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54
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 375 OZ / 11090 ML

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

sipdown! sad to see this one go but i can pick some up again in the future. more surprised that no one else seems to have reviewed it, given that i know a bunch of us picked it up at the tea festival haha.

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

man this one really is tasty for me. Going to need to consider picking up more, or at least putting it on the wishlist for next year’s tea festival purchase. Creamy vanilla coconut. yum.

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

It’s snowing outside..and that’s white..and so is coconut..so that’s this tea explained hahaha. love this creamy delicious tea.

Evol Ving Ness

hahahha. Today I drank Snowflake. :)

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

this might end up being the fastest i’ve ever drunk through a white blend. Something about this one is just downright spot on – everything i could want in a creamy, vanilla, coconut tea.

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

Someone on steepster talking about coconut made me want to pull this one out. :) I love that this one is both vanilla AND coconut. it makes it that much more delicious for me :)

Final Count: 112 (added a tea to my cupboard tonight)

Helena

Vanilla and coconut are a great combination!!

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82
drank Vanilla Coco Loco by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

Picked this one up at the toronto tea festival without trying it, based solely on the smell of the dry leaves – vanilla and coconut. So glad i took this chance. so good. I am a fan of this one, as long as i can finish it up before the coconut goes rancid. it’s smooth, creamy and there’s a good balance of vanilla and coonut – neither one truly overpowering the other. for a white tea, i’m happy with this one :)

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75
drank Ginger Fruit Loops by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

While i’ve been mia lately, i HAVE been drinking tea, just haven’t had a lot of time between work and other things going on these days. Pulled this one out today because i have about a week left to get through a few sipdowns and this one is at least closer to being done than a lot of my teas. I enjoy this one, though it’s nicer with a splash of honey. Not sure if i’d get this again, as i think on the whole i’d prefer fruit tisanes for my "herbals

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75
drank Ginger Fruit Loops by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

Tea from last night – it was just what i needed while relaxing.

R.F. Hill

I have raw ginger and Fruit Loops….I’m curious. Ha-ha.

Sil

hahaha that would be an experiment for sure :)

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75
drank Ginger Fruit Loops by T by Daniel
7437 tasting notes

picked this one up at the tea festival and figured it was worth having tonight. I made a huge valentine’s day dinner that was a whole lot more than i bargained for haha. Thankfully it was delicious and my other half loved it.

this tea is smooth…sort of creamy, lemony,a little orangey. I wouldn’t neccesarilly call it froot loops since those things are stupidly sugarey, but this is a nice brew.

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, this one was sold out by the time I got around to their booth, but the sample was good. The owners made a very good impression on me. Perhaps one day, I will take the Go Train to their shop to check it out.

Sil

they’re at the tea festival every year as well heh

Evol Ving Ness

Well then, perhaps a visit to Brampton or Burlington is not all that urgent after all.

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Another sample from the Toronto Tea festival yesterday. Not that bad, from what I remember, but not something I’m aching to keep with me.

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I had a small sample of this at the Toronto Tea Festival yesterday, and it really did taste and smell like fruit loops! There must be some vanilla or pastry seasoning here in the blend in order to accomplish that.

It was tasty, but lord I have way too much tea already! I resisted buying this.

Fjellrev

Sounds awesome! Glad you went. :D

Evol Ving Ness

I enjoyed this one. By the time I sampled it, it was already sold out.

Sil

bought some but haven’t tried anything from the festival yet haha

VariaTEA

This one does sound tasty :)

Indigobloom

I got lucky, this one was sold out by the time I got around to asking :P

Evol Ving Ness

We both got lucky then. :) :)

Sorry I missed you later. I only stayed for a couple of hours today and then quick overwhelm. Left at about 2:30 or so. Hope you enjoyed your afternoon.

Indigobloom

No worries, its easy to get overwhelmed the first year you go especially! I spent the afternoon catching up with people from the Tea Guild that I hadn’t seen in awhile. I love the energy, everyone was so excited :)

Evol Ving Ness

yes, there was a nice buzz in the air. it was good to be a part of that.

Indigobloom

Definitely! Some of our tea guild meetings are like that as well. So much fun.

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This really did taste like fruit loops. I’m so tempted to pick some up…. even though I rarely drink herbals these days. I’m a sucker for novelty nostalgia inducing stuff, what can I say. Hey maybe it’ll get me back into non caffeinated teas.
Yesterday was such a tease. I was only able to hit up the tea festival for an hour or two, and it was so crowded that I didn’t bother pushing my way into the crowded areas.
I don’t mind though, as the highlight was seeing my tea peeps! :)

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72

Smokey-sweet sencha green tea taste with well-balanced flavour.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 360 ML

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68
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
614 tasting notes

Mild chocolate flavour in the background. Mostly strawberry flavour. Very smooth.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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72
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
614 tasting notes

Aroma of dry leaf reminds me strongly of Forever Nuts (it probably is the same blend, as was pointed out by Kittenna). Baked goods sweetness. Walnut. Cinnamon warmth. Thin mouthfeel. Unpleasant sour aftertaste. This is a tisane which requires a strong concentration to get good flavour but the parts of it are quite heavy resulting in a relatively expensive brew. As I have seen in the past with Forever Nuts, this tisane would not likely do well with a re-infusion.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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70
drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
614 tasting notes

Brewed aroma has a sticky sweet note- reminiscent of caramel popcorn.

