5049 Tasting Notes

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
5049 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!(288, soon to be higher again) also 1700th tasting note AND a thank you to gracebtlb for sending this one along in our swap. Now i’ve had this before grace sent it along but part of why i figured it would go well as my 1700th tasting note is that this is one of the first few teas that i ever tried when i started out on this journey less than a year ago. It’s nice to revisit where i started from and how far i’ve come in the teas that i’ve experienced and the flavours that i’ve come to love, hate or otherwise. This was one of my favourite teas in the beginning, but over time i’ve come to realise that other companies do similar blends that are a bit more expertly crafted than David’s Tea. It is a really nice blend though and it will always have a special place in my heart as one of the first teas i REALLY fell in love with that kicked off my crazy flavour journey :)

So thank you grace! for a walk down memory lane and a chance to revisit an old friend :) Especially since i haven’t had free time to really enjoy your other samples that i’m SUPER excited about!

Cavocorax

1700+ cups of tea. Count me amazed!

Sil

lol it’s actually more than that if you count them as normal people sized cups…but my cups are uh twice the size..so most of my “cups” are the equivalent of 2 heh

Sil

my random arbitrary goal (who doesn’t love those) is to get to 2000 by my birthday and get my cupboard down to 150 by then. uh…not sure either is likely lol

Shmiracles

i’m rooting for you!! hah

CHAroma

Wow, 1700!!!!!!! O_o That’s just insane. Congrats!

MoonShyne

1700!! My iron level just dropped reading that. ;)

Shmiracles

haha this is funny because now you are at 3477 tasting notes – OVER twice as many!!!
and it’s been less than 9 months. averaging approx 180 tasting notes a month, 45 tasting notes a week, 6-7 tasting notes a day, or 1 tasting note every 2.5 hrs of general day time hours. unless you log in your sleep…. perhaps you log in your sleep????

OMGsrsly

I think she logs in her sleep. ;)

Sil

huh never thought about it that way…thanks for bringing it home for me shmiracles lol

tigress_al

Wow, you are a tea machine!!

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drank Persian Palace by Sloane Tea Company
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I had a sample of this today while visiting the sloane pop up shop for their RIDICULOUS SALE. As far as the guy i talked to remember, this happens maybe once every couple of years. sooooo self imposed may ban is out the window so i’m going to try and aim for mid june, and if i can make it through mid june, i’ll kick it all the way to my birthday in mid july….or 10 days before that so that Us orders have time to arrive before my bday lol

This one wasn’t too bad, though it wasn’t as exciting as i hope it would be. there was some astringency that i didn’t like to it but mostly there wasn’t much happening with flavour. Compared to some of the other sloane blends, this is much inferior. The cardamon was nicely done..but it wasn’t too exciting.

Nicole

They have lovely tins! I would have been so sunk with a sale. :)

Sil

Nicole – HALF OFF! it’s unheard of! I’m surprised i walked away with as few as i did.

Nicole

Half off???? Good lord. I was already looking at their site and wondering how much shipping would be for several tins at full price. I would have been out of control at half off. :)

Sil

yeah it’s a funny thing, they rarely have sales online – usually only at their pop up store in toronto. next pop up store is november, and they always have at least 20% near the end of the pop up shop. Worse case, when it gets closer to that time, send me a shopping list, i can always pick it up and mail it to save a bit. heh

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Had a cup of this with dinner. Still a delicious cake like tea that is nice when I want a super sweet indulgent cup of sweetness. Again, nothing I’d ever want to drink every day but every so often its a nice tea to curb my sweet cravings and keep me on track in my eating well and staying away from sweets. ;)

TastyBrew

I made some of this this weekend and forgot about it so it was super strong and cold. I poured it over some ice and strangely enough I really enjoyed it as an iced tea. Great soda substitute. I wouldn’t have expected the cakey-ness to translate to cold well, but it really did!

Fjellrev

I would have never considered trying this iced! Wonder how a cold brew would turn out.

