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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
217 tasting notes

Today I visited the David’s tea in downtown Boston. It was the first time I had been inside a David’s tea shop. This was the tea of the day. I really liked the oolong and vanilla combination. The tea was sweet and just creamy enough.

The smell was very vanilla but the vanilla does not overpower the taste. I HATE super artificial tasting vanilla and this one avoided that tinny on your tongue feeling>

I love this tea. I will likely purchase some of this loose next time I visit a David’s shop!

Kasumi no Chajin

If you like a very natural vanilla you might try Persimmon Tree French Vanilla Bean. it is basic though, and I would not consider it overly sweet. (I have a bit of a remaining sample if you are interested)

Ellyn

I would love to try it! Thank you for the offer. I have msged you!

Aimee Popovacki

I didn’t like this one!… it was too floral for me!.. I like my vanilla to be extremely strong.. they have a nice one that is pure vanilla rooibos that i love.

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I am not adding a score for this one…it tastes like pickles! I had my husband try it and he thought it tasted like pickles also….very strange. Any reason why this would taste pickle? I got it in a swap but it had never been opened…..

anyone want it? maybe you will get lychee or bamboo….

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this in a swap…although I am not sure who sent it. (SORRY, but THANK YOU, etc. etc.)

I tried it 1.5 tsp/cup, boil, 5 minute steep and it was somewhat week. I LOVE maple and am going to give it another try. I want to get the MAPLE!!! flavor that other tasters found. I am not going to rate until I give it a chance…Does anyone else have any good steeping parameters for this one?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Raritea

I’m pretty sure that that one is from me! :) If you’re trying to get more flavour I would say don’t be afraid to up the dry leaf per amount of water and the infusion time.

Ellyn

Yes, I think you are right! Thank you, Raritea! I will play with leaf amount tonight…

Aimee Popovacki

i love this one, but got tired of it.. I have a bag of it i can send you if you’d like! …. i also found putting a tsp of pure canadian maple syrup in it brings out the maple flavouring! (if I can find a way to include some for ya I will) .. I’m thinking maybe if i put some in a film canister?

Ellyn

I would love a bag of this aimee! and I will try a tsp of pure Canadian maple…i will msg you!

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100
drank Violette by Mariage Frères
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I picked this tea up when I was in London and got to visit the Mariage Frères boutique located within the Selfridges department store. I chose this tea because I LOVE my Kusmi Violet and wanted to try another Violet tea…of which there are not that many. This tea has a much stronger violet aroma then the Kusmi and it tastes lovely, silky and floral. I am thrilled with this tea and the boutique was wonderful also.

CHAroma

Oooh, London! Fun!

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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
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Drank this tea on the way to work this AM. I needed something sweet to help celebrate the new year! I’ve been drinking lots of tea of late but nothing noteworthy (hence my disappearance). I love the steepster community and am VERY THANKFUL to have you all as we ring in 2013. I adore this tea and love to celebrate!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
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I am not really a chai person but like the black pepper in this. Otherwise it is pretty unremarkable. If you do not like peppery teas this would not be for you. I can’t really taste any other individual notes.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I often have trouble with Chai teas. I can never seem to find one that I like. The same thing happens with pumpkin spice teas. HOWEVER, I LOVE this tea! As someone said in a earlier note this TRULY tastes like PUMPKIN. The spices are balanced and it has a very nice flavor. I drank it without any sugar/milk and I thought it tasted like a great pumpkin tea. When I added in a little bit of rock sugar / milk the chai flavors really became apparent. Since I am not a HUGE chai fan I will go back to drinking it straight. THIS IS A REAL winner for me.

P.S. I got this from the tea review blog monthly swap. If you are interested you can look check it out at http://www.teareviewblog.com/?page_id=1706 or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/teaswap/.http://www.teareviewblog.com/

Nik

I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to chai, I’ve found, but I’ve yet to drink a pumpkin blend that doesn’t just taste like pumpkin pie spices. Definitely have to try this.

CHAroma

@Nik, I know what you mean. But this one definitely doesn’t have that overly spicy flavor. It’s just fantastic!

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I like Darjeeling and I like fruity hibiscus blends…Why don’t I like this? It almost tastes…rusty? Dumped this one down the drain…

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drank Assam Halmari by Harrods
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This is not for me. I have tried it several times and all I get is a bitter malt brew. Not rating it because I am unsure if this is me, how I am brewing or the tea. Putting this up for swaps. Anyone want to try it? I have quite a bit I brought back from London a few months back.

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I like all kinds of tea and am open to new things. I am learning about all kinds of new tea and am working on pushing my palate with new tastes.

Looking for new tea shops/houses/cafes and finding new teas to sample is often part of the adventure!

Bringing varied teas to work makes the day interesting

I live in Framingham, MA with my husband, a cranky orange cat and an oversized chihuahua.

I am open to tea swaps from around the world and tea meetups if anyone is in the Greater Boston/ New England area.

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