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This smells like cleaner when you open it! The smell does get better when you steep it at least. The flavor is mostly orange and nothing else. I can finish it, but I definitely won’t be buying more. Anyone want to try some?

Unrelated: I’m going to be placing a DAVIDsTEA order soon. Anybody have any suggestions? :)

Greatlin

I’m looking forward to getting mine. I found most of the suggestions on here from another r/tea person. ie: banana oolong. I need an intro to earl greys esp. after seeing all your lady grey posts.. maybe we can swap mints for greys? :)

Emilie

I’ve already had a few that I’m just really interested in trying before they disappear.
Sure! I’ll actually be getting a few Cream Earl Greys soon, so I can send those out as well. I really like Earl Grey, so I’m more than happy to share some of my favorite teas with others :)

Greatlin

Which ones are you referring to? My Davids Teas just came today and I am trying the banana oolong right now. About earl grays- do they all have bergamont in them?

Uniquity

I recommend (based on my liking them) – not sure of your tastes:
-Read My Lips
-Detox
-Lime Gelato
-Wild Yunnan Black
-Spearmint
I’m really interesting in sniffing/trying some of the new cake line, but I’m not sure how they fare yet. ; )

Greatlin

I agree, I just saw the cake line and received the spring catalog and already want to place another order. I was hesitant about the read my lips because of the candy pieces. Do they mess up your infuser or dissolve completely?

Emilie

As far as I know, yes they all do have bergamot. I think that’s what makes it an Earl Grey. However, some are so weak you can’t taste it and some are so strong you need milk to drink it.

I have Santa’s Secret, which has candy candycane bits. It seems like they dissolve well as long as you have it hot enough.

Greatlin

Yeah, I think I don’t like bergamot. It is probably because I don’t take anything with my tea. On the rarest of occasions I may add a bit of honey. Maybe i need to get on the milk and sugar train.

Uniquity

@Greatlin. I don’t find they dissolve completely, but they are pretty minimal. I just dump them out with the rest of the spent leaves. : )

Greatlin

Sounds great! I wasn’t sure if they stuck to the infuser or not. Next order, I’ll have to try it!

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65
drank Snow Bunny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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98
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Mmmm I finally got some of this in the loose leaf tin. The Big Lots near my parents house sells tins of the Earl Grey and English Breakfast for about $2! I always make sure to get some when I go visit home. But for some reason, they don’t have Lady Grey :( I have to resort to the internet. This will definitely be one of those that I always make sure to keep stocked up. Unfortunately, I keep seeming to forget about it and oversteep it. It’s really not you, Lady, it’s me.

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98
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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80
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
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This was one of my samples from Design a Tea. It came in a small tea bag. I think there may not have been quite enough, because the flavor I got was quite weak. I definitely could taste a bit of the chocolate but I didn’t get much rose taste. I think this tea could be quite yummy, but I would like to give it a proper try before I buy a whole bag.

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I steeped this for 5 minutes and got a really weak flavor. Definitely going to use more next time. What little flavor I could taste was yummy however. I’ve yet to be disappointed with DAVIDsTEA( I have only had about three though lol).

When I was steeping this, some scents in the leaves blended together to make a slight (sorry for being gross!) vomity smell. It’s not there in the dry leaves, nor in the tea itself. I’m not sure what it is, but it seems to be a mixture of something that just doesn’t mesh well together. It definitely doesn’t taste this way! Has anyone else smelt this or am I just weird?

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drank Marzipan Sunset by Design a Tea
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First, I want to think Design A Tea for their wonderful customer service and generous samples!

WOW! This tea is delicious. It smells good all throughout and tastes wonderful. They’ve somehow managed to make it feel like I’m actually eating marzipan as I drink this. This is the first marzipan tea I’ve had and I’m really happy it went well. I plan on buying more of this!

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I just got more tea in today! I’m kinda overwhelmed now. I definitely wasn’t expecting it all at once! If anybody wants to try any of my teas, please let me know and I would be more than happy to send you a sample.

This tea smells like some kind of soda in the bag. I made it to hopefully help me through the Genetics and Evolution test I have to take in an hour. I didn’t get much of the grenadine or vanilla flavor, mostly just the tea itself. I’ll have to try this in different ways and see what works best.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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Today my shipments from 52teas, Tropical Tea Co., AND Amanda came in. I wasn’t expecting them all at the same time! I was a bit overwhelmed. However, the smell of this one really drew me in. It’s very sweet in the bag, almost too sweet. I tried this first at about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Very bitter! So I tried again with 2 minutes this time. It’s a bit too weak, though the flavor comes out a bit more as it cools. Somewhere between these two times will be the perfect steeping time. I will find it! This tea smells so delicious, I want to find that in the flavor as well.

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Emilie

I spilled some of this tea on my laptop and now the right click button isn’t working :(

Azzrian

:( oh no! Well I love this one iced personally.

Emilie

I think my laptop just needs to dry for a bit.
I’ll definitely have to try that! Especially with the Texas 100 degree summer looming in front of me!

LiberTEAS

Try steeping it at a lower temperature. I find that the black tea from 52Teas works better with a temperature of about 200°F for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.

Emilie

Ok! I’d been having trouble with the Pancake Breakfast as well. I’m just so used to black teas being happy with around boiling temperature water.

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Made another cup of this yesterday. I still couldn’t get the bitter taste out, but it was better. I decided to look up the Earl Grey Bravo that is the main part of this tea. Turns out, it’s not the cornflowers! Apparently a lot of people have been having trouble with the same problem, and it’s actually the bergamot. So, note to self, do not buy Earl Greys from Adagio. Luckily, this tea is still really good with milk and sweetener. I still have plenty of this left, though. So if anyone is interested in trying some, let me know!

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