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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
659 tasting notes

Had this again last night, after a full meal, when my stomach was getting upset. It was still more minty than anything else, though it was soothing for my tummy. Re-steeped this morning and maybe I can pick up a little coconut or creamy taste, but still not much. I noticed that my bag doesn’t seem to have a lot of coconut in it either.I might get more, if I can ensure a higher ratio of coconut to tea.

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drank Joy by Tazo
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Meh. It’s alright. I had it as a latte last night and it was decent. They gave me a bag and I steeped today, just with milk and sugar. Last night I could taste the individual teas, and a peachy undertone, but today, it was more black than anything, which might have been my brewing temp and time of steeping. I might consider getting this in place of the Awake Tea latte that I occasionally get from Starbucks at work (but I tend to get coffee from Starbucks more and tea from Teavana or both from Timmie’s since it is cheaper).

Tabby

I didn’t like this one much, either. I ended up trading it for something else.

Lynne-tea

I found this tea was best luke-warm. Sweet peach notes come out way easier when it’s colder sadly.

Amariel

Yes, I think I noticed the peachy tones more as it cooled.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Had some of this tea before my appointment this morning. On my way, it had cooled enough to sip, and I was like, “This really does taste like cookie dough” and although I had added milk and sugar to it, I immediately began thinking how awesome this would be as a latte…possibly with chocolate drizzle or something.

I still think Buttercream is better, but this is really, really tasty. It smells and tastes like cookie dough…what else can a girl ask for? :P

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Not really getting anything other than mint…might just be the balance of ingredients is off in this steep and it was heavier on the mint.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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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!

Bear With Me

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

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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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 (except rose), 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.

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.

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.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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