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149 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
149 tasting notes

This tea didn’t get truly cake-like for me until I added milk and sugar. Without milk, the texture was just a little thin and unfulfilling. And it definitely needed the added bit of creaminess to give it that real red velvet flavor. On its own it didn’t excite me, but it did smell pretty good. Since I’m mostly on the fence about chocolate teas, I’d give this one a pass if I had to pick one out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Does what it says on the tin! Tastes like sweet cinnamon with hints of the orange peel and cloves. Pretty darn good and surpasses Good Earth Original, hahaha, which makes it the first of this sort of cinnamon tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Carol by Lupicia
149 tasting notes

This is very similar to their year-round Yume blend, just a little less sweet or strong. Smells like delicious strawberry candy, tastes like creamy black tea mixed with strawberries and a hint of astringency on the swallow. Compared to Yume, the flavors are more mellowed out, but they’re both delicious. It just depends how much of a strawberry vanilla mood you’re in. Rating it a smidge lower than I would normally because while the flavor is great, I found it a little bit drying.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
149 tasting notes

Smells like true peaches, not the artificial candy kind. The oolong comes through as a woody backdrop to what turns out to be a pretty light hand with the peach flavoring. I enjoyed it warm and iced. It was fruity enough for me to tell I wasn’t drinking straight tea, but nothing overpowering.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I picked up one of the 25g packs last time I was at Davids. In it, there really weren’t a lot of tea leaves, but there were generous amounts of coconut shavings and quite a few whole berries.

It brews up to a nice golden-yellow and makes an excellent dessert tea. The coconut is super creamy, and with the mulberries combines, there’s an almost caramel-berry flavor.

I wouldn’t keep this in stock always – I’d probably get tired of the sweetness and it’s a little bit expensive given the ratio of tea leaves/coconut shavings- but as an every once in a while treat.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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I cold-brewed this one because I was done with being confused over the brewing directions, heh. I think that was a good choice as it lent itself to creamy, raspberry-lime flavor tea with minimal brain power expended. This really does taste like rainbow sherbert and is sweeter than the other SBTs I tried. The black tea itself doesn’t come through as much, and I think I like my iced tea a little less sweet. Or less this kind of sweet.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Lime Cola by 52teas
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The cola flavor is surprisingly accurate! I could still clearly taste and discern the sweet cola, and this didn’t take away at all from the flavor of the tea. This was so easy to drink that I’d definitely repurchase this one. As far as the lime flavor goes, I didn’t really get that strong lime flavor, but more like there’s a lime slice in your drink. I’ll have to try the Lime Jello and see how it goes.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Mango Peach by 52teas
149 tasting notes

I really misunderstood the directions on this, so I steeped the bag twice to make 2 quarts. In any case, I ended up with a smooth black tea where you could really taste the fruit flavor in the aftertaste. The mango/peach intensified after it had been in the fridge a full day, so try not to drink it all right away if you can!

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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I was excited to try this after the success I had with (the now sadly gone) Earl Grey Oolong, but Countess of Seville just never quite made it to the same levels of delicious. It’s not a bad tea – the bergamot and orange peel are balanced enough that they don’t overwhelm each other or the green base, and as long as you watch your temperatures, it doesn’t get bitter. But I think I might actually like Adagio’s Early Grey Green better. I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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