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Steepster Freeze 2021 #2: 01/15/21

Take two on trying to get a good lemon ginger breakfast smoothie! This time I picked the Wild Honey Matcha from my advent stash, as honey seemed like a proper flavor pairing for lemon and ginger.

Full packet (1 tablespoon) whisked in one cup cold plain oat milk, until frothy. And… I really like this one! I’m getting mostly a floral flavor, and oddly, it tastes a bit like sakura to me!? And here, with a flavor profile of honey, I’m expecting sweet, so the sweetness of the blend doesn’t feel jarring/out of place to me. Sweet wildflowers with a subtle grassiness underneath; I find that I really like how floral flavors pair with the natural vegetal/grassy taste of matcha.

Shame I don’t have this one in a larger pack, since it was seasonal and is already gone. I would not mind having more of this one!

Smoothie was also success this time around! Matcha latte was whisked with mango (I dropped the peach which was overpowering the flavor last time), a tablespoon of lemon juice, a quarter teaspoon ginger powder, and some yogurt. The lemon tastes like a lemon cream dessert from the sweetness of the Wild Honey Matcha, and there is a very subtle ginger kick at the end of the sip. I could probably go slightly heavier on the ginger, but I’m quite satisfied with how it turned out!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grass, Sakura, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1385 tasting notes

Sipping down this sample!

Passionfruit they say? Maybe a little, but more like peach/pear than passion. Someone else walked into the room and asked if I was drinking a peach tea based on the smell. It is a little tart when sipping, which I’m not super into, but there is some peach flavor in the sip too. There is a sweetness towards the end of the sip and the finish starts with the peach/pear combo before going slightly sour. I’ve had better passion fruit teas and I’ve had more interesting peach teas. I’d drink this again if it was around, but I wouldn’t seek it out or buy it. Strikes me as a tea that would be good cold steeped.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Another new tea – it’s in some Valentine’s Day kits and things, but otherwise it’s currently exclusive to this first Spring subscription box!

DT has done strawberry and cream profiles before – Strawberry Fields immediately comes to mind as an example of that. It’s been a while though, and I like that this is on an oolong tea base because I haven’t really seen that a whole lot before from DT or otherwise. What I think is really cool about this blend is that it’s a milk oolong tea base, so in addition to the sweet cream flavouring you get an added layer of velvety creamy oolong as well – making for a blend where you can actually taste the oolong used in it quite distinctly. It’s a cool way to play into the natural flavour notes of the tea base that’s been used. That milky/creamy silkiness is my favourite part of this blend.

The strawberry is nice but not nearly as cool to me – though you can’t really have a strawberries and cream without there being any strawberry, can you? It’s similar to strawberry flavours we’ve seen in other tea blends from DT before – at this moment Strawberry Moringa is coming to mind, but not at the same intensity. Similar just slightly under ripe but sweet strawberry notes though. I don’t like the use of hibiscus here; I understand it’s meant to add a level of acidity to make the strawberry come off as especially juicy and flavourful but to me it sometimes just feels a bit sharp. It also means I can’t add milk to the tea either, and that’s sad for me.

It’s one of those things where, in using the hibiscus, you get what is arguably a more “accurate” strawberry flavour because real, fresh strawberries do have a slight pop of acidity to that. However, at least personally, when I see something is “strawberries and cream” flavoured I don’t know that I necessarily expect the most natural/accurate strawberry flavouring? Like, I’m craving the super lux and creamy “Strawberry Campino” yogurt candies or a thick, double churned strawberry ice cream. Those do not have that pop of acidity, and that’s my personal preference for this flavour profile.

So for those reasons I enjoy this tea, but it’s not likely to be a cupboard staple for me any time soon either.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This tea was a wild ride.

It smells exactly like shortbread. Hot, it tastes just like a buttered popcorn jelly belly. As it starts to cool, the tart element overrides the sweet.

I kept drinking it not because I liked it but because it was so odd. I wouldn’t repurchase, but it was an interesting experience!

