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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
185 tasting notes

Our first sample from the wonderful Krystaleyn. Thank you!

First off, I just have to point out that in our sample there was a big, fat half-walnut. I’m not sure if Krystaleyn did that intentionally, or there are just that many walnut pieces, but it was kind of awesome. Just sitting there, all non-chalant, giant walnut smothering some tea leaves, nothing to see here. It amused me.

This tea has a light fruit smell to it, but not overpoweringly fruity like many other flavored teas. It’s actually very pleasant.

(side note: Missy and I are passing this back and forth like a peace pipe as we discuss our reviews. It’s hilarious)

The most noticeable flavor to me is the pineapple, though it took most of the cup for it to start tasting like ‘pineapple’ and not ‘nondescript fruit essence’. The walnut pulls up in the flavoring after that and leaves a lasting, dark roasty, almost buttery flavor to the sip, eventually tapering off to a very, very light vegetal green tea flavor.

I’m thinking of this tea in my head as like a starter gen mai cha. A little more interesting, not as upfront with either the toastyness, and lacking the seaweed-y flavor of Japanese greens. Plus a little fruitiness to tie it all together.

Overall, a very pleasant tea. At the moment, I don’t think it’s a tea I want to stock up on… but we’ll see. I think if i put in an order when it starts getting cold again, I may have to think about picking some of this up. Maybe ;)

Thanks again Krystaleyn!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

But can you smoke it?? :)

Bonnie

Hum I had this today too and no real walnut but more coconut and the fruit and no toastiness. Maybe the big piece helped. It was good tasting though.

Kittenna

I don’t honestly recall putting it in there intentionally, so it’s probably just that there are lots of walnut pieces in the bag :) I mean, it is called toasted walnut :P I like this one steeped for about 3 minutes, but be warned, it can go bitter quickly and be gross. I see you only steeped for 1 minute; probably an excellent decision :)

Kittenna

Also, sorry for the so-small-you-have-to-pass-back-and-forth samples :P

Dylan Oxford

Oh no, the sample wasn’t too small at all! We just have a different tea in each of our cups :)

Kittenna

Ohhhhh, so clever :) I guess I did that once upon a time too.

Missy

It’s a bit easier to get through samples if we just share cups. Besides it’s more fun to pass the cup around. :D

ScottTeaMan

You could smoke tea leaves, and probably grind them into a fine powder (matcha), and snort them if you wanted too. I am officially not endorsing or recommending this, but I’m pretty sure I can be done. :))

Bonnie

Gross thought if you sneezed!

Missy

You know I may have to find a peace pipe to hang on the wall right here. Perhaps above a shelf with a couple of cute tins…

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TeaBrat

But can you smoke it?? :)

Bonnie

Hum I had this today too and no real walnut but more coconut and the fruit and no toastiness. Maybe the big piece helped. It was good tasting though.

Kittenna

I don’t honestly recall putting it in there intentionally, so it’s probably just that there are lots of walnut pieces in the bag :) I mean, it is called toasted walnut :P I like this one steeped for about 3 minutes, but be warned, it can go bitter quickly and be gross. I see you only steeped for 1 minute; probably an excellent decision :)

Kittenna

Also, sorry for the so-small-you-have-to-pass-back-and-forth samples :P

Dylan Oxford

Oh no, the sample wasn’t too small at all! We just have a different tea in each of our cups :)

Kittenna

Ohhhhh, so clever :) I guess I did that once upon a time too.

Missy

It’s a bit easier to get through samples if we just share cups. Besides it’s more fun to pass the cup around. :D

ScottTeaMan

You could smoke tea leaves, and probably grind them into a fine powder (matcha), and snort them if you wanted too. I am officially not endorsing or recommending this, but I’m pretty sure I can be done. :))

Bonnie

Gross thought if you sneezed!

Missy

You know I may have to find a peace pipe to hang on the wall right here. Perhaps above a shelf with a couple of cute tins…

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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