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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
156 tasting notes

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

Hey, backlog complete! I’m finally logging a tea that I’m actually drinking today. Hooray for that! It feels like a nice little mini accomplishment.

Yesterdat I cracked open my sealed 25g pack of this from the Christmas gift box thingy I received from my Dad back in January so I could parcel some out for 221Tea. I probably would have opened it sooner rather than later anyway; I’ve been looking for dessert teas and black teas I can work towards sipping down and this fits bot of those criteria.

It was my breakfast tea this morning, and I have to say I’m not totally sure how I feel about it. I’ll probably need subsequent cups to determine that. It’s problematic to me because I was reminded of DT’s Red Velvet Cake which I despise as well as Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which I adore. This is somewhere inbetween both of those.

As far as the RVC comparison goes, this had the same sort of artificial and general generic sweetness that I dislike greatly in the former – but it didn’t come off as chemical like I recall experiencing, and I think the lack of chocolate worked in favour of this blend.

Now comparing it to Pineapple Upside Down Cake; I think this had slightly more generic fruityness to it (especially in the aftertaste) but similarly nothing obviously flavoured: you would not know it’s pineapple or cherry providing the fruitiness. There’s also that similar brown sugar sponge cake vibe from this. In this blend, it was more aromatic than PUDC, but PUDC tastes better/captures it in a better and more realistic way.

So yes; somewhere in the middle. Perplexing, indeed…

Suziqzer

I too love PUDC! Waiting for a sale to hopefully pick some up.. I had a few sample cups and loved it.

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reviewed Mesh Tea Ball by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

I figured that since I was doing a teaware review already I’d toss up a review of this one too and add it to my cupboard, since I’ve had these teaballs practically since I started drinking tea and they’re an everyday part of how I make tea (I know, I know…).

I mean; they’re teaballs. There’s nothing special about them; they do what they’re intended to and the fact they came from DAVIDsTEA over other places really doesn’t do anything to change how they function.

For the most part I find that there’s enough room for expansion for a lot of the teas I drink; though definitely not all of them. However, I definitely have a wide range of teaballs/clamps from various stores and companies in a great number of sizes including one as big as my fist which I use for things like oolongs or black teas such as Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black; teas that need room.

But yeah… Teaballs. They are what they are, and that’s convenient and easy to use. Can’t really complain too much about that.

Courtney

Interesting. I’ve never liked teaballs haha. I always use the infusers that come with the Perfect mugs.

whatshesaid

Me too Courtney! Easier to clean out afterwards too

Roswell Strange

Oh I totally agree with both of you; I just don’t really have any infusers at home other than the one I just got with my perfect tea mug and the one in my mason jar (and I guess the tiny clip on type ones in my timolinos). And I guess maybe I lean towards teaballs as a nostalgia type thing? That’s how I started drinking tea (plus I do have the GIANT ones, like I said).

whatshesaid

I went on a perfect tea mug buying frenzy at one point so I have like 4 infusers, haha. Comes in handy when I don’t want to throw away used leaves but don’t want a resteep immediately. So there’s always at least two just sitting full on my counter

Courtney

Haha I did a similar thing whatshesaid. I have 4 infusers, but two are still new, never taken out of the box, along with the Perfect mugs they came with haha. I do understand nostalgia though Roswell Strange.

whatshesaid

I rarely even use my perfect mugs now because I want to drink so many different teas in a day that I’ve started using smaller mugs

Courtney

Oh I use a big mug (15 oz.), but it’s my Spock mug, and I love it. All my Perfect mugs keep my cupboard bright and cheery, if nothing else haha.

Isaila

My dad broke my glass teapot… so now I have the infuser from that along with a perfect steeper and the aladdin mug. I’ve been thinking about getting the mason jar as well so that I can have oolongs and such in carry form.

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
207 tasting notes

I don’t get why DT put 98 degrees as the recommended steeping temp for this, considering the green tea. I did 92 as a compromise but probably would do closer to 85 or so next time.

I mean, if there was a next time, but I don’t think there will be.

I bet this tea would be amazing iced, or even hot for someone who likes fruity teas which apparently I no longer do.

It’s very peachy, it’s kind of hurting my teeth. I also just recently within the last hour realized that I have a mild headache, and I can’t help but associate that with drinking this.

Sooooo, another one for the pile!

Drinking lots of teas I don’t overly care for lately, and it’s sucky.

