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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Pleasant and summery. Nice to drink iced when you don’t want caffeine, but not mind-blowingly special. DavidsTea just doesn’t do it for me, I guess. People who said this reminds them of Jolly Rancher candy are completely right. Definitely ignore the instructions where they say to use 1.25 tsp – you will need at least double, even triple that, or it’s going to be very weak.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Very disappointing! It smelled great, but when I brewed it up it was incredibly bitter. Tasted a lot of rose hip and hibiscus, but very little pineapple and coconut (which is surprising because DavidsTea usually overdoes it on coconut). Will drink the rest of it to use it up, but with copious amounts of sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank ChariTea by Argo Tea
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Ouch – this is a bit TOO tart! I put in a good squirt of agave nectar and it’s still…just sour. I also can’t really taste the vanilla. Sour cherry dominates. I mean, it’s not a bad drink, but it’s not something I can imagine wanting to drink frequently. Will experiment with amount of tea and steeping time, and maybe try it iced – maybe that’ll do the trick.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I received a bag of samples from Just Organic Tea and this is the first one I tried. This is a very “warm”-smelling vanilla – the smell sort of reminded me of French toast, in a way. It’s a very natural vanilla, that’s for sure. No fakeness or cloying aroma at all. The black tea base brews up medium-strong. I tend to like really strong black teas, so ideally it would have been a bit stronger, but it’s not bad. Adding milk and brown sugar brought out a biscuity note, and the taste of this was so smooth! The carob might be what’s contributing to that creaminess, but I didn’t really taste a pure carob note (or maybe it has just been a long time since I had carob). This is not like other vanilla teas I’ve tried, but in a good way. Pleasant and easy-drinking. Could work as a dessert tea.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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61
drank Apple & Berry by Lupicia
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Got this as a sample in Lupicia’s newsletter a while back. Dry, the smell is spot-on for apple and strawberry. I only get a hint of apple in the brew. Otherwise, it’s just a regular, everyday green. Lupicia’s flavoured blacks are almost always delicious and taste authentically of what they’re supposed to be, but their flavoured greens (with the exception of Momoko) need work, and this is one of them. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing all that exciting either.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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This drink is as creamy a taste as you can get without actually containing any milk. Very mild and pleasant, a bit like vanilla cake batter when you add a little sugar. I use more than the 1.5 tsp of leaf recommended on the packet – at least two teaspoons. The leaves are really lush, almost like a good oolong. Don’t oversteep or it gets a bit spinach-like.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Wasn’t as big a fan of this one as I was of the other 52teas flavours I got in my sampler. I tasted a hint of blueberry, and a little pleasant sourness, but I didn’t get a pastry note at all. Decent black tea base, OK with a little bit of sugar and milk, but the taste didn’t scream “blueberry cream cheese danish” to me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

I had high hopes for this one, and they were met! With a little bit of sugar and milk, this tea is just so unbelievably smooth. The aroma is dead-on for pancakes with maple syrup, but there’s no overpowering sweetness in the taste. I really, really wish I knew how this was made!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Watermelon Barley Tea by Lupicia
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Brew this cold to get the watermelon flavour. If you brew it hot and then ice it, you might not notice it. I’ve never had barley tea before so I didn’t really know what to expect. It has a roasted grain flavour, but not as strong as what you might get with a genmaicha. I thought the watermelon note would be stronger, but this was still a pleasant enough drink. I cold-brewed for about three hours. Doesn’t need sugar – it has a subtle sweetness. Would I buy it again? Doubt it. But I don’t regret trying it.

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71
drank Sakura Vert by Lupicia
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If I had to use just one word for this tea, it would be “clean.” Inoffensive, not too strong with the salted cherry leaves. I wish it was a bit stronger, actually. The sencha base is decent and the saltiness is very, very subtle – though you do get that scent that is just spot-on for sakuramochi. Tiny bit soapy, but not in a bad way. Works well with ice. One of those for the “nice to have tried it, but probably won’t repurchase after I finish this packet” list.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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