5040 Tasting Notes

82

Couldn’t recall what I’d previously thought of this, but my 82 rating matched my experience yesterday – it was actually rather good, and I quite enjoyed the flavour combo. Definitely coconut, sweet and caramel/somewhat chocolatey? But not a flavour I’ve tasted from any DT blends in recent memory, which made it extra delicious. One more cup left, and then this will be gone forever.

AJRimmer

I absolutely loved this tea. I bought two large tins when Teavana closed – drank one immediately and sold the other. I definitely regret that!

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76

(DavidsTea 152)

Review for a bag of “The Earl’s Valentine” (2016). It was a decent enough cup but not quite as rich as I was remembering, nor as potent – perhaps I underleafed more than usual? I just don’t particularly remember the bergamot or rose making themselves known in the way I recall them.

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78
drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 69/365!
(DavidsTea 151)

Ran across a pile of “M” teas, all variants containing melon, and thought to somewhat compare this to Melonade, so I brewed the last of it up and stuck it in the fridge. It’s definitely quite different – somewhat less sweet, a more complex flavour (particularly interesting as this one’s herbal and Melonade’s on a green base), and significantly less “melon” flavouring despite being branded as honeydew + moringa. I actually find it more interesting to drink because of the depth of flavour, and I’m getting that same refreshing quality as with Strawberry Moringa, which I like. Too bad I didn’t drink this back when it actually came out, as it might have been nice to have a bit more to play around with.

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76
drank Melonade by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdowns 67&68/365!
(DavidsTea 150)

Sipdown of a couple packages of this tea as an iced tea; the flavour comes across to me as honeydew and very much like the Japanese “melon” flavouring. It’s pretty good but I feel like a smidge of lemon or lime juice might improve it just to add a bit of tartness.

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73
drank Raspberry Fluff Mate by 52teas
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This was ok, but I wanted more raspberry. Nice amount of fluff though!

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Not sure how I feel about this one. I don’t think there was as much blackberry or cream as I would have liked.

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73

Review for a fairly recent (I think?) reblend of this tea. I much prefer the white/hojicha coconut cream pie version, which is significantly more flavourful. I just don’t taste coconut cream pie here, although the resulting cup was pleasant enough.

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95

Possibly the penultimate cup of this delicious tea. Not what it used to be, but still a good memory.

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73

I like it, but not a favourite. I think I got a bit more of the “salted” aspect in this last cup.

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80

I know I like it, but cant remember how to describe it. Hmm.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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