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Backlog from a few days ago.
I got a tiny little tin of this about 4 months ago as part of their “sweet indulgence” pack, and this is the last remaining one. When I first tried it, I liked it, but I think my tastes have changed a bit. It was still chocolaty and minty, but I think there might be other chocolate teas I like better, like RiverTea’s Granny Cake.
Only a tiny bit left to go. Into the sipdown pile it goes.
So things are pretty sad right now. I decided to come clean about something that a very close friend / colleague was planning at work and now things are tense as all hell. She tried to convince everyone to come in an hour late on the day before the supervisor was supposed to leave for vacation, and when everybody finally showed up, they would go into the CEO’s office and demand that the supervisor be fired. She wanted to do it on the day before the supervisor left for vacation because she wanted to ruin the poor girl’s vacation. The super hypocritical thing is that she would’ve been on vacation on that day, so no consequences would’ve applied to her for refusing to work. She keeps telling me that the bosses love her and that they promised her a promotion in September. There is something awfully wrong about sucking up to the bosses for a promotion and then going behind their backs to fuck with their company. At least I think so.
The whole ‘revolution’ did not end up happening because some people tried to talk some sense into her, telling her that she can’t just fuck with everyone’s minds and jobs over her own problems with management. But that whole situation kept bothering me and it was a huge weight on my shoulders. I knew it would come out eventually (as all stories in offices usually do) and I didn’t want anyone to say “Well Virginia agreed” or “Well Virginia is just as guilty because she knew and said nothing”. So I did what was right for me and I spoke up. I feel like a total piece of shit about it though. I called my colleague and told her it was me who spoke up, and needless to say she is pissed. But I choose honesty and loyalty to the ones I can trust over friendship with shady people any day.
On top of that, my baby’s father are in the process of seperating. I need to make more money for us so I decided to sell my tea, and my makeup. So now I have problems in the workplace, have become a single mother, and am forced to give up the things I love the most to be able to get through it. I’m pretty intensely down in the dumps. At least the response to my stash sale has been very positive and it’s working, so that’s good.I wish I could get wasted and cry and throw a huge dramatic drunken scene but I have a baby to wake up for so I’m drowning my sorrows in my last few cups of tea. All this to say although I will keep logging on, you probably won’t see tasting notes for a while, since, well, I will have no tea to write about soon lol.
So thank you to everybody who has helped me with my stash sale and I will be living vicariously through everyone’s tasting notes for a while, but I know things will get better and one day I will have a tea cupboard to call my own again.
To anyone who read this whole thing, thanks for caring :P
I love throwing this one in for good measure, every now and then. It seems to call to me when I’m feeling rundown, or in need of a good ole detox. True to its name, I always finish the cup feeling a little better than when I started it.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Mint
Guess I’m the first to properly review this tea. Yay!
So I had this as my tea to go today. It was good. I have had red raspberry leaf tea, so I could pick that out of this blend, but the other ingredients do round the taste out nicely, I believe. I got 30g of it, and will have no trouble drinking it.
One note of caution…while red raspberry leave is an excellent female herb, and has great benefits to the uterus and pelvic region, caution should be given to those trying to conceive (tic). It is fine to drink to prepare for a pregnancy, especially where there is uterine weakness or previous miscarriage, it is not recommended by some to drink after ovulation. The toning action on the uterus in early pregnancy can actually lead to miscarriage (it is this same action that women in late pregnancy drink it for labour). There are some sources that say it is good for morning sickness though, or throughout the whole pregnancy…so use with caution if you are ttc or are in early pregnancy and check with your doctor or midwife.
ETA: This tea is super fluffy and light.
So, I am trying this one again, because the last time I had this it was a tea to go, and it was bitter, and I thought maybe I’ll just get a small amount and try it again, because it really smells great.
I did kinda forget the water after it boiled, but it was still hot/warm so I used it anyway. Steeped about 4 minutes. It is considerably less bitter. It is a better cup than last time, for sure. I’m finding the mixed base kinda of hard to describe. I am getting a slightly floral fusty taste, and it is a little juicy tasting, too.
So, I would say, I’m still not incredibly seduced by this tea, but I am more seduced than I was the first time. I got 18g, so I can easily drink this down. Will decide after that if it deserves a restock or not.
I feel like the Pitcher Perfect packs that David’s Tea put out this year, aren’t even fair. Every summer, I kill myself, and waste so much tea, in the cold-brew process. This is finally a thing of the past! I bought one of their steeping pitchers, and try a new pitcher pack each week (although at this point I’m merely recycling my faves). So easy, and delightful!
This happens to be one of the aforementioned favorites. Although, I’m by no means a watermelon-person, this flavor paired with mint provides the perfect refreshing treat on a humid city summer day.
I love this tea, and I love real cotton candy. I received this as an “we’re sorry” gift from the company because I had originally purchased Birthday Cake and the tin it was in rusted shut after just two weeks and it spilled all over the floor when I finally pried it open. I asked since they were the same price if they could ship me 4 oz of the CC instead of BC and lo and behold it arrived. I was squealing like a preschool girl.
