175 Tasting Notes

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I bought way too much of this when it was part of DavidsTea’s Web Specials and then promptly didn’t drink it. It’s been sitting in the back of my cupboard for months now, and I finally got creative with it.

I steeped eight tablespoons of this in a cup of butter and used the (green) result to make sugar cookies this afternoon. I’ve done this before (with Spiced Fig and Sugar Plum Spice) with excellent results. Pistachio Cream used this way results in cookies that are much stronger than I’ve had before — I’m actually getting the flavor of this tea in every bite!

Plus … if you steep this tea in butter, it makes your whole house smell like a bakery. Ahhhhhhh!

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

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I’ve had this one a few times now, always with limted success. First time, it was bitter and light on any sort of fruity or bready flavor. This last time around, I went for a 2 minute steep and made sure to get a blueberry in my infuser!

The result?

The first steep is very blueberry and I get a bit of tang as well. There might be a bit of baked goods flavor, but I think that’s what I’m interpreting as bitterness. The second steep lost the blueberry and tang, and the bitter flavor is more pronounced.

I’m glad I finally got something approaching the namesake out of this tea, but I’m even more excited that I’ve almost finished it off. Maybe sugar would bring out a sweet pastry taste?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Couldn’t decide what to have last night and settled on this one that I keep meaning to try but never seem to get around to. For the most part, “cake” teas falls short for me — I don’t get that lovely baked goods taste from them that everyone else seems to pick out. This tea, though not labeled as such, totally reminds me of cinnamon coffee cake. YUM! I get a lot of bready notes laced with sweet cinnamon. This one gets bitter as it cools, but mellows out again so that each sip leaves a strong vanilla aftertaste. This one was worth the wait to try!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I love the smell of this dry, it’s so creamy and fruity. After I’d opened it yesterday, I kept going back to sniff it because it is just delicious. Steeped, it loses the creaminess but is true to its name. I associate snowcones with an almost-watery fruit flavor and this is very reminiscent of a cherry snowcone.

Again, not one I’d feel the need to restock once I use up my sampler, but well done on matching the tea to the intended flavor.

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

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70

This is good!

I’m not a big fan of root beer and got this one more for the curiosity factor than anything else. But, come on, soda flavored tea. That’s got to be fun right?

Dry, this one smells a lot like its soda namesake. And steeped, the taste is also reminiscent of root beer but with lots of flat cinnamon taste.

Much better than I expected, although not good enough to warrant more once I use up my sample.

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

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
175 tasting notes

I’m on the fence with this one. I initially really liked it, but subsequent cups have dulled my enthusiasm down — it’s not as candy-like as I was hoping, even when sugar is added. However, this is the only tea that tasted good to me while I was away this weekend — faring well even in the hotel’s nasty water. It’s much more resilient than I gave it credit for, and yummy to boot.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

Let me preface this by saying I know I like this tea.

My fiance and I were away this weekend for a freshwater fish convention — three days of aquarium/fish vendors and lots (and lots and lots) of seminars on different kinds of freshwater fish. My aquarium-obsessed significant other was in his glory. As a concession to me, I was encouraged to bring along my kettle and tea so I’d have something tasty to drink while we were away. Kiwi’s Big Adventure was one of my travel teas because I like it and because (historically) oversteeping doesn’t lead to bitterness. What better tea to bring, right?

Well….

The hotel water and the convention center water both tasted strongly of chlorine. I brewed this tea in a travel mug at our hotel, brought it with me, and the first taste was pure bleach. Absolutely foul and it lingered — don’t know if that one was the tea or a sensory memory, but this was so unpleasant. Going to try again tonight now that I’m home and, hopefully, get a good cup out of my remaining leaf so that I can actually rate this one appropriately.

(While we were at the convention, my fiance bought a bunch of aquarium supplies as well as some fish. So now, the 25 gallon tank he put in our bedroom has been set up and contains fish. This would be happy news — that tank has been sitting empty for a while now — if not for the fact that he’s now talking about doing a small saltwater tank. We agreed to stop at three tanks! Aghhh!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

All right, I’m off the fence — I don’t care for this one. It’s not bad and it’s not off putting, it’s just very weak apple cinnamon. I expected something with a thicker mouthfeel and more of a sticky-sweet caramel flavor from a tea called Caramel Corn.

I’d happily accept a cup if offered, but I’m really glad I only have enough leaf left for one much of this. :-/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea smells like a delicious strawberry milkshake! Unfortunately, the smell is where the enjoyment begins and ends. I really don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if I just hate honeybush.

This tea tastes like steeped dirt to me, maybe there’s a hint of fruit thrown in. I can’t stand it. I’ve had honeybush before and, while it wasn’t my favorite flavor, it certainly never approached soil as far as taste went.

I’m splitting this one up into samples for some friends — here’s hoping they’ll like this one where I can’t.

Flavors: Dirt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Today is a mini road trip kind of day; my fiance and I are going to visit his parents who live a few hours away from us. My fiance is also working this morning and, since his workplace is on the way to his parents’ house, I got woken up at an ungodly hour so I could accompany him.

I’m at Panera Bread, enjoying an early breakfast, while waiting for him to finish up. Lucky for me, Panera has a little selection of Republic of Teas, so I don’t have to wait in tea-less agony. I chose this one because I didn’t realize they had a caffeinated version … > . >

I added some milk and honey, because breakfast teas scream for sweetener and some dairy to me. It’s really good! I get an almost chocolatey taste from this tea. Sweet, warm comfort.

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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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