1129 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1129 tasting notes

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!

Kristal

At my DAVIDS the scales they have show the customer what the measurements are. Does your DAVIDs have that? Sorry to hear about your negative experience!

tigress_al

They do Kristal but someone was standing in front of it. Next time, I will make sure I can see it!

Kristal

ah, bummer. good to have a plan though!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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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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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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drank Lattakoojan Assam by Butiki Teas
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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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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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88

GCTTB5

Thanks again Liquid Proust for adding this tea to the box!

Blends like this are perfect for pu’erh noobs like me. I want to like pu’erh but for me, it is a bit of an aquired taste. But, I’m definitely getting to like them!

This one is fairly sweet with notes of woody earthiness from the base. I had no idea what steeping parameters to use so I just winged it… I steeped this four times (resteeps at 3.5,4,4.5 min.) and poured them all into my thermos because I was busy reading books with my toddler!. It was delicious.

Non tea related:
I got a new Bonavita kettle last night!!! My trusty old Oster kettle just has too much mineral deposits that have built up over many years of usage. So I thought I would try something different:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B008YE3RNG/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB
I was so excited to get it ready to brew tea today and learned that it doesn’t even get to 100degrees. It gets up to 99 but won’t get to a full boil. WTF? This isn’t that big of a deal because usually I drink tea at less than a boil, but sometimes I do. And what kind of kettle doesn’t even boil water???? Anyone else have this problem? I should contact the company I guess. Sorry, rant over.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lala

we have one at work and its boils the water to a full 100C. You can actually see it boil. Not sure if it is the same model as the one you have. Ours is quite a few years old.

tigress_al

Hmm time to give the company a shout then!

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drank Oolberry by Liquid Proust Teas
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GCTTB5

Thanks again to Liquid Proust for sending these for our box!

I also really enjoyed this one. There are a lot of stems in my scoop, but it didn’t detract from the taste of the tea.

The oolong base is fairly green but not overly vegetal. I am getting honeysuckle floral notes in aroma and taste. The berry is very nice. It doesn’t overwhelm the base but isn’t completely in the background either which is nice.

The resteep at 4 minutes is probably even smoother than the first infusion.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ah, this is a sweet afternoon/evening treat. It is smooth and tasty without being sickly sweet. After I learned to brew rooibos at a lower temp (thanks Anne from 52teas!), I enjoy rooibos more. It isn’t as woodsy when brewed this way.

It seems like the covonut is a little prominent in this batch than the last. I don’t mind because it is even more delicious this way!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 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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