The flavor is so light and sweet, I was so happy that it didn’t fast like they just dumped a box of sugar in with the tea leaves. I’m going to stock up on more before it’s out :)
This is my second favorite tea to drink iced during the hottest months (Bamboozled is my hands-down, absolute favorite). Clean, refreshing – great coconut flavor with not a lot else going on to detract from it. Nice and light. I’ve yet to try it hot and most likely won’t – really can’t see the point – it’s a great summer iced tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Grass
I got this back in the spring because I love cherry blossoms, I was born in the spring, and after all, even my screen name is “sakura”! That being said, it’s nice, but not mind-blowing. I appreciate the cherry flavor, although there’s not enough of it, but the floral puts me off a bit. Not enough to stop drinking it, I WILL finish what I bought, but most likely won’t get it again. Haven’t tried it iced – only hot – and it’s soothing that way, but based on the general comments, it sounds like a not-so-great idea. I may try it iced once before I finish it.
Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Flowers, Metallic
So in between all the backlogged tasting notes I had a really good evening overall; Big Brother was on so I made a couple different teas and Tre and I watched while eating pie. It’s kinda nice watching with him; we often have late night conversations and sometimes we go out to eat together, but very rarely do we do other stuff together…
Except for Big Brother. That’s kinda become “our thing” or whatever; we watch every episode together and flip shit about the houseguests (we both adore Donny!). The key difference is that I am a hardcore fan and he is a casual fan, so sometimes he says things that make ZERO sense strategically, and I have to playfully remind him that he’s an idiot. But overall it’s fun times. Pie tonight was kinda gross; we bought a Saskatoon Berry pie from a local bakery but there’s no whole fruits in the pie – just this very, very thick Sasktoon Berry sludge. Tre says that means they used too much corn starch or something like that? I don’t know – it tasted good but the consistency was pretty revolting, and hard to get past.
Anyway the tea; I had this set aside for cold brewing but instead I decided to have a hot cup (even though this is not one of those fruit tisanes that says “hot tea”) and cold brew one of the samples in my sample drawer/sipdown drawer instead. And really, it wasn’t so bad actually!
It was like Fuji Apples and berries, and was sorta lemony and is definitely tasted red. As much as any one thing can taste “like a colour”, anyway. I mean, I love this cold brewed and I vaguely recall having this one hot before and not loving it (don’t feel like checking past tasting notes at the moment – I’m just going to trust my memory) but really this was nice! It was totally weird because it was simultaneously tart and not tart, and flavourful but watery, but weird in a really good way.
I don’t know – I feel like that’s how I’m best going to be able to describe it.
Flavors: Berries, Lemon, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Rosehips
So this is my most drank tea…
As of this tasting note I’ve reviewed it on Steepster 16 times, and I know I’ve definitely had it before and not logged it – so I’m guessing that calling it my “most had tea” is actually probably really accurate to reality. It’s just so damn good! And who’d have thought that a blueberry tea would go over so well with me, given my dislike for blueberries “irl”? Not me, that’s who.
Anyway, this type I had it in my timolino and by the time I got to it the tea had gone close to stone cold – but it was still delicious that way, in fact it was kinda blueberry juice fresh, uhh, “squeezed” from the berry. I don’t think that’s the right wording, but you get the idea. Very fresh and natural tasting! Mmm!
Had a craving for this one, which is odd because it’s one I’ve kinda lost interest in overtime (kinda just like VariaTEA has, I guess) but overall probably a good thing I was craving it given how much I still have left to get through.
I prepared it in my timolino and added milk to it, and thankfully it tied everything together really nicely – this one has a bit of a tendency to venture into “hand lotion” territory because of the coconut/lavendar combination, but instead this was really, really calming silky coconut with lavendar as a nice accent with honey notes.
Smooth and relaxing. Remind me to finish this one off with milk! Not so bad at all!
So whatshesaid may be my favourite person of the week!
I had pretty much given up on ever having this beautiful, amazing, cold brewed tea again given I ran out what feels like ages ago, and this one is discontinued – but being a fabulous person she sent me more and I’m now reveling in cold brewed coconut deliciousness!
Seriously, I feel like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost lover – this is still an amazing, refreshing and crisp coconut tea and I’m so, so happy to have more!
C’mon DAVIDsTEA, bring this one back! … Please?
It’s so good; creamy, sweet peaches with a very tiny sorta fruity “tang” and a lovely smokey black base. It’s divine. I want this one back, so badly! I may cry when I’m out. I’ve legitimately never had a bad cup of it either! Which says a lot to me.
This particular cup I got a large yogurt drop in the leaf too, so it was especially rich and creamy! I’m thinking this could be a very strong contender for a latte!
Flavors: Cream, Peach, Smoke, Vanilla, Yogurt
Pass the Stash TTB 2.0
My last tea to try from the box! Another offering from David’s.
This basically tastes like hibiscus orangeade… There’s not really much else to be said about it. I suppose it would be refreshing iced, but I really hate it when fruit teas have hibiscus – it overpowers so easily, and it’s so tart…
Boo hiss, David’s!
Flavors: Hibiscus, Lemon, Orange
T&C TTB Rd2
I’ve had a serious desire for tropical teas lately and this one totally fits that bill…it’s fruity and purple with hibiscus – although I know some of you heathens don’t like that sort of thing – and it takes to sweetener well.
This cup was tasty hot and cold, so I’d gladly buy more to restock once I pass on the TTB.
T&C TTB Rd2
This is a very spinach tea…the leaves steep up to a delicious looking light-green and the resultant liquid is lightly grassy and tastes somewhere between collard greens and cooked spinach. That’s a good thing, by the way. :D
One cup of the stuff is more than enough, though, and I’m not a big fan of it overall…so that’s going to have to lower the rating somewhat. It’s interesting, but not something I’d like to keep around.