drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
451 tasting notes

I’m actually logging my teas out of order a bit, but that’s only because I just finished this one and so it’s on my mind and it’s making me grumpy. But I needed something without caffeine and sort of reached for this with equal parts hoping and begrudging.
Long story short: I used to like this tea, but there was always an element to it that tasted like very fake vanilla, or maybe it isn’t even that. Of course, DT’s concept of a birthday cake doesn’t even necessarily have to be a vanilla one, so maybe it’s just a matter of interpretation, but I think if this tea did anything for me, it was to introduce me to the world of loose leaf, and also told me that I am still 100% still on the hunt for a great vanilla tea. This simply isn’t it. There’s something very…jarring about how it tastes—something that doesn’t quite fit nicely with the birthday cake-ness part of it. I will likely finish the tin somehow, although I’d be happy to have an excuse to part with it sooner.

Sil

wasn’t someone looking for this one in the swap threads? maybe? i could be remembering wrong..

keychange

Oh was there? I should go and find them. Get rid of this stuff. One man’s trash is another’s treasure and all that sort of thing.

Sil

it was ice cream cake…went back to try and find it. doh. sorry!

keychange

Oh that’s right—I did read about the ice cream cake hunt. I never actually got to try that one, myself.

JustJames

DTs vanilla orchid i liked, and silk road’s vanilla plantation…. the latter has an essence of buttercream =0)

Sil

I need to dig out silk roads version…I bought some while I was in Vancouver but haven’t opened it yet so that I will focus on teas that are older and have smaller amounts

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Sil

wasn’t someone looking for this one in the swap threads? maybe? i could be remembering wrong..

keychange

Oh was there? I should go and find them. Get rid of this stuff. One man’s trash is another’s treasure and all that sort of thing.

Sil

it was ice cream cake…went back to try and find it. doh. sorry!

keychange

Oh that’s right—I did read about the ice cream cake hunt. I never actually got to try that one, myself.

JustJames

DTs vanilla orchid i liked, and silk road’s vanilla plantation…. the latter has an essence of buttercream =0)

Sil

I need to dig out silk roads version…I bought some while I was in Vancouver but haven’t opened it yet so that I will focus on teas that are older and have smaller amounts

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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