219 Tasting Notes

70

Progress! I think I’ve figured out how I like this one. I tried it before with some dulce de leche creamer I had and it was wonderful … but I ran out. So today, I added a splash of the cinnamon creamer I had on hand.

With cinnamon creamer, this tea tastes like a chewy chocolate/coconut/granola? bar. It is awesome!

Flavors: Chocolate

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

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80

For a second I thought that I hadn’t added this one to my cupboard…

I like this one but don’t know how to describe the taste of it. I remember the description saying something about champagne and strawberries, and, honestly, the intended taste of this one is probably lost on me. I’ve never had champagne and strawberries taste mostly tart to me.

The most I can say about this one is that it’s sweet and mild and I like it. See? Such a disservice.

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

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80

Had some of this as my morning tea. Wow! The tea leaves are all long and twisty and fuzzy! Dry, it smells like a homemade lemon bar. Steeped, it’s all sweet, soft lemon. I’m not getting any cookie flavor, which is disappointing, but otherwise this is one of the best lemon teas I’ve had.

And maybe if I add some rock sugar, I can get the missing cookie flavor…

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank OYGFIB?* by 52teas
219 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’ve had this a lot but never seem to get around to logging it. My tea drinking has dwindled lately to after dinner, so caffeine-free options work the best for me and this was an open packet of rooibos. Easy choice.

Honestly? It’s not my favorite tea. I don’t taste either orange or banana, and the rooibos is particularly woody. I think the fruit flavors that are supposed to be in this sweeten the whole thing up, but sweet wood that gets oddly slick as it cools just doesn’t do it for me.

I won’t be sad to see this one go.

Off-topic to this tea: does anyone have a 52Teas subscription? It’s something I’ve debated getting in the new year, but I’m not sure about. If you do have a subscription, how do you like it?

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
219 tasting notes

Made this one last night after I finished off the Lime Gelato. Dry it smells like fruity oatmeal and hot the taste is similar. It’s not actually super grainy in taste, it just leans that way (smell influencing how the taste is perceived?). I accidentally left this one sitting and, when I came back to it, it had cooled down to room temperature. I expected this to be bitter (too many green teas lately?) but it was SO FRUITY AND DELICIOUS. Wow! I don’t normally go for iced tea or cold brews, but this was so tasty cold I think I have to try it.

Flavors: Fruity, Oats

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
219 tasting notes

Exciting news!

So, my fiance and I have been engaged for just over three years and neither one of us is interested in a big, fancy wedding. Honestly? I would totally go to Vegas to get married if his family was on board with it.

We were hoping to get married this fall, but never found the time to actually plan anything. Then, over Thanksgiving, my fiance’s mother suggested that we get married on New Year’s Eve, which struck a cord with us. We and our friends/family would be off work, my mother-in-law knows someone who could officiate, and what better day for a celebration of new beginnings?

We’ve actually started working towards doing this (!!!) and today we found a place to have the wedding! I still have to go through the information packet they’re sending me and finalize everything, but we’re actually doing it!

This is the tea I was drinking when I called the restaurant we found and when said restaurant said that we could hold our wedding and lunch afterwards there. I’m really glad I saved the last of the Lime Gelato for this — it’s my favorite tea and it feels fitting to have it on a day of good news.

(Now, let’s just hope the restaurant is reasonably priced seeing as I have to wait for their information packet to see an estimate … eek.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Congrats! What a great way to start the new year :)

sundaysipping

Thank you! _

Tea Sipper

Congrats!

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drank Dragon's Well by Tea Guys
219 tasting notes

Standard straight green tea. It gets a bit astringent as it cools.

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75

Kind of sad that the first time I’m logging this is also right when I’m sipping it down.

I like this tea quite a bit – I checked Teavana’s site and it looks like it was discontinued. Disappointing, especially since I could see myself getting more of this one. It’s fruity and the almond lends sweetness to the blend. Every once in a while, the almond takes over and this gets way to marzipan-heavy for my tastes. Even so, it’s a warm, comforting cup of tea and I’m going to miss it.

Flavors: Fruity, Marzipan, Sweet

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

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100
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
219 tasting notes

Yummy limey goodness.

I feel guilty – I’ve given away more of this than I’ve gotten to drink. I’m down to enough leaf for one big cup, so the next time I make this, it will be a sipdown. It’s still a favorite and it’s still sweet, delicious lime — I’m not getting much cream from this particular cup. And … as much as it shocks me to say this … I’m actually okay with this being an impending sipdown. I love this tea, but have a bad habit of hoarding it instead of enjoying it. So, I’m doing an experiment. I’ll enjoy what I have left, open so new tea and (hopefully) enjoy that, and when I next place a Davids order I’ll pick up some more. My hypothesis is that I’ll get more out of enjoying this tea and going without it for a while than I will hoarding it and never having any myself.

I think I’m going to be proven right. Wouldn’t that be delightful?

Flavors: Lime, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

So tea drinking hasn’t really been happening for me lately. I all but stopped last week and have been pushing myself this week to drink more tea because I miss the nightly ritual.

Anyway. This was last night’s tea. I was undecided on what to have and only had enough of this one left for one cup, so why not take the easy sipdown? The first steep went about ten minutes and I finally got banana! Delicious, sweet, realistic banana that got a little bit of a sour edge toward the end of the sip. Fantastic, though – I didn’t think I’d get anything close to that solid of a flavor out of this one! My second steep was very nutty and sweet and sadly lacking in banana.

I enjoyed this one, but I don’t think it’s something I’ll be sad to go without. Nice to try one of DavidsTea’s better loved blends that I missed out on the first time.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 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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