255 Tasting Notes

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I got this as a sample from my best friend’s mom. My best friend lived with me for a month last year and we had tea together every night after dinner. I inundated her with any tea I could find that sounded interesting in the hopes that she (a coffee drinker) would convert to the fabulous world of tea and it (mostly) worked. She’s been sharing her teas with her mom lately, and I hate that I live so far away now because TEA PARTY!!!

ahem

This tea smells and tastes like orange. The first few sips hit you in the back of the throat with a citrus flavor that progresses throughout your whole mouth. It’s not bad, but it comes across as very acidic to me, going bitter as it cools. I don’t hate this tea, and I can easily see where it would be good in blends, but I doubt it’s something I’d keep stocked. A very nice true-to-it’s-name blend though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I bought this one because of the smell — chocolate, sweet, spicy … yum! Steeped, however, I’m not loving this one. It’s very spicy, which makes sense because it’s chai, but it’s too much for me. I wonder if it would be any better as a tea latte?

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This tea might be colored by disaster. Let me explain:

I resteed Raspberry Pineapple Luau last night, enjoying my last cup of that particular tea in front of my laptop. I wanted to read an article while waiting for my tea to cool, and didn’t listen to the little voice in my head saying “Maybe directly in front of your laptop isn’t the best place for your tea…”

The article was interesting and, in recapping it for my fiance, I gesticulated a bit too much and spilled 10oz of tea all over my keyboard. :-(

I flipped the computer over in time and kept most of the tea out. However, when my keyboard refused to work afterwards … my fiance and I tore the whole laptop apart to dry it out. This is why you don’t spill drinks on computers in a household of two engineers — all problems are met with “I can fix that, just let me get my toolbox!”

While we were working, I made this tea to calm myself down. I’d been hiding it on the top shelf of my tea cabinet and, with Raspberry Pineapple Luau a distant memory (and stain on my carpet), I decided it was time to open this. Dry, it smells like sweet chocolate oranges — absolutely delicious, I would keep my head permanently in the bag if that were possible. It steeps up to a dark brown color with a dirty film on top that’s not particularly appetizing. And it tastes like a bitter orange. I don’t have many orange teas to compare this one to, but while it gets the citrus flavor (it’s doubtlessly orange) it completely misses on the sweetness of either fruit or chocolate. The chili threads don’t help this at all. Heh.

On the bright side, my laptop is working normally again. And, because this tea is so heavy, there’s not a whole lot of it that I have to go through.

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

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I went for the easy sipdown … This was floating around the back of my cupboard with almost nothing left in the tin, so I used up what was left.

I’m a little sad to see this go as I’m really enjoying my cup of it today — lots of raspberry with a hint of lemon. However, I’ve got four unopened bags of tea I need to go through, a bunch more tins, and two orders planned. I kind of needed an easy sipdown.

Raspberry Pineapple Luau, you are very yummy. Perhaps someday we will meet again?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
255 tasting notes

This one smells exactly like spearmint gum — minty and sweet! It’s the last of the untried Spring Collection and I was excited for it this morning.

Steeped, it retains the sweet mint smell. Tastewise, it’s got a vegetal note from the cucumber, especially as it cools down. I like this much better lukewarm than hot. One of my friends had this mixed with Pom Tango as an iced tea and says it was mindblowingly incredible. Maybe that’s how I’ll use up the remainder of these teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I made this two ways — hot for myself, iced with German rock sugar for my fiance. I think my mug of this was overleafed because it was fruity with a lot of astringency. Iced and sweetened, I get more fruit, but the bitter edge lingers. Hmm.

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100

Dug this one out of the back of the tea cupboard tonight. I really want to order more tea, but feel bad doing so when I still have so much stuff in the cupboard! I opened the tin of this one, expecting quite a lot to be left, but I only have about 3-4 cups worth of leaf.

Why is it that the ones you really enjoy always run out quickly whereas the ones you are kind of “meh” about hang around forever?

Anyway. This is still fruity and lemony as always. I don’t get a lot of pineapple from this one, but it’s a solid fruity tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Back from the future in-laws! I went prepared this time, with my Timolino and some tea, but I didn’t have any the entire time I was there. I’m thinking of getting an electric kettle for my fiance’s mom so that she can make tea more easily and I will be able to make tea when I go over. (I swear, my own selfish desire to feed my tea addiction did not play into the formation of this idea at all …)

Anyway, I was desperate for tea when I got home. In keeping with my goal of trying the whole spring collection before I place another DAVIDs order, I made some Grape Expectations. (Insert pun-filled joke about this tea’s name and my hopes for its taste here.)

Dry and brewed, this tea smells like grape Tootsie Pops. Hooray! I like those! That’s the flavor I usually pick if I have to eat one! The taste of the tea, however, is sadly lacking. It’s edging on bitter and floral. It sweetens as it cools, but the bitter edge becomes more pronounced as well. Ick. I’m going to sweeten the second steep and see if that helps any.

So far, I’ve been mostly disappointed with the spring collection, which is just depressing. I was really hoping I’d find at least one tea that I absolutely loved. Maybe I’ll have better luck with Cool Cucumber. :-/

(Edit: Second steep with sugar is all bitter nastiness. Yuck.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Traveling tea, made in the Timolino for the ride down to my fiance’s parents’ house.

I used to love this tea. It’s one of the few non-Lipton teas my mom ever purchased and I loved the cinnamon flavor. I needed something easy this morning and found a bag of this in my cupboard.

It’s still cinnamon, but it’s not as strong as I remember it being. The aftertaste of apple that I remember is relegated to the end of the cup when the tea has cooled.

I’m really glad I have Hot Cinnamon Spice as a replacement for this.

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

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
255 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

This is the tea I was most excited about from the Spring Collection. It has BLUEBERRIES, how could I not be excited about that?

Dry, this smells chemically bordering on medicinal — not exactly what I’d expect from a fruity tea. Steeped, this tastes much more like lemongrass than blueberries. I like it and especially appreciate that it’s not oily like Exotica was … but I’m not really impressed by this one. Which stinks because I wanted so much to be blown away by it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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