211 Tasting Notes

Well …

This isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. One of my friends gave it to me as a housewarming present when she was over a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been living together for a year and just got the house set up about thirty minutes before she arrived. She’s now one of three friends we’ve actually had over since moving.

(Not being conveniently located makes it hard to have company over.)

Anyway. My friend gave me this and some of the Coco Chai Rooibos chocolate. Hot Lips seemed to be the more interesting choice, so it’s what I dug into last night.

The chocolate is extremely dry and crumbly, really not my favorite. I keep wanting to mix it with something soft (ice cream? cookie dough?) to make it’s consistency more appealing. And … it’s overwhelmingly spicy cinnamon, not bad but a bit overwhelming, especially when the squares are so big!

On the bright side, it assuages my curiosity about Hot Lips itself. If the chocolate is accurate, Hot Lips = Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice … and I have a lot of that already.

I don’t know, guys. It’s not bad, but I’m on the fence anyway.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

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80
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
211 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I used the last bit of this to make a large, before-bed mug. While not cotton candy, it was sweet and light and did a great job of relaxing me.

Goodbye, Cotton Candy. You were a very nice dessert tea when you felt like cooperating.

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

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75

Sipdown!

I had the last of this hot last night. It’s a really nice tea, if inconsistent. Sometimes, I get a lot of sweet raspberry flavor, other times I get only baked bread notes. Enjoyable while it lasted and one I was very happy to share.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

I cold brewed this overnight for about 12 hours and I’m finishing the cup off now. I think I liked it better hot, to be honest. Cold, all I get is a bitter/bready taste that’s not bad but not stellar either. I’d rather have notes of sweet raspberry than bread from this tea, so I think I’m going to polish off what’s left hot.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Backlog sipdown. I actually finished this off last weekend and was too lazy to log it. In fairness, it was a busy weekend – my fiance and I volunteered at a program that makes science accessible to kids on Friday, finished cleaning the house that night, and then had friends over the rest of the weekend. I’m glad we got so much done, but it was seriously draining.

This tea was a sample from my best friend’s mom, it’s currently her preferred tea. I have to admit, I would repurchase this. It tasted strongly of berries (what kind I can’t exactly say) and it really hit all the right “fruity tea” notes for me. The resteep was quite weak, however, I’ve come to expect as much from Teavana.

Not bad, definitely something I’d consider picking up at some point.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

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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80
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
211 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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80

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
Ost

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 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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