213 Tasting Notes

67
drank Passion Berry by Teavana
213 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this again, and it’s as good as always. Very tart and fruity on the first steeps descending into something akin to a fakey baked good flavor (if that makes sense). I’m enjoying this one cold so much that I can’t imagine steeping it hot … I just don’t think it would work well. Plus, my fiance also enjoys this one cold. Why change what works?

I’ve been put on a tea-buying freeze until I use up more of the teas in my cupboard. Thanks to my fiance’s desire for iced tea in his lunch, this one is close to being gone. Hooray!

P.S. Despite the tea-buying freeze, my fiance did tell me to go order one of the 16oz Timolinos from DAVIDsTEA after I found out that the new tea canteen things are replacing them. I’m torn between the midnight green and the light blue — any suggestions, tea buddies? Or do I just get one of the 12oz Timolinos in one of the fun new colors? (And, now that I’m thinking about it, when I place my order, the Spring Collection might just fall into my shopping cart and then I’d be forced to get it! Hehehe!)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 21 OZ / 621 ML

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66
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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New breakfast tea! I remember loving this one when I first tried it, and the smell of the dry leaves did not disappoint. Rich, chocolatey goodness. YUM! Steeped however … maybe it’s just what I scooped out this morning … but it tastes the way the feed room of an old barn smells. Musty, grain, hay. Absolutely unappealing and really not what I was in the mood for. Yuck.

boychik

did you rinse it?

sundaysipping

No. I didn’t in the past either but it still tasted excellent. How do you rinse tea? I’ve never done it before.

boychik

5sec rinse with boil water just to cover tea. give couple min rest for leaves to open then steep again. should take care of that musty flavor. Always rinse puer flavored or not:)

sundaysipping

Did not know that! I’ll try that and see if it makes this one any better. I really loved it the first time around and I hate if my own ignorance ruined it for me. Thank you for the tip.
:-)

boychik

anytime;)

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67
drank Passion Berry by Teavana
213 tasting notes

Cold brewed this one in my French press. I love how this device nets me tea with no debris! (Way more excited about that then I should be…) I also love how fast this tea cold brews.

It’s tart and light, even without the egregious over-leafing from my last attempt at making this.

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70
drank English Breakfast by Tazo
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I received this as part of a Tazo sampler pack my best friend got me for Christmas. It’s a nice breakfast tea to have with milk and sugar. Steeped up (read: the tea got dark) in my mug fairly quickly today at work and you can’t beat the convenience of a tea bag. I still think I like the Tazo Earl Grey better, though, but I’ve been on an Earl-Grey-For-Breakfast kick lately, so that’s kind of to be expected.

(1 teabag, 8oz, Boiling water)

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I’ve tried this tea plain before and got smooth/sweet rooibos but I didn’t get caramel in the taste; I did get some burnt sugar-caramel scent from the tea, however. Today is much the same — caramelly scent from the brewed tea, but I’m not tasting anything beyond rooibos in the tea itself. I added milk and a tiny bit of sugar hoping to bring out this tea’s dessert qualities, but no luck.

I’m starting to wonder if my tea’s gone stale or if there’s something wrong with me that I can’t taste the flavor my tea is supposed to have.

Edit: YESSSS! I’m finally getting something creamy and rich and sweet on the second steep! This one has milk and sugar again, but this steep feels more true to the name of the tea. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

I used up the rest of this sample today — yay for making room in the (overflowing) tea cabinet (that I keep adding to, despite my best attempts at whittling it down some). This isn’t a bad tea … just forgettable. Reading the reviews, I was expecting something sweeter and fruiter and I taste something bland. Not bad, but not restocking.

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

After reading the reviews here, I used the rest of my sample to cold brew this tea. And it was … vile. Like drinking cheap perfume with a bitter fruit undertone. Yuck! There’s no hope for this one.

Edit: I dropped my rating because the cold brewed version of this was just so awful.

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100

There’s a tea shop near my house!

I’m so excited to have found this, especially considering the tea shop I usually frequent is an hours’ drive away from me and I only get there once or twice a month. This tea was the sample of the day at the local tea shop, and it is amazing! It reminds me of a cinnamon tea my mom and I had years ago, and haven’t been able to find since. This tea is like liquid Fireballs candies and sweet enough to not require sugar. My only complaint is that the flavor lasts through half the sip before dropping into nothingness. Otherwise, this tea is cinnamony perfection.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
213 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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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

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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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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