drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
3229 tasting notes

I don’t think I gave this tea a fair shot the first time I drank it; I know I didn’t re-steep it, and I feel like I may have been preoccupied while drinking it, so it needs a second try! Also, I remember finding it rather pleasant, so why not? (Or maybe I should have saved it for the day where I get to have my second try of all the nasty rose-flavoured teas I have…. ewwwwwwwww).

Dry, the tea smells predominantly of berries, and maybe with a hint of sea lettuce, which is pretty much how I described it the first time. Steeped, the aroma is still of berries, and I could be convinced that it’s a blueberry/cranberry mix. I have to admit that the flavour is somewhat unremarkable. It’s quite pleasant, but I’m having a tough time catching all of the crazy flavours that are supposed to be in here (and there’s clearly caraway and mustard seed in the blend). Mostly, it just tastes like a light, fruity berry tea to me. It does taste a bit different, but not enough for me to figure anything out. Oh – enough sipping, and I have finally encountered caraway and perhaps mustard. I think the sea lettuce is just blending with the green tea too well for me to pick it up. In a battle of berry-flavoured blends (as in, comparing this one to Organic Super Berry), I prefer this one because there’s no astringency. I really don’t like astringent blacks; they upset my stomach.

I am going to be good and re-steep at least once before I eat the tantalizing berries. I’m really terrible when there’s fruit in blends…

ETA: Second infusion (82C/4min) is similarly sweet/juicy/berry-like, with hints of the caraway and mustard showing up at the end of the sip, if at all. I ate the steeped fruit after this infusion, and there was a ton of flavour left!! So this tea probably could have gone for numerous additional infusions. Yum.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Sea Lettuce? Google here I come!


Hahaha, seaweed I think?

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Sea Lettuce? Google here I come!


Hahaha, seaweed I think?

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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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