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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s my birthday today! Actually, the time I was born at was about an hour ago…so I’ve been 28 for an hour now, heh.

So I thought I’d dip into this one. I think I have two cups left; may as well drink them today.

I originally was not interested in this one out of DAVIDs’ “cake” teas. Mainly because I was informed that it tasted a bit like Oh Canada, and I truly did not like Oh Canada at all. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I just plain don’t like maple teas at all. Despite the fact that I like maple syrup (what kind of Canadian would I be if I didn’t like maple syrup?), maple flavoured teas make me feel pretty ill.

Then I heard some conflicting reports about how it tastes. Maybe not so maple after all…? I ended up picked up 10g to decide for myself.

I’m a bit stuffed up, so I cannot comment on the smell of anything much, but it does smell a bit like Oh Canada. It has sprinkles rather than the little maple candies though, which is an improvement.

And…I genuinely don’t know what in sam hell this actually tastes like. I can totally see where people are getting “gentler version of Oh Canada” from, but it doesn’t truly taste like maple. It doesn’t taste like vanilla, either…not really. It’s like the love child of vanilla and maple, really. Kind of creamy, but mostly just sweet. Not overbearingly sweet though (which I think is actually my biggest problem with most maple teas).

It’s really a comfort tea…not one that will blow your mind, but nice to have when you’re down or need something a bit celebratory that also isn’t too fancy or over-the-top.

So happy birthday to me! And to anyone else who has a birthday on the 13th of the most awesome month of the year.

P.S. Although it’s not a good birthday present to find out that your Red Leaf matcha order was apparently “delivered” to MINNEAPOLIS. (It normally takes about 10 business days to deliver here, and it’s been 11, so I finally checked the tracking number. Apparently it was “delivered” last week.) YOO-HOO, USPS, Canada is UP HERE!

Is there nothing I can do, guys? I haven’t had this ever happen before. :( At least it was cheap…

Preparation
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Sil

Happy Birthday!!!

On the topic of redleaf, I didn’t think the tracking numbers worked once the package was across the border because it’s dropped into canada posts’s system, who don’t do anything but let it go through the usual route. If nothing else, reach out to red leaf – they’re great about responding to messages.

Daniel Scott

So “delivered” might not mean it’s actually been delivered? Oh, good thought, MN is right on the border, right? Yay, I will hold out hope it’s still coming, then.

Ninavampi

Happy birthday!! Hope you tea order eventually makes it to you!!!!

Yogini Undefined

Happy Birthday Dan!! And yes, I was going to say the same thing as Sil – USPS doesn’t track on our side of the border. Here’s to hoping you get your matcha today! :)

CupofTree

Happy birthday!
About Oh Canada and maple tea.. I didn’t like Oh Canada by itself, way too much maple, so I blended it with black tea in a 16 oz mug with 1 teaspoon maple, and 1 teaspoon black tea. it was great you should try it!

Helena

Happy Birthday!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! I hope your yea package arrives!

Michelle

Happy birthday! I hope you get your Red Leaf :)

Bonnie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL!

tigress_al

Happy birthday!

PatchworkSheep

I’ve had things read as “Delivered” before (only it was within my city) and they never showed up. They were either delivered to someone else, or left in the lobby of my building and stolen. Canada post always said their hands were tied, because “the item has been delivered” “Yes, but not to me” “Well ma’am, from our records here, it was delivered” “Yes…but I don’t have it” “I’m sorry ma’am, it was delivered, so you should have it” “But I don’t” “Well the tracking says it was delivered, and thats what we have to go by” etc. I contacted the retailer (luckily it was a larger company and not some very small business) to see if they could go through Canada Post and they couldn’t either and resent the package at their own expense. SO not fair to them either.

But yes, since MN is near the border, give your package another week. It might show up yet.

Also, happy birthday! Have a great day!

momo

Happy Birthday! Hope your matcha comes soon!

Indigobloom

Happy birthday tea bud! hope you get your matcha soon.

Lynxiebrat

Hmm, I think if I ever get a maple-ish tea I’ll keep in mind the extra sweetness, hrmm, I wonder how it would taste with a Earl Grey? lol. I often find EG’s to be a bit too blunt.

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Sil

Happy Birthday!!!

On the topic of redleaf, I didn’t think the tracking numbers worked once the package was across the border because it’s dropped into canada posts’s system, who don’t do anything but let it go through the usual route. If nothing else, reach out to red leaf – they’re great about responding to messages.

Daniel Scott

So “delivered” might not mean it’s actually been delivered? Oh, good thought, MN is right on the border, right? Yay, I will hold out hope it’s still coming, then.

Ninavampi

Happy birthday!! Hope you tea order eventually makes it to you!!!!

Yogini Undefined

Happy Birthday Dan!! And yes, I was going to say the same thing as Sil – USPS doesn’t track on our side of the border. Here’s to hoping you get your matcha today! :)

CupofTree

Happy birthday!
About Oh Canada and maple tea.. I didn’t like Oh Canada by itself, way too much maple, so I blended it with black tea in a 16 oz mug with 1 teaspoon maple, and 1 teaspoon black tea. it was great you should try it!

Helena

Happy Birthday!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! I hope your yea package arrives!

Michelle

Happy birthday! I hope you get your Red Leaf :)

Bonnie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL!

tigress_al

Happy birthday!

PatchworkSheep

I’ve had things read as “Delivered” before (only it was within my city) and they never showed up. They were either delivered to someone else, or left in the lobby of my building and stolen. Canada post always said their hands were tied, because “the item has been delivered” “Yes, but not to me” “Well ma’am, from our records here, it was delivered” “Yes…but I don’t have it” “I’m sorry ma’am, it was delivered, so you should have it” “But I don’t” “Well the tracking says it was delivered, and thats what we have to go by” etc. I contacted the retailer (luckily it was a larger company and not some very small business) to see if they could go through Canada Post and they couldn’t either and resent the package at their own expense. SO not fair to them either.

But yes, since MN is near the border, give your package another week. It might show up yet.

Also, happy birthday! Have a great day!

momo

Happy Birthday! Hope your matcha comes soon!

Indigobloom

Happy birthday tea bud! hope you get your matcha soon.

Lynxiebrat

Hmm, I think if I ever get a maple-ish tea I’ll keep in mind the extra sweetness, hrmm, I wonder how it would taste with a Earl Grey? lol. I often find EG’s to be a bit too blunt.

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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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