239 Tasting Notes

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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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Celebration tea!

We picked up my fiance’s new car yesterday and everything went really smoothly! The car is nice and exceeded his expectations in terms of highway performance — woohoo! Plus, we almost immediately agreed on a name for the car (yes, I’m the sort of person who names vehicles and other inanimate objects … and then talks to them …)!

I made this when we got home from the dealership as a post-dessert treat. Really should have skipped dessert for this tea — all the sugar I’d just consumed really threw the flavor off for the first quarter of my cup. After that, tart fruit with a dusky chocolate background. Yum!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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reviewed Timolino (16 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
239 tasting notes

This weekend has been … interesting.

On the bright side, my fiance and I got to explore our new hometown (of seven months) and try out some local restaurants. This has been on the to do list forever and it was great to enjoy each other’s company and see what the area has to offer. Yay, date night!

On the other hand … we also found out on our way home from breakfast Saturday that he needs a new car. We’ve had issues on and off, but chalked it up to the car being a 1999. It still runs well and we thought that after the most recent bout of maintenance, we’d be good until the end of the year. Lucky us, the transmission ran low on fluid … again … and we were stuck limping the car home. This is the second time the transmission has given us problems in a week and, because of the age of the car, it makes more sense for us to buy a new vehicle than it does to replace the transmission.

We spent the weekend pricing out new cars and figuring out what we can afford to get. I’m not the most patient person in the world (understatement, cough cough) so out came the Timolino for our dealership tour.

I love this thing so much. I actually brewed tea in this, poured it into my tea canteen, then rebrewed in the Timolino and took both with me. The tea stayed hot for hours, I didn’t have to worry about anything spilling, and I had something tasty to sip on while crunching numbers. My only complaints are that this mug is too small for the cupholders in my car (an anomaly because travel mugs are usually to big for my cupholders) and I really would have preferred an all-stainless steel brewing basket. It’s so convenient that it’s hard to care too much about stuff like that, though. Plus, maybe the cupholders in the new car will fit it better. Hehehehehehehe.

We’re making the trade tomorrow, and I’ll definitely have this little gem along with me!

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This was a present from my best friend. She ended up with more of this tea than she wanted, and gave me some to try (and to reduce what she had in her cupboard). I’ve had this mixed with Wile Orange Blossom before and really liked it, though I get the feeling that the orange overpowered this tea in that blend.

THIS is pineapple — sweet, juicy, citrusy pineapple. I love it. This is what I was hoping Pineapple Oolong would be. And it smells like a tropical island, which is kinda perfect for a sunshiney Friday.

EDIT: The resteep of this has no flavor. Bummer. I guess that’s to be expected with a mostly-fruit blend.

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

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This one tastes like Exotica to me … but without the oily mouthfeel. I’m not a fan. It’s more bland than I was expecting from the delicious tropical flavor and gets worse as it cools. Although … it also develops an almost-interesting pastry flavor around the same time. Heh.

I saved the leaves from my first steeping, so maybe I’ll try again tonight and get a better second cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I was so excited to try this one — chocolate and oranges, how could I go wrong!

Sadly, I got neither chocolate nor oranges from this tea. It was flat and bland. I hope my friend likes it more than I did!

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1.5tsp Pineapple Kona Pop! mixed with 1.5tsp Wild Orange Blossom. Steeped for five minutes in my large Perfect Mug.

My best friend’s mom actually came up with this one. She and my friend gave me a sample of each of the teas in it, and curiosity got the better of me once I was home. The first steep is very pineappley when warm but the orange comes out to play once it cools. I like it better bot because cold, the citrus is overwhelming.

The second steep is much weaker than the first and the citrus flavor is muted. I like the second steep better just because it’s not as forceful with the fruit flavoring.

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

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I’ve been wanting to try matcha for some time now, but always hesitated when I saw the price. I feel bad enough when I order something from DAVIDsTEA that I don’t like, I couldn’t imagine the guilt associated with ordering matcha and then hating it. Eek.

I had dinner at my best friend’s house this weekend, and she mentioned she had matcha. And then made me a cup of this.

It’s vegetal but smooth, and surprisingly tasty. Even without sugar or fun flavorings, I really enjoyed my cup of this. I didn’t even mind the particulate in the bottom of my cup, which is usually a no-no for me.

I’m so happy I got to try this and I’m even happier that I liked it! Now I can place a Red Leaf Teas order without worrying!

… Flavor suggestions anyone? :-)

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
239 tasting notes

Okay, I don’t know what it is with this one … maybe I just got a lot of cream pieces in the first cup? I’m getting more strawberry than anything else and have to chug the cup of tea to get any creaminess. I can’t tell if I’m being dense or if this tea’s just not as good as I originally thought. Disappointing.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My fiance picked this one out while we were at Teavana — another tea for his iced tea stash. I cold brewed some for a few hours in the French press and tried it with some sugar. It’s not bad, but it reminds me of Pez candy. Hopefully, he gets more of a lemonade taste than I did.

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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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