156 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! I used the last of my sample to make my morning cup of tea. I remember being underwhelmed by this tea the first time I had it. The aroma of the dry leaves was very thick and sweet, as was the brewed tea. The taste, however, lacked that sweetness. Truthfully, it fell flat for me. I expected a much bolder flavor based on thd smell and was disappointed with what I got.

I didn’t really go back to this tea after the first cup. … Okay. I may have gotten bored and mixed some with my Coffee Pu’erh because rum+coffee = awesome and gotten a really bad result.

Anyway. The leaves still smell sweet and the brewed tea smells like a butter rum LifeSaver candy! Yum! The taste, however, is still meh. It doesn’t taste like anything to me. Hot water, a little sugar, no flavor. Maybe I didn’t use enough leaves, but this is one tea I won’t be restocking.

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I found Steepster a few months after I got into tea. I’ve been reading all the wonderful reviews here and absolutely love the site! But it took me a few more months to realize that I could use Steepster as a way to keep track of what I’ve tried and what I’d like to try.

So … a lot of my reviews are old. Sorry about that.

Jessie’s Tea came in the Sweet Indulgence Sampler I bought from DAVIDsTEA this spring. I love the look of the loose leaves – it’s such a pretty mix and the colors are really relaxing. It brews up to a dark red-brown color. The thing that got me about this tea was the smell, though. It smells like soap dry and still retains that lavender body wash scent when it’s brewed. The taste wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t get over the smell. I tried it again last night with more success – there was less lavender smell, and I loved the way this tea coated the back of my throat and left a pleasant, lingering taste in my mouth. Only complaint was that some sips resulted in a scratchy feeling as I swallowed. These seemed to alternate with the “throat coat” sips.

Not a tea I’d keep on hand, but definitely a nice tea to relax with before bed.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I was hesitant to try this one. It was after dinner and I was looking for a dessert tea. This one smelled delicious in its little sample tin, but what about those reports that pu’erh can smell like fish? Yuck! I don’t want that in my tea! I cautiously boiled water, added 1.5tsp of dry leaf to my infuser, and began brewing.

It smelled like coffee and chocolate – no fish here! The taste was rich and sweet – a thick tea with a vaguely chocolate taste to it. The steeped tea was a dark brown, a perfect complement to the delicious smell and taste. Yum!

Second steep was more of the same from the first – chocolate, coffee, heavenly aroma. No fish here!

But on the third steep, there it was in the background, the smell of a grocery store seafood section lingering over the coffee/chocolate goodness. Disappointing. The taste from previous steepings was still there, though muted. I couldn’t get past the smell though, and I didn’t bother with a fourth steeping.

Overall, a delicious tea I look forward to stocking up on. Bet this would be a fantastic breakfast accompaniment!

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Steeped 2 tsp of this in a 12oz Perfect Mug. Dry, this tea smells like fresh lemons. The leaves steep up to a dark amber-brown liquid with an oily film on top. The smell of the brewed tea is less fresh lemon and more hot iced tea made from one of those Lipton pre-made mixes. The taste of the brewed tea is lemon … but it’s faint and flat. Not a bad tea, but definitely lacking on the flavor side of things. The aftertaste is a nice pop of lemon, but the initial taste of the tea is not. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s … grainy. I think this is another that would benefit from a little bit of sugar.

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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Another new tea from my order! Yay! I love having new things to try.

After reading the reviews for this tea, I was expecting something with a lot more fruitiness. I steeped about 1.5 tsp of the dry leaf in my new Perfect Mug and took a sip. A hint of spicy. Definitely a seasoned tea. Skimpy on the fruit taste – there was barely any in either of my steeps despite the presence of a pineapple chunk in my infuser.

I like this one, but it really didn’t live up to my expectations. Not a bad caffeine free option for before bedtime. Maybe I’ll up the amount of leaves I use next time and see how it works out.

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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My friend and I received this as a sample in our joint DAVIDsTEA order. We used up the entire thing to make a pot, which we then shared with her mother.

This tea has sweet smelling dry leaves that brew up to a dark gold color. Its taste reminds me of chocolate – it’s rich and sweet enough to drink without sugar. Adding some sugar brings out the chocolate notes more.

This tea is a fantastic breakfast tea. The mild flavor and caffeine kick are great for when you’re first waking up.

I wonder how this tea would be with some milk and/or brown sugar. Something to try for next time.

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I ordered two of these (yay, two for $30 sale!) last week and was so excited when these arrived! My fiance told me that they hadn’t been delivered when I asked, but I came home to find a DAVIDsTEA box with a smiley face on it in our dining room. Silly prankster.

Anyway, I got one of the clear Perfect Mugs and one from the fall collection. The one from the fall collection is definitely my favorite -glass feels thick and sturdy. The clear Perfect Mug is made from very thin glass. It feels like a beaker you’d find in a Chemistry classroom. I’m really worried I’m going to smash it, and regret not buying two of the fall collection mugs because those seem to be sturdier.

So far though, that’s my only complaint. These mugs are genius! I love how easy the infuser baskets are to clean, and the micro holes mean my tea doesn’t escape while brewing! The mug is a good size, even if I had to add more loose leaf than I normally would to get the desired flavor. All in all, this is one gadget I look forward to getting more of.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I made this I was underwhelmed. Mildly chocolatey, a hint of spiciness from the pink peppercorns. It wasn’t as much fun as it looked in the tin. I put it back into my cupboard and forgot about it.

In preparation for a new DAVIDsTEA order, I pulled this one out again. I used the last little bit from my sampler pack and brewed myself a travel mug-full to take to work. This time, after looking over some reviews, I added milk and some sugar to the mix. And … WOW! It’s chocolate with mint syrup. Thick, rich, an absolutely amazing dessert tea that satisfies my sweet tooth better than cookies or cake. Stunning. This one is going in my next DAVIDsTEA order.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is gently sweet – perfect for drinking without milk or sugar. I love the look of the dry leaf with the colorful sprinkles! Definitely a happy-looking tea. Dry, it smells like cakey goodness, too, but the steeped taste is a different story. I get subtly sweet from this one, not birthday cake and frosting like I was hoping for. Not a bad tea, but not the dessert substitute I wanted.

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The first steep of this smells medicinal, like cough syrup. While the taste isn’t bad, the smell is definitely off putting for a tea that’s supposed to mimic mint chocolate ice cream!

The second and third steepings are where this tea really shines. Gone is the medicinal overtone and all that’s left is a vaguely chocolate scent mixed in with mint. Mint is the predominant taste in these steepings, with the faintest background hint of cocoa. Absolutely delicious.

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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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