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85
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1048 tasting notes

This was really yummy.
First, you get a yummy sweet note and then at the end of the sip, you get a little bit of the salty to balance it out. I am not a fan of salty things but this is actually really well balanced. I only got 20grams in case I didn’t like this, but 20grams certainly won’t last too long.
This will be a welcome addition to my collection filled with sweet teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teawade

I love salty and sweet together. At first, it seemed like a strange combination but what got me hooked were the pretzel m&m’s haha

tigress_al

yep, it curbs both cravings!

Lynne-tea

I want this so bad. SOOO bad. And your review just made it worse! =) Caramel salty goodness.

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80
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Wow! Yummo! I don’t actually have any of this myself, a friend got some in my last order so I naturally demanded a cup. It tastes just like the basic, old school chocolate cakes my mum used to make when I was little. Very yummy, was great just with a dash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Finally using my free bag from last year’s promo for a jug of iced tea. This is really good cold, and is helping with the 32oC temperatures today.

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85
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

So! Finally coming back to this one after the first attempt and disaster almost 4 months ago. Having it iced again as I wanted a cool drink with dinner. Still really tasty! The BF also liked it. Might have to order a big bag for summer…

In fact, I’m going to up my rating…

TassieTeaGirl

Yeah, I’ll have to try it hot next. Might even do that in the morning with breakfast… Hmm yummo. Yes, it’s a plan!

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85
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

So I got this as part of the spring collection and I had an iced cup some time in late March, when it was still quite warm here in south eastern Australia. But the experience was so traumatic its taken me this long to log it.

So I got home one day, filled the steeper with water and tea, grabbed a glass with ice and took it all into the lounge. Unfortunately I placed the steeper half on, half off a coaster, and didn’t notice until too late that all my lovely tea had spilled out of the bottom of the steeper, down onto the coffee table, through the shelf and drawers, and had started to dribble onto the carpet. Major brewing fail. I madly rushed to the kitchen to find paper towel, a cloth and grab the re-boiled kettle and steeper tray to re-do the tea. (why waste the third of the steeper full of tea that was left??).

So a few minutes later when the steeper contents was nicely pink, I poured it over my ice. Finally! Fruity, tasty and a hint of tart (hibiscus I presumed, and i don’t mind it unlike other reviewers). A nice iced tea, pity about the trouble getting it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

Oh nooo – you know what? I always place my steeper on a towel to dry, and THREE times I’ve filled the steeper while it’s still on the towel! aka all the tea is now soaked into the towel and everywhere else haha. So annoying!

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100
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

Soooooo…I think I might have found my wedding dress!

I tried on so many dresses yesterday, it was a whirlwind of a day! For unidentifiable reasons, I started to freak out after the second dress at Kleinfeld. The consultant put me in the third gown and left the room to pull more dresses, leaving my mother and me alone. Once I started to calm down and actually see myself in the third dress, I was so surprised!

It was beautiful and romantic and looked great on me. But it was nothing like what I came in wanting. At the very end of the appointment, I tried on a highly detailed, bead encrusted, satin ball gown. My mom burst into tears and cried, “OMG! That’s your dress!” That’s when I became really confused. It was, in truth, everything I had ever thought I wanted. It was a corset, lace up, dramatic, “wow” factor, dropped waist ball gown that fit me like a glove. But I couldn’t get the lace romantic gown out of my mind. I never thought I would pick a romantic, tiered lace, fit and flare gown. But it really made me feel like a bride.

Now, I’m sooo confused! I don’t know what I want. Should I go with my original vision of the dramatic, “wow” factor ball gown? Or should I go with the romantic lace dress that kind of snuck up on me? I don’t know. I’m still trying to find a picture of the ball gown online, but here’s a link to the Tara Keely gown for anyone that’s interested. http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2206

The dry leaves smell very chocolaty. I brewed it up and brought the cup into the living room where my fiancé was playing Diablo III. I launched Steepster to start blogging and he said, “That smells good whatever that is.” Then he started taking exaggerated deep sniffs of the air. He’s totally right. This tea is powerful! It’s the first time my apartment has actually been flooded with a tea aroma.

Oh. My. God. This is insane! It tastes exactly, I mean exactly, like chocolate dipped strawberries!!! I’m getting creamy chocolate. I’m getting fresh, juicy, ripe strawberry. And I’m getting just a hint of floral rose. This is one of the best teas I’ve ever had. EVER! The aftertaste is just as luscious and delicious as the tea itself, which is incredible!

