6106 Tasting Notes

drank Cranberry Pear Clafoutis by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 310)

Struggled to enjoy this one too; it’s possible I’m just not paying enough attention to my greens to make them good. Again, need to give it another whirl.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 309)

This was stellar! Deliciously sweet and toasty coconut, with all the classic genmaicha elements. I really enjoyed it.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 308)

Really wanted to love this but it didn’t make much of an impression on me, apparently. I’ll have to give it another shot; I seem to recall a hint of a green mango flavour, but that’s really all.

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drank Jelly Donut by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked up a DT advent calendar just to get samples of some new teas without having to buy a whole 50g of each, haha. Anyhow, I’m only 8 teas in despite it being the 19th (just haven’t managed to find the time for tea lately), but this is one of them, since I skipped a few. I actually thought it wasn’t bad – it reminded me a lot of Jolly Jellybean, actually, although the flavouring was stronger. Fairly sweet, kind of a strawberry jelly?

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drank Salted Caramel Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdown 172/365!

Also still a fave. Sweet and caramelly, but a bit of salt to balance it out.

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drank Eggnog Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdowns 170&171/365!

Sipped down two packets of this. Turns out I’m really liking eggnog matcha this year, wish I’d picked up more when it was on clearance in the spring. It’s lightly spiced, kind of custardy, and really great as a latte. Sugar Cookie isn’t as good.

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drank Mango Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdown 169/365!

Mixed this with… either eggnog or sugar cookie matcha to fill a large travel mug. I could actually taste the mango, which was really nice! I don’t recall actually noticing it before. Could use more mango flavour but I enjoyed it.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdown 168/365!

Same as the earl grey matcha, somehow this isn’t quite creamy enough even in a latte – the spices aren’t tempered enough? I’m not sure. Not my favourite.

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drank Mocha Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdown 167/365!

Definitely one of my least favourite flavoured matchas from DT. It doesn’t taste anything like mocha to me.

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drank Earl Grey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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2022 Sipdown 166/365!

I thought I’d like this more than the Cream of Earl Grey in a latte, because there would be a stronger EG flavour, but surprisingly, I like the flavour of the cream version better. Really not sure why.

AJRimmer

Ha funnily enough, I wrote the exact opposite review! Though honestly I enjoy both blends quite a bit.

Kittenna

Hahahaha. I admit that I’m not entirely sure that the Cream of EG even tastes quite like an earl grey… but I enjoy the creamy flavour.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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