(From David’sTea Advent Calendar, Day 8)

Flavors: Popcorn, Sugar, Tart

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drank Blueberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
723 tasting notes

Steep Information:
6g
2c
Sharp Tea-Cere (gadget)

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: hint blueberry grassy vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: mostly vegetable with a bitter finish, blueberry not coming through
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: dark opaque green

Post-Steep Additives: milk
Comments: sweet matcha, less bitter, still no blueberry
I took the tea cere preparation and had it with toast and honey comb toast which solved the astringency

Steep Information:
Prepared by hand whisking 4oz 170f 2g

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: hint blueberry grassy vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: Definitely get much more of the blueberry it’s still a subtle flavor though and it’s a natural blueberry followed by vegetable and no astringency
Liquor: dark opaque green

Comments:Preparation by hand really benefits this matcha

https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2021/01/davids-tea-company-loose-leaf-matcha.html

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Dustin

Whoa! I haven’t seen any postings from you in ages! Welcome back!

Lexie Aleah

Agreed! Long time no see. (:

Dustin

Just in time to experience Steepster having one of it’s fun freeze ups. :/

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drank Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
784 tasting notes

Pulled this from my advent stash for my breakfast smoothie tomorrow, since I’ve been under the weather and craving ginger, and a lemon ginger profile sounded nice. I figured this could add the “lemon” flavor to the smoothie.

Having learned my lesson, I put the full sample packet (1 tablespoon) into the blender with one cup plain oat milk, whisked thoroughly, and then sampled before adding my other ingredients. I feel a lot about this one that I felt about the raspberry — I like yuzu because it is a tart, puckering sort of citrus flavor, and I actually like those tart/puckery/pleasantly sour profiles. With all the sweetener DAVIDsTEA adds to the blend, it just doesn’t really “taste like” yuzu to me, because it is just too sweet to be yuzu. Instead I’m getting lemon drop candy… which are fine when I’m in the mood for them, but wasn’t really what I wanted here. I was getting at least a little of the yuzu “pepperiness” in the aftertaste, and like before when I used a full tablespoon, I could actually taste the grassy/umami notes of the matcha again this time. Yuzu is another flavor that I think would pair well with those vegetal notes, if it just wasn’t so sweet. Really starting to wish these weren’t pre-sweetened; though I do need some sweetness to curb the bitter bite of matcha itself, I would rather be able to sweeten to taste myself as these just feel like so much they kinda kill the flavoring for me on some of these.

Blended it with mango, peach, half a leftover cup of ginger tea that had gone cold on me from this afternoon (waste not…), and a bit of yogurt. Wasn’t too happy with how this smoothie turned out, as it tastes too sweet and the peach is popping a bit too much, when I wanted the yuzu and the ginger to be the main flavors. Ah well. I’ll still drink it in the morning, and may try to get that flavor profile again by experimenting with other things. There is always another breakfast on the horizon calling for a smoothie…

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Grass, Lemon Zest, Pepper, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I found this one weird because of the sweetness too, like Country Time lemonade…

Mastress Alita

Ya, exactly!

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drank Peachy Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #16
#drinkwhatyouown January slot 12/25

Hello January 14th! Yay for steepster to be back? I can be cautiously optimistic…

I haven’t had this tea in forever. As I do with majority of my teas it was a cold brew DAVIDsTEA perfect pitcher (from my en masse stash of DT pitcher packs-this one is not dated) and even better it was the all in one where the tea was already in a bag I could put directly into pitcher with water. It felt refreshing to sip on this the last few days, and had the last of it tonight with leftover deep-dish pizza brought to me earlier in shift today by two nice gentlemen (guests who I spent last 2 or 3 hours of my shift last night talking to in the lobby).

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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Steepster Freeze 2021 #1: 01/11/21

I used to have a lavender matcha I really loved, from 3Leaf, which I sipped down last year; not that I was in any hurry to see it go, but matcha isn’t something that ages very gracefully and it was starting to get quite old so I figured I should drink it while it was still tasty. I’ve never seen them have one again since. I’m a lavender fiend, but I know floral flavors are (like most of the things I love!) not widely favored flavors, so I wasn’t too surprised… then when DAVIDsTEA released one last summer I had to grab a bag. I am a bit scared that, too, will never reappear, but at least I have 2 oz. of lavender matcha in my stash again…

I made this breakfast smoothie using the full advent packet, just to clear it out of my stash since I already had the larger bag. And I think this is my favorite one yet! Like the Blueberry Matcha yesterday, I went with the higher amount (a tablespoon to a cup of plain oat milk, whisked cold in the blender) and got a lovely lavender flavor with a bit of sweet florality, but it was, surprisingly, not nearly as overkill on the sweetness (at least to me) as the fruity flavors, despite boasting a “honey” flavor. I could taste the matcha underneath even better than the Blueberry Matcha yesterday, and I just find that the particular floral note of lavender pairs so well with that fresh, umami/grassy vegetal taste.

