1693 Tasting Notes


More drying floral today than popcorn. Still delish. And yup, I bought a small stash!! :)

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drank Grape Freeze by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

I got a sample to take home. I think I need some more!! Grape is one of those flavours I don’t mind when strong. Actually, I quite enjoy it. Definitely a mood tea. Not for when I crave real green tea. Ha. I mean, some flavoured ones do have a tea note, but in this one I find it mostly overpowered.
Anyhow. Not sure if it has stevia or not, as the package makes no mention of it, but other reviews I see says it does. Also, the ingredients list here on Steepster mentions sugar. Hmmm.

Today was a bit odd though. The boyfriend was cooking up some ribs… and drinking this with the scent of super fragrant meat baking is just strange!

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I had this in store the other day while getting some work done. For some reason it was just what I needed. Rather comforting. Second steep was a bit rough but still tasty.

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I’m confused. Did I buy a packet of sugar and cinnamon, or tea?
Honestly, this is a strong one, almost too strong. Wowsa.
I had to add milk just to tone things down. Sadly, the tea flavour was weak while the spices weren’t. Maybe I’ll grab an in store cuppa one day to see if that tastes any better.
I think it was just a bad cup. I’m hesitant to buy another sample…

Evol Ving Ness

Wow. Too bad. Have they changed the formula from when it was initially put out?


This is what I’m wondering about too. I’m going to have to pick some up to see… well, taste… for myself.


@Evol I don’t think I tried it the first time around, besides the in store samples. Maybe? I’m sure Sil could tell us :P


@Fjellrev, let me know what you find!! I neeeeeed to know haha

Evol Ving Ness

yep, I don’t recall Sil mentioning anything about this. Perhaps we need to quiz her on this.


No need after all, I tried it in store and it was MUCH better. Also asked the girl helping me and she said there really shouldn’t have been that much sugar in my sample; must have got a bad batch!


I love this one…the milk makes it more eggy like french toast. I usually get a lemon custard note as well. BUT, I have not bought any this season since i returned. I had planned on getting a small amount to try again. I did get a cup to go and it seemed ok, but I find that teas to go aren’t always good or prepared how I like them, even if it is one I like.


@Plunkybug, I think when I got my sample the tin was almost empty so got all the bits from the bottom. I might grab another sample, to try again… like yourself. I’ve noticed the same about in store vs homebrewed


Yeah, def give it another go. It was a go to for me last winter. But I have to have it with milk…same as 52teas french toast one. It makes it more eggy and custardy. It does have coconut sugar in it, but I add a little more still. But that is personal. And as I have been reducing sugar in tea, I may no longer need it. Also, try as a latte.


I’m curious to see what its like with eggnog!! can’t recall if I tried the french toast. Years ago, probably

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GAHHHHH!! I had a note all typed up and it disappeared. So I’ll make this quick as I need to sleep:
Mulled molasses. Aftertastes of lemon molasses candy.
Five steeps, but not much variation between them. Last and first were my faves.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Got through a bunch of infusions yesterday. What a journey!
The first was lovely, all candied nut, but with a soft malty edge.
Second and third infusions were a bit meh. Malty… which was nice, but rather one dimensional. I noticed a super mild fruity aspect, hanging out in the background. Plum?
Fourth infusion was much better; milk chocolate with a hint of caramel. Maybe plum.
Fifth was more of the same with a heavy note of cotton and dry mouth.
Sixth and seventh were a blend of everything, nothing too noticeable, though it was super smooth! I wish I’d had time for more infusions.

1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Forgot this was number “8231” and opened up the packet. What a nice surprise! yummmm. The peach really shines and blends wonderfully with the green base.
A little overly sweet, in the way that peaches do

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drank Mao Jian Jade by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. Glad I picked up a sample! I have way too many teas in my cupboard or else I’d definitely restock.
A traditional Chinese green tea. Mild, buttery, and sweet.
The moment where liquor first touches my lips reminds me of mountain spring water, full of minerals and freshness. An interesting contrast to the rest.
I kinda get where the plum reference comes from, but I would say the real plum notes come out in the aftertaste along with a honeysuckle sweetness. It also leaves my mouth super dry.

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I had this iced today. A traditional Japanese summer treat, or so I am told. Not much different than it is hot. Better than a fridge brew, in any case.
Delicious… just not dynamic haha

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Ok so now I’ve had this a few times, I’m glad I got some before it disappeared. It fills a gap I didn’t know I had! Not expected but I’m ok with that.
This is a very mild blend. Great alone, and easy sipping with milk. Not so good iced, with milk sadly. I need to try it cold brewed and with no milk as well.
Will definitely have to find something to fill the hole when I eventually sip this down :)
One day I’ll post a review with actual flavour notes haha

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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