241 Tasting Notes
This is the first sample DAVIDsTEA has sent me that tempts me to actually go out and get the tea! I think I’m going to try to wring all the re-steeps I can out of this, because it’s just perfect for this evening. I’m fighting off my allergies something horrible, and its sweet tang allows me to release some of the tension that’s been riding my shoulders.
At first this reminded me of Teavana’s Dragonfruit Devotion but its aftertaste is fresher than the slightly perfumey note that plagues theirs. I have no firsthand knowledge of passionfruit or dragonfruit (other than the fact they sound like sci-fi tropes) but judging by these teas I’m left wondering if they taste similar.
We’ve been steadily replacing our Teavana teas with better (and less expensive!) versions from other sellers, so I’m glad this fell onto our radar. My husband absconded with half my cup, so I think he agrees with me!
My DAVIDsTEA order came in today, and I am so glad that I decided to give this a try! It’s just so delightfully sweet and creamy – both in aroma and flavor. My husband has been tearing through the ice cubes lately, so I had to try it hot instead of cold first, but I am making up a batch to put in the fridge with a “no touchie!” sign! ;)
This was the last of the three samples I was given for my Battle of the Earl Greys project. Like the others, it won’t be listed on their website until the release of the new fall lineup in October, so I had to make some inferences about it and how to prepare it.
Overall, it’s a pretty good Earl Grey. The black teas and bergamot are nicely balanced, but some floral elements (cornflower and rose, I think) have been added and they make themselves known in the aftertaste. The astringency is surprisingly potent when compared to how mild the tea is in general, but a nice dash of milk evens it out.
The biggest surprise with this tea was how well it re-steeped. The second cup tasted nearly identical to the first, with the bonus of reduced astringency. I have enough left for one more cup, and when I make it I will definitely re-steep it.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea. It was just wonderfully smooth and layered, and so nice to just sit back and enjoy.
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I found a tin of this on clearance at Target, and I figured $2.88 was low enough to take a chance on something new. It’s okay… not something I’m going to go out of my way for, but a nice change for now and then. The smell is nearly identical to the taste, which is almost entirely fruity.
This was one of the samples I received with the 5 for $5 promotion. I’m not rating it yet because I’m still working on telling greens apart, but I have finally made it to a point where I’m making them without any additives. This has more of a sour and even bitter bite than I enjoy, so it will not be on my list of things to re-order.
I actually struggled to write as much about this one as I did. It’s overwhelmingly smoky, and any other elements are incredibly difficult to identify. It doesn’t taste like Earl Grey to me, just smoke. Lots and lots of smoke.
If you do like their Pine Smoked Black tea, this tastes nearly identical.
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This is the second of the samples I received from Laurent of Nina’s. Since I tend to bounce off the walls half the night if I have too much caffeine, I’m always interested in new caffeine-free alternatives.
This packet was labeled “Bélier”, and when I couldn’t find that on the website I emailed Laurent, who told me it was this blend. I was a little surprised, because it smells more like a fruity caramel to me and lacks the colorful petals, but that may be due to the small sample size.
I used two teaspoons of tea in my 16oz infuser mug and added my usual tablespoon of raw sugar. I wanted to make sure I didn’t over-steep, so I paused at six minutes. It was still a little light, so I went the full eight.
Now that it’s steeped, I’m having an easier time picking out the cherry. I guess I was expecting something more… potent, since the last cherry tea I tried tasted like cough syrup. This is wonderfully light and fresh. It’s just slightly woodsy and pleasantly sweet, and it makes me think about the tiny chips of wood that would fall from grandpa’s carving knife, and how wonderful it was when he taught me to whittle too.
Overall, this was pretty enjoyable – and even more so because I can have it without going into super-hyper mode!
Thank you so much, Laurent of Nina’s, for giving me the opportunity to try this tea!
When I smelled the dry blend, my senses were overwhelmed with peach. The summer sun outside seems like a wonderful counterpoint, and I couldn’t wait to make it up. I used my 16oz infuser mug and added 2 teaspoons of tea with my customary tablespoon of raw sugar.
Because some of the other people who’ve written about this said they had better luck with a two minute steep, I briefly paused there. After a tentative sip, I decided to go for the full three minute steep and I’m glad I did. The first sip had been a very light fruity flavor, but now it tastes like its come into its own.
I still taste the fruit blend, especially the peach, but now it’s much stronger and the strawberry and cherry appear in the aftertaste. I can’t pick out the blood orange, but when my husband stole a sip he told me he could identify it in the aftertaste.
This tastes wonderfully summery, and perfect for a day like today. Out of curiosity, I’m going to put the rest of my cup into the refrigerator to chill, and I’ll let you know how that goes.
Update: When this is chilled, the cherry picks up speed and actually comes close to the prominence of the peach. It’s tasty, but I think I prefer it hot. For now, I’m going to go cut up some fruit, because this has me craving the real thing!