And this is all without additions! I didn’t want to mar the tea’s inherent beauty. And you know what? I can’t bring myself to want to change anything about this. There’s a rich tasting tea base underneath the flavor of chocolate covered strawberry and no bitterness or astringency or anything to complain about whatsoever.

After a few minutes of enjoying this tea, the following conversation ensued between me and my fiancé…

“Let me try some,” says he and takes the cup without waiting to hear my response. He takes a swig (yes, the boy doesn’t sip; he swigs) and says, “It IS chocolaty.”

“Well, what did you think it was?”

“It’s chocolaty,” he repeats. I sigh.

“It’s chocolate covered strawberry tea.”

“Ohhhhhhh, that’s what it is!” He says with a giant knowing grin and winks at me. Hahaha, he’s so cute! :)

I’m in love. I’m in love with Love Tea #7 (and my fiancé of course ;) but he’s a given). I’m so glad I chose to brew the entire 5g sample. I thought about cutting it in half, but then I thought one strong cup of tea is better than two weak cups of tea. So, I forged ahead and found something glorious! *heavenly sigh This is perfection! Be generous with the leaf and you’ll be in love too!

I did a second steep for 6 minutes and added milk and sugar this time. It was still great, but the first steep sans additions is my absolute favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

congrats on finding THE dress!! that’s happened to a few people I know, finding the ‘one’ that is nothing like what they expected lol

IllBeMother221B

That dress is stunning! When you know, you know. I ended up getting a dress that never crossed my mind when I went dress shopping too. I say go with your gut! I also think I REALLY need to try some of this tea out…once I drink more of the tea in my tea cabinet that is.

TeaBrat

What a beautiful dress! Congratulations…

LiberTEAS

That wedding dress is gorgeous. I think you should choose the wedding dress that you feel is right. This is a day about emotions, so go with the one that your heart tells you to.

Mercuryhime

That is a lovely dress. The dress i got wasnt what i envisioned either. Life can be surprising that way. Whatever you choose, you will be radiant from the inside out. :)

Hesper June

Beautiful Dress!
Don’t let the fact that it isn’t the dress you had envisioned in your head, stand in the way that it may be the perfect dress for you.
Like the other ladies that commented, I left the Bridal Dress Shop not only in a dress that I hadn’t envisioned for me but I actually hated it….on other people, but once I put it on….well, it was lovely.
If you felt beautiful in it, than its “the one”
Congrats!!
(the tea sounds divine too;)

tigress_al

My wedding dress wasn’t what I had thought I would get either! And also a great tea!!

Angrboda

Absolutely go with the one you liked best ON you! When I picked mine I also came out with the complete opposite of what I thought I would choose and the lady who was helping me said that sort of thing happens all the time. In my case it was to do with decoration and whatnot. I just wanted something simple, but she made me try some on anyway because it always looks different on a hanger or on a model than it does when you’re actually wearing it. And she was absolutely right.

Pick the one you liked best when you were wearing it. This is really not something you want to regret later, because you stubbornly clung to what you had initially imagined.

Right now when I think of mine I’m in a sort of ‘what was I thinking?’ phase, but I’m not really worried that I’ve changed my mind, because I saw it myself on myself in the mirror. I’m going for a fitting later this week, and I have all the confidence in the world that when I see it again, I’ll still think it was the right choice.

CHAroma

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. You really made me feel better after my unexpected freak out. I’m trying the dress on again this weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s the one. Choosing the guy was so much easier than the dress, hahaha!

Ninavampi

You have the guy and the dress picked out! Almost all the way there!!! :)

Congrats on picking out the dress! I am sure you look beautiful in it!

Invader Zim

How’d I miss that picture?! That is beautiful! As others have said, go for the one that makes you feel beautiful, like a bride, even if it doesn’t fit with what you thought you had wanted.

CHAroma

I FINALLY made a decision on my wedding dress! I decided to get this one: http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2200 but I kept the belt from the first dress linked above because I prefer the jewels to the flowery thing that comes with my dress. AHHHHH!!! I’m so excited!!!

Angrboda

It looks like you managed to find a compromise between the one that surprised you and what you thought you wanted. I think it was a good idea to keep the other belt. I had some sort of flower-y things on mine that were sewn onto the hip, but I had them removed partly because they weren’t really to my taste, but mostly because I could feel them against my arm all the time. It would have annoyed me so much, and it’s not something you would consider a problem until you notice it. But it’s just so hard to un-notice.
I have six sleeps left now, how many sleeps do you have left? (Or have you not come that far yet?)

