205 Tasting Notes

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
205 tasting notes

I was craving fruit juice and found this sample in the cupboard. It smelled SO fruity and sweet in the bag that it seemed like it’d be an acceptable substitute. This brews up to a very light green and retains precious little of the strong fruit flavor present in the dry leaves. The taste is … flat. No fruit, just green tea. While it’s hot it’s not bitter, but as soon as it cools it becomes incredibly bitter. (1.25tsp, 200F, 5 minutes)

The second steep reminds me of the Lipton green tea and melon teabags I’ve had — I get some light melon flavor underlying the green tea flavor. Still had to gulp this cup down to get flavor and avoid bitterness, though. (1.25tsp, 180F, 3 minutes)

I’m amazed by how far this blend falls short of the taste the aroma promsies.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Snowmageddon continues!

Well, kind of. Last night, after the snow finally stopped, my fiance and I dug our cars out and cleared them of all snow. We went to bed secure in the knowledge that our cars would be ready for us in the morning when we left for work — no half-asleep car cleaning for us! Unfortunately for us, we got almost a foot of snow overnight so all the work was completely wasted. On top of that, the plow guy for our building didn’t show up until ten minutes ago, and we’ve been stuck at home. I took the day off of work when it looked like the plow guy was going to be a no-show and my fiance is going to attempt going in late.

We’ve been getting quite a lot of snow days lately and they’re starting to get frustrating — neither of our workplaces actually cancels work due to weather and whatever time we take off comes out of vacation time or has to be made up. Grr. Luckily for me, I brought my work laptop home and can try to play catchup on some things while drinking massive amounts of tea!

Because it’s super snowy once again and I’m annoyed about missing work, I chose Read My Lips for this morning. It’s got chocolate! And I’m dying to see how it is with some of the mudslide creamer I picked up.

It’s soooo chocolatey with the creamer! Mint is present, but light, throughout the sip. Yum! Hot chocolate in tea form!

I’m reminded why I love this tea so much — it’s okay plain, but not mind-blowing; it’s amazing with milk/sugar or sweetened creamer — it’s versatile and I rarely have a cup of it I don’t like.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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We’re getting pummeled by an epic snow storm … again. This is probably the fourth big, bad, world-ending snow storm we’ve had in two months and, once again, my fiance and I are at home to ride out the storm. (Little cars + long commutes + blizzard = snow day to avoid commuter-death)

The bright side to this snow day is that I have access to all my teas! I’ve been happily sipping down all day long! I used the last of this to make a pot of tea.

I added some sugar to this just to see if made the chocolate pop more. Sadly it doesn’t. The mint just overpowers everything else with the chocolate relegated to the background — providing a lovely creamy finish. The sugar kind of mucks everything up here, this is one I like so much better plain.

Preparation
Boiling 18 OZ / 532 ML

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50
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Resteeped this one and had it with milk and sugar (again). I’m getting more of the cookie flavor my fiance picked up in the smell of the dry leaves this time. I get a lot of bready/pastry flavor mixed with the coconut. Both flavors are light, but this isn’t bad.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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“Wow! Cookies!” my fiance exclaimed upon smelling this tea.

I really wish this one tasted like cookies. I’ve had this plain before and didn’t love it, so I immediately added milk and a 1/4tsp of sugar. I can taste the coconut, but little else; there’s no fruit in this one. This one is sadly forgettable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a resteep I made in my teapot last night. Sadly, I fell asleep before I got to drink my tea. On the bright side, the leaves steeped overnight and I’m actually getting more maple flavor this time! This is really sweet and smooth and I’m loving that I can FINALLY taste the maple!

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know how to feel about this one. I’ve read the reviews that say it’s like liquid maple syrup and … well … I’m not getting that. It’s smooth and sweet and I really like it. Like, “Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t pick up a sample of this the first time I was at a DAVIDsTEA !” good. But it’s also something I can drink without really thinking to much about it — mindless enjoyment. I wonder if I’m so used to consuming overly-flavored things I can’t appreciate more subtle tastes in tea.

On the brightside, at least my fiance got maple syrup from this blend.

Resteeping to try again later.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog.

I love this tea. While I don’t get kettle corn from the taste, I do get sweet caramel. This tea is delicious and really hits the spot if you’re craving something desserty. My only complaint is that I have a lot of leftover chunks that smell like caramel — I used up all the other pieces in this blend, and I’m not sure what to do with these. Maybe put them into some plain green tea I have? Hmm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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45
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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This was part of my first-ever DAVIDsTEA order, in large part because of the fabulous reviews of it here on Steepster. As a dessert lover looking to replace sweets with tea, this sounded perfect. Cookie dough? In tea form? Oh yes yes yes.

Dry, this smells exactly like fresh cookies — reminds me a lot of chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, actually. Steeped, it’s a fairly plain tea that doesn’t retain much of the nutty, cookie flavor present in the dry leaves. Maybe part of the issue is the large size of the walnuts … I should have tried crushing them up a bit so that I’d get a better ratio of tea to nut bits. Other than that, though, this is smooth and sweet enough to drink plain. I do really enjoy this tea, despite the fact that it’s not the liquid baked good I was expecting.

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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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