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I like David’s Teas very much. I was amazed by their customer service: it seemed that they sent a package from Canada to the USA in half the time that most USA companies take to reach me. They have got some amazing flavor combinations. They can do remarkable things with fruits, chocolates, and spices. I liked this tea somewhat less than their other teas but I don’t think it’s the fault of the tea.

It’s dawning on me that Rooibos might not be my favorite delivery vehicle for flavors that are at all subtle. Sure, it can handle the bombast of a heavy cinnamon or clove of deep chocolate. Creme Caramel is certainly creamy and as smooth as satin; it’s got a satisfactory richness and natural sweetness. It’s not as BIG in the mouth as other David’s Teas. I think that I have a natural affinity for the bigger flavors of the Chai blends. And when David’s Teas adds chocolate to rooibos it really pops! I would certainly recommend this tea for those who like caramel flavors and for those who appreciate a bit of subtlety in their tea.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

Location

In the midst of the middle of the heart of nowhere in particular.

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