CHAroma

Thanks Angrboda! I do think this dress is the perfect compromise. It actually has the exact same top as the lace dress, only the bottom is different. But the tulle bottom has that extra drama I was looking for. What’s a “sleep?”

Angrboda

Very very simple, actually. Six sleeps left = I have to sleep six more times. :)

CHAroma

Do you mean you’re getting married in only 6 days??!!

Angrboda

Five sleeps now. :D This saturday. We decided it was easier to count sleeps than it was to count days, since that takes out the discussion of whether you should count the day it happens, the day you’re ‘on’, only the days in between or all of the above. :)

CHAroma

OMGGG!!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!!! I’m so happy for you! Best wishes!! (I haven’t gotten to counting sleeps yet. We’re still about 10 months away).

Angrboda

Yeah, I can see that’s a lot of sleeps. :) I was tricked by the fact that you had gone to find your dress. I saved that task for last, but then again I’ve hated all this organising stuff from day one. I’m just not an organiser. A friend of my dad’s will be driving us, for example, and I emailed him the other day with a couple of questions. His answer? “you can have it whichever way you prefer.” What I really wanted him to do was to tell me what he was going to do and make the decision for me. :p My brain is getting a bit planning-fatigued at this point. All my thoughts are wedding-this, wedding-that. I’m looking forward to being able to think about something else. I don’t even know when we’re leaving for the UK, because there just hasn’t been room for that detail in my head.

Gosh, I didn’t mean to do all this complaining at you… O.o

Mercuryhime

Wedding planning is so stressful. It was the worst with my husband. At first he was all “whatever you want.” and then when I decided on something he suddenly had all these opinions. Argh!
Anyway, I hope you both have a beautiful wedding day! The memories will be worth the stress!

CHAroma

@Mercuryhime, hahaha! My fiance is exactly like that too! Doesn’t care one bit until I make a decision. ;)

@Angrboda, no you’re not complaining at all. I understand. I wanted a designer dress so you have to order that about 8-10 months in advance or it won’t be ready in time. I’ve only started to get wedding planning fatigued, but mostly I’m still in the excitement stage! :)

Barb

Oh, it was YOU who said brew this long and dark! Very good advice.

And the dress you chose is gorgeous.

CHAroma

Aww, thanks! I can’t wait now that I’ve finally found the dress. Only 277 days to go!! (Or sleeps as Angrboda says). :)

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99

I’m down to the last of this bag, and I had closer to 1.5 perfect teaspoons than two, but I only used half of what was left this morning. It was lovely and creamy, just the soothing cuppa I needed.

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99

We hade my parents in law over for lunch and made them this pie (http://strictlypaleoish.com/2012/04/30/chickenbroccoli-pie/) but with sweet potato not chicken as the mother inlaw is veggie, and these amazing fudge bites – http://pathtowellness.com.au/raw-cacao-fudge-bites/. I made a pot of this oolong to go with the fudge bites. Not only were they a perfect pair, but the consecutive steeps were a big hit with our guests. Beautiful as always, about to do brew 4.

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99

Ended up steeping the leaves for a fourth time. A milder taste by this steeping, perhaps a bit more milky than oolongy? Still delish!

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99

I got this one initially as a sample 9 months ago as part of an online order. Yes, I got this as a sample! Loved the first cups (2 steeps) I had. Creamy, delicate, lovely companion on a short hike. So I had to get more, but the cost meant I had to wait until after last Christmas ( the advent calendar and christmas teas were must buys!) and until I got my we job. So glad I got more! On my third steep of my first teaspoon of leaves. Still delicate and creamy, even my third steep still has that lovely golden colour. Love this one, a real treat.

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76
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

I tried an iced sample of this in the NYC Bleecker store. It was a little watered down, but it did taste exactly like fruity, juicy, watermelon. I was surprised how much it tasted like watermelon. There’s no doubt that’s what it was. An expertly crafted iced tea.

By the way, the staff in this store is AMAZING!! So knowledgeable and soooo nice! I was blown away. It was definitely a highlight of my trip, and I’m very happy I decided to go. Plus, I got the best glass, double walled tumbler with infuser and bamboo lid. Yipee!!!

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Had a group interview for LUSH today – I have been looking forward to it all week. Frick. This job I have now.. well.. it is NOT what I thought it would be. It’s just that I thought it would be different. Also, I was training to use the computer. And I found out on Friday that I won’t be given computer access. Um, what? So that’s interesting! So I went to this LUSH interview and unfortunately got lost in the crowd. Ah group interviews. But man I want to get out of this job!

