10 Tasting Notes

85

A lovely hot tea for winter. Made the room smell nice but was subtle with the spice. The cinnamon is most prominent and lingers a while after your sip (maybe my favorite part, as I love cinnamon). I drank three cups and finished the packet easily, if a little sadly – I’d buy this again.

This was my Sipsby advent day 1, but since I placed them all randomly throughout the calendar who knows what others will have!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

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35

David’s Tea Matcha Advent Calendar – Day 1
(I bought this one and was gifted two other tea advent calendars, so there will be a lot of tea!)

I’m learning to make matcha and don’t generally care for pumpkin spice flavored things except pumpkin pie, so take this with a grain of salt, but I don’t think this tea is for me. It had an overpowering sweetness that didn’t remind me of pumpkin pie at all, but more like the artificial pumpkin spices that aren’t my thing. Every so often I’d detect some freshness behind it, but the cloying sweetness kept masking it. I think I also used too much water; not sure if that would have made the balance worse than it was meant to be?

Flavors: Sweet

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75
drank Seaberry Spa by DAVIDsTEA
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A light tea with strong fruity scent and flavor, this was a pleasant afternoon pick-me-up but not memorable enough for a purchase of more in bulk. It was decent hot, but I can see this better as an iced summer tea and perhaps wasn’t the best choice for my fall afternoon. I’ll revisit the rating if I get to taste it again cold!

Flavors: Fruity, Tart

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20

I’m starting to think I might not be a fan of rooibos, so take this with a grain of salt, but I didn’t much care for the earthy taste of something I thought would be light and fruity. Thankfully my partner finished it for me because I probably would have just let it go bad.

Preparation
Iced
Cameron B.

You certainly wouldn’t be alone, there are a lot of people who don’t like red rooibos. It tends to have a rather woody flavor, and sometimes depending on the quality can also come off as medicinal.

Don’t let it deter you from trying green rooibos though, which is much milder and more universally liked.

whosbradpitt

Thanks for letting me know about this distinction! I’ll have to make sure to check out green rooibos. I’m finding as I drink some of my other teas I can handle red rooibos in some blends, but this one was overpowering.

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90

Fresh and bright cold brewed; would love to have available year-round. Admittedly finished it long enough ago that I don’t remember it well enough to comment better on flavor!

Preparation
Iced

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90

A refreshing and bright black tea that’s perfect for an iced summer treat. Highly recommend cold brewing for the excellent strawberry flavor!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
Iced

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75

Refreshing and light fruit mint tea. Tried brewed hot and then poured on ice, as well as cold brewed. The cold brewed brought out the melon that was almost hidden in the hot brew; the mint was stronger in the hot brew. A lovely summer choice.

Flavors: Fruity, Spearmint

Preparation
Iced

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45

Odd combination of the mint and fruit that was somewhat off-putting at first but was something I could adjust to.

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30

Incredible bright and fruity smell that didn’t translate as much to the taste – more like a lightly flavored green tea.

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85
drank Grimdark by Dryad Tea
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A smoky tea that made me think of late evenings in October with a horror novel.

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