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drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
1297 tasting notes

So, this wasn’t the perfect steep… my being at work and all. I had no teaspoon to measure with and was using an extra large mug, and had no timer… which could be why this turned out to be a lot lighter than what I expected, based on previous comments, and the way it smells(not bad but not heavenly either).
If you like goji berries, this is a good tea. I can actually taste it in the tea! It isn’t an overpowering taste, and kindof earthy… which I think works well in a tea. There is a touch of berry-sourness in the aftertaste but I can’t be sure that is the goji…. I’d like to see what it does to an oolong base to.
Also, there is a minty aftertaste that accompanies the goji. Is that the St. Johns Wort? I have no idea what it tastes like… but it isn’t bad! I quite enjoy it. Interesting that it doesn’t hit you upfront like most mint does.
Overall a very smooth and enjoyable tea. Not my go to tea for flavour, but maybe for the pick-me up effect. Not that I dislike the taste, it just isn’t my fave. I may up this later.
Oh, and I used half a packet of sugar… I don’t think it would have done well otherwise.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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