325 Tasting Notes

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This is my first ever English Breakfast tea! For shame!

As I mentioned in one of my last postings, I’ve been struggling with sinus headaches. They have been brutal. I’m not too sure what’s going on. I’m wondering if I need to vaccum my house. Maybe the cat fur is getting out of hand? Haha and maybe it’s the strong smells that seem to be everywhere around me right now.

Anyway, I went to get an Orange Pekoe and I couldn’t find one that I was looking for, so I decided to give this one a try.
Smell is very similar to an OP. It was little to no smell or ‘perfume.’ I actually really enjoy the smell of this one dry. It is so deep and almost dark smelling (if that makes sense). I thought I might as well give it a try.
Taste… well, I should have steeped it for 3mins not the 4:30 that I did. I’m finding it to be quite strong even after a little milk and sugar was added. It’s got a very strong black tea taste to it.
It is a nice option though to have. I love my OP and this is very very similar to it. Next time, I’ll just go a bit ‘lighter’ on the steeping time, and I think that’d make it perfect.

But I do like that for taste-wise, it’s an almost neutral flavour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I find that breakfast blends are most always “neutral” like that. As if somehow the blend factor homogenizes the taste!!

TheKesser

Good to know! I’ll have to try some more

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This tea is super good!

Got 50g of this, not knowing what to expect from it.
Smell: Allspice is definitely the first thing that comes to me. It’s quite strong, but it’s not overwhelming by any means.
Taste is quite nice. I like it. I added just a small amount of rock sugar and some milk and it was a nice creamy tea. I found it to not be a strong marshmallow tea, but it was a nice tea. It was kind of more like a smores, without the chocolate.
I’ll definitely enjoy this tea.

As a side note, I really love this rock sugar instead of white sugar, but does anyone else find it frustrating that it takes so long for it to dissolve? Or is it just me?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

This is the 3rd time I’ll have logged this tea, but I don’t care. haha

So I’m going to divulge some details about myself because it relates to my tea this morning sort of… I’m a receptionist at a spa. My dream is to make it big as a writer. That’s my ultimate dream. I just wish it was happening now instead of later.

Anyway, I was working yesterday and the one lady did a perm on a client and the smell of it was horrendous. I couldn’t get over how strong it was. I got the worst sinus headache ever from it. It was off and on all afternoon/evening after that. It was just brutal.
So anyway, I finally got it to fade enough that I was able to fall asleep last night… My husband is the sweetest guy ever. He heard me coughing around 11 last night and came in to see me after he was done baseball. I told him about my headache and he brought me the Advil and some cold water and everything.

So, this morning comes and my head is hovering on the tipping point again towards full out migraine pain… and I have to work today again. I can’t call in sick either ‘cause there’s lots of paperwork later to do. I get up, pop some Advil and go to the cupboard for some tea. I would have killed for a plain black tea, but I finished what I had a few weeks ago and haven’t replaced it yet.

I starting mentally scanning all the kinds in my head and all I could think of was… which black tea is going to have a mellow enough smell that it won’t send me into a full out sinus/migraine pain?

That’s when my beautiful red flowered tin looked at me and quietly said, ’I’m here for you.’

I opened it and the mellow scent of the Santa’s Secret came to me and didn’t make me want to feel sick. And what’s more soothing than peppermint?

Sweet, sweet heaven again in this tea. It is a delight I get to enjoy this tea again today. I am so pleased I have it still and it is doing the job I need it to do today. It is calming me and very comforting while being nice and mellow. I think I’ll grab this one again when I have a migraine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Tea is an olfaction sensory powerhouse! This one can also cure me just from the smell of it! Glad it made you feel better :-)

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

I FINALLY tried this one. I’ve had it in my cupboard for a while now.

It is quite good. I enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t have much, so what I made was a light, fruity tea and it was delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

I just finished this one today. As much as I enjoyed it, I’m not going to rush out and get this one again quite yet. I have other teas that I have to get through before I buy more. And actually, I’m gettin close to being done some of the other ones, so that’s good.
Man, do I ever buy a lot of tea… haha I have a coworker that is starting to get into tea, and it’s kind of funny ’cause I have all of my teas listed with their ingrediants in a word doc and I printed it for her… she was amazed at how much I have…

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
325 tasting notes

Just a quick note to say this tea with Forever Nuts by Davidstea is SO good. It adds a cinnamon and nutty flavour that is delightful :)

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90

This makes an amazing latte! :)
My coworker made herself and me a latte using this, and it was fantastic!!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

I’ve had this one about a year now and haven’t logged it yet! Oops!
I think mine is starting to feel the time on it. I should have added another tsp to the mix, but it is still good. It’s a nice apple cinnamon tea. I don’t drink much green tea anymore, but I’m definitely enjoying it. I’ll have to finish this one up this fall. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

So, I mentioned that I would review this one again once I tried it at home.

It has made my home smell like sweet heaven. I love this tea so much. It is sweet and tastes almost like candy. I am totally in love with this tea. I hope this one is sticking around, because I am totally in love. I’m going to have to get more. I can see this one repeating what I did last year with pumpkin chai (I bought probably close to like 700g of it last year alone. The only reason I still have some from last year still is ‘cause my friend gave me some at the beginning of this year, and I started to slow down drinking it.)
Anyway, I’m VERY glad I got some of this, and that I got the collector’s tin of it. I’ll be getting more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m starting to realize that in life sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until you finally have it again. That seems to be the case for me anyway. And sometimes it takes trying it again, for you to realize how much you missed it. This tea reminded me of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. I haven’t had that pie in years. My great Aunt Julie introduced me to that kind of pie a few years back when I was visiting her. I didn’t know if I’d like it, but I had to give it a chance. It was amazing!
Now, years later, I haven’t had any for a while, and when I heard about this tea, I knew that I had to try it.
This tea reminded me of how much I love strawberry rhubarb and how much I miss it. It is a wonderful fruity tea and it has the almost juicy taste of it. I could see adding milk and a little sugar could make it taste like the pie with ice cream mixed in with it.
I’m quite happy to have tried this tea. It is so refreshing. I haven’t tried it iced, but I definitely want to.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I’m a 30yr old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon. Currently I’m actively looking for markets and avenues to get published.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer and “mom” to two adorable “fur babies” (I have two awesome cats). I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too). White teas are rapidly becoming a favourite too. But, they must be flavoured white teas.

I don’t care for mate, green, oolongs, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs).

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

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