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170 Tasting Notes


Thanks to Memily for sending this one to me!

I have been waiting to try this one because it has chocolate in it, which means sugar, which means a big no-no on my diet. I decided that this morning would be a cheat morning and am trying all my black teas from recent swaps with agave in them.

This one is really good! The chocolate is very subtle, but I like that! The black tea base is malty and delicious! I will save this one for my cheat days!


Hooray, a winner!

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I need to bump the rating of this tea up. I would say I can’t believe the rating is so low, but there are only three ratings, so it hasn’t had much of a chance.

I wanted to pick this up when they came out but I was (and still am) on a diet so I stopped myself. I went to go grab one just before valentines day and they were sold out! I was so sad! But then I read some of the reviews and thought maybe it was for the best. But I went into the store this week and noticed they were back :) I mentioned to the sales lady that is was poorly rated on steepster and she was genuinely surprised, she said it was all the employees favourite one. So I went for it! I also had to pick up a second one of course, 2 for $10! I picked up the cream of earl grey dark chocolate because dark chocolate is my fave! I also love white chocolate! I love milk chocolate too, but not as much as the other two so I usually only pick it up when I find one with an interesting flavour.

Having one square of this tonight as a treat. When you’re on a diet you have to shock your body once in a while with some sugar, just to keep it in check ;) Wow this is good! Like a really sweet and creamy green tea ice cream! I love green tea ice cream and I think I love this more. I am going back to the store to buy 2 more of these to keep in the freezer for later!

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I actually received a sample of this from both KittyLovesTea and adagio breeze. Thanks ladies!

This one smelled really good, very much like raspberry truffle. I added 1 tsp to my 12-16 oz DAVIDsTEA to go mug and topped it off with milk. The first few sips were great! It tasted like raspberry truffle. It brought back good memories of their mint chocolate matcha I loved so much. The flavour level was distinctive, but it was just too much so that it became nauseating after the first few sips. The chocolate was detectable but just barely so. The raspberry flavour turned into more of a licorice, floral, perfumey flavour.

I was thinking it might be better if I cut it with plain matcha, so I will try that, but my hopes aren’t high because I don’t think the flavour will change, it will just be lighter. I am soooo glad I was able to try this as it was at the top of my list and would not want to purchase a whole bag of this now.

Sadly, out of the 4 Red Leaf matchas I’ve tried, I’ve only liked the mint chocolate matcha. The others were always good the first few sips, but the flavours were just so strong and artificial that I become sick of them very quiclly. I have a sample of caramel matcha sitting in my fridge, that will be next. I really want to find another one that I like because I loved the chocolate mint and would like to make an order.

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Thanks Schmiracles for sparing some of this tea!

This one I really like. I could tell before I brewed it that it was going to be a good one. It smelled like raspberry jam or those cookies that have that red jelly centre, can’t remember the name of them. I’m also getting strong raspberry jam in the taste, and some buttery cookie type flavour, but that is quite subtle compared to the raspberry. I used up the whole sample on this cup, so I’m glad I’m enjoying it. If I ever made a DF order, I would definitely get this!

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Thanks Schmiracles for sending me a sample of this tea!

This was also a miss for me. There was flavour to this one, but not very strong and again I couldn’t tell what flavours were in it. The description lists quite a few flavours but I didn’t really get any of those. I still have enough for one more cup so I will try this one again with milk and agave or honey. Honey makes everything better :)

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I have done so many swaps this month and have so many teas to try. I thought today would be a Schmiracles day!

This one didn’t do it for me. I wasn’t getting a lot of flavour out of it, I couldn’t even tell you what flavour it’s supposed to be if I didn’t already know. And the base wasn’t anything special, not enough to make up for the lack of flavour. It’s not bad, just not something I would care to order myself. I will try this again with milk and agave on a cheat day and see if it improves.

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Mmmmm, this is good. Thanks to CharlotteZero for this one!
I’m getting mainly stewed cherry in this, but also some muted spice notes. Reminds me a little of mulled wine. I’m not getting the honey, which is ok, though I do love honey! This holds up well with skim milk and sweetener, which is a plus for me, not all teas do.

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Thanks to memily for sending me an unopened box of this!
My first experience with this tea was not as good as I had hoped. This tea tasted almost exactly like grape expectations, but without the horrible bitterness. I didn’t get any strawberry or champagne. It also tasted kind of dusty or stale. I think next time I will give it a shorter steep and also try it iced at some point.


Always a bummer when reality doesn’t match expectations :( happens all too frequently for me with reading so many glowing reviews though!

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I bought this just before I started getting into loose leaf. I drank it quite often when I first bought it but haven’t had it in a year or so. It is still quite pleasant. The vanilla really comes through with milk and sweetener and the spices are just an afterthought, which I really like. I only have a few bags left so I think I will restock this.

I love black tea in the morning, but I can’t have caffeine right after breakfast (diet rules), so I’ve been looking for good decaf blacks. After trying all of H&S’s offerings and not being impressed, it’s nice to find one that is cheap and easy to pick up at the grocery store.

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drank Oolong Berry by T2
170 tasting notes

Thanks to memily for this tea!

This smells divine! It smells like fresh raspberries. I might have oversteeped this one, I found the taste a little bitter, which I usually don’t get when I oversteep oolongs. I’ll have to watch the time next time I guess. Otherwise it is pleasant enough. I found the flavour of the oolong a little weak, as well as the berry flavour. I could definitely tell it was raspberry flavoured, but it was drowned out by the bitterness. Despite all of that, it was still a pleasant enough cup, I just wish the taste was more in keeping with the scent.

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I didn’t drink a lot of tea growing up, just the red rose my nana would make me with about 3 teaspoons of sugar added to it. I started getting into loose leaf tea about a decade ago when I visited our local tea house and tried Rooibos for the first time, though I only drank it on occasion. I didn’t get serious about it until David’s tea came to town. I was on a diet and wanted something I could drink without sugar that had a lot of flavours to choose from.

I prefer black teas, but oolong and green come in a close second. White and guayusa are in the middle, while mate, rooibos and herbals are at the bottom of my list.

Likes: banana, jasmine, pumpkin, lychee, blueberry, chocolate
Dislikes: orange, ginger, rose, hibiscus, butterscotch, honeybush

My non-tea related interests are music, camping, poker, softball, snowboarding, biology and animals. I have 2 dogs and they are my whole life.


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