260 Tasting Notes

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This is one of the first teas I purchased from DavidsTea. I didn’t like it hot. I didn’t like it cold brewed. I think I gave a lot of it away because I just couldn’t stand it.

Over the weekend, I stopped into a DavidsTea and was offered a free tea to go for my birthday. Feeling adventurous, I asked for the salesgirl’s favorite latte and got this tea with a little agave. She swore it tasted like blueberry pancakes and she was totally right.

It’s been three days but I’m still thinking about that latte! Sweet, creamy, BLUEBERRY goodness! Ack! Now I’m going to have to pick up some of this tea and get a milk frother…

Flavors: Blueberry

Fjellrev

I’ll have to try that since I also didn’t care for it prepared those ways at home. :)

sundaysipping

It was so good! I’m trying to justify ordering some to myself now…
(Hope I’m not overstating it!)

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drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
260 tasting notes

Added a little sugar to this one to cut down on the astringency I noticed the first time I had it. What a difference it makes! No bitterness, though I don’t taste chocolate or coffee. Instead, I’m getting brown sugar. Yum!

Flavors: Brown Sugar

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Made this today with some sugar, then had to leave the house to run some errands. I’m not normally a fan of cold tea, but this one isn’t bad! Although it is very earthy, even with the addition of sugar, and I don’t get much tangerine or cream out of it. Oh well. Still a nice pick me up.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Drinking up as much tea as I can while I have the time/energy for it!

I got this one as a sample in my last Davids order. Normally, I’m really not a chai person. This one though …

Dry, it smells strongly of cinnamon. Steeped, it’s cinnamon and black tea with the barest hint of astringency. Yum! I’m really enjoying this one.

(And it pairs nicely with Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate things! YES!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been struggling to drink tea at all lately and it’s not getting any better. I think it’s my work commute that’s sapping the energy out of me and no energy usually means no tea. Boo.

This was a sipdown from yesterday. I actually had the time /energy to make and drink tea! And this one came out really nice, too. Normally, the chocolate overwhelms the other flavors for me in a very dusky way. This time, everything blended together perfectly – chocolate, strawberry, espresso in a nice balance. Yum! What a good send off!

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
260 tasting notes

Sad sipdown.

I haven’t had the energy for tea drinking lately. Even so, this one has been a consistent favorite over the past two weeks. It’s very berry and very creamy and basically what I was hoping for in Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but didn’t get. I love this one … but also don’t feel like I can justify more with what’s currently in my cupboard. Yay, tea problems?

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
260 tasting notes

Opened this one up last night. The dry leaf scent is incredible – berries and cream! Steeped, this reminds me a lot of Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but not as sour/biting. I definitely get berry notes in this, though I’d be hard pressed to actually identify which berries I’m tasting. Each sip finishes with cream notes.

Very good!

Flavors: Berries, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown. I’ve had this sample sitting by my kettle for about a month now, waiting to be sipped down. My thought process was that if I could see it, I’d drink it sooner but that (along with most tea drinking lately) didn’t happen.

This has aged okay – I still get some grape flavor but it’s definitely subdued compared to the first time I had it. Not bad, probably wouldn’t restock in anything other than a sample size though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
260 tasting notes

Old, probably underleafed, but hitting the spot today with just a little bit of sugar. Thank God for work tea … especially when coffee is just not doing it.

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drank Jade Citrus Mint by Teavana
260 tasting notes

So, I’m in the habit of making tea packages for people at work who express interest in tea. Mainly because I don’t have many real life tea friends and I aim to convert as many as possible. One of the recipients recently gifted me with samples of tea he’d picked up at Teavana. None of the teas he picked out are ones I would have chosen for myself so hooray on that front!

This is my second time having this tea. First impression was that it was all mint, some green tea, and I couldn’t find the citrus. Seriously, the mint is strong in this one. The tea itself really light, which is perfect for the warmer weather we’ve been having.

I reached for this tonight because I’m feeling terrible. I haven’t had the energy for tea all week, finally felt up to making some today, and then I couldn’t finish the cup. I kept wanting to make the Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long I was drinking into a tea soda, then it was making me feel nauseous, so I reached for some stomach-soothing mint. Here’s hoping it works on headaches, too.

I really like this one. It’s smooth and very minty. It’s unexpectedly sweet, too. The whole combination is quite soothing. I’m also getting some citrus (faint lemon?) this time around too, which makes me think this would be an awesome sick tea. With some actual lemon slices, maybe some sweetener, I can see this making a kick-ass iced summer treat as well! Nice!

Flavors: Lemon, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, 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, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

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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