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100
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

Say Coconut I’m sold..
Say Pina Colada flavored I’m in love..

This smells like coconut heaven with accents of pineapple and perfect sweetness.Yes….heaven…

Once steeped (a VERY generous heaping of DT’s perfect spoonful)
smells the same but the apple starts to really come through.

but all I’m thinking is YUMMMMMM COCONUT! YUMMM PINA COLADA!

The taste is like a light refreshing pina colada sans alcohol.
Perfectly sweet,tart and refreshing.

The other tastes really come through but it’s the coconut that is the real star(as it should be!)

Cannot wait to make this iced and into an actual Pina Colada.

In my humble opinion this is the ONLY tea in the Summer collection(other then luscious watermelon) that NEEDS and deserves to be iced.

Lynne-tea

Ohh jeez now I need to try this tea! I love coconut and don’t usually drink pina coladas as they are much too much for me (I like dirty vodka martini’s personally). But this. This I could drink as a light version of a pina colada without getting all that milky aftertaste! Thanks for the inspiration and great post!

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So I just nabbed the spring collection and was super excited to see a black fruity tea in there.

In the bag it smells exactly like Strawberry Campino candy with a lovely accent of nut and black tea.

Once steeped it smells more like “real” strawberries less candy like.It reminds me of strawberry compote or even hot strawberry topping that my mother used to put on cakes with added dollops of whipped cream.

It is reddish and honey colored and quite opaque.

My first try is as a hot tea but I considerably cooled it down so I could see the iced tea and hot drink potential.I will be able to tell if this deserves to be iced.

First taste I was worried about it being a lot like DT’s carrot cake..and unfortunately it is quite the same except bursting with Strawberry flavor.It is a little on the bitter side even with a less generous tea spoon and steep time.I can see the potential for it iced but as with Carrot Cake I am not in love..

As I have often realized though a tea gets mostly great reviews there will always be exceptions..people just have different levels of appreciation and expectation. What floats one person’s boat may not be at all nice for someone else.I used to get worried that I was missing out but I do not like some flavors and expect different things and that’s quite okay…it means I can save money and trade for something more to my liking!
I will trade this tea to my bff lindairvine she LOVES Carrot Cake so I’m pretty sure she’ll love this as well.

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71
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Krystaleyn although I think I sent a PM to Indigobloom thanking her for it lol Im SO CONFUSED!!!! Anyway so Im not the biggest DavidsTea fan but this one was nice. I can’t say it was excellent as a TEA but then it is a rooibos I suppose. I guess I just am not a huge rooibos fan. Unless I want something sweet and yummy and this IS sweet and it IS yummy!
I just really wish I had more decaf TEA in my stash for nighttime but I wanted something warm and soothing and sweet last night pretty late so this was my pick from my sample pile. The one thing I dislike most about DavidsTeas is the scum on the top of the tea from the flavor oils I suppose. This had that. Eweeee but the flavor was excellent!
Thank you Krystaleyn!

Kittenna

I definitely sent some to you :) I’m also not the biggest rooibos fan, it seems, but it’s nice sometimes.

Azzrian

Yeah it was from you LOL Sorry about that girl :)

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60
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

I got this tea as a sample in my 2015 DAVIDsTEA advent calendar. I remember having this tea years ago when it was first released. The brew I had today was a bit different than what I remember. The “glitter” used to come in little spheres in the tea that made the tea shimmer when you infused it. I did not have that experience today with the gold stars in the brew. There also seems to be some sugar crystals included which is an interesting addition- I personally prefer my tea without any sugar additive. I guess the extra sweetness adds to the indulgence of this Christmas-themed tea. Still, I am glad that the choice was not made for stevia to be used as an sweetener. This tea has a full savoury aroma that reminds me of smelling a creamy bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. The tea is quite balanced in its flavour profile with both the black tea and cinnamon coming through. I am able to taste the aftertaste of the added sugar trailing at the end of the sip. It is unfortunate that a low quality black tea seems to have been used in this blend. This is not a tea that I would keep at hand but I am glad that I was able to try it!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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60
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

I steeped this tea for less time than recommended because I seem to be very sensitive to the bitterness of black teas lately.

The taste of the black tea is at the forefront of the flavour with a blooming of cinnamon taste on the finish. I really like how the two flavours are present but separate from each other on the sip; each can be enjoyed on its own. I find that in many flavoured teas the base tea flavour is lost in the background.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

My allergies have been acting up something awful lately, so I was rummaging around in my tea cupboard for something sinus-clearing. My usual lemon & ginger just wasn’t going to cut it, so I decided to finally crack open the Around the World set I got back in April. I never want to use up samples because then the tea will be gone! My cupboard is so full I really NEED some tea to be gone, but try telling that to my hoarding tendencies.

