206 Tasting Notes

Backlog from this weekend.

This one smells fruity and tropical in the tin – it’s not overpowering, but it’s definitely there. I steeped this one and, unfortunately, got so sidetracked that I didn’t end up drinking it after it had cooled down to room temperature. This one is bland at room temperature, I got absolutely no fruit flavor. Actually, I didn’t get much of any flavor.

After I bought this, I thought I’d be disappointed because there’d be too much papaya flavor, and I’m not a huge fan of papaya. I didn’t expect this to have no flavor at all.

Reserving my rating until I can have another cup of this, preferably while it’s still hot.

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

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70
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

Not bad!

I’ve had a sample of this for a while now and never felt brave enough to try it. I found it while going through my tea cupboard and decided to try it out. This smells like floral and honey and tastes similar but with heavy marshmallow notes (or something like that … this tea tastes very fluffy to me). Not sure if it’s something I’d want in any appreciable quantity, but it’s good and I definitely regret not trying it sooner.

Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow, Sweet

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

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I used up the last of this tonight and my infuser was overflowing with pieces of popcorn. I guess these sunk to the bottom of the container? As a result. I got a cup that smelled and tasted like delicious, lightly sweet popcorn. SOOOO GOOD! But now I want actual popcorn…

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

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I had this last night thinking it would be a sipdown, but I still have enough leaf (fruit bits?) left for another 16oz cup. Boo. If I had to have an unexpected cup of leaf remaining, I would have preferred it to be of Snickerdoodle.

Anyway. I had this hot and reduced the steep time hoping it would be less tart (similar to Yes We Cran), and it worked out for the first steep. Much more apple and no noticeable tart. The second steep wasn’t so lucky, however, and was all tart apple.

Overall, I feel pretty neutral about this tea. It’s decent and lives up to the apple flavor. It just doesn’t capture apple cider all that well.

I’m looking forward to the sipdown. As an added bonus, my fiance has said that if I sipdown two more teas, I’m free to place a DavidsTea order. Hooray, back-from-the-dead blends! And a continuation of my recent tea buying spree (thus the reason for the sipdown stipulation). This and Movie Night will be my super easy sipdowns because he didn’t specify that the sipdowns had to be on unopened or recently opened tea. Hooray loopholes and hooray for more tea!

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

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75
drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

Sad sipdown.

Made the last of this in travel mugs this morning. I wanted to have a least one more cup of this without Sweet Apple Cider mixed in to see if I like it enough to purchase more.

The first few sips were very spicy and thick, reminding me a lot of ginger snap cookies. Yum! As I continued drinking, however, this got very appley (reminding me a lot of Sweet Apple Cider without the tart) and thin. I can’t tell if it was the cooler temperature of the tea or me not washing the tops of my Contigos well enough. In either case, I think I’ll be all right not getting more of this one. It was tasty, but I don’t have to have it.

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

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70

Snickerdoodle/Sweet Apple Cider in a 50:50 mix again. Made this morning in my new travel mugs so I could have something yummy to take with me to work. (Side question: At what point are you bringing too many travel mugs of tea with you to work? I usually bring two, but have started bringing three … mainly because I don’t like the tea I make at work as much as what I make at home. In any case, I’m feeling like I’m being a tad obsessive.)

This was SUPER apple flavored in the travel mug — no sweet notes from the Snickerdoodle at all, just tart apple. Not bad, but it felt like a waste of the Snickerdoodle – which I like a lot better than Sweet Apple Cider – to be honest.

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

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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

Tried this again and reduced the steep time from the recommended 4 minutes to 2 minutes. What a world of difference! It’s definitely tart cranberry, but less overwhelming with the lower steep time. The spices are more present, too, but in a generic way. Like, you know that they’re there, but not which ones are there. This is so much better than the first time I had it, and I get the feeling this might be good cold. Sadly, that’s an experiment I’m probably not going to carry out. This one is really not my favorite and I’d rather be done with it in a way I know is palatable than play around.

Raising the rating because it is a lot better, though.

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

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70

Got this as a sample in my last DavidsTea order and used the whole sample to make a teapot full. I really like this one — the dry leaves smell like bourbon vanilla, the steeped leaves smell like frosting, and the tea itself tastes like … pure vanilla. (Haha)

That being said, I’m not sure I’d want to have this on hand in anything more than a sample size. It’s good, but I find I get sick of it by the end of the second pot. Too bad I can’t just order sample sizes from Davids … and that the closest store is like two hours away.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

First time having this tea by itself and the taste is very similar to when I mixed it with Sweet Apple Cider. Very tasty, just lacking the apples.

(This note would be longer, but I fell asleep halfway through drinking this and chugged it when I woke up. I’m not super observant when I just wake up!)

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

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Sipdown! And of an older tea, too. I think I’ve had this one for a year now?

I have a love/hate relationship with this tea. My favorite tea shop sells it and I very much enjoy it there when I get it as a to go cup. It’s smooth and lightly sweet, though a bit forgettable. A good tea to drink unconsciously and a very comforting cup. At home, however, it’s very woody. I want to use words like “harsh” or “abrasive” but they don’t really fit the taste. It’s not bad, but it’s also not sweet or comforting. Initially, I thought that this was because I steeped too long (5 minutes) but even reducing steep time (3 minutes) yielded similar results. The cup brewed for only 3 minutes, however, did sweeten up as it cooled down.

Not going to rate this as I feel too conflicted on what an appropriate rating would be. Maybe this will just be something I enjoy in-store.

Preparation
Boiling 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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