600 Tasting Notes

SIPDOWN already. Wow. I had this one maybe a month? And it’s gone. And I just realized this is tasting note #600! I didn’t think I’d get here especially because in the five years I was working for Davidstea, I pretty much didn’t log anything.

Like I said in the last review, this one is strong, bold and has a great creaminess to it. I loved it and I am debating getting more… It’s a really good one for those days you wake up and you didn’t sleep well the night before and you just need something to kick start you.

gmathis

Back in my earliest experimental days, Metropolitan Tea was one of my favorite brands for sampling. Been a long time, but there are several I wouldn’t mind revisiting.

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Tea #6 of my cupboard revisits
I have totally gotten behind because for some unknown reason, I decided that I needed to crochet two blankets (one for each of my kids) for Christmas. I gave myself 5 weeks. WHY?!?!?! I’m crazy. The only way that I’ve been able to do it, is basically only letting myself crochet all the time while they are at school, and once they go to bed. I’m literally doing it as a full time job when they aren’t home right now. Thankfully, I think I’m going to make it!

Anyways, I made this one a couple of days ago and I put some fresh lemon juice in it, because I really like when I put lemonade in it. Well, this one is super tart, and fresh lemon is super tart, so after putting the two together, it was tart city over here. I should have stuck with lemonade because at least it has some sweetness to it and balances it all out.
So, I drank it, but I didn’t love it. My kids drank most of it.

I’ll try and do more teas for my challenge because I really did enjoy working on it. It will probably run into January.

ashmanra

Those blankets will be treasured!

gmathis

Time very well invested! It never hit me as a kid all the late nights and snatched naptimes it took for Mom to make my Christmas surprises…most memorably, the Year of the Button Down Oxford Shirts when I was a wannabe preppy.

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So, I’m pretty sure this is the one I have, although mine is called “Cream Irish Breakfast tea.”

I needed some new straight black teas in my cupboard because I was down to Honey black and Thailand Black (both DT) in my cupboard and they are both really good, but very similar and I needed something else.

This one really surprised me. Like REALLY surprised me. I knew it had the word “cream” in the name, but I wasn’t expecting it to actually have creamy tones to it. DT’s cream of Earl Grey says cream in the title, but I didn’t really notice the creamy part to it at all, so in a lot of ways I was expecting the same here.
But I was wrong, and I’m so happy. It’s got a lovely malty taste to it, and it’s nice and bold and strong (4min steep here lol) But it’s got this really nice creaminess to it that’s just smoothing it all out and making it such a delight! I had this one for the first time yesterday around lunch and I was crocheting some blankets for my two boys for Christmas and I literally took a sip and stopped in my tracks and took another drink. It was a very nice surprise and I absolutely love it. I’m going to enjoy this one a lot I think!

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a good one.

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drank Butter Sencha by DAVIDsTEA
600 tasting notes

Tea #5 (I’m getting behind on my personal challenge here, but I’ll try and catch up. If I can’t, that’s fine. It’s Christmas and I’m trying to get too much done before it comes and I don’t know if I’ll make it. Oh well, I’ll do my best.)

Last time I reviewed this, was five years ago…. and I have a feeling that was the last time I drank this one. I never go to green teas, and I wish I did, because as long as you steep them right, they are really good.
I’m not getting much in the way of butter flavour in this one right now, but the green tea is still very good. A touch of astringency, which may have been my fault, I’m not too sure, but either way, it’s not too much. I did a 3min steep and I think I could have done less and had maybe an even better flavour to it. I’ll try that next time.
Either way, this tea is nice and I’ll enjoy it, but because of how little I go for this one, I’ll probably not restock.

nouveau-tea

That reminds me — I should drink up the 50 g bag of this that I’ve had since 2017. Good to hear it wasn’t too old for you to enjoy!

