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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, so I had to go downtown to run a few errands before heading to a friend’s birthday party, and I decided I was gonna grab a cuppa for the long bus ride. Additionally, I knew that there was something happening in store today based on some Facebook messages. While I there I decided to see the teas of the day, and was a little disappointed that they were both herbal…Cherry Potion and Mulberry Magic. I don’t hate herbals, but I hate hibiscus and licorice and they tend to be in a lot of blends, so I tend to shy away from them. Still, I wasn’t too surprised since these two have been mentioned lately and the site has special features to them. Anyway, I did a sniff test to see if one smelled better than the other, so as I could drink the one that smelled best last. In this case, it was the Mulberry Magic that smelled the best, and boy it smelled good! It tasted great too!

I couldn’t put my finger on it what it was, until the SA mentioned it had macadamia nuts. Well, I must be a nut fiend, as I have been favouring Toasted Walnut and a few with almonds in them like Chocolate Rocket and Secret Weapon. The nuttiness was sooo comforting and warming, and despite not really knowing what mulberries tasted like, I really agreed with the whole taste. Mind you, this was all in the little sample cup.

The SA said it would help curb hunger/cravings, etc, and since I had a long us ride ahead, I thought it might be a good idea to try this (instead of a $1 straight tea), but as it was going to be a longish night, I actually did want a tea with caffeine, so I thought about mixing it with another one. We looked at a few possibilities, and I probably should have stuck with something simple like the Vanilla Oolong, or a white tea…but I opted to up the nut and fruit and mix it with Toasted Walnut.

Was it a success, you might ask? Well, yes and no. Let me say that it was a very complex taste, that I’m not sure my taste buds could handle. This doesn’t mean it was bad in any way. I think that the flavours are so similar in both, in a way, they married so well they became indistinguishable from each other. I think that hot, I picked up more of the Toasted Walnut and as it cooled I got more of the Mulberry Magic. As I like both teas, the blend tasted great, but it was a hard taste to peg. As I said, I probably should have paired it with a much simpler tasting tea for the added pep.

Lucky for me, they were giving away little tins of Mulberry Magic and Cherry Potion, so I have me a little sample to try again, here at home. I will see how that goes, but I may very well add this to my regular stash. I don’t really have any herbal tea except chamomile, so it would be nice to find a tea or two I can have later at night and not worry if the caffeine will be a problem or not. I am still tempted to try mixing it with another tea, for those times I do want that little boost.

But so far, me likey!

EDIT: Ok ok, so I just realized that Cherry Potion is a white tea! With the hibiscus in it though, it could have FOOLED ME. It’s an herbal with the mask of a white!

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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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