367 Tasting Notes

drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
367 tasting notes

Thanks to Rebekah Elaine for the Birthday Cake from David’s and thanks to Arshness for the Adagio Birthday Tea! I wanted to compare the two teas because I had them separately and wondered what they tasted like in a side by side comparison. Well, both are yummy. The Birthday Cake is a rooibos which means i can drink it anytime. Not a bad thing. The dry tea is lovely with adorable little sprinkles. Taste is good with a nice vanilla cake/creamy icing /sprinkles flavor. Gosh It takes just like a birthday cake!

The Birthday Tea from Adagio is also good. It has a black tea base. The tea isn’t quite as cute as Birthday Cake but it is still fun. The black tea seems just a little bitter compared with the rooibos. Taste is a bit astringent at the end. Still an enjoyable cup but I think I prefer the Birthday Cake from David’s.

Jen M

I love this tea. I’m glad they decided to keep it around, even after discontinuing their other two cake-themed teas (ice cream cake and chocolate cake)!

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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I am totally addicted to this tea! I did a 1.5 mile walk this morning before it got too hot. I thought about this tea waiting for me at home. I have taken to adding either a couple drops of hazelnut stevia or chocolate stevia to change it up. I like it plain or with a little stevia but enjoy the variety of the other flavors.

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The dry aroma was great. Lovely almond. I brewed it according to the directions on the baggie. 3-5 minutes, I chose 4 min. I found it rather astringent/bitter. The almond came through more in the aroma in the back of the mouth rather than in the taste. I see that other people recommend a 8 minute steep. I have enough for another cup so I’ll try it again.


I have a sample of this tea sitting next to me. It’s not on the plate for today, but definitely I’ll have to try it one day later this week.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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I over indulged (but fruit salad, veggies and chicken breast ) at lunch time and I need something for my little tummy. There has been an evil thread lately about chocolate (sigh) so i was thinking chocolate and mint Well, how about that… Chocolate Mint and I hadn’t even tried it yet. It’s very tasty and doing just the trick for my tummy. The chocolate isn’t predominate but it is present. Very relaxing cuppa.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint


MMMmm… I enjoy chocolate and mint together too. I go through times when I enjoy chocolate in teas and times when I’m not as crazy about it… goes in cycles, but chocolate and mint almost always work for me. :)

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I have a lovely sample of plain matcha from Red Leaf Tea. Unfortunately, I’ve found that I really don’t like plain matcha. However, I really like flavored matcha lattes. I’ve been making mine with plain almond milk and adding a little bit of flavoring. Today I used chocolate and hazelnut. I poured it over a little ice and I’m in heaven! I’ve had two of them today! (How do you make a guilty face?)

We are redoing the bathroom floor. Today we are pulling up the tiles and the backing board. Ugh! Not fun! About half way through job I took a break and had my first latte. Super-energizing! Worked some more… had the second latte! Oh, I feel good! Maybe I should just live on lattes!

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Terri HarpLady

Redoing the bathroom is on my long list of ‘this old house’ activities…someday…


Another plain matcha solution- throw it in a milk shake or smoothie :D


No guilty faces, just smile!


LOL at the guilty face

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Hello Mint! That’s all I could think to say as I opened the tin. Wow! I do smell some chocolate. It is an agreeable scent. The tea is a little weak. However, I used my miracle flavoring (Chocolate Stevia drops) to make it awesome. I don’t know if I’ll buy it again but i will certainly finish up this tin with happiness in my mouth!

Is there a big difference between Harney and Sons loose leaf and sachet? I’ve basically only had sachets and I’ve enjoyed them. I can buy the sachets locally and I’m trying not to buy online. (I spend way to much when I do it online.:( I do much better when I have to pay actual cash for my teas.)
I’m wondering if this tea would have been better in loose leaf form. Maybe I should have thrown in another sachet…

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Love the name! Even though it is a black tea, all I taste is fruity goodness. A fruity melange of flavors balance so that I don’t taste a predominate flavor.

Flavors: Fruity

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh how cute!^.^ Who doesn’t love cute tea names!

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I’m really enjoying a nice cup of this even on a hot day. Funny how that is somedays. I read several notes saying they thought it was weak. So I used 4 bags with 3 cups of water for 6 minutes. Perfect. I always use a bit a vanilla stevia with chocolate teas and this was no exception. The beet root gives it a nice reddish color like red velvet cake. No creamy frosting :( But I’m not going to count off for that. Very enjoyable.

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This is a nice enough oolong but nothing to be excited about. It has some almond flavors but nothing it wasn’t really satisfying. Sort of a run of the mill oolong tea.

Thank you to Lariel for this tea!

Flavors: Almond

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lariel of Lórien

I didn’t send that one.

carol who

Darn! I wrote Lariel on the bag. I wonder who actually sent it. :(


Adagio’s Almond Oolong is really strong Almond flavor and tastes really nice. :) I could send you some next time we swap if you want?

Lariel of Lórien

It smells like marzipan actually. (Er, the confection, not our fellow forum member.) Don’t really like the Adagio oolongs.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight and am really trying to increase my exercise. I am now walking about 4 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.


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