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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t really describe this tea too well. It’s rich, dark, earthy, and very unique. I’d go so far as to call it manly. (Maybe because my boyfriend loves it and he and his friends misread it one time as “Wild Black Woman”!) It’s kind of like a rich, dark green tea, perhaps?

Personally I prefer lighter, sweeter teas, but occasionally I find this perks me up in the winter time, with its very woodsy feel – reminds me of damp autumn days (which are, by comparison, very nice and warm to Canadian winters!), but other times I find it’s just too rich for me, and I don’t want to have to finish my cup. My boyfriend, as I said, loves it, however.

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Oh my gosh, who would have though THIS could happen? This tea is TOO SWEET for me!

I LALALOVE cream of Earl Grey teas – I love Ear Grey so much, and adding that punch of sweetness just makes it heavenly for me. I try any cream of Earl Grey I can get my paws on, and I love them all – bagged or otherwise, I am indifferent.

But THIS! This is not a sweet punch, it is a sugary TAKE-DOWN! I can’t even believe how sweet this is – I bought it on the pure trust in my love for David’s Tea doing GREAT sweet dessert teas regularly and nailing them, and the fact that I already know I love Earl Grey cream/vanilla teas. But… Whoops! What a mistake that was!

I personally do NOT taste much of the Earl Grey in there, and it is just TOO DARN SWEET! Like almost syrupy-sweet. My recommendation would be to check out The Earl’s Garden at David’s Tea and compare the two before you buy – who knows, you may like both! But just… Be careful! ;~;

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
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I really, really enjoy this tea; the scent is, I think, headier than the brew, so I suggest an uber long steep for myself. But I’m also pretty much a master of not minding an excessive steep.

I love to painstakingly take the little marshmallows out of my tea ball before I brew, and toss them in just with the water to make sure they have their full impact – nothing more tragic than steeping this tea and emptying out your leaves afterwards and seeing little marshmallows that haven’t fully dissolved into your tea!

The texture of this tea is great, and I blame that partially on those little mallows, and I find it brings out the graham cracker texture and taste subtly but well. I don’t really find the chocolate that strong in this, which I find nice, but I can also imagine it’s disappointing for many people.

For myself, I say steep it to high heaven, add milk for a creamier experience, and if you’re feeling fun, creative, and silly – throw in your own full sized marshmallows! It’s nice! And it looks so cute and playful to have marshmallows for your tea; I’d definitely suggest doing it like that if you’re having a get together in the cooler months to warm everyone up – and their spirits! _

Preparation
7 min, 45 sec

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, this one is a conundrum; reading everyone else’s reviews makes me feel like I’m not insane, at least – I cannot taste the lavender.

I got this tea as a Christmas gift from a tea friend who knows I love lavender, but I’ve put off trying to make a pot because, well, I just can’t smell it. You look at it and you can see it’s in there, but the soft (not heavy for once!) scent of coconut is there instead.

Eventually my partner ended up making a pot randomly one day, though, and I asked for a sip to try. I had a really sore throat and usually sweet teas make it worse, but I had no idea what to expect. Well, it was like a soothing touch to my sore throat – lightly sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The lavender has a soothing, calming effect, I believe, but it’s not the reason to buy this tea on its own, I believe. I don’t think I’d have bought this for myself to begin with, but now I’m eyeing it as the levels in my can slowly decline and I wonder, “Oh man, how soon will I have to replace this?!”

Definitely one for me that will probably serve me VERY well come the winter months and cold/flu season hits. It’s soothing, sweet, but light and still hold an element of fruitiness with its coconut touches!

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drank Matcha Superior by Teaopia
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I’d like to say I’ve tried many matchas to compare this with, but I honestly haven’t. I find this to be great and fresh, with that beautiful note of sweetness, but I have trouble getting it frothy on my own.

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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Ooh, wow. I was a little hesitant to try this tea because of the fruity elements. I mean, I DO enjoy that, but with Earl Grey…? I wasn’t sure I needed to mess with something I love so much. (Even though I love Earl Grey Cream teas!) In any case, as it was a gift, I let it sit around for a while before eventually giving it a go… And… Wow…!

The fruitiness comes across more as a flowery note – like the name suggests! It’s definitely a sweeter Earl Grey, but with a softness to it I wasn’t expecting; the fruits were much more subtle than I anticipated! Definitely a wonderful and light variation on an old classic that should really be tried before being looked over!

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drank Amaretto Cherry by Teaopia
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One of my all-time favourite teas! Now that Teaopia has been bought by Teavana, I wonder if they can replace it?

Every time I smell this tea I can’t turn it down; it smells like heaven and fluffy almond cookies! I wish the cherry would come through a little stronger, but even so, as it is, it is absolutely wonderful.

Also, if you ever get a chance to make this into a latté… One way I like it (and WARNING: this is SUH-WEET!) is with a shot of vanilla, made with vanilla soy milk! Ooh-la-la! Magnificent! Perfect on chilly autumn or winter days! A sweet pick me up!

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drank Japanese Cherry by Teaopia
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Every time I had this tea in-store I found it bitter, but when I made it at home, it was PERFECT. Instead of being bitter with a flowery aftertaste, it was just flowery and sweet. I absolutely love this one when it’s brewed right (or wrong…?) but when it goes wrong, it’s kind of painful. Glad I took a chance on the aftertaste I loved, since now I’m enjoying it with every sip in the privacy of my home!

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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For whatever reason, I just have not found a banana tea I like, and this is no exception. My boyfriend bought it but it’s still here, so I had some today and… While mildly pleasant (since it is, if anything, “Mild”.) I still didn’t get a kick out of it. Until later, when it gave me gas. What?! Why gas!? Not keen at all.

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