1177 Tasting Notes

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
1177 tasting notes

First of all, a big thank you to DAVIDsTEA for including this as a free sample in my order! Been waiting to try this one, as it’s one of their few fall teas that I am not allergic to [nut allergy, :( ]. Anyways, onto the tea!

The dry smell…wow, I am pleased. A myriad of fruits..mmmm, what do I smell, cherries, watermelon, a bit of the fig or raisin, it actually reminded me a bit of a fruit cake! One of the dark ones my mom makes. I also detected a bit of an earthy smell, not sure what that was, I didn’t really like that note. Once water was poured on it, the smell diminished significantly. Must say, I am disappointed, I liked all those sugary fruits!

Taste- I steeped this tea for the full 7 mins, as I was a bit skimpy on the amount (only have the 5g sample, would like to try to get 2 cups out of it!). I now have to wait for it to cool, so will update in a bit!
Update: Finally tasted it, and must say, I am kind of disappointed. For there being so many fruits and veggies in this tea, I was expecting a bit different experience. The first taste is a bit tart, and I’m getting a mild hint of the cherries and watermelon. The taste kind of builds into a mixture of things, can’t really identify them. Aftertaste I find carrot, not my favorite taste in a tea to be honest. However, it does taste summery, which is very relaxing.

Another update: Tastes very, very similar to my mom’s fruitcake when it has cooled! Weird to taste that in a tea.

Overall, I don’t think I would buy a lot of this, maybe one more sample? I may have used too little leaf, or maybe it needs to steep longer, but it’s not really my thing. I’ll stick with less fruity blends I think. I’ll try one more cup at a later date and maybe change the rating. Not bad, but not epic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I ordered this tea mostly for my boyfriend, as he loves pure green teas, and was a little wary of how it would taste because of the cost. Was hoping it would be absolutely amazing!

The dry smell reminded me a lot of seaweed, reminded me of the ocean. I steeped at approx. 75 deg C. The seaweed scent got a bit milder when water was added. Overall a nice, fresh smell.

As for the taste, hmm…this cup I made seems a bit stronger than the taste I had previously (bf made a cup last week to try it out). It might have been because I steeped it another minute for 3 in tot? Or the water was a bit too warm? Oh well. It still tastes pretty good, a lot of green veggies present. Reminds me of spinach, might be the color of the leaves as well. I love the color of the tea. Beautiful light green.

Update—I swapped cups with my guy, who just made a second steep. I actually can smell a creaminess in this one! The taste is much milder too, and yes, I taste that creamy veggie taste. Mmmmm. Must say, I prefer the second steep on this one, unless I just did something wrong with the first. Rating may change from future cups of this when I figure out how to make it exactly.

Overall, an above average green tea. Was hoping for a wee bit more, but it still is splendid. Definitely one of the better ones I’ve ever had!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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So this was tea #3 to test of the day (I just received an order from DAVIDsTEA, had to try a bunch of them!). It was right before bed, so loved that there was no caffeine in it!

The dry smell was a lot more lemony than I expected, at first was a bit wary, as I’m not a huge fan of zesty lemon tea. However, as soon as I started steeping it, my worries subsided. The smell was a beautiful honey scent with a small hint of lemon and a bit of ginger.

As for the taste, LOVE. So smooth and light yet sweet…this was my second time trying a honeybush tea (the other one was a rooibos-honeybush blend, a lot more potent rooibos taste obv) and I was VERY IMPRESSED. As the tea cooled the ginger taste came out a bit more, and I am a ginger nut, so this was awesome! The lemon was quite muted in my opinion, but still there.

Overall, I LOVE IT. Will probably drink it most days of the week, especially before bed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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70
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this tea this morning, loved the minty dry smell, I love mint teas. However the smell was a lot more potent than the actual tea. To me, this tea tastes almost exactly like the one by Celestial Seasonings, Echinacea Complete Care. Must be an overlap in the ingredients…anyways, mint comes out strongly, with the rest of the herbs nice and mellow. Would feel excellent on a sore throat, and def will force this one on my bf when he is sick! As for me, caffeine doesn’t sit well most of the time, so I will probably take this to class a few days a week due to its caffeine-free ness.

Overall, a nice tea, but rather disappointed that it tasted so similar to a different tea I had had previously.

UPDATE: Now that is is cooled off, I am more impressed, as it is not going bitter (like the other one I tried did) and it almost is becoming more complex, it seems a few more flavors are coming out. Can’t really identify them, but I like it!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea freaked me out at first. The dry smell is pretty intense; salty, seaweed-y, and not very pleasing in general. However, as soon as I poured water on it, I smelled it, and to my surprise it smelled very minty! Complete 180. Now just waiting to taste it, will update once it is cooled.

Update: The taste—surprised me again! It tastes quite nice! Not as light as I’d like, and has a salty aftertaste on your lips. I think the salt weighs it down a bit. Minty though, very mild ginger, and seems to be relaxing. Just a bit disappointed in the aftertaste. Reminiscent of the ocean, yes. And I love the ocean.

Overall, a decent tea. Will possibly up rating after having a few cups. Smell is most deterring aspect. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, I’d give this a shot!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Just got this tea the other day, and am VERY impressed. Loved the smell right off the bat, like fresh blueberries with a hint of something floraly and fresh. The berry smell came out a bit more when water was added.

As for taste, I was a bit worried it might be too tart when steeped (have had that happen before with pure berry teas, tea bags mind you, but still..I was apprehensive). But thank goodness, this tea has made me unafraid of berries again! The white tea balanced the blueberries just enough that they weren’t overpowering! Just enough berry for me, not overdone, not artificial either. Love the white tea lightness..makes me feel like it’s a summer day here and not fall :)

Overall, a very soothing and refreshing tea. Will probably have to stock up on more, but as others have said, it’s a very light tea for packing, so my 50 g should go a long way!

ETA—Also will probably experiment with temperatures and steeping time to find the ideal one. It is pretty good by following the provided guidelines..but after reading other reviews, I’m feeling adventurous. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

mrs.stenhouse12’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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