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My favorite chocolate (perhaps in the world) is the Firecracker bar from a company who’s name escapes me at the moment. It has chili, sea salt and popping candy. It is amazing! Now all spicy chili chocolate is compared to that in my mind, which is a little unfair to all the others.

I can taste dark chocolate first, then some cinnamon and then a really weak chili. I do like a lot of spice, but this almost has none. My mouth is just barely hot and only if I really think about it. The chocolate it’s self doesn’t strike me as anything impressive on it’s own either. There is a little more spice on the end when all the chocolate has melted away and I crunch into the remaining bits of chili. The pepper shells are a little rough on the top of my mouth as I turn the chocolate over to suck at the melty bits leaving my mouth a little raw. I don’t taste any tea in the chocolate, just the added flavors of the tea which is disappointing. It’s kind of a mediocre generic chili chocolate bar, similar to what I could find at a pharmacy or grocery store for maybe half the price.

It was an interesting venture, but I think David’s should stick to tea.

Sarsonator

Oh my. If you can recall the name of that candy bar company, please share. I’m pretty much sold on anything with chocolate and chili, but the salt and popping candy sound amazing!

Sarsonator

Excellent! Thanks for the link!

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drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
474 tasting notes

I was super excited to find another tea that was called Kashmiri Chai. So excited that I overlooked the fact that this is black and my long lost love that I’m trying to replace, Zhi Tea’s Kashmiri Chai, was green. Got to tone down the blinding tea enthusiasm.

This tea is nice. It isn’t impressing me excessively tho. Smells nice and cinnamon like. When I sip, I taste the cardamon, clove and cinnamon, but it in’t really spicy and I do like spice. Zhi’s version had a ton of cardamon, but it is hard to pick out in this one. The black base seems okay, kinda lingers in the back. I added cream and sugar, but I might try boiling it on the stove in proper chai fashion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
474 tasting notes

This was a free sample from Lupicia’s monthly magazine. I love free samples! In that case of Lupicia, the result is often me making a purchase. And of course I want to get free shipping instead of paying for shipping when I could be spending it on tea!

I don’t know strait teas well, but without looking I’m wanting to guess it is an assam? Like most of Lupicia’s teas, it is very smooth and well balanced. It is slightly malty, but not unbearably so.

3m steep, just below boiling
Lupicia suggested adding cream and sugar to this tea, but I’m at my parent’s house where there is no cream or milk… but there is canned whipped cream so….

It is a little odd with whipped cream mixed in. Almost a little chemically. It is nice if I look past that. I’m enjoying this tea, but I don’t think it is going to spawn a purchase.

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As always, I’m a huge sucker for anything tiramisu, especially tea. I saw this tea on their website, but didn’t want to commit to a larger than tester size since so many DTs fall short for me. I made a trip while out of state to a DT retail store and picked up a sample of both the Coffee Pu erh and the Birthday Cake. I have had the Birthday Cake before and remember being so so on it, but I haven’t had the Coffee before. I’ll have to try it on it’s own, but it is pretty damn good with the Birthday Cake (even tho I have an aversion to sprinkles in my tea). It has a really good coffee base with a cream and chocolate taste mixed in. The pu erh is undetectable on it’s own and I’m guessing it blends into the hearty base of coffee and chocolate. It is pretty dead on taste wise and I bet it would be amazing if I dipped some lady fingers in it to complete the tiramisu experience. I have to hand it to DT on this one, they really nailed it and I will definitely be back for a larger portion before I go home.

whatshesaid

Weird, I’ve never even heard of this one!

VariaTEA

I have been considering trying the blueberry pancakes tea but I always forget to grab samples when I am at DAVIDs. I am glad to hear this one was successful though.

Dustin

They have a couple of “perfect match” combinations of their teas. Three it looks like! Hadn’t really paid attention to the other two before, I was a little blinded by Tiramisu! Blueberry Pancakes, as was mentioned, and Apple Pie. They are sold under the “special packaging” category and are sold in one tin with a divider to seperate the two teas. I’m guessing in the case of tiramisu, the rooibos would sift to the bottom and mess up the balance hense the seperation in packaging.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
474 tasting notes

I’m not a big fan of David’s teas, but I do love their accessories! When I went in today to get a travel mug, I sniffed a few teas and went home with some samples. It seemed only fitting to christen my new Davids mug with one of their offerings. I didn’t read the ingredients and thought that the chunks in the tea were dried fruit. Glad I tasted it before adding sugar since the chunks were really sugar. It is adequately sweetened for me, but I prefer to sweeten my own tea or have the option to go without.