Anyway, this tea reminds me of Moroccan Mint and chai combined in glorious harmony. There’s the fresh blast of peppermint when you first sip: I was a bit worried that it would be JUST minty, but the spices come into the background soon after. The tea is kind of lost, so I view this as more of an herbal blend. You get a teeny bit of roasted hints from the green when it cools, but the strong spice & mint combo is definitely the star of the show.

This is a great tea for when you feel sick: the stomach-soothing qualities of mint with the nose-clearing power of chai. It’s definitely not an everyday tea though, and it’s only something I will reach for when I am in a very specific mood. It’s definitely worth keeping around in small quantities though because I feel like this is something I’ll have a very specific hankering for in the future (though I suppose it would be easy enough to blend something similar from my cupboard staples).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Man I wish I still had this cookie dough in the freezer.
Tropicalia Cookies!!!

http://www.daisychubb.com/recipe-tropicalia-cookies-the-summer-wall/

They seriously taste like a Pina Colada cookie. Really inspires me to keep baking with tea – I haven’t been disappointed yet!

CHAroma

OMG! If I wasn’t going on a diet again starting tomorrow, I would go make these immediately! They sound spectacular!!

Cee Long Green

The concept of tea in baking, and your recipes are blowing my mind! Yum yum yum!

Cee Long Green

p.s. the nutella cookie cup things. OMG.

tigress_al

These really sound amazing! You are so creative.
Go RIDERS!!

DaisyChubb

WOO Go Riders! Thanks everyone!!! The Nutella Cups are definitely my most popular recipe… especially in this household haha!

@Cha – well definitely try them some time! Make a small batch and freeze the dough, make them one cookie at a time in a toaster oven if you have one :D

Kittenna

Tropicalia cookies?! Nom nom nom.

Also in agreement about cheering on the Riders, although I have no way of watching them this season, really. And they bring back too many memories of the ex-bf, sigh. (But here’s hoping this week is better than last…!)

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88
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Um, can I say wow?
I’m bumping this rating up because of the iced factor. When this tea is iced, it is out of this world poifect. It’s just sweet enough, every flavour is accounted for, and the metallic apple weird flavour I got from drinking this hot is 100% gone. Gone!

I also made it into cookies. But I haven’t eaten one yet, so I’ll save that tasting note for later ;)

Wow, though. some seriously delicious pina colada flavour – but now I’m out! Must get a tin… tins. Tins!

Bonnie

Cookie monster like cookies!

DaisyChubb

C is for Cookie after all ;)
That’s good enough for me! :D

TeaBrat

I’m a little scared of this one. It seems reminiscent of Teavana’s pineapple kona pop, which I hated…

Bonnie

Me too Amy! Teavana’s was weak! I just asked Stacy at Butiki to create a Pineapple Oolong cuz she’s good with flavors.

DaisyChubb

hmm, well I haven’t tried that one, but this one is anything but weak. If you like pina coladas, it honestly tastes just like one!

DaisyChubb

ps I hate almost all of Teavana’s teas, so I would probably hate Kona Pop too haha

TeaBrat

Bonnie, have you had the pineapple oolong from Lupicia? I seem to remember I liked it.

revlisx

I just ate a piece of pineapple and it was bliss. I know I will like this one. It’s cold steeping in the fridge

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88
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Yes friends. It is that good.
If you look at my highly outdated profile description, you’ll find Pina Colada as one of my favorite flavours!

The smell is spot on. It even smells sweet! Coconut, pineapple, cream, I’m drooling at the smell itself.
Now – it’s 2:30am and I had one of those breakdowns tonight. One of those I have a worthless degree and am applying for the same job I could have got after high school breakdowns. So I thought, screw it, I’ll make tea and bread and who cares about sleep. It wasn’t coming anyways.

I’m drinking it hot and trying to tiptoe so I don’t wake up my boyfriend, who needs sleep super badly tonight.

There’s something about this tea that reminds me of forever nuts! I think it’s the sweetness of the apple, in a non-apple tasting way haha. You know, I’m not generally a happy person, but tea, and my friends (Steepster friends included) give me hope and genuine, natural happiness. So thanks friends. :)

Sharing tasting notes from all over is allllmost (not quite) like having the cup of tea together. I guess it’s more like sharing the same experience, in a different way. Something about that is very calming. This is much too philosophical for this tea, I should be drinking an oolong or something.