SO – I speedwalked to DT to get some crack. Happy crack tea! HAD to try this one after smelling it – a nice frothy hot latte. Thank you DT for some happiness haha.

It tastes a lot like toasted walnut/secret weapon. Reminds me a lot of those anyways! But the ingredients in this one are unique – there is a sweetness from the raisins that is so pleasant, but doesn’t necessarily give it a “raisin” taste.

Anyways! Sorry to make Steepster my blog again… don’t I have a blog for that kind of thing? ;)
J’adore my Steepster friends!

Skulleigh

A group interview? I’ve never heard of that, but I’m a techie, so I don’t think IT does that. It sounds horrible – how the heck can you tell someone’s skills and personality without a 1 on 1 interview?

Michelle

We did group interviews for positions as RAs and Orientation Mentors at my school. I suppose the thinking is that it’s faster (lots of applicants, one time slot) and you see how people work with others / in groups. Which can be helpful if you’re interviewing for, well, any job. But they’re harder because you have to fight for attention without making it appear that way.

Skulleigh

How many people at once do they have in a group?

DaisyChubb

This group was about 15-20 – I was expecting maybe 5-10. I think a smaller group would have been a bit more manageable, because you’re so right Michelle – it was just a fight for attention or a fight to stand out. I’m pretty assertive and I’m certainly not shy, but the amount of people in a small room was a bit much. I didn’t want to come across as needy and loud, so I erred on the side of.. well – being myself! So we’ll see what happens of course – it was definitely a new experience for me!

Ninavampi

Wow… It sounds overwhelming! Good luck getting the job!

Will Work For Tea

Group interviews aren’t really fair in my opinion. I hope you were able to stand out in a positive light and are called for more of a one-on-one interview! Keep us posted! :)

DaisyChubb

Thank you! I will – they’ll contact me within the week so that’s good at least! Nothing like being left in the dark, you know? Until then, I’ll just buck up and take the craziness that will be this week of work!

Bonnie

Blog me all you want! I love you guys! We spill our tea guts here! Gets intense sometimes too! It’s a safe place!

Missy

Good luck! Sounds like a hard day. Hugs for you. :)

Skulleigh

Good luck, Daisy!

tigress_al

A group interview sounds like a really overwhelming idea.
I like your comment “happy crack tea”, I laughed out loud!

DaisyChubb

haha thank you everyone! I’ll keep you posted.

Yeah I probably scared the awesome DT girl, I ran in and said “I need my crack!” but she understood. She hooked me up. ;)

Tina S.

hugs Honestly we all love hearing about each other’s lives a bit too. Well, at least I do!

softrevolution

I’ve heard LUSH interviews are super scary! I’ve always wanted to work there but it seems pretty intimidating. Glad you got through it..fingers crossed!

CHAroma

“We spill our tea guts here!” We sure do, hahaha! Awesome. :)

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100

The longer you steep this tea the better it will taste over ice. Once it’s ready just pour it over ice and it is so yummy! I do add some natural agave to mine while it’s steeping to help the watermelon get that little extra boost of sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100

When I was sharing this with my sister in law last week, my wifey was talking about Opposites Attract, telling her mom that it had been discontinued just after we got into tea, but I managed to find 200 g so she wouldn’t run out of her favorite tea any time soon. My sister in law doesn’t pay attention, though, and thought De was talking about Blueberry Jam being discontinued and she nearly had a heart attack at the thought.

So keep that in mind, DAVIDsTEA. If you discontinue this blend, my sister in law may very well die.

This is the perfect palate cleanser after the terrible Strawberry Shortcake. We’re running low and will replace it as soon as the tin is empty…it’s just too good to not have around.

sweetea

This is probably the only berry-tea I like. It’s delicious!

Cameron B.

I wish they would remove the stevia in this blend, then I would love it. :(

Kittenna

^^ Agreed. If you get a cup that’s lighter on the stevia, it’s great, but that’s pretty rare it seems.

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100

Still sick as a dog, I seem to be getting worse, boo. So of course I traipsed downtown to celebrate my father in law’s birthday at Snakes and Lagers. For those of you not in the GTA or not familiar with Snake and Lagers or their brother shop, Snakes and Lattes, they are these awesome shops filled with board games. Snakes and Lattes is a coffee shop where you sit and play board games to your heart’s desire. Snakes and Lagers is the same thing, only with beer instead of coffee. It is awesome. If you are in the GTA, I highly recommend you check either place out.

