4781 Tasting Notes

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
4781 tasting notes

When I went to search for this tea I actually typed in “lovelylotus” because she is the one who sent it to me. I guess my sleep deprived brain planned on writing a tasting note about lovelylotus and thanking cookie dough for this sample?? Well, moving on.

Thank you to Lovelylotus for my awesome swap package! I am so glad you sent me so much of this because I haven’t even tried it yet but it smells AMAZING! It smells like fresh baked cookies from the oven and I can’t wait to try it out (just waiting for it to cool a bit – luckily my freezing apartment will take care of that in no time!). I actually thought about this tea all through class today so I was super excited to come home and try it.

SUCCESS! This tea tastes as good as it smells (that is always something I worry about with DAVIDs). I am so glad I have so much of this because I love it!! Thank you so much lovelylotus. I hope you like your teas as much as I have liked mine so far!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Lovelylotus

so glad you are enjoying the cookie dough.Loved our swap.

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68
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay so I am going to start this tasting note by saying that I have not slept in over 30 hours so if you are reading this and it makes no sense at all it can be attributed to that. I really must say paper writing all night until noon and then going to a conference and class for 1 is really not a fun day. However, I just need to get through a quiz tomorrow morning and I am free to spend the weekend with my sister and some friends who are coming from Toronto to visit me for the weekend!!

Anyways, on to the tea! I finally picked up AAA batteries (as opposed to the AA I bought out of excitement last week that obviously did not fit into my milk frother) which meant I got to brew my first at home latte ever. I have only had two before (Cocoa Canela and White Chocolate Frost – both amazing!!) and they were both to go drinks from DAVIDs so I decided I could make this myself. However, I did not think this through fully so my tea was understeeped and overfrothed (seriously i think the tea was 3/4 froth!). Well you live and you learn! Once I drank away most of the froth I was able to add the rest of the tea to the cup and make a nice latte. Sweet, creamy, caffeinated, and delicious! Just what I needed after my VERY long day. Although to be honest I think I prefer this tea straight as opposed to in latte form.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown! I would be more excited if it weren’t for the fact that I just discovered this tea last night and it is already gone. However, I really needed something I knew I would enjoy after being disgusted by the teas in my Teavana order and this was the only tea I thought about reaching for. I guess I will be placing that Della Terra order earlier than expected so I can stock up on this. Thanks Dexter3657, I think you helped me find my new favourite tea!!

Dexter

I never expect anyone one to like every tea I send them, but it’s really nice when they do find one they LOVE. That’s what swapping is all about, getting to try lots in hopes of finding those special few. Always glad to help with that hunt.

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Well after the disaster that has been Teavana’s holiday favorites pack I decided I was done testing out Teavana teas for a while. However I wasn’t quite ready to give up trying new things all together so I turned to my trusty swap package from Dexter3657 that has yet to steer me wrong. Luckily, this tea is no exception. It is a little bit tart from the rhubarb and slightly creamy to incorporate the custard taste. One thing it is not is oily and thank God for that! Thanks Dexter3657 for yet another enjoyable cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
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So this is the fourth Teavana tea I am trying from my order and it is the third that I am highly unimpressed with. I mean for a tea called SPICED apple cider you would expect some spice but there is an overpowering sweetness from the cinnamon that is just so unpleasant. Maybe next time less steeping would correct that issue but for now I am seriously debating about pouring out the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Oh no! That doesn’t sound like the greatest order. I hope it starts looking up :)

VariaTEA

Yeah Teavana is really not doing it for me tonight. The three teas I have not liked are the ones I was most excited about. I am just finding them way to sweet and incredibly oily. And for the cost of Teavana’s teas I was really expecting more from them.

VariaTEA

Luckily I also have swaps that I can try and they all seem to be much more delightful teas.

Courtney

Well yay for swaps at least :) That is really too bad. I have a Teavana store handy but the minimum 50g has always turned me off and I’ve only really tried swaps of their teas.

VariaTEA

well if you want to try some of these teas despite my horrendous reviews I can add some to your package which I unfortunately have not sent out yet due to a paper I have due tomorrow.

