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I need to try this again before deciding officially but methinks this one is not for me. Something just doesn’t jive.
The base is odd, and I can’t really taste any chocolate. The chili makes for a little tingle on the tongue and in the swallow but it’s pretty weak. I had such high hopes…
There were moments when I thought, hey this isn’t so bad. But then others, well it was just plain meh.

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
1307 tasting notes

I always forget how enjoyable this one is. So much yum!
Of course, I rarely indulge. I tend to bypass the DT options in my cupboard, not for any apparent reason, it just happens :/

Nightshifter

Same here, but you are inspiring me to go back to some DT favorites this weekend. :)

Indigobloom

lol yay!!

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84

Birthday Cake. Yup, that about sums it up. Vanilla cake, with a black base seems somewhat counter intuitive but it works. It really does.
Bare, it was a little astringent/sour for me, so I added some milk and a dash of sugar. I figured that would make it more realistic anyhow. And I was right!!
This kinda had the consistency of white hot chocolate now that I think about it, only with a “cake” or icing flavour more than white chocolate.
I quite literally feel as if I’ve eaten a slice of cake. Perfect for those days when I’m craving something sweet!
Although I can see what people mean about it tasting a tad artificial. Between that and the oily film on top, this may turn off some of the tea purists out there. Ah well. For some reason in this one, I don’t mind so much.

Also, this is one I’d consider reordering. I suspect I will want more once the packet is done!!

Fjellrev

Is it anything like Pineapple Upside Down Cake or David’s Red Velvet?

ifjuly

i thought it was a little like david’s red velvet, but better, personally.

Indigobloom

I really liked the red velvet, except for the slight twinge of artificial flavouring. This one is just like that, except it’s vanilla, and I don’t get that artificial bite.

Indigobloom

I’d say it isn’t much like the upsidedown pineapple cake, this is more cakey I think.

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83

Wow. This is a green?! I just assumed white, based on the name, appearance and taste. I’d love to see how they processed this one.
Reminds me of silver needle. Light, bright, and just slightly malty, and floral. The same crispness I saw in the Assam is there as well.
Thank you for the sample Little Red Cup Tea Company!! Colour me impressed.

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Terrible. I ended up tossing it down the drain.
Hot, it was tolerable. Barely. But very fake tasting. Like one of those watermelon candies. Not at all like a real juicy melon. Then as it cooled, I got a serious bitter note. Kindof like when you accidentally bite into a watermelon seed.
Sugar didn’t help, and neither did a dash of milk.
What am I gonna do with the rest of this packet!?

Roswell Strange

Oh no D: And the name sounds so promising…

Indigobloom

Yup. I was kinda sad. My high hopes are dashed!

boychik

what if you resteep with diff parameters, maybe cooler temp., diff water ratio. Also i think agave syrup would help. i maybe wrong

Indigobloom

Actually I used water that was about 96c. Perhaps if I went straight for boiling it’d help. Worth a shot.

52teas

Was this one of the Southern Boy Teas or the old iced tea series? If the latter, it is about three years old.

Indigobloom

Ahh hmm. I’d have to check. But it was whatever I ordered a few months ago.

52teas

If you ordered it a few months ago from us, it had to be the Southern Boy Teas series. Did it come in a foil pouch with a teabag inside, or was it a kraft pouch with foil lining and loose tea inside? The first would be the new SBT; the second the old iced tea series.

Indigobloom

The first one. So an SBT.

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95

I’m confused. The flavour profile reminds me of Darjeeling, very much so, and not at all of Assam. But the label says Assam… Hmmm.
Mind you, it was a superb cup. Crisp and light, with just the right hint of that white tea flavour I love in a good Darj!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Was this in one of our small samples sizes? There is no mistaking the difference in our Assam and Darjeeling. It seems that, as you hinted, you received our Darjeeling and not our Assam. I am extremely embarrassed for this mixup and am very sorry for your inconvenience. I will forward another sample of our Assam to you. -Joe

Indigobloom

Hi Joe! So sorry I didn’t see this note earlier, I never got a notification for it. (and oddly now I see that it shows 0 comments??!)
Anyhow, yes it was a small sample. One of those round little tins with a window.
Thanks so much for following up! If shipping is excessive, I don’t want to cost you extra money… though if it’s reasonable I’d love to try the Assam :)

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1307 tasting notes

What?! Big thank you to my friend across the pond!!! Seriously. I had forgotten how good this one tastes when fresh. My cup was absolutely deeeeevine. and apparently the Balzacs I had a cuppa at last time carries old tea cuz it was nothing like this. Oh man I think I need another cuppa :P

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Well hmmm. I was so looking forward to cakiness, and pineapple! But… all I get is maple syrup?! delicious, (overly) sweet, syrupy goodness. Ok so it is yummy. I will give it that. I’m just disappointed because it isn’t what I expected. Especially since I’ve tried this before, and ya know what… I swear, it is a different tea blend. Harupmph

Veronica

I’ve been wondering if the blend has changed, too. The bag I have now taste very different from the bag I bought last summer.

tigress_al

I got cherry from this and like you, no pineapple

Amariel

I get sweet cherry, and a juicy mouthfeel from the pineapple. not cake though.

Indigobloom

Veronica, good to know I’m not the only one who feels this way!
Heather and Tigress, I’ll have to pay closer next time, and look for the cherry note! I had this with food so maybe that was why. Did get two good steeps though.
But if I wanted a maple tea, I would have gotten that instead! Oh well it is tasty!

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drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
1307 tasting notes

Lemongrass in a chai?! Interesting. I’d never considered that.
Certainly makes for a different cuppa chai. I need to pay more attention next time. I ended up drinking this all up and realized an hour later that I had yet to start my note! Oops.
Big thanks to Ssajami for the massive sample! :)

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
1307 tasting notes

A pleasant cup. Great without any additions.
I enjoyed the generic peach like fruitiness with just a bare hint of vanilla. This isn’t one I’d want to keep stocked, but it was a nice change and I would grab another sample at some distant future date if I had a chance.
The black base worked well here. A little astringent, but in the positive way that I have learned to not mind.

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-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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