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Sipdown (587)!

Not great; sort of like vanilla fondant, anise, and swiss chard!? Not the best flavour combo, even if all of those notes might have tasted ok individually. Oh well, at least it’s another sipdown!

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Gong Fu!

One of my coworkers gave me a bag of ripe pu’erh tuochas that she had been gifted by her mother in law (who is Chinese) – she said she’d never drink them, but knew that I really enjoyed ripe pu’erh so figured that maybe I’d have a use.

I’m into mystery tea – so now I have this bag at my desk at work, and whenever I’m in the mood for random pu’erh I can grab a tuocha from the bag and brew it up. I should probably add that all the tuochas in the bag are different. So, it’s not just a bag of a dozen or so of the same mystery tuocha. Each one is going to be a surprise!

This one definitely had something blended into it – you could visually see it compressed alongside the tea and then, after the tuocha had broken up following a couple steeps, it was more clear that the mystery thing was likely a type of flower. I’m no plant expert, but I happen to sit right next to one! Seriously, my desk mate is a horticulturist who specialized in functional herbs and flowers. So, after some taste testing of the next few infusions, and letting her poke around in the steeped leaf we determined that the mystery thing was more than likely osmanthus.

It was a pretty good pu’erh – I didn’t brew a ton of steeps because I also had work to do. However all were quite tasty; very sweet and a little floral on top of a rich, clean earthyness.

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drank Mandalay Spring by Nous Tea
503 tasting notes

Omg the astringency. I’m getting images in my head of an old person who really needs a drink of water, got that lip and tongue smacking going on. Underneath that, I get some apricot, hot hay and light smoke on the sip, honey mid-mouth and a finish of bitterness and yeast. Because Martin said 180F preparation wasn’t the best and 195F was better, but knowing greens can be very temperamental, I went with 185F. I wonder if a brewing temp of 175F or lower would kill this astringency. Otherwise it has ok flavor but I won’t be seeking out Mandalay Spring again.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Honey, Hot hay, Smoke, Yeast

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

This is crazy. Always different :)

derk

Maybe you will be able to find the perfect parameters for you.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
8720 tasting notes

I just realized that all of the Steepster information for this tea is from the OG/old recipe. At some point I should really update it because it’s been different for years now. Not today though; I don’t have the ambition to do it today on top of plowing through this GIANT list of tasting notes…

I drank this mug with milk – a lot of milk. It was nice; sweet and creamy with warming spices like the clove. Almost had a pumpkin-y element in addition to all the “pumpkin spices” that are in the blend too. Very comforting though; the kind of tea that it just peak rainy day weather tea.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

I should revisit this one sometime…

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
8720 tasting notes

Another one that I had this week (as a hot tea) because it had been so long since my last mug of it. Unlike Strawberry Colada, though, I did not have an “aha” moment where I fell in love with the blend all over again. I was just sort of reminded that this one is a little more mediocre for me – decent mango and passionfruit, but sort of generic…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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On the nicest day of the week last week I decided to make myself an iced tea for the commute home, as well as make a detour on my way home and just go out for a walk and enjoy the sun. I chose this tea since it’s been a long time since I last had it iced – and honestly I forgot how much I actually enjoyed this one! Like, I had literally forgotten that at one point I had a whole tin of this at home because I was so into it. It really hasn’t changed at all; it’s still very tart but with yummy strawberry, pineapple, and coconut notes – super summery.

I might actually have to get a small (like 30-50g) bag of it for the summertime. For the nostalgia, if nothing else…

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I’ve seen a lot of people on instagram and the DT Fan page over on FB comment about how this tea doesn’t taste like jasmine at all/is all blackberry – so I decided to revisit it since I’ve always found the jasmine quite strong enever I’ve drank it.

This time I had it iced, and though I enjoyed the sweetness and refreshing quality of the blackberry in the blend a lot I did still find I was getting quite a strong jasmine note as well. I don’t know why I’m picking up so intensely on the jasmine – but I just am. Honestly, I’d enjoy this one a lot more if I wasn’t getting so much jasmine so I do wish I my taste buds were interpreting the blend the same way that other people seem to be. It’s just not happening, though…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Kittenna

Are you not a big jasmine fan? I find that when you don’t like a particular flavour, it seems to stand out more. E.g. my husband hates coconut, and can pick it up in anything, even when I don’t.