I like my lavender matcha smoothies paired with berries, so I tossed the latte in with a cup of frozen mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry) and a bit of yogurt for creaminess (Cause you know how I feel about bananas… only person on the planet that makes smoothies sans nanner? Perhaps…) Very good! Sometimes I brew up straight lavender tea cold brew to add to really oomph up the lavender flavor, but I didn’t have any on hand this time, and the matcha held the flavor on its own quite well!

Glad I have more of this for now!

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Lavender, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Aw, that sucks that 3 Leaf doesn’t have the lavender one anymore… It’s also weird that they don’t have orange or strawberry.

Mastress Alita

At the time I ordered the Lavender Matcha, 3Leaf used to have all these amazing flavored cocoas too! (I got a Maple Cocoa for my friend Todd). Now, they don’t have any of the cocoas. Their selection has really been gutted…

Izzy

This sounds amazing!

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Steepster Freeze 2021 #1: 01/11/21

Since I have a large bag of this one, I decided to use up the full sampler bag from the advent for my breakfast smoothie. With the raspberry I’m fairly sure I kept my “1tsp per 1 cup” ratio and only added the rest of the powder in when I threw in my other smoothie ingredients, but this morning I CBA with that and dumped the whole package into the cup of plain oat milk for whisking. And… it was a lot better that way! I normally never use that much powder, but it seems that is the only way to combat all the sugar and actually get some matcha, because, I think for the first time ever so far with these DAVIDsTEA matchas (which I make in milk alternatives, not water), I only ever taste sweetness and flavor and not matcha. I still got mostly that today with the blueberry (it was the kind of sweet blueberry I’d expect to find in a pastry, but a pleasant enough flavor), but I did get a subtle under-note of umami vegetitation/seaweed. Still lacked the bitterness of a straight matcha that I’ve always found so unpleasant (hense why I always make matcha as lattes/smoothies) due to the sweetness of the powder.

As far as the fruity flavors I’ve tried thus far, I think I like this one a smidge more than the strawberry, with the raspberry beneath both of those. As far as blueberry matcha goes, I do like B&B’s “Super Matcha” better, but due to its ridiculously high price, I would probably never buy that one for my stash…

Flavors: Blueberry, Pastries, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yeah I have that issue with DAVIDsTEA matcha too – by the time I use enough for it to taste like matcha, it’s way too sweet…

Mastress Alita

I’m thinking I may have to “cut it” with my plain culinary matcha in the future! At least for smoothie use it isn’t as big of a deal, but for plain latte drinking, I need a better balance between flavor/sweetness/matcha taste.

Cameron B.

That’s a good plan. Luckily I finished all of my advent matcha, so I don’t have any left. And I just ordered from 3 Leaf, yay!

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Free sample from a previous order. Hmm maybe I should have had this one warm. Cold, it’s a little earthy for me. The ginger is there, but it’s not as warm and sharp as I’d prefer. I’d definitely just buy grocery store brands over this one.

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drank Pitaya Power by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #15

Today is 1/14 and finally sipped the last of the “cold brew pitcher” – this last cup was not as tasty since I brewed it earlier in the week. I love this tea, I’ve never rated teas with a number so I don’t think I’m ready for that yet, but this is definitely a favorite and glad I have a million more 2 oz bags.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

Cameron B.

Well this is a good one to try out a number rating for, since you have more waiting for you! ;)

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I like to have a caffeine free tea in the evening and I’m always looking for alternatives to your Rooibos, Mints or HoneyBushes. I saw this and thought I would give it a shot.

First, while this isn’t the most expensive tea, you don’t get a lot per ounce. It has big chunks of banana slices that are heavy.

Second, while it does have a nutty flavor and is reminiscent of banana bread. It is VERY banana forward. Hot banana water is not my favorite drink.

I did manage to work my way through the 4 ounces, but I won’t be buying this one again.

Flavors: Almond, banana

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Crème Brulée by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #14

Not sure where this sealed 2 oz bag came from but made last of it over weekend for my boyfriend as a cold brew pitcher so he could have cold lattes and I finally made last of the pitcher with milk/cream for him this morning while he was on a work call (I drink 4 to 8 16 oz a day. I’m lucky to get him to drink a couple of 16 oz a day).

