82 Tasting Notes
This is wonderful. Quite sweet, but it’s not overpowering like it is in some other DAVIDsTEA flavoured matchas. The creaminess is dominant, but the bergamot is still nice and bright making this unmistakably an earl grey tea. The matcha flavour doesn’t really come through, but when comparing this to the original Cream of Earl Grey, you can really tell that the black tea base is absent by the utter lack of astringency. Even whisked into hot water without milk, this tastes like a London fog. The perfect indulgent cup of tea for chilly days.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla
I found a sealed 50g bag of this living in the back of my tea cupboard, so whisked some up today and gave it another chance. The first time I tried it, I was not expecting the powdery mouthfeel from the beetroot powder and the fact that the green tea taste is just completely absent. I had brewed some up in my DT matcha maker while at university one day and ended up dumping it because I could not get over the bitter Kool-Aid flavour.
This time I armed myself with the knowledge from my last experience and whisked up a cup of this with a little bit of rock sugar to take the edge off that bitter orange flavour. I still find the orange flavouring alarmingly synthetic, almost like orange Jello, but the addition of some rock sugar made it much more tolerable. I think it’s important to note that I can taste the beet powder in this, I noticed that it has the same flavour profile as Just Beet It. If you liked that, you probably won’t mind this!
The colour of this is so weird! I hate how the froth on top of my bowl was brown, not a gorgeous green like other matcha. Davids Tea must’ve been going through an alternative phase when they developed this… I like to imagine that they wanted to make an “edgy” tea that looks like old blood.
Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Strawberry
Hot with a little soy milk! So delicious, sweet, and comforting. I love this tea.
It was just starting to turn to spring, but today it started snowing again. I live in Alberta, really, what was I expecting? But this is the perfect tea to study economics with and try to ignore what’s going on outside.
I managed a DAVIDsTEA a long time ago and I made my staff do regular straight tea “tastings” to keep our tastebuds up to speed, and I suppose the many years that have gone by between my last “tea tasting” are catching up to me.
This is a nice throwback to when my assistant manager at the time would be asked to recommend a straight black — she would always enthusiastically point out Nepal Black, and for good reason! The tea isn’t too astringent, is hard to oversteep, and has some gorgeous honey notes. It’s a little chocolatey and little sweet, but is absolutely perfect first thing in the morning. And, apparently it makes me really nostalgic to my old DT days!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey
I can’t decide how I feel about this one — sometimes when I brew it it’s the beautiful buttery green tea goodness that I love, but then I steep it for one minute longer and it’s a grassy disaster. I’m typically sensitive to grassy greens, so that makes sense, but the cup I’m drinking right now was probably the best brew-job I’ve ever done on this tea. 1 minute and 30 seconds at 195 degrees Farenheit is the goods!
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Grass, Vegetal
This is one of those teas that I’m not even sure why I own. Food colouring in tea is incredibly unappealing to me, and drinking murky green water that looks like it contains lizard excrement is revolting. But it tastes like vanilla and fruity papaya, so who’s to judge? Certainly not this lizard.
Flavors: Candy, Pineapple, Tropical, Vanilla
Today I was craving something comforting. University has been very stressful lately and I decided to take the day off from school, skip all my classes, and just breathe. I haven’t ventured into the interesting parts of my tea collection in so long, it’s just been a rotation of Cream of Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Coco Chai Rooibos. I’ve decided to start up doing these tasting notes again, they’re a really good way to hold yourself accountable to sipping down an overgrown collection.
I absolutely love Ruby Oolong, so this was a great way to kick off this new informal sipdown challenge I’m giving myself. It’s fruity and so incredibly fresh tasting, I get a lightly floral finish and notes of dates and apple in the body. I forgot how smooth this tea is – I’m not a fan of “greener” oolongs but this is a nice rich oolong. It steeps such a gorgeous amber too.
Flavors: Apple, Dates, Floral, Smooth