1720 Tasting Notes

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drank Walnut Orange Scone by DAVIDsTEA
1720 tasting notes

Tasted this in store and it was underwhelming. Sweet and orangey but the walnut severely lacked and I couldn’t get any scone-like note from this. The white base was also missing, essentially. Not terrible but the flavour profile was aimless and lacklustre.

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Having been super busy with work over the past few weeks, continual plans to visit DAVIDsTEA to redeem my points for 100g worth of tea kept getting foiled, so of course, when I finally got there today, it was too late as they expired on the 3rd. Damn. I kept thinking I had until the end of the calendar year.

But I was able to still redeem my free birthday cup of tea from last month. I chose this because I didn’t feel like dealing with their sugary sweet blends this time around. It was ok but expectedly astringent, so astringent that it covered up most of the plum notes I was picking up on. Nothing memorable, to be honest.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow! I think you should call their helpline and do some screaming.

Evol Ving Ness

Their prices are far too high to let your FS points expire.

Fjellrev

Yeah, it sucks because I was planning on stocking up on more Lemon Pound Cake since it’s pretty pricey but I did check the email they sent me in October and it did specify that they were going to expire on the 3rd. I thought they transferred over to the next period if you didn’t redeem them and only truly expired at the end of the year, though?

Fjellrev

I did submit an inquiry about it just now, just out of curiosity. I reviewed the program stipulations, but it just seems odd how points themselves roll over to the next period (and ultimately expire at the end of the year) yet the rewards themselves do not. Doesn’t really make since.

Fjellrev

Lollerskates, make sense, rather.

Evol Ving Ness

What? The points roll over to the next period, but then, all of it is gutted at year end to start again at zero?

Evol Ving Ness

Well, the end of the year is coming. In three weeks.

Evol Ving Ness

And they’ve now stipulated that if you have 100 points for one free bag, it can only be $19 or under, which eliminates the pure teas like Organic Ruby Oolong.

Fjellrev

Yeah, points reset to 0 at the end of the calendar year. It’s just odd how points roll over from period to period but not actual rewards though. So, a person can earn 99 points in the 1st period which could roll over from period to period, until near the end of the year, yet, once you earn that one extra point, which would then get converted to a 50g reward, you absolutely have to redeem it within two months, and if not, you lose that reward (essentially 100 points) entirely.

They claim though that at least, since the beginning of this year, they have introduced a new policy that any leftover points at the end of the year will be converted to free cups of tea unlike before, but whatever.

Evol Ving Ness

In other works, it is ****ery.

Evol Ving Ness

How many free cups of tea? How does that work?

Fjellrev

That about sums it up!

I have no idea. They’re very vague about it: “Effective February 24th, 2017, after we convert every 100-point increment into free tea rewards at the end of December, any leftover points will then be converted into free beverage rewards you can redeem in any DAVIDsTEA store. Your points balance will go back to zero and you’ll have 60 days to claim your rewards. So you can start sipping all over again!”

CrowKettle

There rewards system sounds so ridiculous and half-***ed- like they just wanted to have one on paper without actual big rewards being redeemed for long time (although maybe irregular) customers.

Evol Ving Ness

Exactly, when they rolled out this new FS version, they lost me as a client. I used to shop there quite regularly. Though I did take advantage of their 40% off deal the other day. Even with 40% off, I would have been better off spending my money elsewhere in terms of value for dollar. And my points from that purchase apparently will expire in three weeks or turn into a free cup of tea—woohooo!

Evol Ving Ness

The whole thing just pisses me off.

Evol Ving Ness

And I don’t drink tea to be irritated by it.

Fjellrev

Right? Half-assed rewards system for sure. I just dropped around $35 on teaware on the last day of their in-store 30% sale but do they really expect me to rush within the next twenty days to drop another $65 just to get 50g of free—yet otherwise overpriced—tea? No dice. Negative dice considering I lost 200 points for not making timely FS rewards redemption my #1 life priority.

Sil

Pretty much why they don’t even get me going in for 10g samples of their new teas….why risk loving something when it will be stupidly expensive and have stevia in it…not to mention that the times that’s ever happened are faaaaaaaaaaaaar and few between so they were getting my money to try mediocre teas.

Fjellrev

By 10g samples you mean resulting-likely-intentional-overpouring-and-doubling-the-amount-you-asked-for, right? And bonus points for getting added snark from the sales associate for asking for that much (or “little”).

At least there seems to be a correlation between price hikes and stevia usage?

CrowKettle

Yes! I stopped picking up small samples of new teas primarily because of the snark and resistance. I was going to buy +$50 worth of teas but now I’m just going to spend $10 on one tea, or nothing at all, thanks.

