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drank Marabout by THE O DOR
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Thanks cteresa for sending this one my way.

There is certainly that signature rooibos medicinal taste here, but it’s not the worst I’ve had. The baked apple I’m getting as well. I’m not so sure about the toffee, though there is a subtle sweetness to it that could be the toffee? Overall a smooth tea, even with that rooibos taste!

I’m glad I got the chance to try this one out :)

cteresa

Glad ypu found it interesting! I admit I am a rooibos lover ;) Though I am also a rooibos snob, a lot of rooibos bases, particularly cheaper brands (unless it´s south african cheap brands! LOL) are pretty bad – this rooibos base is pretty smooth IMO, but still rooibos for sure. Toffee, yes, I think it is literally tiny cubes of toffee which are supposed to melt – try to stir it once or twice when brewing and later when drinking for extra effect (and so the toffee does not end all at the bottom of the pot or cup!)

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Thanks cteresa for sending this my way :)

There is a lovely warm apple scent to this tea, along with a hint of rooibos scent. Hopefully there won’t be too much, if any, rooibos taste.

I would say the taste pretty well matches the smell. Apple with a hint of rooibos. I’m not getting anything pastry-like or resembling a strudel though. It’s not a bad tea at all, probably not one I’d purchase for myself, but I’m happy to have tried it.

Anyanka

I know it’s juvenile, but I keep reading “wiener apple strudel” and then getting a wee bit giggly.

Courtney

Haha I’m sure we all have those moments :)

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks jessiwrites for sending me this to cross off my list :)

My first sips are quite enjoyable. Mostly nutty with a hint of banana. There is a bit of a strange aftertaste. Not aversive, but strange.

I could see this being quite delicious with some sweetening, but I’ll pass on that since it’s good as it too.

I’ll be at my halfway point for exams today! Once the afternoon rolls around I’ll have 3 down, 3 to go. Yes!

Update April 18/13: I just wrote my 4th exam, just two to go now.

I cold brewed this overnight last night to see what would happen. I’d say I like it about equal to the hot version. It doesn’t necessarily taste the same, I’d just drink it either way happily. It has a much more banana scent and taste here, and that bizarre sweet-like aftertaste is slightly stronger in the cold version. It’s as though the cold just made the tastes pop out.

canadianadia

Good with your remaining exams

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drank Mudslide by Teaopia
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jessiwrites sent me this treasure :)

The smell is so delicious! Gah banana and chocolate. And not a hint of rooibos! Ahh yes. I would actually consider keeping this around in smaller amounts.

I’m definitely getting banana and chocolate, but I don’t think I’m really tasting any nuttiness. Perhaps an ever so subtle hint of coconut in the background, but I’m not completely sure.

jessiwrites

SO GOOD. That rooibos taste is nowhere to be found in this blend. I was quite impressed.

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Thanks jessiwrites for sending me this one to try out :)

I kept smelling this one waiting for it to cool, and I couldn’t really smell anything tropical or pina colada about it.

However, the first sips were lovely and tropical! Evidently the taste is hidden away in there. I can slightly smell is now that I’ve had a few sips, but still nothing compared to the taste. I think this tea really nailed the pina colada flavour. I’m actually quite impressed.

The resteep is not quite as flavourful but I’m going to enjoy every last drop since I had enough for only one cup :) I also put the used leaves in the fridge to cold brew overnight.

jessiwrites

I only had enough for one cup, too, so I did the same. I am pretty sure the cold brew was also delicious.

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I’m much more impressed with Della Terra’s rooibos teas than their black teas. I don’t know how they do it, but I went from not even being able to handle the scent of rooibos tea to ordering 7 oz. of it in my most recent order. Gah!

My fiance had the first steep of this so I’m now enjoying the second. But sometimes the second steep is the best. The scent wafting out at me is reminiscent of apple cider, yum.