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #13
#drinkwhatyouown January slot 9/25

Cold brew (from my en masse stash of DT pitcher packs-this one is dated 2017) DT pitcher sipdown.. finished hot 1/13 with some bites of a sandwich at work. I made two + leftover Chipotle + salad spinach to pack for my long day with double shifts… and could only eat 1/4th of the sandwich this morning though. I prefer this tea cold for sure, but it is brisk at 540 am so I heated the last 16 oz in microwave when getting ready in the morning.

I miss steepster, wish it was working normally. :(

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #12

Cold brew pitcher sipdown.. finished 1/12 with the last 16 oz as two hot plain lattes.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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I’d like to wish everyone on Steepster a belated happy new year. Let’s hope 2021 will bring better things. (After 2020, the bar is set pretty low.)

In honour of National Marzipan Day, I’m drinking this very old tea from 2016 or thereabouts. I steeped around 4 g of leaf in a 355 ml mug at 185F for 3.5, 5, and 8 minutes.

Surprisingly, the aroma of almond and amaretto is still pretty strong. The first steep has notes of almond, marzipan, cherry, and grass, though the tea is a little stale. These flavours persist in the second steep, with the green tea becoming more grassy and slightly astringent in the third.

This is a nice, if not memorable, tea that probably hasn’t been improved by sitting so long at the back of my cupboard. I enjoyed the amaretto and marzipan, but the green tea not so much. I’d give it a 65, but will hold off since it’s so old. Thanks, Mastress Alita, for the suggestion to revisit it.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Astringent, Cherry, Grass, Marzipan, Nuts

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
White Antlers

Happy 2021 to you, Leafhopper. :)

Mastress Alita

I had an old sampler packet of this tea that I finally drank during advent season (to replace a banana tea that came in my advent — that’s the only flavor I can’t do) and felt much the same; fairly certain the green leaf in mine was also stale!

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, that’s totally my fault for keeping it so long. Too bad I have most of a tin of it left.

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drank Youth Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
777 tasting notes

Samurai TTB #54

I didn’t know anything about this one, but I was hoping it might be similar to Teavana’s Youthberry. Unfortunately, this one is completely different…mostly hibiscus (which I’m emphatically NOT a fan of) with hints of rose and tulsi. It’s quite tart and has a somewhat medicinal quality to it overall…definitely feels like a tea you would drink for the health benefits and not for the flavor!

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Mint, Rose, Tart, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sticky Rice Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

This is a great daily driver. The oolong has a nice earthy taste and it is balanced with the slightly sweet “sticky rice” leaves. The rice leaves are a Chinese herb called Nuo Mi Xiang. They lend a smooth creaminess to the tea. It has great balance. It’s quite flavorful without being overpowering.

Beautiful tea leaves that start off as tight bundles and open up fully as steeped. It is marked as “low caffeine” but this tea does have a little bit of zip to it. Perhaps because I steep it for 3 or 4 cups.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Rice, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I really like mixing in this matcha powder into milk! The milk I use an almond-coconut milk, so it does not have the most neutral taste. So, I would need to try this with a more neutral tasting milk to review it properly.

However, even with the competing almond-coconut flavour, this tea has that vegetal matcha taste that I love with slight hints of sweetness from the maple. I am not sure if I get a strong maple taste, but it is still a good matcha powder.

I prefer the salted caramel matcha over this one (that one is SO good. Like a blended up dessert). But this one is pretty good too! :)

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Maple, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Vegetal

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
43 tasting notes

Love it! I got just 2 0z of this because it was on sale and I wanted to get free shipping. So this pushed me over the threshold. Purchased on a whim because I like sweet and cozy things. And this tastes perfectly sweet and cozy. And lately when I drink any black tea or coffee I feel uncomfortably jittery because I limit caffeine… I had no problem with this even drinking after 3pm. Maybe I am just getting back used to caffeine though. Had with milk.

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
10708 tasting notes

New tea for Valentine’s Day!

…and yes, I do mean new tea. I know that many years back DT carried a pu’erh blend called Cinnamon Heart but this is a totally different tea, and not intended to be a replacement/recreation of that blend. It’s its own thing.

This is a herbal tea, but it does have a low caffeine amount because it incorporates coffee leaf! This is the second time that DT has worked with coffee leaf – the first was Superfood Splash, from the summer of 2018 I believe? I remember it launched with the “Splash” collection and I was SUPER excited when it came out because it was a collab between DT and Wize Monkey, which is a Canadian based tea company focusing on coffee leaf that I love. If you’re not familiar with coffee leaf, it’s an herbal ingredient that repurposed a part of the coffee plant that has historically been considered a waste product. Aside from the environmental benefit of using a discard product, coffee leaf tea production has had an incredibly positive economic benefit for the people of Nicaragua! Coffee is only harvest three months of the year, leaving the farmers and workers who harvest it unemployed for the rest of the year – but harvesting coffee leaf and processing it on site gives them work and income for the remaining months of the year! Even if it’s not in the form of this tea, if you’ve not checked out coffee leaf before you totally should because it tastes good but it also does good! It’s very cool!

