people like, and I don’t think the apple factors in much at all. Perhaps the cold-brew didn’t fully extract some of the other flavours, but got all the apple? Idk! (But hey, isn’t it kinda nice not to add another tea to the must-haves? :P)

MissLena

I have never gotten sourness from this lol, but then again I haven’t cold brewed it. I do find that this year’s has less mint than the previous version..but still tastes like a mint shortbread cookie mostly to me :) maybe just a bad batch?

Roswell Strange

It was like a Granny Smith apple kinda sour, which is NOT something that I think goes with Coconut. But, that aside, the apple was really strong in general. And Kittenna, definitely a fresh sample!

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

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