T by Daniel

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80
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
270 tasting notes

My first thought in smelling this tea is that it reminds me a lot of Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA, which is hardly a bad thing — I happen to quite like this one.
I think it’s sweeter, though. I’d like it a little stronger in flavour — I may use more tea than it suggests next time — but I do like it quite a lot. The aftertaste really makes me smile.

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87
drank Canadian Eh? by T by Daniel
270 tasting notes

Sweet, creamy, and citrusy, this tea is making me smile (much like the charming owner of this fabulous company).
I love this tea’s scent. The taste is a little too citrusy for me, though I think it could make a beautiful London Fog (Brampton fog? Is there an official ruling for this?). Definitely a nice take on the Earl Grey idea, though, and is making me grin as I drink (my cheeks are going to be hurting by the time I’m done with these leaves, and I look forward to it!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

Mmmmm this is a happy herbal tea for me. Kittenna/Raritea if you hate this, just send the rest back my way haha Something about the blend of this one really works for me. it’s a juicy cup of tea..pineapple, papaya…blackberry…i like this one a bunch!

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60
drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

Sipdown! One of the shared teas between Kittenna, Raritea and I. I figure since they were easy sipdowns, i should at least try to get those down tonight since i haven’t managed very many sipdowns, and word on the street is that there will be a package here soonish. This one smelled pretty darn good when we were looking at it. Sadly, upon brewing it, it’s sort of a weirdly black, sort of caramel ISH kinda tea that doesn’t really make me think of popcorn OR caramel. How sad…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

I suspect that some would refer to this as being similar to forever nuts by David’s Tea, at least from what i can remember it tasting like. I like the colour of this brew..it’s a happy place for me today. I like this one…a hint of cinnamon, some almond flavours kicking around..yep works for me tonight AND that puts me at 170 for the evening.

i think i can, i think i can, i think i can….

Sil

on a random other note.. i had orange path in my cupboard, but not logged..i clicked on the link and it took me to old steepster…. http://steepster.com/teas/river-tea/43840-orange-path but i had a review in my tasting log of that tea, but in NEW steepster…

yyz

Sil for some weird reason there are three orange path teas u der river tea. Your review is here http://steepster.com/teas/rivertea/43838-orange-path.

Sil

Yeah, sorry I did find it but it was weird seeing old steepster heh

yyz

Weird for me it came up as new steepster but no review. It’s like a ghost of steepster past.

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63
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

So this isn’t exactly cupcake tasting to me..but it does have that echo of “red velvet” taste about it. It’s a rooibos tea but doesn’t taste like that woodsy rooibos that i don’t like. instead it’s very muted and takes a background to the other flavours that are trying to hang out with this tea. Overall, not my favourite but not a bad tea. Just happy enough to be splitting this 3 ways haha

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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69
drank Strawberry Balloons by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

Picked this one up at the tea festival in a shared purchase with Kittenna and Raritea. Gotta love being able to pick up sample sizes and then split them 3 ways haha. This one is a green tea and the strawberry taste is pretty darn tasty. Only downside is that as it cools, there’s a floral note hanging out in the background that i don’t like. Did i mention i kind of forgot about it? heh. sooo many shiny things to distract me with tonight…

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
MissB

Ooh! Shiny things!

Sil

yeah… it’s like when you, SQUIRREL!

Kittenna

Mm, looking forward to trying these!

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drank Guavalicious by T by Daniel
463 tasting notes

3 minute infusion muted the astringency and gave a buttery mouth-feel to this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

whoa..who are you? :)

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drank Guavalicious by T by Daniel
463 tasting notes

1.5 tbsp used for 375 ml

Strong floral taste on the sip. A little bit astringency present; I may want to change the infusion parameters. The astringency seems to cloud the fruity guava taste.

In the future, I’d like to try infusing 1 tbsp of dry leaf for 375 ml of water at 96 degrees C for 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Oh noes, this is one I missed nabbing from one of you guys (unless you weren’t swapping it out).

Sil

it’s ok… we have a bunch. we were giving some of them out while everyone was doing things, so you might have some. if not, just spreadsheet it

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67
drank Trina's Tiramisu by T by Daniel
463 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Thin creaminess. Flavour less intense than the scent. Dilute Chocolate/coffee flavour. No astringency.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Jamaican Me Crazy by T by Daniel
2246 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one.

This basically tastes like a standard coconut green. So fairly tasty, but not really a tea I’d go for too often. However, I think it would be great cold-brewed and sweetened. Since it tastes much like the coconut green I just got in my Amoda tea box, I think I’ll have to try it with that one soon!

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

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71
drank Marie's Muffins by T by Daniel
2246 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one.

I like this rooibos! It tastes very much like a blueberry muffin, light on the blueberry but with a tasty baked goods flavour and little rooibos. I haven’t had a lot of luck with blueberry-flavoured rooibos in the past, so it’s nice to have one that really does work. That said, I think I prefer the blueberry/black tea/rooibos blend from Della Terra.

ETA: Second infusion was also pretty tasty, and the infuser smelled like there was potential for a third, but I opted for a new tea instead :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Another one from SIL – thanks!
This is cake-E, Bake-E, Crusty, Lusty, Croissant-E!
Out of ALL of that you only saw the word lusty, didn’t you?
LOL

Anyhow…this has a deep blueberry flavor in addition to it being muffin-like, which is GOOD because it’s all part of the muffin, right? YUM!

This is a fairly intensely flavored Rooibos and the Rooibos itself even taste deeper than most Rooibos’s – or should I say Rooibos-EYE? Not real sure…perhaps Rooibos is like Deer – it’s Deer – if there is one or 100 of them – is it the same for Rooibos? Or is more than one Rooibos known as Rooibos’s? LOL – teehee! Just jabbering!

