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drank Elderflower Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
3217 tasting notes

Backlog. (Note reposted from Strawberry Fields, where I accidentally posted it the first time).

Floral and light; a bit fruity… tastes like the elderflower drinks I’ve had before. A white base was a good choice for the flavouring, although I wish you could actually taste the tea a bit more (and this is why I liked Butiki’s flavoured whites…) A bit too flowery for my tastes, though.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
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Sipdown! Need to pick up some more of this stuff, I think. Not sure which flavour, exactly, but one of them. Mmmmmmmm.

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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
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Sipdown! A tasty tea, but probably not worth the price to me, as it’s mostly a red-fruits sort of black and that’s not my favourite flavour – if the vanilla was stronger, that could perhaps have pushed it over the edge. The base is nice enough, though, and I certainly enjoyed this last cup :)

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed this a bit weak yesterday, but it was still wonderfully creamy and fruity. Love it.

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Travel mugged this one yesterday as well – tasty but I’d have preferred it with some maple syrup sweetness. For whatever reason, smoky teas just taste so much better than way, though it was of course good regardless.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious as always. Though having had the chocolate bar of the same name, I kind of want that additional sweetness/richness (a latte would perhaps work). Maybe I’ll bring some of this to work and make a latte for a treat one day.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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I’m surprised I still have so much of this left, considering I bought it as a partial pouch and feel like I’ve drank it quite a bit. It’s so good when brewed right (i.e. very carefully 2 min at 180, 1.5 tsp for ~10oz). But so finicky and bitter if not. It was perfect yesterday, though. All sweet blueberry candy.

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I drank the last of mine awhile ago. RIP PTA

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Delicious, but I left it in my travel mug just a teensy bit long, and the fruit started to go off… so the rubber pieces are a bit smelly. Sigh. It’s not too bad though, thankfully. Anyhow, I’ve been cold-brewing this in my DT carry mug, since it has the mesh filter, and it works quite well. Aka I can probably justify to myself buying at least one more. Haha…

Iced 8 min or more

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Sipdown! Oversteeped this one a bit but it was still really delicious. Wish I’d finished it off while it was fresher, but it still had the characteristic beany flavour I love.

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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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