Mastress Alita

That makes sense to me, Kittenna. I know I’ll have people taste-test things in the breakroom for banana for me, they’ll tell me, “There’s no banana in that!” then I’ll go take a bite and retch because I can taste the banana quite clearly. I swear one slice can be in a fruit smoothie with twenty other fruits and I’d taste it and gag.

Roswell Strange

I seem to like jasmine in just about everything except for green tea.

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drank Honey Drop by DAVIDsTEA
8720 tasting notes

Drank this one yesterday after I got home from working an eight hour shift at one of the DTs here in Montreal – it’s the first time in a few months that I’ve worked a shift in a retail setting and not in the office, and my feet were killing me. I used to be able to crush eight, heck even twelve, hour shifts standing on my feet! I’ve become soft in my new office/lab setting!

This was such a nice tea to steep up though – it’s very relaxing/comforting and even though it didn’t really do anything for the soreness/tenderness of my feet I still found a lot of stress/stiffness going away. Flavour wise, it was a lot of orange and mint, but with that sweet honey flavouring as well and a floral undertone.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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I’ve now brought some of my own teaware and things to work to keep at my desk, including a thermal carafe which I’ve been filling with boiling water at the start of the day so that I can steep tea at my desk. I drank this one earlier in the week at my desk; three resteeps. It’s a really full bodied, brisk and robust tea – deeply malty and chocolatey, with baked bread notes and of course jasmine. I just find it so different than other jasmine teas which usually try to be super light and delicate; this is full bodied, and rich while still having very fresh/natural jasmine notes. I’m in love with that!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Mint Transcendence by Nous Tea
503 tasting notes

There wasn’t much tea leaf in the sachet so I only did one longer steep of 5 minutes. Very pleasant mostly spearmint aroma with a little bit of mentholated peppermint and a very clear copper liquor. For someone who can be put off by lemongrass, I found it was an excellent proportion, giving a nice herbal quality to an already bright (Nilgiri?) black tea. The mints were probably stronger than the black tea and the spearmint offered some sweetness. Medium body that finished with a barely perceptible astringency. This was a great tea to have first thing in the morning when I was feeling congested.

Thanks, Martin!

Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Morning Munchies by TeaTaxi
8720 tasting notes

Have I ever even drank this time in the morning?

Seriously – I feel like every time I have this tea it’s in the evenings because, for a rooibos tea, that just makes sense!? I never want to start my day with something that’s caffeine free. It tastes so nice though; sweet, and a little bit buttery with loads of berries including a lovely cranberry note. I enjoy this basically every time I have it – I just think it has the dumbest name.

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Gong Fu Sipdown (588)!

From last weekend, on one of the super rare occasions where I was actually craving green tea. A shocker, I know! I actually really enjoyed this tea though – I only had like six or seven infusions (because that’s generally all I can do of a green before I’m over it) but I found the flavour really fresh and light; lots of buttery green bean and edamame notes and a bit of snow pea. Really evocative of Spring time and fresh greens. Kind of invigorating feeling? If that makes sense…

I don’t know that the green teas from Teavivre are necessarily AMAZING quality or anything – but I don’t really drink enough green tea to be super aware of the differences and, when I do want green tea, it’s usually Chinese that I’m in the mood for. So havings a handful of the little Teavivre sample packets of different greens is a good option for me to still have some green in my cupboard without being crazy about it.

Pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvZtUOEl5mF/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXOWyXjEp4g&t=0s&index=28&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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drank Gaba OOlong Organic by World of Tea
15 tasting notes

A slightly sweet powerful strong Oolong that taste like baked apple, honey and slightly sour. WATER USED: Nestlé Pure Life

Flavors: Apple Skins, Honey, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank 2018 Pussy by White2Tea
8720 tasting notes

Gong Fu!

There are just so many inappropriate comments that could be made about this tea. I’ll just leave it short and simple, though: This was my first time trying… pussy.

It was pretty fruity and sweet in the top of the sip, but finished rather bitter. Around eight steeps; good session. I liked the balance of fruity sweet notes and syrupy mouthfeel with the bitterness in the end; created nuance and depth. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the session the same way if I was just getting one end of the spectrum and not both.

