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My introduction to this tea has been awful. It tastes like wood with fake chocolate and artificial sweetness. It is also bitter. What in the world did I do wrong? I brewed it at 205 for 4 minutes, which is within the recommended parameters. I tried it with and without milk- just gross. As in barely drinkable. This is the sachet version- not even sure if it comes loose leaf. Either way, I’m scared to go for round 2- please send help!

Flavors: Artificial, Cardboard, Wood

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I’ve reviewed this tea several times, but it has vanilla pudding-esque notes and is pretty tasty for a flavored Huang Jin Gui. It comes across with the floral aftertaste that gives it a creamy flowers vibe, but some sips were still a touch artificial. While I don’t think I’d repurchase because it took me forever to finish 50g, I’m glad I was able to try it.

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Sipdown that I am honestly glad for. Over time I developed a pretty strong dislike for the heavy marine notes in this tea. It was not very nuanced- just in your face about it, which might work for some people that don’t mind Senchas with really seaweed-y notes, but I am not one of them, unfortunately. I never found a steep time, temp, or addition that made it more tasty to my palate. Definitely won’t be a repurchase, but I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity.

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I only had a sample of this that I ordered with my last restock of Florence, Paris, and Scottish Morn, so this is already a sipdown. A pleasant one for sure though- at least for people who like strong black teas. This blend is more in line with Scottish Afternoon if I had to pick another Harney tea to compare it to, but I still prefer my beloved Scottish Morn to either. I think it is the Darjeeling- I just tend to gravitate away from it towards Yunnan, Ceylon, etc. If you love Darjeeling though, then this might be perfect with the soft hints of it around the edges. East Frisian is traditionally enjoyed with cream and rock sugar from what I understand, but I only added milk and it was quite tasty. A touch of citrus and strooooong malt to welcome the new day. Yum!

Mike

Ooh, sounds nice! Thanks for the recommendation!

looseTman

Your welcome!

Mike

Thanks to both of you!! :)

Nightshifter

No I haven’t tried it, but now I need to. Thank you! :)

looseTman

Your welcome!

ashmanra

I think I read that Frisian teas are usually drunk with cream and sugar, and I think it is actually cream and not milk. I vaguely remember a reference to them not stirring it in but letting it hover as the “cloud in the tea.”

Nightshifter

Yeah, I thought they drank it with rock sugar and cream traditionally, but I only had milk. It still was tasty, but I am kind of obsessed with Scottish Morn and not such a fan of Darjeeling. :)

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Sipdown- I know it’s out of season, but I really like it. Sometimes I like it more than David’s Pumpkin Chai and that is saying something as one of the only pumpkin teas that I really dig. I like this one with a dash of milk to bring out the creamy chocolate and soft spices. I really appreciate that this one isn’t overwhelmingly spice- I feel like some autumn teas are basically a mouthful of cloves and cinnamon. So, planning to reorder this again for a 3rd season in a row. Maybe I should order more than a couple of ounces this time to tide me over? Happy Saturday all!

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This morning I was looking for something smooth, flavorful, and delicious- this is it. No hint of astringency or bitterness, but the classic Yunnan Dian Hong flavor brings me to life this morning. I drink this straight with nothing added and it is truly a delight. I’d recommend this one to anyone that enjoys Yunnan types. The deep mahogany color only adds to the beauty in my cup this morning. Happy Thursday!

Nightshifter

I might need to order a bigger size. It is very tasty!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Another sipdown. I’m so proud of myself for completing so many teas this year so far. Anyhoo, this is another tasty dessert brew that smells very cocoa-marshmallow and is a pleasure to sip with a dash of milk. I’ve had a bit of a sweet tooth lately, but I think I purchased this tea last year and I’ll probably purchase it again this year. It really hits the spot when I am having a S’mores craving. This probably happens more often than I’d like because it is one of my favorite treats on earth. YUM!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. This is actually a really tasty minty tea and it is on the unique side with the peppery kick. I prefer it with a dash of milk to add creaminess to the finished tea. I emptied 50g x 2 so I guess I like it well enough, lol. One thing I am not a huge fan of is how the plate holding the infuser turns red from the plastic candies. It does this with Secret Santa, too. The little candies are cute, but I don’t like drinking dyes and would prefer they skip the colouring agents. That said, I haven’t actually found a tea that tastes like this one, so I’ll probably end up snagging it again in the future.

Indigobloom

The candies stick the inside of the infuser too. So annoying!

Nightshifter

Agreed! Honestly, I wish they’d get rid of the little candies. I don’t think they add much to the tea in terms of flavor anyway.

Indigobloom

Definitely not. But I am guessing our opinion on the matter isn’t common. We aren’t the main target audience :/

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Sweet sipdown. This one was one of the true dessert teas I enjoyed over the past few years. The graham cracker note made it really stand out for me. I added a dash of milk and it came out like a strawberry pie. Probably good this was it though because I think the strawberry note was starting to get a teensy bit artificial as it aged.

This was the very last Butiki tea I had left, so this sipdown may be a little bittersweet when all is said and done. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

tea-sipper

Oh no! No more Butiki!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am horrified to have finished off yet another bag of Laoshan Black and I ordered double what I had this time from the order previous. So I guess I need to double it yet again. Seriously, this tea is a staple for me- I would be so jammed up if it were ever discontinued. Well, this one and Yu Lu Yan Cha. And probably Zhu Rong. I am the worst, sorry. Either way, this one is true love forever and needs to stay in my life.

Haveteawilltravel

soooooo good xP

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