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1526 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had my eye on this blend for a fair while – anything with chocolate in the title is an instant attractant, but there was always some other blend that I want to get my hands on more (with my limited money). As it turns out I almost waited too long as Davids Tea seems to have stopped making this particular blend. Thankfully I managed to get a pouch at a discount from their website before it was all gone.

The way the scents of the chocolate and spices combined together give the tea a deliciously fruity scent – how that works I have no idea. The flavour is maybe a bit heavy on the rooibos for my tastes, but the combination of the dark chocolate and the cinnamon and cloves was lovely. I think a straight green tea base would be a better option for this tea as the rooibos seems a bit out of place.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1526 tasting notes

Just a disclaimer: I’ve never eaten red velvet cake – I think it’s just not really a Canadian thing. So I have no way of judging how ‘authentic’ the flavour is beyond that it tastes like cake.

It’s certainly a fun-looking tea with coloured sprinkles and white chocolate chips (I’m a sucker for anything white chocolate). The flavour is distinctly cakey initially but after that initial burst of flavour it seems to fade off into…nothing? That might just be because I need to steep it longer. The sugar sprinkles and chocolate give the tea just the right amount of sweetness that I wouldn’t consider adding any extra honey or sugar. Definitely trying a longer steep next time and I’ll see how well it goes with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62

Drinking the last of the sample with some milk. Surprisingly, especially given the rooibos in this blend, it works quite well and takes a bit of the edge off the strong yerba maté flavour.

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drank Orange - Cinnamon by Løv Organic
1526 tasting notes

I love (*snerk *) that Lov Organic actually seals its tins with ring pull tops, as it keeps the tea so fresh (even though opening one feels a bit like opening a can of soup). The dry tea smells like orange juice concentrate but when the water was added the cinnamon really comes out – it’s all very Christmas-y. Flavour-wise it works out to be heavier on the citrus than the cinnamon but they compliment each other well. The black tea base is pretty bland and average like with most flavoured teas, but altogether it works out well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
1526 tasting notes

Not really marshmallow-flavored ultimately, but this was still a great tea. It comes across as being more chai-like with the cinnamon and allspice. Those mini marshmallows sweeten the tea a fair bit and it tastes quite creamy even without any added milk. It’s a great-tasting fun sort of tea, but it doesn’t really match the name.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

I can’t say enough about how good this tea smells – it reminds me of nothing so much as Jolly Rancher candies. I’m not really tasting ‘real’ strawberries or ‘real’ lime flavour in this tea – more like a sweetened artificial version thereof – like you’d find in those daiquiri drink mixes that you blend with ice or whatever. The rum flavour is a nice addition though as I find the liquor flavourings can be hit or miss sometimes, but in this instance it works. This seems to be one of those teas where the flavour really pops after the tea has had a chance to cool a little bit, so I might try this blend iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1526 tasting notes

This tea has a lovely sweet caramel flavour that’s especially noticeable after the liquid has had a chance to cool off a little bit. It smells delicious too – good enough to eat in fact (though I haven’t tried it). ;) I’m not really tasting the ‘salted’ bit, though I suppose it’s better to have it like this rather than too heavily salted. Salty tea is a definite turn off.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m drinking the teabag version of this blend (many of Murchie’s black tea blends are available in both bagged and loose leaf form). I steeped it for three minutes which seems to work well given that I’m taking it plain. It could probably be drunk with milk as well though. The tea has a distinctly tannic flavour but it avoids being too astringent or bitter. In flavour I’d say that it’s mostly like a Ceylon with a hint of Darjeeling, but there’s undertone of Yunnan black tea notes as well – it comes across as a slightly leathery, almost tobacco-like flavour (the crappy Yunnans will taste like cigarettes – thankfully this one does not). In terms of strength it fall somewhere towards the middle of the road – it has body but it’s light enough that it doesn’t need milk to be drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Divine Cream by Sloane Tea Company
1526 tasting notes

Not bad – I was expecting something with a bit of a stronger caramel flavour though. The fact that the amount of tea in these pyramid sachets is a little bit skimpy might be to blame. Still it has a nice smooth feel in the mouth and I do get a bit of caramel flavour when I added some agave nectar.

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
1526 tasting notes

Can I join everyone else is asking ’where’s the caramel"? I can smell it pretty clearly in the dry tea but the tea itself mostly tastes like orange peel with spice. There also something about the citrus flavours combined with this particular black tea base that comes across as being a bit unpleasantly bitter. I noticed a similar problem with the La La Lemon blend.

I’m not thrilled with this one at all – I’ll give it another go and if I still don’t like it I’ll probably put it up for adoption.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Tabby

Ugh, I hate it when a caramel tea doesn’t live up to its name!

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