78 Tasting Notes

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A lightly minty creamsicle tea. The predominant flavour is that of the gooseberries, which adds the citrus flavour to the tea. While this isn’t a tea I would choose to enjoy frequently, it is one that I can understand why people would enjoy it.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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82

A light, creamy berry tea. There is definitely a sweetness to this one, very unlike the stevia or cane sugar flavours in other blends. The sweetness comes from the sweet blackberry leaves, which I’ve found are a welcome addition to all of my favourite fruity herbal blends. The flavour of Blackberry Blizzard is reminiscent of multi-berry or wild berry yogurt, as the tea has a creaminess to it (I’m assuming this is from the artificial flavouring).

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec

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50

Tart, lightly creamy, with an overbearing general fruit flavour. Lacks the cake/grain/nutty flavours that one would expect from a “muffin”-flavoured tea.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Creamy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Cocoa Boost by DAVIDsTEA
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A smooth, rich chocolate tea with intense cocoa flavours. It brews a deep, rich brown colour, and the liquor smells like milk chocolate. The pu’erh flavour does come through when you drink this tea, adding a pleasant earthiness to the tea. Overall, it’s a lovely, well-balanced cocoa tea that forgoes the cloyingly sweet tendencies that other chocolate teas tend to acquire.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Strong hibiscus and coconut flavour, with a sweetness from the strawberries and pineapple. Can taste perfume-y when oversteeped. Quite a sweet tea, but not cloyingly so; it maintains a pleasant tartness from the hibiscus.

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Sour Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
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Strong artificial watermelon flavour (not a bad thing) that I found to be reminiscent of watermelon flavoured Jolly Ranchers. It was not sour in the way that strong hibiscus teas are; it’s not tart. Very smooth mouthfeel with no astringency that I’ve noticed in other tart or sour teas. A very sweet tea that works best iced.

Flavors: Melon, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Berry Romantic by DAVIDsTEA
78 tasting notes

A very light oolong tea with hints of strawberry and a slight creaminess. Quite sweet due to the cane sugar being the third ingredient, but not achingly so. Very easy to drink and only slightly perfume-y.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Smooth, Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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35

DAVIDsTEA carries three jasmine-scented green teas currently, and this is the lowest grade of their offerings. I found it to be an average jasmine green tea, similar to what I’ve gotten in restaurants, but nothing special. Compared to their Butterfly Jasmine or Dragon Pearls, the Silk Dragon Jasmine is more astringent and oceanic. Tastes more perfume-y than other jasmine teas I’ve tried.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 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, peppermint, 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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