206 Tasting Notes

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When my new project manager first realized I’m a tea drinker, this is the tea she recommended to me. It’s sold by a local coffee/bagel shop and was her drink of choice during her masters program. Apparently, a pot of Strawberry Shortcake was key to getting through late night study sessions.

I picked some up a few weeks ago and have avoided trying it. I trust my boss … but I usually get burned by dessert teas. I expect liquefied dessert and I get nothing. Since I’m bored this morning, I decided what better time to try out Strawberry Shortcake?

The dry leaf is probably 70:30 black tea:additives. I doesn’t smell fruity or sweet. Steeped, this smells faintly, almost sweet. Three minutes may have been too long of a steep time too, because this one is fairly bitter. That being said, the bitterness is relegated to the last half of the sip and the first half is STRAWBERRY JAM. I’m shocked and impressed. I didn’t think it was possible for me to get any sort of dessert flavor out of a tea, considering my recent track record.

Going to resteep this and add some sugar – maybe I can make that jammy quality really pop!

Flavors: Bitter, Jam, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
206 tasting notes

I think I’m falling out of love with this one, which is sad because I like the idea of having a sweet dessert tea without caffeine and nothing else in my cupboard really fits the bill. This is usually the tea I reach for after dinner and, while the first few cups were spot on cotton candy, lately it’s just been generically sweet. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, I’m just … a little sick of it? On the bright side, I didn’t stock up on this when I thought it was going to be unavailable. And, if you’re in need of a sugary fix (without the calories) this is your tea.

Dropping my rating to something that feels more appropriate.

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

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Thanks again to Courtney for sending some of this one my way!

I finished off the last of this one tonight and decided to add some sugar to see if I could get more maple. I am SO GLAD I did. This one is incredible — liquid maple syrup incredible! Yum yum yum!

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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I love this one!!

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A few weeks ago, I had dinner at my best friend’s house. For dessert, we had lightly sweetened strawberries and blueberries mixed with mint from the garden. It was completely amazing – light, sweet, a really satisfying end to dinner. After smelling this tea’s dry leaf and seeing all the dehydrated berries, I got very exciting, thinking that perhaps I’d found that most wonderful dessert in tea form.

Ha. Hahahaha.

I used up my entire sample to make a pot of this last night. It is overwhelmingly medicinal. Any fruit flavor that might be there just contributes to the medicinal quality, making this tea taste like less repulsive cough syrup. I get what I think is mint as an aftertaste once each sip is finished, which is the best part of this whole tea.

I was so excited for this sample and I’m really disappointed that I broke out my teapot this!

Flavors: Medicinal, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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This is the tea my fiance picked out to have iced this week so while I was making some for him, I made myself a hot cup. Unfortunately, I don’t get peaches or strawberries from this tea. It’s on the astringent side and gets better as it cools. Let’s hope my fiance enjoys this more than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I bought this because I thought the combination of mango and vanilla would be fantastic. The mint seemed a little weird to me, but, hey, maybe it would work?

Dry, this one has big chunks of what I assume to be dried mangoes and it smells fluffy. The closest I can get to the smell of the dry leaf is super cheap “fruit” flavored candy — maybe something involving marshmallow fluff? It probably sounds weird, but it’s a fairly pleasant smell.

I steeped this up as my work tea, and I kind of wish I’d gone with The Cheesecake Factory instead. I got what I thought might be fruit in the first part of the first sip, and then it transitioned to astringency. Not unpleasant and there’s a lingering aftertaste of mint which I really enjoyed.

Maybe the second steep isn’t as good as the first? I’m a little weird in that I usually take two tumblers of the same tea with me to work — the Timolino has the first steep and the Canteen has the second steep. The Canteen loses heat faster so its contents are always consumed first. I still have the Timolino left (and that steep was sweetened with a bit of rock sugar), so I’m hoping I like that one better. As it stands, I’m not in love with this one and not super happy that I have three ounces to go through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I got this as a sample from the lovely Courtney ages ago and I’m just getting around to it now. Sorry, Courtney!

Steeped, this has a lovely orange color that’s really reminding me of fall. I don’t get caramel or vanilla in the initial sip, but this tea has an excellent sweet/creamy aftertaste that just lingers. Mmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I decided today would be a good day to go through all the tea I have lying around my house, add it to my Steepster cupboard, and see how much stuff I actually have. On the bright side, I have a lot of samples to go through. On the down side, I may have enough tea on hand for my fiance to put another tea buying ban into effect.

This is one of the samples I dug up. I remember not liking it the first time — too much spice and no chocolate — and thinking it’d be better as a tea latte, so that’s kind of what I did.

I steeped 1.5tsp in hot (lactose-free) milk for six minutes. It’s very sweet and very rich and almost too much for me. I think the milk definitely balances out the spiciness of this one, relegating it to the end of the sip where it’s warming and not overpowering.

So much better!

Flavors: Creamy, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I polished off the last of this last night. I don’t get kiwi from this one so much as I get lightly fruity green tea. It’s a terrible travel tea, but at home it’s a fantastic after dinner treat. Nice and mellow and light.

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

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Sipdown!

I had a lot of this today. It’s one of those teas that I neither love nor hate, and this was an easy sipdown. It’s good. Sometimes it’s fruitier than others. Sometimes it has this weird not-quite-creamy-but-trying-to-be-creamy taste to it. And it’s not a bad tea to end the night on.

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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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