238 Tasting Notes

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Back from the future in-laws! I went prepared this time, with my Timolino and some tea, but I didn’t have any the entire time I was there. I’m thinking of getting an electric kettle for my fiance’s mom so that she can make tea more easily and I will be able to make tea when I go over. (I swear, my own selfish desire to feed my tea addiction did not play into the formation of this idea at all …)

Anyway, I was desperate for tea when I got home. In keeping with my goal of trying the whole spring collection before I place another DAVIDs order, I made some Grape Expectations. (Insert pun-filled joke about this tea’s name and my hopes for its taste here.)

Dry and brewed, this tea smells like grape Tootsie Pops. Hooray! I like those! That’s the flavor I usually pick if I have to eat one! The taste of the tea, however, is sadly lacking. It’s edging on bitter and floral. It sweetens as it cools, but the bitter edge becomes more pronounced as well. Ick. I’m going to sweeten the second steep and see if that helps any.

So far, I’ve been mostly disappointed with the spring collection, which is just depressing. I was really hoping I’d find at least one tea that I absolutely loved. Maybe I’ll have better luck with Cool Cucumber. :-/

(Edit: Second steep with sugar is all bitter nastiness. Yuck.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Traveling tea, made in the Timolino for the ride down to my fiance’s parents’ house.

I used to love this tea. It’s one of the few non-Lipton teas my mom ever purchased and I loved the cinnamon flavor. I needed something easy this morning and found a bag of this in my cupboard.

It’s still cinnamon, but it’s not as strong as I remember it being. The aftertaste of apple that I remember is relegated to the end of the cup when the tea has cooled.

I’m really glad I have Hot Cinnamon Spice as a replacement for this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

This is the tea I was most excited about from the Spring Collection. It has BLUEBERRIES, how could I not be excited about that?

Dry, this smells chemically bordering on medicinal — not exactly what I’d expect from a fruity tea. Steeped, this tastes much more like lemongrass than blueberries. I like it and especially appreciate that it’s not oily like Exotica was … but I’m not really impressed by this one. Which stinks because I wanted so much to be blown away by it.

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

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

Dry, this smells amazing — fruity and light. I love the little chunks of pineapple! Steeped, this is a generic, almost-fruity tea. It has a sharpness to it that makes me think “chemical”, but not in a bad way, if that’s possible.

Overall, it’s not bad. I’m just not sure that this is something I would go out and purchase once I’ve used up my sample.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This used to be my go to work tea. I loved how fruity and sweet it was and I loved that it was a no-sugar-needed tea (this was before I got used to drinking my tea without sweetener).

One of my coworkers offered me some of this yesterday, and I had it as an afternoon tea today. It still steeps up fine with almost-boiling water. It’s still sweet and berry-full. I still like it, but it no longer satisfies my “I want blueberry tea!” cravings. Hmm.

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Holy strawberry!

Like Sakura Allure, this one brews up barely-pink. In the tin, it smells like strawberries sprinkled with sugar; brewed, it’s all sweet strawberry with a pop of sour at the end. Delicious. THIS is strawberry well done, Strawberry Cream, take some notes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
238 tasting notes

Part of my tea buying binge this weekend; justified with a $10 off coupon to Teavana.

This isn’t a tea I was planning on getting. I have heard of it before and cherries in tea just doesn’t appeal to me. I could see it happening: I would expect maraschino cherries and get barely ripe cherries — the same thing that happens to me with “cake teas” where I expect it to taste like dessert and it tastes like barely-flavored water. I’m trying to avoid disappointing myself.

However, while in Teavana the other day, I smelled this tea. The salesgirl suggested it after I requested some of the Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long and explained that I enjoy fruity teas. And, oh my, it smells like sweet, fresh cherries.

It brews up to a barely-pink color and the aroma is very floral — definitely not my favorite. It tastes vaguely fruity in a good way — just enough to be enjoyable and not need any sugar. Not my favorite tea, but not one I regret buying. Yay!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My fiance and I went shopping this weekend and stopped by a tea house one of my coworkers has been telling me about for months. They had just opened up a new location a few streets over from my favorite tea house, making it easy for us to stop over and check it out. And, oh! what a glorious little place it is. All kinds of tea ware and a wall of teas in little jars for customers to smell!

…!

Needless to say, we got a lot of samples, most of them picked out by my fiance to be made into iced tea. This is one of the teas we both really liked, and the first one he requested be made into iced tea. He also requested that I blend it with some (insanely fresh) Earl Grey Cream from my favorite tea shop. Seriously, when did he get so experimental with tea? Is my obsession rubbing off on him?!

I mixed this tea with the Earl Grey as requested and hot brewed it. I added sugar and chilled the tea overnight and wow! Obviously, a 50/50 mix wasn’t the way to go as the Earl Grey kinda overpowered the Snowflake. Otherwise, very smooth, nutty and almost chocolatey. A fantastic after-dinner tea — good job, fiance!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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First tea from the Spring Collection!

I actually split the spring collection with my best friend and got to smell all the teas while repackaging them for her. Cool Cucumber smelled amazing and I can’t wait to try it. This one, however, smelled like chemically plastic. Horrible! I was so worried I was going to hate this one. Last night, it smelled fruity so I had it for dessert.

Wow! Not sure I would call it peaches but it’s close. The cream is there but light. I like this one and I’m so happy that it didn’t end up tasting like the plastic I was expecting when I first smelled this!

Edit: I just realized this is my 100th tasting note! YAY! (I should go get more tea to celebrate….)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog.

One of my coworkers gave me a bag of this tea to try, saying it was one of his favorites. The bag was intended to make iced tea, so I used it to brew up a pot for myself. It tasted … weird to me. Maybe it’s the ginger. I kept thinking this was a peach-ginger tea, and did get some fruitiness in the first few sips. Once the tea cooled down, however, I lost the fruitiness to a weird taste that I can only assume was the ginger.

This isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll seek out any more ginger teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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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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