211 Tasting Notes

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
211 tasting notes

Every time I open the pouch, I am reminded of vanilla cake. I love all things vanilla!!!

Drinking this tea is smooth, sweet and vanilla!! I have no issues with that. What I do have issues with…is that looking at ingredient list there is cinnamon, clove and orange. I don’t taste any of that.

I do taste vanilla and sweet. My tea is sparkly from the glitter balls. That to me is what makes this tea special…otherwise, just mediocre.

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I got a sample of this from Aimee in a swap…thank you Aimee!!

When I first started getting into tea I would peruse David’s site and always saw this particular tea, but I would never remember to buy it. I am so pleased that I finally got to try it!

I brewed it up according to direction on packet. 5 minutes near boiling.

I usually try to drink my tea’s without any additions, to try to see if I like it without anything else. This tea, on the first sip I got watery chocolate. So I thought, I need to bump it up with additions. Which is ok…I prefer not to do that, but some tea’s require it.

I added creamer and sugar. AAAAhhhhh…much better. I don’t get much of the banana flavour, but that’s ok. What I got from this tea was a light chocolate flavour. I don’[t usually like chocolate tea’s due to the weak taste, but after the addition of cream and sugar, it was pretty tasty.

Nxtdoor

Too bad. I love banana flavoured things. Maybe now I can stop fantasizing about it!

scribbles

I love banana too!! Artificial or natural…I read other reviews on this one and they got banana, sadly :(( I didn’t.

Aimee Popovacki

lol i always steep it for a reallly long time, and usually add a little almond milk.. it is quite weak ..

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drank Berry Kiwi Colada by Teavana
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Before reviewing this tea…I hate my internet!! I had this whole review written up, and now it’s GONE!!! :( Onto to the tea….

So when I saw this tea in the store I thought to self: berries, kiwi, colada!! What’s not to love? I should have realized that this was a warning that berries + kiwi = SOUR (squared).

I tried this as both a hot and cold brew. The hot is SO SOUR!!! almost to the point of being undrinkable (although I did finish it).

The cold brew is a “little” more drinkable…but not by much. The cold brew reminds me of the unsweetened KOOL AID from my childhood. I decided to add sugar. After adding sweetener (what a surprise…NOT!!) it tasted like KOOL AID with added sugar.

Luckily, I don’t have much of this left, and will be able to finish my sample of the KOOL AID type tea, but I will not buy this again. If you don’t like sour…don’t bother…it definitely has the ‘Pucker Factor’.

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drank Berry Kiwi Colada by Teavana
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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
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I really like the first cup of this tea. It is lightly floral and aromatic. The salesperson at David’s told me that different flavour profiles would emerge on each steeping, and I thought at the time ‘Great!’ What I didn’t count on was that I wouldn’t to drink anymore of it beyond 2 cups. One or two cups is enough for me. Once I get to the third cup, the jasmine becomes too much, and it tastes like paste on my tongue.

This tea becomes bitter if steeped too long, which happened to me on the second steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Aimee Popovacki

mm i love the dragon pearls… they are SO good iced haha..

scribbles

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll try it iced!

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drank Pu-er Tuo Cha by The Tao of Tea
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I really enjoyed unwrapping this little parcel of tastiness. I didn’t know what to expect from this tea, as I have not had a lot of experience with pu’erh’s.
My first brew of this parcel – was for 3 minutes in almost boiling water. When I looked into my cup I saw an espresso coloured liquor, that looked like it would be just as thick as an espresso. Brewed aroma is deep, earthy and nutty.
The taste of this parcel is exactly how it smells: deep, thick, earthy and nutty. It’s good!
Am only on first steeping…will rate again later.

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So I brewed this one up at the same as my David’s sample just to see how much of a difference there would be. I was surprised! The Tealux leaves are bigger and brighter green. The dry aroma smell is sweeter and less vegetal.
Brewed this tea is less vegetal – it’s lighter tasting, with a bit of nuttiness. I’m not getting a bitter aftertaste. I like it, but now need to explore this type of tea a little more.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
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I have a Dragonwell from Tealux, and I’m surprised with the difference. This version of David’s when I first bought I thought was great, and I thought it would be one of my go to green’s. I may have to re-think that.
The leaves from David’s are smaller, not as sweet smelling.
Brew is vegetal, slightly toasty, ending with a bitter note.
It’s not a bad tea, and I will have no problem finishing the stash, but this comparison will have me tasting/testing other Dragonwell’s.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tealux
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This is not what I am used to drinking from a oolong tea. It doesn’t have that strong rock/mineral taste that I usually associate with oolongs. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like this. I do. Quite a lot, actually. The flavour is deeper, and very familiar, but I can’t quite pinpoint what I am tasting. Sweet. Smooth. Pleasing.

Dry aroma is sweet, fruity and nutty.

Second steeping holds flavour well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Berry Kiwi Colada by Teavana
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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

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