32 Tasting Notes

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Raspberry? There’s raspberry in this? I don’t get raspberry at all. Coconut? Yes. Chocolate? Yes. Even butter? Yes. But no raspberry. Which is disappointing because I really like raspberry. Oh well, if you want coconut, this may be the one for you. Buttery and smooth…

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Got this in my February Tea Sparrow box. Very excited about the pineapple and coconut although it doesn’t come through much. Definitely a nutty flavour and quite nice with no milk/sugar

Flavors: Almond, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
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I forgot Bulk Barn sold loose leaf tea. This is one of four that I picked up and it was the one I was most looking forward to trying. I was very saddened to see that it was the lowest rated of the four on Steepster though!!
Well, I’ve since tried it and it’s not bad. The orange tastes a little artificial and the taste isn’t as orangey as the scent was, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for trying. ;)
Still very drinkable, I just wouldn’t steep it too long in case it becomes bitter or too astringent.

Flavors: Medicinal, Orange

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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73
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Received in my Advent Calendar. Nice, clean toasty rice taste. Very comforting.

Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice

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82
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tasted different than I expected! Not as peachy, but not in a bad way, just subtle. It doesn’t smell as nice as it did dry, so I was worried I had made a terrible mistake.
The taste is nice though! More apricot with a hint of nuttiness. Lovely on its own. I’m also finding I LOVE oolong teas. ;)

2nd Steep: I had a cup the next morning from the same leaves. I definitely get more ‘fruit punch’ this time around. Still the apricot too. A little weaker, but not by much. It makes a good 2 steeper.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruit Punch, Nutty

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Received this in my Advent Calendar. The first time I tried it straight with no milk/sugar and didn’t like it. It’s only when I came back now to do a review that I noticed licorice listed amongst the ingredients. I’m not a huge fan of licorice so maybe that’s why I didn’t like it the first time around.
I had one last little bit of this so I thought I’d do it as a latte. I steeped a tsp of the tea in about 1/3 cup of boiling water for about 4 mins. and added 2 tsp of brown sugar to that. Then steamed a cup of 1% milk and added it to the sweetened tea. It tasted much better this time around. It’s not as spicy as a standard chai is. Quite light in fact. I guess because it was a ‘vanilla’ chai anything else would’ve overpowered its delicate flavours.
If you like the idea of chai but don’t want the strong peppery flavours, this may be the chai for you.

Flavors: Licorice, Vanilla

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank La Creme by Tealish
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I tried this tea a long time ago because I was trying to replicate Harney & Sons ‘Paris’ tea. This is nothing like that. So I’m reviewing it again because a) I wasn’t on Steepster when I had it the 1st time and b) I want to give it an honest chance.

Aroma both dry and steeped is very vanilla-y. I’m having it black, but I suspect this would be good for a latte. A friend passed by my desk and I asked her to smell the steeped tea. She said it smelled like a pastry, which to me seems like a good thing. ;) The taste is definitely bold because it’s a black tea. The vanilla is very pronounced and there is no nasty lingering aftertaste. Much better than I remember this tea being.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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85
drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells so freakin good dry!!!!

First time trying it, had it straight with no sweetener/milk. The aroma was a not as fragrant as when it was dry. The flavour is quite nice, gets a little astringent towards the end which I suspect is from the oolong maybe, but still quite a nice pineapple taste. I’ll try it again later with a bit of sweetener or iced as I think this could be very nice that way.

Flavors: Apricot, Pineapple

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65
drank Ginger Pear (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I love pear , so I was hoping this would be a keeper because I also love white tea. Seemed like a good pairing as they’re both quite delicate flavours.
Maybe it’s just because I’m getting over a cold and coughing seems to still come naturally, the ginger or…more so the cinnamon, seems to make my throat itch to cough.
I’m not the hugest fan of ginger, but thought it would be a nice bite with this. But I don’t really understand the point of the cinnamon.

All around, it has a nice flavour, slight bite at the end, but just isn’t the pear tea I was hoping for. The search continues!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Queen's Choice by Riston
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Got this at the Toronto Tea Festival. The Riston rep made it very clear that this tea was a best seller. They didn’t have it as a sample, so I bought it purely on the reputation he said this tea had. When I got home and logged it in my Steepster ‘cupboard’ I was very disheartened to see that the reviews were all negative, so it makes me wonder what the reputation was based on!
He did suggest I have the tea with milk and sugar. So based on the reviews stating it had a bitter taste, I brewed it very quickly so as to avoid that and added milk and sugar. It turned out quite nice actually! Like a lightly brewed English breakfast with a hint of strawberry. The strawberry does taste a bit like strawberry flavouring, but it’s not horrible.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I’m presently overwhelmed with so much tea and not enough time to drink it!! I can’t go into a tea store without buying something and I do the Tea Festival every year. I just can’t help myself.
Having said that, I became a huge fan of Majesteas and then they closed. So if anyone is willing to part with some, I have lots to swap with (not all are logged on my cupboard and I’m willing to swap non-tea items too)

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