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!!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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!