T by Daniel

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75
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
2606 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
2606 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
2606 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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54
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
2606 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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54
drank Red Velvet Cupcake by T by Daniel
2606 tasting notes

Meh. Not bad, but not as decadent as I’d like a ‘red velvet’ tea to taste. It mostly just tastes like a strawberry rooibos. Definite plus, though – no nasty rooibos flavour, although there is a tinge of medicinal-ness about it (but not the characteristic rooibos medicinal, more like a flavouring aspect that’s coming off strangely to me.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Strawberry in red velvet? Seems pretty random.

Kittenna

Yeah – I’m not super familiar with red velvet, but I wasn’t sure strawberry was part of it. I’ll have another cup of this later to confirm, for my curiosity.

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70
drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
2606 tasting notes

This tea I actually enjoy enough to try and drink up my share before it’s passed on to Raritea. A bit sweet and popcorny, it’s decent enough. Nothing much else to say!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
2606 tasting notes

Not bad – light black base, caramelly and nutty notes overtop. Not as rich as I would like, but to be fair, caramel popcorn isn’t usually “rich” in the sense I’m looking for, just intensely sweet and delicious. I would probably appreciate a bit more robust of a base tea in this blend – perhaps a roasted oolong would work better? – but I’m reasonably happy with the results here. Wouldn’t buy again, but should easily be able to finish off my third of the bag.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Cottage Night by T by Daniel
296 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
296 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
5370 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
5370 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
5370 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
5370 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
5370 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
506 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
506 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
506 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
2606 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
2606 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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84

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
5370 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
5370 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
5370 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
5370 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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