158 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

All right, I’m off the fence — I don’t care for this one. It’s not bad and it’s not off putting, it’s just very weak apple cinnamon. I expected something with a thicker mouthfeel and more of a sticky-sweet caramel flavor from a tea called Caramel Corn.

I’d happily accept a cup if offered, but I’m really glad I only have enough leaf left for one much of this. :-/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea smells like a delicious strawberry milkshake! Unfortunately, the smell is where the enjoyment begins and ends. I really don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if I just hate honeybush.

This tea tastes like steeped dirt to me, maybe there’s a hint of fruit thrown in. I can’t stand it. I’ve had honeybush before and, while it wasn’t my favorite flavor, it certainly never approached soil as far as taste went.

I’m splitting this one up into samples for some friends — here’s hoping they’ll like this one where I can’t.

Flavors: Dirt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Today is a mini road trip kind of day; my fiance and I are going to visit his parents who live a few hours away from us. My fiance is also working this morning and, since his workplace is on the way to his parents’ house, I got woken up at an ungodly hour so I could accompany him.

I’m at Panera Bread, enjoying an early breakfast, while waiting for him to finish up. Lucky for me, Panera has a little selection of Republic of Teas, so I don’t have to wait in tea-less agony. I chose this one because I didn’t realize they had a caffeinated version … > . >

I added some milk and honey, because breakfast teas scream for sweetener and some dairy to me. It’s really good! I get an almost chocolatey taste from this tea. Sweet, warm comfort.

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80

Made this in the Timolino for work this morning, and, I have to say, I’m not loving it as much as I usually do. The strawberry seems oddly biting (artificial maybe?) today, and the second steep is kind of lacking.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sample from months ago, possibly poorly stored.

I had this last night while cleaning and it’s delicious. It’s very creamy with hints of cinnamon and caramel; easily one of the more dessert-like teas I’ve had from DavidsTea.

I can’t decide if this is something worth having around or not.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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The more I have this tea, the less I like it. First steep was extremely vegetal, the second steep was mint with a vegetal background. I’m glad I’m going to be finished with this one soon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Another that I’ve run out of and forgot to log… I really ought to pay more attention to what’s in my Steepster cupboard. >.>

I liked this one, but found it a bit biting. It’s a good apple tea with a hint of cinnamon. Enjoyable and very appropriate for the winter holiday season.

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Dry, this one smells like the scented markers they gave us in Kindergarten. I thoroughly confused my fiance last night when I held the bag of this under his nose and demanded, “Doesn’t it smell like a magic marker?” If he didn’t think I was crazy before, he probably does now… (That IS what this tea smells like though. It’s not my fault if his elementary school wasn’t as awesome as mine.)

I steeped this one for 7 minutes and got a VERY minty tea; after I’d finished the cup, the cooling sensation from the mint lingered in the back of my throat. The fruit flavor is reminiscent of watermelon and very light. It’s more of an accent to the mint flavor if anything.

Overall, this is an enjoyable tea, but I’m not sure I’d want it in anything other than a sample package.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I ran out of this a while ago and realized I never wrote a note for it – oops!

I love this one. It needs the tiniest bit of sugar, but once it’s sweetened, it’s fantastic. Very minty with the chocolate adding sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!

I’ve had a sample of this for a while and put off trying it after striking out with the previously-adored Coffee Pu’erh.. I probably haven’t stored this all that well (zip lock baggie), but it still smells strongly of cinnamon. Taste wise it’s a lot of hay with the cinnamon adding a faint heat. Not bad, but I like Hot Cinnamon Spice so much better.

Still, I’m glad I got to try this one!

Flavors: Hay, Spices

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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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