3431 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the iced tea that accompanied on my outing today. It is very sweet but also really juicy and definitely delivers on both the mango and fruit punch. It definitely borders on cloying and I can see how if someone isn’t in the mood for sweet this would be over the top, especially as the sweet builds as you drink but today it was refreshing in the humidity.

Evol Ving Ness

It seems far too early for it to be this humid. And to think that this is just the beginning. Oy!

VariaTEA

Yeah, today was insane and it’s gonna be like this for a while it seems.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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This leaf is old and showing its age. It’s starts off as a nice caramel but then quickly deteriorates to a stale candy flavor. Blech!

Fjellrev

Aww no, no hoarding with this one then, eh. :/

VariaTEA

No, definitely don’t hoard. I think I may end up throwing out the lot of it :(

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drank Pineapple Mimosa by DAVIDsTEA
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I iced this earlier but have been drinking hot cups and perrier throughout the day while this stayed in the fridge. I’m drinking it now and I am a fan. Pineapple sweetness dominates this cup with hints of apple here and there. Tbh this tastes like what I imagine a pineapple mimosa would taste like (minus the bubbles though…this would probably be a good tea pop) so good job DAVIDs. I’ll try this again to see if my enjoyment is just because it is something new or if I actually like this as much as I think I do.

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87
drank Sweet Seduction by RiverTea
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This tea has a best before date of September 14, 2015 and though it has faded overtime, it’s holding up pretty well. The base has actually disappeared to the background leaving a soft nougat flavor in its place. Sweet, creamy, a little caramel, and just a hint of smoke. Really tasty actually. I really do miss RiverTea.

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64

Im not lovin this one either. Maybe I’m having an off tea day. This tastes a little astringent and with a large dash of pumpkin spice. No cheesecake, and maybe a bit of chocolate that might be slightly old.

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Iced this and it tastes like perfume and grass. Nope. Just nope.

Super Starling!

Is it bad that I rather love negative reviews? Sometimes I feel like most on this site are so positive that I’m not getting a well-rounded feeling for what might make a tea bad.

VariaTEA

tbh, I usually feel bad writing negative reviews, especially when I know the tea-maker is on the site. With that said, I have written positive reviews of this one before so when I had it iced and it was no where near as good as the hot brew, I didn’t feel too bad about being a bit negative about it.

Roswell Strange

@Starling I have no issues writing bad reviews, even with the tea makers on site. Personally, I think there’s a huge difference between tactfully writing a bad review/offering criticism and writing something scathing/“this tea is garbage!”. Ultimately, Steepster functions as a platform for consumers, so it’s important seeing the good AND the bad. Personally, if I was a tea maker I’d appreciate some criticism; it’s your consumer directly telling you how you can improve.

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this, 2 parts Cinnaberry and 1 part Buddha Bamboo and I am not loving how it turned out. In a past tasting note, I mentioned cold brewed this tasted like a muffin but this time the sickly-sweet cinnamon is just coating my tongue. The bamboo provides a hint of freshness that actually heightens the artificial quality of the cinnamon, which makes me feel this would have been better off just left on its own. Also, the blueberry kicks in at the end of the sip but it is a fake blueberry flavor as opposed to that of the actual fruit and it lingers behind once you stop drinking. Just an all around not-so-great brew.

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Cold brewed this and the result is like drinking honey and malt with the smallest pinch of smoke.

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93
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
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Great tea but maybe not the best choice to be paired with my cheesy chicken enchilada dinner

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the first teas I got when I started drinking tea and didn’t like it. I also didn’t know of cold brewing or icing teas so I only drank it hot and cursed the tartness the lingered in the cup. Tastes have changed and I learned new techniques so I decided to try it again since I have been icing/cold brewing caffeine-frees a lot lately.

Today I am having it iced and it’s actually quite juicy. The Berry is captured well. I’m getting a lot of what tastes like blackberry leaf and currant. It’s quite nice and has been a great companion while I’ve been running errands today.

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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.

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