272 Tasting Notes
This past month has seen a lot of upheaval. My fiance and I – after postponing what would have been our wedding back in December – got married in June. Not once, but twice – we had the little ceremony we planned on and his parents followed it up with another wedding (more like reception actually) for their friends. We’re also in the process of buying a place and I’ve changed jobs. Today was my first day and I’m completely wiped.
Since we haven’t closed on the new place yet, we’re staying with my in-laws and I’m taking the opportunity to use up some of my bagged teas and get my cupboard numbers down.
This tea is decent – nothing overly remarkable. It’s fruity with a weird bitter tang at the end – I think the chamomile is wreaking some havoc. Then again, I also steeped this at 175F so that it would actually have a shot at cooling off quick enough to drink at my in-laws … though I would think a lower steep temperature would mean less bitter … Eh! Maybe I’ll just add sugar next time.
This is one of the first teas I purchased from DavidsTea. I didn’t like it hot. I didn’t like it cold brewed. I think I gave a lot of it away because I just couldn’t stand it.
Over the weekend, I stopped into a DavidsTea and was offered a free tea to go for my birthday. Feeling adventurous, I asked for the salesgirl’s favorite latte and got this tea with a little agave. She swore it tasted like blueberry pancakes and she was totally right.
It’s been three days but I’m still thinking about that latte! Sweet, creamy, BLUEBERRY goodness! Ack! Now I’m going to have to pick up some of this tea and get a milk frother…
Added a little sugar to this one to cut down on the astringency I noticed the first time I had it. What a difference it makes! No bitterness, though I don’t taste chocolate or coffee. Instead, I’m getting brown sugar. Yum!
Flavors: Brown Sugar
Made this today with some sugar, then had to leave the house to run some errands. I’m not normally a fan of cold tea, but this one isn’t bad! Although it is very earthy, even with the addition of sugar, and I don’t get much tangerine or cream out of it. Oh well. Still a nice pick me up.
Drinking up as much tea as I can while I have the time/energy for it!
I got this one as a sample in my last Davids order. Normally, I’m really not a chai person. This one though …
Dry, it smells strongly of cinnamon. Steeped, it’s cinnamon and black tea with the barest hint of astringency. Yum! I’m really enjoying this one.
(And it pairs nicely with Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate things! YES!)
I’ve been struggling to drink tea at all lately and it’s not getting any better. I think it’s my work commute that’s sapping the energy out of me and no energy usually means no tea. Boo.
This was a sipdown from yesterday. I actually had the time /energy to make and drink tea! And this one came out really nice, too. Normally, the chocolate overwhelms the other flavors for me in a very dusky way. This time, everything blended together perfectly – chocolate, strawberry, espresso in a nice balance. Yum! What a good send off!
I haven’t had the energy for tea drinking lately. Even so, this one has been a consistent favorite over the past two weeks. It’s very berry and very creamy and basically what I was hoping for in Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but didn’t get. I love this one … but also don’t feel like I can justify more with what’s currently in my cupboard. Yay, tea problems?
Flavors: Berries, Cream, Sweet
Opened this one up last night. The dry leaf scent is incredible – berries and cream! Steeped, this reminds me a lot of Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but not as sour/biting. I definitely get berry notes in this, though I’d be hard pressed to actually identify which berries I’m tasting. Each sip finishes with cream notes.
Flavors: Berries, Cream
Sipdown. I’ve had this sample sitting by my kettle for about a month now, waiting to be sipped down. My thought process was that if I could see it, I’d drink it sooner but that (along with most tea drinking lately) didn’t happen.
This has aged okay – I still get some grape flavor but it’s definitely subdued compared to the first time I had it. Not bad, probably wouldn’t restock in anything other than a sample size though.