6179 Tasting Notes

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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I was not expecting this to be quite as tart as it is given that it smells like a sweet tea both dry and brewed. However when I read the ingredients I did realize there were ingredients that would cause tartness (i.e. hibiscus) so I guess I should have paid a little more attention. I am not really sure where I stand with this tea. I think it might be good with a little bit of sweetner but something tells me I won’t be buying more of this one after I finish the 10 g I have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Thank you for the sample Roswell Strange but this one is most definitely not for me. I had high hopes but this was way too sweet for my liking. Even as a latte I found it cloying for my tastes. I am glad I tried it though!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

Oh no! I’m sorry you really didn’t like any of the teas I sent you. This is a favourite of mine, but because it’s so sweet. If we do a swap again I’ll have to try really super hard to find something you’ll love.

VariaTEA

I had such high hopes but this one was too much for me – which I never thought I would say tbh. I am very happy I tried this though because I would have bought it otherwise and then been unhappy. Also I think the s’mores might have been my fault because I steeped it for a while and I think that caused the black tea to drown out the flavors.

Roswell Strange

Well I’m glad I could save you some money then – it sucks buying something and then not enjoying it (and since this is so heavy 50g buys so little – so I think you need to know if you love it for it to be worth it). Do you have any of the S’mores I sent you left? I’d definitely try it with a shorter steep time. I’m trying to remember what you wrote in your tasting note – but if it tasted like “burnt marshmallows” or that sort of taste to you, then it was probably steeped too long.

VariaTEA

You sent me enough that I can make at least one more cup of each tea so I will give them a second try and perhaps they will grow on me.

Roswell Strange

Oh man. Way back at the beginning XD Before we were sending each other 20+ teas at a time.

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78

Roswell Strange sent some of this my way and I am glad I got to try it. Personally, this is not something I think I would want to buy again. I think it smells great and it tastes fine but there are just so many other cinnamon-y teas out there that I prefer. I will definitely enjoy the rest of the sample I have but I don’t think I will miss it too much while its gone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m sorry this wasn’t as much to your taste. Hopefully tea number three will be a winner despite its tendency to be a little oily (again part of why I’m recommending it as a latte).

VariaTEA

I will probably try that next. And no need to be sorry. I didn’t think this tea was not enjoyable, I just think it is similar to a couple of other teas I have (i.e. DAVIDs Sugar and Spice) that I prefer. I do really appreciate the sample though.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never tried Sugar and Spice, but I’ve noted in the past that I imagine it would taste quite like this without the icing part in this blend. To me, Monkey Bread tastes more like Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting than Cinnamon Buns (what it was recently renamed). So I can see how they’d be similar.

VariaTEA

Well if you ever want to try Sugar and Spice I recently picked up 250 g in addition to the 100 g I already had so I can probably spare a sample for you.

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drank Sweet Cherry by The TeaCupany
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Dexter3657 sent me a little bit of this tea to sample and to be honest I am not really a fan. It is called “Sweet Cherry” but it is actually rather tart. This is definitely not the sweet tea I was hoping for so I think this sample will be the only bit I have of this tea. I won’t be ordering this in the future but at least now I know it is not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is very interesting. It smells amazing – like a warm vanilla cookie. The taste is a nice combination of vanilla and oolong that I think really works. Unfortunately the end note is floral to the point that it can at times be a little perfume-y. I think I will definitely enjoy a cup of this every now and then but I doubt it will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea sounded amazing but many people seemed to not enjoy it very much. Even the saleswoman at David’s tea told me it was not worth it. So when I started brewing my cup I did not expect much. Luckily I was presently surprised. The flavors are not very strong but I can definitely detect notes of both banana and chocolate. All in all I was pleasantly surprised by this one so thanks Aimee Popovacki for this sample!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This is my favorite offering from David’s

VariaTEA

I was so nervous because so many people are not fans but I am glad I was able to swap for it and try some given that it is no longer available.

Stephanie

Yeah, I purchased a big 8oz bag on clearance! I will be sad when it is gone :)

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed a pot of this for people who don’t usually drink tea and they all thought it smelled amazing. Next thing I knew, the people who did not want tea were grabbing mugs to try it out. I think I definitely have found other teas I like more (although I really enjoy this one) but I know I can usually count on this to please a crowd.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I made a pot of this and yet again, my sister stole my cup. Luckily I was prepared with a potful to pour myself another. I love this tea! It is the perfect amount of vanilla and sweetness. Plus no flavor is too much so it is just a nice cup of tea.

Also this makes an amazing latte! When I tried to make one for myself, one of my friends stole it from me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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I caved and ending up going into David’s Tea today. They didn’t have the fall ea on the 2/$5 promo (I was in the one in the Montreal Eaton’s Center)but that didn’t stop me from buying a bunch of different teas. Luckily thanks to you wonderful steepsters I learned you don’t need to buy 50 g, or even 25 g, if you just want to try out a tea so I got about 10 g of 4 different teas that I wanted to try (salted caramel, redberry tonic, vanilla ordchid, and love tea #7), 50 g of White Chocolate Frost and 100 g of Jessie’s Tea. I thought I was done buying tea to take home but I did want to try an iced latte and when I asked the salewoman what she recommended she said fantasy island. I ended up picking up 25 g of that too because they gave me the latte as the saleswoman was packing up my other teas and I quite enjoyed the taste. The coconut and milk combined well to provide a nice creaminess and the sweetness that can sometimes be too overpowering in teas with coconut was nicely cut by the raspberries and tea. All in all, I thought this made for a great first iced latte!

Preparation
Iced

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95

Aimee Popovacki sent me some of this and I am so happy. When prepared as a latte this tastes like a Mexican Hot Chocolate. My sister who dislikes tea tried some and next thing I knew I had to make another cup because she stole mine. Thanks Aimee!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This seems to be a love it or hate it kinda tea!

Sil

i like the cacao tea from herbal infusions..i haven’t tried david’s tea but it’s interesting!

VariaTEA

I was actually looking at the herbal infusions cacao tea to see how they compare. I think this one but it can have a sort of powdery mouth feel at times

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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