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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

Tried this today, iced, as it’s actually a bit warm out here now. It was very refreshing and juicy. I think I’m gonna pick some of this up to take on my trip to Atlanta in a week and a half, along with some other teas that will be great iced. Actually, I’m thinking of taking the whole summer collection and the pre made bag of this with me to share with the group we will be with, though I might just get this a a few of the other teas, but not all.

It has a nice peachy color too. Not that that adds to the taste, but it is an aesthetic that I like.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know that I’d ever drink this hot, but iced, this tea is fantastic! Despite it being green, which is actually kinda cool, it’s nice and sweet and fruity, and the green rooibos base is definitely milder than the red. It does kinda remind me of Jolly Jellybean in some ways. I might get a bag if this to take with me on my trip to Atlanta in 3 weeks. It’s delightfully refreshing iced. Anyone cold brew this?


It’s fantastic iced! But you have to use lots of it to get good flavor.

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The first time I had this, it was too astringent and it didn’t resemble the Oriental Beauty I’d had previously. I didn’t log that one, thinking maybe I’d done something wrong. The second time I had it, which is today, it was quite the opposite. It was quite mild, and pale, and I’d wondered if I’d used enough leaf or let it steep too short. It was tasty for a milk dark oolong, but still wasn’t capturing the essence I’d had with my first Oriental Beauty love. So with the second steep of the second batch, I added the rest of the leaves from the sample pouch, had hotter water, and let it steep a good few minutes, and aahhhhhh!

I’m getting a sweet honey-ish dark oolong, almost a black tea, but milder and not too astringent. THIS is my Oriental Beauty!

Many thanks to FONG MONG for providing this sample!

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Found my stash of this in the back of my cupboard…man I love this stuff. Makes me so so happy! I hope it comes back this fall.


mmm buttercream. I have a slowly dwindling tin, but Fall is the next season so we shouldn’t have to wait too long if it does come back!


It is still my favourite tea.

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Another sample from Fong Mong today!

I also don’t get the fruity aspect of the title, but I get a very prominent floral taste out of this tea! I dnt know all my florals too well, but I recon this one is a bit of a jasmine floral. There is a buttery and vegetal taste with this, but definitely the most prominent aspect is the jasmine floral. Even after the sip, I can still sense it on my tongue.

I’ll see how further infusions go, as this is just my first.

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So, I’m not sure I can properly rate or review this tea, because I had trouble with brewing it and I shared some with my coworker as it was her last day with us today. Initially, I brewed it, and when I added milk, the milk had soured in the cup, and curdled in it, so I decided to ditch it. The water I brought back wasn’t warm enough on the second steep, so it was really weak. Third attempt I used the bags from both of us and heated water from the kettle. this time seemed alright, but I lost track of time at work and may have steeped it too long.

So, I don’t think I had a proper cuppa to review, but here’s what I’ll say. It smelled sweet and like honey and chocolate. It was a slightly smoky, but mostly dark chocolate and some honey tones that the sugar and milk brought out.

Thanks to Fong Mong for providing me with this sample!

I have to say, and be honest, that it tasted a lot like a number of good quality black teas I drink, and in a blind taste test, I’m not sure I could identify each one solely on taste. But this was good, for what I was able to have, and my coworker enjoyed hers too.

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Very, very, very much like Toasted Walnut, only without the risk of over-brewing the green tea in Toasted Walnut. The nuts are super big too. It smells oh so nutty, and I love that(!).

Brewed, it is still nutty, but not as sweet smelling, though that could be due to my ratio of tea to nuts and raisins.

I did like this, and I might get more since I only got 10g (which with this tea, isn’t very much because of the weight of the huge brazil nut chunks.

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This one is one that I selected specifically, as an alternative to the lapsang Angel was initially going to send me.

Dry leaf smells very strong. I think I’d have to agree with the malty/grainy description on the current reviews. It’s hearty and almost a bit earthy. And maybe a little sour? Maybe not. But just sort of thick and hearty and warm, and hopefully the cure for my late last night ice cream induced headache this morning.

Brewed, I get a a very dark liquid. Perhaps I used too much leaf. I used my bamboo spoon from Teavana. First sips, unadulterated, I got the same malty and grainy notes, with maybe slight smoke, or something that had a sharp taste to it. I could not really pick up any caramel. I had to sweeten it, and of course add milk. With it sweetened, I picked up a sort of raisin like note, though perhaps that was more caramel…but it tasted like raisin to me.

I’m not as in love with this tea as I was hoping, but perhaps I wasn’t as diligent on the preparation and used too much leaf or let it steep too long, or perhaps my headache has got the best of me and I just can’t judge this properly. I’m about to re-steep though.

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drank Love Spell by Teaopia
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Iced today and meh. I did ask for more tea and less ice, but I don’t know if that was this issue. The iced teas I have had lately seem a little watered down and mild. I like Strawberry Fields better so far, in the iced realm.

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drank Strawberry Fields by Teaopia
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I have been using my kids iced tea tumbler from DAVIDs lately (well, since I got it Monday), taking it to work with me with stuff from home and just filling it with water when it’s out, but today I decided to get more iced tea, and I went to Teaopia with it (no DAVIDs in the mall I work at). I knew that I was going for an iced tea (I don’t think the tumblers do hot, do they??) which means that my palate changes a little. I’m a little more open to herbals and fruit teas and teas with hibiscus as I can handle a little tart iced, just not hot. Though not super tart. And some of my favourite hot teas don’t necessarily work out well iced. Of course some are great both ways.

Anyhow, I told Danielle (I think that’s her name) that I wanted an iced tea, and I had been thinking of maybe Coconut Cream or Love Spell, but she brought over Strawberry Fields, and a few others, but Strawberry Fields won, hands down. So even though it has some hibiscus, it’s not terribly dominant, and I thought it was ok if it was iced.

And it was. AND, yet again, I took this one unsweetened! What is happening to me?! :P Probably for the better I’m taking more of my teas unsweetened, though I’m sure I will still be having some sweetened. Might it be better with a touch of agave/honey/sugar, etc? Probably. But I’m cool with it as is for now I think. The only thing I will say is that it was not terribly strong, and as the ice melted, it watered down pretty fast, and tasted like a slightly sweet and fruity water, like a spa water or something.

This is something I’ll definitely look into getting for the summer.

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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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