I find myself unsatisfied.

Courtney

Aw :( When that happens I always go for one of my favourites so I feel better. I know what you mean. When I decide I’m getting through teas and it just seems like one icky one after another it gets tiring.

whatshesaid

Yeah, your last review makes me think a Butiki tea is in the cards next :)

Courtney

YES. Butiki is always so reliable. And the natural flavours help me out after a ton of not so natural flavoured teas. I’m so finicky when it comes to even the tiniest bit of unnaturalness, or god forbid chemical-ness. Shudder.

Courtney

P.S. Butiki is here! That means your swap is ready for the post. :)

whatshesaid

I feel like it’s the “flavoring” in this tea which gave my my headache. Now the smell of the dry leaves is making me cringe.

So you’re right, natural is so nice!

And YAY!! I know I’m going to love them, I’ve got a shopping cart all loaded up and ready to go, I’d be shocked if I decided to take anything out!

Courtney

I remember trying this one when I first discovered David’s and thought I enjoyed it. It only took a few cups before the scent turned my stomach. Ooh, what else do you have in your cart? I wish I lived home or somewhere near other Steepsterites so I could participate in joint orders. One day!

whatshesaid

I agree! Joint orders would be nice.

I loaded up a cart on the MF website and with everything it would be like $205, haha. Not including the customs fees you’re no doubt charged at the door

Somedayyyyy. Sigh.
Those heritage gourmet ones are killer.

However! My Butiki cart has these:

Caramel Vanilla Assam
Hello Sweetie
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
Lemon French Macaron
Hattialli Golden Paw Assam

Courtney

Such excellent choices. Sadly I could never get Caramel Vanilla Assam to work for me. I did mix it half with PTA (the base tea), and I much preferred it. Have you tried White Rhino?

whatshesaid

No, I haven’t tried that one, is it good? I could ask for a sample maybe

Courtney

That one is amazing! I love it. LOVE.

whatshesaid

Are you a white tea fan? I haven’t found them to have much flavor on their own for me!

Courtney

Not at all. It’s a white tea, but it’s exactly like a black tea. It’s very sneaky. I think I have enough to send you some in our swap if you’d like?

whatshesaid

I would love to try a cup! I was just reading the description and the reviews, it does sound exceptionally delicious for a white tea

I wish I had something to send you! Gahh

Courtney

Haha, no worries! I really, really do not mind at all.

whatshesaid

You’re the best! I’m going to work on beefing up my collection in a classy way as I figure out what I love and then I will get you back :)

Courtney

Haha sounds good. I’ve been doing the same thing. It’s been ongoing for months. My tastebuds have decided I ultimately prefer higher quality teas, for the most part, which is delightful but also hard on the wallet.

Sil

White rhino = yes. Also black lotus is a nice morning tea imo

whatshesaid

Having a certain number of higher quality teas that you KNOW you love sure beats having a crap ton of cheaper, overly flavoured blends that you’re “meh” about!!

Quality over quantity for sure

Sil

I like crappy flavoured average blends….that are not David’s tea lol for when I just want to drink tea without thinking about it. Tgn I have my higher quality flavoured and my higher quality straights…and life is good. So good.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

Sipdown (171/175)!

I deliberately made this one as a cold brew for my brother and I to split because it’s the tea that “changed everything” for him, and made him realize that there were/are some teas out there that he does enjoy. They just happen to all be cold brewed/iced, and typically herbal (right now; I have faith he’ll eventually branch out).

Like expected, he loved it. To me this batch sort of tasted like really overripe peaches. But oh well, C’est la vie. Technically I still had more of this left, but I gave the rest to him to enjoy in addition to the 50g he bought for himself. This one is being discontinued by DT so I wanted to give it to him because he’ll make the most of it whereas I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to move on with it to bigger and better blends.

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

This cold brew traveled around with me in my thermos all day yesterday during our trip to DAVIDsTEA and the movies but was hardly touched. I had a few sips and my brother tried a bit too but didn’t like it all that much (we’re thinking because of the hibiscus – because he ate some dry leaf later in the day and thought everything tasted good but the hibiscus).

When I got home, after my Cool Cucumber, I poured this into my perfect mug along with a shot of vanilla vodka, and I drank it that way. Honestly; you couldn’t even tell that the vodka was in it at all, which makes me curious to try a cold brew of this straight into some vodka.

