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I’ve yet to try the Grapefruit Grey from Bayswater but the dry leaf smells very similar to this, anyway. Ultra grapefruity and tangy, and that grapefruit translates nicely in flavour too. I added some light cream and while it placed a damper on the citrus (seems like bergamot stays stronger than grapefruit when you add cream/milk, at least here), it’s a smooth tea to drink in the morning. I’m curious to see how this would turn out as a cold brew.

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I proudly walked to Acquired Taste the other day when it was sunny out and picked up a variety of their teas that are new to me, plus more of their Winter Dream Sencha because it’s amazing anytime.

This one is apparently newer, and I’ve basically been cold brewing teas and not enjoying anything hot due to the weather. Therefore, this was a must. It’s not as good as I had hoped though? I’m actually writing by memory since I had it a couple days ago. But it was just vaguely berry-ish and sweet. Tastes like a lot of others I’ve had in the past. Nothing unique.

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drank Earl Grey Tea by Second Cup
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Another one I had with a friend when we were hanging out at Second Cup the other day. I would have liked more bergamot but it’s not terrible or anything.

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drank Maple Tea by Second Cup
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Had this yesterday with a friend after a long weird day. It was vaguely maple-y but it was pleasant with milk and sugar. I still wish we just went to Remedy instead for either a chai or a cup of Kusmi, Sloane, etc instead since this isn’t worth $2.50, in my opinion.

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drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh no, I finished this the other day and still haven’t written about it because I’ve been so distracted by other things whilst being in the city for a couple weeks.

First of all, the dry leaf smells bang on like this banana fudge ice cream that used to come in a box, and was made by Dairyland here in Canada. That stuff was awesome but I haven’t seen it in over fifteen years. Wow, I feel old now. My mom got the exact same reaction when she smelled this and is impressed by how realistic this smells. Not at all artificial or wonky.

I’ve tried this as a latte and it was enjoyable. Maybe a little too sweet for me since they add sugar but it’s still go that banana fudge ice cream flavour. I think I’m going to pick up more to experiment with this method more. It should come out better with more leaf (as the liquor seems a little weak when you steep this using a normal ratio of leaf and water). Maybe I’ll even pick out most of the rock sugar.

Bonus points for being green rooibos-based, by the way.

Aaaand, cold steeped, on the other hand, was light and refreshing, but again, I still would have liked a little more banana and chocolate.
MissLena

This sounds so good! I need to get a sample at some point from my local store :D

Plunkybug

It’s fantastic as an iced latte. It was a nice cold brew too, and I feel like you can go heavier on the leaf if you want, without it going weird.

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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This one’s pretty good. It reminds me of Redberry Tonic, but a little more tart. Half a glass in, I told my mom what this blend is called and she agreed that this is similar to an actual Shirley Temple. I wouldn’t know since I haven’t tried one before. It’s refreshing, very red-tasting, kind of like a more exciting red Kool Aid, and doesn’t have any weird aftertaste. I wouldn’t stock up but I wouldn’t mind having it again either.

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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Haven’t written in two weeks, eh? Guess I’ve been busy. Busy being useless. Or something.

I’ve almost never had luck with cherry teas. They tend to taste like cough syrup. Come on, why can’t they taste like actual cherries? Dried cherries taste fabulous anyway, so just stick some of those in there and all should be fine, right?

The dry leaf smells pretty good, like cherries, for sure. But once again, I’m hit in the face with Robitussin. Pass.

FWIW, DAVIDs Hard Candy isn’t too bad for a cherry tea, seeing that it has that cherry Starburst vibe going on. Does this mean that teas can only taste like artificial cherry candy but never like real cherry?

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drank Paris-Singapore by TWG Tea Company
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Thank you for this sample, MissB! Your mentioning of Victoria, BC now has me reminiscing of spring there too, now. How I’d kill for a walk down Beach Drive right now!

I couldn’t tell what this was supposed to be in the bag, other than a green tea, of course. I couldn’t smell the cherry, and initially steeped, I just got dry green notes. The first couple sips were a little on the dry side, but as this begins to cool, I’m slowly starting to taste the cherry. It’s a little on the cough syrupy side, though. A specific kind of gum or candy also used to taste like it, but can’t figure it out. Cherry seems to be a difficult flavour profile to tackle in regards to tea.

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
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Cold brew sip down! Thanks to that method, I was able to burn through this a lot more quickly. Otherwise, it would have been sitting in my cupboard for a year. I found that I prefer these black blends of theirs cold brew since their bases get so freaking bitter when steeped in hot water. This one also made sense as a cold brew since their champagne note tastes more like artificial grape to me, which I don’t mind. You’re left with a cold, refreshing, healthier version of grape pop. Win! But I still wouldn’t buy more. But! I’m glad I tried it.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Well then, I finally sipped down my 100g tin of this. I even discarded the tin; as cute as it was, it didn’t seal that well. I adore this tea when it’s fresh. I’d say it’s the best EGC I’ve ever had. However, with all the other stuff going on in my cupboard, this tin took over a year to finish, and it started losing quite a bit of flavour after eight months or so. Guess that’s not too bad, and a little over a year is reasonable, but I find it’s something great to have around in larger quantities only if you have a small tea stash to begin with, you know?

Funny how when I first purchased 20g of this, that only lasted less than a week. Logically, you’d think the tin would have lasted no more than a couple months then, right? Honeymoon phase or not, I still highly recommend this tea to anyone, and it makes a great cold brew if you’re looking to finish it off, which is what I’ve been doing over the past couple weeks.

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