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drank Senchamental by DAVIDsTEA
255 tasting notes

David’s Tea has a most delightful habit of including several free samples with each order I place. I had an order come in today along with three free samples and one of them was Senchamental. I don’t mind a bad pun. I don’t even mind a ridiculously bad pun. I don’t mind a reference to Star Wars either. It takes me back to the days when my children insisted that we constantly play Star Wars. They were Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, respectively. Their father was Darth Vader (alternating with Obi Wan Kenobi). And I got the best role of all—I stepped in as the Princess Leia, as Jabba the Hutt, as Greedo, as Boba Fett, and as a jawa. My own private young Skywalker is a balding middle-aged man and he hasn’t come at me with his light sabre in decades.

So this tea begins as a sentimental journey for me. The dry aroma is pronouncedly orange. And a delightful orange with a true flavor. Nothing synthetic here. Orange is the predominant taste as well. And it’s vigorous and strong. The mint makes its way though but it’s clearly a supporting member of the orchestra while the orange is the soloist in this concerto.

I like this blend because it’s an original to me—I’ve never had such an intriguing marriage of mint and green before as back-up players to orange. The aftertaste has more mint, but remains quite orange-y. The orange – mint blend is strong to the point that I don’t taste the vegetal elements of the green tea coming through. I’m enjoying this hot, but it might make the absolutely perfect iced tea for the summer (I’m doing iced tea auditions right now and this one has made the cut). Now I’ll have to put in a full-order with David’s Teas. Was I compliementing them on the free samples? Now I say it’s like the old dope peddler giving a free sample to a gullible child.

Super-nice tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Haha LOVE the name of this! Sounds like a good nick name for me.

sophistre

I just about snorted and choked on my cup of tea when I got to a certain point in this tasting note. Well done.

SoccerMom

LOL I love the reminiscing going on in this tasting note.

~lauren.

OMG – Okay – I thought this steepster site was going to be informative but a bit staid, a bit pompous, a bit snobbish, a bit … you get it, right? it’s tea. BUT NO!!! It’s a party all day/all night long! I almost died laughing at your post and now people around me are looking at me funny!

gmathis

Gee…thanks for making me all weepy. My young jedi can now put his chin on top of my head and is shaving. (Turn around and they’re two….turn around and they’re four….)

~lauren.

WOW, congrats, Doulton, you’ve got snorting, choking, loving, laughing and weeping – all in one post on one tea! A winner!

AmazonV

hmm, where is my metal bikini…yup done the leia thing at conventions – have hair long enough to bun too – too bad i may chop it all off

SoccerMom

AmazonV- I bet you attracted alot of attention in the metal bikini at the Star Wars convention! LOL I did the princess Leia thing once for Halloween but I wore that robe thingy.

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Cofftea

Haha LOVE the name of this! Sounds like a good nick name for me.

sophistre

I just about snorted and choked on my cup of tea when I got to a certain point in this tasting note. Well done.

SoccerMom

LOL I love the reminiscing going on in this tasting note.

~lauren.

OMG – Okay – I thought this steepster site was going to be informative but a bit staid, a bit pompous, a bit snobbish, a bit … you get it, right? it’s tea. BUT NO!!! It’s a party all day/all night long! I almost died laughing at your post and now people around me are looking at me funny!

gmathis

Gee…thanks for making me all weepy. My young jedi can now put his chin on top of my head and is shaving. (Turn around and they’re two….turn around and they’re four….)

~lauren.

WOW, congrats, Doulton, you’ve got snorting, choking, loving, laughing and weeping – all in one post on one tea! A winner!

AmazonV

hmm, where is my metal bikini…yup done the leia thing at conventions – have hair long enough to bun too – too bad i may chop it all off

SoccerMom

AmazonV- I bet you attracted alot of attention in the metal bikini at the Star Wars convention! LOL I did the princess Leia thing once for Halloween but I wore that robe thingy.

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