16 Tasting Notes

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drank Violet by Simpson & Vail
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Violets, intriguing.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this tea. I like the look & smell of violets. Their vibrant purple petals remind me of springtime in Wisconsin.
I can’t say that I’ve ever tried anything violet flavored. I believe I ate a violet in a salad once, but I couldn’t tell you what it tasted like. I know candied violets are rather popular, but I’ve never crossed paths with the sweet treat.
This is not the cup of tea I was expecting. Quite honestly I didn’t know what to expect with this one. The aroma is unmistakably violet. The strength of the aroma was unexpected, but pleasant. The maltiness of the black tea is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the violet. It’s sweet, much sweeter than I anticipated. I thought this tea would be a soapy, perfumey mistake. I ordered it because I was intrigued and it turned out to be an excellent choice.
I can’t quite place it, but the tea has a fruity undertone. Make no mistake, it’s floral….but balanced. Tasty, unique, and refreshing. I can’t wait to try this one iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Sugar, Violet

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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20
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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A swing and a miss. Sigh
I was caught up by the wall of tea, the aromas wafting toward me, the fun music playing in the background. I can’t enter a David’s without leaving with a few extra ounces of tea outside of the particular tea I came for initially.

Lots of honeybush, a little artificial maple syrup, some earthy undertones. Not what I was expecting or wanting quite frankly. I was looking for a creamy maple flavor akin to a bottle of Canadian maple syrup brought to me as a gift from a friend. This is not it.

Flavors: Artificial, Earth, Maple Syrup, Rooibos

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83

Oh hello, and who are you? I was hesitant about this particular tea. I was expecting a tea that was heavy on hibiscus, too tart, and perhaps a little one dimensional. Perhaps something a little artificial and uninspired.
This was not the cup of tea that I indulged in. It was tart, but in a juicy and bright way. It was sweet, but not cloying. It had layers of flavor that included yogurt and pastry. Creamy without being too rich. All around a delicious treat before bed. I’m picky with my dessert teas and this certainly has earned a spot in the rotation. A true homage to a fresh baked strawberry rhubarb tart.

Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Pastries, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Yogurt

MrQuackers

One of my top picks :)

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50
drank Birthday Cake by David's Tea
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Eh.
Quite honestly I am a bit underwhelmed by this tea. After reading the reviews I was expecting a creamy, rich treat. What I actually got was a pretty blah cup of rooibos with some vanilla. Not detecting the cream, hint of maple, or strong cake flavor. Cloying with no depth
It’s fine for when I want something warm at night I suppose, but it’s nothing really to write home about.

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

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99

Pardon me while I sit here and silently weep into my cup.

These are not tears of sadness, rather these are tears of happiness and relief tinged with bittersweet feelings since I know eventually this cup of tea will eventually come to an end. Aptly named, this tea is a work of art. The aroma is intoxicating.

Immediately I am drawn in by the subtle scent of Jasmine, lavender, and vanilla wafting towards me. The liquid is a beautiful pale gold color. I was almost disappointed by the first sip because it felt weak in comparison to the scents engulfing my nose, but then the flavors bloomed on my tongue and I was overjoyed and hooked. Fields of lavender, creamy waves of vanilla, pearls of jasmine, and a hint of citrus in the aftertaste…

It’s complex and delicate and aromatic and everything I could have wanted in a tea. Alas, parting is such sweet sorrow. Time to make another cup

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Jasmine, Lavender, Marshmallow, Vanilla

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79
drank Blueberry Muffin by DAVIDsTEA
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Excuse me, but is this a baked good or a tea? Because this tea tastes exactly like a fresh blueberry muffin straight out of the oven. It’s on the sweeter side, but nothing unbearable. The tartness of the blueberry cuts through the sweetness a tad bit. Definitely an excellent dessert tea. I’ve steeped the same tea ball 3 times now and the flavor isn’t any weaker than the first cup. All of the aromas blend perfectly together to smell like a blueberry muffin. I do detect a whiff of hibiscus, carrot, and raisin.

Flavors: Blueberry, Carrot, Custard, Hibiscus, Raisins

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75

Who would have thought that one of my favorite Holiday teas this season would come from Trader Joe’s? It’s a bold black tea with rich flavors of chocolate and mint that far surpasses my taste for peppermint hot chocolate. Perfect for those Winter days when the weather outside is frightful, but when the fire is so delightful!

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

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90

This is exactly what I am imagine liquified blackberries would taste like. Excellent hot or iced. It toes the line of being too tart, but never crosses it. There is a ripe sweetness to it and I find that when I add honey, it becomes too sweet and tame. Perfect just the way it is!

Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Jam, Tart

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
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Hello Pumpkin Pie!
Loving this sweet and bold blend. It smells like pumpkin pie spice and tastes even better! Not artificial tasting, but balanced with notes of caramel, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Goodbye Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, hello Pumpkin Chai!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Molasses, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, White Chocolate

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92
drank Buddha's Blend by David's Tea
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This is what I call “my cup of zen”

One of the rare teas in my cupboard that smells incredible and surprisingly tastes even better. It’s a delicate white tea with hints of jasmine, hibiscus, and a field of flowers. It has a light sweetness, strong aroma, and balanced flavor. Floral without being too perfumey. Each flavor becomes more pronounced with each sip. It’s like a bouquet of flavors and aromas that slowly blooms over the course of drinking. Beautiful and refreshing

Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Rosehips

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