446 Tasting Notes

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Another sample from Courtney!

The flavor of this one was weaker than I expected. After reading the reviews here, I was thinking this would be a thick tea that was overwhelmingly maple/pecan pie flavor. The aroma of the dried leaves seemed to hint at this as well, but instead I got a much more subtle flavor.

This is a very smooth tea. Without sugar, I don’t get mapley goodness. I cheated a little and had some vanilla ice cream and then took another sip. Maple! Delicious, authentic maple. Yum!

Going to try this one again as a resteep with milk and sugar.

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Backlog.

I got this as a to go cup because I had really wanted to try this tea, but didn’t want to buy 2oz of it to do so. My to go cup was lightly sweetened with their German rock sugar.

The aroma is very banana-y (is that a word?) and the scent carries over into the flavor. The chocolate is thin-to-nonexistent. It’s a pleasant tea, but not one that I’d purchase to brew at home. It has the same funky taste I found in their Strawberry Rose/Peach Tranquility blend and the Strawberry/Peach iced tea my friend made using their teas. Can’t tell if it’s the German rock sugar or something they use to flavor their teas, but it’s really disconcerting to find it here.

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Surprise sample in my package from Courtney (thank you again SO MUCH, I’ve been doing a happy dance since it arrived)!

I like this tea a lot better than DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake. The smell of the dry leaves is insane — sweet and sugary and just what I’d expect from a tea with this name! It retains that sweet aroma in the steeped liquor. The taste, however, is super light. It reminds me of cool vanilla frosting that’s been whipped up and then layered onto a cake. Delicious.

Looking forward to seeing how this resteeps tonight, and maybe adding some sugar to bring out more of the desert flavor.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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One of my coworkers gave me this to try. Steeped, with a bit of milk and sugar, it smells exactly like pumpkin pie! The taste is watery though, with no actual pumpkin flavor and some spices in the background. Kind of disappointing, but not a bad tea.

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Dry, this smells EXACTLY like pistachio ice cream. Steeped, it loses some of that delicious, creamy scent. The taste of the brewed tea is smooth and sweet, it has a creamy mouthfeel. It doesn’t taste overtly like pistachio ice cream, but it does have a nutty quality to it.

I used my dad’s love of pistachios to get him to try this tea. Success! He actually enjoyed it and agreed to additional tea times with me, provided I get more of this stuff.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
446 tasting notes

My friend loved this one. Sadly, even though it was the second time I’d tried it and I was super careful with my water temperature and steep time, I did not. It’s not a bad tea – it’s vaguely fruity and gets better as it cools. There’s just something about the taste that doesn’t hit the spot for me.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I actually wasn’t crazy about it until I had it as an iced tea. Now I keep smaller amounts around to occasionally cold brew.

sundaysipping

Hmm, I may have to get some more and try it that way.

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the fall collection teas I was most excited to try. I loved Coffee Pu’erh and thought that the combination of coffee beans and tea could only be improved by chocolate and fruit. Well …

Dry, this tea smells like chocolate covered cherries – mouthwateringly delicious. I added 1.5tsp to my Perfect Mug and brewed it for five minutes, as per the directions on the package. I added sugar to sweeten things up, remembering the odd sour taste I had gotten the first time I tried this tea.

Steeped, this smells like horse feed. I don’t get fruit or coffee at all. The taste isn’t horrible – this is drinkable tea – it’s vaguely fruity and the chocolate/coffee bean mix gives it a dusky quality,
but it leaves an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

Overall, I’m just not enjoying this one. Looking forward to using up what I have so I can try out some teas from Butiki.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Still really enjoying this as a breakfast tea. The taste is lacking even with sugar compared to the original sample I had, though. Not quite sure what’s causing it. Maybe the huge Brazil nuts aren’t releasing a lot of flavor? I’m not sure. That’s really become my only complaint. I ordered a 50g bag of this from DAVIDsTEA and most of the Brazil nuts are HUGE. I have a quarter of the bag I ordered left and I got it a week ago. I’m tempted to crush them up to try to get more flavor out of them and more cups of tea out of what I have left, but I’m not sure it’s worth it.

Dan

I always crush the brazil nuts before steeping.. releases so much more of the flavor!

sundaysipping

Worth trying it then! As I’ve gone down through the bag, I’ve gotten more and more disappointed with the flavor. Time to find something to crush the nuts with!

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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Another backlog.

I was excited for this one. Sweet fruit + tea? What could go wrong?

The scent is great, heavy on the mangoes and it screams “I’m going to be delicious!” Steeped however . . .

It’s vile. Chemical-ly, doesn’t taste like fruit at all, bitter, nasty tea. Not what I was expecting at all. So disappointed by this one.

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I tried a shorter steep time for this tea, hoping to bring out the lemon that’s overpowering in the scent of the dry leaves.

Nothing.

I tried sugar to bring out the lemon dessert quality others mentioned here.

Also nothing.

It tastes a lot like the Lipton tea bags when my mom makes them. Not a bad thing as I don’t mind these … but not what I was expecting from a lemon tea.

It’s a good morning-at-the-office tea, just not one I plan on reordering.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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