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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Backlog…more later.

Ok, the more later part…

I just found this to be mild and lightly coconutty, but I think I had issues with my steep because I think my Timolino needed to be rinsed a bit more from the Fantasy Island that occupied it previously.

I think I want to get another brew and drink from my mug to get a better sense of this tea before rating.

This one is from CrowKettle, from our local tea crawl and swap this past weekend.

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drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
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First tea I’m trying from the teas I got from the Victoria (and Vancouver) tea crawl and swap. Of all the teas I got from the swap, why this one from OMGsrsly? Because it is almost 10:30pm and I work tomorrow, so it was really a caffeine thing. I could have opted for some Bear Trap from ShayneBear, but I wasn’t in a fruity mood, and I was tempted by either the Browncoat Genmaicha or Cantaloupe and Cream from CrowKettle, but opted for this due to the low caffeine count (there is black tea with the rooibos, but it is the last ingredient) and because it sounded rather cozy. So, it is brewing…

It smells nice and chocolatey and coconutty, and I hope it isn’t too strong a rooibos flavor. More details coming…


Mmmmmm….smelling gooood. Too hot to sip still. I did add some milk and sugar to this…the other tastings report this is good as a latte, so I added the milk.


Used to much milk as it is overpowering this tea, but not too badly. It blends well with the other flavors well so I am not too concerned, though next time I might skip the milk or use less. I found that with Orange Blossom from DAVIDs, I had a fine line to where there was enough milk to enhance, but not too much to hide the taste.

All in all, a good choice to start with and have tonight.

CrowKettle

Mm, this one has a nice list of ingredients. Definitely sounds cozy.

OMGsrsly

I really like this one. It’s available at Caffe Divano in the Vancouver area. Definitely good for evening.

Plunkybug

Cozy indeed! Now the bigger question is what to take to work with me tomorrow! :P So many choices.

Sil

Wish we could. Have joined you guys yesterday….need to travel out to be soon! :)

OMGsrsly

Heather, I think it might be “too many choices”, especially considering how many teas I purchased while there!

Plunkybug

Yep. I went with coconut cream pie this morning.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the new teas from the Spring Collection that I was really looking forward to trying, and I waited til today to try it as I had hoped to try getting multiple steeps on a day off that I can’t get on a work day. That said, I still haven;t had a second cup yet, as I bought a drink while I was out at the store and have been drinking that since I got back. It’s called Rumble, and it is a local item, although made in the US. The guy that made it lives in the neighbourhood to the east of me. I had never had it and was curious. Anyways…

I like this tea, so far, though I don’t think my brewing was stellar this morning, and I’ve had to heat it in the microwave a few times because it has cooled off too fast. I don’t think that I’ve really given this tea a good shot to be what it really can be. It was definitely nutty, and I had vague deja vu of Toasted Walnut when I was drinking this tea. I do like the clean, fresh, and simplistic taste of this. This tea does not try to grab your attention with too many bells and whistles; it just grabs your attention for what it truly is.

I am not rating it til I have more, but it will be a good rating, just unsure how good to rate it.

CrowKettle

I want to drink this beside Toasted Walnut now because I think you’re right and this is nutty in a way that isn’t entirely coconut.

Plunkybug

A side by side would rock. Interesting how similar they taste, yet Toasted Walnut has pineapple in it too…but that doesn’t stand out too much. I think they are both really good. The only reason I stopped drinking Toasted Walnut is because of my shiny thing syndrome and I have a tendency to fudge up brewing it, so I have bitter tea, more often than not. :( But the Coconut Oolong seems a little more forgiving.

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
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Maybe I’m in a funk, but this one is just so so. I do like it as a caffeine free alternative to have at night, and it is kinda hearty and heavy feeling, which is good while it is still cold, but I am also picking up a very transitional taste with the fruit…like it is longing for spring, ad to be made on ice.

I find the flavour a little complex and I am not sure what to make of it. Sorta chocolately, a little strawberry and fruity, a bit almondy, and a bit coconuty as well. Kinda makes me think of a banana split.

I think this might have more of this again, but I think I prefer Forever Nuts to this, and Alpine Punch trumps all my non-caffeine teas right now.

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh…not thrilled with this one. It certainly isn’t horrible, but it also doesn’t wow me. I do love the smell of the honeydew though, and it is nice to have a stimulating tea that isn’t caffeine based (though I don’t know if the component in mate is any better than caffeine or the same but in a different package, so to speak). I guess I am not a huge mate fan. I can see how this might be nice iced, but hot it was kinda bland. I dunno, I might change my mind on a future steeping.

