135 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
135 tasting notes

I remember trying this last fall, around the time when I first discovered davids, and being underwhelmed by it. All I got, both from dry sniff and from the sample I had in store, was an artificial caramel-ish note that was cloying and just really overtook any good qualities about the tea itself. After reading soo many positive reviews and fervent wishes that it would return this fall, I decided to give pumpkin chai another shot.

After all, it combines many of my favourite flavours, from pumpkin to cinnamon to that lovely chai spice blend. Is the recipe different this year, or just my tastebuds? Because I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t get that unpleasant caramel top note, but rather a rich, creamy, almost toasty quality that is just so comforting and delicious. I’m a convert. This will be my go to tea for fall, I think.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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This is my new favorite chai. Strangely I’ve always preferred the inferior bagged varieties (read:tazo) to loose leaf as I’ve never found the loose leaf brews up strong enough before going bitter. I like my chai to punch me in the face, so to speak, and the only place I could get that from was my box of tazo chai. This one has completely changed my mind. After a 5 minute steep it was perfect. A strong cinnamon base, but not so strong as to overpower the other spices, followed by an intense hit of the black tea flavor and the tingle from the peppercorn. Love.

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I should have known on dry sniff that this wouldn’t be quite as delicious as it smells. It’s quite tasty iced, but kind of hits you in the face with it’s fruit flavour. I really prefer the fruitiness in my tea to be more of an afterthought, rather than the main component. I don’t think I’d like it hot, but for what it is it really does make a nice summer drink.

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I liked this, but not as much as I thought I would. I’ve only tried it iced, and although it was quite tasty and refreshing, it didn’t quite have the raspberry punch that I was expecting from the dry smell. I tasted mostly rooibos, with a hint of raspberry lemon flavour. I’m not the biggest fan of straight up rooibos, so this probably won’t be a repurchase for me. Still really tasty though, and I’ll finish the bag that I have.

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88

I bought this the other day along with raspberry nectar and green and fruity as part of a promotion that DT had on for iced teas. I actually thought I’d like this the least out of the three, but it has turned out to be my favorite.

I’m sipping it iced right now at work, and it has a lovely bright and fresh lemon scent and flavour that’s not the slightest bit bitter or overly tart. The lemongrass comes out the most for me, and is delicious with the green rooibos. I can’t wait to try this hot with a bit of honey, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. Iced though, it’s perfectly refreshing for summer. I think I’ll be reaching for this one quite often.

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I originally bought this because I wanted to try an oolong. I was a little afraid, as I’d heard oolongs taste somewhere between a green and a black tea. Don’t get me wrong, I love both, but I wasn’t sure how I’d like a hybrid of the two. I tried it for the first time today (several months after I’d bought it) and can happily say that this might be one of my new favourites. It’s really well balanced, with a great combination of bright lemon flavour, rich jasmine, and the earthy oolong. I can definitely pick out the oolong flavour, but it’s mild. I had this with breakfast this morning and it was perfect.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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The thought of chocolate tea usually repels me, but I’m actually quite enjoying this one. I would never have picked this one out on my own, but I was at David’s with my partner, who insisted we try some after smelling it. This is the only chocolate tea I actually enjoy, and it’s really nice after dinner if I’m craving something a little sweet. Definitely not something I’d drink all the time, but I’m glad we tried it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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This herbal tastes, comforting, a little spicy, and just a bit earthy. It reminds me of fresh baked goods..oatmeal cookies in particular, as others have mentioned. I’m not usually a huge fan of non-caffeinated teas, but this one just makes me happy. It has just enough flavour to avoid being either too watery tasting or too heavy and sweet. I can see myself drinking this at any time of the day or year, but I think it would be particularly soothing on a cool fall afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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I’m not sure what it is, but I really didn’t like this tea. I thought I would love it. I’m a huge earl grey fan, and I absolutely love london fogs. Since london fogs are made up of earl grey, vanilla, and milk, I thought the combination of flavours in this tea would be perfect for me. I think it’s something about the adagio vanilla black tea that I don’t like. In the tin, the blend smells sickeningly sweet to me. It has almost a caramel or candy scent, rather than a fragrant floral vanilla. I always add milk and sugar to my earl grey, but in this it isn’t pleasant in the slightest.

I did like the flavour of the adagio earl grey though, so I might add a sample tin of that to my next order. The addition of the vanilla just wasn’t for me. I’ll be passing this one along to someone who’ll hopefully enjoy it more than I do.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m enjoying this much more than I had expected to. It’s lovely and light and delicate, and tastes pleasantly green with a hint of floral. For whatever reason, I seem to get a light honey flavour from this as well. After smelling the dry leaves, I was worried that the peach flavour would be overbearing, but it is really mellow and subtle once brewed. I’m also really pleased with the mix of white and green teas..they play very well together. I’ll certainly be buying a tin of this once I finish my sample.

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

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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