87 Tasting Notes

77

This is a pleasant enough oolong-pu’erh hybrid tea that was part of the resolutions pack I got from DAVIDs. It actually reminds me a bit of Murchie’s Christmas tea. The orange and citrus notes are most prominent with a bit of a ginger aftertaste.

Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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87
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

Forever Nuts is what always come to mind first when I think of DAVIDs gift packs and sampler sets. I’ve heard it’s also one of their best selling teas, and recommend it often myself when someone is looking to start out their experience at DAVIDs. It’s a favourite go to for me, enjoyable any time of day but particular in the afternoon or evening given that it’s caffeine free. The blend of apples, cinnamon and nuts are perfectly balanced. Funny that it’s taken me this long to rate it. Better late than never I guess. I haven’t tried it as an iced tea, but I imagine it would fare well chilled too. The pink from the beet root is such a beautiful colour. I’ll definitely give it a go chilled this summer.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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30

Wasn’t a fan of this one. I found the jasmine overpowering and the flavour quite bitter and overly floral. I tried it yesterday and thought I had just prepared it wrong, but today is no better. Time to move on to something else and drink a bunch of water to clear the palate.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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79

Ooops, didn’t realize this was meant as a sleeping aid or before bed tea. I’m enjoying it this afternoon at work so hopefully I don’t curl up for slumber at my desk. There’s quite an assortment of ingredients in it and I’m enjoying the way the mint, vanilla, lemon and apple flavours all blend together. I don’t really pick up any apricot. Enjoyable overall. I don’t really have tea right before bed anyways as I try to avoid trips to the washroom through the night.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
Fjellrev

Did it end up making you feel drowsy later on?

CelticBrew

Naw, not drowsy. Just nicely relaxed!

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73

This is the final tea I brought home from the Murchie’s holiday pack my folks picked up during Christmas break. It has a pleasant aroma and reminds me of the hot mulled drinks brewed up slowly on a stove top at dinner parties. Apple isn’t a big favourite of mine – I’ve always opted for hot chocolate over hot apple cider. Still, it’s an enjoyable blend that definitely is reminiscent of the holidays.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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63
drank The Buzz by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

The Buzz is a decent tea but I’m not sure when I’d really want to drink it. The caffeine rich yerba mate and matcha seem an odd pairing with the spicy ginger-citrusy flavours. The flavour is a bit too strong for the morning and wouldn’t be my tea of choice to start the day with. But to have it later in the day with the higher amount of caffeine also wouldn’t be ideal. I suspect it would sit in my cupboard waiting for the right time never quite arriving. Good thing I just got the little sample in the resolutions pack.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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85
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This is a pleasant afternoon tea today. It’s my Friday before 5 days off from work so I’m in good spirits. Happy Kombucha has a lovely tropical aroma and flavour. I haven’t tried a lot of fruity oolong blends except Shaktea’s Guava Melon Oolong . I like this one more though, the flavour is more complex and less subject to the occasional bitter flavours I noticed in Shaktea’s. I don’t really notice the safflowers or kombucha flavour. There’s a peachy taste even though there isn’t actual peach in it. Interesting. I’d buy this again.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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71
drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

I think this tea does better in the container than brewed up. It’s a very pretty tea with the snowflakes, white chocolate and candy cane pieces and smells quite nice. Brewed up, the tea takes on a cloudy brown colour that as other reviewers have noted isn’t very appetizing looking. The flavour is quite sweet, a bit too much for a morning black tea I find. All in all, I prefer Santa’s secret if I’m looking for a morning black tea with a holiday splash. The black tea flavour is lost in all the sweetness of this tea. Still, it’s not horrible, just incredibly sweet.

Flavors: Creamy, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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80

This is my penultimate tea to review from the Murchies holiday pack I brought home with me from the holidays. This has a lovely minty aroma and flavour. The spearmint and peppermint blend nicely with the rooibos flavour for a caffeine free afternoon or evening tea. There’s a hint of vanilla. Candy cane is an apt description for this creamy minty blend.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Spearmint, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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74
drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

Wow another DAVIDs tea with hibiscus that I don’t immediately hate haha. Maybe my tastes are changing. I had this as iced tea with my family while I was home for the holidays. I think I prefer it chilled actually. That said, it is enjoyable heated too. The hibiscus gives it a pretty pink colour and my colleague remarked that it reminds her of the beach and Hawaii. There’s a nice creaminess from the coconut and the mango and pineapple give it a pleasant tropical flavour.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
Roswell Strange

To be fair, there’s very little hibiscus actually in the blend – it’s mostly there to add that beautiful colour. If you’re a fan of lattes, the hibiscus in this is really easy to pick out because it’s used so sparingly, and the rest of the tea makes for a REALLY solid latte.

CelticBrew

Thanks for the suggestion! And that’s a good point about the amount of hibsicus. Won’t be running off for a heavy hibiscus tea quite yet.

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I’m a mid-thirties tea loving guy on the West Coast of Canada. Only really got into tea in the last 6 years largely because my exposure to tea was always bagged rather than loose before that. It wasn’t long for me to become hooked with loose leaf tea though.

My favourites are fruity black teas, chocolate and dessert teas and fruit/nut blends.

Other interests include films, meditation, reading, writing and computer games.

Working on living healthier and sweet teas are a nice alternative to full desserts and other sugary snacks and drinks for me.

I only rate teas once and use the following spectrum:
100 – Only one tea receive this from me. It’s that good.
95 – Only three teas receive this from me. They are that good.
90-94 – These are top rated teas for me but fall just short of my top 4 or ultimate tier teas.
80-89 – Very pleasant, enjoyable. Would definitely purchase again but wouldn’t necessarily rush out for it.
70-79 – Decent teas. They had their charm while they lasted but I’m undecided about buying them again.
60-69 – Alright teas. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing amazing either. Unless it’s on sale, I won’t buy again.
50-59 – Meh, I can take or leave this. There’s something about it that borders on dislike for me.
40-49 – Sorry this one’s just not for me.
30-39 – Definitely not for me. Wasn’t able to finish it.
0-29 – How dare they call this “tea”.

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