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I under-steeped this one with the water being too cooled of, so I was a bit underwhelmed. It is very sweet (and yummy) smelling, and as it cooled, I could tell it would be a nice iced tea. I’m gonna hold off on my rating til I make another cuppa.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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I really really like this one! When I first smelled it at the store, it reminded me of the cookies with lemon creme filling, but upon smelling it brewed and tasting it, the ginger comes out more, so it reminds me of ginger cookies with lemon icing or creme. The coconut is not terribly obvious, but on some sniffs, I do also get a coconut cream pie with lemon meringue pie mix. Geez, this tea makes me soo hungry!! :P

The first few times I had it, I only sweetened it, but with this last steep I took a page from the DAVIDsTEA book and added milk to it even though it is a white tea. And you know what? It’s awesome. It’s even more cream pie like. I almost picked up some coconut milk from the store yesterday, but I wasn’t sure what kind to get, so I skipped that for now til I know more about what to try. I also can’t wait to try this iced. I think it will be fantastic.

Am I gonna restock this one? You betcha! I routinely get stomach issues, so I thrive on ginger, and it is good in teas, and this is an extremely pleasant way to get some ginger in me. More tasty than pills, though perhaps not as potent. I think for serious ginger needs, I’d need something a bit stronger like Ginger Pu Erh or Super Ginger, but they aren’t as tasty as this…though I wonder if they’d cocktail with this at all. Hmmm….

Anyhow, my cuppa is getting too cold, so I need to get back to it, but this is one tea from the new Spring Collection that I really like. Coconut Oolong probably Tuesday when I am off and can spend time with multiple steeps.

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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So I made this tea this morning to start the day, and crack into the Spring Collection (I did try Copabanana last night…tasting coming). I opted for it because it was a black, I didn’t want to make the Coconut Oolong when I couldn’t re-steep the leaves at work. I had also tried the Honeydew Mate in store yesterday, which left this tea and Daydreamer, and I was nervous about rushing too much this morning to make a green tea. Same thoughts on Coco Lemon Thai too, though I am steeping some now.

Anyhow, back to Pom Tango…

It smells really good in the bag. I tried to scoop out a decent mix of the leaf and fruit, though this is a fruit heavy black tea. The liquor was pale for a black tea, I guess from the fruit ratio. I opted to only sweeten this with sugar, and less than I normally use, but no milk. I am usually a milk and sugar with all black tea, but this one seemed like it might be odd with milk.

Interestingly, as it cooled, I picked up a floral note. I’m not terribly sure where that even came from. The tea does have a tart juicy taste, yet sweet, and like I said, slightly floral. This tea reminds me of Cranberry Pear or Cheeky Lychee.

I’m a bit on the fence with this one. I do like it, despite the floral notes, which are usually a killer for me, but I can’t say I love it at this point. I have a little more to try from my 15g bag.

Fjellrev

I’m a fan of this one iced.

CrowKettle

I thought of Cranberry Pear too when I was at the store. I also like this one iced.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve over-steeped this tea before, so today I let the water cool a few minutes after the auto-shut off feature activated, but I only steeped it for 2 or so minutes, and I actually used a timer to make sure I didn’t get overly distracted, which is why I tend to over-steep green and (lighter) oolongs.

I do still really love the smell of this in the bag, and you can pick up the same smell as taste in the liquor, but it is not as strong. There is a slight floral feel, but it is mostly a decently sweet creamy feel.

I admit I don’t have this as much because I try to have it when I am home and know I have time to get at least two or three steeps out of it. I do have to say that it is incredible how big the leaves get after just one steep. :)

This one is still a keeper, and I will refill when I run out, but I won’t get a huge amount because I don’t drink it as frequently.

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Tea to go today, before Friday Night Dinner Group…

Looks and smelled really nice, which is usually a good sign since I don’t like the smell of a lot of their blends. This one did brew up cloudy, but that doesn’t bother me much, so long as it tastes good.

I can say that brewed, it still smelled delicious. The first sips were good, though as it cooled, I had a strange taste in my mouth and I thought to myself, is that anise? I’m tasting something vaguely licorice-like. Sure enough, when I got home to look at the full ingredients, but anise seed and licorice. Boooooooo! I would like this tea much better without that taste.

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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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