Courtney

I may pass. You can slip in a cup if you’re desperate to get rid of them :P I understand the paper, I’m in six classes this term and three labs, so no worries there :)

VariaTEA

Ouch, that certainly seems like a handful. And I would slip some in had I not just discovered we are running dangerously low on ziplocs…ooops! Well I will just add that to things to do tomorrow once the paper is submitted.

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5

This smells minty with a hint of white chocolate but when brewed it looked exactly like pumpkin spice brulee – orange, murky, and with a layer of oil on top. Luckily, this isn’t quite as bad an oil slick since you can taste the tea without oil coating your mouth. With that said, you can still taste the oil and there is an overpowering sweetness that is just not very pleasant. Ultimately, I was hoping this would be a suitable alternative to the White Chocolate Frost I tried at David’s but I am starting to think that is not the case. At least I tried though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55

So I put some of this in a mug and went to shower only to find it cold when I returned. However, that turned out to not be such a bad thing because it is delicious when cold – I mean I would think that is not such a huge surprise from a tea called Watermelon Mint CHILLER. The mint is fresh and sweetened perfectly by the addition of the melons. This is definitely a much cleaner (that’s a weird way to describe it but hopefully you get what I mean) tea than the cup of oil Teavana calls Pumpkin Spice Brulee.

Hot this tastes different than cold as I find the melon more prominent and the mint comes towards the end. Still delicious though. I haven’t really found a teavana tea that I thought was amazing but this tea might have changed that (or maybe it is so fresh compared to my last cup that I am tricked into thinking it is better than it is?).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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20
drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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Well first thing I noticed was the lack of leaf in my bag that so many others have complained about. However, the smell made me overlook that and made me excited to try. It smelled like pumpkin bread or some other delicious fresh baked good.

Once brewed, before even trying the tea I noticed two things:
1. how incredible murky it was – I couldn’t even see the bottom of the cup and
2. the oil sheen on top of the cup that made this tea rather unappealing.

I decided to push passed all that though because if it tastes good, the oil would not bother me. However, the taste, though not bad is not enough to cover the oily mouthfeel I am getting. This is actually the first time I have truly noticed oils in a tea and it is not something I enjoy. Perhaps I can mask the oils if I make it a latte? I think this might find its way into the swap box despite its intoxicating aroma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

Once again another delicious sample courtesy of Dexter3657!

This to me tastes a lot like DAVIDs Pumpkin Chai (which I like very much) but with a bit more pumpkin in its taste! To be honest I was expecting this to be far superior to pumpkin chai because of the rave reviews I have read so I was little disappointed that they were so similar (at least to my taste buds). However, there are worse things than being similar to a tea I really enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

At least this one is available longer!

VariaTEA

I was thinking about that while I wrote my review and honestly I do think this one is a bit better (although I can’t quite put my finger on why?), the two are very very similar.

VariaTEA

as in I doubt I would crave this if I had a cup of Pumpkin Chai and vice versa

Cavocorax

They are really similar! I drank both at the same time and I liked this, but I’d have to go back to my review to see why exactly.

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65
drank Cucumber White by The TeaCupany
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This is yet another sample I received from Dexter3657. I am really trying to power through them and taste them all before I have even more teas to explore.

Anyways, this tea tastes exactly like what you’d think it tastes like. This is white tea with subtle notes of cucumber. Personally, I like bolder flavors but this is definitely a very nice cup of tea when your in the mood for nothing over-the-top or fancy. Thanks Dexter3657!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dexter

I might have to try this one tonight……..

Roswell Strange

The two teas I have my eye on from TeaCupany are this one and Sweet Potato Pie (which Dexter reviewed). Thanks for reviewing this one: we seem to have pretty similar taste, so I think I’d feel a lot more comfortable placing a TeaCupany order for those two after reading your and Dexter’s reviews.

VariaTEA

Glad I could help! Also, Dexter sent me Sweet Cherry from the Teacupany to try so I can let you know how that tastes once I try it myself if you like.

VariaTEA

Plus sweet potato pie sounds interesting. I would definitely be interested to hear your thoughts on that once you try it.

Sil

i liked sweet potato pie! it was neat

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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