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drank Choco Cinnamon by Tea Desire
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Tea Desire… I got frightened off after the first tea I got from them sucked. It was beet-juice tea instead of blueberry cream.

They have a Valentines sale going on and I love sales. I pick up this Green Tea Choco Cinnamon tea with the help of the very knowledgeable sales dude.

Smell of dry leaves… kinda mouth watering sweet (white chocolate?) and cinnamon. Very cute white chocolate stars!

Steeped, the white chocolate dissolves easy and turns the tea kinda speckled white. First taste.. I swore it was pudding – creamy, sweet, and mellow. The white chocolate adds cream to the tea as well as sweet with the cinnamon sugar helping out too. The sweetness isn’t overpowering and mild. Very slight taste on the cinnamon as the white chocolate has more pull here. I cannot detect the rose, but it might be mixed with the strong aftertaste of the green tea. I don’t taste the orange (I’ve ranted before that orange peels never really come out) and the cloves.

This tea isn’t bad and raised the bar for Tea Desire for me. I still got another tea to try that I purchased today.

If you like green tea blends, this is fab! This would be a great tea for those types who add sugar to their green tea (I scratch my head on those types) as the sweetness is already there.

Me? I like the creamyness of the tea. I was thinking it needs MORE CHOCOLATE.. but everything needs more chocolate (lol). I had to keep in mind this is white chocolate, which is a little different. I like how the chocolate meltedly steeped into the tea well verses yogurt drops I’ve seen in other teas that add that creamy goodness. The cinnamon and spice could be more pronounced. However at that point it be more chai-like. Not bad, not sure if I’ll buy more. They wouldn’t sell me less than 50 grams, so I got a lot of this tea

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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Early grey is a classic for me. That Jean-Luc Picard classic cool.
I never seen my dad drink tea until Jean-Luc Picard did. Yeah…

I never had loose leaf Earl Grey before, and I purchased this about 2 years back with a big Adagio Tea order.

Smell wise, your typical Earl Grey tea – bergamonty orange and black tea. Very Yum.

Taste…. ugggg… tastes just like black tea with bitter aftertaste, didn’t taste like strong earl grey to me. Shaking the can of tea, I got only a few chunks of orange and barely any blue flowers. I’ve been trying to polish away at the tin, but I think I’m going to give up and give it away to my Dad. Maybe he won’t notice it’s kinda plain?

In effort to use more of it, I tried it as “Early Grey Shortbread” cookie recipe off a Foodtv website. UGGG! Was like ground up black tea chewy bits in cookie.

I felt pretty short-changed with this tea.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Sparkley tea? Hell yeah!

Smell of dry leaves is a strong hit of vanilla. I bought this tea before work and my coworkers smelled it and loved it for the vanilla. Also a subtle spice smell. Looks very fun with gold balls and sugar crystals.

Steeped… I tried 3 times to get it to sparkle! First time was at work, in my travel tea glass. No sparkle. I even screwed on the cap and shook it (a little dangerous) and I didn’t see anything on the glass walls of the tea glass. Boooo!
Next attempt I used my DAVIDsTea steeper. I didn’t see any sparkle while in the steeper and none when I poured it into my cup.
Third time, I saw a link off DAVIDsTea’s twitter showing video of their tea sparkling and I was like “WTH” – the sparkle is at the top of the cup, not the sides. So I tried again today – steeping just with a tea cup and a metal tea strainer. I cheated a bit, bobbling the strainer around a few times – but as the steep went on, the more sparkle happened, stopping a few minutes after the 5 minute steeped finish and I was drinking it.

It’s a fine glitter sparkle in dark amber tea, it’s like flying in an amber star field.

Taste, warm cinnamon mixed with a bit of sweetness. I’d say a perfect level of sweetness to notice and find it pleasant, but not freaking out on the calories of this tea sweet. Hit of vanilla taste and of course, balanced with black tea. I think I can taste the cloves, but it’s very muted. I don’t detect the orange peel, but I find since I like to cook, orange peel doesn’t come off strong compared to lemon. It could also be the luck of the scoop of dried tea not having much orange. This is also me reviewing the taste using a metal tea strainer that doesn’t have as much movement compared to a Steeper device.

So, will I buy this again? Maybe. I’d say if you want a nice black tea on shelf, but not the standard black tea it would be a great addition to have. I’d show this tea to guests, especially the kind who just drink black teas like Earl Greys and Pekoes. Thus, I might buy another 30-50 grams. A staple black tea? Ehhh, my staple is Adagio Tea’s “Black Dragon Pearls”.

I think baking with this tea might be interesting though……. mmmmmmm!

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MMMEERRRROOOOWWWW!

I shyed away from this tea at first – simple fruit teas with blueberry and pomegrante got RUINED for me after trying the bagged tea of popular tea brands sold in grocery stores which taste horribly tart, mulchy, grassy, and synthetic “red” fruit taste.

I dunno what made me try it – I guess a combination of my love for DAVIDsTea and decent reviews here and I quite like Bai Mu Dan tea.

First off – this tea is light! I got 20 grams and that was 2/3 of the silver bag. I could of gotten away with 10-16grams of tea to have a good sample. The price is a little ouch, but you get quite a bit of tea. Smell is good – that fresh blueberry scent.

