404 Tasting Notes

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
404 tasting notes

I got this in a sampler of teabags from my best friend a year ago. Dry, it smells fruity and sweet. I’m reminded of dark berries, not just generic fruit. Steeped, it tastes like the tea they serve you in Chinese restaurants, or at least the ones I went to as a kid. It’s bitter and would benefit from sugar, but I know sweetening this wouldn’t help the bitterness factor.

It’s okay as a nostalgic tea … but not something I want to drink much. Hooray for having one teabag left?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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Had this as my morning caffeine fix yesterday with a hefty splash of Cinnabon creamer. I was rushing trying to get out the door and needed to be able to chug my tea, and creamer seemed like the fastest way to cool it off. Next time, I’m bringing a travel mug. (Or three because my office is COLD and there is no coffee/tea setup in the office.)

The low steep temperature and addition of creamer destroyed any bitterness that is usually present. And bonus, the combination tasted like the icing on a cinnamon bun. Yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60
drank Chamomile Mango by Bigelow
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This past month has seen a lot of upheaval. My fiance and I – after postponing what would have been our wedding back in December – got married in June. Not once, but twice – we had the little ceremony we planned on and his parents followed it up with another wedding (more like reception actually) for their friends. We’re also in the process of buying a place and I’ve changed jobs. Today was my first day and I’m completely wiped.

Since we haven’t closed on the new place yet, we’re staying with my in-laws and I’m taking the opportunity to use up some of my bagged teas and get my cupboard numbers down.

This tea is decent – nothing overly remarkable. It’s fruity with a weird bitter tang at the end – I think the chamomile is wreaking some havoc. Then again, I also steeped this at 175F so that it would actually have a shot at cooling off quick enough to drink at my in-laws … though I would think a lower steep temperature would mean less bitter … Eh! Maybe I’ll just add sugar next time.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So good. So good.

I’ve been having this hot with raw honey (atypical for me as I don’t usually sweeten) and it’s fantastic. Light, fruity, with the occasional taste of fruit skin. I need more of this one!

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is one of the first teas I purchased from DavidsTea. I didn’t like it hot. I didn’t like it cold brewed. I think I gave a lot of it away because I just couldn’t stand it.

Over the weekend, I stopped into a DavidsTea and was offered a free tea to go for my birthday. Feeling adventurous, I asked for the salesgirl’s favorite latte and got this tea with a little agave. She swore it tasted like blueberry pancakes and she was totally right.

It’s been three days but I’m still thinking about that latte! Sweet, creamy, BLUEBERRY goodness! Ack! Now I’m going to have to pick up some of this tea and get a milk frother…

Flavors: Blueberry

Fjellrev

I’ll have to try that since I also didn’t care for it prepared those ways at home. :)

sundaysipping

It was so good! I’m trying to justify ordering some to myself now…
(Hope I’m not overstating it!)

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drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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Added a little sugar to this one to cut down on the astringency I noticed the first time I had it. What a difference it makes! No bitterness, though I don’t taste chocolate or coffee. Instead, I’m getting brown sugar. Yum!

Flavors: Brown Sugar

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Made this today with some sugar, then had to leave the house to run some errands. I’m not normally a fan of cold tea, but this one isn’t bad! Although it is very earthy, even with the addition of sugar, and I don’t get much tangerine or cream out of it. Oh well. Still a nice pick me up.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Drinking up as much tea as I can while I have the time/energy for it!

I got this one as a sample in my last Davids order. Normally, I’m really not a chai person. This one though …

Dry, it smells strongly of cinnamon. Steeped, it’s cinnamon and black tea with the barest hint of astringency. Yum! I’m really enjoying this one.

(And it pairs nicely with Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate things! YES!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been struggling to drink tea at all lately and it’s not getting any better. I think it’s my work commute that’s sapping the energy out of me and no energy usually means no tea. Boo.

This was a sipdown from yesterday. I actually had the time /energy to make and drink tea! And this one came out really nice, too. Normally, the chocolate overwhelms the other flavors for me in a very dusky way. This time, everything blended together perfectly – chocolate, strawberry, espresso in a nice balance. Yum! What a good send off!

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
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Sad sipdown.

I haven’t had the energy for tea drinking lately. Even so, this one has been a consistent favorite over the past two weeks. It’s very berry and very creamy and basically what I was hoping for in Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but didn’t get. I love this one … but also don’t feel like I can justify more with what’s currently in my cupboard. Yay, tea problems?

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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