255 Tasting Notes

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I was feeling fancy tonight and since I just got some small teacups, I decided to have a TEA PARTY!

Okay … it was just me at the tea party, but it felt like a special occasion, which I guess is the whole point.

I picked this tea because I wanted a dessert substitute and because I have so little left, I figured it would get me close to a sipdown. I also happened to have some rock sugar on hand, and decided tonight would be a good time to test it with this tea. You know, because it was a party, after all, and parties revolve around sweet things.

Hot, the sugar transforms this to Generic Chocolate Tea. Just above lukewarm, it has a very oily mouthfeel and leaves me with the sense that I’ve just eaten peanut butter — I can almost taste it. Cold, the berry notes are prominent and I really enjoy it.

I don’t think sweetening was the way to go with this tea. It was enjoyable enough, but just felt too weird to me. Though, points, I guess, for making it more desserty than usual.

Meh.

Virginia

Oh my goodness, I just laughed so hard reading you, thank you for putting a smile on my face

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I’ve had this one a few times now and can say two things with certainty 1) I definitely like it and 2) it consistently puts me to sleep. I didn’t include this in my last order because I wanted to try it again to make sure I liked it enough to buy 50g and now I’m sad I didn’t just get it. This was an excellent before bed tea — the fruit was malty and thick, and the tea itself did a wonderful job of relaxing me.

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Backlog from a few days ago.

I’m obsessed with Teavana’s Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long. I love how flavorful it is, I love how the fruit is present and doesn’t taste artificial. I love that I don’t need sugar. What I don’t love, however, is that this tea is seasonal so, despite ordering half a pound of it, I might never be able to get it again when I run out.

So, there’s this tea. Which smelled fruity and sweet and effervescent in the store. This tea that is world’s cheaper than Strawberry Grapefruit. I was expecting a similar taste based on the smell of this one dry. Steeped, however, it’s very grassy and the grassiness of the green tea overpowers the fruit flavor. It’s possible that I didn’t get many fruit chunks in the infuser and that’s why this one tastes like a freshly mown lawn. I’m still disappointed that it doesn’t taste more like it smells.

On the bright side, Teavana did fix my shipping address and I should be getting my tea soon! Which means I won’t need to use this as a Strawberry Grapefruit replacement for a while.

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Made this after the Mango Mate Pu’erh Punch fiasco. Ahh, sweet strawberry. Thank you for tasting like fruit and tea!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So … I realized that the last time I had this tea I probably didn’t get any actual tea in my infuser. Why? Well, I steeped some of this up as my “Good Morning!” tea today and, lucky for me, I got some mate/pu’erh in the mix.

It tasted like dirt. More accurately, it tasted like fruit that had been covered in dirt. Bonus points for the punch of sour at the end of every sip, because soil wasn’t enough of a foul taste.

I dumped this tea. I wanted to go on, I wanted to not be wasteful, but this was just too horrible. I’m bagging up the rest to give as samples to some tea-loving friends because maybe they’ll like this more than I did. :-/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tastes like grape to me! Maybe it’s because I didn’t get any fruit bits in my infuser? It’s good and is actually what I was expecting Grape Expectations to taste like. I don’t think I’d want to have a lot of this on hand, but it’s a smooth and sweet occasional cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
255 tasting notes

I had a cup of this last night, and I’m pretty sure I overbrewed it (silly me, getting distracted by video games!). The lime was really prominent and biting, the creamy part almost non-existent. Still really good, and I’m sure that the not-so-stellar parts of this can be blamed on my ineptitude and my tin being nearly empty.

On the bright side, I finally got around to placing a DavidsTea order and I will soon have two more bags of this one! YAY! And I snuck in a Teavana order because I had a coupon! MORE TEA!

Teavana’s site is stupid, though, and is saying my tea will be sent to my old address where it’d be impossible to retrieve. Customer Service swears they got my update request and fixed it, so fingers crossed that I actually get my tea. Eek. If not, I’m definitely going to need to order more of this one…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Made this in the Timolino this morning because 1) it’s an easy way to use up a lot of leaf in one go and 2) I really really want this one gone. It still smells completely unappetizing to me, fruit mixed with dirt. I remember being really underwhelmed by this tea the last time I had it, so I added sugar this time hoping to bring out more of the fruit flavor.

It’s better, but I still don’t like it. Steeped, it smells strongly of cinnamon, has a mouthfeel like syrup, and tastes like a Teavana Fruit Tea Sample! Maybe it’s just my bad first impression that’s making this unenjoyable? I don’t hate it, I just don’t like it enough for it to be in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another sample.

I made this one last night in my tea pot as the Davids rooibos sample packets tend to have too much tea in them for my usual mug (learned that the hard way with Gingerbread … YUCK!). This smells more like alcohol in the bag than vanilla and I didn’t notice any off smell when I steeped it – thank God! It steeps up to a dark red. Tastewise, it’s not really vanilla, just smooth and sweet, the sort of tea you can drink without having to think about it.

I don’t mind this … not sure it’d be worth purchasing in anything bigger than a sample quantity though.

Edit to Add: I put some of this in the fridge to drink later and, for giggles, tried it cold. Vanilla frosting. Vaguely vanilla, but I like it nonetheless.

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

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
255 tasting notes

Sample from my last DavidTea order.

I used the whole sample packet to make myself a pot of this tea. I love how much the leaves plump up after steeping! There was only a little pile in my infuser when I started, and I found it completely stuffed when I went to pour the tea. Clearly, I’m easily amused.

Dry, this one smells fruity and nutty — like a rich dessert. It steeps up to a light golden color and tastes like marzipan backed by fruit. Oddly, it reminds me of Movie Night and I’d like to try both side by side to compare.

This tea does get HORRENDOUSLY bitter if, say, you leave the infuser in your teapot and there’s just enough water left in the teapot to reach the leaves. Seriously, it’s undrinkable. But steeped for the listed time, it’s a seriously amazing dessert tea.

I’m so mad I’m out of this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 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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