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21 Tasting Notes

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

Normally chocolate teas I’ve tried have a bitter aftertaste or an oily feel when swallowed, but not so with this one! This was absolutely gorgeous. It was given to me as a gift and I’m utterly stunned. I’ll be buying more of this when I see it! the mint isn’t at all overpowering though it is noticeable. If you like a nice mint black tea, this is a good one. Everything comes together so nicely in this – the vanilla, the mint, the chocolate. A win!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I received this tea as a gift and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m a fan of rooibos teas and this one is a winner! Light, flavorful, sweet…it’s got everything. I drank it without cream or sugar (as I do the majority of my teas), and it’s everything it says it is. Lovely fruit accents with a pleasant afterglow. Wonderful!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I didn’t even know America had a tea plantation! While vacationing in South Carolina I happened across this, and, being me, had to buy some. I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised at the taste of it. Don’t steep it too long, as it’s heavier than most, but it’s a perfectly drinkable standard black. This tea is bland if you’re used to flavored teas or other malty/oaky/bright/coppery blacks, but I do recommend picking up a box if you’re in that neighborhood, if only for the novelty.

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drank Four Red Fruits by Twinings
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This was sent to me by a friend and one day, totally intending to grab a different tea bag as I was half-asleep and just needed a cup NOW, I made this by accident. While I normally enjoy my tea just as it is, there are some I deliberately take with cream (1/2 and 1/2) and sugar (pure, granulated cane sugar). So I made this tea and dosed it with both cream and sugar and took a sip.

Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow. DUDE!

I was awake. I swilled the cup and made another and have already put in a request with my friend for more of this, as I can’t find it in my area. A definite favorite.

I also made a cup of this without cream or sugar, and it’s brilliant both ways. Good anytime, it’s not at all heavy, bitter or tangy like some fruit-flavored/berry-based teas. It’s just wonderful and a fantastic hit with me.

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I am NOT a chai fan. I’m learning to try things that call themselves “chai,” as I’m learning that there is more than one version of it. This was a happy accident. Husband asked me if I wanted anything from the store, and I’d told him about another brand I’d tried that was chai and asked him to look for some. He came home with this. “It was the only one that said ‘assam chai’,” he said.

I was skeptical. As I said, I don’t generally like chai. However, we were out of town and hotels – when they bother providing what could be considered tea – don’t exactly offer anything remotely drinkable. Luckily the grocery store across the way was able to provide what I’d left at the house (Bad me for not having my travel tea tin stocked. What? I have one! Don’t you?)

So, it was this, hotel “tea,” or nothing. I wasn’t about to send the husband out again, and I didn’t want to buy another whole box of tea to shove in my already-overloaded luggage.

Better than nothing, right? I brewed a cup and the aroma was pleasant. This didn’t smell like any chai I’d ever tried (and I do try them despite my prejudice against chai teas). I took a tentative sip.

Wow. That was nice. Light, flavorful, not at all spicy or bitter. This was chai? I drank the cup and made a second.

While not a favorite, it’s certainly one I will buy again. Though I prefer loose teas, this is a wonderful addition to my tea cabinet for those lazy days when I just want a cup of tea.

Because of this tea, I will give other chai teas a chance. Also because of this tea, I will give more Numi tea a chance. It’s not a brand I’m all that familiar with, but what I have tried I like.

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I’m with Rachel C up there. I was also surprised by this tea. I was at a cafe with a friend and this was the Earl Grey they brought when I ordered tea. I’d heard of Mighty Leaf and knew it was supposed to be a nice tea, but had never tried any of them. I expected a cup of standard Earl Grey and prepared myself for bergamot overload, but it wasn’t there. There wasn’t any oily/heavy/killed-by-bergamot flavor. It was just a nice little Earl Grey that was very well done. I bought a box the next day.

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Jasmine tea is my very favorite tea, so when I saw this at the local grocery store I knew I had to try it. The price put me off, as it was double the price of the brands I know and like, and I was reluctant to buy a whole box of expensive tea I might not enjoy, even though I don’t balk at tea prices and am quite willing to pay more for a good tea. That said, price is no indicator of quality when it comes to tea, so I’m wary of expensive teas. I’ve bought quite a few and some of the “top-tier” teas aren’t nearly as good as some things I’ve found in tea bags at the local grocery store! I knew Mighty Leaf was a good brand, so when I saw teas on sale the other day I gave in and bought some.

Normally I’m a “bulk tea” person – tea bags just don’t make the same cup in my opinion. These bags though? Worth the price. These aren’t tiny little standard-size paper tea bags. These are large silk sachets that are biodegradable leave plenty of room for the tea to expand and release the flavor.

The tea itself is drinkable. Delicate. Not as jasmine-y as some I love. The aroma is also delicate; not at all potent/heady like other jasmine teas. It’s certainly flavorful and doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste some jasmine teas do. While certainly drinkable, it’s not an instant favorite of mine. Worth the price? Not for me with this tea. I’ll drink the box I have, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. In my opinion, there are better jasmine teas out there for the money.

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Yum! I drink this with a splash of cream and a teaspoon of honey, and it’s so lovely! Normally I’m not into coconut or chai because it’s always too heavy/bitter, but this was a gift from a friend and it’s delicious!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a tea that’s good hot or cold. No caffeine, wonderful to drink. Normally I don’t like anise at all and can taste it in everything, but in this tea it only adds! I was surprised anise was even listed in the ingredients, it’s that subtle! The ginger root adds just the right amount of bite, and since it comes in teabags is perfect for on-the-go!

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I tend to go with the other comments about this tea. It’s good tea, but it doesn’t taste anything like sweet potato pie, or even sweet potato for that matter to me. It’s perfectly drinkable as a nice black tea, but it tastes just like that – plain. I drink my tea black with only a few rare exceptions, and that was how I brewed this tea. Taste/sweet potato flavor may improve with milk/sugar. I’ll give it another try prepared a different way and see if the sweet potato flavor comes out stronger.

A good tea, if you’re wanting a nice black to have anytime. Morning or evening tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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