Appearance wise, the tea steeps your classic white tea colour, with some blueberries and those pretty clear flowers (cornflowers) dancing around.
Taste wise, I tried this in my tea glass at work, leaving the leaves in without taking them out. Very delicate taste of the white tea (damn I love bai mu dan) with a great fruity natural sweetness from the blueberries. Tasted a little pomegrante at the end. It’s light, it’s simple but deadly. Like a tiger.. mostly the deadly part.
I shared this tea with a coworker (more of a herbal tea drinker) who enjoyed it as it was light.

Will I buy more? I think so – I could see this being a staple for my white tea collection and a great tea to share. I think I’d go with 50 grams at most.
White teas with fruit is popular (in those mulchy nasty tarty tea bags) and this be a great tea to TIGER PUNCH those fans in the face to show them real high quality tea.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m one of those proud Canadians – I had to try this tea!

Smelling the leaves – it gives a barky-tree maple scent without the sweet – real maple, not that pancake syrup crap. The 3 colours of maple leaves add a nice cuteness to the tea.

Now, made as a straight tea is nice, a slightly sweet maple tea with woodsyness and rooibos.

BUT.. if you want the ultimate Oh Canada (maple conspiracy) make it a latte (I made with straight soymilk, boiling the tea for about 5 mins) with a bit of brown sugar and holy cow! It’s wonderful! Mapley, smooth, sweet, hint of woodsyness! It’s Canadian comfort tea (maybe add a couple slices of bacon to take it over the edge, OH MAN!)
I totally chugged it down and was sad when I realized I drank it all. Now I want another one, but I’m cut off for the evening.

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I received this tea as a gift from a coworker (as I gave her lots of teas to try). She said this one was close to her most fav tea in the world (Silk Road’s Philosophers Brew) that she could find locally.

The smell is…. Chamomile! Surprise! WOOOOOOO! Steeped, the tea goes pink (if in a bag, the red/pink sits on the bottom of the cup).
I’m always a little worried steeping this as over steeped chamomile tastes like soggy old grassy socks to me. But I get that to get that lemongrass out you need to steep it a bit longer.

Taste… chamomile! With soft hits of citrus… mellow licorice and fennel. A little floral at the end. I find the chamomile comes out very strongly, fennel next with that mellowness with the other flavours on the back-burner.

For chamomile tea lovers, this would be a great tea to mix it up. Run, don’t walk and try this tea.

For me… who doesn’t mind chamomile but picky about it (if it comes in a bag or is over steeped it tastes like mold/soggy/socky/weedy) it’s not a bad tea as it does its job by making one relax and sleepy. I really wish the lemongrass would come out more to add more interest. Compared to “Philosopher’s Brew”, Sweet Dreams is just chamomile. Philosopher’s Brew is an inspiring lemongrassy floral herbal with chamomile as backup – The reverse of Sweet Dreams.

But in the end Sweet Dreams is a relaxing tea without being straight-up chamomile.

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A very pretty tea! I love pretty teas!
The tea on its own smell like cinnamon with a weird mix of other scents I can’t figure out.. and almost like alcoholic drink with a soury scent. Steeped, the smell reminds me of like a spiced cider, without the sweet.

First sip… yep, cinnamon. Not that spicy tingley cinnamon – a warm comforting kind of cinnamon that makes you think you are also drinking apple as well.. but no apple flavour. The rose in the tea adds a touch of floral. The rooibos adds another warm mellow flavour – but not a very strong one as it blends well with the rest of the tea. As it cools, I found it tasty, clean and refreshing.

I tried The Glow mixed with a bit of Mate and it was excellent for a morning wake-up on a cold day – instead of a strong black tea.

I’d say this is a more unique mix for a herbal. It’s not fruity (technically), it’s not tart, it’s not rooibosy, there’s no chamomile, which I think would appeal to many people.
This would be a tea I’d give samples to my coworkers/friends who strictly drink herbal teas – I think it would go over great. I would definitely buy this tea as gifts with a pretty floral tea set. For myself? It’s beautiful, unique, I love it mixed with mate. I think its a keeper, but no wow factor for me.

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve actually had this tea for awhile, drinking away at it and never reviewing it.

Dried, this tea smells like strawberries and chocolate. I couldn’t detect rose, but I can see the petals.

Steeped, the tea gives off that sexy valentines smell of strawberries, chocolate with a hint of floral along with sweetness.

Taste wise, I didn’t get the sweetness. The rose came out on this cup quite a bit (more than the berry), with strong black tea taste, with a slight bit of strawberry. A bit tart at the end of the sip. The rose and berry rounds out this tea making it smooth and sophisticated.

I can recall having a better cup with this tea in the past and also made a decent latte when the chocolate and strawberry comes out more. Maybe since I’m at the dregs of my 30g bag it isn’t doing an optimal flavor spread. But sadly, this tea hasn’t steamrolled-wow’d me since the beginning.
I remember I was first considering buying this tea, but I was stuck between Love Tea #7 vs. Read My Lips. I went with Read My Lips, which I find is a more to my tastes and more chocolately.

With that said, I can see many people liking this tea and should give it a shot if you like flavoured black teas. It’s good, but I doubt I’d buy this again, but would be happy if I had a cup at a friends place or someone (not knowing my tea stash) gifted it.

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

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