746 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
746 tasting notes

This tea is delicious…have I had it before? Pretty sure I never had it when it was out for Mother’s Day last year…found about it too late, somehow. Yet. all I taste is deja vu and familiarity.

Is it pound cake-y? Not really, but it is a lovely creamy lemon and vanilla oolong that sits well with me. I had this unsweetened and without milk, but I may indulge and have it as a latte sometime.

TheKesser

I don’t remember this one from last year at all, but it is SO good!

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It’s pu erh with berries…pretty tasty. But not wow tasty. I did enjoy this as my wake up tea today, and grateful my friend sent me some to try. I did drink this with milk and a little organic cane sugar. I’m sure I will drink the rest of the bag over time. It’s nice and sort of brightening as we sort of struggle between winter ending and spring beginning. This tea is hearty and earthy for winter, but with the fruit flavours that entice spring. I might try a cold brew of this.

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drank Strawberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked some of this up today (it is the only one of the ice cram shop ones I can do because there’s no stevia or blackberry leaves or anything else I am allergic to or dislike) along with Lemon Pound Cake and the new mw matchas (minus the genmaicha, since I can mix my own at home if I choose to).

In a word, this smells HEAVENLY. If you like sweet stuff. I brewed this up tonight and was surprised that I was able to drink this straight, with no additives. Though, the thought did cross my mind of making this into a latte with a little organic cane sugar for indulgence. But then I think, a green tea latte? Really? But then I think back to the white teas I have latted before, where it works (Buttercream and Gold Rush, both gone now, sadly). And then there is matcha. Soooo..I may give this a latte treatment in the future.

For starers, I really do love a good strawberry green tea. I don’t know what it is about the pairing, but it really suits me somehow. This one is creamy feeling, probably from the your chips, and the papaya adds a sweetness that I think pushes it into that milkshake territory. Under it all, there is the green base, not bitter or astringent, or missing. It is there.

Although this preparation was hot, I would like to see how it is iced. Perhaps with sweetened condensed milk, for a real milkshake feel. I will not cold brew, as I think the yogurt chips will go funny like with Raspberry Pie. I got 20g of this and feel like I will get more. Especially as the weather warms.

Chey

I dislike stevia in teas, too. No sugar please – let me add my own if I want lol. I loved the strawberry one too!!!!

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This is very dark and rich…is it a pu erh? It does not indicate that it is. but it has that characteristic to the point that I feel like I ought to have done a rinse, and I have added milk and sugar as it has that coffee heaviness. I was not expecting this!

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I had this the first night I opened the tea package from my friend. I can only remember right now is that it was a sweet berry white tea. I was surprised that the instructions called for 1tbs instead of 1tsp, but I guess the white peony base is fairly fluffy so you need more. I think I might even try more next time, because the directions on the bag say the amount is based on 6-8oz of water, and my mug is 12oz. I will have to make a note the next time I drink it.

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This tea was kind of meh. I had high hopes for it, but it just felt a little bit weak. Maybe I need more leaf. It tasted fine, but I mostly only picked up on the cinnamon notes. I’ll try more leaf next time. I noticed it said 1tsp per 6-8oz of water, and I used my 12oz mug. I used a heaping tsp, so I figured that would be enough. I’ll try 2tsp next time.

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I can’t recall if I have ever had this one before, but I have no notes listed, so it is possible. It is also possible I have had it and never made a note.

I am having this straight. No milk, no sugar, no additives at all. And it is actually sweet enough for me this way. There is cane sugar in this pretty high up, plus the chocolate bits, so I’m sure that is why I am ok as is (though I still prefer to add my own sweetener thank you very much DAVIDs!). That said, it is on the artificial side. I wonder if milk in this would tame that aspect of it. I have a small sample that I can try it with. I might try to resteep with the existing leaves and try, though it may be less flavour all over this way.

Aside from the slight artificial notes, it is a creamy feeling tea. My guess is that the chocolate chips are providing this. They are also providing an oil slick on top of the tea. While I know some people are bothered by this, I’m not. It isn’t super pretty to look at, but meh…whatever. I’m not fussed. It’s just tea. It doesn’t really reflect the taste much, if at all.

I was admittedly nervous at trying, given the hibiscus listed, but it is really low down, and I do feel it lends a slight tartness to the raspberry component. It is not actually that terrible in this, and not a bully at all. If anything, the artificial notes override and bad hibby ones.

As for the pie aspect…nope, not getting any whatsoever. I can feel like I smell some kind of graham crust, but I can’t really taste it. Well, maybe just a teensy bit as the tea cools down. I think it is mixed with the artificial notes.

So the big question is whether or not I will buy more of this once my sample is out. I think the verdict is yes, despite the bit of artificial taste. What it has going for it that is important to me is that it is free of stevia or blackberry leaves, licorice or anything like it, and flowers like rose or jasmine. I am finding it really hard with so many new teas from DAVIDs having stevia or blackberry leaves. I’m mildly allergic (more sensitive than anything) to the stevia…it can be a headache.migraine trigger, and makes me feel like throwing up in an acid reflux kind of way. Also in its favour is that it is caffeine free and I am all about trying to monitor how much caffeine I have a day, and since I like tea, finding alternatives is good (even if not true tea). It also uses green rooibos, which I vastly prefer over the red.

Indigobloom

The dreaded hibby isn’t as big a foe anymore, I find. For some reason a lot of tea companies heard our complaining and backed off… and moved on to other now despised ingredients. Like stevia heh.

Plunkybug

I think it is still vastly overused and most teas have too much of it, but it is ok in this tea.

Indigobloom

I can see how it’d work well in a raspberry tea :)

Plunkybug

Oh for sure, so long as it isn’t dumped in to hide the taste of everything else. :P

Indigobloom

ha. doesn’t matter what ingredients are used to hide others… never a good sign!

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I had this yesterday. I had no idea what I was tasting. as I’ll be honest and say I have not had this tea in a long time, and this was a sip down. I actually had I straight and it went down incredibly smooth. If I had had more, I might have maple latted this. Or just used a touch of organic cane sugar and milk. I really need to get back to Janet’s…been a long time since my last visit.

Indigobloom

This is the second time I’ve seen this one in my feed recently. What’s in it? Now I’m curious lol

Plunkybug

It’s from a local company here, and the other person and I probably got it from the same source as samples. ;)

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, but what does the tea contain? Inquiring minds want to know.

Plunkybug

Yes, don’t we all want to know.:P Sadly, mine was a sample, and I didn’t even know what it was for a while, because the bag was full, and the name was in marker pen, and I couldn’t see that it actually had a name/label until I began spooning it out to make a cup. I have zero details other than name and supplier. I have not been to Janet’s in a long time, but I plan to ask next time I am there. Sorry. Wish I could have been more helpful.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Plunkybug. Sorry to be a pest. I didn’t quite get it initially. :(

Plunkybug

Oh, no problem. Not a pest at all! I’m only sorry that I can’t be more helpful in telling everyone what is in it. Apologies if my last answer came off in a negative tone. It was not meant to.

Evol Ving Ness

No, no, not negative at all.

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Finally got around to having this one. I wanted to like it.The whole time I am sipping it I am thinking, something tastes strange…is there hibiscus in this? Why yes, yes there is. Even though Buiki’s use of hibiscus has always been on the conservative side (good move), I can’t help but feel like it covered up the mango flavour and white tea flavours. I am still happy I got to try this rare custom blend tea.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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