Pussy Pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvb-TPEFnd8/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGIkGbs1VEc

I guess a warning that the song could be considered somewhat explicit? No more than this tasting note already is, though…

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drank Yule Fuel by For Tea's Sake
8720 tasting notes

Sipdown (589)!

A little bit bitter and astringent, but ginger and custard notes were present and I suppose kind of came together in a way that was eggnog… adjacent? I happy to have finished this tea off though – I’ve sort of exhausted any love of it that I had left…

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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
8720 tasting notes

Hot cuppa.

A bit of that same “side of your tongue” sourness that I observed the last time that I drank this tea – but a decent enough peach flavour and if I really mentally tuned out that sourness almost blended together into the peach in a way that just seemed to create a tart, sour peach flavour…

I still hold that, while this is not AMAZING, it’s one of the better flavoured teas that I’ve tried from Adagio.

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This was the sachet version of this tea.

I wanted to like this, since it seems really unique in terms of its ingredient list. It even smells nice; earthy and natural with hints of cinnamon, ginger, and geranium. I thought the taste was vile though…

It was so ridiculously bitter tasting, with a more muddy/dank sort of earthiness from the pu’erh and an assaulting amount of ginger. Nothing seemed to mesh together and connect, and that weird flavour divide was only made worse by this strange finishing note of geranium. The geranium was actually the nicest part of the blend, but it felt WILDLY out of place with the cacophony of other flavours happening.

I did not finish the cup.

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Well, it’s a little bit past Christmas but that didn’t stop me from brewing this one up. It’s supposed to be a fruit blend, with cinnamon and vanilla? I kind of tasted the cinnamon, but certainly didn’t get any vanilla from the flavour. It’s also very, very dominantly fruity – primarily a mix of hibiscus tartness, acidified apple, and raisin. Really in your face flavours and nothing I would associate with “Christmas”.

I wasn’t a fan.

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Sipdown (590)!

I was feeling inspired by VariaTEA this morning – who just finished off her pouch of DT’s Berries & Cream matcha. I have a lot of matcha right now, and I had basically the perfect amount left of this one to just finish it off as a latte. So that’s what I’m doing! If I was doing things in true VariaTEA fashion I’d be having it as a smoothie but I don’t own a blender so…

Anyway, it’s nice as a latte! I mean, as nice as a “Hawaiian Punch Latte” can be. There’s something so wrong, yet so right about having what is essentially a fruity juice flavour prepared with milk. I’m getting the pineapple notes though, and a general tropical vibe. Weirdly summery, while having the comfort and indulgence of a latte.

One of the stranger sipdowns I’ve had as of late.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

bahahaha my matcha smoothies have been out of sheer laziness tbh. Maybe I should have another today…I have this one, Blueberry, Maple, Peach, and Honeydew that need to be finished off. But which would go with bananas, greek yogurt, milk and honey?

Roswell Strange

Personally my vote would be blueberry – that sounds super yummy.

VariaTEA

That’s where I was leaning

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drank White Peach by DAVIDsTEA
8720 tasting notes

Cold brewed with chia!

This was delightful – I haven’t had it in a while, and I’d forgotten just how tasty this one tastes when you ice it. It has that subtle cream element which does differentiate it from Just Peachy, but it’s also just super juicy and vibrantly peach tasting. The chia was a nice addition too.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

Sometimes you post about DAVIDs teas that I never even knew existed lol

Roswell Strange

This one was released at the beginning of fall, last year. Originally seasonal but made core based on customer demand. It’s basically a Peaches & Cream white tea.

Kittenna

I was thinking the same thing. No recollection of this one.

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I bought this cake blind recently and this is my first tasting of it. I feel like meeting a new person. Hope it’s a good one :)

Starting from the aroma, the dry leaves don’t have a strong one, but the wet leaves display a range of forest aromas. There’s oyster mushrooms, lichen and other forest-like and vegetal smells. The smell becomes a little different throughout the session. I also picked up notes of oats/porridge and cookies later on.

The rinse is probably one of the most flavourful ones I have experienced in a sheng. There is a lot of sweetness and umami, which gives the wash a green tea like character. Some woody notes are present too. I am now really excited for what the tea has to offer :D

The first infusion is already a proper one. There is no astringency of note and the bitterness is weak too. However, the overall flavour is super strong. It is surprisingly tart and almost fruity. I cannot associate it with any particular fruit though, it just has that kind of character. The concrete associations are more in the vegetal realm – pickled cucumber, grass (not hay, which is more common in sheng) and others. Second steep has some astringency and bitterness appearing, a progression that is nice to see. The taste is more mineral now and by the third steep becomes quite earthy, but not like wet earth or peat. Aftertaste is long and fragrant, now with some tingling and slightly drying sensation in the throat.