The first sip I took out of my mug burnt my lip, bummer, but a good testament to the mug’s ability. It smells chocolatey and I get a really nice chocolate coconut taste, but there is an odd flavor to it that I dislike. It is almost like that stevia bite that I hate so much. I don’t know what to make of it. I really want to love it, but I’m just not there. There are a few more cups worth in the sample I bought, so we will see if I make friends with this tea over time.

(I did 4m at boiling) …note to self. :)

Brooklynsheep

I agree with you about stevia! There is a sort of metallic edge to it, in my palate’s opinion.

Dustin

I hadn’t thought of it as metallic before, but I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I have some! I really wish I could like it, but it’s not going to happen.

Stephanie

Samesies, hate stevia, like DT accessories but not so much the teas.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
474 tasting notes

Not sure where I picked up this tea bag, but it sure comes in handy when traveling. Unfortunately it is far from delicious. It is like it is all high notes with the bergamot and no base to round it out. A little flat too. Well I’ll be skipping this one for an EG addition to my cupboard!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Brooklynsheep

Dustin, I feel your pain. So many tea producers use substandard tea for an Earl Grey, expecting the bergamot to be the main event and overshadow everything else. I’m surprised you caught Harney doing this, though. Are you sure the teabag was from a box purchased within the past year?

Dustin

I’m thinking I snagged this bag from a Vegas casino last June and it has been in the paper pouch in a drawer since then. I would imagine that the casino would go through tea at a reasonably fast pace. Even if the tea was a little stale, I have had some fairly exceptional EGs before that would way outshine this one, even if it did taste better.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
474 tasting notes

I have most of my teas packed up and stored in the garage in prep for my summer travels which start this evening. All the things I love the most and wouldn’t want renters (if I get any) to get into are tucked away. Only a few small samples like this one remain in my cupboard.

For my first several sips I got a nice smooth almost slightly malty black base with a light but distinct tamarind taste. A few more sips in and my taste buds seem to be ignoring it. Or maybe my senses are just overwhelmed with the lingering smell of caramelized onions. If I wait a few minutes between sips I can taste it again. Tamarind is a really unusual flavor for a tea and it is done very well, but I’m not in love. Super glad to have tried it. Thanks for the sample Marcel Du Champ!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Have a great time travelling!

Dustin

Thanks! Tea shopping alone is going to be great, but I’m sure the rest of it will rock too!

MzPriss

Have a great trip!

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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
474 tasting notes

This tea had been one of the four teas from Teavana that I loved and got me started on loose leaf. It is now one of two that they still have from those four, which considering their tendency to retire teas, is pretty impressive that it has stuck around for so many years. I used to love it, but have neglected it as I have explored other teas. I think there was one time that I had it several months back and was underwhelmed. This time, I cold brewed it in an effort to go through it faster. When I first tried it out of the mason jar it was sharp. Like a York peppermint patty kind of sharp, which I find unpleasant. I added a little cream and AH! I think I’m falling in love all over again! Now it is more like a melted mint ice cream. Cool and refreshing. I always think of It’sit mint ice cream sandwiches. The real San Francisco treat. Rice a roni, pfeh! No one eats that boxed processed starch crap in SF. It’s all marketing lies!!! I’m ranting here… I realize that.

Anyways, I’m really enjoying this cup with it’s cool mint and delicious chocolate. Very happy to be reunited again.

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

Ive never had Rice a Roni.. lol

Dustin

I grew up in the bay. I think I may have had it once or twice in my late teens when I was starving, poor and 39 cents a box seemed like a doable amount for dinner as well as a change from the ramen and eggos I lived off of. I really didn’t know how to feed myself back then.

Roswell Strange

Lol, you basically just described my diet; alphagettis, Instant Rice, Eggos, Instant Oatmeal. Those are the “must have” items in my pantry". Fresh food!? What’s that!? Does canned pears and a bag of baby carrots count?

Dustin

The carrots and pears count. It’s all about baby steps. Baby carrot steps in this case.

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On my last cup from a sample from Variatea.
This has been a nice cup that I’m glad to have tried, but I think I’ll pass on stocking it. It is enjoyable and I’d drink it again , but isn’t amazing me when there are so many other teas to try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Ceylon Uva OP1 by Tea Horse
474 tasting notes

I thought I was really in the mood for this tea this morning, but it isn’t quite hitting the spot. I’m having it with a little cream and sugar and it is good, but I want something else this morning… after I finish this cup. I’m finding that as I try and collect more teas, I’m less likely to know what I want to drink. Too many choices!!! It’s a good thing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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