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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I was going to love this tea. It sounds magical, chocolate and hazelnut, purported to taste like nutella….

Sadly, it is not so delicious. It smells both good and not… It smells like chocolate, but there is something off to the smell.

Everytime I drink it, there is something that completely turns me off.

Yesterday I figured out what it was, I re-read the ingredients list and discovered my nemisis, black tea.

It gives the whole thing this sickly sweet offputting flavor.

Sadly, even without the black tea, I don’t think it would be very good.
It completely lacks the flavor of hazelnuts, or really and nut taste or mouth feel.
The chocolate is weak, and not strong enough to redeem the tea’s other qualities.

The stuff isn’t undrinkable, and honestly it is the most drinkable black tea I’ve ever had, but I would never buy another cup…

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Since I reviewed Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, I decided I had to drink Parfait and compare directly.

parfait is super bright red a gorgeous color really. The smell both dry and steeped is very odd, fruity, bit with a sour tang. It’s the yogurt. I find the yogurt smell offputting, it smells almost over ripe…
Luckily, the taste, well this cup wasn’t overwhelmed by it.

I’ve found this blend to be fairly inconsistent. I have it where there was a lot of yogurt bits, enough to see white flecks on the top of the tea.

Luckily this time I can not see any, however I can still taste the plain yougurt flavor, which leaves this weird aftertaste….

Ignoring that, the tea is very tart, tasting mostly of hibiscus, with a sourness that I can’t tell if it is meant to be strawberry or rhubarb…

Sweetened with Stevia
First, the tartness is greatly reduced (obviously!). The tea doesn’t taste specifically like strawberry or rhubarb though….
It now just tastes like sweetened hibiscus.

This tea is always a big disappointment for me. It doesn’t taste like strawberry or rhubarb.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Coconut oolong and coconut grove are nearly identical! And sadly, as with all teas I like, both are discontinued!

Both are seriously delicious.

Coconut oolong starts of with a strong taste of toasted coconut, it tastes wonderfully like some sort of coconut cereal. It’s rich and satisfying.
The oolong is pretty much hidden in the first steep… it’s all coconut.
However, and the reason I like coconut oolong slightly more than coconut grove, the oolong re-steeps beautifully.
Each further steep shows off more of the softly sweet, beautiful oolong, and the coconut gently fades to just a gentle note.
Grove is similar, but the white tea loses impact more quickly, and is not as strongly flavored.

I really would recommend this tea to anyone who really like toasted coconut, and oolong. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 g 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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So this is a loooong discontinued tea… It makes since David’s has a similar tea ‘Strawberry rhubard Parfait’, but sadly it is a far inferior tea.

So my bag of strawberry rhubarb crumble is far older than I like to keep a tea… But it is so good I just can’t bring myself to drink it….

Is anyone else like that? The more delicious the tea, the more reluctant you are to drink it? I have maybe 2 more cups left, then that’s it, it’s gone forever….
Tragic :(

Review
All the Melodrama above is for a good reason, this is a delicious tea. It’s a gorgeous red, and deliciously tart.
It tastes precisely of rhubarb and when sweetened the strawberry comes out.
The white tea gives it an added richness, and for a fruity tea surprisingly the flavors really suit being hot.
It reminds of a hot strawberry rhubarb pie, without the crust.

The reason I love this tea, and dislike the extant Strawberry rhubarb parfait, is this tea does not taste at all artificial. It’s fruity and sweet, and tart, but not fake.
The parfait tastes fake and artificial.

So all in all, I am going to have drink the rest of this soon…. but I will do it sadly, since I know it is discontinued

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Why is this so disgusting?? it is made up of all components I like…. Rooibos, good, sencha, wonderful, ginger and all the others awesome!
It tastes like cleaner. Like spray bathroom cleaner.
It’s astringent, but not like the usual ginger astringency.
It tastes foul.

I seriously do not understand why!

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Om nom nom,
This tea is always amazing. I love a flavored tea where you can actually really taste the tea. This is one where the flavor is predominantly green tea, with a little something extra. The sweetness of the pineapple (although not the flavor) and the nuttiness makes it a soft and mellow, but really delicious tea.

Sadly, this cup wasn’t as good as some, mainly because I’ve been keeping it in one of david’s rainbow tins, and the tea has gone a bit stale.
Still better than most teas out there!

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Azteca Fire Herbal by Teavana
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I used a ridiculous 4tsp of tea 500ml (~18oz) cup of tea.
That is a ridiculous quantity!
However, the tea it produced was good. I have brewed it before using recommended tea amounts, and the result was weak and watery.

Anyway, this time it is chocolatey, a super muddy looking brew, with a touch of something sightly sour and fruity, I would never know it was supposed to be strawberry if I hadn’t read it on the package.

The chilies I love chilies in tea (mmmm mango diablo), and there is the barest hint of any spice to this tea. I used 4tsp and can barely find it!

Finally I added a little bit of chocolate flavored stevia. Now I can taste the chocolate, and more of the fruit. Now it almost passes for tea.
Almost.

The flavors in this tea are really delicious, but the tea is ridiculously weak. I think 5 or 6 tsp would be enough to make it properly….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 18 OZ / 532 ML

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This is such an interesting tea. Mint, which I associate either with chocolate, or fresh, cool flavors, mixed with warming spices.
The taste, starts out as mint, a bright potent peppermint, followed by most strongly ginger and fennel.
The ginger is a bit on the astringent side, and the fennel is potent.

it’s an odd combination.
I’ve re-steepeed it twice, the mint flavor dwindling, and I still don’t like it any better.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I call shennigans, where is the chocolate??? This tea is bitter, little the bitterness of dark chocolate without the chocolate taste…
The green tea comes through strong, and there is a slight hint of cinnamon.
The rooibos is detectable, and overall the tea tastes faintly of tobacco.

Next, I added a couple of drops of Stevia. I don’t generally sweeten hot tea, but it was an effort to fight the bitterness.
It was successful, less bitter, the rooibos became more pronounced. Surprisingly, the chocolate did not.

Even if wasn’t expecting chocolate, I don’t enjoy this tea….

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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