Wow, okay – how does it taste? Something in the blend is giving it a little sharp tartness, then smooth creamy pina colada taste sweeps in. It will be a perfect iced tea with a splash of rum and a little bit of cream. The flavour is light in the way Luscious Watermelon is light. It’s juicy, but not heavy. Refreshing, but with any luck, won’t leave you wanting. A nice tea.

Bonnie

I like you too tea friend!

DaisyChubb

:) Thanks Bonnie – you make me smile

Missy

Aww. Hope your feeling better.

Kittenna

Fabulous tea, isn’t it?

And breakdowns suck :( Hang in there… I’m sure you’ll get a job soon, then can pursue something more along the lines of your dream job. :D

Indigobloom

HUGS
It will work out soon!

Mercuryhime

I went through that breakdown myself while unemployed. Try not to stress over it. Just keep applying and thinking of your options. You’ll find something eventually. In the mean time, you have more time for tea. I miss having a nice gong fu session in the morning. :)

Mercuryhime

Also I totally want some of that tea you’re having! And luscious watermelon. Gotta stop by David’s soon. :)

Dinosara

I feel the same way about Steepster friends. Hugs!

Uniquity

I think it is so awesome that you made bread to prevent said breakdown. I’ve taken to making all our bread and I’m loving it. I have a BA, so can appreciate the feeling of useless degrees – I hope you can either put yours to work or at least make peace with the experience!

DaisyChubb

Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Fine Arts = the ultimate person? :)
Thanks wonderfuls, you are all amazing! We all lead different paths while drinking delicious tea along the way. More time for tea! You’re right.

Dylan Oxford

Bachelorette of Double Arts!

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88
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
212 tasting notes

Another sample from Krystaleyn. Thank you! I was really excited to try this one. Any thing that is chocolate is generally good in my book. It has met my expectations with a bit of a surprise. I was really wondering how they were going to make it taste like cake.

That being said, I do get chocolate cake goodness from this one. It’s creamy too so maybe chocolate cake with whipped cream. Any who I’m pretty impressed. I should keep this one around for craving curbing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Yep, I thought it would be capable of satisfying a craving. Not something I’d drink regularly though (so I need to make sure I have about 25g before it leaves the tea wall at my DT location!)

Missy

You know I totally agree on not drinking it all the time. Very odd, I think its great but it will be better when I’m craving chocolate.

Missy

Oh! Why is it leaving the wall there!?

Kittenna

It’s becoming an ‘online exclusive’. They’re doing that with many new teas, it seems. Of course, once things are online you have to buy in 50g increments, which is annoying.

Missy

Ahh yeah they can make more money that way I guess.

DaisyChubb

Well they also can’t have every tea on the wall haha – they just picked the most popular ones to stick around on the wall I think.

Missy

Very good point there! I do wonder why you have to buy in larger amounts on online vs in store though.

DaisyChubb

Yeah you’re definitely right about making more money too! At least we swap with each other so we can taste something first! We’re totally beating the system ;)

Missy

lol yes!!!

Kittenna

I’m also glad they’re keeping the teas alive as online exclusives instead outright discontinuing them – sure you have to buy a larger quantity when it’s online, but at least if you’ve tasted it prior it’s not so much of a gamble!

Missy

True story Krystaleyn!!!

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89
drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
4837 tasting notes

Thank you DaisyChubb for sending me some of this tea.

This is really a remarkable lychee flavored black. I enjoy many lychee flavored black teas, but I do think this one is (deservedly so) the best one I’ve tried. The lychee isn’t overly aggressive or perfume-ish, instead, it is a sweet, delicious fruit note that doesn’t overpower the black tea. The black tea is the strongest note here, and that is how it should be.

Really good.

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81
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

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mm So far I am very happy with the Summer collection! I’m a Swamp Water fan, and ready for another season of Luscious Watermelon, so bringing those 2 back was okay by me :)

Knowing the summer collection is being marketed as an iced tea collection, I had to try it hot first! har har, no really, I had to try it hot. See?

http://flic.kr/p/bVUvs3

It’s raining! Cold and damp.

Although, this tea is freaking amazing and I can see how it would be delicious iced! Can’t wait to try it :)
Until it gets nice out, however, this tea is such a sweet treat. The strawberries taste real – like you made shortcake from scratch and sliced up some strawberries with a simple syrup on top real! It really comes out in the front of the sip. There’s a freshness there, almost tart but not quite.. but something akin to a real strawberry. Then there’s some awesome creaminess, and a smooth black tea base. Ah, yum.