Anyway, lovely as always. Such a great, flavourful Guava flavour. Nothing like it, really…

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
226 tasting notes

I used to like this! The first time I bought it iced to go while in store I thought it was delicious and promptly bought 102 grams. Subsequent attempts were not as successful. Today I made it and it tasted kind of wrong, probably the stevia, not sure. So I fixed it by mixing in a splash of orange juice. It’s really good like that. I have enough for a couple more cups but I’m definitely not repurchasing.

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
408 tasting notes

Cold brew!
In my little travel mug from Coronado and I’m sitting in the lobby waiting for class to start :)
This is my first tome drinking this tea, and I actually haven’t tried it hot yet. But this smelled like it would make a great cold brew and it is getting hotter and hotter so iced is a must :)
I really like it! I’ve never had pomegranate before, but I like the flavour with the mango. A nice refreshing drink for a hot day like this :)

6g/16oz/11hrs

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

I christened my new perfect tea mug (review on the mug coming eventually; I’m still working through yesterday’s backlog) with this blend yesterday evening after my brother and I got back from the movies. It seemed like the perfect tea to do so with.

Man, this really is the epitome of refreshing tea. Even drinking it hot, I felt totally relaxed and at peace with, well, everything… Just, so so very good.

Somehow in some weird way you’re able to taste each element separately: melon, cucumber, and spearmint. And yet all those things still uniformly make this astoundingly wonderful “whole” cucumber experience. I’m almost regretting just getting 50g instead of the full 100g – but I have absolutely no closet space left for tins of black tea. Seriously, my black tea tins are starting to spill over into other sections; namely Pu’Erh and Mate.

I drank this while portioning up “one serving” size cold brew sample bags for my brother. Since he’s grown to accept/love iced and cold brewed tea and even purchased 50g of tea yesterday I offered to send him off with some samples of things that work well cold brewed. So he left this morning with 18 different cold brew samples to work through. I’m so proud of him.

I should really take a picture of my closet of tea, so you can all understand and comprehend the craziness of it. It takes up a lot of room. If I get any more tins I’ll have to clear off another closet shelf. I don’t think Tre would let me live that one down. So yeah, that’s the rule right now: I am not allowed to buy any more black tea until I finish off at least two tins OR I finish off at least four of the sample bags.

Now I just need someone (VariaTEA?) to hold me to that. Especially since I plan on transferring Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black, Boston, and Ice Princess to tins eventually too…

VariaTEA

Haha. I shall do my best! However, I am sending you 50 g of a black tea so maybe that is counterproductive :P

Courtney

TWMB is tin-deserving for sure. I love Butikis wee bags, so I keep mine in that haha.

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
825 tasting notes

It’s one of those weeks at work where I am so busy that my desk is buried under a mountain of paper so massive, people are actually noticing it. And my lunch has been getting later and shorter every day lol. Nonetheless, I will persevere and hopefully get everything done. Haven’t had much tea these past 2 days, but this is in my travel mug this morning, hoping to make something else this afternoon, this one is getting pretty old after sitting all morning lol. See previous notes.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

Now’s the part of my backlog where I get to get into all the really fun stuff I did on my day with my brother! Hooray!

The day started out with a trip to Market Mall where I mailed off my package for 221Tea (which cost a lot less than I was anticipating, which is always a pleasant surprise). We then stopped at my Dollarama and I returned the work phone, which I brought home with my Saturday evening. Oops. It looks like they managed fine without it, though.

We took the bus from there to the downtown mall. My brother was both amazed with and pissed off at the bus system here in Saskatoon. The bus fare is more than a dollar higher than what it is in Regina, and of course he didn’t have a bus pass so he was unimpressed with paying the high fare – and then even less impressed with how long it takes to get anywhere in the city. Saskatoon is a fair bit bigger than Regina. That said, once we were on the bus he was really amused by the fact there’s a digital read out of the time/streets we’re on as we travel (which is hilarious, because I remember Tre and I being amused greatly by that as well on our first bus ride in Saskatoon), and the fact there are buttons not cords you push (instead of pull) to let the driver know where you want to get off.

Once we were downtown we only made one stop; DAVIDsTEA. Mostly we were going there for me: I bought my first perfect tea mug (the glass one with the octopus tentacle), 100g of Superberry (since it’s soon to be discontinued), 50g of Redberry Tonic, 50g of Cool Cucumber, 50g of Guava Cadabra (to top off my tin at home), 10g of Coconut Oolong, a brown Pu’Erh tin for my Caramel Pu’Erh (from Tea Desire), and this as a To Go, iced. I also signed up for the rewards program! Hooray!