I love the idea of incorporating this sustainability messaging into a Valentine’s Day tea! It’s cheesy, but it’s a fun way to love the earth a little more while also embracing what has become, commercially speaking, the “season of love”.

The tea taste very cinnamon forward and sweet, which does make sense because the cinnamon heart candies that it’s inspired by are… cinnamon forward and sweet. I think, if it were any other season, I would probably groan a little bit about there being another “red hot cinnamon” flavoured tea because I think DT has sort of exhausted that flavour as of late, but it does feel really seasonally appropriate and I like the switch up from something really fruity or really floral for V-Day, which was the angle the last few years.

Aside from that sweet cinnamon note, I do taste a few other things. The first would be a light nuttiness from the coffee leaf, which has a sort of nutty and grassy flavour a bit like a green tea or a slightly roasted yerba mate. The second is the lucuma, which is a bit woody and a bit creamy and sweet with, in a strange but pleasant way, almost maple-ish flavours? It gives an interesting and nuanced undertone to this strong and upfront cinnamon note.

Cool tea, cool message, and a fun little seasonal VDay blend!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Martin Bednář

While I am not fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I am pretty much sure I would like this tea :)

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Another breakfast smoothie matcha! Since I have a full package of this in the cupboard, I just used up the whole advent sampler in a single smoothie, and made it “double size”. Probably close to a tablespoon of powder whisked in 16oz of plain oat milk.

I was surprised just how sweet this was now that I’ve finished off my (sweeter) coconut milk and opened up a carton of plain oat milk. I thought maybe I’d actually taste matcha for a change, but… nope! At least mixing these straight in milk (my typical smoothie preparation, before adding the other ingredients) really doesn’t let the matcha flavor through… I guess that is either a good or a bad thing, depending on your preferences. One of these days I’ll have to try at least half water to see what difference that makes…

I didn’t like this one as much as the strawberry, and now I’m kinda regretting this is the package I bought previously before trying the samplers. I expect raspberry to be a more tart/tangy berry, which is what I like (hello, bow down to your Hibiscus Queen!) but it is just so sweet it doesn’t really read as raspberry to me. Strawberry is a sweeter berry so I guess the sweetness and lack of tang element felt a little closer to home for me there. So mostly I get a really sweet red berry flavor, like a fruity candy, and I get that it should be raspberry, but it just feels too artificial to me without at least a little tanginess. If I were getting the matcha grassiness underneath to sort of even out the sweetness/lack of that element, maybe I’d like it a bit more. I guess I’ll have to experiment when I finally break open the larger pouch…

Used this to do a chocolate raspberry smoothie (other ingredients being chopped dates, chia seeds, almond butter, chocolate sauce, a few frozen raspberries, and ice). The smoothie is fine, though the chocolate does dominate a bit. I do get a bit of a raspberry flavor close to the end of the sip. It’s still tasty, but I’m not one to turn down chocolate for breakfast.

Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Candy, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

I was sucked in from one of DTs sales in end of 2020 (maybe black friday? can’t remember) and bought like 10 oz of this for pretty cheap. It will interesting to see if I like this one or not, but thanks for sharing your tasting note!

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
26 tasting notes

Cheers to my first tasting note of 2021 after completely abandoning my advent calendar entries…

I picked up a bag of this tea during a recent DAVIDsTea order, mostly to refresh my mind and palate on what it tastes like after having tried it one other time years ago. First things first, I was blown away by the dry scent which is sweet, rich, and very cake-like. The post-steep flavour is very similar. The candied fruit provides the perfect amount of sweetness that almost comes off as reminiscent to brown sugar.

This particular cup was prepared hot without any add-ins, BUT I definitely foresee a Coffee Cake latte in my future!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Lucuma by DAVIDsTEA
873 tasting notes

Thanks to tea-sipper for this sample! I think the base oolong is a little too minerally for me here. The cherry was nice, but it seemed like the oolong flavor was so much stronger that it was the main thing I tasted. I’d definitely try it on an herbal base!

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