Ah the first couple sips are so comforting. There’s an ever so subtle hint of rooibos taste in the background but it isn’t bothering me tonight. A lovely apple and cinnamon balance. The yogurt must be what gives it the slight creaminess.

This just seems like the perfect tea at this moment. If I didn’t have to finish this chapter before retiring for the evening I could see myself kicking my feet up and just sipping away as I relax and clear my mind. I’ll have to save that moment for another day and just enjoy my cup while making notes about attribution errors and the like tonight.

Only one week left until I’m completely done my exams and we’re off to Vancouver though!

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I think perhaps it’s me, and that maple is somehow hard-wired into my taste buds? Both this and Blueberry Crumble were overwhelmingly maple scented and tasting! What’s up with that?

I let this cool and the maple certainly wore off somewhat. I want it to be pineapple though! Should I be steeping this longer or shorter? Different temperatures perhaps?

Update April 16/13: Everyone raves about this tea so I had to try it again. What am I missing? It still smells overwhelmingly of maple. Maybe I’m getting a cake taste? When it was still piping hot I think I caught a hint of pineapple, but not as it cools. I was so hopeful for something delicious here. Darn.

Anyone interested in swapping? I’ve got a few cups worth of a few different Della Terra’s and David’s blends I posted on the swap discussions.

Cavocorax

I find that a lot of Della Terra teas are best steeped between 2.5-3 minutes. But that just might be me.

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The name of this one intrigued me. Strawberries and kiwi? YUM. I just steeped myself a hot cup and put the resteep in the fridge to cold brew for a while.

It’s alright hot, but in checking out the other reviews, I must say I could see it being better chilled as well.

There’s a taste of strawberries there with a subtle hint of underlying kiwi. I’m thrilled there’s no artificial taste here.

jessiwrites

Eeeeee! So excited to try this one. Especially cold!

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Eeeeee! I got so many awesome teas in the mail today from jessiwrites! http://instagram.com/p/YJMDSOOZAf/

This is my first official honeybush tea! Well, not counting Lemon Chiffon which is rooibos and honeybush. It smells quite cinnamon-y and spicy. I’m intrigued. I have a love/hate relationship with 52Teas blends – not because they aren’t good. The ones I’ve tried have been delicious. But I almost don’t want to try them and love them and then not be able to get them.

Just from the name I was expecting a tea that may have been too sweet for my liking but I’m pleasantly surprised here. This tea is not at all sweet, the cinnamon is there but I’m not getting too much of a baked “roll” type taste. There’s another foreign, but not bad, taste in there I’m guessing is the honeybush. Another pleasant surprise since I really wasn’t sure what to expect, I was just hoping it didn’t have the same medicinal taste as rooibos.

I’m happy I got to try this tea out :)

Sil

ooh those are some good ones!

whatshesaid

Nice haul!!

jessiwrites

I felt exactly the same way about this.

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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My kettle has arrived!!

http://instagram.com/p/YBKG2SuZB9/ —> I’m not sure if you guys can see this or not since I’ve got my Instagram on lockdown, but you can always request I add you :)

I decided to try Lime Gelato and Bamboozled together today. Since these are two of my very favourite David’s teas, I wanted to see how well they fared as one.

Okay so this is not too bad at all. I do think I prefer either tea on it’s own but this mix was refreshing in it’s own way. It does somewhat diminish the best of both teas, but not so much that it’s tasteless. I find the bamboo really comes through the most. Very interesting for sure :)

Cavocorax

Faaaancy! :O

canadianadia

ooooh! it’s so pretty :)

Shmiracles

1. i can totally see the pic even though i don’t follow you
2. that kettle looks amazing!
3. every time i have Bamboozled i think ‘this is the tea Courtney likes lots’
:)

Courtney

I’m thrilled you guys can see the pictures. I’m never sure when social media is locked down what can and can’t be seen. I do so love my kettle :) And haha! Bamboozled is so yummy.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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