Much to my surprise, however, my brother picked up 50g of Bamboozled (which I had causally pointed out was being discontinued earlier in the morning when I was preparing our cold brew of it). I didn’t even do any pushing. He just did it.

And of course his sales associate was my favourite (extremely cute) one! Jealous. In true excellent DAVIDsTEA service fashion he made my brother feel at home in the store (he looked painfully uncomfortable as he bought his tea). He asked how his day was going and why he was in town (I’m not totally sure how he knew he wasn’t from Saskatoon…), and Liam (my brother) said he was here visiting family. It was a nice exchange and I think my brother felt more at ease.

I’m wondering if maybe he knew he wasn’t from here because he recognizes me as a “regular” and I’ve mentioned in the past that I moved here on my own… Hmmm…

Anyway, this was the To Go tea I picked out because I wanted to try another of the Spring blends and this has fairly solid reviews, plus it has pineapple in it. It was iced. I have to say, I was pretty let down by it though. I vaguely understood the comparison to Blue Whale candy but mostly I thought it tasted very artificial in a negative way and also very weak and flavourless in general, except for the aftertaste which I couldn’t get rid of fast enough: there was something very chemical about it. I don’t handle Blueberries very well; they can’t taste artificial or have a realistic blueberry texture – so that may have tainted my view. I’m happy I decided not to buy any.

My brother loved it though. I would have just tossed it out once I’d left the store but he really, really enjoyed it and said it tasted pretty great (although he agreed that it could have been made stronger). I’m really proud of him; he used to reject any notion of tea or tea drinking but he’s really opened up. Although he is pretty set in what he likes: it has to be cold brewed or iced and typically he only goes for blends that are fruity and herbal.

After DT we went to the movies and saw Divergent. I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but it’s been about a day since I’ve seen in now and I still cannot get it out of my head. I want to read the book series so badly now! In fact, next paycheck, I might splurge and buy the series since I’ve already set aside rent for the month of May so the only think earmarked in the next paycheck is groceries.

Seriously, go see it! It was surprisingly fun with good action scenes, comedic moments, and a fun, almost “surrealist” aspect with the fear simulations – and I really, really like Tris/Four as a couple. There’s that too.

All in all: crappy tea but a good day!

Courtney

Market Mall is here too! That sounds like an awesome day, I love that he picked up Bamboozled.

Roswell Strange

Bamboozled (cold brewed) is the first tea I ever made that he enjoyed, and it opened him up to trying other teas which is exciting! He left here this morning with 17 different teas for cold brewing; each perfectly measured for a pitcher of cold brewed tea and only two thirds of them herbal :)

Courtney

Haha that is awesome! I wonder if I can do that to my brother when I’m home. Hmm.

Hello.Kiki

My husband is the same way about tea. It has to be a fruity iced tea, or typical super-sweet southern iced tea. I’m working on him though!
The Divergent book is great, very fast paced. I’d definitely recommend reading it!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1208 tasting notes

Morning/Breakfast tea… Yesterday.

I picked something fun and straight forward to have in my Peekaboo Giraffe Mug yesterday morning while I parceled up a package for 221Tea and got ready for a day out with my brother.

This was nummy. Nutty and appley and sweet and mmm!

I should have this more often; but not too often, I feel like it’s something that if drank really regularly I’d get sick of quickly.

221tea

Sounds yummy! I’ll add it to my wishlist. I have started pulling teas for you. I noticed that one of your favorite flavors is pineapple. Lucky you, we share that taste! I have quite a few pineapple blends that I can send your way!

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drank Hot Mama by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Ginger, cinnamon and exotic fruits.

Liquor: Red/pink and clear liquor with a kick of ginger and cinnamon and fruity background.

Flavour: The ginger and black tea compliement one another well while the cinnamon brings out and enhances the fruits (apple and rhubarb). The licorice sweetens the blend and adds a thick fullness to the body.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This morning I am having this by itself. I do like it mixed with the Oh Canada! especially since it came in a cute, albeit t not really tea-safe package. This one is already in my Davids Tea cart in anticipation of my next online order

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

Alright, but I’ve had better Assams (albeit better = expensive).

