254 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

Yum!

Had this last night before bed. It smells kind of vegetal while steeping, but tastes smooth and sweet. I think the coconut is adding the sweetness. Not a real punch of flavor, but a nice tea to relax with.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

Sipdown! …. Er, eat down?

Finished this off last night. I’ve been storing it in the fridge and I think it helps a lot. It’s not a crumbly dry mess anymore and the tea gives a pleasant sweet heat to the dark chocolate. This one grew on me quite a bit!

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this one in the tea of the month sampler pack. I was hoping for a nice, fruity oolong … perhaps as a before bed tea like Long Life Oolong?

Yeah. This is not it.

It tastes woody. Like drinking steeped wood chips. No fruit until the very end of the mug after the tea itself has long since gone cold. I’m not sure I can finish my sample tin of this one…

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

Huh.

I was really excited for this one — a tea reminiscent of a blueberry muffin? How could I not jump on that? Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten that most baked goods inspired tes don’t actually remind me of baked goods; in fact, they usually disappoint me.

This one has a nice cinnamon taste and a nice blueberry taste, but they don’t meld at all for me. Cinnamon begins the sip and blueberry rounds it off. I’m glad I can taste both title elements, but I was hoping for something that blended together better than this does.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Bedtime tea last night. I used up the last tablespoon or so I had to make a big mug of this. It’s very much a juice tea – fruity, sweet, a little bit tart. I feel like I do a disservice to fruity teas — after the initial cup, their flavors blend into a generic fruity flavor and any individual flavors I originally picked up on are lost.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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70
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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This is my friend’s favorite tea. It was on sale this week in the grocery store, so I picked up a box to try for myself. Dry, the scent of the tea bag is overwhelmingly french vanilla — creamy, sweet. Steeped, the smell is just as strong, though I think it only smooths out the black base and the only french vanilla I’m getting is in the scent. As it cools, this becomes astringent, in contrast to the still-overwhelming scent.

I like this one. I shouldn’t have a problem working through the rest of the box.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Made this one with an infuser mug instead of the Breville this morning, then left it to cool for about 15 minutes. It’s so much better in a ceramic cup than in my steel travel mugs! I’m getting coconut and banana, and I think the toffee is sweetening both of those notes. Yum! The flavors seem to come out more after the sip than during the sip, but that’s completely fine by me.

This whole experiment does make me wonder if my travel mugs are ruining my tea, however. I have a Timolino and two Contigos — all steel and very good at retaining heat. Maybe my tea is being kept too hot for too long and it’s messing up the flavor? If anyone has any experience with glass travel tumblers, please let me know if those lead to tea with better taste or not!

Flavors: banana, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
254 tasting notes

So, at the end of last year, I got out of the habit of making tea to take to work with me. I was tired and getting up twenty minutes earlier so I could get the kettle running and make up some travel mugs was just not happening. I mean, I could be sleeping during that time! As a result of this, I ended up drinking a lot of the free coffee my workplace provides. Which would be fine except that coffee turns me into an anxiety-riddled, panic-stricken, hyperactive nut who crashes within two hours and gets bad headaches.

Anyway.

My fiance bought this for me so I could make tea in the mornings without sacrificing a bit of sleep to do it. Also so that I’d stop drinking the coffee at work.

I love this thing so much. My only complaint is how time is set for the auto-start feature — I really hate that I had to scroll through to the correct time minute-by-minute, rather than just being able to set the hour and minute separately. Other than that, this is fantastic. Finer temperature control than my previous kettle, I wake up to fresh tea (even if I’m still having trouble adding enough leaf to the basket), and it’s so much fun to watch the water heat up! I really can’t recommend this enough!

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85

A disappointing send off for this delicious tea.

I made some in my Breville One Touch (review on that to come) for this morning and all I’m getting is smooth generic tea taste. I get the feeling that it’s because this one is always best in a 12oz mug, 1.5 tsp of tea, topped with caramel coffee creamer after it’s brewed. Every time I’ve had it prepared that way, I can taste the graham cracker crust and creamy tang of the cheesecake. Larger batches of this tea fall short.

I did get a chance to try this chilled, however, and found that the chocolate really pops that way … but there’s also some bitterness. Hot is still the way to go with this one.

On the bright side, I’ve shared a lot of this tea with friends and everyone whose tried it loves it. So when I place another Adagio order to get more of this (and I need more), I’ll have people to split it with. Yay!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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75

Breakfast/work tea!

I think I’m going to have to try this in a mug just to see if there’s any difference between that and travel mug prep. I made this to take to work with me this morning. I’m trying to get back in the habit of taking tea to work with me instead of just drinking the coffee that’s constantly available in the cafeteria. My fiance has pointed out that I’m much more anxious/panicky on days when I drink coffee and that I seem to be calmer when I have tea instead. So, waking up earlier to make tea it is.

This one smells tropical – banana and coconut. It even tastes tropical, but I get the feeling that’s a scent-influencing-perceived-taste thing. As the tea cools, I’m picking up baked goods notes from the coconut with maybe the slightest sour edge. The banana adds creaminess.

I added some rock sugar in an effort to make the toffee element of this pop, but I don’t think the sugar actually did anything. Maybe tomorrow I’ll add more or just have it plain. Overall, I’m enjoying this one!

Flavors: Creamy, Pastries

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