177 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!

I had a lot of this today. It’s one of those teas that I neither love nor hate, and this was an easy sipdown. It’s good. Sometimes it’s fruitier than others. Sometimes it has this weird not-quite-creamy-but-trying-to-be-creamy taste to it. And it’s not a bad tea to end the night on.

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
177 tasting notes

Yesterday’s steep of this was so disgustingly floral, I almost dumped it. If I wanted to drink perfume, I’d do so. Or … maybe it’s my fault for getting too many of the little rose buds in my infuser?

I digress.

I made an effort to mix up the little bit I have left so that my infuser wouldn’t be filled with flowers again. And it seems to have worked out — the first steep was fruity and quite nice! I was pleasantly surprised. The second steep, however, cooled a little too long and all I got was an oil mouthfeel. What a pity, too, seeing as the first cup of this was soooo tasty.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This smells spot on for cheesecake, maybe one with a little chocolate. I bought this against the advice of my fiance, who thought this would go the way of other chocolate teas that I’ve found lacking in, well, chocolate.

I wasn’t in the mood for Coffee Pu’erh today, so I made this as my work tea with a bit of dolce de leche creamer added in. The first steep reminds me of cocoa powderl; it’s not bad but also not a favorite. Maybe I should have let it cool more? The second steep is my favorite – it’s very creamy (just like a real cheesecake!) and I get a lot of graham cracker crust taste. Fantastic!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
177 tasting notes

I had a little bit of this (2tsp) left over from making my fiance iced tea last night. Since I didn’t see any star anise in it, I decided I’d try this hot and see if I liked it over the chilled version.

Without the star anise, this is very juicy pineapple, and the pina colada smell holds true in the taste. I actually like it a lot. Probably not enough to order this for myself, but definitely enough to finish off the leftovers again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love this tea. It’s not great as a traveling tea, but at home it’s fantastic. A lightly fruity and incredibly smooth green. Yum! Best part is that the dry leaf smells similarly fruity and the scent fills the whole kitchen whenever I make this one!

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

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
177 tasting notes

Okay, I don’t get this one. Maybe it’s the fact that I gave half the bag to a friend when I first opened it … but I have no idea why I thought this was rich and chocolatey when I first tried it. It’s not bad — very earthy smelling and hay-like in taste. I think my prior association is just ruining this one.

I tried it today with some dolce de leche creamer, hoping to bring out the dessert notes. I got hay with a creamy end sip. Not bad … but really not what I expected.

Flavors: Cream, Hay

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

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
177 tasting notes

I love the smell of this one — it’s all ripe, juicy pineapple ready to be eaten! I thought for sure this would taste like a pina colada in a cup. Even my fiance was impressed by the scent of this one.

I steeped this hot and chilled it to make an iced tea for him. He swears he gets a banana flavor from it. I tried a bit and all I get is licorice. Unless it’s red Twizzlers, I’m not a fan of licorice.

Boo. I really watned to like this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Finished off the rest of this last night — holy crushed leaves! I used a fillable tea bag this time, hoping to avoid the leaf particulate that I suspect has been making other cups of this bitter. I got a cup of very blueberry tea that was fantastic hot … but got bitter as it cooled. Disappointing; I liked the blueberry flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another chocolate tea I wasn’t impressed with.

I get a lot of coconut from this one – if I overleaf, it’s a very sharp coconut flavor, verging on bitter. Today, the coconut overwhelms everything else and contributes to a baked goods-type flavor. The flavor reminds me more of pie dough (but, not entirely) than cookies.

Oh, well. It’s a decent breakfast tea.

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

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
177 tasting notes

Had this last night as a post-dessert treat while playing video games. I think I messed it up. I might have had two glazed donuts before drinking this and I can’t tell if they overloaded me on sweet to the point where I couldn’t taste my tea or if I just got a really bland cup. Both steeps of this didn’t taste at all like cotton candy — very disappointing regardless, and it’s making me reconsider if this is one I need to have stockpiled before it’s discontinued.

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