Bonnie

You did a had a have it hot!

QueenOfTarts

Yummy yummy! I JUST placed my first DavidsTea order and was wondering if I should wait until reviews pop up about this tea. I’m happy I included it in my order after reading your review.

Pretty picture of the rain! Looks like the perfect time to drink tea.

DaisyChubb

I think so too :) I enjoy the rain – it sure does rain a LOT here in the maritimes, well, a lot more than I was used to in the dry prairies.

Bonnie

DT seems to have turned a corner in the right direction!

Plunkybug

Looking forward to the summer collection, though more importantly, looking for summer. Might get a minor taste this weekend though! :)

Uniquity

@Daisy, it will stop raining eventually – historically May is a rainy month here in Hali. As long as we don’t have a 40 degree streak in August again, I don’t mind! : )

DaisyChubb

haha thanks! Good to know :) The rain certainly makes everything super green the next day

Plunkybug

It was alright iced, but I think it will be better hot, with milk and sugar.

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94
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

Oh boy, I have been wanting to try this tea ever since I heard about it (browsing David’s site and then reading the post that David’s Tea Obsession on Tumblr made about it), so when I saw that it was coming back to stores for this year’s summer collection… yes, please!

I got some of this iced at my favourite Davids location. This is one adult here who really enjoys the green colour of the liquor; one of the workers in the store told me and her co-worker that Swampwater was originally a Halloween tea, hence the green colour and orange and black cat candies. I say? Delicious.

So juicy, really refreshing, and the flavour didn’t get diluted as the ice melted from the flash cooling. I love tropical fruits like mango and guava and papaya, and I love rooibos, so I think this has just rocketed up to my favourite rooibos tea. Definitely need to stock up on a LOT of my own.

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73
drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Yay we got to go to Dartmouth today, aka try not to die on the bridge and make paying the toll worth it by going to Lush and DavidsTea. :)

I brought my ice tea cup thing (yay I remembered!) and got this tea to go.
The mango flavour is spot on! sweet, fresh, juicy mango – full of flavour. The spice – wow. The kick hits you at the end of the sip – for me it’s even a bit too strong – but spice lovers would looove it. This is the kind of spice I wish was in the Chocolate Chili – I think it would go perfectly with something rich and deep like chocolate.

I can taste the green base – it gives the tea a certain texture that I think works perfectly. If it wasn’t for acid reflux plus killing my throat with coughs last time I got sick for over a month, I don’t think the tea would burn as much as it is haha. I’m getting the spice pretty strong at the back of my throat, a wee bit too much for comfort, so I don’t think I’ll buy any – but I will enjoy this cup!

Very unique – nice kick and a great treat. I think it would be great with tequila and some mexican food.

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87
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
522 tasting notes

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87
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
522 tasting notes

I haven’t had a cuppa in so long, this was a wonderful one to break my tealess streak. Popped into David’s for the new spring line and saw this on the shelf so decided to give it a taste despite the hibiscus. I was well-rewarded!

The green-white blend is a very light and mellow, relaxing base for the sweet fruitiness of the hibiscus, which doesn’t succumb to tartness. There is a kind of peachy flavour to the tea from the hibiscus, and the jasmine sneaks in on an aftertaste, which is the only down note, a bit too perfumed. Still, it’s a beautiful tea, and I only wish it was more affordable!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

No.

Oh no.

This was supposed to be a treat for trying the lapsang, but it was a punishment. I don’t know if it’s gotten funky or if I screwed it up, but it was bitter and harsh and the flavor did nothing for me. Into the tea sale pile it goes!!

Not adjusting the rating, as it could have been user error.

Lynxiebrat

Maybe the Lapsang Sounchong affected your tastebuds temporarily?

Kittenna

I seem to recall that this was one of the DTs that was very picky with the base, so I gave it only 2 minutes. (Others are fine at the 4-7 they recommend, but not this.)

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Lynxie, maybe, but the experience was awful enough that I’m not willing to give it another try. Life’s too short for bad tea.

Kittenna – yeah, I give all my black teas 2 minutes at just under boiling.

Kittenna

Ah well!

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It’s okay, it’s being passed on to a sister in law who loved it, so it won’t be going to waste and I won’t feel like I have to drink it. Thank goodness for relatives we can foist tea onto!

