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104 Tasting Notes

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Holy strawberry!

Like Sakura Allure, this one brews up barely-pink. In the tin, it smells like strawberries sprinkled with sugar; brewed, it’s all sweet strawberry with a pop of sour at the end. Delicious. THIS is strawberry well done, Strawberry Cream, take some notes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
104 tasting notes

Part of my tea buying binge this weekend; justified with a $10 off coupon to Teavana.

This isn’t a tea I was planning on getting. I have heard of it before and cherries in tea just doesn’t appeal to me. I could see it happening: I would expect maraschino cherries and get barely ripe cherries — the same thing that happens to me with “cake teas” where I expect it to taste like dessert and it tastes like barely-flavored water. I’m trying to avoid disappointing myself.

However, while in Teavana the other day, I smelled this tea. The salesgirl suggested it after I requested some of the Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long and explained that I enjoy fruity teas. And, oh my, it smells like sweet, fresh cherries.

It brews up to a barely-pink color and the aroma is very floral — definitely not my favorite. It tastes vaguely fruity in a good way — just enough to be enjoyable and not need any sugar. Not my favorite tea, but not one I regret buying. Yay!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My fiance and I went shopping this weekend and stopped by a tea house one of my coworkers has been telling me about for months. They had just opened up a new location a few streets over from my favorite tea house, making it easy for us to stop over and check it out. And, oh! what a glorious little place it is. All kinds of tea ware and a wall of teas in little jars for customers to smell!

…!

Needless to say, we got a lot of samples, most of them picked out by my fiance to be made into iced tea. This is one of the teas we both really liked, and the first one he requested be made into iced tea. He also requested that I blend it with some (insanely fresh) Earl Grey Cream from my favorite tea shop. Seriously, when did he get so experimental with tea? Is my obsession rubbing off on him?!

I mixed this tea with the Earl Grey as requested and hot brewed it. I added sugar and chilled the tea overnight and wow! Obviously, a 50/50 mix wasn’t the way to go as the Earl Grey kinda overpowered the Snowflake. Otherwise, very smooth, nutty and almost chocolatey. A fantastic after-dinner tea — good job, fiance!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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First tea from the Spring Collection!

I actually split the spring collection with my best friend and got to smell all the teas while repackaging them for her. Cool Cucumber smelled amazing and I can’t wait to try it. This one, however, smelled like chemically plastic. Horrible! I was so worried I was going to hate this one. Last night, it smelled fruity so I had it for dessert.

Wow! Not sure I would call it peaches but it’s close. The cream is there but light. I like this one and I’m so happy that it didn’t end up tasting like the plastic I was expecting when I first smelled this!

Edit: I just realized this is my 100th tasting note! YAY! (I should go get more tea to celebrate….)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog.

One of my coworkers gave me a bag of this tea to try, saying it was one of his favorites. The bag was intended to make iced tea, so I used it to brew up a pot for myself. It tasted … weird to me. Maybe it’s the ginger. I kept thinking this was a peach-ginger tea, and did get some fruitiness in the first few sips. Once the tea cooled down, however, I lost the fruitiness to a weird taste that I can only assume was the ginger.

This isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll seek out any more ginger teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Celebration tea!

We picked up my fiance’s new car yesterday and everything went really smoothly! The car is nice and exceeded his expectations in terms of highway performance — woohoo! Plus, we almost immediately agreed on a name for the car (yes, I’m the sort of person who names vehicles and other inanimate objects … and then talks to them …)!

I made this when we got home from the dealership as a post-dessert treat. Really should have skipped dessert for this tea — all the sugar I’d just consumed really threw the flavor off for the first quarter of my cup. After that, tart fruit with a dusky chocolate background. Yum!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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reviewed Timolino (16 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

This weekend has been … interesting.

On the bright side, my fiance and I got to explore our new hometown (of seven months) and try out some local restaurants. This has been on the to do list forever and it was great to enjoy each other’s company and see what the area has to offer. Yay, date night!

On the other hand … we also found out on our way home from breakfast Saturday that he needs a new car. We’ve had issues on and off, but chalked it up to the car being a 1999. It still runs well and we thought that after the most recent bout of maintenance, we’d be good until the end of the year. Lucky us, the transmission ran low on fluid … again … and we were stuck limping the car home. This is the second time the transmission has given us problems in a week and, because of the age of the car, it makes more sense for us to buy a new vehicle than it does to replace the transmission.

We spent the weekend pricing out new cars and figuring out what we can afford to get. I’m not the most patient person in the world (understatement, cough cough) so out came the Timolino for our dealership tour.

I love this thing so much. I actually brewed tea in this, poured it into my tea canteen, then rebrewed in the Timolino and took both with me. The tea stayed hot for hours, I didn’t have to worry about anything spilling, and I had something tasty to sip on while crunching numbers. My only complaints are that this mug is too small for the cupholders in my car (an anomaly because travel mugs are usually to big for my cupholders) and I really would have preferred an all-stainless steel brewing basket. It’s so convenient that it’s hard to care too much about stuff like that, though. Plus, maybe the cupholders in the new car will fit it better. Hehehehehehehe.

We’re making the trade tomorrow, and I’ll definitely have this little gem along with me!

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This was a present from my best friend. She ended up with more of this tea than she wanted, and gave me some to try (and to reduce what she had in her cupboard). I’ve had this mixed with Wile Orange Blossom before and really liked it, though I get the feeling that the orange overpowered this tea in that blend.

THIS is pineapple — sweet, juicy, citrusy pineapple. I love it. This is what I was hoping Pineapple Oolong would be. And it smells like a tropical island, which is kinda perfect for a sunshiney Friday.

EDIT: The resteep of this has no flavor. Bummer. I guess that’s to be expected with a mostly-fruit blend.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This one tastes like Exotica to me … but without the oily mouthfeel. I’m not a fan. It’s more bland than I was expecting from the delicious tropical flavor and gets worse as it cools. Although … it also develops an almost-interesting pastry flavor around the same time. Heh.

I saved the leaves from my first steeping, so maybe I’ll try again tonight and get a better second cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I only became interested in tea this past spring, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas – it’s so exciting to see what flavors people can come up with!

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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