Sil

Oh neat. Ill have to check it out cold brewed :)

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thank you lala for this one. I swear it smells and tastes VERY much like another tea that i’ve had though i can’t seem to recall which one it was. This is a really nice apple-y sort of strudel tea. I just wish i could remember which tea it reminds me of. I am really enjoying this one on this super cold, gross afternoon of hail, rain, wind and minor sleep deprivation from last night haha time to make cookies!

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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sipdown! thus beating my “goal” for this weekend of getting to 290. 289! and there’s still a few more hours left in the day….though maybe not too many since i am beat! release weekend = no sleep and we needed up having to roll back at the last minute so pretty much it was an all nighter for no reason. Now to see if we have to do it again in may or we bundle it into the june release. ugh.

final verdict no this tea? I’m not a fan. there’s a bitterness that i can’t seem to get rid of no matter how i steep it. It’s not a BAD tea but when i think about mousse au chocolat…there is no comparison for me! Still though, thanks so much shmiracles for this sample since i do love trying mariage teas! and even though it’s not the most amazing it was still a treat! :)

Ysaurella

I’m begining to think this collection is a kind of gadget…even on French blogs these teas are very very far from unanimity.

Sil

I love the mousse au chocolat one heh

Ysaurella

yes but sounds bizarre MF blends are often appreciated by a majority and on blogs this collection has lower ratings than the others.
http://www.ciao.fr/Mariage_Freres_Heritage_Gourmand_the_noir_Mousse_au_chocolat__Avis_1407343

Sil

tres interesante! :)

Ysaurella

it made me laugh when I read she didn’t want to contact the client service about the fact she disliked the tea ! that’s it sometimes you like sometimes not…I’m considering sending a complaint to Nestlé world because I’m not sure I like their strawberry yoghurts…:D

OMGsrsly

My French is TERRIBLE so I did not get any nuances or alternative meanings, but I did like that review. :)

Shmiracles

ya, i’ve kinda given up on these two Héritage Gourmand i bought. or at least lowered my expectations. but i’m still interested in trying as many other of their teas as i can. i know it’s just your opinion, but thanks Sil, for making it two of us that is not bffs with this tea. glad again i could share :)

Sil

Shmiracles – if you give up on teh mousse au chocolat, you just send it my way lol.

cteresa

That was a great review! And lol totally vindicates me for being too cheap to buy MF special edition tins.

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drank Butterscotch by Simpli-special
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forgot that i had this one last night as well. another sipdown but to be honest i recall nothing about it last night beyond wanting sleep. lol

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sipdown! Thanks kittylovestea I managed to get this one to work out on my second attempt. This is a pretty decent cakelike honeybush and i’m quite enjoying my cup. It’s nothing i feel the need to restock but i am happy to have tried this one, especially now that i got it to work better :)

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drank Coconut Mango Colada by Tea Forte
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backlog! sample sipdown. I had this last night as well near the end of it..just before i got to take my nap between 3:30 and 5 lol I’m super glad that lala sent this my way as it’s not something i would have picked up because of the coconut even though the mango would have tempted me. Verdict after this second bag? Delicious! For sure something i could keep around at work for a bagged tea in a pinch :) thanks lala!

Courtney

So good!

Lala

I agree. I normally would not have picked this one up for myself but the tea smelled so good through the box. Glad I picked it up and got to share it!

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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Backlog from last night – sample sipdown from kittylovestea I had a couple bagged teas to try last night. early grey and i? we don’t get along because of that bergamot stuff :P While it wasn’t anything delicious, there was a small part of me that can see how this might be pretty tasty as a latte. still though? not a winner simply because it’s not my kinda tea :) nice to cross it off my list though!

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drank Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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Another backlog from last night. I REALLY enjoyed this one cold last night. Without sugar, it was a dark roasty oolong that had a slight hint of vanilla. With a little sweetener the vanilla notes popped out more. Either way it was a tasty cold cup of tea last night!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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