982 Tasting Notes

95
Sad sipdown today.

I have been drinking this one the last couple of weeks with just a piece or two of brown crystal sugar. Does anyone know where else to get the brown crystal sugar that Butiki used to sell? It is so convenient to use.
Anyway, I actually enjoyed this tea more as it aged because it seemed that the mocha notes slipped into the background, making way for the butterscotch and hazelnut to come to the forefront. The White Rhino base was delicious of course. I miss that tea too.

Evol Ving Ness

If I am not mistaken, DT, Teavana, and maybe Williams Sonoma carry brown rock sugar if that is what you are speaking of. I wasn’t around in Butiki days.

tigress_al

Thanks Evol! I didn’t even know DAVIDs had it! I will pick some up once I run out

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95

Mmm so glad to have this one back in my cupboard. I actually re-stocked my tin of this in November but for some reason, I am only getting around to drinking it now. I guess I forgot about it :(. It is sweet (but not too sweet) and creamy. It is a darker chocolate, which I really enjoy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76
drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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This was fairly decent but a bit too strong on the peppermint for me. The chocolate was a little too “cheap chocolate” flavoured as well. It was a little bit creamy which was nice but overall, not the best mint chocolate out there.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Matcha hey…green tea and I aren’t that great of friends, but I figured that I would try it out again. I had tried a few of Red Leaf matchas years ago and enjoyed them, but I mainly just drank those in smoothies or as lattes. I suspect that this is how I will drink this tea as well.

It is a darker green than I was expecting. It was forever ago, but I remember matcha being a brighter green. But I don’t really know much about it so I could be mistaken. It smells ok, like green tea, vanilla, and coconut (not surprising—-those are the ingredients!).

Following the instructions on the bag, but I did not whisk it, I used my magic bullet. I didn’t mind it. It was fairly sweet and I did get hints of vanilla and coconut. Probably not something that I would drink on its on own. So, I turned it into a smoothie. It was a good smoothie, and it was energizing. I might get more for smoothie making but I still have to develop a love for green tea to drink this straight.

I would order more Red Leaf matcha but the Canadian dollar is…..a quarter…haha :(

Non tea review related:
I went to my local store over the weekend and asked for sample sizes (12g or so) of 4 teas (including this one) because I’m not sure that I would really like them. I paid for all my teas and found out today that I had between 24-30g of each tea rather than the 12g I asked for. This is the 3rd time this has happened to me, so I contacted them on Facebook. It’s not that big of a deal but it happened with 12 different teas adding up to around 130g of tea that I might not like. Seriously, listen to your customers! They replied promptly with an apology and an offer for a free cuppa. Now, that’s some good customer service. But if this happens again I will not be happy.
Sorry, rant over!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Sil

vanilla matcha + orange juice is now my new tasty thing

tigress_al

Ooh, I saw that after I read all the other reviews on this tea. I will have to try that!

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90

Mmm creamy coconut with a bit of pie crust in the background. Drank bare tonight and it was as delicious as I remember.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. I have really been enjoying this in my Bodum press cup steeped for 8 minutes and a little milk. Then I just press the plunger and it’s good to go. Yummy.
Next time I’m at the mall, I might get a tin and redeem my points (with Gold Rush I think).
There aren’t many herbal options without hibiscus or mint, so this has really become my go-to.
Until we meet again mulberry magic…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kristal

Love this one too!

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90

I have been cold brewing this one quite a bit lately.
Fjellrev has been making smoothies and that motivated me to take out my Magic Bullet again and make a tea smoothie. It consisted of a banana, a single serving of coconut/banana yogurt, and a handful of frozen mango chunks.
Delicious

Evol Ving Ness

It sounds divine.

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91

I’m not sure if age affects astringency or not, but holy pucker, this was bitter. So I played around with the parameters a bit but I finally got it right. I don’t remember this tea being bitter (but that was forever ago)!

3/4tsp makes a difference instead of a full tsp.

Now, this Assam is smooth, with notes of stone fruit, citrus, and chocolate. Yum

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

This isn’t as good as I remember :(. Maybe my tastes have changed so much that I prefer natural tasting and ingredients in tea.

This is ok. It tastes like Tim Hortons peach juice just as Roswell Strange mentioned. I do get some apple notes as well. The rosehips are not overpowering and th chamomile is in the background.

Overall, quite thirst quenching!

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76

GCTTB5

Thanks again Liquid Proust

Mmm jasmine. I like the blend of white and green tea with the jasmine. It seems to keep the green tea in check. The jasmine is nice and light and not overpowering. I also detected a bit of honeysuckle (maybe I am just crazy). This is a decent jasmine.

The resteep was a little astringent but this is probably my error of overstepping. I am very sensitive to green tea getting bitter.

I used 1.5tsp of leaf

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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