205 Tasting Notes

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I brewed some of this as a morning tea earlier this week. I was expecting FRUIT PUNCH! I got something vaguely fruity, a little sour, not bad but definitely not something I would have purchased had I tried it beforehand.

Maybe it’d be better cold brewed? Thoughts? Right now, I’m thinking I’ll try to sip this one down ASAP and clear some space in my cupboard.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this one because my fiance LOVES pink lemonade. I’m trying to get him away from buying the pink lemonade mix or those super-sugared bottled versions and, voila!, found a tea replacement!

I cold-brewed this one overnight and used 1.5tsp per 8oz (instead of the recommended 1.25tsp); I got a very light pink tea that had a light fruity lemonade taste to it. Without sugar, it’s got a sour tang that builds as you drink it. According to my fiance, it’s spot on pink lemonade and only needs a tiny bit of sugar to make it perfect.

A definite reorder once we use up the 2oz we have! I’ll make a tea lover out of that guy yet!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 21 OZ / 621 ML

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drank Passion Berry by Teavana
205 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this again, and it’s as good as always. Very tart and fruity on the first steeps descending into something akin to a fakey baked good flavor (if that makes sense). I’m enjoying this one cold so much that I can’t imagine steeping it hot … I just don’t think it would work well. Plus, my fiance also enjoys this one cold. Why change what works?

I’ve been put on a tea-buying freeze until I use up more of the teas in my cupboard. Thanks to my fiance’s desire for iced tea in his lunch, this one is close to being gone. Hooray!

P.S. Despite the tea-buying freeze, my fiance did tell me to go order one of the 16oz Timolinos from DAVIDsTEA after I found out that the new tea canteen things are replacing them. I’m torn between the midnight green and the light blue — any suggestions, tea buddies? Or do I just get one of the 12oz Timolinos in one of the fun new colors? (And, now that I’m thinking about it, when I place my order, the Spring Collection might just fall into my shopping cart and then I’d be forced to get it! Hehehe!)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 21 OZ / 621 ML

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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New breakfast tea! I remember loving this one when I first tried it, and the smell of the dry leaves did not disappoint. Rich, chocolatey goodness. YUM! Steeped however … maybe it’s just what I scooped out this morning … but it tastes the way the feed room of an old barn smells. Musty, grain, hay. Absolutely unappealing and really not what I was in the mood for. Yuck.

boychik

did you rinse it?

sundaysipping

No. I didn’t in the past either but it still tasted excellent. How do you rinse tea? I’ve never done it before.

boychik

5sec rinse with boil water just to cover tea. give couple min rest for leaves to open then steep again. should take care of that musty flavor. Always rinse puer flavored or not:)

sundaysipping

Did not know that! I’ll try that and see if it makes this one any better. I really loved it the first time around and I hate if my own ignorance ruined it for me. Thank you for the tip.
:-)

boychik

anytime;)

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drank Passion Berry by Teavana
205 tasting notes

Cold brewed this one in my French press. I love how this device nets me tea with no debris! (Way more excited about that then I should be…) I also love how fast this tea cold brews.

It’s tart and light, even without the egregious over-leafing from my last attempt at making this.

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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
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I received this as part of a Tazo sampler pack my best friend got me for Christmas. It’s a nice breakfast tea to have with milk and sugar. Steeped up (read: the tea got dark) in my mug fairly quickly today at work and you can’t beat the convenience of a tea bag. I still think I like the Tazo Earl Grey better, though, but I’ve been on an Earl-Grey-For-Breakfast kick lately, so that’s kind of to be expected.

(1 teabag, 8oz, Boiling water)

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I’ve tried this tea plain before and got smooth/sweet rooibos but I didn’t get caramel in the taste; I did get some burnt sugar-caramel scent from the tea, however. Today is much the same — caramelly scent from the brewed tea, but I’m not tasting anything beyond rooibos in the tea itself. I added milk and a tiny bit of sugar hoping to bring out this tea’s dessert qualities, but no luck.

I’m starting to wonder if my tea’s gone stale or if there’s something wrong with me that I can’t taste the flavor my tea is supposed to have.

Edit: YESSSS! I’m finally getting something creamy and rich and sweet on the second steep! This one has milk and sugar again, but this steep feels more true to the name of the tea. Yummy!

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

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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I used up the rest of this sample today — yay for making room in the (overflowing) tea cabinet (that I keep adding to, despite my best attempts at whittling it down some). This isn’t a bad tea … just forgettable. Reading the reviews, I was expecting something sweeter and fruiter and I taste something bland. Not bad, but not restocking.

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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After reading the reviews here, I used the rest of my sample to cold brew this tea. And it was … vile. Like drinking cheap perfume with a bitter fruit undertone. Yuck! There’s no hope for this one.

Edit: I dropped my rating because the cold brewed version of this was just so awful.

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There’s a tea shop near my house!

I’m so excited to have found this, especially considering the tea shop I usually frequent is an hours’ drive away from me and I only get there once or twice a month. This tea was the sample of the day at the local tea shop, and it is amazing! It reminds me of a cinnamon tea my mom and I had years ago, and haven’t been able to find since. This tea is like liquid Fireballs candies and sweet enough to not require sugar. My only complaint is that the flavor lasts through half the sip before dropping into nothingness. Otherwise, this tea is cinnamony perfection.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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