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers, Malt

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Sipdown!

I had enough leaf left to make 1 small teapot and another cup left over. I didn’t want to have this hanging around too much longer, though, so I used the entire remaining bit of leaf (about 5 tsp) with 3 cups of water. I thought I could compensate by steeping for a shorter amount of time, but the clock got away from me.

As a result, this tea was remarkably bitter today, even with the addition of agave nectar into the pot. Also remarkably sharp and peppery – I guess there were a lot of peppercorns in that last bit of leaf.

I feel bad, but the tea is so bitter this time that I want to dump it out, rather than power through the entire pot. Decisions, decisions.

Many thanks to Aimee Popovacki for sending this my way. I really did enjoy the previous steeps of this, even if this sendoff didn’t work out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

I am… still full. From last night. Or maybe from the fact that I continued with cereal for breakfast and a burger and fries for lunch. So for dinner it’s just a couple of mugs of this brilliant tea. And a bit of leftover Easter chocolate because it actually tastes wonderful with this tea ok

Sami Kelsh

Leftover Easter chocolate is ALWAYS a good choice!

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

This is a nice take on rooibos, that’s for sure. Enjoying it as I finish up some school work. Adding more of it helped bring out some of the flavors. I can see keeping this one around. I have said it before and I will say it again, I quite enjoy how many options are out there, even for non-caffeinated!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
207 tasting notes

This is good stuff. I’m working on a sipdown but I’ve still got a few cups left.

I was fully prepared to dismiss it, that’s been happening to me a lot lately with Davidsteas…old favorites no more. Not the case with this one, however.

It’s so tasty! Nutty and sweet and delicious.
I even got flavor out of a resteep…amazing.

This is one I would restock. It’s a flavorful, toasty, sweet, non-bitter green tea. Awesome. Bumping my rating up from 78.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
207 tasting notes

Digging into my reserve of this as part of my mission to stop hoarding tea. It’s amazing how my tastes have changed because I really don’t love all the teas I used to, and at this point I just want to pare my collection down so that it consists of only my favorites.

I’d like to still try new teas, but first, must purge the older ones.

It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it is reminiscent of a frosting but as a suggestion rather than the actual flavor. It’s slightly fruity, and because of that it’s not quite what I’m looking for, I wouldn’t quite consider this desserty enough for me.

It’s decent, but I’m done with it now! To the swap/sell pile!

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Drank this, it’s been awhile. It’s very fruity, can’t taste much tea. Tangy, and tart, which I attribute to the kiwi.

I think it would make a good iced tea, if I were into that!

I guess ultimately I’m kind of over fruity teas. I’m putting the rest of this in my swap/sell pile. It’s growing.

ETA THIS was my 200th tasting note.  this. Boooo.

Sil

Yay for 200! Go you!

Anna

300 is going to be SUPER MEMORABLE. We will make sure you have a Very Special Tea for 300.

whatshesaid

I certainly hope so, Anna! :)

Thanks Sil!

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
408 tasting notes

Tea. Sipdown. Apples and things.
I’ve got projects and things so please excuse this terrible tasting note haha

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
VariaTEA

Haha good luck on your projects. And the note is not terribl. I mean, you covered the basics and that’s what counts.

VariaTEA

*terrible. Wow I am having issues with spelling today.

jump62359

Hahha thank you! It’s week 4 right now so I pretty much have a project/midterm/paper whatever the heck it is every week till finals week :/ Ahh well, I’ve got the tea to keep me going :)

VariaTEA

That sucks. Don’t worry though, you will get through it and it will be wonderful. Right now I am working on my very last final for my bachelors degree. I have already passed the class so I am so tempted to not do anything, which probably explains my slacking off until now when it is due at 9 am tomorrow. Ooops. Oh well. I figured I will do what I can and hand it in and whatever I get, I get.

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Tea #1 from Considering A New Teabox

This was a good one to start with. It’s an inoffensive lemon flavored black tea.

Without a doubt, it’s better than Lipton, but it doesn’t have much more personality than a cup of it with a wedge of lemon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is pretty tasty, but I’m not getting much of a similarity between this chocolate and the tea it was based on. It’s kind of like a Cadbury Fruit-and-Nut bar, but sweeter. I’m also getting a hint of coconut flavour – however, that’s probably the milk chocolate base, as I got the same taste with the Coco Chai Rooibos milk chocolate.

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