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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
505 tasting notes

Oh my god, I love this tea, and I am so so so happy it is back! I like Amaretto too, but Alpine Punch just has something that I can’t put my finger on that I like better. It’s more like an almond dessert, like marzipan, than the alcoholic drink that Amaretto is. Amaretto is stronger too; Alpine Punch is almond and amaretto, but the fruit in it does something to balance it all out so smoothly. It’s like one of those almond croissants you can get, only if it had spiced apples with it. Dee-licious!

On a side note, to all the Victorian Steepsters…would y’all like a tea date meet up some time? I have talked privately with a few of you…wondered if we could set something up as a group. Comment below if interested. Thanks!

Ceylon Star

as you already know, I’m totally game for a tea meet!

It’s funny that you like Alpine Punch more than Amaretto, I’m the opposite! Amaretto + Lemon Myrtle = Amaretto Sours, by the way ;)

Amariel

I do, I wasn’t sure til now. They do both have their redeeming qualities though, and they soothe certain desires. But I do have a soft spot for anything amaretto. :)

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So, this is one that I had to had to try, because I love chocolate teas, and I do like bananas. I liked Banana Nut Bread, but not Dulce and Banana so much, and I think that the Banana Oolong had stevia, so I shied away from that one. But anyways, this one is d say that it is somewhere between Checkmate and Love Tea #7.

I have to say that I think the 10g bag I got is gonna go pretty fast, and I will need to get a bigger bag soon.

Ninavampi

When I was in NY this was the saw. I fell in love and bought 4 ounces!!!!!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I like this a lot!!! I got a sneak peak/sniff of this on Halloween by one of the lovely ladies at Uptown which is closest to my friend’s place, and I was on my way to her party, but needed a cuppa to get me through the night. Anyways, it smelled amazing! The saddest part was that there was no time from the first until now for me to get some. Finally got in tonight after work, in that last half hour before they closed downtown. I got this to go, though I almost got Alpine Punch. Mmmm, Alpine Punch….

The dry leaf smell is like vanilla ice cream, and it is creamy tasting and smelling too. I can pick up the oolong base, but I have to say, at least with this steep, it isn’t overly floral. Under the vanilla, you can taste the base, and it is good. This tea, to me, is like a milk oolong if the milk was vanilla milk.

I will see if I can re-steep my bag tomorrow, if it is still good. I worry that it oversteeped on the way home though, as it did get a bit bitter when I was home and too the bag out, but I added some sugar and hot water and it was fine. I did pick up 10g of this and a few others, so I can play around with steeping on my own time next.

But this one is a winner to me so far.

Fjellrev

How does it compare to Vanilla Oolong? That one was way too artificial in flavour for me.

Amariel

Hard to say. I don’t think I ever had Vanilla Oolong. I can’t really say whether this vanilla tastes artificial to me…it is sweet, but in a milky sweet way. I don’t know how to describe it really.

Ninavampi

@Incendiare I found is one lighter and smoother. The taste isn’t quite as strong, but it is very creamy. All in all, I like this one quite a bit better.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Having some now, with some eggs and toast, on this rainy fall day in Victoria. It is so so so comforting. I admit that this is my 2nd cuppa today, so this infusion is not very strong..I probably should have added the last bit I had to the Steeper, but I will do that on the next round.

Even though this steep is weak, I do have to say that I still pick up the spices…it just doesn’t have that pumpkiny note that I get normally. This is still one of my fall faves though.

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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Well, this isn’t the worst tea I have had. It was decent, actually. All the Teavana teas I have had have been alright, but not amazing. I definitely want to try this as a latte with chocolate syrup as the fellow suggested today, but I am on a budget now, so I had it only sweetened with the rock sugar.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Still loving this tea…had some iced tonight, to go with my Singapore Cashew Curry for Noodle Box after work. Normally, this time of year, I would stick to it hot with my meal, but I opted for multiple cooling properties from it…the bamboo leaves and sweet fruits, but also that it was iced. Did the trick and was perfect with my dinner.

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Hooray! A tea from Teavana I actually like! But…like others have said, it tastes exactly like Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA…only it has more extras for visual appeal, and probably to make the tea heavier by weight.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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I really really really like this tea. I was looking for an herbal to have hot since it is a bit cool tonight and I opted to see how this would handle hot instead of iced. I have to say, I think it worked well. I think I do prefer iced, but only just slightly. It is juicy and refreshing iced. Hot, it it still juicy and somewhat cozy. It is definitely peachy. I do really love the look of this tea…it is very colourful. It smells sooo delicious too. It feels like a nice fall tea…a little summery, but hot it feels a little fall. It doesn’t quite say fall to me like Alpine Punch or Amaretto do, or Orange Blossom even. Banana Nut Bread is another that feels really warming and hearty for a fall to winter tea for me. Bamboozled hot seems like a summer to fall tea.

Overall, I still really like this and will try to save what I can for next summer, but I might dabble in it again for a hot one.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh I am soooo glad to have more of this! I put it on hold for the summer as I feel it is more of a fall and winter tea with how rich and warm and comforting it is. I got a small amount from my local shop along with a few of the $1 straight teas (though not the ones I really wanted to try…they aren’t getting them apparently, BOO!). Having some now and soooo cozy now. I feel like it is wrapping me up in a cozy blanket and I just want to dive into a good book(!).

Unlike my experience with the Strawberry Slim Pu erh tea from Teavana, I can taste both the earthy flavour of the pu erh which mingles magnificently with the chocolate, but also a bit of the orange too. I added milk ad sugar to enhance the creamy chocolate orange taste…it is just like a chocolate orange candy bar. It is soooo yummy!!

My mug is looking sad and almost empty, so I think I might just have to make another cuppa.

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
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I’d say that this is a pretty good green oolong. The leaves are tightly rolled into biggish balls and the scent is green and buttery with a little floral…I can’t really pick out which floral though. It leaves a somewhat creamy feel to the mouth like a milk oolong, but not as sweet or strong. It is a nice light tea, and were I to be out of my milk oolongs, this would fill the gap til I got more.

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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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