834 Tasting Notes

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
834 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Roasted and buttery flavour. Rice flavour is also present.

Pairs well with pizza.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

No tartness, but a bit of tang is present which compliments the flavour profile. The flavour, however is quite faint with and only 4 minute infusion. Very authentic berry tasting. Possibly just a hint of artificial taste near the end of the sip.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This is one I’ve been debating about getting. I love the name, but I’m not sure about all the flavors. Is it hibiscus-y at all?

Raritea

I would say that it does taste like it has hibiscus in it; hibiscus that isn’t very well balanced with the other flavours. I’m thinking that it’s the ‘lemon verbena’ ingredient that is making it tart. This tisane was undrinkable for me when infused for the maximum recommended time of 7 minutes. If I get a chance to try this tisane in the future I’ll probably play around with the infusion parameters a bit more.

KeenTeaThyme

Hmm. Thanks for letting me know. Doesn’t sound like one I would like – but I do still love the name! :)

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I used 1.75 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Cakey apricot flavour on the aftertaste.

Thanks to Kitenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water. Infused for 8 minutes.

Very mild tasting. Coconut and pineapple flavours really come out in the aftertaste. The honeybush imparts a mild sweet-smokey flavour to the aftertaste. I am reminded of the extruded ‘Rockets’ candy by the scent and the flavour.

The diluted flavour is really driving down the rating for me. I maybe let the dry leaf sit too long in the bag before trying it. I’ll hold off giving an official rating for now.

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

Creamy flavour I can detect the coconut and vanilla. There is something that reminds of hard liquor smell and what I imagine it would taste like (but milder and much more manageable). There is a definite corn flavour. This tea could probably use 0.25 tablespoons more leaf.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Kiaharii

Advent calendar?

Kittenna

Hahaha, I thought the exact same thing, Kiaharii!

Raritea

Sadly, I don’t have the David’s Tea Advent Calendar. I was inspired by others who did and wanted to feel like I was participating by having the December 1st tea :) I can’t wait to see what people are opening today!!

Kiaharii

Aw, I do have buttered rum but I’m not a huge fan. I decided to pass on the Advent Calendar, I have enough teas I should just make my own!

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I used 1.4 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The aroma of the tea reminds me primarily of packaged berry oatmeal. I can detect the oolong as well as a sweetness which it likely sourced from the maple syrup.

Very sweet on the sip. The taste of this tea also reminds me of mixed berry oatmeal. I do appreciate the presence of oolong flavour (the oolong seems like a quality oolong that I would enjoy drinking on its own) and delightful astringency and toasted-ness imparted to the cup, however, I am not sure if it is best paired with a berry-type profile. I am detecting a sweetness and hint of saltiness near the end of the sip. The berry taste is a bit more on the artificial side. I can almost pull out the flavour of maple syrup from the mix but it is either very well blended or too faint for good taste detection.

As the tea cools, I’m getting hints of peppery notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
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I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 400 ml of water.

The black tea is too prominent with the addition of the extra leaf (over 1 tablespoon per 375 ml) and drowns out the other flavours. More astringency comes through and borders on being bitter. Toasted flavour coming through. Bitterness comes through as the tea cools.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

The aroma of the brewed tea is very maple syrup-y. I can smell a mellow sweetness and creaminess of the chocolate and possibly a hint of black tea.

On the sip, there is a sweetness all the way though which increases into the aftertaste. I am detecting an earthiness that is likely sourced from the beetroot powder. Creamy-tasting. The dark chocolate flavour mixes well with the black tea and earthy taste. Drinking this tea reminds me of biting into a dense, moist chocolate cake.

This tea pairs well with brie and raspberry jam on crackers.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
crazy4u

this tea sounds so good Im going to try it next! I tryed to like it but i can :(

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Used 1.75 tablespoons for ~375ml of water.

The primary scent in the brewed leaf is that of honeybush which gives a warm feeling to the aroma. I’m getting that burnt-out beeswax candle smell that I seem to be associating with other honeybush teas from 52teas. I can also detect the tanginess of the kiwi in the smell. There is something in there that reminds me of cucumber-scented hand-cream, otherwise I have never really been able to find a smell from a fresh cucumber. I’m also smelling something that reminds me of citrus.

On the sip, I’m detecting mostly a melon flavour which evolves into something that tastes like the scent of cucumber-scented hand-cream. There is only a hint of kiwi flavour in this one. I’m also tasting the burnt-out beeswax candle smell.

Overall, this tisane has a very mild flavour.

As the tisane cooled to room temperature it took on a refreshing flavour profile and reminded me of the taste of cucumber-infused water. I’m also being reminded of mint taste.

Many thanks to Ellyn for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Interesting. I don’t think your review makes me want to buy it… but I still want to try it! I just remember hating the cucumber water I’ve tried, and was wary of it tasting like that…

Indigobloom

I’ve never been a fan of cucumber scented or flavoured stuff. I remember one cucumber tea I tried, just wasn’t for me

Raritea

I actually really enjoy my fresh cucumber-infused water so I was pretty excited for this tisane. I’ll still be on the lookout for one that will capture that flavour just the way that I like it.

Indigobloom

Good luck! it will happen sooner or later lol

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
834 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Far too bitter. This tea likely has to infuse for a shorter amount of time and could maybe use less leaf.

Withholding my rating for now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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