14 Tasting Notes

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Make an iced preparation. I like they peachy flavor but there’s some sort of aftertaste that lingers. There isn’t any artificial sweetener in it which I would normally blame for that taste. Not sure of the source. Maybe I brewed the tea too strong? Followed the recommendation to brew a single serve packet of this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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From the Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar. This cuppa is very peppery, almost too much for me as I don’t really taste anything else. I won’t try it again.

Flavors: Peppercorn

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I do love me some nutty teas. Deep brown color, aroma of almonds, like baked goods and amaretto. Oily sheen to the tea surface, maybe from the coconut?

Really odd name for this tea – I imagine something totally different in flavor profile containing mountain berries and crisp snowy notes.
Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar – Day 14

Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Coconut, Rooibos

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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56

This tea didn’t have much punch for me. I prefer the masala style chai with complex layered flavors and the rich aroma. I think having the base of rooibos it needs something more to make it stand out.

Brewed with 12oz water and added some hot milk and a bit of honey.
Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar Day 11

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Second time brewing this tea from my Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar. This time I brewed a stronger tea and added hot milk (almost 1/4C) and 1 t honey, and it’s MUCH better. The aroma and taste are much richer this time, and with the milk it’s a much more enjoyable cuppa. I would drink this as an option between a plain black tea and a full chai.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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55

Brewed for 4 minutes in 8 oz water and added warmed milk and a bit of honey and thinking it would bring out the flavors, but it was like a cup of faintly scented warm milk.

While brewing I smelled ginger and cinnamon, but couldn’t taste the ginger at all and the cinnamon was faint. I didn’t want to brew it too strong or end up with a bitter cup so stuck to 4 minutes, but used enough tea that it should have been on the stronger side. The color of the tea was certainly dark, but no real flavor. This was a disappointment as I don’t have a go-to chai and really want to find a staple for my cupboard.

Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Not reviewing this tea as I do NOT drink mint teas of any kind. Logging it here as part of the Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar – Day 6

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The Jasmine scent is really nice and adds to the drinking experience – reminded me what really good green tea is like! I think I used too much tea though for my cup. Brewed for 3 minutes but might also cut that back a bit next time as there is a very slight bitterness. Added a little honey and that balanced it out for me.

The last few times I’ve had plain green tea it was a Bigelow tea bag – not really much green tea taste at all. This also made me realize that the 5+ year old tin of jasmine tea is not worth drinking anymore! Time to do a cupboard clean out.

Tried as part of the Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar – Day 4

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea is a surprising gold when brewed – guess that’s from the little gold star sprinkles in the tea. Reminds me a bit of a sugar cookie. I added some milk and a tiny bit of honey and it’s more drinkable now, but I won’t be buying this one. I’ll have another cup from the advent calendar then let this one go.

Brewed for 4 minutes as I didn’t want it to be too strong, tried it, then put the tea back in for 2 more minutes.

Tried as part of the Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar – Day 5

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the teas I’m keeping in my desk at work for fall/winter. I like that it’s sweet. It’s a good go-to for when I want a snack in the afternoon and am trying to resist all the meeting leftovers that pop up. I brew this longer, about 10 minutes, since it’s herbal and I want the flavors to be strong. There is a LOT of cinnamon in this tea so sometimes I cough (the particles get through my metal filter) but it’s worth it!

This tea is definitely an acquired taste. I can imagine a lot of tea drinkers refusing to take a sip based on the smell alone and would be completely gross out by it, but I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Apple, Carrot, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I started getting into tea this year because coffee was causing a lot of acid issues, but now I’m converted over to tea! I started with the basics, thinking I preferred my tea plain(mainly because blends I was offered all contained things I dislike or tasted too weak), but in May 2017 a friend brought me into a David’s Tea store and I was bowled over. I’ve been completely off caffeine for 3 months to heal an inflamed GI tract, but now I’m able to drink small amounts of caffiene. I just found Steepster while looking for ways to organize my stash. I can’t wait to rate more teas and read other users ratings!

Likes: STRONG tea, hibiscus, nutty
Dislikes: anything mint, eucalyptus

My loose rating chart:
100-90 – Why am I not drinking this tea right now?!? Definite favorite, buy in mass quantities
75-89 – Loving this tea but not likely to obsess over. It would be good to have this tea on hand and have a cup every once in a while.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my thing.
Lower than 45 – Um just no. Would not drink it again.

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