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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

This is another tea my husband brought home for me. Wow, this is heavy and wow they recommend 2 tsp per cup (I used 3 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug)?! I steeped for a full 7 minutes and I added sweetener.

This reminds me a lot of Tiesta Teas Nutty Almond Cream, except this isn’t as almond and creamy and it has a hint of tartness from the hibiscus. It actually smells nearly identical too which is interesting. I prefer the Tiesta Teas for taste and price too (Sleigh Ride is $7.50 for 1.76oz and Nutty Almond Cream is $10.99 for 4oz – though thanks to BF I paid $5.50).

I’ll certainly use up the 26gram bag but unless they put this on major clearance after the holidays are over, I won’t be repurchasing.

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It is quite expensive when you consider how much is actually needed!

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It says to prepare this in boiling water but I erred on the side of caution and used 195 which is still a bit high compared to other oolong instructions. This is pleasant. It isn’t super flavored, but it’s a dark oolong with a bit of vanilla flavoring. I added sweetener which helped. It’s neither amazing nor awful but I’m glad I only got a sample. I have a bit more to experiment with the temperature and steeping time.

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drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
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I am a huge fan of bananas (fresh, artificial – a favorite is banana laffy taffy mmmm) so when I saw that Tiesta had a banana flavored tea, I quickly snatched it up during their Black Friday promotion.

In the bag it smells wonderful. I wish I could say it blew my socks off steeped, but there is so much rooibos in this blend, that that’s pretty much all you can smell after it’s done brewing, and that usually isn’t a good sign before tasting it. After it cools, the banana flavor is more evident, but it’s still rather weak (and I added sweetener).

I’m thankful that I only ordered the (ok not so small) pouch. It’s not bad by any means, but I was expecting more. I think it’d be better without the rooibos (and something tells me it was used as an inexpensive filler but I hope I’m wrong?).

It must be noted that I just ate lunch. I will try again when I haven’t eaten flavorful things just to be sure my tongue wasn’t playing tricks on me.

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My brother got me the Chanukah gift set from Davidstea this year and I think this one was the tea I was most excited to try as I have been on a major earl grey cream kick ever since trying the Argo version (which is lovely).

It recommends a 3-5 minute steep, but I tend to be cautious with black teas of any sort so I did 3. This one is less creamy than the Argo version. I think I prefer that one just a bit, but then again, this tastes more like tea, so if that’s more your thing, you’d probably like this one more.

I may have bought several different earl grey cream varieties with the black friday sales but shhh, no need to tell anyone.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a cup of this but due to the Black Friday sales, I’ve made an effort to drink some of my old tea (which for me is May of this year).

This is a nice light blend which reminds me of white grapes and honeysuckles. It’s sweet and soothing, which is fine since I can’t go anywhere due to the weather! Though I probably should do some laundry…

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So I made a huge order from Tiesta Tea during the 50% off Black Friday promotion. Most of my order was their smaller sized bags, but for this and a few select others, I opted for the 4oz tin (not like this is a review of the tin but the tin happens to be pretty nice). I’ve been really into creamy teas lately and this one really hits the spot. It’s a bit strange since it looks like you are drinking pink lemonade but it tastes nutty and creamy with a hint of fruit (likely coming from the apple).

Around the edge of my mouth I’m getting a bit of a sour taste probably from the beetroot but it’s not off-putting. I added sweetener, so I imagine it would be more present without.

Happy with this part of my purchase!

3 tsp+sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

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I finished off the last bit of the sampler pack sample tonight while watching Bones with my husband. This is good since my massive box from Della Terra’s Black Friday sale came today. This one is good but I only repurchased the lime and I also ordered the lemon lime cream tart one just to see.


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I’m just now getting back into my Secret Pumpkin/Turkey swaps! This one was from my Secret Pumpkin Lala. If I hadn’t known this was flavored rooibos, I might not have known, since it was mostly just rooibos. Thankfully, I like plain rooibos. Very occasionally I would get a hint of sweet almond in my sip, but it wasn’t throughout the sip, it was more like “ohh, ahh, nice, now back to rooibos”. This isn’t something I’d stock in my cupboard ‘cause really, if I wanted rooibos, I’d just buy rooibos, but I’ll definitely use up the sample.

Also, how many times can I include rooibos in a review? Many many times.

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So I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, or my palate is far less sophisticated and nuanced than all the other reviews, but I used 2 heaping teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug and steeped for close to 10 minutes and it was not sweet. So I added sweetener and then I could finally taste the bananas. There’s a bit of a chocolatey undertone when you sip and you can almost taste alcohol. I’m not sure that’s intentional but it is named after a dessert that contains rum so it wouldn’t be wrong to add a slight alcohol taste.

I’m enjoying my mug of it this evening. I bought a few ounces during the sale and I can see myself reaching for it with some regularity though I’m not sure it will remain a cupboard staple.

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I didn’t really get a lot of chocolate or banana with this one either. Was just ok for me….

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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