75 Tasting Notes

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drank Mao Jian Jade by DAVIDsTEA
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My tin of this is super old but I really do love this tea. It’s gently grassy with really beautiful notes of sweet hay and honey. There’s a light astringency that tickles the throat, but it’s a very delicate and inoffensive cup. The perfect morning green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
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Bought from T&T supermarket, you can get 400 g of this tea for under $10 CAD (if I’m remembering correctly!) This genmaicha is a bit more umami than the Genmaicha and Matcha Genmaicha that I’ve tried from DAVIDsTEA, but it’s really delicious when steeped for 3 minutes in 180ºF water. When following those steeping parameters, the roasted rice notes are definitely prominent, but are perfectly complemented by the rather vegetal green tea. For me, genmaichas are not typically a tea I’d bother shelling out for, as the roasted rice notes tend to mask any of the astringent or vegetal qualities that can come from cheap green tea.

Flavors: Grain, Grass, Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is wonderful. Quite sweet, but it’s not overpowering like it is in some other DAVIDsTEA flavoured matchas. The creaminess is dominant, but the bergamot is still nice and bright making this unmistakably an earl grey tea. The matcha flavour doesn’t really come through, but when comparing this to the original Cream of Earl Grey, you can really tell that the black tea base is absent by the utter lack of astringency. Even whisked into hot water without milk, this tastes like a London fog. The perfect indulgent cup of tea for chilly days.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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84
drank Peach Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Super sweet, fruity peach matcha! Whenever I make the DAVIDsTEA flavoured matchas I do one matcha spoon of plain and three or four matcha spoons of the flavoured to balance out the sweetness. Prepared that way, this is really lovely!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Sunset Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I found a sealed 50g bag of this living in the back of my tea cupboard, so whisked some up today and gave it another chance. The first time I tried it, I was not expecting the powdery mouthfeel from the beetroot powder and the fact that the green tea taste is just completely absent. I had brewed some up in my DT matcha maker while at university one day and ended up dumping it because I could not get over the bitter Kool-Aid flavour.

This time I armed myself with the knowledge from my last experience and whisked up a cup of this with a little bit of rock sugar to take the edge off that bitter orange flavour. I still find the orange flavouring alarmingly synthetic, almost like orange Jello, but the addition of some rock sugar made it much more tolerable. I think it’s important to note that I can taste the beet powder in this, I noticed that it has the same flavour profile as Just Beet It. If you liked that, you probably won’t mind this!

The colour of this is so weird! I hate how the froth on top of my bowl was brown, not a gorgeous green like other matcha. Davids Tea must’ve been going through an alternative phase when they developed this… I like to imagine that they wanted to make an “edgy” tea that looks like old blood.

Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Nutty & Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking this as a tea latte with vanilla soy milk and a bit of rock sugar. Really nice warm, fruity spices that reminds me of Christmas fruitcake.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Cranberry, Dried Fruit, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
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My favourite straight black tea from DT. Sweet, light, malty, with almost bitter hay notes. I love it.

Flavors: Astringent, Hay

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Hot with a little soy milk! So delicious, sweet, and comforting. I love this tea.

It was just starting to turn to spring, but today it started snowing again. I live in Alberta, really, what was I expecting? But this is the perfect tea to study economics with and try to ignore what’s going on outside.

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86
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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Sometimes I wonder why I even consider buying more expensive “artisan” straight teas from other brands — unless I’m drinking two straight black teas side-by-side I find them really hard to differentiate (obviously I can tell the difference between a Red Rose and a mid-range breakfast blend, but I digress). I managed a DAVIDsTEA a long time ago and I made my staff do regular straight tea “tastings” to keep our tastebuds up to speed, and I suppose the many years that have gone by between my last “tea tasting” are catching up to me.

This is a nice throwback to when my assistant manager at the time would be asked to recommend a straight black — she would always enthusiastically point out Nepal Black, and for good reason! The tea isn’t too astringent, is hard to oversteep, and has some gorgeous honey notes. It’s a little chocolatey and little sweet, but is absolutely perfect first thing in the morning. And, apparently it makes me really nostalgic to my old DT days!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Law student from Alberta, Canada with a passion for all things tea after quitting coffee. Currently drinking primarily DAVIDsTEA blends due to proximity and convenience, but open to expanding my tea-rizons in the near future.

LIKES
Apple, caramel, vanilla, coconut, jasmine tea, malty black teas, sweet blackberry leaves, guayusa, white tea, peach, strawberry, creaminess, raspberry leaves, Chinese teas, anything smooth and creamy!!! Highly caffeinated blends have my heart.

DISLIKES
Vegetal green teas, astringency, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, hibiscus, alcoholic notes, stevia. I prefer teas that don’t contain dairy or artificial flavouring (which begs the question why 90% of my blends come from DAVIDsTEA, the king of artificial flavouring in the tea world). Herbals, tisanes, and rooibos teas tend to sit at the back of my tea cupboard. That being said, I’ll drink almost anything at least once.

RATING SYSTEM
0-20: I cannot get through a cup of this, it will be given away/thrown out.
20-40: Tolerable. Will definitely not repurchase.
40-60: Average. Will likely not repurchase.
60-80: Good to very good. May repurchase if I’m in the mood for one of these teas, but these teas are not staples in my collection.
80-95: Will very likely repurchase, but these teas are something I could live without or easily find a suitable substitute.
95-100: Staples. Must always have on hand, would go to the ends of the earth to track down if discontinued.

PREPARATION
I make all of my teas Western style, but if I do get more into straight teas in the future you can bet I will be buying a gong fu set. If I’ve added any milk to my teas, it’s always vanilla soy milk, and I do not add sweetener unless otherwise noted. Usually I’m very good about making a note of any additional ingredients I’ve added to the tea.

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