260 Tasting Notes

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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
260 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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70

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
260 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 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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100

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
260 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 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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