Stevia is my “hibby” or “blergamot” and I have not forgiven DT for adopting it as their new flagship ingredient. I feel very strongly about its infiltration into everything and I know if I ever accidentally buy something with it in it I’m going to go on a long, angry rant. :(

Evol Ving Ness

^^^What Sil said.

I used to go and pick up about 10 grams of each new tea that came out and then all this stevia and imitation flavour nonsense started and all their teas started tasting more or less the same and then the butchering of their FS system and nope, not doin’ it.

Evol Ving Ness

I just get swept up in a rant every single time I start thinking about the degeneration of DTs, from the time it was more or less reasonably priced for several reasonably good and fun teas with a reasonably good customer appreciation program.

Evol Ving Ness

Thankfully, I never had a problem with snark and resistance and upping my intended quantity. Generally, my servers have either been low-key indifferent or stellar.

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Sipdown! The last couple cups yielded a stronger base than the first, drawing out mineral notes that were not present in the first cup. Still good but damn, that first cup was the best. So flavourful and fruity.

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As much as I enjoyed this one, this sipdown has been muchly needed considering the fact that I purchased this nearly three years ago. Amazingly enough, it’s held up beautifully after all this time. No staleness whatsoever. Consistently malty, a little starchy, and sweet like molasses and raisins. Depending on how it was steeped, I’d sometimes get the dreaded smoky note, but even then, it was always minimal. Fantastic with milk.

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Round two of this tea. My boyfriend and I gave this a whirl yesterday without any additives. The dry leaf smells like an almond cookie more so than marzipan, perhaps.

Steeped, the base is slightly astringent and the almond translates more as almond extract than a roasted almond. My boyfriend observed how the almond flavour comes out more as this cools, and I totally agree.

Today, I’m trying it with a splash of 2% milk, which is pairing super well with the almond note. I still wouldn’t describe this as marzipan since it tends to be warmer and softer in its scent profile, almost almond-vanilla-y. This is still more almond extract that has been lightly sweetened. So again, like an almond cookie or biscotti.

I’m thinking this would make a fantastic latte! Should try that next time.

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drank Sour Appletini by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown, cold brew style. This got even more sour when prepared this way versus iced. Kind of wish it tasted the way to dry leaf, if you will, smells, which is like those sour gummy worms. Now I want a handful! This winds up even more sour than actual Granny Smith apples or Crabapples, and as someone who loves sour foods, even this is a little too much for me.

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drank Razzleberry Rooibos by 52teas
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How does this not have hibiscus in it? Aside from the woody red rooibos (the green rooibos is virtually non-existent), I’m getting a heavy, tart hibiscus but without the syrupy mouthfeel that accompanies it. I wouldn’t have guessed that this was supposed to be berry had I tasted this blindly. Maybe cranberry but not raspberry nor blackberry. Very tart, leaving the palate dry. A great surprise in my mystery grab bag but not what I expected.

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drank Winter Cabin Chai by 52teas
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Sipdown with some sugar and milk to tone down the undesirable earthy/smoky notes in here. It’s a decent chai but not a favourite, but am glad that it showed up in my mystery grab bag. Perhaps a bolder base with a thicker mouthfeel would have been a better choice for me?

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Anne has done a fantastic job recreating this marvellous blend. Frank’s reblends could never match up to the original, but this is seriously awesome. A generous smattering of real blueberries combined with a high quality base truly elevates this blend. The blueberry and flaky buttery pastry notes are poppin’. Couldn’t ask for a better blueberry tea.

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drank Karamellissimo by Tee de Cologne
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My boyfriend just got back from a badass European excursion and spoiled the hell out of me. So much guilt ensues. Amongst the exclusive Oxford Street LUSH perfumes and killer magnets (one from Abbey Road Studios!) is a bounty of tea from various countries. It’s just all too much.

This quaint little teashop in Köln carries an interesting selection of flavoured teas, and he generously made a trip over to pick up a few blends. Apparently the owner is absolutely lovely.

A caramel blend with hazelnut brittle aways seems like a good idea. The dry leaf smells creamy and nutty. It’s like a cross between Simpson & Vail’s Caramel with Tea Desire’s Walnut Truffle.

Steeped, the scent of the liquor smells heavily of caramel, but in regards to the flavour, I’m mostly picking up on the brittle, although it’s not an obvious hazelnut. It’s more like a nut with a higher fat content such as walnut. There is absolutely zero astringency from the base. Actually, the base seems to be quite mild in general. So grateful to be able to experience a tea that’s been specially delivered to me from over 7000 kilometres away!

Sil

that’s awesome!

gmathis

My love language is little treats like that—jackpot for you!

Evol Ving Ness

Clearly, he appreciates you. And gets you. And that is a marvellous thing.

The tea sounds great too.

Fjellrev

He is the definition of Bomb Deluxe and I’m so very lucky.

Come to think of it, it was also very Harney & Sons in flavour profile too.

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