1106 Tasting Notes

86

This was the first time having this tea chilled and it is way better this way. The lime shines through a little more and the blackberries seem juicier. I will certainly drink it like this from now on!

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
1106 tasting notes

This was a free tea that I had iced in-store. I hardly ever get tea to go because I usually am heading home right after, so why would I pay extra to have them brew it there! It is convenient though, especially if you were going there on your lunch break or something. I am rambling…

Lime is ok for me, not one of my favourite flavourings, but something I don’t mind with chicken or black beans or something like that. I do enjoy the Lime Gelato tea occasionally though. This was ok. It was sweet enough that I feel it didn’t need sweetener. The mango could have been a little bit more prominent.

Overall, it is a decent tea, but I prefer Lime Gelato (and it’s cheaper too).

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92
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
1106 tasting notes

Just what I needed this morning. This tea has actually aged fairly well, but it is really time to sip down ALL of my Butiki teas.
Chocolate and raspberry, what more could a girl ask for on a lazy Sunday!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1106 tasting notes

Hibiscus is sometimes a big miss for me, but it is ok in this fruit tea.
It is sweet and tart. Apple,melon, and lemon are the most prominent notes when I cold brewed this. It sat in my fridge for about 24 hours.

It is so refreshing! It might even be tin worthy this spring/summer, unless something better comes out in the summer collection. I need somthing caffeine free to cold brew in the spring/summer.

VariaTEA

I find cold brewing usually tames hibiscus

tigress_al

Exactly! That’s why I enjoy it so much

Kristal

I hate hibiscus hot, but when cold brewed I actually don’t mind it :)

tigress_al

Yep, as long as it isn’t overpowering

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73

This tea smells fairly creamy. Unfortunately, it does not taste as creamy as it smells. For a milk oolong, I was expecting more “milk”. It is still enjoyable with buttery and floral notes. A little bit lacking for me today I’m afraid.

I need to play around with the parameters a bit more I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I used 5 pearls for 16oz.
These pearls are huge and they smell wonderful, malty chocolate with sweet Jasmine.
Unfortunately, the smell does not translate into the taste as much as I was anticipating. There are slight notes of malt and chocolate, the Jasmine is definitely in the background. It isn’t as sweet and floral as I was expecting it to be. I am enjoying this tea, but there is a touch of astringency. Maybe I am just getting more sensitive to astringency that I focus on it too much. Or I need to steep for less time.

Resteep 5 minutes.

I certainly won’t have any trouble finishing my sample, but at that price point, I certainly won’t be getting more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
R.F. Hill

Do you think the Jasmine is what gives it the astringency?

tigress_al

Interesting Rufus, it’s a possibility. All the other Jasmine teas I have had have been green or white, and they were Brewed more delicately.

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86

This tea has some sentimental value for me. It was one of the first straight teas that I tried, and for sure the first straight oolong…I have been hooked ever since! I remember saying to my tea friend (that has since moved away) “who would want to drink a tea that tastes like flowers, butter, and spinach?” Oh man, I was naive! Lol. That was probably about 6 years ago, before I joined Steepster and began my tea obsession!

There are much higher quality milk oolongs (I’m looking at you Mandala Tea), but I enjoy this one as well. It doesn’t deserve my previous 97 rating though, because it isn’t THAT good.

Resteep 7 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Teatotaler

Mandala Tea’s milk oolong, oh yes! Yes, yes, yes!!!

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84

I love a good Assam. This is malty with just a little bit of fruit in the background. I can see this getting astringent very easily though, so I went easy on the steeping. I’m sure it would take milk and sugar well, if I drank my tea that way (but I don’t usually).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Assam! How I adore a good Assam!

tigress_al

After I wrote this, I was curious about how it would take milk, and so I brewed up another Cuppa and added some milk. It was delicious!

Evol Ving Ness- definitely, I have a few of them!

R.F. Hill

Assam is the ONE tea I add milk to. I’ve been told that Assams make me “very British” due to the fact that I add cream to it. Ha-ha.

tigress_al

Lol “British” or not, drink your tea how you like!

R.F. Hill

Very true! Ha-ha.

R.F. Hill

Plus, I took it as a compliment.

Teatotaler

I adore a good Assam! Assam is my usual weekday morning cuppa – British style. ;)
I am currently on a quest for a good vanilla Assam.

tigress_al

Let me know when you find a good one!

R.F. Hill

@Teatotaler- that’s the way to drink it! Ha-ha.

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80
drank Poached Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1106 tasting notes

Green rooibos isn’t too common, so this was kind of nice because it was different. To me, this tastes kind of like a pear that isn’t quite ripe. Overall, it was actually pretty good and not sickly sweet like a lot of their blends have been lately.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Jillian

My mom LOVED this one when they were sampling it, so I got her a tin for her birthday

tigress_al

You are a good daughter!

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drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
1106 tasting notes

I was really in a rush this morning so all I can remember about this tea is tart green apples and stevia…(bleh)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Ugh, that’s all it is, anyway.

Evol Ving Ness

Another one that had potential.

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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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