The first few infusions had a medium viscosity, but the mouthfeel is interesting. It feels as if the liquor was dissolving in the mouth, if that makes any sense.

Fourth and fifth infusion are similar to the third, but due to the high complexity I always find something new. There is a peppery note in the former, while the latter has a very heavy sweetness I would associate with a stout. The sweetness lasts for a very long time in the aftertaste, but slowly transforms as well. It reminds me of the sweetness of red grapes and milk.

The flavour remains strong and interesting in the later steeps too, the tea doesn’t seem to get flat taste profile until very late. The eighth infusion sees the onset of quite a bitey astringency and in the ninth one I notice a nice coffee like bitterness. Neither the astringency nor the bitterness persist for too long in the aftertaste though, which is still mostly on the sweet and spicy side with an alcohol character.

Overall, I would say the Guardian is a very flavourful and complex tea with an enduring sweetness and no obvious flaws. The price went up recently, but it’s still a great value. Check it out!

Flavors: Alcohol, Coffee, Cookie, Cucumber, Drying, Earth, Forest Floor, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Milk, Mineral, Moss, Mushrooms, Oats, Pepper, Spicy, Sweet, Tart, Umami, Vegetal, Vinegar, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
derk

I bought a cake biind, too, it was certainly cheap enough that I wouldn’t sweat if I didn’t love it. The price per gram for a sample size had to be intentional.

mrmopar

I was gifted one of these. It is a beautiful cake for sure.

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I was talking about this tea with a coworker last week, and I realized that I still had some of it at home that I hadn’t drank in a long time – so I decided to make a cup when I got home from work. I really, really liked this one when it originally came out – in fact it was my favourite of the collection. I still enjoy it, but not as much – I find the orange is a bit too orange zest or orange peel like, and it detracts from the idea of a buttery scone for me. But the walnut is amazing – and it’s definitely still a yummy tea!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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I agree with other reviews comparing this tea to their snickerdoodle flavor, which is one of my absolute favorite teas. The flavor is very similar; it’s just missing the bit of sweet spice that snickerdoodle has. This is a nice desserty flavor, like a liquid cookie. I’m glad I didn’t open this one until I’d run out of snickerdoodle because this one really pales in comparison. If I hadn’t had snickerdoodle, I’d say this was a great tea. Or maybe it is great, and snickerdoodle is just extra super great. But I’m glad I have this to tide me over until my next S&V order.

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I’m on Day 2 of a severe migraine, but back at work, because I’m so tired of the underhanded harrassment any time I’m “out of work for more than a day for a headache” because they don’t understand how chronic migraine works (and this is with FMLA from my doctor on file… I seriously wonder what good it does). So I feel like utter shit, but just have to get through these eight hours. Meeeeeh. This is one of my old “vacation teas” that I got from a vacation to San Diego from a tea shop called The American House — they appear to source the majority of their blends from International Tea Importers, a quite prolific tea blend wholesaler. Metropolitan Tea Co., another large blend wholesaler, also has a Black Currant black tea blend, but their ingredient list is different, which is the taletell sign of which is which.

I remember when I tried this before I found it horribly bitter/astringent, but since then, I’ve really refined how I make black teas for my personal tastes (I use a lot less leaf and shorter steep times than is typically “recommended” by most) and using my typical parameters (this cup was 3g for my 400ml work thermos with a 3 minute steep in 205F water) I am not having that problem… there is some mild drying, but it’s mostly quite smooth and really tasty! I wouldn’t put it up there with Lupicia’s Cassis and Berry, but the base is a nice mix of malty and autumn leaf notes, with just a hint of spice toward the end of the sip, and the black currant flavor is rather full and juicy. It isn’t naturally sweet thanks to the fruity, so a bit of sweetener may make the fruity notes pop a bit more; I’m finding it fine as is, though, as a rather rounded black cup with a strong currant presence. I think I’ll make this as an iced brew next time.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Black Currant, Drying, Fruity, Malt, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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