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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of those “ahhhh” teas for me, however, it is also one of the teas that I find I love to have in the new year, when winter is mid-way in, and spring looks closer. I find that I really love chocolatey teas in the winter, but with the strawberry notes in this one, it is one of the teas that I feel is a little lighter for a black, but still hearty enough for winter. I’m like that….there are teas that I only drink in the colder months and those that I only drink in the warmer months…this is one of those transition ones for me. I tend to drink it from mid-January through late summer.

Anyhow, I do really love this tea. It is everything one could want in a love tea. Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries? I find that the rose petals really do little for the overall flavour, but look nice in the mix. This is good for me as I don’t like very floral teas, but I find the blend well balanced.

This is the first tea I made in my new Timolino. I discovered a few things about the Timolino the hard way, such as either emptying (completely) the strainer basket or removing it entirely once the tea finishes brewing, or you will get tea leaves coming through the drinking holes. I don’t think that an oolong would have that problem since the leaves are so large, but I am not sure the basket is large enough for them either. I know you can put the leaves in the main compartment, but I am not sure that is a good idea on most tea leaves as they might over-steep, right? Anyone got feedback on that? Also, it does keep the tea hot! In some ways, it stays too hot to drink for a while, and so I had to leave the lid off for a bit. Also, the metal outside gets cold outside this time of year…my kids tumbler isn’t the most insulated, but it keeps my hands warm…the Timolino is so good at insulation that the mug is not warm to the tough at all. It is much easier to hold though. So a few differences between my kids mug and this one, a little learning curve.

tigress_al

The Trimolino is awesome! I always make my tea before I go to work, and it is perfect temperature at my coffee time which is 3-4 hours after I made it. I learned this the hard way. The first time I drank the tea, I burned my WHOLE mouth, it was so hot!! I like that the outside doesn’t get hot, because then I couldn’t throw it into my work bag!

Amariel

But see, that’s the thing. I make mine for work also, but I want to be able to drink some at the bus stop or on the bus. I don’t want to wait an hour for it to cool off enough for a sip.

Kittenna

Yeah, that drives me bonkers sometimes too. My best strategy is making the tea in a mug, letting it cool to be drinkable, then putting it in. However, on a rushed morning that does not work. I picked up a Contigo mug which is slightly less good at holding in the heat (it gets warm around the lid area), but it still does the job too well…

Amariel

I did notice with my refill today that it was a little warm around the metal ring at the top. I’m wondering if the tea would keep if I made it the night before when I went to bed.

Kittenna

I have been wondering the same thing! Depends how long you sleep for, perhaps?

Another thing I was thinking about was brewing tea in less water, then adding cooler water to top up the mug.

Amariel

That or maybe adding ice.

tigress_al

It might be too cool if you leave it overnight. A little ice does do the trick. I have taken tea out on errands before on our crazy cold Saskatchewan days. Warms me right up!

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tigress_al

The Trimolino is awesome! I always make my tea before I go to work, and it is perfect temperature at my coffee time which is 3-4 hours after I made it. I learned this the hard way. The first time I drank the tea, I burned my WHOLE mouth, it was so hot!! I like that the outside doesn’t get hot, because then I couldn’t throw it into my work bag!

Amariel

But see, that’s the thing. I make mine for work also, but I want to be able to drink some at the bus stop or on the bus. I don’t want to wait an hour for it to cool off enough for a sip.

Kittenna

Yeah, that drives me bonkers sometimes too. My best strategy is making the tea in a mug, letting it cool to be drinkable, then putting it in. However, on a rushed morning that does not work. I picked up a Contigo mug which is slightly less good at holding in the heat (it gets warm around the lid area), but it still does the job too well…

Amariel

I did notice with my refill today that it was a little warm around the metal ring at the top. I’m wondering if the tea would keep if I made it the night before when I went to bed.

Kittenna

I have been wondering the same thing! Depends how long you sleep for, perhaps?

Another thing I was thinking about was brewing tea in less water, then adding cooler water to top up the mug.

Amariel

That or maybe adding ice.

tigress_al

It might be too cool if you leave it overnight. A little ice does do the trick. I have taken tea out on errands before on our crazy cold Saskatchewan days. Warms me right up!

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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