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77
drank Sweet Orange by ESP Emporium
1342 tasting notes

I actually got this from House of Tea but am too lazy/busy to upload a new profile…
but the description matches more or less.
The orange zest really pops out in this one, as does the spiciness. I’m not sure I like it- which sucks because I assumed I would and now have 100g! does anyone want to swap?
The licorice is throwing me off, that odd sweetness that reminds me of medicinal tea… oh… and it’s 50% roasted mate so it has less maltine in it. Not that it matters. Just puttin it out there in case anyone wants a trade!

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Ohh ooh meee! I wanna try it!

Indigobloom

Yay!!! are you in TO or Mississauga anytime soon? otherwise I’ll mail it!

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We’ll be in Mississauga early tomorrow, other than that, no idea. Ah Etobicoke. You are in the middle of so many things XD

Indigobloom

oh drats, I’ll be in TO til late tomorrow… Black Keys, yeah!!!

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With the upcoming trip (we leave three weeks from Monday) our plans are as follows:
Stay home
Stay home
Scrounge up the change for a pizza
Stay home
Oh, and stay home XD

So, yeah, no plans for a trip downtown anytime soon. Boo! I will, however, get your package in the mail on the next paycheck!

Indigobloom

lol staying home can be fun! ;)
Gah, I haven’t had time to savour any tea for days now… it’s been go go for so long!!

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75
drank English Breakfast by Second Cup
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I’m having this as a latte in lieu of the bold malty tea I really wanted… I forgot to ask for no sugar so this is super sweet. If I’m not high on caffeine I will be on sugar!
There is a strong floral note here, but I am hoping it’s the sugar? I need to be in just the right mood for a floral black tea.

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84
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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This was ok!! at first, the smell and lingering caramel flavour captivated me more than I should have let it… because by the time the cup had cooled it was not quite as enchanting.
Still, I’m thrilled to have liked it more than I expected.
Also, I was somewhat disappointed to see very little actual tea. This is very much a tisane! I really doubt that it could keep me awake like the description says. False advertising I say! Not that I mind… I’m just sayin…

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78
drank Princess Earl Grey by Teaopia
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I really enjoyed the white part of this one! not so much with the bergamot… ick. It made me slightly nauseous but it was bearable.
The white was nice and sweet, and light which balanced out the blechy bergamot. I’m glad to have tried it though.
For a normal tea, this would get a relatively low rating but for an “earl” tea it should be pretty high! so I’m opting to keep it in the middle :)

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76
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I expected to love this tea. I wanted to love it!! and… I love Canada… but well, I do not love this tea, though not for lack of it being well put together.
It does taste like maple syrup, and not in an overwhelming way but that, and rooibos is about all I get out of it. I find the creme brule much more satisfying somehow. Lighter and less abrasive in the back of my throat. It’s almost like drinking maple syrup! only diluted, about ten times.
Oh well!

Jessie

Yeah, I’ve been liking this one with some form of milk lately. I think it balances it out a bit better than plain.

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You are a terrible Canadian. You must leave Canada now. (joking, obviously)

Indigobloom

Jessie: I was wondering about how it’d taste with milk! but I dunno if it’s worth spending more money just to find out…
Ladykittykat: I know right?! sheesh, good thing there’s nobody auditing this stuff. I’ll make up for it by watching some hockey or being really polite I swear :P

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86

loooooooove it!!
I think the other strawberry white DT has takes the top spot but this one is a very close second! it really does taste just like a Rhubarb crumble. Tart and cinnamony, with straw-rhubarb sweetness in between. AND somehow, the white still manages to peek it’s head out. How could they have ever retired this one… well atleast it’s back, for the moment.
Only tea could bring me back from my weekend funk!!! It was odd, like I existed on a different plan than everyone else (save one girl, who was friendly) at the cottage. Oh well, live’n learn.
mmmmmmm strawberry rhubarb crumble… makes it alll better :)
EDIT: As the cup cools, hibiscus is becoming more pronounced. It’s more tart and floral now and a little bit less crumbley. While still good, this lowers my rating just a tad.

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78

Meh. Now, reverse osmosis water from the cottage may have impacted this one… but I think my initial impression of “Lover’s Leap” was prematurely ecstatic. That first day I tried it, I must have been in just the right mood… because it still rings those same raisin notes, but they just don’t “sing” to me like they did that first time.
This was purchased from a place in St. Lawrence Market, so I don’t really know if MTC was the distributor but either way this is my third ho-hum experience with this tea type. Makes me wonder what I was on that first day…

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84

I don’t like ginger!! or mint! but despite that, this wasn’t terrible. At first, the white was more present, which I enjoyed, but it faded as the cup cooled. Ginger then became more dominant, from the beginning of the sip til the end and yet it was not overwhelming as I had expected. Meanwhile, mint hid somewhere in the middle, with white in the back.
Stash does an excellent job of blending flavours which is something I respect in a tea. Good job Stash!

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86

Perhaps it was because this was the only decent tea option I had, but this one was quite tasty! Tart and green blended together nicely, though I couldn’t pick out any pomegranate. Definitely some raspberry.
This is the first green fruity tea that I’ve ever actually liked as well, so perhaps that is biasing my rating. That, and the reverse osmosis water did strange things to my regular red rose tea so who knows what it did with this!

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90
drank Golden Monkey by Tao Tea Leaf
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almost forgot this one! lowering the rating because that other “chocolate note” tea was so much better and I found this one wore on me after some time. The second steep was more of the same.
If anyone would like to try this please let me know! I prefer darker, maltier teas and this one just isn’t any of those, though I do recognize it’s quality!

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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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