184 Tasting Notes

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Got a cup of this after work last week while out with a friend. It smelled amazing in the tin and I was so excited to have a rich, vanilla tea.

This steeped up to a forgettable black tea — it was smooth and didn’t need any sweetener, but it didn’t wow me like I thought it would.

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I have terrible luck with dessert teas, particularly those that involve chocolate. I’m a sucker for anything that claims to taste like cake or a truffle, and am inevitably disappointed upon steeping. I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but it was on sale and I figured that, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be wasting that much money.

Dry, this smells sweet and fruity — like a rich, crumbly fruit tart. Steeped, this tea has a ton of floaties (yuck!) and a dark purple-pink color. It still smells very desserty, but the fruit is much more prominent here than in the dry leaves. It has a very fruity, almost sour taste to it. As the cup cools, the chocolate becomes more prominent, balancing out the sourness from the fruit.

I’m impressed! A chocolate tea that doesn’t completely miss the mark on chocolate taste!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
184 tasting notes

This tea smells tropical and fruity! Like a warm, sunny island in a tin. This is the tea I was most excited for from my Heavenly Sale order. (My fiance is absolutely thrilled with the overflowing tea cabinet…)

Steeped, this loses its fruity aroma. The taste is bland but smooth. Not what I was expecting from a tea with such a mouthwatering dry aroma.

I think I’ll cold brew this one and see if I can get more flavor out of it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I had this as an after dinner tea — partly because it’s a leftover from the Sweet Indulgence sampler I ordered last year and I don’t want it going bad, partly to make room in my tea cupboard. I over-ordered from the Teavana and DAVIDsTEA end of year sales, got tea for Christmas and, well … my tiny kitchen has tins and bags everywhere. It would be nice to cook without having to move tea out of the way every time I have to take something out. For that matter, it would be nice to make tea without having to move tea tins out of the way of my kettle.

Anyway. This was a sample I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in. It’s fruity, but the smell doesn’t leave much of an impression on me. Steeped, however, it’s wonderful. The liquor is a pretty pink and it tastes like dusky fruit, enough to get the point across while still remaining subtle. I absolutely love it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I got a sample of this in my recent order from Teavana (yay, 75% off sale!). The sample had some of their German rock sugar in it.

The first brew of this tea is wonderful with the added sugar — sweet but still hot/spicy from the ginger. I absolutely love it. It doesn’t really stand up to a resteep, however. I left my infuser in the cup for almost 10 minutes before I got anywhere near the color of the first infusion. Without the sugar, it’s lacking tastewise.

Might be a good breakfast tea, but I feel guilty buying tea I won’t get multiple steeps out of.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
184 tasting notes

Dry, this smells super fruity. Steeped, it lives up to its name – mangoes! Sweet, juicy mangoes!

I’m disappointed to have used up the last of this – another desserty wonder that lives up to its name. Bravo!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Dry, this smelled like the Moscato I have – light, fruity, oh so delicious. Steeped … it tasted like a pastry with no fruit, just dough. Very bready. Not bad but unexpected.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

How weird this sounds.

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Finally finished this one. I’ve been having it as a morning tea with sweet cream coffee creamer to kill the bitterness. It’s surprisingly smooth with the creamer, and I find myself really enjoying it as a tea I don’t have to think much about while I’m waking up.

Unfortunately, I got a taste of the creamer without the tea this morning. It’s syrupy sugary, which is barely noticeable in the tea.

I’m glad this one is finished up.

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
184 tasting notes

I got this as a sample last time I was at a DAVIDsTEA. I’ve tried it plain, with clover honey, and with raw sugar. Tastewise, it’s nicely fruity. The Smell of the dry leaves is reminiscent of the artificial orange flavor used in cheap Candy. I don’t mind the taste of the tea, but it’s not tasty enough to re-purchase.

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

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I bought some triple sweet cream coffee creamer while I was grocery shopping the other day with the intent to use it to make this tea taste better.

I made some this morning in the new tea canteen I got as an early Christmas present from DAVIDsTEA. With creamer, it’s nice and sweet — chocolate coconut and light on both flavors. I’d up the rating for the version with creamer to about a 50 — something I should have no trouble finishing now. Still really disappointed that this was so terrible straight.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

Do you mind sharing if you like or dislike tea canteen. I’m about to get it its 40% off now

sundaysipping

I love it! I bought it because it seemed more versatile than the Timolino. It keeps the tea steaming (had to put ice cubes in it and then leave the lid off to cool it down) and is leakproof. My fiance has the white one, I have the blue one. HIGHLY recommend. I did use a tea bag to brew tea in it; I don’t know how well it would work with an in – cup infuser. If that doesn’t bother you, this is awesome.

boychik

Thanks for the reply. Bought 2: red and green;)

sundaysipping

Yay! Let me know how you like them!

boychik

I will;)

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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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