This is a nice tisane, tho! Clever! I like it!

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67
drank Jessie's Ginger Lemon by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! loving getting some of these off my list of easy sipdowns. I figured if i was stuck with no power, boiling water in the hallway, i might as well get some of my smaller sizes taken care of :) once again, lemoney rooibos blend. lacking in both ginger and pineapple imo.

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67
drank Jessie's Ginger Lemon by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

I’m going to have to go with Rarietea on this one – lemon? yes. ginger? yes. pineapple? uh not so much. Still it was a decent cup to drink tonight so no real complaints here. Would i repurchase? likely not but only because other companies i order from more often, offer similar teas.

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62
drank Guavalicious by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

sipdown! i tried this as a cold brew and um no thanks. While it was a bit better than the double berry from della terra, this also took on a weird almost floral quality to it and the cold didn’t help to bring out the guava. ah well. was good to at least try it.

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62
drank Guavalicious by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

This one is a little disappointing. I’d really hoped for more out of this. I steeped it in water that was a little under boiling to prevent the astringency that raritea mentioned. There is guava taste to this but it’s more in the aroma than in the taste of the tea. I almost think this might have been better as a green tea. I’ve tossed the rest into a cold brew to see how that fares tomorrow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Marie's Muffins by T by Daniel
1309 tasting notes

Thanks to Raritea and Sil for this sample!!
It’s… well it’s certainly interesting. I get where the muffin part comes in, though I don’t feel its unique. Something about this profile is annoyingly familiar! Where do I know this taste from??? It’s bakey and sweet, and even a little savoury. I feel like there is salt in there, like you would get in an actual muffin. Still, I know this taste… and it’s gonna drive me nuts. Le sighs…
Anyhow, I noticed a hint of blueberry. And by hint I mean very faint! In fact, I’m sure I wouldn’t have pinpointed it if I hadn’t seen the tasting note. It is definitely there, once you know to look for it of course.
Overall, a comforting cup, but not something I’d be willing to keep in my cupboard.

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75
drank Trina's Tiramisu by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

I rather enjoyed this one, though the after taste does leave my mouth a little dry. I really like the way that the tiramisu flavour has been captured. Overall this is something i would for sure drink again, though it doesn’t need to be a permanent re-stock. :)

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75
drank Trina's Tiramisu by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

im a fan of this one, though i likely shouldn’t be today since lack of food today will likely lend itself to caffeine hitting me pretty hard lol. I really want to add just a bit of cream to this to really through the flavours together. I’m not getting the spiciness that kittenna did but i AM getting that espresso flavour that is blending really nicely with the black base. I think i steeped this one a little longer than 3 mins by accident and still there’s no bitterness or astringency so that’s a positive.

I think this could be one of those teas that I have in my cupboard every so often when i need a more coffee like creamy experience.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Jamaican Me Crazy by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! mwahahaha my cupboard goes down, kittenna’s goes up lol Just enough in the bag Rarietea and i split to have a cup for me and a cup for kittenna. Although i reaaaaallly don’t like coconut all that much in teas, we tried this one at the tea festival and it wasn’t too bad. So it made it’s way into our mini purchase since raritea looooveeeesss the coconut!

Now that i’m having it at home, it’s not tooo bad. I am certainly good with this one cup but only because i’m drinking a tea that tastes like tanning lotion smells like. delicious! but oddly weird as well :)

Kittenna

Awwww thanks! :P

ashmanra

Sil: what would you give for each of us to send tea to Kittenna? :D

ashmanra

Oh, sorry! It is Dinosara we need to be sending tea to, isn’t it? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Kittenna

Oh whew!!

Sil

LOL ashmanra

Dinosara

Don’t even think about it! :D

ashmanra

Heh heh heh!

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70
drank Marie's Muffins by T by Daniel
4942 tasting notes

Split purchase with raritea from the toronto tea festival. This is supposed to be a blueberry muffin but i think it’s more muffin than blueberry. That being said, the rooibos in this makes for a pretty decent baked muffin kind of tea. Just wish it was a WEEEEEEEEE little bit more blueberry.

mmmmmmmmmm muffins! wheee!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Hmm, mix with a touch of Blueberry Creme from Della Terra? Although you prob don’t have that, and I’m not giving mine up, haha.

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1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Light ginger taste. I could hardly detect any pineapple.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

^^ sample, sample? :P

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87
drank Jamaican Me Crazy by T by Daniel
463 tasting notes

1.5 tbsp for 375 ml

Sweet coconut. Very full flavour. Complements sencha green tea flavour very well. Slight fruity tone.

Second infusion is quite good with the green tea flavour being more apparent and coconut moving to the background but still present.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

it’s operation sipdown time! i hope…

Kittenna

Op, another T by Daniel that I missed out on :P (I could have sworn you guys offered them all to me, but maybe you just made me sniff them all. I was pretty distracted!)

Sil

i thought we gave you this one…i remember telling raritea to pull it from my bag

Kittenna

Yep, I thought so too, but I went through the pile of teas from you guys that evening and wrote everything down, and I only had 2 teas from T by Daniel, Trina’s Tiramisu, and Wild Cherry :)

Sil

Wild cherry is china tea, not T by Daniel :) I’m sure i’ll have more to kick your way just poke me when i post a review heh

Kittenna

Yeah, as soon as I said that I was thinking that I had already seen Raritea review all five, and that wasn’t one of them. Guess I somehow ended up with only the one T by Daniel sample!

Indigobloom

I don’t recall seeing this one either. Must have been when Kittenna and I were swapping other tea!

Sil

No we passed all 5 around. Maybe we gave Sharon too many of the same tea lol

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