Now, I’m sick, my wife is sick, and my in laws are sick. Before De and I left the house, we both made a carry travel mug of tea, just in case. It was an hour and a half subway ride downtown, but when we got there our teas were still too hot to drink. My mother in law tried to order a cup of tea, but they didn’t have any and the only warm drink they had was mulled wine (which was delicious! XD), but she doesn’t like mulled wine. De and aisling to the rescue! After getting mugs for the tables, she shared her Opposites Attract with her mom, and I shared my Blueberry Jam with my sister in law. After I poured my mug of Blueberry Jam, I ordered a shot of Wild Turkey to make a hot toddy.

It was the most delicious thing I have ever had…and it helped me keep my voice through another round of games. This tea is amazing and I am having it again tonight with a shot of Jack Daniels Honey. The blueberry goodness smooths out the edge of the whiskey and it is the best hot toddy ever.

Sil

what did you play!?!

aisling of tea

We played Wits and Wagers (which kinda sucked), Say Anything, Timeline, and Anomia. The last two were awesome, but Anomia takes a lot of shouting, I ended up sitting out the last round. It was a ton of fun, though! You can find a list (and description) of all their games on their website: www.snakesandlagers.com

Sil

just like to hear about other people’s gaming experiences. we’ve been to both locations before…as well as a few others cropping up in the city. I still prefer gaming at home, but it’s a good way to try out games before we buy them haha

aisling of tea

nods I prefer home gaming as well, but the in laws are much more outgoing. But hey, it’s on their dime, so why not? I whole heartedly recommend Anomia and Timeline.

Marzipan

Today we played Descent and Ticket to Ride Nordic countries.

Sil

I’ll have to look in to those two. i think we’ve picked timeline up a few times just not purchased it.

Jillian

I love Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Cattan is great if you’ve got the time.

Kittenna

Apparently my roommate has Anomia. Now that I’ve heard a positive recommendation for it, I’m interested in cracking it out. My go-to games are Carcassonne and Dominion right now, but we’ve been playing anything but lately! (Shadows over Camelot, Robo Rally, and Bang! were yesterday’s picks).

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100

Oh, I love this tea. It’s all about the tried-and-true favorites for me today, it seems. Big glass of this baby and I’m loving every sip…especially now that it has cooled off. Our new condo is so freaking hot all the time that hot tea just wasn’t doing it for me. Seriously, it’s been way below freezing here in Toronto for weeks and we’ve had the heat off, the building is just that hot. So I’ve got some teas cold steeping and I let this tea cool down and it is glorious. All blueberries, all the time. Makes me want to make a blueberry pie!

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100

After a two week long fight with knock-me-on-my-butt flu, I finally felt good enough to return to my iced teas. Two solid weeks of drinking nothing but Cold 911 and Bravissimo will do that to a girl. Wonderful teas, but boring after too much of them. When facing my empty cold steeping pot, this was the only tea I could think of and so it was the first tea I made and I am so glad I did, it is delicious. I have love in my heart for this beauty, nothing else really compares!

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100

I am in love with this tea, I want to drink it all the time. I have yet to try it hot, but I’ve had it iced several times, both in store and at home. It’s just plain amazing. Juicy, juicy blueberries and a touch of tea…perfect. Definitely need a tin.

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100

I cannot get enough of this tea. I really can’t. It’s so damn good. It taste like blueberries and tea and deliciousness. The word that comes to mind every time I sip it is “round”. It tastes like a big, round blueberry. Om nom nom

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74
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

I went to David’s for a bunch of fru-fru teas and decided that it was time to pick up a straight black to go with my Orange Pekoe. I smelled this one, decided I wanted it and bought 50g because I couldn’t justify spending $22 on tea that day.
I’ve already tried it and it was INSANELY sweet. I put in milk and honey and all I could taste was the honey. So I’m trying it this time with just a splash of milk.
The smell reminds me of the days of the honey latte when I worked at Starbucks. And those honey stir sticks. I don’t know if I like that or not. But mmmmm… This is one tasty tea! It’s rare that I can find a black tea that I don’t automatically want to pitch a crap-ton of sugar into, so this’ll be good for the waistline too. Bit of an interesting aftertaste (like a tinniness, but in a good way. The coldness, but not the metallics. Maybe? It’s been a while…). I’m going to try doing a second brew with this bag too, since I’ll be working late tonight.
Woo!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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26
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Tasted like bitter water.

Disappointing.

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

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