175 Tasting Notes

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Made this in the Timolino for work this morning, and, I have to say, I’m not loving it as much as I usually do. The strawberry seems oddly biting (artificial maybe?) today, and the second steep is kind of lacking.

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

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85
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

Another sample from months ago, possibly poorly stored.

I had this last night while cleaning and it’s delicious. It’s very creamy with hints of cinnamon and caramel; easily one of the more dessert-like teas I’ve had from DavidsTea.

I can’t decide if this is something worth having around or not.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

The more I have this tea, the less I like it. First steep was extremely vegetal, the second steep was mint with a vegetal background. I’m glad I’m going to be finished with this one soon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

Another that I’ve run out of and forgot to log… I really ought to pay more attention to what’s in my Steepster cupboard. >.>

I liked this one, but found it a bit biting. It’s a good apple tea with a hint of cinnamon. Enjoyable and very appropriate for the winter holiday season.

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Dry, this one smells like the scented markers they gave us in Kindergarten. I thoroughly confused my fiance last night when I held the bag of this under his nose and demanded, “Doesn’t it smell like a magic marker?” If he didn’t think I was crazy before, he probably does now… (That IS what this tea smells like though. It’s not my fault if his elementary school wasn’t as awesome as mine.)

I steeped this one for 7 minutes and got a VERY minty tea; after I’d finished the cup, the cooling sensation from the mint lingered in the back of my throat. The fruit flavor is reminiscent of watermelon and very light. It’s more of an accent to the mint flavor if anything.

Overall, this is an enjoyable tea, but I’m not sure I’d want it in anything other than a sample package.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I ran out of this a while ago and realized I never wrote a note for it – oops!

I love this one. It needs the tiniest bit of sugar, but once it’s sweetened, it’s fantastic. Very minty with the chocolate adding sweetness.

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

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’ve had a sample of this for a while and put off trying it after striking out with the previously-adored Coffee Pu’erh.. I probably haven’t stored this all that well (zip lock baggie), but it still smells strongly of cinnamon. Taste wise it’s a lot of hay with the cinnamon adding a faint heat. Not bad, but I like Hot Cinnamon Spice so much better.

Still, I’m glad I got to try this one!

Flavors: Hay, Spices

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

This was a post-dessert tea last night and I’m really regretting my choice there. It’s so yummy and sweet that I didn’t need dessert! Curse you, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! Curse you!

This is a lovely tea, one that lives up to its name. Hot it’s identical to cotton candy and doesn’t make your hands sticky! As it cools, it loses that cotton candy flavor and transforms into a sweet tea that’s easy to drink.

I’m going to need a lot of this one…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is a straightforward minty black tea. The chocolate isn’t really noticeable except for a hint of sweetness towards the end of the cup and a lack of astringency in the black tea. Overall, not bad!

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After enjoying a relaxing long weekend with my finance, I’m sick. It’s not even the good kind of sick (pardon the oxymoron) where you sleep for a day and feel better. Nope. This is the sort of cold that both keeps you awake and insists that you sinuses also be plugged.

Bleck.

I received this as a sample in my most recent order. It’s not something I’d ordinarily try as I historically haven’t been a huge fan of ginger in my tea. Truthfully, I keep expecting to hate this one, but I don’t. It’s spicy and hot and really soothing. I’ve already gone through a pot and I’m making another.

The only downside is that I don’t have any more of this. I can see it being really helpful when I’m back at work tomorrow.

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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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