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Not bad for a black tea. It’s slightly complex, but not quite as much as I had hoped. The flavour is good, but rather light, unless I oversteep it and then it gets bitter. Hmm, I can’t quite seem to win with this one! Still, it’s better than my standard bagged Red Rose which makes it worthwhile in my books…
As for the flavour, when it’s hot, I taste just regular, solid tea, with a malty note if I add some extra leaves. However, when the tea cools, there is a slight bitterness because of it. I can’t have one without the other. Hmph.
There is a definite raisin note when cool, which I also do not get when hot.
The astringency really comes out on the finish however, when it’s hot, but less when it is cool. This is a tea of contradictions!! complex, in the strangest places, and never all in one sip.
Oh, and I do get a spiciness now, after having half a teacup cool and bare, in the aftertaste.
I wonder… is the David’s version of this tea is as confusing???

Uniquity

The Davids version got cancelled : ( It was one of the ones I really wanted to try

Indigobloom

Me to. I wonder why, I thought it was a good seller. Probably profit margins. Bah!

Uniquity

It was one if, if not actually their cheapest black tea…I noticed that the “replacement” blacks they have brought in all cost between 6 ang 9 dollars for 50 grams, where Margarets Hope was 4.75, I think. Of course they won’t say it’s profit, but that is my assumption. I like Davids a lot, but I am getting very frustrated with the company lately. Mostly on discontinuing their good and cheaper products in favour of more expensive ones and a harder push from the sales staff.

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Uniquity

The Davids version got cancelled : ( It was one of the ones I really wanted to try

Indigobloom

Me to. I wonder why, I thought it was a good seller. Probably profit margins. Bah!

Uniquity

It was one if, if not actually their cheapest black tea…I noticed that the “replacement” blacks they have brought in all cost between 6 ang 9 dollars for 50 grams, where Margarets Hope was 4.75, I think. Of course they won’t say it’s profit, but that is my assumption. I like Davids a lot, but I am getting very frustrated with the company lately. Mostly on discontinuing their good and cheaper products in favour of more expensive ones and a harder push from the sales staff.

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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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