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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

In the mood for one of my old school Davidstea favorites. I was going to have Buttered Rum but it’s seriously putrid. Completely rotten. I’m actually going to bring what’s left of my bag to the store to make them smell it. Haha. I need more. But clearly coconut tea doesn’t last that long.

Had this instead, I used to like it even when I didn’t know to not make it with boiling water. So now it’s extra good. Reminds me a bit of the plain Genmaicha I have (not from Davidstea).

I don’t notice much besides the nuts and sencha though. No coconut and no pineapple taste, but I’m sure it’s helping to sweeten it, I guess I can taste the pineapple if I try really hard.

Weird that the coconut in this tea didn’t turn weird…. I’m sure I got them around the same time. Hm.

Anyway it’s an old favourite for a reason! I like that it’s not too sweet. Takes the edge off the green tea. Brewed as per their directions.

I’m listening to Silverchair. Another old favourite, older than the tea, way back to jr high/ high school! I think just dated myself :)

ETA
I’ve been drinking so many new teas lately it’s hard to force myself to drink more than one steep (though I do), so sometimes they sit in my little tea basket on the counter until the next day waiting for their resteep which may never come. I was just making some tea, and I needed an empty steeping basket to use, I could not remember what was in one of them, so I was trying to think back to what I drank last night…. It was this. The already steeped still wet leaves have no real smell, and I tried a resteep so I can confirm they also have no real taste. Which works great for me because now I can throw them away after one shot totally guilt free :)

jessiwrites

Mmmm, I just got more of this in the mail today! So tasty.

OMGsrsly

Silverchair! Now I have to see if I have their CDs ripped so I can put them on my phone. :) And I also have to go sniff (maybe drink) the buttered rum I have.

jessiwrites

You didn’t get a good second steep out of this one? I just had some the other day and resteeped it three times, and then dumped the leaves in a jar to cold-brew… and had a delicious cold tea the next day. :/

Kittenna

I find that with flavoured teas, the number of good infusions I can get is unreliable. I think it depends to some extent on water:leaf ratio, but also whether or not I shuffle around the infuser basket while it’s steeping, which lets out more flavour.

whatshesaid

I think I’m just not a fan of weak tea… I don’t use more than enough leaf for one cup (10-12 mug), and I find a lot of teas are so flavourless after one steep that its not worth it to me, especially green. I didn’t stir the leaves around, just took a sip of the weak liquid (it didn’t even have a scent at this point!) and dumped it for something better. I don’t know if other people are doing something different or if I just have no interest in “delicate” flavour or what. I do try to do two steeps of everything though. Just often it’s so weak I don’t enjoy it. In fairness, this tea is probably close to 2 years old at this point so the flavour may have been compromised from the start. I also didn’t want the second steep so was happy to chuck it without further investigation. I don’t want to work hard for tea, haha.

I’m on my phone so I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors!

whatshesaid

*(10-12 OZ mug)

Also I should try the cold brew thing, that might be beneficial to me!!

jessiwrites

Yeah, I just dump my used leaves in a jar and add some water, and let it sit for up to 24 hours, checking every now and then to see how it tastes. It’s a fun experiment, since I was going to toss out the leaves anyway.

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jessiwrites

Mmmm, I just got more of this in the mail today! So tasty.

OMGsrsly

Silverchair! Now I have to see if I have their CDs ripped so I can put them on my phone. :) And I also have to go sniff (maybe drink) the buttered rum I have.

jessiwrites

You didn’t get a good second steep out of this one? I just had some the other day and resteeped it three times, and then dumped the leaves in a jar to cold-brew… and had a delicious cold tea the next day. :/

Kittenna

I find that with flavoured teas, the number of good infusions I can get is unreliable. I think it depends to some extent on water:leaf ratio, but also whether or not I shuffle around the infuser basket while it’s steeping, which lets out more flavour.

whatshesaid

I think I’m just not a fan of weak tea… I don’t use more than enough leaf for one cup (10-12 mug), and I find a lot of teas are so flavourless after one steep that its not worth it to me, especially green. I didn’t stir the leaves around, just took a sip of the weak liquid (it didn’t even have a scent at this point!) and dumped it for something better. I don’t know if other people are doing something different or if I just have no interest in “delicate” flavour or what. I do try to do two steeps of everything though. Just often it’s so weak I don’t enjoy it. In fairness, this tea is probably close to 2 years old at this point so the flavour may have been compromised from the start. I also didn’t want the second steep so was happy to chuck it without further investigation. I don’t want to work hard for tea, haha.

I’m on my phone so I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors!

whatshesaid

*(10-12 OZ mug)

Also I should try the cold brew thing, that might be beneficial to me!!

jessiwrites

Yeah, I just dump my used leaves in a jar and add some water, and let it sit for up to 24 hours, checking every now and then to see how it tastes. It’s a fun experiment, since I was going to toss out the leaves anyway.

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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