3274 Tasting Notes

drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
3274 tasting notes

Seriously… I haven’t reviewed this? :/ I’ve drank this probably a solid 5 times, at least. I love the cacao shell bits – really differentiates it from other English Toffee teas I’ve had. And the pu’erh is as un-fishy as I’ve tasted. Basically, it’s a perfect tea for those times you want a sweet treat without the calories, as it’s quite a rich-tasting tea.


Pu’erh purists probably would frown, but I really liked it as well.

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drank Pineapple Mimosa by DAVIDsTEA
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Uh, this is super sweet. And oddly actually tasted alcoholic (beery?), in combination with intense pineapple flavour. Interesting, and probably great iced for those who like alcoholic pineapple mimosas, but it’s a bit too alcoholic-tasting for me.

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Still amazing. I’m going to be heartbroken when these Butiki teas are all gone.


Just sipped Smoked Maple Banana today. :D

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drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
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Not bad, actually. I had fairly low expectations as it’s a flavoured green, but it was pleasantly creamy from the coconut, and fruity from pineapple/mango. Basically tastes like a fruity, hibiscus-less herbal. I drank it warm/cooled, and I think it would be great iced. Chamomile is not noticeable, which is ideal.

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drank Smoky Butterscotch Peach by 52teas
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I’m less stoked about this tea than I hoped – unfortunately, I’m really only tasting smoke, and missing both peach and butterscotch. I tried to liven it up by adding a bit of sugar, but that didn’t really change anything.

Perhaps I happened to get an extra-smoky cup? I’ll give it another try later.

ETA: Second infusion is rather tasty… less smoke, more peach, and more base tea. Still not really butterscotch, but an enjoyable second infusion nonetheless.

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drank Summertime by 52teas
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This tea is pretty great. More or less an orange creamsicle in a mug, which is what I was hoping for. Nice light base, lovely vanilla-orange flavour. A hint of sweetness.


don’t even remember seeing this one :(


Sil – it’s still available: http://52teas.com/summertime-white-tea-taster/ It wasn’t a tea of the week, it was a VIT.

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Another interesting one! I drank this around the same time as Mayan Chocolate Chai, so probably need to try it again on its own to get a better picture of how it tastes.

However, I do certainly recall a lovely nuttiness that I quite enjoyed, and in reading a bit more about the tea, I see that it’s supposed to taste like walnuts and sweetness, which I’m pretty sure it did. More details to come some other day, maybe, if I get around to it, but this is a generally positive review :D

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drank Rosemary Tangerine by 52teas
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Picked this one up purely for curiousity, as I haven’t had rosemary in a tea before. While it is interesting, it is reminding me too much of medicinal blends for my liking, and therefore I don’t think I’ll be trying rosemary teas in the future. I was also hoping for a bit more tangerine – which smelled great when I opened the package – but it was definitely relegated to the background a bit by the rosemary.

Probably not a tea for everyone, but is a fun experiment. If you are a fan of rosemary and/or minty teas, I think you may enjoy this.

Evol Ving Ness

This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. I got excited about the prospect of tangerine with the slightest hint of rosemary in the back somewhere. Alas, that was not to be quite like that.

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drank Red, White and Blue by 52teas
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This is a really nice, fruity black, with an bonus of coconut that gives it a bit of something extra over your standard fruity black. In my initial sip, I also thought I was getting a hint of taiwanese black grapey flavour (ok, I’m getting it again… yum), which really added to the blend. I’d imagine this is killer iced.

Again, not a favourite, but pretty tasty for what it is.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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