The black tea base is very weak and has bitter notes. I enjoy the flavouring but it would be better paired with a higher quality black tea or, as Kittenna mentioned, an oolong. The sticky sweet aroma translates to the flavour as a caramel. Unplesant aftertaste, likely from the “flavour” ingredient.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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85
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
3551 tasting notes

Sipdown (125)!

Thank you MissB for the tea, and all you lovely Ontarians, Kittenna especially, for getting it to me.

Even wrapped in tinfoil this one still manages to make its presence known. It’s very, very aromatic with a really ripe papaya/mango smell accented by a bouquet of citrus notes. To me, it seemed obvious that the best way to prepare this one would be cold brewed.

After a long, probably close to twenty hour, soak I strained the leaves for this one and sat down to enjoy it. Taste wise it was very strong and lively with many fruit notes contributing to what was, overall, and explosion of tropical flavours in my mouth. Impressively, what was most present to me was the papaya. And I say impressively because papaya has a relatively mild flavour to begin with: it’s almost like watermelon in how watered down the taste can be. This was very concentrated and lovely. And following that powerful papaya flavour was the almost equally strong duo of pineapple and mango. Something about those two flavours matched together can make almost anything they’re in undeniably, almost over the top tropical tasting.

This one also has sweet blackberry leaves in it; personally I associate sweet blackberry leaves with a very rich “from concentrate”/puree type flavour. To further clarify, I think that whenever they’re added to a blend they don’t necessarily have their own flavour but they amplify the flavours of everything else in a blend ten fold. DAVIDsTEA also likes to use them in their herbal blends: Pink Passionfruit and Sweet Apple Cider both immediately come to mind. They just an a relatively “over the top” vibe to tea that I really like.

tl;dr If it wasn’t obvious, I was really happy with this tea and very impressed overall!

Kittenna

I’m super behind on tasting notes, but this is actually a tea from the Toronto Tea Festival that Raritea, Sil and I split. I thought you’d like it (and I was meh about it), so I gave you some of my share before passing the rest on to Raritea. So if you ever want more of this, it might be possible :P

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75
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
3065 tasting notes

Final tea of the split ones we picked up at the Tea Festival. This one is actually not a blend I’ve had before, so I have a much more favourable opinion of it. Basically, it tastes like a fruity pineapple juice. Which is pretty tasty, though not my favourite flavour combo. I see that Sil rather liked this one, though, so I’m going to call this a sipdown (976), and she and Raritea can have the rest.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Strawberry Balloons by T by Daniel
3065 tasting notes

Another Tea Festival split purchase. Not bad, but unremarkable, with the same strawberry-papaya combo commonly seen in “strawberry” green blends. Sigh.

ETA: Retroactively calling this a sipdown (975) because I don’t think I really need to have any more of this. Too common of a flavour profile.

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

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80
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
3065 tasting notes

Sipdown! 977. Gotta make sure these T By Daniel teas are ready to visit Raritea!

As stated in both previous notes, this both smells and looks like DT’s Forever Nuts. And the ingredients are pretty much the same. I think it’s safe to say that T by Daniel is probably just another tea-reseller. Sigh. One day, I’ll learn. At least I like Forever Nuts, therefore enjoy this tea. I’m just disappointed in getting this blend from yet another company.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
3065 tasting notes

Sipdown! 970.

Except that’s totally a lie, because a fruit fly just committed suicide in my cup, and I can’t just pick out a dead insect, so this is more of a Draindown! Perhaps I’ll re-steep, perhaps I won’t. There’s something weird here. Like a weird strawberry rooibos. Not for me, no no.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Extra protein! :P
Haha but seriously, not so yum

OMGsrsly

Oh Drosophila. That’s why I loved the Contigo mugs when I worked in a fly lab…

Kittenna

Barf, we have fungus gnats in the house too. Not many of either, but they’re irritatingly good at locating my tea and drowning themselves in it. Perhaps I need to make decoy tea (aka the crappy stuff) and leave it sitting around to keep them out of my yummy teas… haha.

OMGsrsly

I do decoy vinegar with a couple grapes or something in it for that fruity scent. Thankfully I have fewer flies in the winter. They are my nemesis in the summer, I keep everything seriously sanitized.

Indigobloom

Yeah we get tons of fruit flies in the summer. We use decoys but it is never enough!

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