184 Tasting Notes

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reviewed Tea Canteen by DAVIDsTEA
184 tasting notes

My fiance and I each got one of these for Christmas. We both wanted a spill-proof, leak proof vessel to take tea (iced tea for the fiance – hot drink hater!) to work or on hikes in. We looked at the Timolinos, but decided this would be more practical for our purposes.

I love this travel mug! I’ve never had a perfectly spill proof mug before, and it’s fantastic. I never have to worry about my car or purse getting tea stained. Plus, this really does keep tea steaming hot for hours, even when it’s freezing outside.

My only complaint is that the opening of this canteen is just narrow enough where I can’t fit my smallest infuser in it. I have to either brew tea outside the canteen or use a fillable tea bag. Despite that, I’m really happy I got this.

boychik

Thanks for recommending . I got it and I use it every time I go to my kids after school activities

sundaysipping

YAY! I’m glad you like it. :-) I just wish they made the opening just the tiniest bit bigger. Then this would be perfect…

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80
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
184 tasting notes

This one doesn’t give me the same POP! of cream and sweet flavors that the DAVIDsTEA Earl Grey Cream does, but it brews up quite nicely. It’s a mild Earl Grey Cream, with the same sweetness and smooth taste but none of the bold personality. I like it, and might get more of this one (it’s a bit cheaper than Davids) when I run out of what I have.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
184 tasting notes

This tea does smells like chocolate, but it doesn’t taste like hot chocolate. It’s smooth, not very sweet, and totally forgettable. I was really hoping I’d like this.

I’ll try again later with milk and sugar.

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

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50

I cold brewed this in one of my Perfect Mugs overnight, hoping to bring out more of the elusive pineapple flavor. I had enjoyed this tea hot before, but was really disappointed that it wasn’t fruitier.

Well…

I hate the cold brewed version of this. It’s overwhelmingly floral, sickeningly so. There’s no fruit to speak of. I added agave and tried it again — better, but still unpalatable. My fiance did enjoy it, however. Maybe I’ll make a batch for him to enjoy on his own…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Passion Berry by Teavana
184 tasting notes

My fiance hates hot drinks, but enjoys iced tea, so when Teavana had their Heavenly Sale, I picked up a bunch of herbal teas to cold brew for us. I also picked up a French press from a restaurant supply store to cold brew in. This is the first tea I tried cold brewed.

Unfortunately, in my excitement to try out my new tea and new toy, I put in a tablespoon more dry leaf than I should have. The first steep was only a few hours but it was STRONG. The tea was still fruity, but had a suckerpunch of bitter-almost-sour flavor to it that was begging for sweetener. Despite this, my fiance and I both really enjoyed it. I reused the leaves for another steep — maybe 18 hours in my fridge. This went into our canteens this morning with some agave and the bitter-sour punch is gone! It’s like a fruity pastry now — I’m getting quite a lot of sweet baked good flavor with fruit notes in the background. Yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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50

Holy pineapple! I am absolutely in love with the dry smell of this one! It’s all fresh, luscious fruit!

Steeped, the leaves lose some of their rich fruitiness. The tea itself has limited fruit in its aroma, and only vaguely tastes like pineapple as it cools. The pineapple is present in the scent but not the sip.

Still. It’s smooth and pleasant to drink. I could see myself reordering this one.

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I recently rediscovered Earl Grey, thanks to a sampler box my best friend gifted me for Christmas. Something about Earl Grey with milk and sugar just makes me happy in the mornings!

I had a little packet of David’s Cream of Earl Grey sitting in my tea cupboard, and decided to have some at work this morning. Dry, the leaves smell creamy and there’s a lot of floral (though, thankfully not as much as in the China Rose Petal tea!). Steeped, it retains that bakery-like scent, even after the addition of milk and sugar. Tastewise, this tea is only lightly floral with a thick, smooth feel to it.

I can’t wait to order more of this!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

yep, Earl Grey = happy!

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83

Backlog.

This tea was awesome; easily tying with DAVIDsTEA’s Spiced Fig for my favorite holiday tea. This brews up a very dark purple and has a deliciously rich fruit taste to it. The spices mimick those in Spiced Fig. The plum flavoring feels almost thick — this is one of those fruit teas that doesn’t waste time hinting at being fruity.

I even used some of this tea to make sugar cookies for my office’s holiday party — yum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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One of my friends sent me this as a Christmas present. It’s her favorite tea and she wanted me to try it. I had some last night as an after dinner tea.

Dry, this tea is overwhelmingly floral. Like, old lady perfume floral. I really don’t like the smell as it’s too close to potpurri for me. Steeped, some of the floral smell lingers, though it’s not as pronounced or off-putting as the dry leaf.

Based on smell alone, I was expecting to really dislike this one. Unfortunate, too, because I have four ounces of it. I took a cautious sip … and it’s good. Really good. The floral softens the black tea and makes it almost-sweet. It’s very smooth and pleasant to drink. I think I might make this my new breakfast tea …

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
184 tasting notes

My fiance has a tea club at his work! Luckily for me, he’s willing to trade some of my bagged teas for samples of what other people are drinking. This is one of the teas I got in the swap.

The smell is all lovely citrus, light and sweet. Brewed, it retains some of that citrusy taste, but I’m not loving it. I added some honey in the hopes it would make this tea wondrous … but I’m still not really enjoying it. I wouldn’t reject a cup of this outright, but I also don’t plan on adding it to my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 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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