Kittenna

I think I need to acquire more of those! :P

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XD It’s very easy. Simply ask “Do you like tea?” If they say yes, great! If they say no, respond with “You do now!”, hand them several bags of loose leaf and an infuser and walk away quickly so they cannot hand it back. That is how I converted most of my family! Heck, my mom (a great believer in Celestial Seasonings) requested that I bring more Lapsang when we go to visit over Christmas! Just steadily peck away at them and eventually they will relent XD

Kittenna

The problem might be more that I don’t see most of my relatives, therefore foisting is more difficult! I do have a stash that I’m taking to my mom, but she tends to drink tea fairly slowly (she resteeps the crap out of teas), and I can foist off rooibos/honeybush blends and some other herbals on my boyfriend’s mom, but that’s about it. I am working the friend angle though, with moderate success!

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I feel you there, my mom is in Tennessee and I’m here in Toronto! My inlaws are close, though, Mississauga. But oh my gosh my mother in law. Big believer in Red Rose. For four years we’ve been trying to get her to try loose leaf. She’s always very polite, but never really goes for it. She ran out of Red Rose and a friend of hers gave her some orange pekoe from Davids and she loves it. “Oh, it really goes a long way, doesn’t it? And it’s so tasty!”

headdesk Yes. That is what we have been telling you for years. >.

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91

Finally cold brewed this and it is not as amazing as I had hoped, sadly. I think hot is the way I’ll enjoy this tea the most. It’s more shortcake with strawberry.

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Amazing. Utterly amazing. Took a mug of this iced to see The Avengers yesterday and I was distracted from the movie several times by the tastiness of it. So good, so creamy, so perfect. I look forward to trying this at home with my own steeping parameters, I still don’t like the “make double strong and then ice” method, but I understand that’s how they have to do it to be able to make iced tea on demand.

Erin

How do you make it? I’m trying to learn more about making iced tea and don’t know any other ways than “make double strong then ice” and cold-brewing.

DaisyChubb

Ah exciting! Any tips for sneaking tea into The Avengers? I’m interested ;)

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Erin, in the past I’ve made it up the night before and placed it in the fridge, but now my preferred method is cold steeping. Daisy, I have one of those vacuum-sealed travel mugs, so I just threw it in my purse.

DaisyChubb

Brilliance. I always go to bulk barn for my movie candies, I’ll have to start bring tea too haha. Thanks :)

Buy the Stars

I’m with you on not being a fan of the “brew double strong and then ice” method; I like making my tea ahead and then chilling it in the fridge, pouring it over ice just dilutes it too much for me most of the time. Really excited to try this tea, though! I think I might like the summer collection more than the spring collection.

TheKesser

I kinda feel silly for asking, but what do you mean by cold steeping?

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No worries, Kesser, I’m new to it myself! For me, cold steeping is tossing some tea in a mug or pot, filling it with cold water, and then letting it sit in the fridge for a good long while, usually at least overnight. It brews the tea without ever burning it and brings out all kinds of new flavors!

TassieTeaGirl

I’ve never cold brewed, just because here in Australia when you really need a cold drink, immediacy is the over-riding factor! Perhaps I’ll give it a try in spring. Last summer I went with “double strong, half/two thirds water over ice” instead of the normal amount of water in the steeper. It certainly prevented any watering down when adding to ice.

Plunkybug

I think that the double the amount and pour over ice might have been why mine wasn’t as good today. I mean, it was tasty, but I think I would have been happier with Tropicalia or Perfect Pear iced instead. I think that SS will be brilliant hot, with a touch of milk and sugar to bring out the creamy sweetness. And I’ll have to look at trying it iced my way too.

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64
drank Love Elixir for Her by DAVIDsTEA
3108 tasting notes

Steeped, the smell is definitely somewhat like dark chocolate, with undertones of a wealth of other aromas.

The taste is chocolatey and… rather tasty! Hmmm… I am tasting the lingering sweetness that indicates licorice. Blah. That means I won’t pick this one up again, as I’d always struggle to drink it.

I’m to lazy to really analyze this one tonight, but on top of the dark chocolate there are light fruity flavours and the licorice. That’s about all I can taste (and the licorice is really only an aftertaste thing). Glad to have tried it; another sample I’ll be looking to offload though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
3108 tasting notes

Sipdown! 791.

Finally got through the last of what had been cold-brewing in the fridge for a few days. Yum. Definitely would consider picking this up again for cold brews, although I think I may use so much tea for my cold-brewing to make it rather expensive. Oh well!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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