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97 Tasting Notes

Second time drinking this one. The tea itself tastes pretty good, all the flavors are things I like and they harmonize nicely… but it smells like unbaked bread dough to me, which is majorly throwing me off. Especially because I keep forgetting about it. >.< I guess we’ll see if it’s something I can get used to…

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Trying this for the first time, sample stolen from the TTB a while back. No tasting note today because school is absolutely killing me at the moment. But if I don’t write this down I’ll probably forget I tried it. >.<
If you’re reading this, I hope stuff is going better for you than me…

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Actually drinking this one, and I’m not even going to try to be coherent. (Going to spend that energy on my overdue paper instead. Theoretically. Anyway.) I do really like this one, but we’ll see how I feel at the end of the ounce. I do think I need to try the base tea, though? Because I think I liked it in that other blend… Yeah…

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
97 tasting notes

So I’m not really drinking this today, but I made tea flavored ice cream (with this mixed with my ceylon), and I have to say, that was probably the best decision I’ve made all week. I think I need to start making ice cream out of, like, every tea in my cupboard. That sounds like an excellent plan. (Maybe because it’s five in the morning… hmmm…)

Unfortunately, the ice cream doesn’t come out sparkly, but I know the glitter is there, and that makes me happy anyway. (although I do want to make sparkly ice cream. I guess you’d want to mix edible glitter into it as it churns…)

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
97 tasting notes

I don’t like licorice. Why am I drinking this tea? Why do I have this tea? (The girl at the davidstea lied to me, by the way. I asked for a quarter of an ounce and she gave me a full half.) Why do I do this to myself?

It’s… not terrible, which is saying something. It smells really good, actually (although I didn’t put the giant anise star in my cup. That kind of defeats the whole purpose of this tea, doesn’t it? Oh well.) It tastes pretty good, too, sweet and creamy and chocolatey like chocolatey davidstea blends are wont to be. But every couple sips I get hit with the most terrible licoricey aftertaste, and I remember why I shouldn’t own this tea. We’ll see. Maybe it’s an acquirable taste?

Not giving this a rating, for obvious reasons.

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This one’s from January, apparently, but I’m just trying it now. (What a coincidence, I just tried “midwinter robe” the other day.) I don’t recognize half the herbs in this (galangal? astragulus? shatavari? rhodiola’s a flower, right? or am I thinking of gladiola?) but it all blends together very smoothly. Not much to say right now, but it’s good. I could drink an ounce of this.

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I got my “free” sample in the mail today, so I tried it out, because why not and also because caffeine, which I desperately need today as I cannot seem to wake up. (Better late than never, right?)

I made it cold shaken with milk and a dash of cream, like I did for the matchaccino. I used 1/2 teaspoon and about a teaspoon of sugar, and I think I added too much cream, so after drinking a few sips I added another 1/4 teaspoon and some milk. I think I need to sort out the proportions better, because I’m not sure what part of what I was tasting was the cheesecake flavor and what part was just cream overdose.

It smelled really good, though. Matcha-y and cheesecake-y and only a touch artificial which I don’t really mind at all. I look forward to trying it again?

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Not really sure what I’m drinking, but it’s a sipdown, which puts me at… where I was this morning before my cheesecake matcha sample showed up. (67, if anyone was wondering)

It’s one of those weird teas my grandmother brought from Russia, with a little bit of ceylon to make it enough for a cup. It’s kinda sweet and floral… if I recall correctly, it has pineapple and… saffron petals? safflower? I dunno, something cute and flowery.

It’s pretty good, actually. I hope it doesn’t end up haunting me forever because I have no clue what it is and I doubt my parents/grandmother remember…

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Wow, I guess I’m adding the first tasting note? I am so not worthy of this honor. Or, rather, my badly written note is not. >.<

Got the box today, and I’m drinking this one because it’s caffeine free and I’m sleeeepy. I’m definitely getting orange creamsicle from this, except without the artificial weirdness (tasty weirdness, but weirdness) of the (cheap, supermarket brand) orange creamsicles I usually consume. I might have expected it to taste a little more like an earl grey, given the bergamot, but I g uess it doesn’t. And that’s cool. And I’m only getting a little bit of that weird mold note that I get from rooibos, so yay!

… maybe I’ll be more coherent next time I drink this. I definitely wouldn’t bet on it though.

Sil

sounds yummy though.

Helena

I got my box yesterday. Shipping to Canada takes forever… and ever.. oh wait for it… and ever. But eventually it always comes :D

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Man have I been going through the oolongs lately… I finished off my davidstea vanilla orchid and am almost done with this one, too. I’ve also been eating a strange amount of chocolate… just when I was about to admit to everyone that I’m not really a huge fan of chocolate anymore, I started going through it like crazy. (Maybe I’ll actually eat through my backlog. Who knows, anything could happen…)

The flavors of the tea are getting overshadowed by the citrus and pink pepper chocolate this morning, but they complement each other nicely, I think. (Hmm, there’s gotta be a floral-citrus-pepper tea blend out there, right?)

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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.

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