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drank Himalayan White by beTeas
600 tasting notes

I’m trying to remember when I bought this tea…. I feel like I went there for a tasting and decided to get this one…. Either that or it was the London Tea and Kombucha festival that I bought this one. I wish I could remember. I think it was the festival…

Tea #4
I never touch white teas, which is a shame because wow are they good! This tea does not disappoint. It is light and fresh and just so smooth. I did a two minute steep on this one because I didn’t want to chance it going bitter and I’m glad to say it didn’t. If anything I could probably have done a three minute steep and it would have been good.
Either way, This is lovely. It’s so much lighter than what I usually grab first thing in the morning. It’s a nice change to my morning.

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Tea #3. Still need to play catch up… maybe tomorrow.

I bought this one for when I was sick… yeah, I haven’t been sick in like 2 years now because of all the hand washing and sanitizing, so I haven’t had it in ages! I’m honestly not even sure how long I’ve had it. It’s been that long.

I use to love this one, but I think that I either oversteeped it, or that I over leafed it. It’s got a hint of bitterness to it, which I don’t love, but I’m still drinking it. I think next time I would just added a hint of honey to it to boost the flavours a bit.
Either way, it’s nice and honestly, I might try and use this as an afternoon tea like my Moroccan Mint that I reviewed the other day. The days are getting cold and hot tea is my jam!

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drank Chai Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
600 tasting notes

Tea #2 (I think?) for my “Revisiting my older teas challenge” this December season. (I’m going to try and do a couple more and get my tea number up to today’s date.)

I know this seems like a strange one to not have touched in so long, but it’s probably since the beginning of the year. I stopped drinking this one when I became obsessed with gingerbread matcha from DAVIDsTEA, and this one definitely took a back seat.

This tea is SO good. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it earlier, but now that I am remembering how good this one is, I’m definitely going to be drinking this one more often again, until it’s gone, which honestly won’t take very long. I don’t have a ton left.
It’s sweet as DT matchas tend to be, but it’s got a nice spice flavour with it which I’m truly loving. Very nice chai flavours. So good! Made this as a hot latte and I’m sure glad I did!

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drank Moroccan Mint by DAVIDsTEA
600 tasting notes

I have decided for the month of December, my advent calendar is going to be revisiting a tea everyday that I haven’t had in far too long. I have so many of those in the cupboard and this is one of them.

I made this one up, 3min steep with a PS and it’s actually pretty nice! Even with it being a bit older. I could see enjoying this one in the afternoons around the time that I go get the kids from school. It would be a nice midday treat. I love the mint and the green tea is kind of a nice combo.
I’m going to try and drink this one up soon so I can get some fresh mint. Fresh mint is always better than older mint.

Courtney

This is a great idea! Looking forward to reading more. :)

gmathis

Very wise!

ashmanra

I love that idea!

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drank Moroccan Mint by DAVIDsTEA
600 tasting notes

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
600 tasting notes

This tea is back! I forgot how much i love this one, and this is the OLD recipe that ACTUALLY shimmers, not the new one where it doesn’t.

I shouldn’t have added milk because the milk hides the shimmer, but before I did that, the tea was sparkling and shimmering away and just so beautiful!
I only got 50g of this one because there is a LOT of tea to drink up and it’ll take me a while to get there. But today, yummy yummy!! And it’s a great way to start this christmas-y season!

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Updated Sept. 2021
I’m a 30-something-year-old writer. I finished my first novel last year, which I’m editing this year amongst the world’s craziness and hoping to some day get it published. I’ve also written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer.
I’m the proud mommy of two sweet little boys.
I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

I became obsessed with tea a few years after high school.I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream), and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I’m a loose leaf fan, but if there are no other options, I will drink bagged.

I would have to say my favourite kinds of tea are (in no particular order): black, puerh cakes, herbal and matcha.

Green teas still aren’t a favourite for me, but I’m working on it.

I still can’t get myself to like mate teas, as much as I try, I just don’t like their flavour.

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

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