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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

This is nearing a de-cupboard, and I always hatehatehate removing teas from my cupboard without reviewing them (for my own records, if not for other people – I’m sure most people who were curious about this one have already tried it), but I have almost nothing to say about this one. Hence there being no review of it until, uh, June. I was excited for this because I love wacky teas, but eh. It’s just kinda meh on first, second and third impressions. And yes, I did get jelly beans in my sample, but I never honestly noticed them making a significant difference to the taste. I probably would have been better off eating them.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike it. Actually, I think I steeped this cup longer than previous cups and it’s pretty good. It’s mostly got a strawberry flavour with something else fruity and sweet underneath that and an underlying creaminess to the whole sip. Not bad at all.

And yet, there’s a fullness to the sip that’s just missing. Even for a rooibos (which never has the fullness of flavour that I associate with tea-tea). I don’t know – it has the same problem that much of the spring collection did in that there are Swiss cheese holes in the flavour. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder if that whole collection was rushed for some reason.

And actually, it gets more hole-y as the cup cools. Some teas have more flavour when they cool – this is absolutely not one of them, as it tastes more and more like sweetened water as its temperature drops. Ick.

It’s all right, but I don’t mind the fact that it’s gone from stores/online only now at all. It was a cute idea for Easter, anyway.

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

I thought this tea was far too gimmicky, and kind of a letdown since so many people weren’t getting enough (or any!) jellybeans in their samples. The flavour wasn’t bad, but I’d rather have something else.

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Kittenna

I thought this tea was far too gimmicky, and kind of a letdown since so many people weren’t getting enough (or any!) jellybeans in their samples. The flavour wasn’t bad, but I’d rather have something else.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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