drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

Was hoping to try this in-store today, but as usual arrived too late. Oh well! Just bought some of it (and all the other new teas) instead… ugggh I didn’t need to spend more money there! (I need to make a space in my budget for ‘tea’ and make sure I don’t exceed that monthly… probably already at nearly $50 and it’s March 7…)

Anyways, onto the tea! First impression smelling the dry tea was ginger. Ginger backed by some fruitiness, and a bit of an odd smell I couldn’t place. Steeped, I’m getting a similar impression. Ginger is definitely the dominant note, at least in this cup. I can smell the strawberry, but would not have picked that out on my own. No strange scent, however, which is good!

Tasting it, I’m having a bit of trouble distinguishing things. It’s not really sweet, and I think there’s ginger, but either it’s too late for me to be drinking tea and my tastebuds are already asleep, or the re-heating (yeah I forgot about it and let it completely cool) did something to it. Unfortunately I am getting a bit of a fakey-strange aftertaste, which I don’t particularly like. Possible that it’s ginger, though.

Anyways, I wasn’t completely dumb and did try the cooled tea before I reheated it, and although I don’t remember specifics, I recall liking it, but was feeling chilly at the time and wanted something warm, not cold. So I will try again, and try it iced, as has been recommended. Perhaps tomorrow will be a good day for iced tea… we’re forecast to hit 12 degrees Celsius, which is ABSURD in my mind, considering that my hometown (Saskatoon) just had a blizzard! I never did end up getting my winter…. huff

Overall I’m pretty sure this will be fairly tasty the next time I drink it, so am looking forward to it! Rating will be reserved until that time, however.

(Side note: this tea smells awful if left to cool and then accidently microwaved to boiling. Like, seriously AWFUL! It goes away once it cools again though.)

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

haha yes! I have the same weather in Swift Current right now, I hope this plus 12 stuff sticks around! :)


We ended up hitting something ridiculous like +18!! And today it’s back to hovering around zero. Sad sad :(

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haha yes! I have the same weather in Swift Current right now, I hope this plus 12 stuff sticks around! :)


We ended up hitting something ridiculous like +18!! And today it’s back to hovering around zero. Sad sad :(

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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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